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Kevin Wallenfang and his tournament winning, 46-inch musky just prior to release Fishing has been as hot as the weather for our circle of family and friends, and anglers participating in the 16th Annual Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic. The Classic was started in 2003 by fishing guide Patricia Strutz to memorialize Bob Ellis, a legendary northern Wisconsin row troller inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2008 for his im...
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  • 4/30/2014 2:30:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Sturgeon spawning seems to be slowing down on the Winnebago System.  Fish spawned pretty hard at the Sturgeon Trail last night and into this morning, but by early morning they had backed off substantially.  Our crew was able to handle 53 fish at this site today before things fizzled, incl...
  • 4/30/2014 2:25:00 PM
    After a long winter, we’re ready to go fishing! Enjoy this video message from DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp previewing what’s new this season and find links to help you get ready for that first fishing trip. Download DNR’s free fishing app now Check out fishing license discounts to take friends and family along t...
  • 4/30/2014 2:10:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:  Well the sturgeon run continues to linger on, but spawning activity was observed at additional sites today, Sunday April 27.  Numerous active spawning pods were once again present at the Sturgeon Trail in New London, where our crew tagged 91 fish today.  The largest fish han...
  • 4/30/2014 2:05:00 PM
    Hello – Anglers just might get that chance to fish open water and ice fish on the opening day of the 2014 inland season. Next week I’ll work to get you a roundup of the latest ice/fishing conditions and license sales numbers and we’ll put out some safety reminder tips and an update on where we are with stocking of catchable trout....
  • 4/30/2014 1:00:00 PM
  • 4/24/2014 10:00:00 PM
    Milwaukee, Racine and Waukesha counties now meet all federal standards MADISON, Wis. -- Sustained efforts by manufacturers, utilities and the transportation industry to reduce fine particle pollution achieved a long-sought victory Tuesday as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared Milwaukee, Racine and Waukesha ...
  • 4/24/2014 10:00:00 PM
    State wildlife biologists share why to ‘Keep Wildlife Wild’ MADISON -- Mother Nature's wildlife nursery will be swinging into high gear over the next two months, and state wildlife officials are reminding people that this nursery operates much differently than a human nursery.  -  Read Full Article Deer Managem...
  • 4/24/2014 10:00:00 PM
    MADISON - In response to annual tribal walleye harvest declarations from the Chippewa tribes for waters in the Ceded Territory covering the northern third of Wisconsin, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp has issued the following statement: "Responding to Chippewa tribal declarations, the DNR is obligated to establish a one-walleye daily bag limit for...
  • 4/22/2014 2:00:00 PM
    Because of the harsh winter we’ve had here in the northland, the ice still has not broken up on Chequamegon Bay, so the smelt have not started spawning. In fact, the Ashland area received another 6-8 inches of snow on Wednesday. The “smelt run” usually starts around the third or fourth week in April, shortly after ice-out on ...
  • 4/22/2014 2:00:00 PM
    Air to ground: Planes, trucks and boots all part of warden response The first thing Warden Supervisor Joe Jerich did when he found the shivering, wet missing 17-year-old canoeist in a remote area of Ozaukee County was think of what the teen’s worried mother needed. “I handed him my phone and told him to call his mom,” Jerich said...
  • 4/22/2014 1:55:00 PM
    FAQs: Special Edition -  Deer Hunting Rule Changes; April 17, 2014 Welcome to Part 2 of the Warden Wire's FAQs: Special Edition - Deer Hunting Rule Changes for 2014. This is a periodic feature. These special edition FAQs were taken by the DNR Call Center, the Department of Natural Resources' conservation wardens an...
  • 4/17/2014 9:25:00 PM
    Denny Murawska It is that interface between the air world and the water world that we seek to penetrate. There be mysteries down there, and few things titillate the senses more than dipping our dimensional probes deep into the unseen fathoms of imagination. It is for this reason, and many others, that when given a choice, I prefer bottom fishing. ...
  • 4/17/2014 8:45:00 PM
    Just wanted to pass this along for successful first-time turkey hunters! Free DNR "First Turkey Certificate" new way to honor first-time turkey hunting success MADISON - More than 135,000 hunters take to the woods each year in Wisconsin to pursue the wild turkey, many for the first time. To help preserve these memories, the Departm...
  • 4/16/2014 12:55:00 PM
    MADISON - Over 7,000 people came out to participate in the 2014 Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings that were held in every county statewide on Monday, April 14. The information hearings provide citizens with an opportunity to comment and indicate preference on a wide range of fish and wildli...
  • 4/16/2014 12:45:00 PM
    May 3 inland fishing opener kicks off another exciting year of fishingNew this year: largemouth bass harvest available statewideEditor’s note: This and the trout stocking release are the first in a series of releases relating to the 2014 fishing season. Check back in coming weeks for stories on new informational tools available for anglers, f...
  • 4/16/2014 12:05:00 PM
      April 14, 2014 Vol. 15 No. 14 Bipartisan Legislation Preserves, ProtectsAmerica's Hunting and Outdoor Traditions REACH OUT TO SENATORS, URGE CO-SPONSORSHIP OF BIPARTISAN SPORTSMEN'S ACT . . . U.S. senators will spend the next two weeks in their home states for the Eas...
  • 4/16/2014 12:00:00 PM
    Because of our harsh winter here in the northland, the ice has not yet broken up on Chequamegon Bay so the smelt have not started spawning. The “smelt run” usually starts around the third week in April shortly after ice-out on the bay and lasts only 12-14 days. Visitors and locals alike love the short but sweet smelt season on ...
  • 4/16/2014 12:00:00 PM
    FAQs: Special Edition (#1) - Deer Hunting Rule Changes for 2014 Welcome to another Warden Wire special edition series of Frequently Asked Questions. This series is dedicated to the deer hunting rule changes. The FAQs: Special Edition - Deer Hunting Rule Changes for 2014 will be a periodic feature. Today is the first installment...
  • 4/10/2014 3:40:00 PM
    Kids 15 years and younger will mark the arrival of spring by attending the 30th Annual Kids’ Fishing Clinics this Saturday, April 12,  at  park ponds and lagoons in Milwaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington and Waukesha counties. The free clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will receive instruction ...
  • 4/10/2014 3:40:00 PM
    If you haven’t weighed in on the 2014 deer season yet, there is still time!  Every spring, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources offers you an opportunity to weigh in and provide input that is used in making recommendations that will affect deer management in Wisconsin.  You can easily do so from the comfort of your...
  • 4/10/2014 3:40:00 PM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Spring finally springing in Wisconsin: spring wildfire season underway, spring fish and wildlife hearings next week, spring peepers peeping What a difference a week can make in the Northwoods. Last week pe...
  • 4/10/2014 3:20:00 PM
    MADISON - White-nose syndrome, a bat disease that has spread to 23 states and killed up to 5 million bats since 2006, has been confirmed in Wisconsin, state natural resources officials announced today. Results from visual inspection and genetic and tissue tests completed earlier this month showed that 2 percent of bats in a singl...
  • 4/10/2014 3:15:00 PM
    Dear Wisconsin DNR Safety Instructor:  This notice is to advise you that the optional field exercises have been permanently removed from the Department’s ATV and Snowmobile safety programs.  The primary reason is the student operating an ATV or snowmobile during a course of operation cannot be controlled or reached if immediate co...
  • 4/10/2014 3:15:00 PM
    DES MOINES – The first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a wild Iowa deer has been confirmed. The deer was reported as harvested in Allamakee County during the first shotgun season in early December. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is currently working to obtain as much information as possible about the infected deer to imple...
  • 4/10/2014 3:10:00 PM
    MADISON -- A new accessible fishing pier will be constructed at Peninsula State Park, thanks to a $25,000 donation the state Natural Resources Board accepted at its April 9 meeting in Madison. The Alan Rheinschmidt Memorial Fund donated the $25,000, which will fund an accessible fishing pier at the Nicolet Bay boat launch area at P...