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Wisconsin Fishing Reports & Outdoor Report for January 18, 2018

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Snow fell on much of the state this week, with heavy amounts in the north and northeast. The Door County Peninsula and nearby areas were blanketed with almost foot of powder. Central and southern Wisconsin received considerably less and with temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s forecast toward the end of this week, much of that snow could be gone fast. Counties across roughly the northern quarter of the state have snowmobile trails open and in good to excellent condition on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Snow Conditions Report (exit DNR). Cross-country ski trails are being groomed in about the northern half of the state and range from fair to very good. With nearly a foot of new snow early this week there is roughly 20 inches of snow on the ground at the Brule River State Forest. Ski trails are in very good condition at the Brule River State Forest after the area received an additional foot of snow this week.Photo credit: DNRIce depths on northern lakes continue to range from 16 to 20 inches. Anglers on Sawyer County lakes have seen some panfish action on minnows and wax worms. Anglers in the Park Falls area were catching crappies and walleyes. Last weekend at a fishing tournament in northeastern Wisconsin walleye, bluegill, bass, and northern were being caught. Large crappies have been caught on Lake Altoona in Eau Claire. There have been some good catches of panfish and walleye on the Wolf River. Fishermen are still pulling up brown trout and panfish through the ice at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee.

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