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2/15/2021
On Wisconsin Outdoors saved 2000 papers from our 100,000 January/February press run specifically to give us an excuse to tour the Winnebago system and drop papers at registration stations, restaurants and taverns as spearers and onlookers celebrated day 2 of the season. If you have not participated in this great event one way or another, I highly recommend you jump in soon.  Besides, what more romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day ...
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  • 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...
  • 2/13/2020 8:15:00 AM
    Daily Recap and Highlights   Today was day 4 of the 2020 sturgeon spearing season, meaning that 25% of the season is now complete. There were 35 lake sturgeon harvested today with 15 fish coming from Lake Winnebago and 20 from the Upriver Lakes. The Upriver Lakes harvest inc...
  • 2/12/2020 7:50:00 AM
    February 10, 2020 Steve Suman   The past weekend saw reasonably moderate temperatures (for February), but this week will see a return to more typical temperatures, with lows dropping to double-digit subzero numbers a few nights. Some wind and flurries in the forecast, too, with high temperatures ranging from 4-32 degrees.   “Fi...
  • 2/12/2020 7:50:00 AM
    Daily Recap and Highlights   There were 32 lake sturgeon harvested during day 3 of the 2020 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System. The 13 fish registered from Lake Winnebago today bring the season total to 87 fish, while the 19 fish registered on the Upriver Lakes bring that season total to 14...
  • 2/12/2020 7:50:00 AM
    Weekly NewsPublished 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 Tribe...
  • 2/10/2020 1:00:00 PM
    WI Sport Show Tickets on sale now 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...
  • 2/10/2020 12:55:00 PM
    We are hosting an all-women’s event August 7-9th at Camp Bird in Crivitz, WI for ages 18 and up, where we are offering outdoor activities in a welcome, unpretentious environment. We are partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, local chapters of nonprofit organizations, and area businesses to offer you this opportunity ...
  • 2/10/2020 12:45:00 PM
    Daily Recap and Highlights   Snow, snow, and more snow! Day 2 of the 2020 sturgeon spearing season was highlighted by snow storm Eleanor and big fish. The largest fish of the day was 142.3 pounds, 80.0 inches, and registered at Wendt's by William Thern. Andrew Dumask's 139.3 pound, 78.2 inch s...
  • 2/10/2020 12:40:00 PM
    Attention Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:   Day 1 of the 2020 spearing season went about as expected.  Due to variable ice conditions throughout Lake Winnebago, the DNR was anticipating a reduction in spearing effort for the opener. Further, the unfavorable water clarity was&...
  • 2/10/2020 12:15:00 PM
    Sign up now for the Fishing for Dinner class in Onalaska, near La Crosse.   Classroom sessions will be held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Center in Onalaska.  We'll fish from the Water's Edge Resort in Stoddard. Registration deadline is February 12 and the form is found here. The 5-session class begins on Februa...
  • 2/10/2020 12:10:00 PM
    Decade Of Growth Safeguards More Rare Wildlife And Habitats Van Vliet Hemlocks in Vilas County is among new State Natural Areas acquired over the last decade.Photo credit: Thomas Meyer Contact(s): Thomas Meyer, Conservation Biologist, 608-266-0394, Thomas.meyer@wisconsin.gov OR Jared Urban, SNA Volunteer Program Coordinator, 608-22...
  • 2/10/2020 12:10:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: The 2020 sturgeon spearing season will commence in less than 24 hours and some spearers are likely already on the ice cutting holes and setting up their shanties. I’d like to first wish everyone a safe and enjoyable spearing season! Hopefully these cooler nights will firm up ice ...