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MADISON, WI - The weekly Wisconsin fishing reports & hunting report from 1/4/13 are gathered local DNR officials, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. They are compiled. There are always current Wisconsin Fishing Reports and hunting reports as well as outdoor reports in this forum. Enjoy.

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Ice making conditions continue to hold steady across Wisconsin as colder temperatures have added inches of ice, improving ice fishing safety, and kept the blanket of late December snow as a much needed base.

Snow depths range widely – from very poor to good or better -- across the state.

Snowmobile trail conditions also vary – from north to south. Trails remain closed in many counties where wet heavy snow fell on unfrozen ground, which caused it to compact and not build up sufficient base for groomers.

Barron, Burnett, Rusk and Washburn counties, for example are all closed, but conditions in Florence and Marinette counties are good. In the south, Racine and Milwaukee county trials are closed, but Columbia, Green and Washington counties are good. To check conditions to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Snow Conditions Report (exit DNR).

There is enough snow in most cases for candlelight events scheduled at Wisconsin state park properties this winter. Most of the events offer cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, or a combination of those activities along trails lit by hundreds of candles.

Candlelight events kick off Saturday with events at Blue Mound, Harrington Beach and Mirror Lake state parks.

Many of the events held throughout the winter include additional activities, such as bonfires and hot chocolate and other refreshments for sale. Some events offer grills for cooking food or roasting marshmallows. Many of the events are organized by friends groups for the parks, which provide the much of the volunteer labor for the events.

Lakes in the Northwood’s generally have at least 7 to 8 inches of ice, though some conditions always vary. Lakes in the south are beginning to freeze, but still trail the northern waters.

Calumet County ice conditions on Lake Winnebago are marginal right now and those venturing out should be very cautions. The ice in the Lakeshore Park lagoons is still too thin to safely ice fish and the same is true across the state in LaCrosse in the Mississippi River bays.

There has been some good early success for panfish including Langlade County and on the Mississippi River in the La Crosse area. Walleye have been the primary target for many early anglers on the Upper Chippewa Basin, where the ice sheet is solid, and catches have been somewhat sporadic for the tip-up fishermen. Fishing in Milwaukee recently has been rather slow. Some brown trout are being taken by both boat and shore anglers but not as many as previous weeks.

Late season archery hunters are taking advantage of their last chances to harvest a deer before the season closes Sunday.

Statewide Birding Report

- Recent snows and colder temperatures have moved our birds into a winter pattern. This week also brings to a close the 113th Annual Christmas Bird Count and some interesting patterns emerged and some rare birds were sighted.

Most notably, this year seems to be a great one for the winter finches. Birders are reporting large numbers of common redpolls and a large influx of hoary redpolls statewide. In a normal year, birders report a handful of hoary redpolls in the far northern counties, this year the number of reports have far exceeded the norm.

Other winter finches being seen in good numbers include pine siskins, pine grosbeaks and bohemian waxwings. The latter two species are attracted to fruiting trees and have been documented well into central Wisconsin.

Varied thrushes are also being reported in much higher numbers. This rare winter visitor from the Pacific Northwest has now been reported in at least 10 different Wisconsin locations this fall and winter.

Winter temperatures have frozen most water bodies statewide. Remaining open water inland should hold large numbers of geese and ducks and even a few tundra swans that refuse to leave for the Atlantic Coast. This winter is also proving to be an average to above average snowy owl year. Check ebird (ebird.org/WI) for locations of owls and other birds of interest in your area in 2013.

- Andy Paulios, wildlife biologists and Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative coordinator

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Northern Region

Spooner DNR Service Center area

Interstate Park - Winter recreation trails are open. The Skyline cross-country ski trail was groomed Tuesday and is in fair condition. Hiking is not recommended on the bluff trails as they are not maintained for winter use.

The Pines Group Camp is open. The South Campground is open, but only accessible on foot. Vault toilets are available throughout the park. Water is available at the Ice Age Center and outside the Stone Building. The Ice Age Center is open daily, generally from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ice conditions are variable.

A drive through the park may provide views of winter wildlife or evidence of their presence. For best wildlife watching opportunities, check at the park office for recent sightings and recommendations.

The park road is plowed through the River Bottoms picnic area, including the Pines Group Camp. Winter road conditions vary, so please check at the park office for current conditions.

A popular program for pre-school children and their parents is again underway. Each Thursday at 10 a.m., through March, Julie Fox, natural resources educator, will share a 30-60 minute story and activity with preschoolers and their parents at the Ice Age Center. A short activity following the story will reinforce the story’s nature-related theme.

- Julie Fox, natural resources educator

Washburn County - County snowmobile trails remain closed due to a lack of snow, but lake ice conditions are improving. Anglers recently began driving trucks on some lakes in the county, but caution is still urged anytime when on the ice. Fishermen have had mixed success the last couple weeks.

- Dave Swanson, conservation warden, Minong

Park Falls DNR Service Center area

Upper Chippewa Basin fisheries report (Price, Rusk, Sawyer Taylor and inland Ashland and Iron counties) - Continued cold temperatures in the last week have helped increase ice thickness on lakes across the north and most now have 7-8 inches of solid ice. However, the ice thickness does vary, with some waters having a bit more and several larger lakes reported to have just 4-5 inches of ice in the center areas that were the last to freeze. Early season anglers using ATV’s or snowmobiles should use extreme caution when venturing out and always check thickness before heading across a lake.

Reports from early-season anglers indicate that fishing has been generally fair. Walleye have been the primary target for many of these early anglers and catches have been somewhat sporadic for the tip-up fishermen. Some days have provided good action on 12-16 inch fish and other days seem to produce just a flag or two. The most productive areas have been the gravel/rock bars, mud/muck flats and weed edges, with suckers or extra-large fatheads fished at the 5-12 feet near dark. Some angling pressure has also been seen for northern pike and success for that species has been fair. Large golden shiners or suckers fished near and over any green weeds have provided the best success. Panfish anglers have started to venture out in increased numbers and some fair catches of bluegill, crappie and perch have been reported. Trout action on Patterson Lake has been good, with some anglers reporting their limit of fish in the 7-10 inch range, and an occasional brood fish in the 15-inch or larger size.

- Skip Sommerfeldt, senior fisheries biologist, Park Falls

Woodruff DNR Service Center area

Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest - McNaughton Trail and skaters loop were groomed Thursday. All other loops packed. Conditions are fair. The Blue/Green loop from the shelter to the parking lot past Helen Lake is very thin. Taking the Red skaters loop back to the parking lot is an alternative.

Conditions on the Madeline Trail are fair. All loops were tracked Tuesday.

All loops packed on the Raven Trail Tuesday. More snow is needed to track Red and Yellow Loops. Green and Blue loops have been tracked. Conditions are fair.

Escanaba Trail conditions are fair at best. All loops packed. Fifty percent of hardwood areas tracked with bare spots showing.

- Tony Martinez, facilities worker

Antigo DNR Service Center area

Langlade County - Perch Lake ice anglers are reporting good panfish success. The most successful method appears to be using a waxworm and a jig in about 10 feet of water near weed edges. Trappers in Langlade County are reporting an increase in red fox activity as their mating season has begun. Also, great horned owls will begin to mate in the next week or so.

- Tim Otto, conservation warden

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Northeast Region

Wautoma DNR Service Center area

Waupaca County - Several areas are open for snowmobiling in the county. It is early in the riding season so snowmobilers should use caution around water bodies and unfrozen fields.

Anglers have been having good fishing success on some of the ice covered lakes. Use caution when on the early ice.

Snowshoe hikers and cross country skiers have enjoyed the recent snow – most trails are in good condition.

Late season archery hunters have enjoyed some success after the snow fall. Hunters are able to find fresh tracks with the snow present.

- Ted Dremel, conservation warden, Wautoma

Oshkosh DNR Service Center area

Calumet County - A large quantity of snow arrived over the holidays in Calumet County to the delight of outdoor users. The snowmobile trails opened several days after Christmas and have been heavily used throughout the area.

All the trails have been groomed by area clubs. Coyote hunters are taking advantage of the tracking snow to use their dogs in pursuit of the predator. Ice conditions on Lake Winnebago are marginal right now and those venturing out on the east shore are reminded to use caution. Otters are being harvested by trappers in the area and muskrats are still active under the ice.

- Michael Disher, conservation warden, Stockbridge

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Southeast Region

Milwaukee DNR Service Center area

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Pike Lake Unit - Cross country ski trails received a fresh 1.5 inches of powder snow and were last groomed and tracked on Dec. 30. The trails are in excellent condition. Trail passes are not required for cross country skiers at the Pike Lake Unit.

When trails are snow covered hikers, snowshoers, and dogs are not allowed on trails east of Powder Hill Road (groomed ski trails). Multi use trails are all open and in good condition for hiking and snowshoeing. Pets are not allowed on the Black Forest Nature Trail and must be on a leash at all times in other areas. The trail pier has been removed for the season. The campground and all campground facilities are closed for the season.

- Andrew Disher, conservation warden

Lakeshore State Park – All park trails are open and in good condition. The Summerfest loop is now open for public use and will remain open until next year’s festival season.

The marina is now closed for the season. Reservations for next year can be made up by calling (414) 274-4281.

Fishing has been generally slow in southeast Lake Michigan, but shore and boat anglers have had some success with brown trout at the Lakeshore lagoons and under the Hoan Bridge using spawn sacks and minnows. The ice in the lagoons is still too thin to safely ice fish. Fishing is expected to improve with the warmer, stable weather forecast for the next week.

The grey and red foxes are still regular visitors to the park. Bird activity is fairly quiet, but the winter arrivals are starting. Scaups, golden-eyes, long-tailed ducks, mergansers, scoters, coots and buffle-heads are present. Snow buntings are now present along the lakefront, and snowy owls have been spotted in the area. Two bald eagles were spotted at Lakeshore over the New Year weekend.

Water levels in Lake Michigan are approaching the record low, and additional drops are expected over the next several months. The lake bed below the stone rip-rap has been exposed several times, presenting an opportunity to see the zebra/quagga mussels carpeting the lagoon bottom.

- Joseph Warren, natural resources educator

Lake Michigan fisheries team report - Compiled from creel clerks by Cheryl Masterson, fisheries technician, Milwaukee

Sheboygan County - In Sheboygan fishing was slow as well with only few browns being caught in the marina areas, minnows or spawn under a bobber has been best early in the day, colder weather will be needed before ice will be safe enough for fishing.

Ozaukee County - Fishing in Port Washington has been slow overall with only a few browns being caught by shore anglers fishing off of the Rotary Park rocks or the white railing area. The power-plant discharge has also given up a few small browns, spawn sacs fished near bottom or casting bright colored crank-baits has worked best early or late in the day.

Milwaukee County - Fishing in Milwaukee recently has been rather slow. Some brown trout are being taken by both boat and shore anglers but not as many as previous weeks. The Summerfest Grounds and under the Hoan Bridge areas have been best, there is no safe ice yet on the lagoon or marina several more weeks of cold will be needed before there is any fishable ice. Boat anglers when able to get out were also seeing slower action with only a few browns and steelhead being taken early in the day. Most boat anglers were casting jigs and plastics or soaking minnows and spawn under a float. Shore fishermen were having luck using 3-way rigs off bottom with small minnows or spawn, minnows under a bobber was also working along with casting crank-baits and spoons. Some warmer stable weather later this week should improve fishing in Milwaukee.

Racine County - In Racine ice is beginning to form on the lower Root River and marina area but ice is not safe enough for foot travel a few days or weeks of cold will be needed to improve ice conditions. Some of the open pockets in the river and around the marina docks are giving up a few brown trout and pike, minnows under a float or casting crank-baits and jigs and plastics has been the best presentation. Warmer weather later in the week should open up some more fishable water in the lower sections or river.

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South Central Region

Dodgeville DNR Service Center area

Wyalusing State Park -All trails are snow covered, making for good snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Turkey Hollow Trail is groomed and tracked for both classical and skate-skiing. The roadway to Henneger Point is groomed and tracked for classical and skate-skiing. Whitetail Meadows Trail is groomed and tracked for classical skiing. All ski trails are in good skiing condition.

Sightings at park office feeders include: juncos, chickadees, white-breasted nuthatches, goldfinches, cardinals, blue jays, red bellied, downy and hairy woodpeckers, and purple finches. A new feeder is up to replace one the raccoons destroyed. With the cold temperatures, the park office feeders are a flurry of activity.

Mississippi River level at Prairie du Chien has been fluctuating between 7.3 and 7.4 the last few weeks. The boat landing is a popular place for ice anglers. This past weekend many ice fisherman tried their luck. Fishing success was sporadic. Reminder: we do not monitor ice conditions.

- Bev Pozega, visitor services

Fitchburg DNR Service Center area

Jefferson County – Snowmobile trails in the county are open except for those in the southeast quadrant. To check the trail conditions and to be sure trails are open please call the Jefferson County Snowmobile Trail Hotline, (920)-699-7669.

The Holiday hunt opened in the CWDMZ (Jefferson County) on Dec. 24, 2012. The season ends Sunday, Jan. 6.

Ice conditions are very dangerous at this time. Anyone venturing onto the ice should use extreme caution.

Area residents have reported seeing bald eagles along the Rick, Bark and Crawfish rivers. The birds are usually seen perched in trees near the water where they are seeking fish.

- Ryan Ellifson, conservation warden

Lake Kegonsa State Park -The cross country ski trails are in good condition and were last groomed and tracked on Dec. 28.

- Sarah Bolser, park manager

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West Central Region

Baldwin DNR Service Center area

Willow River State Park – Skiers need to keep in mind that trail conditions can change in a matter of hours.

Grooming was done Tuesday afternoon with new track set where needed. There is no new snow, so everything will be running on the fast side for skate or classic skiers. The Nelson Farm Hills are very challenging and should be skied by those with advanced skill. All should consider walking down the hill from Nelson to the Purple due to thin snow cover at the bottom of the hill.

More snow is needed to clean up the rough spots and to cover the stick ups on the flats.

Snowshoers can probably just walk with boots on snowshoe trails unless you are off trail.

Snowshoers can cross a ski trail but not walk down the trail.

- Jeff Bolte, visitor services specialist

Kinnickinnic State Park - Approximately three miles of trails are groomed for classic skiing on the west end of the park. Regular skiers at Kinni know there will be a lot of oak leaf litter on the Purple trail south of the road and some drifting on the Yellow. That’s just part of skiing at Kinni. No wax skis are suggested. Remember, these are narrow single track classic trails that are not built for speed and there are no large hills. The east end trails are multi use and all are well marked.

- Jeff Bolte, visitor services specialist

Black River Falls DNR Service Center area

Black River State Forest - Snow depth is highly variable in the state forest. Some areas are deep while others subject to wind are almost bare. No measurable snow is in the immediate forecast. Weekend highs are forecast to be in the high 20s to low 30s

Snowmobile trails are in poor to fair condition. Jackson County Forestry and Parks Department grooms and maintains all winter snowmobile and ATV trails in the state forest.

Trails were last groomed and tracked on Dec. 29. Conditions are variable with some areas being good and others having a thin layer of snow. We will not be able to set a new track until we get more snow.

Snowshoeing is allowed anywhere in the forest, other than groomed trails. A new 1.5-mile snowshoe trail is available at the Smrekar trailhead. Additional trails for snowshoeing include the 2-mile Castle Mound trail and the 5-mile trail from Pigeon Creek to Smrekar Road.

- Peter Bakken, superintendent

Wausau DNR Service Center area

Marathon County - Snow depths vary in Marathon County, with approximately 6-8 inches in the woods to bare ground on the fields. Ice fishermen are starting to venture out further. Stay clear of the river channels as it is not safe ice yet.

- Benjamin Herzfeldt, conservation warden, Wausau

Sandhill State Wildlife Area

Buckhorn State Park - Campsites 8, 9, 16 are on a first come basis. Drinking water is available at the park office next to the restroom. All other sites are closed to camping for the season. Winter is a great time to take photos for the 20th annual photo contest.

The 2013 park stickers are available and make great gifts. Prices are same as 2012. Please use the self registration boxes when the office is closed – park staff are working out in the park at times during the week. If you self-register for annual stickers when the office is not staffed, we will mail them to you.

Hunting maps for the park, Buckhorn and Yellow River Wildlife Areas are available on the park website, in the park office, and outside the office by the bulletin board in the map box. All areas are open for the late bow season.

Park stickers are required for parking on roads adjacent to the park. Ice fishing on the lake has begun. Park staff does not monitor ice conditions. Cross country ski trails are groomed and have a base of 2-5 inches of snow. When there is at least 6-inches of snow, the office has adult sized snowshoes to check out to use in the park. We do not have child size snowshoes yet.

- Heather Wolf, park manager

Roche-A-Cri State Park - The main gate and campground are closed. Parking is in the winter lot and park stickers are required. The 2013 park stickers are available. If you self register, they will be sent to you. Please do not block the main gate. The stairway is open from 6 a.m. until sunset and is not maintained for winter use. No food, drinks, or pets are allowed and visitors are restricted to the stairway to protect the natural area. Winter is a great time to take photos for the 20th annual photo contest. Hunting maps are available online and will be in the map box in the winter lot.

- Heather Wolf, park manager

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MADISON, WI - The weekly Wisconsin fishing reports & hunting report from 1/11/13 are gathered local DNR officials, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. They are compiled. There are always current Wisconsin Fishing Reports and hunting reports as well as outdoor reports in this forum. Enjoy.

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An early January thaw and rain in the forecast for this week has conservation wardens cautioning people about thin ice and potentially dangerous conditions on lakes throughout the state. There have been a number of reports this week of vehicles and ice anglers going through the ice at various locations.

With no new snow since the late December snowstorm, snow levels have dropped statewide, and most counties have now closed snowmobile trails, according to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Snow Conditions Report (exit DNR). Trails remain open in the most northern tier of counties but are in poor to fair condition. Cross-country ski trails were faring better as of Thursday, but rain in the forecast Thursday night could change that. Lake Kegonsa State Park in Dane County had cancelled a candlelight ski scheduled for Saturday night, but candlelight events at Kohler-Andrea and Wildcat Mountain state parks and the Lapham Peak Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest were still scheduled. People interested in attending these events should contact the properties directly on Saturday to confirm if they will be held.

In the cold snap before the recent warm-up, ice had been forming on Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay with some people beginning to drive vehicles out, but extreme caution is needed as an ATV went through a pressure ridge with the operator getting out after a cold and wet wake up call. Ice was also forming on Lake Michigan’s Green Bay, but there was still open water off Oconto. Ice conditions along Door County are extremely poor at best, with ice only present on a sheltered bays. Several anglers had to be rescued this week when a section of ice they were fishing on near the southern end of Door County broke off and began floating away with the anglers still on it.

Inland, lakes in the Northwoods have ice depths up to 9 to 10 inches, with only about 2 to 3 inches of snow on top. Some undisturbed areas of the lakes may still only have 6 to 7 inches of ice and not enough to support larger vehicles.

Despite nice fishing weather, walleye action has continued a generally erratic trend into the new year. Northern pike success has been fair to good. Panfish action has been sporadic, with a few nice catches of crappie, bluegill and perch reported but anglers have had to move around quite a bit to find the active fish.

In the south, ice conditions vary greatly, with some larger lakes like Mendota still having open water, to smaller lakes having ice ranging up to 4 to 6 inches, but still highly variable. Anglers have been having some decent success in the south for panfish, and open water anglers have been fishing walleye and sauger below the Prairie du Sac dam.

While the warm-up is not favorable for human winter recreation, wildlife have been be enjoying the weather. Deer are somewhat grouped up and have been able to paw through the snow, or use exposed south-facing slopes. Raccoons have ventured out of their dens for a stretch and a snack. Squirrels are also out of their nests looking for a bite to eat. Otters have been running and sliding on the ice in the backwaters. Muskrat and beaver trappers were pretty active until the ice got too thick to easily chop through.

Bald eagles have begun to congregate along open water stretches of the Wisconsin, Baraboo, Fox, and Mississippi rivers. Visitors to backyard feeders have included juncos, chickadees, white-breasted nuthatches, goldfinches, cardinals, blue jays and red-bellied, downy and hairy woodpeckers. It's been a good season for varied thrushes in Wisconsin so far with no fewer than 10 reported. A female northern shrike first banded in March 2006 has returned to its winter territory near Ashland for at least an eighth consecutive year, making her at least 8.5 years old and by far the oldest northern shrike ever known in North America

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Statewide Birding Report

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This statewide birding report has been updated with additional information.

Dry and mild conditions have dominated the new year, generally providing good birding conditions statewide. Remnant open waters in the southern part of state are hosting good concentrations of waterfowl, including excellent diversity on some Madison lakes and a Barrow’s goldeneye on Lake Geneva. This rare duck has also been found in Superior and along the Mississippi River near Alma. Unfortunately, warm temperatures, melting snow, and concentrations of irruptive finches, particularly pine siskins and common redpolls, have led to several confirmed cases of salmonella at backyard feeders. Infected birds typically are lethargic with ruffled feathers and droopy wings. Be sure to clean feeders periodically with a mild bleach solution and disperse waste seed to help reduce the spread of disease. Wear gloves and wash hands as it can be transferred to humans. Away from feeders it continues to be a good winter for crossbills, Bohemian waxwings, and pine grosbeaks. Common redpolls are, well, common and the state is experiencing one of its largest irruptions of hoary redpolls in recent memory, with numerous birds in the north and recent reports south to Madison. A northern hawk owl continues in Door County and another in Douglas County. A boreal owl roosting in a Bayfield County yard was a remarkable find. Varied thrushes are visiting feeders at various locations, most recently including the La Crosse area. It's been a good season for varied thrushes in Wisconsin so far with no fewer than 10 birds reported. People who know of one not on the eBird/WI map, please send details and It'll be added. Townsend’s solitaries and a snowy owl have been cooperative in Milwaukee, the latter also showing well along Highway 49 in Horicon Marsh and in the Ashland area. Far out of season, a summer tanager persists in Ozaukee County and a Baltimore oriole in nearby Washington County. As always learn more and report your own bird sightings at www.ebird.org/wi. A female northern shrike first banded in March 2006 has returned to its winter territory near Ashland for at least an eighth consecutive year, making her at least 8.5 years old and by far the oldest northern shrike ever known in North America. Read more about her unique story at: ebird.org -- the oldest northern shrike in North America (exit DNR). A boreal owl was seen last week in a Bayfield County yard. The bird spent the afternoon sleepily roosting away, providing views for local birders. - Ryan Brady, Bureau of Wildlife Management research scientist, Ashland

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Northern Region

Superior DNR Service Center area

Brule River State Forest – Cross-country ski conditions on the After Hours trail were fair as of Jan. 9, with tree debris on trails (needles, leaves, branches). Trail conditions are diminishing due to warm weather and wind. Rock skis are recommended. - Catherine Khalar, visitor services associate

Bayfield County - No new snow has fallen in the past few weeks with not much to be had on the ground the way it is. The ice had been forming well with the recent cold snap and some people driving out on Chequamegon Bay with ATVs, snowmobiles, and trucks. Extreme caution needs to be used as an ATV went through a pressure ridge with the operator thankfully getting out after a cold and wet wake up call. Remember to wear a personal floatation device and ice picks when venturing out on the ice. Without much snow around the deer have not been heading to the lower elevations so hiking around for antler sheds might be a fun way to break up the winter blues if you have them! Fishing on Chequamegon Bay has been tough even for the best of the anglers, so patience is a key lately. Snowmobiling is pretty nonexistent at this time, but snow may be in the forecast. - Amie Egstad, conservation warden, Bayfield

Pattison State Park - The park has 3 inches of snow on the ground at this time. Ski trails are in fair condition with a few areas of less than an inch of snow on the trail. The trails were last groomed on Jan. 5. Please call the park at 715-399-3111 for up to the minute grooming report as trails are continually groomed as new snow falls. There have had been a few winter campers at the park over the past few weeks. Pattison State Park maintains one electric and one non electric site for winter campers. - Phillip Brown, Ranger

Spooner DNR Service Center area

Burnett County - The mild damp weather of recent days has melted a lot of the snow, which has made wildlife viewing more difficult, but snow is currently in the forecast. Snowmobile trails are closed and cross-country ski trails in the area are not groomed. Ice conditions vary across the county with 6- 12 inches on most lakes. Use caution when traveling on any frozen lakes. Fishing activity on area lakes has slowed down the morning panfish bite has still been producing fair numbers of fish. - Christopher Spaight conservation warden, Grantsburg

Crex Meadows State Wildlife - There are a number of eagles and rough-legged hawks in the area. Eagles have been spotted feeding on dead deer near the side of the road. This can be a hazard to collisions with the eagles. Low snow depth makes for easy movement for a variety of wildlife, as well as humans trekking through the woods. There is a Candlelight Night scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area. Check out the website for more details. www.crexmeadows.org/events (exit DNR). - Heidi Rusch, natural resources educator

Park Falls DNR Service Center area

Upper Chippewa Basin fisheries report (Price, Rusk, Sawyer Taylor and inland Ashland and Iron counties) - The recent mild weather has kept ice depths in the 9 to 10-inch range on most lakes in the Upper Chippewa Basin, with only about 2 to 3 inches of snow on top of that. Slush has not been a problem yet, and ATVs and snowmobiles have had good travel to most areas of the lakes. There have been some sightings of trucks and cars also venturing out onto the lakes but caution is still urged for any vehicle travel. Some undisturbed areas of the lakes may still only have 6 to 7 inches of ice and not enough to support larger vehicles. Despite the nice fishing weather, walleye action continues its generally erratic trend into the new year. Reports from the popular local walleye waters such as the Phillips Chain, Butternut Lake and Turtle-Flambeau Flowage indicated fair to poor success over the holiday period. A few decent catches were made on the flowage, with the best action coming in the late afternoon hours with tip-ups in 4 to 10 feet of water. Northern pike success has been fair to good, and some decent catches have been made in the mid-day period. Golden shiners fished near any old weed beds have been the key to catching pike. Panfish action has been sporadic - a few nice catches of crappie, bluegill and perch have been reported but anglers have had to move around quite a bit to find the active fish. Trout action on Patterson Lake (just east of Park Falls) has been good, with some nice rainbows being taken through the ice. - Skip Sommerfeldt, senior fisheries biologist, Park Falls

Flambeau River State Forest - There is about 4 inches of snow on the ground. Not so nice for recreating with snowshoes or skis, but great for getting out and hiking through deer hunting territory or nature trails and also makes for good varmint hunting. Gates are open and snowmobile trails are open but in very poor condition. The cross-country ski trails are also in very poor condition and not recommended. No grooming scheduled unless we get a considerable amount of snow. Local lakes are ice covered, but please use caution especially on flowages or near moving water. The North Fork of the Flambeau River still has quite a bit of open water. Otters are working the river, and chickadees are busy on the feeders. - Judy Freeman, visitor services associate

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Northeast Region

Peshtigo DNR Service Center area

Marinette County - A few walleye were being caught below the Hattie Street Dam on the Menominee River. Jigging spoons tipped with minnows are the bait of choice. Some panfish were being caught in the sloughs behind the marina. Jigs and wax worms are being used. - Calhoun Derbush, creel clerk

Oconto County - Ice anglers in Oconto Falls area were reporting varied success. Some perch were being taken on the Oconto River but reports are they are small. Inland lakes were producing some panfish and northern pike. Snowmobile trails are either closed or in very poor condition. This week’s warm up will not help. Ice conditions vary and reports of ice from as little as 4 inches to as much as 12 on some waters. The bay of Green Bay off of Oconto still has open water. - Mike Stahl, conservation warden, Oconto Falls

Snowmobile trail conditions in Northern Oconto County are poor. Bucks are losing their antlers. People should stay off of lakes with vehicles as ice conditions are very unstable. - Joe Paul, conservation warden, Lakewood

The only fishing activity was at Oconto Breakwater Park and Oconto Park II. 5 to 8 inches of ice is being reported in the landing areas but there is open water at the mouth of the Oconto River. Some perch and white fish were being caught using jigs and wax worms. - Calhoun Derbush, creel clerk

Shawano County - Ice conditions are variable. Several ice shacks and anglers have dropped through local waters in the past week. People are warned that traveling on ice is always dangerous and conditions can change quickly. Check with local bait shops for ice conditions. The snowmobile trails are mostly closed in the area. Trails are right down to the dirt in many areas. We have to wait for more snow. - Jim Horne, conservation warden, Shawano

Green Bay DNR Service Center area

Brown County - Snowmobile trails just closed due to deteriorating snow conditions. The forecast of warm weather is not favorable for the trails opening again anytime soon. The archery season remains open in deer management unit 64M until Jan. 31, 2013. Ice conditions are poor with thicknesses varying greatly within feet of each other. High wind conditions have also caused cracks and large sections of ice to break apart and become adrift. - Andy Lundin, conservation warden, Green Bay

Ice conditions at most of the landings allow for foot traffic, but care should be taken when venturing out on the ice. Fishing pressure was light at Voyageur Park with only one fisherman close to shore. Small perch were being caught at Duck Creek using jigs and wax worms. No anglers were observed at Long Tail, Sunset Beach, or Geano Beach. - Calhoun Derbush - creel clerk

Sturgeon Bay DNR Service Center area

Door County - Ice conditions in Door County are extremely poor at best. With ice only present on a few of the sheltered bays and inland lakes anglers need to proceed with extreme caution. Several anglers had to be rescued the other day when a section of ice they were fishing on near the southern end of Door County broke off and began floating away with the anglers still on it. - Neal Patrick, conservation warden, Sister Bay

Potawatomi State Park - There is not much snow on the ground. The volunteer groomers have rolled the trails in an attempt to establish a base, but rocks are appearing through the snow. Hiking is the most popular activity for most visitors. Water levels in Sawyer Harbor are very low. A few ice anglers have been walking out, but the warm temperatures this week will take a toll on ice conditions. - Lois M. Hanson, visitor services associate

Wautoma DNR Service Center area

Waupaca County - All snowmobile trails in the county are currently closed. Cross-country ski trails at Hartman Creek State Park are still in fair condition but warm weather continues to deteriorate the trails. Ice anglers have reported good success on lakes in the Waupaca area. Anglers have had success catching northern pike and panfish. Trappers have been setting raccoon traps this week in hopes the warm weather will get the raccoons moving. - Ted Dremel, conservation warden, Wautoma

There is about 8 inches of snow on the ground and that is declining. Snowmobile trails now down to bare dirt and closed. Most area lakes have about 4 to 6 inches ice, although fishing reportedly is slow. Good conditions for eagle watching – where ever there is open water. With the rain coming all winter conditions likely to deteriorate until Sunday when cold front arrives. - Karl Kramer, wildlife technician, Wautoma

Oshkosh DNR Service Center area

Outagamie County - The January thaw has caused the snowmobile trails to close in Outagamie County. Ice anglers are still catching a few fish on the bayous of the Wolf River and venturing out on Black Otter lake in Hortonville. Some fish being caught but overall pretty slow. - Mike Young, conservation warden, Shiocton

All snowmobile trails in the Fox Valley area have closed due to the warm weather and lack of recent snow. The trails were used very heavily while they were open. Ice anglers have been reporting a good panfish bite on Little Lake Butte des Morts in the Neenah/Menasha area as well as on the Fox River in Kaukauna. Ice thickness ranged from 4 to 6 inches as of Tuesday, Jan. 8, but is likely to decrease with the coming rain. Some anglers have begun venturing out on ATVs and snowmobiles and a few have been parking trucks on the ice near shore. Please be cautious and remember that 6 inches of ice is not enough to safely drive a vehicle on the ice. Some anglers have learned this the hard way by putting their truck through the ice on the north end of Lake Winnebago. - Ryan Propson, conservation warden, Appleton

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Southeast Region

Milwaukee DNR Service Center area

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Lapham Peak Unit - As of Jan. 9 the trails throughout the system remained well snow covered with some dirty areas. The classical track on the natural snow is okay in some spots but well worn and non-existent in other spots. Conditions will change as the temperatures warm. The manmade snow loop is well covered and groomed for classical and skating. Conditions will depend on the temperature when you arrive. - Paul Sandgren, property supervisor

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Northern Unit - As of Jan. 7, the Zillmer Ski Trails at Campbellsport were still in good condition. The red and yellow loops were in very good condition. The brown loop has quite a bit of debris in the pines, but is still in good condition. The skating lanes were groomed Monday night and attempts were made to reduce the "washed out" areas on some of the downhill sections. - Brandon Smith, ranger

Lake Michigan fisheries team report - Compiled from creel clerks by Cheryl Masterson and Jeffrey Zinuticz, fisheries technicians, Milwaukee

Sheboygan County - In Sheboygan fishing was slow with only a few brown trout being caught off the docks in the marina. Minnows or spawn under a bobber has been best early in the day; colder weather will be needed before ice will be safe enough for fishing.

Ozaukee County - Fishing in Port Washington has been slow overall with only a few brown trout being caught by shore anglers fishing off of the Rotary Park rocks or the white railing area. The power plant discharge has also given up a few small browns; spawn sacs fished near bottom or casting bright colored crankbaits has worked best early or late in the day.

Milwaukee County - Fishing in Milwaukee recently has been rather slow. Some brown trout were being taken by both boat and shore anglers but not as many as previous weeks. The Summerfest Grounds and under the Hoan Bridge areas have been best. There is no safe ice yet on the lagoon or marina; several more weeks of cold will be needed before there is any fishable ice. Boat anglers, when able to get out, were also seeing slower action with only a few browns and steelhead being taken early in the day. Most boat anglers were casting jigs and plastics or soaking minnows and spawn under a float. Shore anglers were having luck using three-way rigs off the bottom with small minnows or spawn; minnows under a bobber were also working along with casting crank baits and spoons.

Racine County - In the Racine harbor and lower Root River, ice is not safe enough for foot travel. A few days or weeks of cold will be needed to improve conditions. Some of the open pockets in the river and around the marina docks are giving up a few brown trout and northern pike; minnows under a float or casting crank baits and jigs and plastics have been the best presentations.

Waukesha DNR Service Center area

Waukesha County - Ice conditions in the Oconomowoc lakes are iffy to nonexistent. Anglers are reminded to be prudent when walking out on any body of water in the area. The weather forecast for the remainder of the week is for temps in the upper 40s with rain likely…so the ice conditions will detonate even further if the predictions are accurate. - Doug Zeihen, conservation warden, Delafield

Plymouth DNR Service Center area

Washington County - With the coming warm temperatures snowmobile trails in both Ozaukee and Washington Counties have closed. It is expected that trails will remain closed until colder temperatures arrive along with more snow. It is important to remember that trail openings and closings are regulated at the local level. For Washington County snowmobile trail conditions call 262-334-6061 and for Ozaukee County snowmobile trail conditions call 262-284-8259. Ice conditions vary greatly around both Counties. People venturing out onto the ice should use extreme caution and check ice conditions frequently to ensure the ice is safe. - Sean Neverman, conservation warden, Plymouth

The Washington County snowmobile trails are closed due to the warm weather. Anglers are reminded to expect the unexpected with ice conditions. Rain and warm temperatures are forecasted for the next couple of days. - Robert Lee, conservation warden, Hartford

Local Wildlife Management staff in our counties and around the state are conducting the annual “mid-winter waterfowl count” this week. Each year, ducks and geese are counted the first or second week in January in all the flyway states. Waterfowl still remaining in the state at this time of the year are concentrated around open streams, ponds and lakes and along the Lake Michigan shoreline. - Tom Isaac, wildlife biologist, Hartford

Sturtevant DNR Service Center area

Big Foot Beach State Park - All trails are open to hikers. Dogs must be on a leash 8-feet or shorter at all times. Hikers please be courteous and stay off what ski tracks remain. Ceylon Lagoon is open to ice fishing. The park does not monitor ice thickness, please use caution while ice fishing. For the most current trail conditions, please call 262-248-2528. - Matthew Daniels, ranger

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South Central Region

Dodgeville DNR Service Center area

Grant County - Snowmobile trails have been closed in Richland and Grant counties for over a week. Skiing has been mostly back-country style at county parks and golf courses. The forecast for warmer temps and rain doesn’t sound good for either of these groups. Most wildlife however seems to be enjoying the warmer weather. Deer are somewhat grouped up and have been able to paw through the snow, or use exposed south-facing slopes. Raccoons have ventured out of their dens for a stretch and a snack. Squirrels are also out of their nests looking for a bite to eat. Otters have been running and sliding on the ice in the backwaters. Muskrat and beaver trappers were pretty active until the ice got too thick to easily chop through. Fishing activity has slowed down recently. Be careful if you venture onto the rapidly changing ice. Some areas it is thick and solid and other areas there is open water. - Daniel Goltz, wildlife biologist, Boscobel

Snow conditions have deteriorated tremendously in the last few days resulting in the closure of all Grant County snowmobile trails. Ice fishing has been slow through-out the county. Ice fishers report ice conditions are 6-8-inches-plus in most areas. Bluegill fishing on Bertom/McCartney Lake has been slow, with many small sized fish with few keepers. O Leary Lake below lock and dam 10 has had some good bluegill fishing, with many fish biting, but few in the hand-sized or larger category. Fishing with jigs equipped with wax worms in 4 to 5 feet of water 6-12 inches from the bottom. Eagles have been lining the shorelines below lock and dam 11 at Dubuque with the best viewing from the Hawthorne Street boat landing. - Richard S. DeWitte, conservation warden, Cassville

Iowa County - Perch have been biting on Cox Hollow Lake on waxworms and orange ice fishing jigs. Bluegills were biting on Bakken’s Pond near the silos on wax worms. Walleyes were being caught on Twin Valley Lake. Northern pike have also been biting on Helen Lake off of Hwy. 14. - David Youngquist, conservation warden, Dodgeville

Richland County - All snowmobile trails in the area are currently closed due to lack of snow and frost. Area ice anglers are having limited success catching pan fish on area sloughs bordering the Lower Wisconsin Riverway. The CWD Holiday hunt closed on Jan. 6 and the landowner hunt has been canceled for this year. - Michael Nice, conservation warden, Richland Center

Wyalusing State Park -All trails are snow covered. Warmer temperatures this week as well as the forecast for this weekend which calls for temps in the 40s today and tomorrow as well as rain and drizzle, will definitely have an impact on cross-country ski trails. Earlier this week, there were a few bare spots on the ski trails. All trails were groomed and tracked last weekend. All ski trails are in questionable skiing conditions. Whitetail Meadows Trail is a good trail for inexperienced skiers. Non-skiers and people with dogs are reminded to please stay off the ski trails as dogs and pedestrian traffic will damage a groomed ski trail. Sand Cave Trail is a popular trail for snowshoe enthusiasts. Wisconsin Ridge Campground road is plowed to the shower building and back along the bluff edge. The plowed road is an excellent place for walking without having to trudge through the deep snow and it also affords an excellent view of the Wisconsin River Valley. Sightings at park office feeders include: juncos, chickadees, white-breasted nuthatches, goldfinches, cardinals, blue jays, red-bellied, downy and hairy woodpeckers, and purple finches. An opossum is a regular visitor to the office feeders, cleaning up the spilled seed. With the warmer temperatures, raccoons will likely soon be out. Mississippi River level at Prairie du Chien is at 7.6 Jan. 10, which is up 0.1 from the previous day. The boat landing is a popular place for ice anglers. Reminder: we do not monitor ice conditions. - Beverly Pozega, visitor services associate

Horicon DNR Service Center area

Dodge County – There has been some good evening walleye fishing on Beaver Dam Lake. - Paul Nell, conservation warden, Horicon

The entire Dodge County Snowmobile Trail System closed due to deteriorating trail conditions and warming temperatures Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Fitchburg DNR Service Center area

Columbia County - There was still a good amount of gun deer hunters hunting the final weekend of the Holiday Hunt. Snowmobile trails were in excellent shape and had a lot of use, however, just this Monday, trails are closed due to the warm weather. Snowmobilers can be cited for trespassing if they operate on closed trails. Ice fishing has been decent; however, many people were seen pushing their luck by driving out on the ice. Several vehicles have gone through the ice already this year. More cold nights are needed to make good ice for safe travel. - Paul Nadolski, conservation warden, Portage

Jefferson County - Snowmobile trails in Jefferson County were closed Monday Jan. 7. With the warmer temperatures expected ice conditions may change very quickly. Rivers are especially dangerous. The fishing on area lakes has been hit and miss. Anglers report catching walleye on Lake Koshkonong near Blackhawk Island, most have been near channel that runs through the lake. Lake Ripley has been a good spot to jig for bluegills. Fishing on Rock Lake has been slower than past years. However, anglers familiar with the lake say the effects of the drought are still present. Which is what many anglers say is the reason for the “slower” fishing. - Ryan Ellifson, conservation warden, Jefferson County

Sauk County - There has been fishing pressure on Lake Redstone across the northern portion of the lake. Crappies were being caught but anglers that were successful were moving frequently. Walleye activity is slow. There is evidence of another gizzard shad die off with the shad being seen frozen in the ice. The snowmobile trails across the county are closed along with the 400 State Trail. The trail is still in good shape for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at this time. There have been reports of several bald eagles hanging around the Baraboo River. - David Horzewski, conservation warden, Reedsburg

The Sauk County Snowmobile Trails are closed due to snow conditions. Snowmobilers are reminded that they need to watch for opening and closing of trails. In most counties snowmobile trails go across private lands. Wardens have received reports in the past couple of weeks of a few snowmobilers going off the marked trails and onto adjacent property. The landowners were very upset and were considering not allowing the trails to continue through their property. All snowmobilers should respect the property owners so the long tradition of snowmobiling can continue. Due to the warmer January weather, sauger and walleye have been biting on the Wisconsin River below the Prairie du Sac dam. The trout fishing activity has been slow on Devil’s Lake. Ice anglers are reminded to watch ice conditions very closely due to the thawing weather. - John Buss, conservation warden, Prairie du Sac

Lake Kegonsa State Park -The cross country ski trails are in fair condition and were last groomed on Monday, Jan. 7. Most trails are still snow covered, but are getting icy. Conditions are expected to deteriorate over the next couple of days due to forecasted warm temperatures and rain. As a result, the Candlelight Ski scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12 has been cancelled. We have rescheduled this event for Saturday, Feb. 9, weather and snow conditions permitting.. - Sarah Bolser, park manager

Janesville DNR Service Center area

Rock County - Snowmobile trails in Rock and Green counties are closed until more snow arrives. Anglers have been observed taking advantage of the ice that has formed, but with warming temperatures much caution should be taken as ice levels vary greatly around the area. With snow still on the ground hunters are pursuing rabbits and coyotes and some have been reportedly having success harvesting some animals. The rabbit populations seem good on state lands and thus the coyotes are also frequenting those areas evident by their numerous tracks. - Mike J Dieckhoff, conservation warden, Janesville

Rock and Walworth counties - The helicopter deer survey of 100 square mile sections in the Southeast Chronic Wasting Disease management area in Rock and Walworth County was completed between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3. A similar count in the southwestern management area is currently underway. - Tom Isaac, wildlife biologist, Hartford

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West Central Region

Baldwin DNR Service Center area

St. Croix County - All area snowmobile trails have closed and snowmobilers should call the counties hotlines if new snowfalls are received before venturing out on the trails. Local ice conditions remain marginal for vehicles with 10-12 inches on most area lakes, but conditions will worsen with upcoming forecasts for warm weather and rain later in the week. Fishing for panfish has been good on area lakes and boat anglers on the Mississippi River have been still getting walleye and sauger at the Redwing dam area. Ice anglers on the St Croix River are getting crappies near North Hudson and Bayport, Minn. Panfish action has been good on Lakes Tainter and Menomin in Dunn County. - David A. Hausman, warden supervisor, Baldwin

La Crosse DNR Service Center area

Vernon County - With the recent cold weather ice conditions have improved along the Mississippi River. Most places have about 10 to 12 inches of ice, but anglers are reminded to use caution as ice thickness can vary on the river. Fishing has been sporadic, with some anglers having success one day, but the following day little or no activity in the same area. The snowmobile trails are closed in Crawford, Vernon and La Crosse counties. Snowmobilers can check if the trails are open or closed by calling the counties’ snowline numbers: Crawford, 608-326-0270, Vernon, 608-637-5481 or La Crosse, 608-782-4500. - Dale Hochhausen, conservation warden, Crawford and Vernon counties

Wildcat Mountain State Park – Cross-country trails were in fair condition as of Jan. 7. The classical track is set up well, but has some bare/thin spots due to thin snow cover. Conditions are expected to deteriorate with the warm temps and possible rain this week. Trails have not been groomed since Dec. 21 due to equipment problems. Fortunately, our equipment is now repaired and we are ready to groom when we get more snow. A portion of the Old Settler’s Trail is closed due to a timber harvest in progress. All other hiking trails are open and in good condition. Pets are not allowed on the Hemlock Nature Trail and must be on a leash at all times in other areas. - Joseph K Fieweger, park manager

Black River Falls DNR Service Center area

Black River State Forest - Temperatures have been in the mid to upper 30s the past few days and are expected to be close to 40 on Friday. Colder weather is predicted starting Sunday. Warm weather is resulting in poor winter recreation conditions. Snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle trails are closed to snowmobiles and open for ATVs; if conditions stay warm this may change. UTVs are not allowed on the trails in winter time. Jackson County Forestry and Parks Department grooms and maintains all winter snowmobile and ATV trails in the state forest. Warm weather has resulted in poor cross-country ski trail conditions. With above freezing daytime temps trails are likely icy in areas. Crews will not be able to set a new track until we get more snow. - Peter Bakken, superintendent

Juneau County - Trappers are seeing a healthy population of otter in the county. Trappers and hunters also continue to report an increasing number of bobcat sign and sightings within the county. - Matt Weber, conservation warden, Necedah

Eau Claire DNR Service Center area

Chippewa County - The snowmobile trails in Chippewa County closed on Monday, Jan. 7. The cross country ski trails are still maintained and open at Lake Wissota State Park. Ice conditions vary, a pickup truck went through the ice near Lake Wissota State Park boat landing, so driving vehicles on the ice is ill advised. Several lakes in the area are spring fed, or have channels of running water which can change ice thickness. Otter Lake ice fishing has been steady, with a few keeper crappie being caught on the south end in 12 feet of water. Round Lake and Long Lake ice fishing has been slow. Small northern pike were biting on Lake Hallie, try using minnows below a tip-up on the west end. Hundreds of geese are staging on the Chippewa River below Jim Falls, with some migrant ducks mixed in. Remember your local conservation warden is a great source of information. Sportsmen are the eyes and ears out there, so feel free to call 715-720-3646 and let me know what you're seeing. - Shaun Deeney, conservation warden, Chippewa Falls

Eau Claire County -- Snow depths vary in Eau Claire County, with approximately 6-8 inches in the woods to bare ground on the fields – snowmobile trails are closed. Anglers are walking on the ice of Half Moon Lake to catch bluegills, largemouth bass and northern pike. Half Moon Lake is a 135 acre lake located in the City of Eau Claire at Carson Park. It has a maximum depth of 9 feet. Fishing is slow on Lake Altoona, but the persistent anglers were catching some huge perch and crappies. Automobile use is not recommended on the 8 to 12 inches of Lake Altoona ice. - Scott Thiede, conservation warden, Eau Claire

Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area - The ski trails were in good shape as of Jan. 9 and were groomed on Friday, Jan. 4. Tracks have not been set due to lack of snow and there are still a few bare spots. Many of the trails are one way so please follow the signs. - Calvin Kunkel, ranger

Red Cedar State Trail - The section of trail from Menomonie and Downsville is groomed for skating and tracked for classic skiers. As of Jan. 9 the trail was in good condition with a 5-6 inch base. The ice wall near mile marker 1.5 south of Menomonie is fully formed and is a sight to behold. - Calvin Kunkel, ranger

Wausau DNR Service Center area

Marathon County - Snowmobile trails are closed as of Jan. 9. People were out on them this past weekend and they were not in good shape. Ice conditions range from 4 to 8 inches with some spots being a little thicker, but people wanting to drive vehicles on the ice should use extreme caution. One vehicle went through last week on a local lake and another vehicle almost go through on the same lake shortly after the first vehicle went through. People should stay away from the Wisconsin River channel as there is brown ice visible. - Benjamin Herzfeldt, conservation warden, Wausau

Wisconsin Rapids DNR Service Center area

Adams County - Adams county snowmobile trails are closed due to lack of snow. - Wade Romberg, conservation warden, Friendship

Portage County - Due to the weather, all snowmobile trails are now closed in Portage County. Ice conditions had improved on area waters but are now deteriorating. Fishers and other recreationalists should use extreme caution on all ice. Those fishing on the Wisconsin River system need to remember the sun and warmer weather will deteriorate surface ice and the currents underneath will deteriorate the ice from the bottom. Some panfish were being caught on the Wisconsin River system. Success on walleyes and northern pike is limited. Coyote hunters are having some success with the snow on the ground but a fresh snow is needed to improve hunting conditions. - Barry Meister, conservation warden, Stevens Point

Buckhorn State Park - Cross country ski trails are groomed and have a base of 3-5 inches of snow. Visitors were out cross country skiing and snowshoeing over the weekend and trails were in great condition. Warmer weather is forecasted for this week that will melt the snow and ice. People have started ice fishing on the lake. Park staff do not monitor ice conditions. - Heather Wolf, park manager

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