• Bay Ice Not Leaving Anytime Soon

    With continued cold nights in the 10-day forecast, Green Bay’s ice isn’t going anywhere soon. In fact, unless things heat up significantly in the coming weeks, boaters on the bay side may still be dodging ice floes during the 31st Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament April 25-28. A lot can happen between now and then, […]

  • Pike Hike at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek will screen Door County History – stories of the peninsula’s native people and European settlers – on March 29, 2 pm, as its Friday Film. Take a chance on seeing pike on March 30 during the annual Pike Hike at 10 am. Chances are slim, but hikes during the past three years have […]

  • Jake Ellefson and the Big Fish Story that Got Away

    By Brett Kosmider There’s a lot that I love about living and working in Door County and right at the top of that list is hearing all of the great stories from those that have lived and worked here long before I was ever around.  Door County has some great history and it lives on […]

  • County Deer Advisory Councils Want Feedback from Local Hunters

    How many free antlerless deer tags should Door and Kewaunee County hunters get this fall? North to south, you’ll typically get different answers. Many Northern Door hunters say there are not nearly enough deer to warrant giving out any “doe tags” for free. From Sturgeon Bay south, there’s little debate that there are pockets of […]

  • Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings Allow Online Voting for the First Time

    After more than a decade of speculation, the spring fish and wildlife rules hearings will finally offer an online voting option next month. Officially known as the annual DNR fish and wildlife public hearing and Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) county meeting, the gatherings are held the second Monday of each April across the state. Locally, […]

  • Catch Paperback Edition of Award-Winning ‘People of the Sturgeon’

    Just in time for Wisconsin’s annual sturgeon season (Feb. 9-24), the Wisconsin Historical Society Press has released a new paperback edition of its top-selling, award-winning fishing history, People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin’s Love Affair with an Ancient Fish by Ronald Bruch, Kathleen Schmitt Kline and Frederick Binkowski. It features photos by the late Bob Rashid. […]

  • Wild Turkey, Len Villano

    Thousands of Leftovers for Spring Turkey Hunters

    If you love hunting wild turkeys in the spring but forgot to apply for a harvest permit by the December deadline, you’re not plucked yet. More than 16,000 bonus Zone 2 authorizations for Door, Kewaunee and other eastern Wisconsin counties will go on sale in March. Jaqi Christopher, assistant upland wildlife ecologist for the DNR […]

  • Sporting Groups Seek Small Increases in DNR License Fees

    It’s been 14 years since Wisconsin raised the price of many hunting and fishing licenses, stamps and application fees, and some haven’t been touched since 1997. Despite pleas for small fee increases in recent years from the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and other sporting and conservation groups, the legislature instead let the […]

  • DNR Offering New Angler Grants

    A total of $75,000 in grants are now available under a new Department of Natural Resources initiative aimed at helping local governments, organizations and others recruit new anglers, particularly adult women and other groups underrepresented in the activity. The Angler Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation (Angler R3) grant program will provide financial assistance to local governments, […]

  • Catch of the Month: Kids Reel it in at Sunset Park

    Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, in partnership with Sturgeon Bay Bass Tournament, hosted its first ever Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, Aug. 18 as part of its 50th anniversary employee picnic. Held at Sunset Park, kids ages 2-12 competed to catch three different species – bass, perch and bullhead. The top three contestants with the largest fish […]

  • Forestville Angler Speaks at Senate Hearing on Algae Blooms

    A Senate subcommittee called upon a Forestville man to testify at an Aug. 28 hearing regarding the effects of the human footprint on our water resources. The Commerce subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries & Coast Guard convened to discuss the impacts of harmful algae blooms (HABs) in Alaska, Florida and the Great Lakes. Sen. Tammy […]

  • Mother Breaks Daughter’s Fish Record

    Brenda Carter is the state’s newest state fish record holder but the lifelong angler is finding the honor a tad bittersweet: she broke the catch and release record for pumpkinseed set a year ago by her daughter, Erika Carter. “You never plan to catch something that big,” she said. “It’s a gift. That record was […]

  • KAMP-OUT Kids Visit The Ridges

    On Saturday, June 23, 10 families from throughout Wisconsin hiked The Ridges, a nonprofit nature preserve located in Baileys Harbor, through a program called KAMP-OUT. KAMP-OUT is a program for blind or visually impaired children (ages 3-21) and their families in Wisconsin. The families camped at Potawatomi State Park and then visited The Ridges for […]

  • Discounted License for First-time Fishermen

    Wisconsin’s $5 first-time buyer resident fishing license or a one-day fishing license may be just the ticket for fun for family, friends and visitors gathered for the Fourth of July holiday. The regular annual fishing license is $20 for residents. Anglers who have never purchased a fishing license – or who haven’t purchased a fishing […]

  • Maritime Museum Honors Door County Fishing

    The Death’s Door Maritime Museum hosts festivities July 4 to celebrate its new name at the Gills Rock location. A special bronze statue will be unveiled to honor northern Door County’s fishing industry and traditions. The afternoon will include free admission to the museum from 2 to 5 pm. Previously known as the Door County […]

  • DNR Fish Tank

    Want to get up close and personal with a smallmouth bass or bowfin? Visit the Peninsula State Park Nature Center on June 2 & 3, 10 am to 4 pm. Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologists have stocked and set up a 600-gallon fish tank. Professional natural resources educators will be on hand to share […]

  • Canal-caught Walleye Earns Angler $100

    Alicia Wang lost track of how many references to the “Golden Ticket” she heard when telling the story of recently catching a banded walleye in the Sturgeon Bay canal. The walleye came with an orange band imbedded in it that says the lucky angler can claim a reward for catching the fish. It’s not exactly […]

  • Blessing of the Fleet Celebrates Maritime Industries May 19 & 20

    Blessing of the Fleet pays tribute to both past and present fishing and maritime industries in Baileys Harbor. Festivities begin Saturday, May 19. Bring your personal boat in the morning to receive the Blessing Ceremony at 12 pm. Commercial and charter fishing boats will be docked at the marina until 5 pm and will be […]

  • Anglers Reel in Big Brown Trout

    The 30th Annual Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament, held April 19-22, handed out more than $7,000 in prizes to the top 40 fish caught in Door or Kewaunee County waters. The top three anglers were Andy Stuth with a 22.38-lb., 35-inch catch, Michael Lardinois – 20.91 lbs., and Greg Ebel – 18.47 lbs.

  • Lake Michigan Trout Fishing Open Year-round

    The lake trout fishing season on Lake Michigan is now open year-round and the bag limit is five fish per day under rules effective March 17, 2018. The five-bag limit and continuous open season make regulations for lake trout consistent with season structure and bag limits for other Lake Michigan trout and salmon. The rules, […]