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  • 7/29/2020 1:00:00 PM
    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 while fishing on the waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and the WI/MI, WI/MN and WI/IA boundary waters. Southe...
  • 7/29/2020 1:00:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – In light of scientific data and concerns over population viability, there will be no sharp-tailed grouse hunting season this fall. With no permits available, no applications will be made available or accepted this year. Each year, the Sharp-tailed Grouse Advisory Committee uses spring mating survey data to r...
  • 7/29/2020 1:00:00 PM
    On July 25, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a trailing hound dog in the Town of Pence, Iron 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 redu...
  • 7/29/2020 12:55:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The public access to Tichigan Lake on Bridge Drive in the Town of Waterford will be closed from August 3-14 for a paving project. The access site will not be open to the public during that time. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Engineer, Eyad Omari, and the Wisconsin Department of Administration Con...
  • 7/22/2020 11:50:00 AM
    Ride Responsibly: New ATV/UTV Safety Laws A close-up view of an ATV. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to stay safe and to be courteous to others by following the new All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and Utility T...
  • 7/22/2020 11:50:00 AM
    July 20, 2020 Steve Suman   The forecast indicates Wednesday and Thursday as the high points this week. Rain and thunderstorms are possible for the other days, but highs in the low 70s to mid 80s offer a short respite from the extreme heat. Enjoy some outdoor recreation these days – hot temperatures return this weekend and next week! ...
  • 7/22/2020 11:50:00 AM
    Over the last few weeks, fishing has been very good and continues to be good due to the warm weather.  Almost all of the species that swim in the waters of Lake Geneva are accessible for the taking. Northern Pike fishing has moved to the thermocline.  The thermocline is at approximately 30-35 ft.  Chubs fished on a lindy rig produce...
  • 7/22/2020 11:50:00 AM
      Henry Repeating Arms Gears Up For The Henry 180 At Road America The NASCAR Xfinity Series Race to Include Custom Trophy Rifles, Giveaways, Free Admission for Frontline Healthcare ...
  • 7/22/2020 11:40:00 AM
    Mike Yurk “Girls need to go fishing too,” my oldest daughter Lisa Hein told me when she had her first daughter and our first granddaughter. That was some fifteen years ago. Now that daughter Amelia is fifteen years old and she and her sister Abigail, soon to turn thirteen are visiting Grandpa and Grandma in northwestern Wisconsin, for...
  • 7/18/2020 10:10:00 AM
    By John Luthens It’s the lazy depths of Wisconsin summer. Dogs lolling in the shade, birds perched silent in canopied fortresses of green. Humidity presses deep and heavy as an ocean of glass and the clouds in the sky are billowed high and stranded like sailboats awaiting a breath of wind. Basking in the silent sights, I drive towards the e...
  • 7/18/2020 10:05:00 AM
                    Lake Trout fishing has been good.  They are being caught ½ hour before first light until 6:30 a.m. and again at dusk.  They can be caught on nickel/silver or nickel/green spoons.  Most of the fish are being caught between 75 and 80 ft of...
  • 7/18/2020 10:05:00 AM
    Fishing continues to be excellent. Northern Pike can be caught on the deep weed lines.  The best approach is lindy rigging small suckers or chubs, in a depth range of 20-24 feet.  Other approaches that have had success, include trolling large deep diving crank baits or spoon plugs on the outside of the weed lines.  The best trolling ...
  • 7/18/2020 10:00:00 AM
      Henry Repeating Arms President and Owner, Anthony Imperato, designed and donated 88 limited edition Henry “Ethan’s Army” Edition Golden Boy lever-action rifles to benefit the family of 2-yea...
  • 7/18/2020 10:00:00 AM
    A reprieve from the heat helped cool the lakes a little, lake surface temps dropped from low to mid 80’s to the mid 70’s.  Climbing again at this writing, but looks like it will cool again before a warm up this weekend. Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – Actively feeding in 8-12’ cabbage flats, anglers doing very well ...
  • 7/18/2020 10:00:00 AM
    July 13, 2020 Steve Suman   This week’s forecast shows rain and thunderstorm chances through Tuesday, and clear and sunny mid-week. Chances for rain and thunderstorms, and a warming trend, return Friday night through the weekend. That is reaching out a ways and subject to change. It is a great summer in the North Woods, despite the un...
  • 7/18/2020 10:00:00 AM
    Ride Responsibly: New ATV/UTV Safety Laws    A close-up view of an ATV. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to stay safe and to be courteous to others by following the new All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) laws passed by t...
  • 7/18/2020 9:55:00 AM
    By Paul Smirl Wisconsin has more than 15,000 lakes, 1,000-plus miles of Great Lakes shoreline and roughly 150 species of fish. Angling is astonishingly accessible with bass, bluegills, bullheads, crappies, catfish, muskie, perch, pike, and walleye all ready for reeling in. Lakes Michigan and Superior offer fantastic charter fishing o...
  • 7/18/2020 9:55:00 AM
    Got Swifts? Survey Seeks To Identify Chimneys Providing Bird Habitat Pilot Project Aims To Help Owners Pay For Repairs To Preserve Habitat   A chimney swift and its baby nest inside a chimney. / Photo Credit: Nancy J. Nabak MADISON, Wis. – Brick chimneys may be a key component to c...
  • 7/18/2020 9:55:00 AM
    On July 5, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a trailing hound dog and injured two other trailing hounds in the Town of Millston, Jackson 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.w...
  • 7/18/2020 9:55:00 AM
    July 6, 2020 Steve Suman   This week’s forecast looks a bit cooler, except Wednesday, but with chances for storms nearly every day until Friday and into the weekend. Chances for rain aside, these hot and sunny summer days encourage considerable outdoor activity.   “It is summer, hot and humid, and biting insects are out i...
  • 7/18/2020 9:55:00 AM
    Fishing overall has been very good.  The warmer weather of last week has increased the boat traffic on the lake.  Summer is here, the best time to fish is either early morning or late evening. Largemouth bass have been a bit spotty.  One day I can really get into them and the next day it’s a little tougher.  The bass I&rs...
  • 7/18/2020 9:55:00 AM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake continues to be very good.  The only downfall has been the tremendous fishing pressure and boat traffic.  Some mornings when I launch at 5:00 am, I’m about the 50th boat on the lake.  With the excessive fishing pressure it is not hard to tell where the good spots on the lake are, just look for the boats....
  • 7/18/2020 9:50:00 AM
    Clean Waters Clean Boats inspector Salina Walters at a central Wisconsin boat landing. / Photo Credit Central Sand RD&C MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin residents and visitors that are passionate about protecting waters from aquatic invasive species know the impact they can have on state waters and native species. For nearly 15 years Cle...
  • 6/30/2020 1:20:00 PM
    June 22, 2020 Steve Suman   The current forecast predicts a very pleasant week ahead, with most lows in the 50s and highs ranging from 73 to 85 degrees. While there are chances for rain, they are at this time less than 30 percent. Take advantage of this great weather – the days are now growing shorter!   “The Quiet Lakes ...
  • 6/30/2020 1:20:00 PM
    Bear Hunting Application Period For 2021 Season Opens July 1   MADISON, Wis. – The application period for the 2021 bear hunting season will open July 1 after the successful completion of legislative review. The application deadline remains Dec. 10, 2020. Applicants are reminded to be aware of the new bear management zone b...