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  • 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 ...
  • 8/10/2020 3:00:00 PM
    Smallmouth bass are in the 20-25 ft depth range off of weed points.  The best location has been by the Military Academy or by Fontana.  The best approach has been lindy rigging nightcrawlers or jumbo leeches.  Drop shot anglers are also catching quality fish. Largemouth bass remain in the deeper water from 20 ft down to 30 ft. ...
  • 8/10/2020 2:55:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – With over 15,000 lakes and 84,000 miles of rivers and streams, thousands of Wisconsinites and visitors flock to shorelines for a chance to get on the water. What makes for a fun activity can also quickly turn dangerous. In Wisconsin, 89% of the 2019 boat fatalities were not wearing life jackets. Nationwide, that statisti...
  • 8/10/2020 2:55:00 PM
    Kit Contains Visuals, Data, B-Roll & Interviews    MADISON, Wis — In partnership with the news release you received earlier titled "Water Safety Always Starts With A Life Jacket" the DNR has created a Water Safety Toolkit for use in your coverage. Contained within this kit is water fatality data, water safety-related ima...
  • 8/10/2020 2:55:00 PM
    Hello deer hunter, We are sending you this email because our records indicate you purchased a Wisconsin deer hunting license before the Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless harvest authorizations included with your license were available. Depending on the deer management unit, up to five Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless harvest authorizations may be incl...
  • 8/5/2020 11:35:00 AM
    The previous week’s poor fishing looks good now!  Cooling water temps due to night time lows below 50 degrees have lakes going through a major chill, many loosing 10 degrees or more of surface temps in the past couple days. Northern Pike:  Fair – On windy or cloud covered days, Pike moving up to weed tops to take spinner bait...
  • 8/5/2020 11:30:00 AM
    On August 1, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed one trailing hound dog and injured another trailing hound dog in the Town of Barnes, Bayfield County.  On August 1, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed 3 trailing hound dogs in the Town of Fifield, Price County. More information and caution-area...
  • 8/5/2020 11:30:00 AM
    August 3, 2020 Steve Suman Forecasts show another beautiful, slightly cooler week ahead, with a few rain chances. The lows in the 40s and 70-degree highs are nearly perfect for all outdoor activities, so take advantage of this weather while it is available! “Recent weather certainly helped aquatic life in the Quiet Lakes,” says Pat a...
  • 8/5/2020 11:30:00 AM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva, remains a very consistent bite.  Most fish species are very active and able to be caught.             Northern Pike fishing has been the most consistent pattern.  The fish are now positioned from 32-35 ft.  Most of the fish are averaging around 26 inches ...
  • 8/5/2020 11:30:00 AM
    The fish are in their mid summer patterns.  The water temperatures have increased so most of the fish are in the deeper water and aggressively hitting.  With the excessive rains we had a couple of weeks ago, there is a severe algae bloom on the lake.               &nbs...
  • 8/5/2020 11:25:00 AM
    Redesign Places Emphasis On Ease Of Use MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is excited to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website developed to be faster and more user-friendly. The goal of the new website is to provide visitors an easier way to learn about the DNR’s services. It will provide ...
  • 8/5/2020 11:25:00 AM
    STATEWIDE BIRDING REPORT AS OF AUGUST 3RD, 2020 Although nesting season is winding down for most species, cedar waxwings are late nesters. Some have begun to fledge young while others are still building nests! Photo by Ryan Brady. August is here, and with it comes the tail end of breeding season for most species and the start of migration f...