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  • 8/31/2020 12:30:00 PM
    Reports have been improving as we passed through a new moon phase and anglers saw better action. Water temps remain in the low to mid 70’s and patterns became clearer as more anglers probed about to figure them out. Bluegill: Good-Very Good.   Happens every year about the third week or so of August. Flying ants appear all over, fal...
  • 8/31/2020 12:25:00 PM
    Update for August 24   Date-regulated waters opening for wild rice harvest: Bayfield County Totagatic Lake - open August 26; closed August 27; and re-opens August 28 Burnett County Mud Hen Lake - open August 27 Washburn County Rice Lake - open August 26 Wild rice is an annual aquatic grass that ...
  • 8/31/2020 12:25:00 PM
    On August 17, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a pet dog in the Town of Sugar Camp, Oneida County. On August 19, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a trailing hound dog in the Town of Laona, Forest County. On August 20, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a tra...
  • 8/31/2020 12:25:00 PM
    DNR Seeks Input On Proposed ATV/UTV Route Connections In Northern Highland – American Legion State Forest SUGAR CAMP, Wis. –  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking input on proposed plans for improved access to ATV/UTV routes and trails in and around the Northern Highland – American Legion ...
  • 8/31/2020 12:25:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – Hunters can once again head to Wisconsin’s fields and marshes on Sept. 1  when the mourning dove, early teal and early Canada goose seasons open. To view a full list of waterfowl hunting seasons, consult the 2020 Wisconsin Hunting Regulations. Mourning Dove In 2020, the mourning dove hunting season will ...
  • 8/23/2020 2:30:00 PM
    Dear Hunters and Wildlife Enthusiasts of Wisconsin, My name is Randy Johnson, and I was recently hired as the state’s large carnivore biologist, responsible for overseeing bear, wolf and cougar programs. I’m originally from a small farming town in southwest Minnesota, and have been an avid outdoor user my entire life, including hunting...
  • 8/23/2020 2:30:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – People are connecting with Wisconsin’s great outdoors more than ever as the state continues to navigate the COVID-19 public health emergency. For those who need a place for space, Wisconsin has lots to offer. With 49 state parks, 15 state forests, 44 state trails, 84,000 miles of rivers and streams, and roughl...
  • 8/23/2020 2:25:00 PM
    On August 12, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a trailing hound dog in the Town of Laona, Forest County. On August 15, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a trailing hound dog in the Town of Eisenstein, Price County. On August 15, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depred...
  • 8/23/2020 2:25:00 PM
    LAKE MICHIGAN OUTDOOR FISHING REPORT - AUGUST 19, 2020 FISHING WISCONSIN In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on availability of reports and work schedules of field staff. REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps whi...
  • 8/23/2020 2:25:00 PM
    WOODRUFF, Wis. –  A master plan variance to open additional ATV/UTV routes and trails and establish a permanent snowmobile trail within the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area is now available for public comment. The proposed variance aims to provide better motorized recreational access to the property in two segments. A 1.3-mil...
  • 8/23/2020 2:25:00 PM
    SUPERIOR, Wis. – Starting this week, visitors to Pattison State Park in Douglas County will find all trails reopened, with seven new and improved boardwalks. In 2018, Little Manitou and the East Beaver Trail at Pattison State Park were closed due to a severe flood. Damage included downed trees, deep gullies and some areas scoured down t...
  • 8/23/2020 2:20:00 PM
    August 17, 2020 Steve Suman   The forecast shows a hit-and-miss week for sunshine and possible rain showers, but with no expectations of severe storms. Most daily highs are in the mid-70s to low 60s, so great weather –again – for outdoor recreation. While it might be difficult to believe (perhaps even more difficult to accept), ...
  • 8/23/2020 2:15:00 PM
    Countdown To Deer Season!   With just under a month before opening day, the best time of year in Wisconsin is almost here! Start putting your hunting plans into action during the bonus antlerless harvest authorization sale beginning Monday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. Harvest Authorization Purchasing Made Easy Review the list of units with bo...
  • 8/23/2020 2:15:00 PM
    These seem to be the dog days of August.  Fishing just so-so.  A good day here, followed by a tough couple days there. Bluegill:  Good – Best outside coontail edges, suspended down 8-12’ over 16’.  Tiny jigs, small leeches below small slip-floats best. Largemouth Bass:  Good-Fair – Work wacky worms...
  • 8/23/2020 2:15:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – Eligible disabled hunters hoping to participate in the 2020 gun deer hunt for hunters with disabilities must contact a hunt sponsor to sign up before Sept. 1. As of the June 1 sponsor application deadline, 76 sponsors have enrolled over 70,000 acres of land across 41 counties for this year's hunt, which wi...
  • 8/23/2020 2:15:00 PM
    With the cooling waters, fishing has been improving daily.  The fish are starting to enter the fall pre-turnover pattern.  The Northern Pike fishing has slowed a bit with the weather.  You can still catch fish, however the large numbers aren’t as available.  With the temperature change, they are spreading out off the deep...
  • 8/23/2020 2:10:00 PM
    BIRDING AND BIRD CONSERVATION Wisconsin is home to over 300 species of birds and has thousands of people who enjoy birds. Explore the links below for information on birds, bird identification, birding locations and how to get involved in bird conservation efforts. STATEWIDE BIRDING REPORT AS OF AUGUST 1...
  • 8/13/2020 5:05:00 PM
    Some break in the slow fishing last week came in the form of a front bringing clouds and wind and NOT cool weather by the weekend.  Fishing seemed to pick up, though not great, but better than previous couple weeks. Bluegill:  Poor-Good – Improved as weather warmed.  Active throughout.  Weed related, be it cabba...
  • 8/13/2020 5:05:00 PM
    Editor's Note: A previous version of this press release incorrectly stated the number of grouse in each sample set as a percentage.   MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has received the 2019 test results from the second year of the ruffed grouse West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance project. ...
  • 8/11/2020 10:35:00 AM
    August 10, 2020 Steve Suman This week should be similar to last week, with warm temperatures, mild nights, and low percentage chances for rain and thunderstorms, though increasing odds for the weekend. Great weather – get out and enjoy it! “Last week’s weather was ideal for outdoor activities on the Quiet Lakes,” says Pat...
  • 8/11/2020 10:35:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. — New efforts are underway to help Wisconsin's "creepy crawlies" — native frogs, salamanders, lizards and snakes — from perishing under the wheels of cars and trucks. Wisconsin residents and visitors are being asked to report road crossings where these reptiles and amphibians are found dead or alive to help bet...
  • 8/11/2020 10:35:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is asking the public to participate in Operation Deer Watch, an annual citizen-science survey that collects information on Wisconsin's white-tailed deer and gives residents an engaging opportunity to assist with deer herd management efforts. Participants can repo...
  • 8/11/2020 10:30:00 AM
    On August 3, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves a trailing hound dog in the Town of Bergen, Marathon 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 depredation") to help reduce con...
  • 8/10/2020 3:00:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will meet virtually for the August board meeting to consider several proposed emergency rules and informational items. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, originating from Public Meeting Room G09, State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St...
  • 8/10/2020 3:00:00 PM
    Fishing on Delavan has been a bit tough lately.  The boat traffic and fishing pressure both remain very high.  You can still catch some large fish but the numbers have been reduced significantly. Largemouth bass have moved from the deep weedlines into the shallows in 10 to 12 ft of water.  A lot of fish are also being caught around ...