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  • 8/10/2020 3:00:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will meet virtually for the August board meeting to consider several proposed emergency rules and informational items. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, originating from Public Meeting Room G09, State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St...
  • 8/10/2020 3:00:00 PM
    Fishing on Delavan has been a bit tough lately.  The boat traffic and fishing pressure both remain very high.  You can still catch some large fish but the numbers have been reduced significantly. Largemouth bass have moved from the deep weedlines into the shallows in 10 to 12 ft of water.  A lot of fish are also being caught around ...
  • 8/10/2020 3:00:00 PM
    Smallmouth bass are in the 20-25 ft depth range off of weed points.  The best location has been by the Military Academy or by Fontana.  The best approach has been lindy rigging nightcrawlers or jumbo leeches.  Drop shot anglers are also catching quality fish. Largemouth bass remain in the deeper water from 20 ft down to 30 ft. ...
  • 8/10/2020 2:55:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – With over 15,000 lakes and 84,000 miles of rivers and streams, thousands of Wisconsinites and visitors flock to shorelines for a chance to get on the water. What makes for a fun activity can also quickly turn dangerous. In Wisconsin, 89% of the 2019 boat fatalities were not wearing life jackets. Nationwide, that statisti...
  • 8/10/2020 2:55:00 PM
    Kit Contains Visuals, Data, B-Roll & Interviews    MADISON, Wis — In partnership with the news release you received earlier titled "Water Safety Always Starts With A Life Jacket" the DNR has created a Water Safety Toolkit for use in your coverage. Contained within this kit is water fatality data, water safety-related ima...
  • 8/10/2020 2:55:00 PM
    Hello deer hunter, We are sending you this email because our records indicate you purchased a Wisconsin deer hunting license before the Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless harvest authorizations included with your license were available. Depending on the deer management unit, up to five Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless harvest authorizations may be incl...
  • 8/5/2020 11:35:00 AM
    The previous week’s poor fishing looks good now!  Cooling water temps due to night time lows below 50 degrees have lakes going through a major chill, many loosing 10 degrees or more of surface temps in the past couple days. Northern Pike:  Fair – On windy or cloud covered days, Pike moving up to weed tops to take spinner bait...
  • 8/5/2020 11:30:00 AM
    On August 1, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed one trailing hound dog and injured another trailing hound dog in the Town of Barnes, Bayfield County.  On August 1, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed 3 trailing hound dogs in the Town of Fifield, Price County. More information and caution-area...
  • 8/5/2020 11:30:00 AM
    August 3, 2020 Steve Suman Forecasts show another beautiful, slightly cooler week ahead, with a few rain chances. The lows in the 40s and 70-degree highs are nearly perfect for all outdoor activities, so take advantage of this weather while it is available! “Recent weather certainly helped aquatic life in the Quiet Lakes,” says Pat a...
  • 8/5/2020 11:30:00 AM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva, remains a very consistent bite.  Most fish species are very active and able to be caught.             Northern Pike fishing has been the most consistent pattern.  The fish are now positioned from 32-35 ft.  Most of the fish are averaging around 26 inches ...
  • 8/5/2020 11:30:00 AM
    The fish are in their mid summer patterns.  The water temperatures have increased so most of the fish are in the deeper water and aggressively hitting.  With the excessive rains we had a couple of weeks ago, there is a severe algae bloom on the lake.               &nbs...
  • 8/5/2020 11:25:00 AM
    Redesign Places Emphasis On Ease Of Use MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is excited to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website developed to be faster and more user-friendly. The goal of the new website is to provide visitors an easier way to learn about the DNR’s services. It will provide ...
  • 8/5/2020 11:25:00 AM
    STATEWIDE BIRDING REPORT AS OF AUGUST 3RD, 2020 Although nesting season is winding down for most species, cedar waxwings are late nesters. Some have begun to fledge young while others are still building nests! Photo by Ryan Brady. August is here, and with it comes the tail end of breeding season for most species and the start of migration f...
  • 8/5/2020 11:25:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – In order to fully engage with everyone who has an interest in lake whitefish, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a virtual public meeting to discuss options on the best path forward for this species. This virtual meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. and concluding at 8 p.m. Members of ...
  • 7/31/2020 5:05:00 PM
    RICE LAKE, WI – July 30, 2020 Henry Repeating Arms Company announced that it is voluntarily recalling all H015-series Single Shot Rifles and Single Shot Shotguns manufactured prior to July 1, 2020. Henry has recently discovered a potential safety is...
  • 7/29/2020 1:15:00 PM
    Steve Suman We have a great week ahead! Sunshine, upper 70 highs, low 50 lows, and chances are 80 percent against rain. If the hot, humid weather has limited your outdoor activities, this week is the time to let loose and have some summer fun! August 1 application deadline reminder: The application deadline to apply for bobcat, fisher, and Uprive...
  • 7/29/2020 1:15:00 PM
                Fishing overall on Delavan remains very consistent.  There are many anglers trying to test their talents on the wary fish.  The last week, the boat launch has been the busiest I’ve seen it all year.  There is no good time to go to avoid the traffic so patience i...
  • 7/29/2020 1:15:00 PM
                Fishing on Lake Geneva, remains a very consistent bite.  Most fish species are very active and able to be caught.             Northern Pike fishing has been the most consistent pattern.  The fish are now positioned fr...
  • 7/29/2020 1:00:00 PM
    On July 20, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a trailing hound dog in the Town of Summit, Douglas County.  This conflict was also classified as a Human Health and Safety conflict. On July 21, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a trailing hound dog in the Town of Hughes, Bayfield Coun...
  • 7/29/2020 1:00:00 PM
    In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on availability of reports and work schedules of field staff. REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps while fishing on the waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and the WI/MI, WI/MN and WI/IA boundary waters. Southe...
  • 7/29/2020 1:00:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – In light of scientific data and concerns over population viability, there will be no sharp-tailed grouse hunting season this fall. With no permits available, no applications will be made available or accepted this year. Each year, the Sharp-tailed Grouse Advisory Committee uses spring mating survey data to r...
  • 7/29/2020 1:00:00 PM
    On July 25, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a trailing hound dog in the Town of Pence, Iron County.  More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage. Hunters are reminded to use the caution-area maps on the DNR website (dnr.wi.gov, keyword "wolf depredation") to help redu...
  • 7/29/2020 12:55:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The public access to Tichigan Lake on Bridge Drive in the Town of Waterford will be closed from August 3-14 for a paving project. The access site will not be open to the public during that time. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Engineer, Eyad Omari, and the Wisconsin Department of Administration Con...
  • 7/22/2020 11:50:00 AM
    Ride Responsibly: New ATV/UTV Safety Laws A close-up view of an ATV. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to stay safe and to be courteous to others by following the new All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and Utility T...
  • 7/22/2020 11:50:00 AM
    July 20, 2020 Steve Suman   The forecast indicates Wednesday and Thursday as the high points this week. Rain and thunderstorms are possible for the other days, but highs in the low 70s to mid 80s offer a short respite from the extreme heat. Enjoy some outdoor recreation these days – hot temperatures return this weekend and next week! ...