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MADISON, WI - The weekly Wisconsin fishing reports & hunting report from 2/6/14 are gathered by local DNR officials, angler creel surveys, 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,

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Cold to very cold temperatures have continued across the state in the last week, but those cold temperatures are keeping snow on the ground and ice on the lakes, making for some good to very good winter recreation conditions.

Some areas of central Wisconsin are reporting the best snowmobile conditions in years. Snowmobile conditions are good to excellent across most of the state, though trails in southern Wisconsin have been receiving heavy use and corners are becoming worn and snowmobilers should watch for trail closures if more snow doesn't fall soon.

Almost all state park and forest properties are reporting cross-country ski trails in good to very good condition. That's more good news for the 10 candlelight ski and hike events scheduled for this Saturday.

Lake ice conditions are also very good, with 24 to 30 inches of ice on some lakes and ice anglers reporting that snow shovels and auger extensions are almost mandatory this year. The ice on Lake Superior is the best it's been in years, and reports of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (exit DNR) sea caves being accessible have gone viral and the National Park Service is reporting their highest visitation rates ever recorded at the lakeshore, with an estimated 6,000 people trekking out the mile or more on frozen Lake Superior last Saturday to visit the caves.

The cold has continued to limit ice fishing activity and success, but more anglers were reported out on Green Bay, where up to 30 inches of ice has also been reported. Action was fair for whitefish along both the east and west shores, and anglers also reported some success for northern pike, walleye and a few perch. Some brown and rainbow trout continue to be caught at southern Lake Michigan harbors.

Ice conditions and water clarity is very good on Lake Winnebago for the opening of the 2014 sturgeon spearing season this Saturday. Sturgeon spearers have been preparing their shacks and were able to start cutting in their spearing holes as of today. Fisheries biologists say that given the clear water, there could be a relatively short season this year that could be highlighted by the harvest of many trophy sized fish.

White-tailed deer have been hiding out in heavy cover given the deep snow and bitter cold, staying put to save energy. While deep snow is reported across much of the state, the snow is fluffy with no crust and deer are still able to dig down to get acorns in some areas. There have been reports of bucks shedding antlers, but many are still hanging on to last year's growth. As of Feb. 6, 2014 all baiting and feeding of deer must stop in both Waupaca and Shawano counties, due to the discovery of a CWD-positive white-tailed deer in November within a 10-mile radius of those counties.

The long cold winter has also left little open water along the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers, which has reduced bald eagle numbers in some areas, but some excellent viewing continues to be reported in at the Prairie du Sac dam area. Great-horned and barred owls continue to hoot it up at night in preparation for breeding season with great horned owls laying eggs soon if they haven't started already.

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Superior DNR Service Center area

Brule River State Forest - The cold temperatures continue to be the popular topic of conversation as people have their hands wrapped around coffee cups for warmth. The warmth from the sun seems to feel a bit stronger as cars don't seem to take so long to warm up in the afternoon on the sunny days. The days are getting longer, providing some sunlight to and from work for many people. The Afterhours Ski Trail is in excellent condition and was groomed Feb. 4. For those who are trying to get rid of some cabin fever, keep in mind that the Afterhours Candlelight Ski will take place this Saturday, Feb. 8. Two miles of cross country ski trails will be lit by candles and moonlight. For those who want to break out the snowshoes and do a candlelight hike, we will put lights out on the Fox Loop Snowshoe Trail. After skiing or snowshoeing, come sit around the warm bonfire and have some hot coffee or hot chocolate (provided by Plain Jane's Coffee from Iron River) that will be served in the warming house. A grill will be provided for cooking whatever you would like to bring to cook. This event is free, no trail pass are required. For more information call the Brule River State Forest at 715-372-5678. - Catherine Khalar, visitor services associate

Ashland DNR Service Center area

Bayfield County - Snowmobile trails are in excellent condition, and groomers have already hit the trails early this week and they are ready for the upcoming weekend. Lake ice travel has been tricky on area inland lakes, be sure to seek area bait dealer advise concerning what lakes can be accessed by vehicle, many lakes are foot travel only. Panfishing activity has picked up, though crappie and bluegill appear a little smaller this year, some are still getting their bag limits on many inland lakes including Namakagon and the Eau Claire chain. Snow conditions in the surrounding area has been excellent and both cross-country skiers and snow show enthusiasts are being seen out enjoying area trails, which are groomed and in excellent condition. - Jill Schartner, conservation warden, Drummond

Copper Falls State Park - The park trails are in excellent condition and have a great base of snow for both skiing and snowshoe. Ski trails, both classic and skate, were last groomed on Thursday, Jan. 30. The multi-use Red Granite Falls trail was pressed on Thursday, Jan. 30. The park will be holding a candlelight ski/snowshoe event on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Both snowshoe and ski trails will be illuminated totaling over 2 miles of trail. A large bonfire will be provided and refreshments will be available. This event will be weather dependent. Please call the park at 715-274-5123 with questions and also for up to the minute grooming report as trails are continually groomed as new snow falls. Visitors are reminded that snowshoes are not allowed on groomed ski trails. We have dedicated the Red Granite Falls Trail and Waterfalls Trail for this activity. - Gregory P Behling, ranger

Spooner DNR Service Center area

Burnett County - The Grantsburg area is coated with a thick blanket of snow giving us approximately 18 to 24 inches of snow on the ground. Snowmobile trails in the area are open and being groomed regularly. Area lakes have been very difficult to travel on because of deep snow and heavy slush. Ice conditions vary across the county with some lakes now requiring extensions on ice augers. Use caution when traveling on any frozen lakes. Panfishing on area lakes has been slow over the last few weeks but will improve with warmer temperatures. - Christopher Spaight conservation warden, Grantsburg

Interstate Park - Don't miss Candlelight Night at the park this Saturday, Feb. 8, from 6-9 p.m. Experience a winter evening by candlelight as hundreds of candles are lit to guide skiers, snowshoers and hikers on separate trails. Cross-country ski on the Skyline Ski Trail (intermediate level) or snowshoe on the Ojibwa Trail. Both trails begin at the Ice Age Center. Beginning at the Camp Interstate Shelter, hikers can enjoy a candlelit walk beside the St. Croix River. There will be warming fires at the trailheads. At the Ice Age Center listen to live music provided by The Geezers while enjoying food and refreshments served by the Friends of Interstate Park. There will also be a raffle drawing at 8:45 p.m. at the Ice Age Center. First prize is an Old Town Saranac 160 XT canoe, second prize is a pair of Ojibwa style snowshoes and bindings, and third prize is a Bending Branches canoe paddle. There are still tickets available! Tickets are $2 each or six for $10. The raffle is a fundraiser for the Friends of Interstate Park. Proceeds will be used to match a State grant to remodel the Beach House into a summer nature education center. - Julie Fox, natural resources educator

Washburn County - Deep snow and bad ice on lakes in northern Washburn County combined with severe cold has fishing at a near stand-still. No to very little fishing pressure has been observed on most lakes. But the snow is good news for snowmobilers as the trails are in excellent shape. Trails are being heavily used on weekends. - 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) - The combination of cold weather and difficult access conditions has continued to keep fishing pressure at a low level on area lakes. Ice depths have been holding in the 16 to 18 inch range, as the 8 to 12 inches of snow cover has been providing enough insulation to keep the ice thickness from getting too much deeper. The heavy snow cover has severely limited access to most waters and many areas of slush have also been showing up. Most ice fishing access has been limited to a few plowed or packed trails. With the low amount of fishing pressure, reports of any angling success have been sparse. A few walleye anglers have been venturing out, but the action has been spotty. A few walleye in the 12- to 14-inch size have been found on the mud flats in 6 to 9 feet of water, with the most productive bait being large fatheads or small sucker minnows. A few perch have also been mixed in with the walleye, so that's been a bonus when fishing on lake with a reduced walleye bag limit. An important addition to an angler's arsenal of gear this winter has been a good snow shovel. Not only a big benefit if you get stuck, but it is useful in clearing out the snow around your ice fishing holes. - Skip Sommerfeldt, senior fisheries biologist, Park Falls

Flambeau River State Forest - Snowmobile and ski trails are in excellent condition. The first loop and the Flambeau Hills Trail will be touched up Saturday in time for our 22nd Annual Candlelight Ski. There is about 24-plus inches of snow on the ground. We heard a phoebe and turkeys are doing well. Local deer are sticking close to timber sales and well used trails but appear to be alert and healthy. The forest is hosting its 22nd Annual Candlelight Ski this Saturday, Feb. 8 from 6-9 p.m. Folks are invited to come on out and enjoy be beauty of a candlelit trail and warming fires. There will be hot grills going and free hot dogs, chili and spiced tea available. - Judy Freeman, visitor services associate

Woodruff DNR Service Center area

Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest - Cross-country ski trails are in very good condition. Some snow drifts have formed along McNaughton Lake. All other loops have been leveled and tracked. There are very good snow conditions in the forest. - Tony Martinez, forestry facilities worker

Florence DNR at the Florence Natural Resource Center

Florence County - There is currently around 18 inches snow with no new snow since January 31. There is open water on Menominee River, and all other waters are frozen. Don't forget that on February 8 Chili Ski-In at Lauterman Trail in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will be taking place. This event is sponsored by Wild Rivers Interpretive Center. - Anna Jahns, wildlife technician, Florence

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Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report

Marinette County - Anglers fished for whitefish on the Trout Bar out of the Little River Landing. Anglers were jigging for walleye with stick baits and small spoons tipped with or without live bait in the pocket below the dam at Hattie Street. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Oconto County - Anglers' used Swedish Pimple's and jigs tipped with minnows or wax worms to catch whitefish on the reef south of the landing. Whitefish were also caught at the mouth of the Oconto River using jigging spoons tipped with live bait. From the Oconto Breakwater Park to Oconto Park II northern pike anglers had success fishing 4 to 12 feet of water using tip ups with large shiner minnows or dead smelt. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Brown County - The ice is 20 inches thick at Voyageur Park where anglers caught walleye and perch by jigging small spoons or jigs tipped with minnows or wax worms. Perch fishing in 7 to 9 feet of water off Long Tail and Sunset Beach was slow jigging with minnows and wax worms. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Door County - There was very low fishing activity because of the brutally cold -15 degrees temperatures. However, this past weekend more anglers tried their luck catching perch or whitefish. Access points to the ice continue to be difficult with snow drifts so anglers used snowmobiles and ATVs to get on the ice which was reported to be 20 to 32 inches thick throughout the Bay area. At Sherwood Point and near High Cliff Park shanties are scattered from about 200 yards to a mile off shore with anglers in search of whitefish. In Sawyer Harbor at the Idlewild launch and Cabot's Point there wasn't much activity but at the water treatment plant in Sturgeon Bay anglers used tip ups with shiners and caught some northern pike. The Stone Quarry and Birmingham's continue to be popular fishing spots and in particular the Stone Quarry where some limits of whitefish in 60 feet of water was reported. These fish were caught by jigging stick baits tipped with wax worms. In Little Harbor shanties were seen but there was very little fishing pressure. At Dykesville and Volk's Landing 16 to 18 inches of ice was reported but very bumpy ice conditions kept angler effort low. Those anglers that did fish reported catching some limits of whitefish using Swedish pimples tipped with minnows and ice jigs in 18 to 19 feet of water. In addition, wax worms fished in 5 to 13 feet of water also produced some whitefish. At Rite's Cove whitefish were caught in 10 feet of water using wax worms. Ice is at least 14 inches thick and shanties are set up 200 yards and out. - Bobbi Kolstad, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay

Peshtigo DNR Service Center area

Marinette County - A check of traditional deer yards and active timber sales throughout the county has shown that deer are still moving freely and have plenty of browse. Snow depth ranges from 11 inches in a cedar stand to 21 inches in upland hardwoods stands. The snow is all fluff with no crust and deer are still able to dig down to get acorns in some areas. Fields with standing corn or recently picked corn are getting heavy use by deer and turkeys alike. Deep snow on many area lakes is covering a layer of slush making travel for ice fisherman difficult. Snowshoes help in getting around, but expect to sink a considerable amount if not using a packed trail. Spring is on the horizon (you can't see it, but it is there!) and soon great horned owls will be laying eggs if they haven't already. In a couple of months woodcock will be peenting, frogs will be singing, and walleye will be running in the Peshtigo and Menominee rivers. - Aaron McCullough, wildlife technician, Wausaukee

Oconto County - Snowmobile trails are still in very good to excellent condition with the 5 inches of new snow late last week. Fishing activity is still in the winter doldrums. A large number of golden eyes and mergansers can be seen on the open water on the Oconto River below the dams at Stiles and Oconto Falls. This weekend there are radar runs at Geano Beach on the frozen waters of Green Bay. - Mike Stahl, conservation warden, Oconto Falls

Shawano County - Ice conditions are good and anglers have been commenting that you almost need an extension for the auger this year. Ice fishing has been fair. The biggest problem has been getting onto the lakes as there is plenty of snow and lots of drifts. Fishing has mostly focused on panfish and northern pike.

Snowmobiling has been excellent with trails in very good conditions and lots of people taking advantage of the beautiful scenery. Hunting has been challenging with deep snow hindering the hunters. - Jim Horne, conservation warden, Shawano

Governor Thompson State Park - The cross-country ski trail skate lanes were re-groomed Feb. 5 but the classic track was left as it is because it was still in very good condition. Skating conditions are near perfect, solid trail surface and very fast. - Maggie Kailhofer, park manager

Green Bay DNR Service Center area

Brown County - Brown county trails have continued to be in good condition. A reminder to all snowmobilers to please slow down at night. There is a nighttime speed limit of 55 mph, but at 40 mph a snowmobiler starts to override their headlights. Riding over 40 mph greatly increases the chances for accidents, and already one snowmobile vs. deer accident has occurred. A lot more unique wildlife call has come in recently, with animals looking for open water or different food sources. People would like to feed deer should look at the following pamphlet regarding winter deer feeding best practices - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/documents/winterdeerfeeding.pdf. - Cara Kamke, conservation warden, Green Bay

Sturgeon Bay DNR Service Center area

Door County - Around Door County the snowmobiling trails and ski trails are all in very good condition. There is no additional snow in the forecast for this week. The ice fishing, however, has been on the slower side and limited amounts of people have been out for perch and whitefish because travel has been very difficult with all of the snow, blowing snow, and cold conditions. Some eagles have been spotted in the area but we're a ways off from spring. - Brandon Bastar, fisheries research vessel captain, Sturgeon Bay

Peninsula State Park - Snow depth varies up to 18 inches. Watch for icy/slippery conditions throughout the park. Cross-country ski trails are groomed and in very good condition. Hiking, snowshoeing, biking and pets are prohibited on ski trails. Snowshoe and hiking trails are open. The sledding hill is open. Snowmobile trails are open and in good to excellent condition. - Jane Barnowsky, visitor services associate

Potawatomi State Park - Cross-country ski trails were last groomed on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Both skate and stride conditions were excellent at that time. Snowmobile trails were also groomed this week and conditions are very good. - Lois M. Hanson, visitor services associate

Rock Island State Park - Washington Island's Lions Club fishing derby runs Feb. 8 through 16. Several nice northern pike and brown trout have been taken recently. Rock Island has had lots of snowmobilers on the weekends along the ungroomed trails. Check with locals before heading out across the ice. - Randy Holm, ranger and assistant property manager

Wautoma DNR Service Center area

Green Lake County - Lake trout and cisco are the most active bite on Big Green Lake. Lake trout can be found in the 70 to 120 feet of water, and look for cisco near the sandstone area. Little Green Lake continues to produce panfish however most are on the small side. There have been reports of snowy owls in the Markesan area. All of the snowmobile trails are currently open and in good shape. There are also lots of areas in the White River Marsh State Wildlife area that would be perfect areas for snowshoeing. - Nathan Ackerman, conservation warden, Berlin

Waupaca County - There is currently about 24 inches of snow on the level, and it is pure powder. This is making it very tough getting around on foot. This has been the best year for snowmobiles in years. Deer have been hiding out in heavy cover given the deep snow and bitter cold, staying put to save energy. Turkeys are by bird feeders, farmyards and roadsides looking for food and an escape from deep snow. Otherwise most wildlife is holed up in evergreen swamps where snow isn't quite so deep. There is no fishing report due to lack of pressure. Temps haven't been quite so bitter, but have still been around 10 below zero in many areas here. - Karl Kramer, wildlife technician, Wautoma

Wardens in Waupaca County would like to inform everyone that beginning on February 6, 2014 all baiting and feeding of deer must stop in both Waupaca and Shawano counties. All snowmobile trails continue to remain open in Waupaca County. Snow depth on many lakes is making vehicle traffic difficult and anglers have been using snowmobiles to gain access to fishing areas. Some people have been enjoying good cross country skiing and snowshoeing conditions on area trails. - Ted Dremel, conservation warden, Wautoma

Hartman Creek State Park - The park received approximately 5 inches of snow on Thursday, Jan. 30. All ski trails have been groomed and tracked and are in very good condition with excellent snow. One loop of the Hillview (Windfeldt) snowshoe trail has also been groomed and is in very good condition. For more information please call the park office at 715-258-2372. - Michael D. Bergum, superintendent

Waushara County - The snow is packed and the snowmobile trails are in pretty good condition. There is still a closure in the Berlin area between intersections 2 and 3, but the rest of the trails are in good condition. With temperatures on the rise slightly during the daytime it is making for enjoyable riding. There are a few anglers out as well, but not reporting any really hot action. This weekend brings the opening of the sturgeon spearing season for which conditions look favorable. A few reports of deer shedding antlers have slowly been starting to come in, but most are still hanging on to last year's growth. - Ben Mott, conservation warden, Wautoma

Oshkosh DNR Service Center area

Calumet County - Despite a recent stretch of cold weather, many outdoor enthusiasts have taken to the ice and trails throughout the county. Hard water anglers are enjoying a strong catch of white bass at various locations along the east shore of Lake Winnebago, which currently has more than 2 feet of ice in most areas. Snowmobilers have been out in large numbers on the trails enjoying several rounds of recent snowfalls. Sturgeon spearers have been preparing their shacks and checking water clarity for the fast approaching opener. Coyote hunters have also been enjoying the recent snowfalls which provided some fresh tracking snow. - Michael Disher, conservation warden - Stockbridge

Winnebago County - Lake Winnebago and the up river system are seeing good ice thickness measuring 24 inches plus. This will hopefully make traveling safe for the Feb. 8 kick off the 2014 sturgeon spearing season. Even with cold weather the ice continues to shift and crack. Be sure and check with local bait shops and registration stations on the ever changing ice conditions in the area you will be using. - Tom Truman, conservation warden, Oshkosh

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Southeast Region

Milwaukee DNR Service Center area

Milwaukee County - Woodpeckers, nuthatches, juncos, snow buntings, and a variety of sparrows are common birds seen this winter in Milwaukee. Cooper, sharp-shinned, and red-tailed hawks frequent the city, with the occasional bald eagle and snowy owl spotted by the lucky observer. Ice fishing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing all provide great outdoor opportunities outside the city at Big Muskego Lake Wildlife Area, and in Waukesha County at Vernon State Wildlife Area. Don't forget to check out the 2014 National Pheasant Fest at the Milwaukee Center, Feb. 14-16, to learn about wildlife conservation and habitat management. - Dianne Robinson, wildlife biologist & regional educator, Waukesha

Browns are being caught from the ice near the Summerfest grounds. Of course stay away from the bridge that goes to the state park as there is thinner ice in that area. - Gervis Myles, conservation warden, Milwaukee

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Lapham Peak Unit - All cross-country ski trails have been groomed and a new track set on the entire trail system. Trails are in great condition. - Brian Jacquette, ranger

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Pike Lake Unit - Cross country ski trails: received 3 inches of powder snow Feb. 4-5. The trails were last groomed and tracked Wednesday, Feb. 5 and are in good to 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. - Lisa McCabe, assistant naturalist guide

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Northern Unit - The Zillmer cross-country ski trail received about an inch of snow on Tuesday. The skating lanes on all loops were groomed Wednesday. Conditions are very good to excellent. The classic tracks were left as is. They are in very good condition. - Reagan Arndt, ranger

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Southern Unit - The Southern Unit received 1-plus inches of new snow on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. All three trail systems at the Southern Unit were groomed and are in very good condition.

- Paul Sandgren, superintendent

Kohler-Andrae State Park - The 2-mile cross country ski trail was groomed on Jan. 30 and trail conditions were good with a classic track in place. Please, no walking or snowshoeing on the ski trail. The park also offers a 1-mile snowshoe trail in addition to the other trails in the park. Currently the beach is very scenic with large ice formations along the shoreline. A candlelight ski/hike event will be held at the park on Saturday, February 15 from 6-9 p.m. A Wisconsin State Park sticker or vehicle entrance fee is required. Ed Muzik, park manager

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

Sheboygan County - In Sheboygan a few anglers have been ice fishing off the docks in the marina, as well as near the boat launch ramps. A few steelhead, browns, and northerns have been reported in the harbor, and golden shiners have taken the most fish.

Ozaukee County - In Port Washington a few browns and rainbows have been caught on crankbaits and spawn sacs near the power plant. The discharge area will provide an open water fishing opportunity throughout the winter months, and decent numbers of browns should remain in the harbor.

Milwaukee County - In Milwaukee the river mouth and harbor are covered in chunks of ice and the Riverfront Ramp was not usable as of Tuesday, February 4. Ice conditions near the river mouth can change quickly based on air temperatures, the winds, and freighter traffic. Brown trout will remain in the Milwaukee harbor throughout the winter months, and at times can be accessible from shore and by boat. Anglers in McKinley Marina report ice depths up to 12 inches, and brown trout have been taken through the ice. Minnows and jigging spoons have been more productive than spawn sacs recently.

Racine County - In Racine, the ice depth in Reefpoint Marina is variable, but anglers report 10-12 or more inches in many locations. Brown trout in the 3 to 4 pound range and a few rainbows have been caught on jigging spoons, tube jigs, and minnows.

Waukesha DNR Service Center area

Waukesha County - Fishing on all Waukesha area lakes is slow. Snowmobile trails are open and the Waukesha County Snowmobile Trails Hotline is 414-299-330. Please call the trail hotline for updated trail conditions before heading out. - Matt Groppi, conservation warden, Waukesha

Plymouth DNR Service Center area

Theresa Marsh State Wildlife Area - I noticed in my email files that my outdoor report comments from Feb. 9, 2012 said "due to temperatures in the 50s and no snow, turkey strutting and gobbling activity is picking up and the goose numbers are rising throughout the area." Obviously that's not the case this year! Few geese if any are present. A few local mallards have hung around open water areas. The flocks of turkeys around our area appear healthy but they're probably struggling somewhat to find food and retaining their body weight. A few people have called asking how to deal with turkeys at their bird feeders. Anyone finding dead deer or turkeys, or other dead or sick wildlife should report it to the DNR. This Saturday, Alliant Energies and DNR staff will be installing an osprey nesting structure on the west side of Theresa Marsh. We continue to get eagle reports from the north end of the marsh and other areas in Washington and Ozaukee counties. We're hoping the eagles will nest again on the north end of the marsh west of Highway 41. During this time of year and when the foliage is off the nest can be among the trees near mile marker 83 if you're traveling south on Highway 41. - Tom Isaac, wildlife biologist, Hartford

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South Central Region

Dodgeville DNR Service Center area

Richland County - Area snowmobile trails remain open. Wind chill advisories remain throughout the area and exposed skin can become frost bitten if exposed for any amount of time. Ice fishing conditions along the Lower Wisconsin River remain slow. - Mike Nice, conservation warden, Medford

Grant County - The long cold winter has left little open water along the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. As a result, there are fewer bald eagles than in recent winters. It has been a great winter for spotting snowy owls. There have been two snowy owls seen recently near Bloomington, in addition to other local sightings, primarily in open areas. Resident owls like great-horned and barred owls are hooting it up at night in preparation for breeding season. Coyotes are also gearing up for their breeding season, with increases in activity and territory marking. Raccoons have been largely cooped up in their dens, but have been making forays out during the few warmer nights we have had. - Daniel Goltz, wildlife biologist, Boscobel

Green County - The snowmobile season is well underway. County trails have a decent base of snow and are seeing a significant amount of traffic. For current trail conditions and to check if the trails are open, please see the State Line Trailblazers website and their Facebook page. Be careful on the trails as they have seen a large amount of drifting with recent high winds and can be almost impassable at times. Ice fishing has been spotty, with a few anglers reporting a few fish being caught. As always, please report any violations you observe and stay safe! - Ryan Caputo, conservation warden, New Glarus

Lafayette County - The fish bite on Yellowstone Lake is still about shut off. Many anglers have been putting in long days and consider themselves lucky to walk away with one or two legal fish. The crappies are near non-existent, the bluegills are really hit and miss and the walleyes come around occasionally. The area snowmobile trails are in okay shape. If we don't get snow soon I would expect many of them to start closing soon due to the corners getting pretty beat up. - Nick Webster, conservation warden, Darlington

Blue Mound State Park - Cross-country ski trails are in good condition. They were last groomed and tracked. Feb. 3

Wyalusing State Park -Hiking trails are snow covered. Until further notice, we will not groom Whitetail Meadows. The recent light fluffy snowfalls and gusty winds have caused deep snow drifts on Whitetail Meadows. Skiers are welcome to use Whitetail Meadows. Frozen waterfalls can be found in Big Sand Cave and Little Sand Cave on Sand Cave Trail as well as in Pictured Rock Cave on Sugar Maple Nature Trail. Access for Sugar Maple Nature Trail is best from the boat landing. Ski enthusiasts are welcome to call the park at 608-996-2261 for a more current report. This year, skiers will be able to access the roadway to Henneger Point by crossing the road near the Astronomy Center parking lot and skiing Prairie Trail to Homestead Campground. The south loop of Homestead Campground (sites 245-255) is now groomed and will connect the skier to the roadway to Henneger Point. This is an excellent trail for beginning and novice skiiers. Turkey Hollow Trail is the most challenging of the trails at Wyalusing. Whitetail Meadows is an excellent trail for the novice skier, but as mentioned above it will not be groomed until further notice. Please do not walk or take pets on the groomed ski trails. Bird Feeders at the Wyalusing State Park Office continue to provide food for the birds and enjoyment for park staff and visitors. Chickadees, juncos, nuthatches, cardinals, blue jays, and woodpeckers are enjoying the sunflower seeds and suet. A bird feeding seminar will be held at Wyalusing State Park on Saturday, February 15. Join wild bird enthusiast and Visitor Service Associate Bev Pozega to learn about the feeding habits of winter resident song birds. Participants will make a log peanut butter feeder to take home with them. We will also enjoy watching the birds at the feeders from the warmth of the park office. Find out which birds can eat while hanging upside down. We may try feeding the chickadees from our hands, weather permitting. Register for free door prizes including bird feeders, an upside down thistle feeder and thistle seed. This program will be appropriate for children as well as adults. The seminar will start at 10 a.m. and will be held at the park shop. A state park admission sticker is required. For more information, please call 608-996-2261. Ritter's Fish Market (located about 7 miles north of Prairie du Chien at the intersection of Hwy. 27 and County N which heads west towards the Mississippi.) is once again spreading fish remains on the field just north of County N. Dozens of bald eagles take advantage of this easy meal. Eagle watchers are encouraged to park along County Road N and to stay in their vehicles. Please note that the eagles are only there if there is food out for them. But it is well worth the 7 mile trip if the birds are in the area. - Beverly Pozega, visitor services associate

Fitchburg DNR Service Center area

Sauk County - Sauk county snowmobile trials are still open but snowmobilers should watch for closures. Ice fishing has been slow with fewer anglers out due to the sub-zero temperatures. Backyard bird feeding has been great with all types of birds coming to feeders. Homeowners are reminded to keep their bird feeders full of seed. The number of bald eagles along the Wisconsin River near Prairie du Sac and Sauk City has been very high. Bald Eagle viewing has been excellent from the Prairie du Sac dam and the VFW park near Prairie du Sac. - John Buss, conservation warden, Prairie du Sac

Devil's Lake State Park - Cross-country ski trails are in fairly good condition after grooming on Thursday, Jan. 30. When trails are snow-covered, hikers and snowshoers may not travel on the ski trails, though anywhere else is fair game! The steeper bluff trails may not work well because of the numerous stair steps. Snowshoers most often travel the Roznos Meadow, East Bluff (from the north end), Grottos, and Group Camp Trails. One could also snowshoe on the Parfrey's Glen and Tumbled Rocks Trails, but those trails are often traveled by regular hikers and may be packed, lumpy, or bumpy and refrozen. Snowshoes may be borrowed for free from the Nature Center at times when it is open. Pets may not travel on the ski trails at any time.- Richard Hesed, visitor services associate

Lake Kegonsa State Park -The cross-country ski trails were rolled during the day on Saturday, Feb. 1 and groomed and tracked overnight and were in good condition as of Sunday morning. - Sarah Bolser, park manager

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West Central Region

La Crosse DNR Service Center area

Vernon County - Cottontail rabbit hunting season remains open through Feb. 28, 2014. With the continuation of a cold and snowy landscape, rabbit hunting conditions are ideal. Rabbits remain numerous throughout the area, and the daily bag limit is three rabbits. Rabbit hunters should look for a network of rabbit trails in cottontail rabbit habitat, including sparse wooded areas with numerous brush thickets, grassy wetland edges, hayfields, weedy corn fields, and shrubby fencerows. Cottontails often rest in a "form," a shallow depression in the ground hidden beneath a pile of brush or grassy clump. Due to their locations, forms offer protection from predators and weather extremes. Regardless of the time of year, cottontails may be distinguished from other rabbits or hares by their rusty orange or reddish brown patch of hair on the nape of their necks. - Dave Matheys, wildlife biologist, Viroqua

Perrot State Park - The cross-country ski trails are in very good condition. All trails have been groomed and tracked. The skate lane around the campground has been groomed and is in very good condition. Hikers and snowshoers: please stay off the groomed cross-country ski trails. This includes the packed and groomed trail on the campground road which is used by skate skiers. Pets are also not allowed on groomed ski trails. Other trails are available for you to walk and snowshoe: Brady's Bluff, Black Walnut, Perrot Ridge, and Riverview Trails. Snowshoe rentals are available at the park headquarters. Please call ahead for availability and to connect with a staff person to assist you with the rental. Trumpeter swans have been seen in the Trempealeau River along the shore near the Nature Center. Walk or snowshoe down the Riverview Trail for a better view. - Lois Larson, park manager

Black River Falls DNR Service Center area

Black River State Forest - If you want snow we have it! Conditions are great for winter recreation in the Black River Area. Temperatures are still a little on the cold side but manageable. Snowmobile and ATV trails are in good to excellent condition for riding. UTVs, due to their weight, are not allowed on the trails in the winter. Trails were last groomed on Friday Jan. 31 and are in very good condition. Trails will be groomed again on Tuesday or Wednesday. The state forest held their annual candlelight ski, snowshoe, and hike event on Saturday Feb. 1. About 250 people braved the cold and enjoyed the well groomed trails and festivities. The event is put on annually by the state forest and the Black River Forest Trail Foundation. - Peter Bakken, superintendent

Eau Claire DNR Service Center area

Lake Wissota State Park - The cross-country ski trails have been groomed. Our volunteer trail groomers post conditions on the skinnyski.com website, or you may contact the park office at (715) 382-4574 for current trail conditions. Snowshoe trails are in great shape. Ice fishing is in full swing on Lake Wissota with the walleye bite being productive early and late in the day. Species of birds seen or heard include ravens, black capped chickadees, phoebes, northern juncos, pileated woodpeckers, barred owls and bald eagles. - Dave Hladilek, park manager

Wausau DNR Service Center area

Rib Mountain State Park - Trails are in excellent condition for a hike or snowshoe. Updated trail maps are available on-line and at the park office. Trails are not groomed for cross-country skiing; coss-country skiing is available at the nearby 9-Mile County Forest Recreation Area. Lots of deer, woodchucks and even an occasional turkey can be seen. Rib Mountain State Park leases property to Granite Peak Ski Area for the downhill skiing enthusiast and snowboarder. Granite Peak is open for the season. www.skigranitepeak.com.

Wisconsin Rapids DNR Service Center area

Buckhorn State Park - People are ice fishing out on Castle Rock Flowage. Remember that park staff does not monitor ice conditions. The annual drawdown of the lake is to start Feb. 1 and is to be done by mid-March. Ski trails were groomed on Jan. 31 and were in good condition with a base of 6 to 8 inches. Trails are half packed for snowshoeing and half tracked for skiing. Snowshoes are available to check out and use in the park when we have at least 6 inches of snow. Pets are not allowed on groomed ski trails, but you can park at the boat launch and hike up 19th towards the new campground. - Heather Wolf, park manager

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MADISON, WI - The weekly Wisconsin fishing reports & hunting report from 2/13/14 are gathered by local DNR officials, angler creel surveys, 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,

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More seasonable winter weather finally arrived this week, breaking the pattern of several weeks of frigid temperatures. Only light snowfalls have been reported across the state in the last week, but thanks to the cold weather, snow depths remain very deep across much of the state.

Flambeau River candlelight hike

More than 150 people turned out Feb. 8 for a candlelight hike and ski at the Flambeau River State Forest. This coming Saturday is the last big weekend for candlelight events.

Jim Kuchler photo

Snowmobile and cross-country ski conditions remain good to very good across the state. Additional light snowfalls have allowed both snowmobile and ski groomers to continue to keep trails in some of the best conditions that have been experienced in years.

This coming weekend is the last best chance for people to get out and enjoy a candlelight ski or hike at a Wisconsin state park property. Six candlelight events are scheduled Saturday, along with other "get outdoors" events such as a moonlight snowshoe hike at the Southern Kettle Moraine and a full moon bonfire at Devil's Lake State Park. Cross-country ski clinics are scheduled at Wyalusing State Park and Richard Bong Recreation area, and Havenwoods State Forest is holding a winter Naturefest.

The 2014 Lake Winnebago system sturgeon spearing season came to a close today as spearers reached the 90 percent trigger Wednesday for the system-wide adult female harvest cap put in place to protect this unique fishery. The six- day season tied for the third shortest season since 2002. A highlight of the season was a 161-pound, 77-inch sturgeon that as of Wednesday lead the way for the big fish of the year. As of Wednesday, 99 fish exceeding 100 pounds have been registered.

The cold and snow have continued to hamper inland ice fishing, especially in the Northwoods, where the deep snow and slush has made travel very difficult. Many days have seen virtually no fishing pressure on many lakes, including some of the major waters. Fishing activity has been higher in the south, where activity has been steady on some lakes.

The best fishing has continued to be on Green Bay were anglers were out again in good numbers at many locations along both the east and west shores. Whitefish continue to provide the best action, with limits again reported. Some walleye were also reported in the Menominee River, and some northern pike caught off Oconto and Brown counties.

Great horned and barred owls are being heard all over as they continue their mating calls, and red-tailed hawks are beginning to pair up. And as of this week, the tally for this year's exceptional snowy owl irruption stands at 271 birds. People can track the daily movements of three snowy owls tagged with cellular GPS transmitters through links in the statewide birding report on the DNR website.

Statewide Birding Report

As of this weekend, the tally of this year's exceptional snowy owl irruption stands at about 271 birds. A few more details can be read and the eBird map of observations are available online (both links exit DNR). People who know of a bird not on the map, please contact Ryan Brady. Thanks to those who have contributed sightings and, in a few cases, specimens. Thankfully, mortality rates have been remarkably low during this year's irruption so far. Owl geeks out there, might also want to check out the daily movements of snowy owls tagged with cellular GPS transmitters near Freedom in Outagamie County, Buena Vista Marsh, and Kewaunee as part of a national research collaboration known as Project SNOWstorm.

Freedom: www.projectsnowstorm.org/maps/freedom/

Kewaunee: www.projectsnowstorm.org/maps/kewaunee/

Buena Vista (whose transmitter has malfunctioned since late December): www.projectsnowstorm.org/maps/buena-vista (all links exit DNR)

- Ryan Brady, Bureau of Wildlife Management research scientist, Ashland

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Northern Region

Ashland DNR Service Center area

Pattison State Park - The ski trail at Pattison State Park was groomed on February 2 and is in very good to excellent condition. One campsite is plowed for use. Many people are hiking and photographing the covered bridge at Amnicon Falls State Park. It is a winter wonderland out there. - Kevin Feind, park superintendant

Hayward DNR Service Center area

Sawyer County - Ice fishing has slowed on many area lakes. Many people are blaming it on the poor travel conditions due to snow and slush and the cold weather. Both are restricting the few that venture out from moving around much and locating fish. On most lakes walleye prefer a smaller bait or minnow. Those using the smaller minnows are also getting some action from perch. Most fish are appearing to be on the weed edges anywhere from 3 to 12 feet of water on the smaller, shallower lakes. Those fishing on Lake Winter are reminded there is a walleye slot limit. No walleye between 14 and 18 inches may be kept and only one over 18 inches is allowed. Those fishing the Chippewa Flowage are reminded that walleye fishing is closed in the winter and all must be immediately released. The open season for walleye on the flowage is May 3, 2014 through November 30, 2014. Snowmobile trails remain in excellent condition throughout the county. There is a noticeable higher volume of traffic on weekends during the day. Traffic slows dramatically after dark and during the weekdays. Snowmobilers are reminded they are to stop at all stop signs and the night time speed limit (even on lakes) is a maximum of 55 mph. - Thomas Heisler Jr., conservation warden, Winter

Spooner DNR Service Center area

Interstate Park - Join naturalist Julie Fox at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 22 and March 8, to experience Wisconsin Interstate Park by snowshoe. Meet at the Ice Age Center for an introduction to basic snowshoe skills followed by an opportunity to snowshoe at your own pace. Snowshoes available for ages 6 & up, free of charge. The walks are dependent upon snow conditions; call the park for updates. - Julie Fox, natural resources educator

Park Falls DNR Service Center area

Upper Chippewa Basin fisheries report (Price, Rusk, Sawyer Taylor and inland Ashland and Iron counties) - This has really become a tired old song-and-dance, but the cold weather and difficult access conditions have continued to keep ice fishing at a near standstill. Many days have seen virtually no fishing pressure on many lakes, including some of the major waters in the area like Butternut Lake, the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage and the Phillips Chain. There have been a few tip-up anglers out trying for walleye and northern pike, and success has been spotty. A few walleye have been found along the mid-depth break lines in 6 to 10 feet of water, with small suckers or XL fatheads being the most productive baits (which also produce a few bonus perch on occasion). Some medium-size northern have been caught around old weed beds in water as shallow as 4 feet, with large golden shiners hung just a foot or so below the ice. Most panfish anglers seem to have all but given up fishing until access conditions improve. Most waters in the area now have 18 to 20 inches of ice, with at least 8 to 10 inches of snow cover on top. Strong winds have been blowing this snow around and has created quite a bit of drifting. This continues to make access very difficult, and has also made for slush areas on many lakes. Most ice fishing access has been limited to a few plowed or packed trails. - Skip Sommerfeldt, senior fisheries biologist, Park Falls

Flambeau River State Forest - The Flambeau Ski trail was last groomed on February 7 and plans are to groom Valentine's Day. Fishing success has let up and is sporadic. Great horned owls are actively calling & nesting. We have approximately two feet of snow on the ground. Deer are moving into active timber sales and appear to be healthy but sticking close to trails. The forest had more than 150 folks who braved the cold and came out Feb. 8 for a beautiful hike/ski/walk on the candlelit trail and joined us for some hot spiced tea, hot dogs and chili. - Judy Freeman, visitor services associate

Woodruff DNR Service Center area

Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest - The Escanaba cross-country ski trail is in very good condition. Cut and tracked all but long loop around Escanaba lake which was still in very good shape due to less use and very cold conditions lately. Very firm track as a while since new snow. Holding up well as only the hardy are out in recent weather. - Dan Jacoby, facilities repair worker

Florence DNR at the Florence Natural Resource Center

Florence County - Warmer temperatures this weekend, combined with lower snow depths than much of Northern Wisconsin will make for a perfect time for a snowshoe hike to waterfalls on the Pine-Popple Wild Rivers. LaSalle Falls Trail is currently well-beaten, but new snow may make snowshoes desirable. - Anna Jahns, wildlife technician, Florence

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Northeast Region

Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report - Compiled by David Boyarski, fisheries supervisor, Sturgeon Bay

Marinette County - Walleye were caught below the dam on the Menominee River where best action occurred at night using jigging stick baits or small spoons tipped with wax worms or minnows. Remember changing ice and weather conditions occur so you should always use caution when accessing your favorite ice fishing areas. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Oconto County - Fishing pressure was low at Geano Beach landing where most of the permanent shacks have been moved closer to the landing. From the Oconto Breakwater Park to Oconto Park II anglers caught northern pike in 4 to 9 feet of water using smelt in the round and large shiner minnows. Some whitefish were caught adjacent to the mouth of the Oconto River using jigging stick baits or jigs tipped with a minnow head or wax worms. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Brown County - Fishing pressure and catch rates were low at Voyageur Park with just a few small whitefish being reported. Anglers reported some perch being caught out of the Long Tail and Sunset Beach landings in 7 to 9 feet of water while jigging with minnows or small plastics. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Door County - Another week of low temperatures has helped increase ice thickness to an overall average of 2 to 3 feet. Most of the launches are accessible for vehicles but some still are still difficult requiring ATVs or snowmobiles. Fishing pressure near Birmingham's and the Stone Quarry was high with shanties set up from 2 to 3 miles off Little Harbor where anglers are accessing the ice at the Stone Quarry launch. Shanties were seen near the shipping canal from Birmingham's north to Little Harbor. Ice thickness in this area was a reported 2 to 2.5 feet thick and accessing the ice with vehicles was not much of a problem. At Sherwood Point low to moderate fishing pressure was observed where anglers accessed the ice at Potawatomi Park. Bullhead Point anglers as well as those who fished at the treatment plant in Sturgeon Bay used tip-ups in search of northern pike. Anglers walked onto the ice that was reported to be 3 feet thick. Anglers at Potawatomi Park targeted walleye and perch with little or no luck. Fishing pressure in Dykesville area was high as anglers reported good success catching perch. Anglers reported ice thickness to be 2 to 3 feet and accessed the ice by vehicle with the exceptions being at Chaudoir's Dock, Sugar Creek and Red River where ATVs and snowmobiles were needed. At the Dykesville launch anglers caught good numbers of whitefish using Swedish pimples tipped with wax worms, and rubber spoons. These fish were caught in 7 to 20 feet of water on ice that was reported to be at least 2 feet thick. At Bayshore Park ice thickness was reported to be 2.5 to 3 feet. Limits of whitefish were caught using Swedish pimples, jigs and wax worms in 10 to 15 feet of water. Volk's Landing was the busiest access site where anglers had a high success rate catching whitefish in 14 to 15 feet of water using spikes, wax worms and jigs with wax worms. At Sugar Creek Park where ice thickness is at least 20 inches some anglers found success catching whitefish using wax worms in 50 feet of water. Perch anglers at Rites Cove had success using minnows in 35 to 50 feet of water. Anglers fished anywhere from 1 to 4 miles out where the ice is nearly 3 feet thick. - Bobbi Kolstad, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay

Green Bay DNR Service Center area

Brown County - The temperature has been warming up compared to the previous month's negative temperatures, and highs are in the teens. Anglers continue to have good success with whitefish along the east shore of Green Bay on small jigs and wax worms and small spoons. Anglers have been out in good numbers on the east and west shore of Green Bay. Some nice northern pike have been caught along the west shore and perch fishing remains slow overall, but some anglers are doing well in select spots with minnows. Some nice walleyes have been caught on small spoons and jigs. Anglers are reminded their name and contact information needs to be displayed on their ice shanties when left unattended on the ice. Snowmobiling season is in full swing and the trails remain in good condition but have some bare and icy spots in locations. Riders are reminded to abide by the law when riding near or along roadways, see the snowmobile regulation packet for details. Riders are reminded that there is a 55 mph speed limit during the hours of darkness and that most accidents are related to alcohol consumption and speed. People recreating on the ice are reminded to make sure they have proper equipment and warm weather clothing in case their snowmobile breaks down or vehicle gets stuck. High winds can cause immediate whiteout conditions on the ice and navigation can be difficult. Some things recommended are a GPS, cell phone, tow strap, shovel to get un-stuck, flashlight, food, water, extra clothing and matches. People are also reminded that no ice is safe ice. Have a safe and productive winter fishing and snowmobiling season! - John Schreiber, recruit warden, and Darren Kuhn, marine unit conservation warden, Green Bay

Sturgeon Bay DNR Service Center area

Kewaunee County - Kewaunee County snowmobile trails are still in good condition overall. A fresh shot of snow would do them some good as the corn fields are getting a little rough due to wind and traffic. Fishing activity is hit or miss depending on the weather. The extreme cold seems to shut the fishing down on all the lakes, but it picks up when the temperatures rise into the teens. East Alaska is providing crappie and perch action. The fish mostly run on the small size but a few nice fish can be sorted out. Krohns Lake is consistently producing nice sized trout if the time and effort is put in. You are not likely to catch a lot of trout, but a couple fish can be managed in a trip. Anglers are catching bluegills and crappie on Shea and Heidmann Lakes. The size of the fish is generally small which is normal any time of year on those lakes. - Kyle Lynch, conservation warden, Kewaunee

Wautoma DNR Service Center area

Waupaca County - Snow is currently 20 to 24 inches on the level and pure powder is making for a very tough going without a groomed trail. Snowmobile trails have never looked better in my tenure. Anglers have been staying home because of the cold weather or trying to spear a sturgeon on the Winnebago system. Deer are becoming increasingly active during daylight hours and are most likely getting a little hungry with all the cold and snow we have had in this early and severe winter. Let it get warm! - Ted Dremel, conservation warden, Wautoma

Waushara County - Snowmobile trails are still in really good shape. This may be the last weekend that they stay that way so get out and enjoy the trails. Ice is still good on many of the lakes and fishing is starting to pick up here and there. Turkeys may be thinking about spring as one was seen in half strut and a few toms have been seen starting to break off from the winter flocks. Enjoy that fresh snow and warmer weather this weekend because it should be a good one to be out and about. - Ben Mott, conservation warden, Wautoma

Oshkosh DNR Service Center area

Calumet County - The east shore of Lake Winnebago in Calumet County was busy with activity this past weekend as hundreds of sturgeon spearers took to the ice with the hopes of bagging a trophy fish. Water clarity was very good and many sturgeon spearers could see the bottom of the lake. Lake Winnebago surrendered 636 sturgeon on opening day with 121 of those fish being registered at Stockbridge and Quinney in Calumet County. These two registration stations had nine fish registered opening day that were over 100 pounds. William Zahringer tagged a 143 pound sturgeon and Lucas Schneider tagged a 140 pound fish. With the snowmobile trails open throughout the weekend, many machines were out along the east shore enjoying the cold but sunny conditions. - Michael Disher, conservation warden, Stockbridge

Outagamie County - Sturgeon spearing season on Lake Winnebago has been very successful so far and should continue to be successful due to good quality ice and great visibility. The only major crack on the north end runs from Faro Springs Road, northwest towards Waverly beach, and then turns west out from High Cliff State Park. Spearing clubs have been doing a great job of maintaining roads and checking bridges. Those wishing to venture out should take caution though because deep snow drifts on the north end can be difficult to drive through. While driving on the ice, remember to go slow, stick to plowed roads when possible, keep your vehicle windows cracked open, and carry ice picks. - Ryan Propson, conservation warden, Appleton

Winnebago County - Open water at the Winneconne Bridge has drawn some great wildlife. Mergansers, goldeneye, and mallard ducks have all congregated in downtown Winneconne. Perhaps, most exciting are the bald eagles that have also been drawn to the water. On any given day you can see 10 to 20 bald eagles lining the open water in search of fish. If you are lucky you may even see an eagle swoop in for a duck, which leads to a game of cat and mouse with the ducks diving for safety and the eagles circling for multiple attempts. - Tom Truman, conservation warden, Oshkosh

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Southeast Region

Milwaukee DNR Service Center area

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Lapham Peak Unit - All cross-country ski skate lanes were groomed Monday night but the tracks were left intact. Everything is in great shape. Trail lights are on until 10 p.m. except Sundays. - Brett Johanen, ranger

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Pike Lake Unit - Cross country ski trails received 1 inch of powder snow overnight on Feb. 8. The trails were groomed and tracked Sunday, Feb. 9 and are in fair to good condition. 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. - Lisa McCabe, assistant naturalist

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Southern Unit - Nordic, Scuppernong and McMiller cross-country ski trails were re-groomed Saturday night with the skating lanes in excellent condition. A new classic track was put in with condition being good to very good. - Brian Lemke, ranger

Lakeshore State Park - There is snow in the park, but cover is thin and not sufficient for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in many places. Ice anglers are out in the southern portion of the lagoon and are having some success with brown trout. Use extreme caution when on the ice. The south entrance road into Lakeshore Park from Erie Street will be closed Monday, Feb. 17 through Wednesday, Feb. 19 due to construction on the Hoan Bridge. The will be additional short-term closures in March that could result in delays. - Thomas Kroeger, parks and recreation specialist, Milwaukee

Waukesha DNR Service Center area

Waukesha County - Anglers are catching some perch in deeper water on Pewaukee Lake and an occasional walleye at night using tip-ups. Fishing remains slow on all area lakes. - Matt Groppi, conservation warden, Waukesha

Plymouth DNR Service Center area

Theresa Marsh State Wildlife Area - We continue to receive bald eagle sightings from all over the area. Most recently a mature eagle has been hanging around the Waste Management landfill site in Germantown/Menomonee Falls. Groups of deer and flocks of turkeys are becoming more visible as they are feeding in open fields during all hours of the day as the weather warms up and the days get longer. Last Saturday an osprey nest structure was erected on the west side of Theresa Marsh on top of the hill just south of the main dam parking lot. Hikers and cross country skiers have been very active on the Pike Lake Unit trails, as well as the anglers on Pike Lake. - Tom Isaac, wildlife biologist, Hartford

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South Central Region

Dodgeville DNR Service Center area

Iowa County - Snowy owls are being sighted often near Cobb, Linden, and Fennimore. Other winter birds that are being seen include northern shrike, rough-legged hawks, snow buntings and larkspurs. Owls are beginning their mating calls, and red-tailed hawks are beginning to pair up. Coyotes are beginning their mating season, and raccoons are becoming active as well. - Travis Anderson, wildlife biologist, Dodgeville

Wyalusing State Park -Hiking trails are snow covered. Turkey Hollow cross-country ski trail and Cathedral Tree Drive were groomed on Monday. We received an additional inch or two overnight. Until further notice, we will not groom Whitetail Meadows. The recent light fluffy snowfalls and gusty winds have caused deep snow drifts on Whitetail Meadows. Skiers are welcome to use Whitetail Meadows. Frozen waterfalls can be found in Big Sand Cave and Little Sand Cave on Sand Cave Trail as well as in Pictured Rock Cave on Sugar Maple Nature Trail. Access for Sugar Maple Nature Trail is best from the boat landing. Ski enthusiasts are welcome to call the park at 608-996-2261 for a more current report on Saturday and Sunday. Bird Feeders at the Wyalusing State Park Office continue to provide food for the birds and enjoyment for park staff and visitors. Chickadees, juncos, nuthatches, cardinals, blue jays, and woodpeckers are enjoying the sunflower seeds and suet. Gold finches are almost non-existent at the park feeders this winter. A Bird Feeding Seminar will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15. Join wild bird enthusiast and Visitor Service Associate Bev Pozega to learn about the feeding habits of winter resident song birds. Participants will make a log peanut butter feeder to take home with them. We will also enjoy watching the birds at the feeders from the warmth of the park office. A Cross Country Ski Clinic will also be held this Saturday, Feb. 15, starting at 11 a.m. at the park shop. Instructors will talk about the correct type of wax to use for weather and snow conditions, answer questions for those considering the purchase of XC ski equipment, and also discuss classical and skate-skiing. Bring your skis along and join Ron Falch and Tim O'Brien on the trails. - Beverly Pozega, visitor services associate

Fitchburg DNR Service Center area

Columbia County - Even though the temperatures still are frigid, spring is finally showing signs of arriving. Owls are being heard all over the county and should be laying eggs soon, if they haven't already started. A large flock of robins was seen this week at Rowan Creek Fishery Area. One can't help but have their spirits lifted by their fat orange bellies and cheery song. A large wetland enhancement project will be beginning this week at Mud Lake Wildlife Area and will continue through the end of this month. The goal of the project is to create better habitat for waterfowl to raise their young at the marsh. - Sara Kehrli, wildlife biologist, Poynette

Jefferson County - There continues to be good ice conditions on all lakes within Jefferson County. The fishing activity has been steady. Area DNR staff is not aware of any one lake that is a fishing "hot spot" currently. However, the weather has been great for being on the ice and spending time with friends and family. The Jefferson County snowmobile trails continue to look real good. The groomers have been out regularly and every little bit of snow helps the trails. A reminder to trail users to be courteous to all users on the trail, stay on the marked trails and have fun. Warden staff has received some complaints involving not following posted speed limits, trespassing or not staying on marked trails and excessive noise from modified exhaust systems. The DNR and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office snowmobile patrol will be working together to enforce the laws and keep the trails safe. Due to the heavy snow cover more wildlife has also been using the packed snowmobile trails to travel. Snowmobilers are asked to be watchful for deer and turkeys that may be on or alongside the trail. - Ryan Ellifson, conservation warden, Jefferson County

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West Central Region

Black River Falls DNR Service Center area

Black River State Forest - We finally have some more average temperatures in the forecast for the Black River Area. Temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid 20s to low 30s through the weekend. This combined with plentiful snow will make this a great weekend for winter recreation at the state forest. Trails were groomed Wednesday, February 12 and should be in good to great condition for the weekend. The cold winter has resulted in a harder and faster base than most years. - Peter Bakken, superintendent

Eau Claire DNR Service Center area

Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area - Cross-country ski trails were groomed Feb. 8 and were in good condition. - Calvin Kunkel, ranger

Red Cedar State Trail - The trail is groomed for cross0country skiing from Menomonie to Downsville. New track from Menomonie to Irvington were set on the hill side but the river side were still very good. Skate lane looks great from Menomonie to Downsville. - Calvin Kunkel, ranger

Wisconsin Rapids DNR Service Center area

Buckhorn State Park - Ski trails were groomed on Jan 31 are in good condition with a base of 6 to 8 inches. Trails are half packed for snowshoeing and half tracked for skiing. Snowshoes are available to check out and use in the park when we have at least 6 inches of snow. Many visitors were snowshoeing in the park over the weekend. Pets are not allowed on groomed ski trails, but you can park at the boat launch and hike up 19th towards the new campground. - Heather Wolf, park manager

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