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Category: Fishing and Hunting

  • Aged Trout Shows Value of Fish Refuges

    State fish biologists conducting spawning surveys on Lake Superior hauled in a lake trout earlier this month that hatched when Richard Nixon was president. The fish was originally caught and released during Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ spawning assessments for lake trout in 1981. It was caught and released again Nov. 2 in the same […]

  • Fish Kill Caused by Manure Runoff

    Manure runoff from the Wild Rose Dairy in Vernon County has impacted a trout stream in west central Wisconsin. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff continues to monitor the stream quality of Otter Creek, located north of the Village of La Farge. Department fisheries biologists report a kill of more than 1,100 fish, including brook […]

  • Strawberry Creek Salmon Run Has Far-Reaching Benefits

    When Chinook salmon make their last run in the fall from Lake Michigan up little Strawberry Creek in Sturgeon Bay to spawn and die, they are doing much more than completing their life cycle. The annual migration to Strawberry Creek means another generation of Chinook will be raised and stocked the following year. The fish […]

  • DNR Trying to Re-establish Spotted Musky

    Efforts to establish a self-sustaining population of spotted musky in Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan waters got a boost this fall when 7,000 musky fingerling averaging 17 inches were stocked into the Fox River, several Green Bay tributaries, Lake Winnebago and three inland lakes. The fingerlings were raised for a year in cool water ponds at Wild […]

  • Caleb Cornell Wins K/D Salmon Tournament

    Caleb Cornell of Sturgeon Bay won the 35th Annual Kewaunee/Door Salmon Tournament with a 30.51-pound fish he caught off Washington Island July 30, the final day of the nine-day tournament. Cornell won the $10,000 first prize, taxidermy mounting of the fish by Northland Taxidermy and a salmon ring. The next largest salmon hooked was a […]

  • Angler Lands 60-Inch Muskie in Door County

    The waters on both sides of the peninsula attract anglers from far and wide in pursuit of salmon, trout, smallmouth bass and more. But Wisconsin’s top predator fish hasn’t gained much of a reputation in Door County. So, when a two-man team practicing for a smallmouth bass tournament caught, measured, photographed and released a potential […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament 2017 Results

    The 27th annual Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament was held May 19 & 20 in the water around Sturgeon Bay. This year’s winners are Dave Bennett and Mark Libitka with a total weight of smallmouth bass of 50.85 pounds. The Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament (SBOBT) holds two tournaments throughout the year, both hosted in […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament May 18 – 21

    The Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament hosts the first of its two large annual tournaments May 18 – 21. The spring tournament, the 27th annual, is limited to 200 two-person teams and is headquartered at Wave Pointe Marina and Resort in Little Sturgeon Bay. The second tournament is held the weekend after Labor Day and […]

  • DNR Seeks Anglers Advice for Fishery Management

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is again seeking participation from Lake Michigan anglers and other interested stakeholders to discuss the latest trends in the fishery and lay the groundwork for management decisions for 2018. Public information meetings will be held from 6 to 9 pm on June 7 in Room 3080 at the UW-Milwaukee […]

  • Weather Wizard: The Trout That Almost Wasn’t

    Returning home from a four-hour drive, and after a long week of work, I found myself melding with a big comfy chair in my living room. The late afternoon sun pouring in the bay windows and dog resting at my feet, I was comfortable and content. But this spring day had too much to offer […]

  • Door County Local Producers

    Looking for local food in Door County? Find resources for local produce, meats, cheese, canned goods, and much more in our updated guide. What Makes A Local Producer? We’ve refined our criteria and broken the Door County Local Producers list into separate segments.We hope you find that this new list makes more sense, is easier […]

  • Lake Trout Harvest Expansion Goes to Governor

    The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved expanded harvest opportunities for Lake Michigan lake trout using the emergency rule process. Brad Eggold, Great Lakes district fisheries supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said the new rule would: Expand Lake Michigan lake trout harvest opportunities to a daily bag limit of five. Include the five […]

  • Celebrate the Season with Free Fishing Weekend Jan. 21-22

    While the days of boating and beaching may still be a few months away, you don’t have to wait until the spring thaw to enjoy a weekend on the waters of Lake Michigan. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is providing its annual Free Fishing Weekend on Jan. 21 and 22. For the entire weekend, […]

  • Anglers Invited to Lake Michigan Fisheries Forum to Discuss Lake, Brown Trout

    Anglers interested in expanded harvest opportunities for Lake Michigan lake trout and 2017 stocking plans for brown trout are encouraged to attend two meetings on Jan. 26 at Lakeshore Technical College. The first meeting will cover discussion of the proposed lake trout emergency rule and will run from 4 to 5:30 pm. Following a short […]

  • Weather Wizard: Ice Fishing in Door

    “Why would I go ice fishing? My wife lets me drink at home,” my friend said with a smile and a wink. Ice fishing may not be for everyone, but for some Midwestern natives, the experience can be one of winter’s gifts. The setting itself can be otherworldly. The flat and frozen world spreads out […]

  • Early Trout Season Offers Angling Alternative to Ice Fishing

    Anglers have a great reason to celebrate the New Year thanks to the return of early trout season. The season began Jan. 7 and runs until midnight May 5. Joanna Griffin, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources trout specialist, said the early catch-and-release season offers opportunities for everyone willing to wade or walk a stream bank […]

  • DNR Announces Changes for Lake Trout Limits

    Two separate measures regarding lake trout harvests in lakes Superior and Michigan gained approval by the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board on Dec. 14. The separate measures reflect the difference in lake trout abundance between the two Great Lakes. Next steps will involve stakeholder meetings in both regions. For Lake Michigan: The board approved a scope […]

  • DNR Holding Winter Whitefish Guide Reporting Meeting

    In a few short weeks, anglers from Wisconsin and beyond will head to Green Bay to participate in a unique, world-class fishing opportunity. Before ice angling for whitefish begins, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public informational meeting Dec. 19 at the Green Bay Public Library for Green Bay ice fishing guides […]

  • Weather Wizard: Fish Karma

    To introduce someone to fishing is always an exciting undertaking. Sharing your passion and, in turn, having a shared adventure is one of life’s great pleasures. Last week, on a cool crisp fall morning, I had such an opportunity. I would be joining both a newbie, and a veteran angler. The instructions for the novice […]

  • An Icy Resolve for Whitefish

    On a bitterly cold morning last February, I strolled onto the ice off Frank E. Murphy Park in Egg Harbor to check out a couple of ice shanties that were about a quarter-mile offshore. I was hoping to find someone inside the shanties for a story we have been talking about doing for this publication […]