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  • 7/11/2019 12:15:00 PM
    Water temperatures have shot up this past week and are now in the mid to upper 70 degree range. This recent swing in temperatures has really had an impact on the fishing and it has changed things quite a bit. Our walleye bite has been the most impacted this past week and it has transitioned to a much deeper bite with most of our fish now holding...
  • 7/11/2019 12:15:00 PM
    July 8, 2019 Steve Suman   The forecast indicates Tuesday night through Wednesday night could be a bit rough and wet, but is somewhat encouraging from then through the weekend. Outdoor activities abound in the North Woods, so get out and enjoy the summer weather! (Have you noticed the days are getting shorter? Just sayin’...)   ...
  • 7/11/2019 12:15:00 PM
    Carolyn from Anglers All reports:  The conditions have remained the same the last couple of days, leaving this report the same as last wk. Fishing really have been great! Right now the water temp has moved to the 70′s. This temperature change has just happened. As temps rise there are still fish in the upper water column as wel...
  • 7/11/2019 12:10:00 PM
    July 1, 2019 Steve Suman   According to forecasts, a moderately warm week lies ahead, with some rain possible. Rain chances after Monday night are about 30 percent – which is 70 percent against showers – so not bad odds! Whatever your plans for July 4th, have a safe and fun holiday celebration!   “Summer s...
  • 7/11/2019 12:05:00 PM
                Fishing on Lake Geneva is pretty good right now.  It’s tough to get out on Geneva since Delavan fishing is outstanding but plenty of fish can be caught on Geneva too and the boat launch is much more pleasant.           &n...
  • 7/11/2019 12:05:00 PM
    With the temperatures stabilizing this past week we have seen a surge in activity from some really big fish. Not that we haven’t been catching big fish already this year but this past week some real giants have made their way to the boat. If you are into really big fresh water fishing the musky activity has gone through the roof and the bi...
  • 7/11/2019 12:00:00 PM
                    Fishing on Lake Geneva continues to be very good.  The boat traffic has been very intense.  Due to vacation season, you need to go early in the a.m.                 Smallmou...
  • 7/11/2019 12:00:00 PM
                    Fishing remains very good.  Even the hot weather hasn’t hurt the productivity or the size of the fish.  The only factor continues to be the excessive boat traffic.              ...
  • 7/11/2019 11:55:00 AM
                Fishing remains excellent.  You need to go early to avoid the crowds.  Most days there are between 100-150 fishermen out on the lake.  The fishing has been awesome for bluegills and largemouth bass.             L...
  • 7/10/2019 3:35:00 PM
    Published - July 2, 2019 by the Central Office     Spring waterfowl survey results show good production and above average wetland conditions First statewide native mussel survey in 40 years reveals mixed trends Biologists ask paddlers, anglers and others to photograph and report native mussels Conservation biologists tu...
  • 7/10/2019 3:35:00 PM
    On 7/7/19, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a Cur trailing hound in the Town of Rusk, Burnett 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 depreda...
  • 7/10/2019 3:35:00 PM
    Published by Central Office July 2, 2019 Contact(s): Jesse Weinzinger, 608-397-0198; Lisie Kitchel, 608-266-5248 Species once commercially important now recognized for ecosystem importance MADISON - The first statewide survey for native mussels in 40 years in Wisconsin shows these water-cleaning clams are facing mixed fortunes. M...
  • 7/10/2019 3:35:00 PM
    By Central Office July 9, 2019 Contact(s): Alison Mikulyuk, DNR lakes and rivers team leader, 608-264-8947 MADISON - The Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing on July 10 to provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the department's surface water grant program and provide comments on the draft of a n...
  • 7/10/2019 3:35:00 PM
    Published - July 9, 2019 by the Central Office     Final year of reintroduction effort provides more than 60 Kentucky elk to Wisconsin's Northwoods No sharp-tailed grouse permits issued for fall 2019 August 1 deadline approaches for furbearer trapping and hunting seasons Photo contest winners capture the natural beauty ...
  • 7/10/2019 3:30:00 PM
    By Central Office July 1, 2019 Contact(s): Bill Hogseth, DNR wildlife biologist, 715-839-3771 or Dave Zielke, Chair, Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Team, 715-379-4060 EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress will host a public meeting regarding the status of chronic wasting...
  • 7/10/2019 3:30:00 PM
      Photo contest, Girl Scouts in state parks, camping, DNR at 50 and more News & Reviews July 2019 Snap your best for photo contest The annual state properties photo contest sponsored by Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is open! Get out to state parks, forests, t...
  • 7/10/2019 3:30:00 PM
    Wisconsin Natural Resources BoardBriefs of Action Briefs of action (BOAs) are summaries of motions and votes at a Board meeting. Board meeting minutes were discontinued in March 2013; as of April 2013, each meeting's brief of action and webcast serve as the official record. 2019 briefs of action May 2019 NRB brief of action ...
  • 7/10/2019 3:30:00 PM
        Grants Now Available for Non-Profit Organizations to Help Veteran Entrepreneurs, Improve Employment Applications Due July 31, 2019 at 4:00 pm MADISON —The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) announced today that grant applications are now being accepted from registered 501(c)(3) ...
  • 7/10/2019 3:30:00 PM
      Fishing Lake Michigan and Green Bay Check out the Lake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report to read the latest creel clerk reports that tell you what's biting and where from northern and southern Lake Michigan and Green Bay!    Remembe...
  • 6/29/2019 11:10:00 AM
    June 17, 2019 Steve Suman   The 70th Annual Musky Festival and Hayward Lions Catch and Release Fishing Contest are this week and weekend so it is no surprise the forecast is full of rain “chances” after Wednesday. This actually might be a good thing, as recent forecasts show a poor track record! Pack rain gear, watch the sky, jo...
  • 6/29/2019 11:10:00 AM
    June 24, 2019 Steve Suman   Rain forced cancellation of this past Sunday’s Musky Fest Parade, but the weather was pleasant for event activities Thursday through Saturday. This week will be warm, with highs in the mid to upper 80s, and a good number of days with “chances” of rain. It is difficult to tell what that means, as...
  • 6/29/2019 11:10:00 AM
    Fishing remains fantastic on Delavan Lake.  The really good news has been that the boat traffic has been very light.  The fish are on the weedline but have yet to really school very hard. Chuck with a nice double on Delavan Lake, Lindy rigged nightcrawlers Largemouth bass remain either in the shallows in 5-6 ft of water or on the deep...
  • 6/29/2019 11:10:00 AM
    Fishing remains very good.  Most of the game fish are very active with the warmer water temp.  The water temps haven’t risen enough to make the fish go deep.  Most of the fish can be found in 15 ft of water or less.  Right now all the fish have completed spawning and are aggressively feeding. Largemouth bass can be caught...
  • 6/29/2019 10:55:00 AM
    By John Luthens  I left Wisconsin on an early-summer morning: flowers budding, insects humming, blades of grass sharpening into splendid shades of green. I remember stopping for the night at a nameless inn somewhere in Nebraska. The cornfield terrain was flat as a billiard table, but I slept restlessly and rolled the starchy sheets on the mot...
  • 6/29/2019 10:35:00 AM
      NOTES FROM THE FIELD: MAY 2019  This epic sunrise shot taken from the 7th Annual KS Cast & Blast. Photo credit to WWIA Guide John Keeney. Notes From the Field...