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  • 6/3/2021 8:50:00 AM
    Wisconsin’s cave bats are back at their summer roosts and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking volunteers to count bats emerging from their bat houses or other roosts at sunset on one night between June 4-6.  This count and another taken later in the summer are known collectively as the ...
  • 6/3/2021 8:50:00 AM
    May 31, 2021 Steve Suman   Memorial Day weekend weather in the North Woods was mostly good, though somewhat cool. Those desiring warmer temperatures will get their wish this week, with sunshine and highs in the 80-degree range. This “trend” looks as if it will last most of this month ‑ and summer does not officially begin until ...
  • 6/3/2021 8:50:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting artwork entries for the Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests. The winning art will appear on the 2022 Wisconsin Wild Turkey Stamp.Every year, local artists from around Wisconsin compete for the opportunity to have their artwork featu...
  • 6/3/2021 8:45:00 AM
    May 24, 2021 Steve Suman   The forecast for this week shows a number of “chances for showers and thunderstorms” days, along with a cooling trend. Rain alone is not a terrible problem, but it is a good idea to watch for thunderstorms, particularly if you are recreating in open areas or spending time on the water. Friday through t...
  • 6/3/2021 8:45:00 AM
    Free Fun Weekend And Park Capacity Updates Plus, Help Turtles And Trees, And Think Smart Before You Start Photo Credit: Travel Wisconsin Join us for our 9th annual Free Fun Weekend, June 5-6. Park admission fees, fishing licenses and trail passes will be ...
  • 6/3/2021 8:45:00 AM
      NOTES FROM THE FIELD: March/April 2021 A picturesque scene from the 8th Annual Kansas Cast & Blast in Cawker City, KS.Photo courtesy of WWIA Guide John Keeney and WWIA Lead Associate Matt Brannon. ...
  • 5/24/2021 5:15:00 PM
                Largemouth bass are still spawning or trying to spawn in 2-5 ft of water.  The hard sand areas are producing most of the action.  Look for the fish by Lake Lawn Lodge or by the outlet bridge.  I’ve been catching most of my fish either with a nightcrawler on a si...
  • 5/24/2021 5:15:00 PM
    The smallmouth bass are a few days from really spawning hard on their flats.  Look for the fish by the Military Academy, Elgin Club, Knollwood and Belvidere Park.  The best presentation has either been drop shotting small green pumpkin finesse worms or dragging football head jigs with Chompers grubs.  Most of my guide parties, I have...
  • 5/24/2021 4:15:00 PM
    May 17, 2021 Steve Suman   The forecast indicates a warm week, but with rain showers possible from Tuesday evening through the weekend. However, if forecast history is an indicator (and it IS!), those showers might never reach fruition. Go forward with your outdoor recreation plans, but have a “Plan B” ‑ and keep an eye on the s...
  • 5/24/2021 4:15:00 PM
                Overall fishing remains inconsistent.  The best bites on the lake are the bluegills and largemouth bass.  There has been some walleyes and smallmouth action; however the bite changes with the day so it’s pretty tough to decipher a pattern.  This cold weather has...
  • 5/24/2021 4:15:00 PM
                    With the up and down temperatures the lake remains pretty cold which is causing some inconsistent fishing.  The best bite on the lake is perch and largemouth bass.  Stable weather is predicted and that will help turn on the smallmouth bass and blueg...
  • 5/24/2021 4:10:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the City of Thorp is an applicant for funding through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP) to address deficiencies in its public drinking water system. The project includes the replacement of lead service lines throughout the City of Tho...
  • 5/24/2021 4:10:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. (April 29, 2021) – The Department of Tourism’s Office of Outdoor Recreation launched the first Outdoor Business Directory for Wisconsin’s outdoor recreation industry. The directory is hosted on the Office’s new website and aims to connect outdoor recreation-related businesses, manufactu...
  • 5/24/2021 4:10:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – With summer right around the corner, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that outdoor capacities for events, activities and outdoor facilities such as group campgrounds, open-air shelters and amphitheaters is increasing at properties across the State Park System. The following changes are ...
  • 5/24/2021 4:10:00 PM
    It's Wisconsin Bird Conservation Week! Coinciding with the peak of spring bird migration, Governor Tony Evers proclaimed the week of May 16-22 as Wisconsin Bird Conservation Week, encouraging Wisconsinites to celebrate birds as natural treasures, respect our shared habitats and reflect on their importance. This week and every week, birds...
  • 5/24/2021 4:10:00 PM
    Birdwatchers Enjoying A Bounty Of Birdsong And Color As Birds Return Birdwatchers are delighting in a bounty of song and color as birds continue to return statewide. Baltimore and orchard orioles, scarlet tanagers, indigo buntings, rose-breasted grosbeaks, ruby-throated hummingbirds and other backyard favorites like house wrens, gray catbirds, Ame...
  • 5/24/2021 4:10:00 PM
    Help spread the word....20th Anniversary of 9/11Flag Raising CeremonySaturday, September 11th at 11 AMwithFREE Admission for allActive and Retired Military andFirst Responderscourtesy of Sport Rider of Altoona   Wisconsin Sport Show - Fall Edition  September 10, 11 and 12, 2021 Northern WI State Fairgrounds - Chippewa Falls  ...
  • 5/14/2021 1:20:00 PM
    Titusville, Florida (May 11, 2021) – Introducing Power Pux, the industry’s first powered quick-release bracket for GPS-guided trolling motors and a Boating Industry’s 2021 Top 50 Product. Power Pux eliminates the need for a long power cable and exposed plugs.  Those in the boating industry have used a variety of ma...
  • 5/12/2021 10:20:00 AM
    Retired WDNR Fish Manager Roger Kerr of Boscobel I moved to Boscobel in 1972 to become the fish manager for Grant, Lafayette and Richland counties. Trout fishing was very popular in these counties then (and in all of southwest Wisconsin) but the trout fishery was 98% dependent on stocking and trout were actually scarce in most streams. Also, there...
  • 5/12/2021 10:10:00 AM
    Rick Callies shows off the 19-1/2 inch largemouth just shy of 4 pounds that took the top honors in the Lake Tichigan Wednesday Night Catch & Release Bass League May 5.  The nice bass fell to a frog and, of course, was released to fight another day. The Kettle Moraine Golf Club (https://golfkmgc.com  262-965-6200)   PGA Pro...
  • 5/12/2021 9:45:00 AM
    The main lakes water temperature is still hovering around 49 degrees.  Unfortunately fishing on Lake Geneva is tough but should be improving if we get some nice weather that sticks around for a while. The bass have not yet begun to spawn.  This bite is very predictable once the water starts to warm.  With the very cold water, the fi...
  • 5/12/2021 9:45:00 AM
    The weather continues to cause fishermen trouble. This past week it was cold and the very high winds that made fishing difficult.  Overall, the fishing has been pretty good considering Mother Nature’s challenges.  With a few warm days, the fish should really turn on.  However, the forecast is for continued cool temperatures.&nb...
  • 5/12/2021 9:40:00 AM
    May is a time for celebrations: Graduations, birthdays, teacher appreciation week,  Mother's Day and more. We’re also celebrating good news about our favorite animal mother! Whooping crane #38-17, who flew into history as the first whooping crane known to survive a Wisconsin winter, is nesting again in Wisconsin with her mate #63-1...
  • 5/12/2021 9:40:00 AM
    FISHING WISCONSIN In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on the availability of reports and the work schedules of field staff. This fishing report information comes from our creel survey clerks, who work in the lakeshore areas from March through ...
  • 5/12/2021 9:40:00 AM
    May 10, 2021 Steve Suman   This should be a mild and sunny week until... the weekend, when chances for rain make an appearance. Otherwise, look for sunshine, highs in the mid to upper 60s, and nighttime lows from the upper 20s to low 40s. Nice ‑ take advantage and get outdoors!   “This is such a fun time of year,&rdqu...