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1/22/2021
Paul Wojahn of Oshkosh, right, speared this near 74-inch sturgeon weighing in at 117.8 pounds during the 2019 season on Winnebago fishing the inside of the island near Wendt’s. Paul was spearing with his father-in-law, Tim Miller, of Oconomowoc. The information below is courtesy of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Sturgeon Humor Diary by Ellis to Follow The Winnebago system is home to one of the largest lake sturgeon populati...
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  • 3/13/2020 8:55:00 AM
    Published March 10, 2020     Bonus Spring Turkey Harvest Authorizations On Sale March 16 Passionate About Deer Hunting? The DNR Wants To Hear From You Get Ready For "Earth Day At 50" With The Spring Issue Of Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine   Index Next   Bonus Spring Turkey Harvest Authorizations O...
  • 3/13/2020 8:50:00 AM
    Hello Winnebago System Fisheries Enthusiasts,  The annual bottom trawl assessment conducted on Lake Winnebago is one of the most important fisheries assessments for management of the fisheries community within the Winnebago System. The trawl assessment provides year class strength data for various game and forage...
  • 3/13/2020 8:50:00 AM
    Anglers All, Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, is a full-service tackle and fly shop offering a huge selection of baits and tackle for year round fishing. For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at 715/682-5754, and they will gladly keep you informed! Anglers All ...
  • 3/13/2020 8:50:00 AM
    Become a certified Angler Education (R3) Instructor by attending a training workshop.  You have two chances in the near future! 1. Thursday, March 12, 2020, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. We'll even provide dinner so you don't have to scurry home first!  Registration Deadline for West Allis workshop: Noon on Wednesday, M...
  • 3/5/2020 12:40:00 PM
    Wisconsin's forestry community worked together over the past year to draft Wisconsin’s 2020 Forest Action Plan. The purpose of the Forest Action Plan is to provide longā€term, comprehensive, coordinated strategies to help the forestry community refine how it collectively invests state, federal and leveraged partner resources to address major m...
  • 3/5/2020 12:40:00 PM
    Public hearings for Wisconsin's proposed 2020 waterfowl season structure will be held March 9-12. After public comments have been collected, the final season structure will be set by the Natural Resources Board at its April 9-10 meeting in Madison.  The 2020 waterfowl seasons will be based on the 2019 continental waterfowl population estimate...
  • 3/5/2020 12:40:00 PM
    Wisconsin Sport Show Tickets on Sale Now!March 20-22, 2020 - Chippewa Valley Expo Center, Eau Claire Discount tickets now on sale for only $7* onlineor pick them up at Eau Claire Festival Food locations andMenards stores in Eau Claire and Rice Lake.Children 11 years and younger FREE. This year's show features:-  Over 160 exhibitors-  Bo...
  • 3/5/2020 12:30:00 PM
    DNR Reminds Snowmobilers To Ride Responsibly    Contact(s): DNRPress@Wisconsin.gov or (608) 266-3143February 24, 2020 at 3:16:28 pm   MADISON, Wis. - Three people died while snowmobiling in Wisconsin this weekend, bringing the total to 17 deaths for the season. With snow in the forecast and more still on the grou...
  • 3/5/2020 12:30:00 PM
    Published February 25, 2020     Find Your Adventure: Apply For The 2020 Elk Hunt Starting March 1 New Fishing Regulations Effective April 1, 2020 Permanent Catfish Bow, Crossbow And Hand Fishing Regulations Effective March 1, 2020 Dozens Of Projects Receiving Grants To Reduce Harmful Diesel Emissions Incidental Take Notice ...
  • 3/5/2020 12:30:00 PM
    Application deadline remains Dec. 10, 2020       Bear application period delayed Application deadline remains Dec. 10, 2020     The opening of th...
  • 2/24/2020 11:30:00 AM
    Think Smart Before You Start. Be More Than Safe.    Contact(s): DNRPress@Wisconsin.gov or 608-266-3143February 21, 2020 at 4:37:00 pm MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin is the birthplace of snowmobiling and continues to offer some of the best snowmobiling opportunities around, especially in the northern part of the state. And w...
  • 2/24/2020 11:30:00 AM
    Published February 21, 2020   Fishing Hunting & Trapping Seasonal Conditions Wildlife Parks & Trails   Brook Trout caught during early catch and release season in Richland County.Photo credit: Dan Walchak. Outdoor Report is your weekly snapshot for all things outdoors from across the state. Here is a brief look at w...
  • 2/24/2020 11:30:00 AM
    Published February 20, 2020     Bird Crisis Reinvigorates Statewide Bird Conservation Coalition Fall Waterfowl Hunting Season Public Hearing Schedule Available Now Attention Trappers: Changes To Otter Season Natural Resources Board Monthly Meeting Feb. 26 In Madison DNR Recommends Avoiding Feeding Deer Entries Sought for W...
  • 2/24/2020 11:25:00 AM
    Daily Highlights Just three days remain in the 2020 sturgeon spear fishery on the Winnebago System. Surprisingly, the harvest from Lake Winnebago (28 fish) was higher than I would have expected and the Upriver Lakes harvest (1 fish) was less than I expected. Today's harvest brings the...
  • 2/21/2020 6:45:00 AM
    Contact(s): Adam Nickel, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Biologist, 920-424-3059, adam.nickel@wisconsin.govBruce Loberg, Butte des Morts Conservation Club, 920-209-5300, bwloberg@surecontrols.comChad Casper, Winnebago County Land and Water Conservation Department, 920-232-1955, CCasper@co.winnebago.wi.usFebruary 2...
  • 2/19/2020 7:35:00 AM
    DNR Senior Sturgeon Biologist Ryan Koenigs writes: There were 17 lake sturgeon harvested from the Winnebago System on day 11 of the 2020 spear fishery with 13 fish coming from Lake Winnebago and 4 from the Upriver Lakes. The first 11 days of the season have included a total harvest of 296 fish from Lake Winnebago and 270 fish from the ...
  • 2/19/2020 7:30:00 AM
    American Birkebeiner International Bridge Installation and Snow Placement on Main Street The American Birkebeiner International Bridge will be installed at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 63 beginning Tuesday, 2/18/20, at 7:00am, with installation complete around 5:00pm.  This bridge enables an estimated 13,500 skiers to safely cr...
  • 2/19/2020 7:30:00 AM
    Two weekends of the gamefish season left.  If the results from the past few weeks are any indication, there should be plenty of Walleye and Pike left! Actually, fishing seemed to improve as we got into the weekend, until Saturday evening when conditions changed and the bite shut down through Sunday. Yellow Perch:  Good-Poor (Sunday) &nd...
  • 2/18/2020 7:15:00 AM
    February 17, 2020 Steve Suman This week will bring an “interesting” mix of weather that includes snow, wintry mix, freezing drizzle, sunshine, and temperatures ranging from a low of about -15 degrees to a high in the low 40s! Overall, the area should offer very good conditions for the 46th Annual American Birkebeiner Wednesday through...
  • 2/18/2020 7:10:00 AM
    ishing WisconsinWinnebago System sturgeon spearing 2020 February 17, 2020. There were 30 lake sturgeon harvested from the Winnebago System today with 23 fish coming from Lake Winnebago and 7 from the Upriver Lakes. Stockbridge Harbor led the way with 7 fish registered followed by Jim and Linda's with 6 and Payne's Point and Wendt's each with ...
  • 2/17/2020 7:55:00 AM
    Outdoor ReportPublished February 14, 2020   Fishing Hunting & Trapping Seasonal Conditions Wildlife Parks & Trails   Trumpeter swans near the Art Oehmcke State Fish Hatchery in Woodruff.Photo credit: DNR Outdoor Report is your weekly snapshot for all things outdoors from across the state. Here is a brief look at wha...
  • 2/17/2020 7:50:00 AM
    NOTES FROM THE FIELD: DECEMBER 2019  A beautiful early morning view from the 7th Annual Great Creek Deer Hunt.Photo courtesy of WWIA Guide Jeremy Smith. Notes From the Field: December 2019 2019 was an...
  • 2/17/2020 7:45:00 AM
    Published February 11, 2020     Important Changes To 2021 Bear Season Application Hunters Register 3,792 Birds During 2019 Fall Turkey Hunt Help Improve Habitat For Wildlife DNR Service Center Counters and Call Center Unavailable During Staff Training Catastrophic Aid Request Approved For 15 Communities and Tribes Wild Wis...
  • 2/14/2020 6:20:00 AM
    Diana Sanders registered the biggest fish of the day on 2/12/2020. She registered her 111.5 pound, 72.8 inch fish at Critter's! February 13, 2020. - There were 27 lake sturgeon harvested on day 6 of the 2020 sturgeon spear fishery on the Winnebago System. Today's harvest of 17 fish from Lake Winnebago brings the season total to 143 fish, ...
  • 2/14/2020 6:20:00 AM
    Contact(s): Hunter Nikolai, Assistant Hunter Recruitment Specialist, 608-220-0668, hunter.nikolai@wisconsin.govFebruary 12, 2020 at 3:54:05 pm MADISON, Wis. - February is an ideal time to plan your spring turkey Learn to Hunt program, with classes typically taking place in mid to late March. Hunter Nikolai, assistant hunter recruitment speciali...