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  • 2/19/2015 5:10:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   Well I figured we would be close to the 90% trigger on Lake Winnebago after today’s harvest as we were only 63 adult females away from that mark.  However, today’s harvest of 52 adult females didn’t quite get us to that mark  and the season will continue at l...
  • 2/19/2015 5:05:00 PM
    Anthony Imperato, President of Henry Repeating Arms, presenting Henry Golden Boy Tribute Rifles to U.S. Veterans, First Responders and NRA Instructors at The NRA Foundation Banquet & Auction at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA. L to R: Ed Kochanski Jr. of Throop, James Shenk of Orrtanna, Steve Macdonald of Mechanic...
  • 2/19/2015 2:00:00 PM
    Upriver lakes season closesToday marked the final day of the 2015 spear fishery on the Upriver Lakes.  The season closed with a harvest of 288 fish (59.5% of license holders), including 9 fish tipping the scales at more than 100 pounds. As I stated yesterday the 5 day season is on par with the average season on the Upriver Lakes since the lott...
  • 2/19/2015 1:55:00 PM
    The 5th day of the 2015 sturgeon spearing season is in the books with a total harvest of 166 fish (152 from Lake Winnebago and 14 from the Upriver Lakes).  The largest fish harvested today was registered at Critter’s by Thomas Hillman (70.9” and 125.1 pounds) (photo).  A more detailed report of number of fish harvested ...
  • 2/19/2015 1:55:00 PM
    For fishing reports and to plan your visit, go to:http://www.washburncounty.org/news/what-to-do/171 Fishing & Outdoor Reports for Washburn County Fishing season dates 2014-2015 Download the fishing season dates for 2014-2015 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. For up to date river levels for the Namekag...
  • 2/19/2015 1:50:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler To be a good ice fisherman for the backwaters along the Wisconsin River from Spring Green to Boscobel takes a little preparation.  I like to fish the sloughs in the spring and summer, as it gives me a chance to locate the best fishing.  I have found that the fish will be there come winter and through trial and error...
  • 2/19/2015 1:45:00 PM
    2015 Upriver Lakes Season Winding DownComing into today we were 8 adult females away from the 90% trigger for adult females on the Upriver Lakes and spearers reached that mark exactly.  Of the 27 fish harvested on the Upriver Lakes today, 8 were adult females meaning thattomorrow (Wednesday) will be the last day of the 2015 Upriver Lakes ...
  • 2/17/2015 5:45:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Day 4 of the 2015 spearing season is in the books with a total harvest of 218 fish (191 from Lake Winnebago and 27 from the Upriver Lakes).  Coming into today we were 8 adult females away from the 90% trigger for adult females on the Upriver Lakes and spearers reached that mark exactly.  ...
  • 2/17/2015 5:40:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:  Given the talk about the below average sturgeon condition (plumpness) this year, I wanted to get some more information out to you about the diet work and forage availability research that our fisheries crew conducts to track trends in foraging behavior of our lake sturgeon.  Below is a link to...
  • 2/17/2015 5:40:00 PM
    MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation joined a coalition of partners by filing an appeal to remove wolves in the Great Lakes region from federal protection and return them to state management. In December of 2014, Judge Beryl A. Howell wiped out several years of successful management in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin by re...
  • 2/17/2015 5:35:00 PM
    Updated on 2-16-2015: info briefs (green sheets) have been posted for the following items on the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board February agenda: 1.C. 2.A.
  • 2/17/2015 5:35:00 PM
    Steve Suman Cold temperatures continue through this week, moderating somewhat for Birkie weekend, and then moving to highs in the 20s next week – which is getting close to March! This past Saturday, participants in the Walleyes for Northwestern Wisconsin family ice fishing event had to contend with subzero temperatures. There was ...
  • 2/17/2015 5:30:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Day 3 of the 2015 spear fishery has come and gone and the harvest continues to stay strong.  Spearers harvested a total of 233 fish from Lake Winnebago today, while the Upriver Lakes harvest included 36 fish.  For the 3rd day in a row Stockbridge Harbor remained tops on the lake (62 fish...
  • 2/17/2015 5:30:00 PM
    WHO:       Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) Rep. Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin) Rep. Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) Rep. Cody Horlacher (R-Mukwonago) WHAT:     The Red Tape Review Roundtable kicks off an effort led by Assembly Republicans to review Wisconsin’s Administrative Code and remo...
  • 2/17/2015 5:30:00 PM
    Strong Harvest Trend ContinuesDay 3 of the 2015 spear fishery has come and gone and the harvest continues to stay strong. Spearers harvested a total of 233 fish from Lake Winnebago today, while the Upriver Lakes harvest included 36 fish. For the 3rd day in a row Stockbridge Harbor remained tops on the lake (62 fish) in terms of number of ...
  • 2/17/2015 5:25:00 PM
    There’s still time to apply for DMAP in 2015!  Applications for 2015 enrollment at Level 2 or 3 are being accepted until March 1. If you are considering ways to improve your property for deer and other wildlife, the Deer Management Assistance Program is still accepting applications for the 2015 enrollment cycle.  DMAP provides...
  • 2/17/2015 5:20:00 PM
    Well the weather forecast was pretty accurate for the opening day of the 2015 sturgeon spearing season.  As forecasted, we had very cold conditions and strong winds which led to very poor visibility for travel on Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes.  Ed Culhane from the DNR was out on Lake Winnebago this morning and captured a couple of ...
  • 2/17/2015 5:20:00 PM
    Frequently Asked Questions - February 13, 2015 Welcome to another edition of a popular Warden Wire feature -- the Frequently Asked Questions. You will recall the special edition of sturgeon spearing questions you received Wednesday. Here are a few more that just arrived in advance of the Lake Winnebago System Sturgeon Spea...
  • 2/17/2015 4:40:00 PM
    I recently sent out a sturgeon harvest report for opening day of the 2015 spearing season, but you may be wondering how does this year’s opening day harvest compare to year’s past.  Well it turns out that the opening day harvest of 467 fish on Lake Winnebago ranks 5th highest since the season moved to the shortened 6 hour sp...
  • 2/17/2015 2:20:00 PM
    John Luthens The thermometer bobbed undecidedly near the zero mark, but being that every flag was standing at full attention in a northwest windstorm, those few degrees, one way or another, blended meaninglessly into a whiteout. Pawing through every cold-weather layer I owned, I dimly recalled it was Valentines Day – a tailor-made day for c...
  • 2/17/2015 2:20:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Well spearers were once again met with cold conditions on day 2 of the 2015 spearing season, but at least the winds had died down and visibility on the lake had substantially improved.  Shanty counts on Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes remained similar to those observed on day 1 with the o...
  • 2/13/2015 2:10:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter and wife Carolyn Swartz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  The mid-season ice fishing is really great with plenty of opportunities to haul in just about everything that swims out ther...
  • 2/13/2015 2:10:00 PM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for February 12, 2014 Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Cold weather to greet opening of Winnebago System sturgeon spearing season; cancels some candlelight events Northern ...
  • 2/13/2015 2:05:00 PM
    ASHLAND, Wis. -- A public hearing on an emergency rule to help lake trout populations recover in Lake Superior will be held by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Monday, Feb. 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Ashland High School. The public hearing will cover the 2014-15 emergency rule adopted by the Natural Resources Board at its Decemb...
  • 2/13/2015 2:05:00 PM
    OSHKOSH, Wis. -- The 2015 Lake Winnebago System sturgeon spearing season kicks off Saturday and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host a news conference starting at 12:45 p.m. at the Payne's Point registration station to provide an overview of the action. DNR has issued 13,134 licenses for sturgeon spearing and...