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Wisconsin Fishing Reports, Outdoor & Hunting Report

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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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MADISON, WI - The weekly Wisconsin fishing reports & hunting report from 1/18/13 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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With no significant snowfall since late December and last week’s rain and warm temperatures, snow sports have basically come to a halt across most of the state. Snowmobile trails are closed in most counties, with a few northern counties continuing to report tails are open but in very poor condition. A handful of locations are still reporting adequate snow for cross-country skiing, including Blue Mound State Park and the Northern and Lapham Peak units of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, with the latter only on one loop where there is snow-making equipment. Rib Mountain State Park is still reporting adequate snow for their snowshoe trails.

Brunet Island and Governor Dodge state parks have both cancelled candlelight ski events scheduled for this Saturday, due to the icy trail condition. A candlelight hike is still scheduled to proceed at the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area, with the education center open and many other activities planned.

The warm temperatures and rain melted snow on lakes across the state and this week’s cold temperatures have improved ice conditions on many lakes. Many areas are reporting the ice refroze quite smooth, making excellent conditions for ice skating.

The improved ice conditions are very timely for Wisconsin’s first free ice fishing weekend this Saturday and Sunday. Residents and nonresidents can fish without a license and it includes all inland waters and Wisconsin’s side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Size and bag limits are still in place, as are fishing season dates. People can check the DNR’s online fishing regulations to look up the rules for inland lakes. Nearly 20 of DNR’s tackle loaner sites across the state have ice fishing tip-ups and jigging rods available for people to borrow. People will need to use their own ice auger, take over an abandoned hole or ask the angler fishing near you on the ice to drill a hole or let you borrow their auger.

The variable weather conditions in the last week have made for some continued erratic fishing. In the north, walleye anglers continue to report sporadic action. Northern pike action has been fair and panfish anglers report some nice crappie, perch and bluegill being found suspended off the bottom in deeper water. In the south, ice conditions have been improving, but there are still areas of open water on larger lakes an anglers continue to need to be very cautions. There has still been some open water fishing reported on both Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River.

Snowy owls continue to be reported at a number of locations around the state and great horned owls are now calling vigorously to verbally defend their territories. And a winter aerial bald eagle survey conducted Jan. 8 along the lower Wisconsin River found 434 adult and juvenile bald eagles, more than double the number found last year and third highest on record. This should indicated excellent eagle viewing opportunities for this weekend’s Bald Eagle Watching Days at Sauk City and Prairie du Sac. Additional eagle watching activities are planned later this month and next. Check the DNR website for details.

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Northern Region

Ashland DNR Service Center area

Ashland County - We had more odd weather again last week when the temperatures rose and it rained. Trapping is active as well as hunting of bobcats. Ice fishing is also very active with mixed reports of success. Ice conditions very greatly--be sure to check the ice before venturing out - Matt Mackenzie, conservation warden, Ashland

Douglas County - Although the winter trail system is open for use in the county, due to an almost complete lack of snow, only ATV use is occurring. Ice conditions around the area remain good even with last week’s warm weather and rain. A number of archery deer hunters continue to take advantage of the extended deer season in metro deer unit 1M.- John Krull, conservation warden, Superior

Copper Falls State Park - Winter it seems has taken a vacation at Copper Falls. Rising temperatures this past week into the 40s along with rain make it feel more like spring. Even though the park has received more than 20 inches of snow so far this year, Mother Nature has reduced ski trail base into a layer of ice. Ski trails, both classic and skate, are in poor condition and were last groomed and tracked on Jan. 4. The Multi-use Waterfall and Red Granite Falls trails were rolled as well. The park currently has about a 0-2 inch base, mainly of ice. Please call the park at 715-274-5123 for up to the minute grooming report as trails are continually groomed as new snow falls. Temperatures are expected to fall throughout the week and reach the single digits above and below zero. At this time there is very little new snow in the future forecast. Over the past few years the park has increased the winter trail system and now offers 21.9 km of classic trail, 10.5 km of skate trail, and 5.5 km of multi-use trail.- Greg Behling, ranger

Pattison State Park - The park currently has no measurable amount of snow on the ground. The ski trails have been reduced to an icy base with no snow in most areas. 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. We have had a few winter campers over the past few weeks. Pattison State Park maintains 1 electric and 1 non electric site for winter campers. - Phillip Brown, ranger

Spooner DNR Service Center area

Burnett County - The cold weather of recent days has put a small amount of snow on the ground to aid in wildlife viewing. A good variety of canine traces can be viewed on many rural roads. Fair numbers of deer, grouse, and turkeys have been making appearances on the road sides. Snowmobile trails are closed and cross-country ski trails in the area are not groomed. Ice conditions vary across the county with 10- 14 inches on most lakes. Use caution when traveling on any frozen lakes. Fishing activity on area lakes has slowed down. - Christopher Spaight conservation warden, Grantsburg

Polk County - Anglers were having some success catching panfish using small jigs and wax worms ice fishing on southern Polk County lakes. Snowmobile trails are closed in Polk County - Shaun Tyznik conservation warden, Amery

Crex Meadows State Wildlife - Animal tracks can be found and identified easier with fresh snow. Many wolf tracks have been spotted east of Crex near Kyllingstad and Klarquist Road as well as the northwest corner of Crex Meadows. Other tracks reported include fisher, coyote, fox, bobcat, and mink. There is a Candlelight Night scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area. Check out our website for more details. www.crexmeadows.org/events.htm - Heidi Rusch, natural resources educator

Washburn County – With colder temperatures and no snow, ice conditions are improving. Ice anglers are now driving trucks on many Washburn County lakes. Several reports of good crappie action reported. Northern pike and bass have been biting well. - 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 rain and warm weather of last weekend made for some sloppy ice conditions for a few days, but recent cold temperatures have firmed up the ice cover once again and most lakes now have between 10 and 12 inches of clear and solid ice. Most of the snow cover has melted off of the surface and the re-freezing has made for some rather smooth and slick conditions. There has been some light snow cover in the last few days, but ice creepers and traction devices might still be a good idea for any travel on the ice. The variable weather conditions in the last week have made for some continued erratic fishing. Walleye have been one of the main species of interest and most anglers report sporadic action. About one in three trips seem to produce any reliable action and the best success has come on the cloudy days, when temperatures reach into the 20's. Medium suckers and extra-large fatheads have been the preferred baits, and the best bite has been in the hour before dark with tip-ups in 5 to 12 feet of water. With many of the lakes in the area having stained water, after-dark fishing has been very slow. Northern pike action has also been generally fair, and many anglers reporting that the “picklers” have kept them from getting skunked on a trip. Large shiners and sucker minnows fished near any green weeds have produced the best success, though most fish have been on the small side. Panfish anglers have seen some fair action, with some nice crappie, perch and bluegill being found in deeper water and often suspended 1 to 3 feet off the bottom. - Skip Sommerfeldt, senior fisheries biologist, Park Falls

Flambeau River State Forest - Cross-country ski trail conditions have deteriorated and most are not skiable. There is light snow in the forecast for Friday afternoon into Saturday with highs in the upper 20s then highs will be near zero thru next week.

Woodruff DNR Service Center area

Oneida County - Fishing seems to be improving over much of the area. Warm weather this past weekend provided a great opportunity for anglers to get out and enjoy the weather. Anglers were catching a few fish on the Willow Flowage. Most anglers on the flowage seem to be catching small northern pike and an occasional walleye on tip-ups. Find the weedlines and breaks for fish. Ice conditions are improving after the warm spell. The recent cold temperatures have solidified most lakes. Ice depths average 7-10 inches on most lakes. However, caution should always be used when venturing out onto ice. Extra caution should be used in areas where creeks or rivers flow into lakes, as current can make ice very thin in these spots. - Tim Werner, conservation warden recruit

Bearskin State Trail - The trail has a one-half inch icy base after last week's warm weather. While the trail is "white" it is in poor condition for snowmobiling or skiing. The bright sunshine on the trail makes for a great hike. Watch for chickadees, nuthatches, blue jays, and grosbeaks looking for a winter meal along the trail. Grouse are easy to spot in the aspen trees as they eat the buds, especially late in the afternoon. Turkeys are also taking advantage of the lack of snow to pick grit on the trail. - Todd Hintz, ranger

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Northeast Region

Fishing pressure was light this past week, rain and windy conditions made for less than ideal ice .

Peshtigo DNR Service Center area

Marinette County - Rain on Thursday melted almost all the snow. Lakes were very wet and sloppy on Friday. Cold air settled in after the rain and refroze the surface of area lakes by Sunday. Most lakes have around 8 inches of ice, with a very slick snow-free surface. Anglers venturing out are finding creepers to be beneficial. Fishing has been slow and spotty with the best panfishing being right before dark. Archery deer season has been closed a couple of weeks now. However, hunters can still get out and enjoy the snow-free woods while hunting a variety of small game (squirrels, rabbits, grouse, etc.). The conditions are right to regenerate old alder stands by cutting them down with a chainsaw or brush mowing equipment. Young alder is great habitat for woodcock, grouse, and a variety of other birds. - Aaron McCullough, wildlife technician, Wausaukee

Ice thickness is still and issue on the Menominee River. Most anglers are congregated below the Hattie Street Dam in search of walleye. Low light periods have the best, jigging with minnows. A few open water anglers around Stephenson Island have fly fishing for trout with little success. - Calhoun Derbush, creel clerk

Oconto County - Some squirrel and rabbit hunters have been taking advantage of the warm weather and it is a great opportunity to take a child hunting. With the recent cold snap, ice has really started forming on the west shore of Green Bay. The ice is only a couple of inches thick. Inland lakes have firmed up but fishing results have been slow. Most snowmobile trails are currently closed in Oconto County. - Mike Stahl, conservation warden, Oconto Falls

People have been walking out on the ice from Geano Beach in search of northern pike and whitefish, catch information is hard to come by due to a lack of interviews. Anglers at Oconto Breakwater were fishing in the river channel for perch (which were running small), northern pike and whitefish. - Calhoun Derbush, creel clerk

Shawano County - Ice conditions are getting better with the cold but folks are cautioned to be careful as ice thicknesses are variable. Hopefully we will get some snow soon so the trails can get groomed. Trails are closed and some people are running on them anyway and upsetting landowners. Several citations have been issued and there are two trails that have been permanently closed due to trespassing and damage done. - Jim Horne, conservation warden, Shawano

Green Bay DNR Service Center area

Brown County - Anglers at Voyageur Park are reporting about 4 inches of ice on the Fox River. Whitefish, perch, and walleye were being taken. Jigging with wax worms and minnows has been working well. Anglers at Sunset Beach have been targeting perch and northern pike. Fishing has been a bit slow. - Calhoun Derbush - creel clerk

A week ago Monday multiple people were rescued from a floating piece of ice after it broke off from shore. The Bay of Green Bay continues to be open leaving very few places on the Bay where the ice is accessible. People are urged to stay off what ice there is until normal winter temperature conditions return. The ice is going to need multiple days of below freezing temperatures to make the ice ready for foot traffic. ATVs and snowmobiles should stay home hopefully only for the time being. - Darren Kuhn, marine unit conservation warden, Green Bay

Manitowoc County - Ice fishing on the tributaries in Kewaunee County has been fairly good despite poor ice conditions. Anglers have had good luck catching steelhead and brown trout on the Ahnapee River near the Fourth Street bridge in Algoma and the Kewaunee River near the county highways E, C, and F bridges. - Ryan Volenberg, conservation warden, Mishicot

Sturgeon Bay DNR Service Center area

Door County - Ice conditions are not good in the outlying waters of Door County. There are always concerns with ice conditions and particularly on big waters, but this year especially.

Potawatomi State Park - Most park users are hiking or running since there is no snow on the ground. Cold temperatures are causing ice formation on Sawyer Harbor, but water levels are very low. - Lois M. Hanson, visitor services associate

Wautoma DNR Service Center area

Waupaca County - With the recent snow melt and cooler temperatures, ice conditions are improving. Ice users should still use caution when traveling on the ice – and in the Waupaca area- ice cleats are suggested. With the rain last week, most of the snow is ice covered, causing the trails to be in poor condition. All snowmobile/ATV trails in Waupaca County are currently closed. A golden eagle has been seen north of Waupaca (about 4 miles north). This bird has a radio telemetry transmitter attached to it to keep track of its movement. - Ted Dremel, conservation warden, Wautoma

Still almost full snow cover although all trails are now down to bare soil and closed. Eagles seem to be everywhere. Should finally be making some good ice as the snow cover is gone from lakes and colder temps have arrived. Fishing on area lakes is reported to be very slow. Welcome to January!- Karl Kramer, wildlife technician, Wautoma

Hartman Creek State Park - The ski trails are in poor condition. The trails have rapidly deteriorated this past week due to freezing rain and above freezing temperatures. Portions of the ski trails may be icy and contain bare spots. Please use caution when using the trails. Call ahead for updated information. (715/258-2372) The annual candlelight ski/hike/snowshoe is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26, 5 to 8 p.m. Call the park office for more details.- Fred Viste, ranger

Oshkosh DNR Service Center area

High Cliff State Park - Most of the snow has melted at High Cliff, but the park remains very busy on weekends with hikers and some hearty winter picnickers and campers. Winter naturalist programs will resume in early February. Several white-tailed bucks are still sporting antlers and are in good shape. Lake Winnebago is back to making ice after high winds and rain, however officials warn extreme caution before venturing out for any fishing outings. High Cliff does not provide ice condition reports to the public. - Cynthia Mueller, naturalist

Outagamie County - With cold weather and little snow on the ground snow activities are nonexistent. The ice is firming up nicely on area lakes and river bayous. Some catches of panfish are being taken. Snowmobile racing events are still on at the Outagamie Conservation club on the ice covered track On Saturday Jan. 19. - Mike Young, conservation warden, Shiocton

With the changes in the weather over the past week, lowland areas are now flooding with ice over the top of those wetlands. In many cases there are multiple layers of ice making it difficult to walk in those areas. Underneath those layers it is hollow causing strenuous activity as well as opportunities for injuries to legs. Over the past mild weekend, numerous people were visiting the Fox Cities looking for eagles. Most activity was centered around Thousand Island Nature Center in Kaukauna, near Doyle Park in Little Chute and near the College Avenue and Lawe Street bridges in Appleton. Eagles were found in all four sites with the most sightings at Kaukauna and Little Chute. While results from the past weekend’s eagle survey covering 39 miles of stream from Neenah to the Bay of Green Bay are not in from volunteers, there was plenty of activity in the areas mentioned. Earlier last week more than 150 eagles were seen in the 24 mile stretch from Neenah to Kaukauna prior to the Saturday Jan. 12 survey. Note the survey on Saturday has been completed since 1975 on the Fox River and since 2009 has been coordinated on a Volunteer basis with Northeast Wisconsin Alliance assistance from DNR to do all sites at once during a specified time period. With the river refreezing, eagles will be more concentrated again at the areas mentioned. Eagles Days on the Fox River is coming up on Jan. 26 with viewing points highlighted in the eagle day brochure [PDF] (exit DNR) for viewing spots with volunteers to assist people. - Dick Nikolai, wildlife biologist, Appleton

Winnebago County - With unusually warm daytime temperatures last week, ice anglers were seeing reduced solid ice on which to fish. Ice heaves and large cracks have formed, making traversing the ice dangerous in some locations. As always the DNR advises citizens to plan ahead, check the weather and consider ice conditions before walking or driving on Wisconsin’s frozen waters. Public snowmobile trails were recently closed due to increasing temperatures and poor trail conditions in Winnebago and Waushara counties. Before planning a snowmobile trip, make sure to check resources like www.travelwisconsin.com or by contacting the Winnebago County Parks Department. Operating on closed public trails is unlawful and harmful to snowmobiler/community relations, so we encourage people to plan ahead for a safe and enjoyable snowmobile season! - Tom Truman, conservation warden, Winneconne

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Southeast Region

Milwaukee DNR Service Center area

Havenwoods State Forest - Recent storms have left the trails very icy! Be especially watchful in the morning since ice that melted the previous day is refreezing in smooth, slippery patches. If you do head out, you may be rewarded with a rare sight. Since coyotes moved into Havenwoods, we have not seen any red foxes. A few days ago, a visitor reported seeing a healthy red fox in the south woods. Keep your eyes open for northern shrike, too! - Beth Mittermaier, natural resources educator

Harrington Beach State Park - Trails currently have no snow cover. With the recent January thaw, wildlife has been very active. Grey squirrels can be seen scampering along the forest floor while the reds scurry among the cedars. Many ducks, such as the common goldeneye and red-breasted merganser, can be observed off the point separating the north and south beaches. Mid-morning is an excellent time to observe numerous deer along the shuttle trail. - Robin Miller, ranger

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Lapham Peak Unit - The 1.5 kilometer trail covered with man-made snow has a 1-2 feet base. The trail is groomed each day and conditions are good for both skate and classical skiers. The daily grooming has gotten into and worked up some of the less icy snow that was a little deeper layer. Snow quality on the top layer is less icy than it was right after the meltdown. - Paul Sandgren, forest supervisor

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Northern Unit – Cross-country ski trails at the Zillmer trail were renovated Jan. 16. All loops are in good or very good condition. A few spots are bare on the loops. Better than 95 percent coverage on all loops. Snow is dirty on most of the trails. No tracks are set because of the snow conditions. Overall trails are well worth the trip.- Reagan Arndt, ranger

Lakeshore State Park - 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. Ice anglers have been fishing on the south end of the lagoon and have had success with browns and steelheads using spawn sacks. As of Jan. 14, the ice thickness was approximately 4 to 5 inches at the south end of the lagoon. Ice conditions can change daily, however, and extreme care should be taken when considering fishing on the ice. The short-grass prairie demonstration gardens are in their late fall phase, with the tan to reddish prairie grasses contrasting nicely with the blue, white and purple asters. Best viewing times are early mornings or evenings, when the sun shines through the little bluestem and highlights the fluffy white seeds. 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 bufflehead were 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. - Thomas Kroeger, parks and recreation specialist, Milwaukee

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 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 and rainbow 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 for browns, and a few perch have been caught as well. There is no safe ice yet on the lagoon or marina; several more weeks of cold will be needed before there is 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 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 on the Oconomowoc area lakes is solid in some areas but nonexistent in others…no fish is worth a January swim! - Doug Zeihen, conservation warden, Delafield

Sturtevant DNR Service Center area

Walworth County - Most anglers have been fishing the inlet, the launch and Lake Lawn. Ice conditions are very rough. Most of Delavan Lake is still wide open with shore lines the same. A lot of anglers were still finding ways to the water though. Be careful when and if you go out. January started off hot. Anglers were catching limit on panfish in only a few hours with good size to the fish. Swedish Pimple has been the bait of choice. People have talked about having as many as 20 flags a day with tip-ups and landing anywhere from 5-10 northern pike, 23-28 inches in length. The middle of January is starting to bring on some troubles. Anglers were stating that the bite is over and not a lot of fish are being landed. Some will say it is the weather, some will say it is the bait. - Michael Katzenberg, conservation warden, Delevan

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South Central Region

Dodgeville DNR Service Center area

Lafayette County – The county has very little snow. Ice conditions may improve but an ice shack went through Yellowstone Lake Monday. There are bald eagles and other raptors present throughout the county in good numbers. - Bruce Folley, wildlife biologist, Darlington

The fur bearing animals from raccoon to otters have been moving but sporadically with the wide range in weather in Green and Lafayette counties. Fishing pressure has been heating up on Yellowstone Lake as well as other area waters. Birders have been seeing a wide variety of song birds and are continuing to see a few of the more rare ones to the areas. Deer hunters who are getting ready for next year already have been reporting seeing bucks tending does. - Nick Webster, conservation warden, Darlington

Richland County - Snow conditions remain scattered in the area and snowmobile trails remain closed. Colder weather conditions has ice building on local backwaters of the Wisconsin River. Ice fishing activity has been slowed due to fluctuating water levels on the river. - Michael Nice, conservation warden, Richland Center

Blue Mound State Park - Cross-county ski trails were open and in good condition as of Jan. 15. No track was set due to shallow base levels. Pleasure Valley has a few open and thin areas, but the rest of the trails are snow covered. For current up to date conditions, please call the park at 608-437-5711. Please note it is prohibited to have pets, hike, bike or snowshoe on groomed ski trails. A separate designated trail is open for these uses. - Kevin Swenson, park manager

Wyalusing State Park -Very little snow remains at the park. Cross-country ski trails are mostly bare. Northern wooded slopes will still have some snow, but most trails are free of snow. Expected temperature of mid to upper 40s on Friday and Saturday will most likely do away with any remaining snow cover. 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. Mississippi River level at Prairie du Chien was at 7.4 Jan. 17, down 0.1 from Wednesday. The boat landing is a popular place for ice anglers. - Beverly Pozega, visitor services associate

Horicon DNR Service Center area

Dodge County - The ATV trail on the Wild Goose State Trail has been reopened. Colder temperatures have frozen the trail sufficiently to allow reopening of the ATV trail in Dodge County from Hwy. 60 to Hwy. 49. The ATV trail can remain open as long as the trail surface is sufficiently frozen to avoid damage from riding. The Dodge County Snowmobile Trail System remains closed. Additional snowfall is needed to re-establish a sufficient trail riding base. 24 hour trail status message: 920-386-3705.

Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area - Hiking by candlelight, a roaring bonfire, and complimentary warm refreshments will be offered Saturday, Jan. 19. The Education Center will also be open for people to warm up, view the 20-minute “Horicon Marsh Story,” visit the gift shop or have the kids do a fun craft to bring home. The Northern Cross Science Foundation astronomers will be on site to help visitors view the night sky through telescopes or to talk about the stars if it is cloudy. Members of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club will be on the trail conducting short owl talks and calling for owls. The lighted trail starts at the trailhead behind the education center. New this year: there will be two trails available. One trail is 1.5 miles and another “Family Loop” is only 0.4 miles. Hiking is free and open to the public. Pets are allowed on the trails but not in the building. The center is located at N7725 Highway 28, between Horicon and Mayville. 6-9 p.m. Call 920-387-7893 for more information. - Elizabeth Herzmann, natural resources educator

Fitchburg DNR Service Center area

Columbia County - Numerous anglers have been out fishing on glare ice. Most areas were thick enough for walking on and a few people starting to take ATVs out; however, they reported that the ice was cracking around where they were driving. If venturing out on the ice, wearing a life jacket and “ice creepers” would be encouraged. - Paul Nadolski, conservation warden, Portage

Dane County - The annual mid-winter waterfowl survey was flown last week and there are large groups of swans on the lakes. One good location to find swans, geese, and a variety of ducks is Mud Lake. Legion Memorial Park in McFarland has a great viewing platform. Bring binoculars or spotting scope for the best viewing. - Nancy Frost, wildlife biologist, Madison

Sauk County - Ice fishing reports are spotty. Anglers have been catching some crappies on Lake Redstone with limited success. Anglers have been using plastics and working the brush piles and submerged logs. Bluegill and perch fishing has been slow as well. The recent warm weather has melted the snow on the lakes and they are once again smooth for the most part. If you like to ice skate, the lakes are one big ice skating rink. People are still urged to use caution when venturing out on to the ice of area waters. Deer are being observed working the exposed fields in the evenings. Bucks have been also reported to be shedding their antlers. Shed hunters are finding antlers out in the woods and fields with the melted snow cover. - David Horzewski, conservation warden, Reedsburg

Devil's Lake State Park - The early January rain did melt some of the snow at Devil’s Lake (the picnic tables no longer look like snowy marshmallows), but there is still snow in the park, especially in the wooded area. You can still use snowshoes, but there are thin spots along the trails where the snow was blown earlier in the winter season. The ski trails were a bit slushy with the rain and then froze again and are a bit icy. The bluff trails are going to be a bit treacherous as well, especially once the weather turns colder later next week. The lake is completely frozen, but with the thawing, the thinner ice in the middle of the lake is a bit unstable. There are still people ice fishing but extreme caution should be taken as it is hard to determine how thick the ice is around the outer edges of the lake. Wildlife has been a bit quite with the colder January days. Deer and coyote tracks have been spotted in the snow. Eagles have been seen flying over the park, but now that the lake is frozen they have moved to places that have open water. The winter birds have been busy feeding at the nature center’s feeders. You can spot tufted titmice, black-capped chickadees, red-bellied woodpeckers, downy woodpeckers, hairy woodpeckers, dark-eyed juncos, gold finches, pine siskins, and white-breasted nuthatches. We even had one brave pileated woodpecker land on the suet feed! The gray squirrels are busy cleaning up under the feeders during the day and the raccoons come at night to finish what the squirrels haven’t. - Sue Johansen, natural resources educator

Mirror Lake State Park -Cross-country ski trails are deteriorating due to the fog and warmer temperatures last week. For the most up to date trail conditions please contact the park at (608) 254-2333. Snowshoeing and hiking trails are in good winter condition. The Wild Rice Trail is an ungroomed, easy 0.6-mile trail at the west end of the lake. This trail has about 3-6 inches of unpacked snow cover. Hikers and snowshoers are reminded that there is no walking on the cross-country ski trails. - Becky Green, park manager

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West Central Region

Baldwin DNR Service Center area

Pierce County - Snowmobile trails are currently closed due to lack of snow. Ice fishing has been slow with few fish being caught on area lakes. The Mississippi River has seen several anglers in boats catching mostly saugers and a few walleye mixed in the bag. A few anglers are venturing out on the ice on Lake Pepin but the bite has been slow lately. - Brad Peterson, conservation warden, Baldwin

Willow River State Park - Rain fell overnight last Thursday and into the next day coating the park road and any packed snow with ice. The road has been treated and it is passable but it’s not in real great condition. Parking lots are icy. Sloped entries to parking lots have been sanded. Trail hikers may need to go off trail on hills. Ski trails were groomed Saturday with better than expected results but it is still only fair for skating at best. The surface was scratched up enough to provide marginal skating on top of a rock hard trail. The remaining classic track is all ice. Best results were on the Red main loop and on the Green trails. There is not enough base to chop up the ice and start over like two years ago. A bit of snow on Sunday helped but a for real snowfall is needed. A red tailed hawk was reported by a visitor over the weekend. - Jeffrey L. Bolte, visitor services associate

La Crosse DNR Service Center area

Vernon County - The recent snow melt has made for very good winter walking conditions. Now is a great time to take advantage of these open conditions and explore some new areas of your property or public lands that may be somewhat inaccessible at other times of the year. Go exploring and find new grouse coverts, deer bedding areas, winter wild turkey roosts, abandoned bird nests, or the large oblong holes in trees indicating the presence of a pileated woodpecker. And make sure to take a youngster along with you on your trek. Great horned owls are calling vigorously. Owls are territorial, and one of the primary reasons that owls call is to verbally defend their territories from other owls of their own kind. Great horned owls will continue calling well into February. On still nights, listen for the deep WHOO, WHOO-WHOO, WHOO-WHOO, WHOO call of the male. Often the female mate will reply in a higher pitched WHOO, WHOO-WHOO-WHOO, WHOO-OO, WHOO-OO. The great horned owl is probably the most widely distributed breeding bird in North America, and it also occurs well south through Central America into South America. These owls rarely build their own nests. Instead they usually occupy nests formerly constructed by crows, Cooper's hawks, red-tailed hawks, red-shouldered hawks, or squirrels. Egg laying typically takes place from late January through mid-February, and owlets are born about a month later. - Dave Matheys, wildlife biologist, Viroqua

Wildcat Mountain State Park – Cross-country ski trails are unskiable. Significant bare stretches. Remaining base is very hard/icy. Waiting for 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, but have some very icy spots due to the recent melting. - Joseph K Fieweger, park manager

Black River Falls DNR Service Center area

Black River State Forest - Temperatures last Thursday and Friday were in the 40s. Rain fell on Thursday night. With the drop in temperatures, trails have become icy. The rain resulted in non-skiable conditions on cross-country ski trails. Colder weather resulted in what snow is left being quite icy. Snowmobile trails are closed and all-terrain vehicle trails are open. Jackson County Forestry and Parks Department grooms and maintains all winter snowmobile and ATV trails in the state forest. Please check their websites for up to date trail openings and closings: - Peter Bakken, superintendent

Trempealeau County - Snowmobile trails in both Trempealeau and Jackson Counties are closed at this time. Jackson County ATV trails are open but conditions are reported as very icy and caution is advised. Jackson County prohibits the operation of UTVs on the trails system during the winter months. Ice fishing on area waters has been slow. Anglers report marking lots of fish near the bottom but they are not biting. Most area waters have about 8 inches of ice. Please use caution on the ice as conditions and ice quality may change rapidly. Ice anglers are reminded that it is illegal to leave an ice shack on the ice unoccupied unless the owner’s name and address are printed on the exterior of the shack in 1-inch block letters. - Robin Barnhardt, conservation warden, Osseo

Eau Claire DNR Service Center area

Dunn County - In Northern Dunn County ice anglers have been harvesting, walleye, perch and bluegills. The snowmobile trails are closed and the cross-country ski trails are in poor shape at Hoffman Hills State Park. - James Cleven, conservation warden, Menomonie

Eau Claire County -Eagle watchers will enjoy traveling the roads along the Chippewa River to view numerous bald eagles in the trees and on the ice along open water areas downriver of the Interstate-94 Bridge. Fishing action is slow on Lake Altoona, but the persistent anglers were still catching some huge perch and crappies. Lake Altoona is a 720 acre lake located north of the City of Altoona. It has a maximum depth of 25 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from public boat landings, a public beach and public park lands. Fish include panfish, smallmouth bass and walleye. - Scott Thiede, conservation warden, Eau Claire

Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area - The ski trails are in very poor shape due to recent warm weather and rains. Some of the interior trails still have some snow on them but many trails are very icy. Use extreme caution if you plan to ski as many trails at Hoffman are very challenging even in perfect conditions. - Calvin Kunkel, ranger

Red Cedar State Trail - The ski trail is in poor condition due to the recent warm weather and rain. There’s a thin ice base with a snow crust on top and a little bit of snow at some point will really help out. Hopefully we’ll get some this week. - Calvin Kunkel, ranger

Wausau DNR Service Center area

Rib Mountain State Park - Even with the recent snowmelt there is plenty of snow on the ground to do a little snowshoeing. Enjoy the forest from a winter perspective. Join the Friends of Rib Mountain State Park on Saturday Jan. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. for a candlelight snowshoe hike. The snowshoe event will begin at the concession stand.

Wisconsin Rapids DNR Service Center area

Buckhorn State Park – Cross-country ski trails are in poor condition with bare spots and are icy with the rain/warmer weather and now freezing temps. Trails will be groomed when we have sufficient snow again. - 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 still required. Please do not block the main gate. - Heather Wolf, park manager

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MADISON, WI - The weekly Wisconsin fishing reports & hunting report from 1/24/13 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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Wisconsin has had cold in abundance in the last week. Ice making conditions have been perfect across much of the state, but the other half of the winning winter formula - snow - has been missing in most areas.

Snowmobiles trails remain closed in most counties, with a few northern counties continuing to report that open trails are also in very poor condition. Same for skiing and snowshoeing conditions.

A host of candlelight events are still scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26, including the Brule River State Forest, Crex Meadows Wildlife Area and Kettle Moraine State Forest. In addition to cross-country skiing, many will also offer fires, snacks and hot beverages.

Ice fishing, on the other hand, is a mixed bag. In the north, some nice crappie, perch and bluegill have still been caught, but action has been spotty. The walleye bite has continued its erratic trend of the winter, and most anglers are seeing just enough action to keep them interested.

To the east, ice anglers on Poygan and Winneconne lakes in Winnebago County have had some success this past week, catching white bass of all sizes, as well as a few panfish and walleye. High winds have created some unusual January ice shoves on the north and northeast shores of Lake Winnebago, where ice fishing has been slow due to changing ice conditions. As recent as late last week there was a section of open water on Lake Koshkonong in Jefferson County.

Grant County anglers are reporting bluegills on the Mississippi River at Wyalusing State Park across from the boat landing near the islands. Crappies and bass have been caught at River of Lakes in the channel in front of the Campground across from the gas docks. Bertom Lake and O Leary Lake have reported a few bluegills and occasional crappie, but small size.

There are a few more days left of ruffed grouse season in the northern zone and with new snow in some areas, it may be a great time to get out and enjoy grouse hunting with your dog or snowshoes. Ruffed grouse prefer deeper snow and will snow roost or dive under the snow to stay warm. The shallow snow has not been allowing them to snow roost at this point. Large flocks of turkeys have been seen in some northern areas and now is the time to check turkey permit status. The spring turkey permit drawing has been completed and successful turkey permit winners should have been notified by a postcard in their mail. Left over spring turkey permits will go on sale in March.

Lack of snow won’t put a stop to Outagamie County’s Eagle Days on the Fox River (exit DNR), which will be celebrated this weekend. Bald eagles watchers have also been observing many bald eagles along most of the Mississippi River areas from Wyalusing south to Dubuque. In Dodge County, some snowy owls, pine siskins, rough-legged hawks and other winter birds can be seen.

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Statewide Birding Report

It’s cold and it’s January, which means we are now in a mid-winter pattern for most birds in Wisconsin. Recent cold temperatures have severely reduced the amounts of remaining inland open water, but good numbers of waterfowl are still lingering due to lack of snow cover and a warm early start to the winter. The Madison area lakes still have some open water and a nice variety of ducks, geese and tundra swans. Birders found a Barrow’s goldeneye and red-necked grebe on Geneva Lake earlier in the month and Lake Michigan birders are seeing good duck numbers including some of each species of scoter. Mid-winter is also a good time to look for eagles and other hunting raptors. Cold temperatures have concentrated bald eagles along open stretches of rivers and lakes. Recent DNR eagle surveys found good numbers of eagles along the lower Wisconsin and upper Mississippi river systems with eagles scattered elsewhere statewide. The 9th annual golden eagle survey run by the National Eagle Center detected 140 golden eagles over the weekend in the blufflands of the driftless area. Birders wanting to see wintering golden eagles should pick sunny, warm days when eagles can be seen soaring throughout the driftless area and areas near Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. The winter finch invasion has tempered somewhat in January. Redpolls, including many hoary redpolls are being seen statewide. Pine grosbeaks and bohemian waxwings have seemingly dispersed now probably due to a lack of fruit production. Door County birders are still reporting good numbers of both species along with crossbills, redpolls and a lingering northern hawk owl. Last year proved to be an amazing year for birds and birding in Wisconsin. You can read more about the strange weather and the impact it had on birds at www.ebird.org/WI (exit DNR). As always, please report your bird sightings to Wisconsin eBird to better track Wisconsin’s migratory bird populations. - Andy Paulios, wildlife biologists and Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative coordinator

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Northern Region

Ashland DNR Service Center area

Ashland County - Last week ice fishing was started to heat up. By the end of the week, however, snow, wind and sub-zero weather moved in and most people stopped fishing. They are staying home or doing something other than standing out in the cold. Trapping continues and snowmobiling has been kind of stalled with the lack of snow. The light snow at the end of the week brought out a few sleds but not for long. Snow conditions do not allow for proper maintenance and grooming and as such trails are not ideal - Matt Mackenzie, conservation warden, Ashland

About a foot of snow has fallen in the Bayfield Peninsula in the last week. Night temperatures have hit 20 below, so Chequamegon Bay has been making thicker ice and ice has started to form farther north of Houghton Point and Long Island. There are a few more days left of ruffed grouse season and with the new snow it may be a great time to get out and enjoy grouse hunting with your dog or your snowshoes. Snowmobiling has been almost nonexistent up to this point, but word is that some of the groomers will be out in full force starting midweek after the cold snap breaks. Fishing on the bay has been tough at times, but there has been some nice perch, walleyes, coho salmon, and brown trout caught. - Amie Egstad, conservation warden, Bruhl

Brule River State Forest - The Afterhours Trail on the Brule River State Forest received its heaviest use day in a couple years. More than 250 skiers enjoyed the newly groomed trails. Brule had received about 4-inches of snow late last week. Conditions went from poor to excellent for skate skiing. New classic track was put in late on Friday and early Saturday. The skate lane was re-groomed again on Saturday night. The state forest will be hosting a free, two-mile, candlelight ski on the Afterhours Trail from 5-9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26. A bonfire, hot apple cider, gas grill and warming shelter will be provided. The Ski trails are reported to be in great shape and the forecast is calling for 2-4 inches of snow this week, which should make for some beautiful skiing this weekend. - Kevin Feind, ranger

Snow depths remain shallow over the area. Shallow snow affects some wildlife differently than others. Deer and turkeys benefit from shallow snow, as they are freer to move around and find their food sources. Ruffed grouse prefer deeper snow and will snow roost or dive under the snow to stay warm. The shallow snow is not allowing them to snow roost at this point. People that feed birds are reporting that they are seeing many more pine grosbeaks than normal. - Catherine Khalar, visitor services associate

Hayward DNR Service Center area

Sawyer County - Nelson Lake has produced a mix bag of fish species this past week. Larger crappie were being taken on minnows, and were suspending anywhere from bottom to several feet off. Those fishing with wax worms or small plastics were getting both bluegill and crappie. Most individuals using large golden shiners were doing well on northern while those using smaller shiners and suckers were getting mixed bags of northern, walleye and bass. Most fish are relating to structure, with deeper weed and wood holding better concentrations. Anglers are reminded the daily bag limit on pan fish is 10 total. There is no size limit on largemouth or smallmouth bass; there is a 32-inch minimum size limit on northern with a daily bag limit of one and walleye minimum length is 18-inches. Ice on the area lakes is getting thicker and travel is good. Snowmobiles are having some problems getting started if hauling equipment behind them if they are not studded due to bare ice in many areas. - Thomas Heisler Jr., conservation warden, Winter

Spooner DNR Service Center area

Baron County - Vehicles are traveling on most lakes in the area, but some parts of lakes remain treacherous. Ice fishing has been slow in the area with the only high lite being Prairie Lake. Prairie has been giving up some nice catches of 9-inch bluegills at dawn and dusk. Snowmobile trails and cross-country ski trails are still closed in the area. - Russ Fell, conservation warden, Rice Lake

Burnett County - Fair numbers of deer have been observed in areas recently logged along with open agriculture fields taking advantage of easy food. Snowmobile trails are closed and cross-country ski trails in the area are not groomed. Ice conditions vary across the county with 13-16 inches on most lakes. Use caution when traveling on any frozen lakes. Fishing activity on area lakes has been slow. - Chris Spaight, conservation warden, Grantsburg

Crex Meadows State Wildlife - Cold temperatures and little fresh snow do not make for good cross-country skiing conditions. However, Crex Meadows will still have Candlelight Night on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. If you have never tried snowshoes, this would be a good opportunity. We will have snowshoes available on a first come first serve basis. Warm up after the walk with hot chocolate and yummy baked goods. Visit www.crexmeadows.org/events.htm for more information. - Heidi Rusch, natural resources educator

Polk County - Anglers on lakes in southern Polk county were having limited success with panfish using small jigs and wax worms. - Shaun Tyznik conservation warden, Amery

Cumberland DNR Service Center area

Baron County - Snowmobile trails remained closed in the Rice Lake Area with no major snow predicted for the next 10 days. Ice fishing has been very slow with this recent high pressure system but should turn on dramatically with a change in the weather. Predator hunters are having a tough time with the lack of snow for tracking. - Russ Fell, conservation warden, Rice Lake

Park Falls DNR Service Center area

Upper Chippewa Basin fisheries report (Price, Rusk, Sawyer Taylor and inland Ashland and Iron counties) - The frigid weather of the past week has helped thicken the ice cover and most lakes now have 10-14 inches of good solid ice. The area also received a couple of inches of new snow over the weekend - but strong winds have pushed a lot of that snow into scattered drifts across the lakes. This has made for some very slick and polished areas on many lakes, with some 2-foot snowdrifts often found a short distance away. Both foot and vehicle travel has been pretty good on most lakes, but ice creepers may still be needed when fishing some undisturbed wind-blown areas. For fishing action, it seems that the mid-winter winter doldrums have set in and success has tapered off for most species in the Park Falls area. Panfish anglers have experienced the biggest drop off in success and many of the anglers have been out searching for the “hot lake.” Some nice crappie, perch and bluegill have still been caught, but action has been spotty. The walleye bite has continued its erratic trend of the winter, and most anglers are seeing just enough action to keep them interested. Like in last weeks’ report, about 1 in 3 trips have been showing any kind of success and some of the in-between days have seen nary a bite or a flag. When walleye have been caught, the action has been concentrated in a 20 to 30 minute period and sometime in the 2 hours before or just after dark. The preferred baits seem to be medium suckers or XL fatheads, with them being fished about 6 inches off the bottom in 5 to 12 feet of water. Northern pike have probably produced the most consistent action in the last week and some fair catches have been reported from weed edges in the 4-8 feet of water. - Skip Sommerfeldt, senior fisheries biologist, Park Falls

Woodruff DNR Service Center area

Vilas County - Light, recent snowfall in the area has done little to improve snowmobile trail conditions. Trails are still in poor condition and waiting for a good snowfall. Very cold temperatures below zero degrees the last few days should improve ice conditions in the area. Most fishermen are venturing out to their favorite fishing locations using ATV’s and a few vehicles are now showing up on area lakes. A light covering of snow on area lakes has made it easier to get around without the need for traction devices on boots. Panfish and northern pike action has been good on lakes with good weed bed areas and some nice catches of walleyes have been reported. Large flocks of turkeys have been seen throughout the area and now is the time to check your turkey permit status. The spring turkey permit drawing has been completed and successful turkey permit winners should have been notified by a postcard in their mail. - Rich Thole, conservation warden, Boulder Junction

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Northeast Region

Peshtigo DNR Service Center area

Peshtigo River State Forest - Conditions remain poor for outdoor recreation. Recent warms spells have depleted our snow cover. We need snow. Trails in the area are open, but in poor condition. Local snowmobile clubs groom and maintain the trails in the state forest. Please check Marinette County’s website for up to date conditions and any closings:www.marinettecounty.com Trails are in poor condition, and skiing isn’t recommended at this time. We need at least 6-8 inches of snow to get the trails back into good condition. Snowshoeing is allowed anywhere in the forest, other than groomed ski trails. - Sara Pearson, Ranger/Assistant Manager

Oconto County - First day of the free fishing weekend showed lots of people out. Success varied but it appeared most people were having fun. The second day had only the die-hards out with the start of the cold snap. Snowmobile trails are still closed but hopefully the upcoming predicted snows may change that. Owls seem to be quite active with a number of reports of them running into sides of cars in the early evening. There are still some waterfowl around where you can find open water below dams and still divers out on Green Bay in the open water. - Mike Stahl, conservation warden, Oconto Falls

Ice conditions in Northern Oconto County are improving with many people driving on lakes. Fishing pressure is low due to extreme cold temperatures. All snowmobile trails and ATV trails are closed with no improvement in site for reopening.- Joe Paul, conservation warden, Lakewood

Shawano County - Ice conditions are improving with the bitter cold weather we have had. Fishing has slowed down a bit since the cold snap. Part of that is probably due to fishermen not wanting to go out in the very cold weather. Lack of snow has made it difficult for the hunters and snowmobilers. Most people are concentrating on just staying warm - Jim Horne, conservation warden, Shawano

Wautoma DNR Service Center area

Waupaca County - We have cold, but need snow, so there isn’t much happening currently. Ice conditions on area lakes are improving, but ice anglers have not been out much. - Ted Dremel, conservation warden, Wautoma

Snowmobile trails are closed and country-country ski trails also. Should now have plenty of ice. Only positive report of fishing success is the white bass are biting at Lake Poygan. Fishing pressure extremely low right now with the frigid weather. Ruffed grouse season closes a week from today. Deer and Turkeys have been pretty well holed up making themselves scarce lately. - Karl Kramer, wildlife technician, Wautoma

Oshkosh DNR Service Center area

Fond du Lac County - Slow week for outdoor recreation in central Fond du Lac County. The strong winds this weekend created very dangerous ice conditions on Lake Winnebago, extreme caution is advised. Even with arctic temperatures experienced for several days many areas of the lake have very thin ice due to the wind action creating open water just a few days ago. All snowmobile trails are still closed due to lack of snow. - Alan D. Erickson, conservation warden, Fond du Lac

Outagamie County - Eagle Days on the Fox River will be celebrated this weekend,Jan. 26. Here is a list of events, Eagle Days on the Fox River/ Timelines are indicated under the website where volunteers will be stationed along the Fox River. Sites to visit are also highlighted with maps. We will have a rehabilitated eagle that will be released at Lutz Park in Appleton at noon with information relayed about what goes into the process for rehabbing wildlife from the Raptor Center. Two programs are to be given during the day. One is at Thousand Islands Nature Center (Debra Nowak, naturalist) at 10 a.m. telling about the biology and basic eagle information along with a self-guided tour of the many viewing sites. At 3 p.m. (Dick Nikolai) will present Bald Eagle Status Update for the state and along the Fox River. Coffee and hot chocolate will be available at Thousand Islands Nature Center in Kaukauna, Yacht Club at Lutz Park in Appleton, and at Fritse Park/Trestle Trail in the Town of Menasha. Our January count of eagles was completed on Jan. 12 covering Neenah to Wrightstown (524 eagles) and then from Little Rapids to the Bay of Green Bay (68 eagles) when tallied as of yesterday. Raptors are being seen on Killsnake Wildlife Area along Stecker Road, Lemke Road and Aebischer Road. These are harriers, kestrels, ruffed-leg hawks and occasional eagle in the Lemke Road area. Lots of grasslands for their food item of voles abound in the area. Deer have been coming out in the late afternoon on Brillion Wildlife Area near Conservation Road and Deer View Road. - Dick Nikolai, wildlife biologist, Appleton

Winnebago County - Ice anglers on Lakes Poygan and Winneconne have had some success this past week. Ice anglers have been catching white bass of all sizes, as well as a few panfish and walleye. As reminder to those using ice shanties out on the water: the DNR does require that doors of enclosed fishing shelters be readily opened from the outside while occupied; they may only be locked while not occupied and not in use. The shelter owner’s name and address must also be legibly painted or otherwise affixed on the outside of the fishing shelter with block lettering a minimum of one inch square and in contrasting colors to the background. Fishing shelters that are occupied or otherwise in use are exempt from this name/address requirement. - Tom Truman, conservation warden, Oshkosh

Sturgeon spearing season is fast approaching for the Lake Winnebago System and the weather has gone back and forth and cannot decide if it wants to help or hurt the ice conditions. Ice conditions were doing well until the wind storm a few days ago. Due to the strong winds much of the west shore opened up and the wind sent ice crushing the east shore of Lake Winnebago. However, if that storm proved anything it was that Mother Nature works in mysterious ways and should not be underestimated. It doesn’t take long for ice conditions to change, especially on Lake Winnebago. I had friends fishing Lake Winnebago the day of the wind storm and ice conditions were really good, but by the next morning we had 40 yards of open water. This event should remind everyone recreating on Lake Winnebago to take precautions. Know the ice, be prepared for anything and always expect the worst. - Jason Higgins, conservation warden, Oshkosh

High Cliff State Park - High winds have created some unusual January ice shoves on the north and northeast shores of Lake Winnebago. Ice fishing has been slow due to changing ice conditions. Large flocks of Cedar waxwings have been seen in the park eating grapes and highbush cranberry. Deer are grouping together, with only a few bucks keeping their antlers. - Cynthia R. Mueller, natural resources educator

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Southeast Region

Milwaukee DNR Service Center area

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Southern Unit - Cold weather is helping increase ice thickness, but not helping people get outside and fish. The lack of snow cover will put a damper on the Candlelight Ski and Hike this weekend, but hopefully, Friday night will bring a light covering of snow for the trails. The Candlelight will still go on as a Hike if no snow falls. It will run from 6-9 p.m. Chili and snacks will be available for sale from the Kettle Moraine Natural History Association. There will also be a grill on bonfire available to cook food. Don’t be surprised to find a guitar player sitting around the fire for entertainment. - Amanda Prange, visitor services associate

Racine County - Ice conditions have hopefully improved with the frigid temperatures we’ve been experiencing the last couple days. Fishermen are still reminded to be cautious while venturing out onto area lakes. Surprisingly enough, there is still a significant amount of open water on many lakes throughout Kenosha and Racine counties. Panfishermen have been taking a decent number of crappies and bluegills on Long Lake north of Burlington. Rockland Lake (east side of Burlington) has also been producing decent action. Tip-up fishermen would be hard-pressed to find more action than right in Burlington on Browns Lake. Although the northern pike aren’t huge, fishermen are reporting a lot of flags and a lot of action on this lake the last few days.- Kyle Dilley, conservation warden, Racine

Waukesha DNR Service Center area

Waukesha County - Recent cold temperatures are firming up the ice on Lakes in Southern Waukesha County. Fishing success has been marginal with some northern pike and large mouth bass being caught on tip ups baited with shiners. Anglers have had most success early in the morning on Phantom and Lower Nemahbin Lakes. - Steven Sanidas, conservation warden, Waukesha

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South Central Region

Dodgeville DNR Service Center area

Grant County - The latest cold snap has hampered ice fishing even for the ice fishing tent anglers. Fishing has slowed throughout the county. Anglers are reporting bluegills on the Mississippi River at Wyalusing State Park across from the boat landing near the islands. Crappies and bass have been caught at River of Lakes in the channel in front of the Campground across from the gas docks. Bertom Lake and O Leary Lake have reported a few bluegills and occasional crappie, but small size. Anglers must always be cautious when traversing the ice. During the warm weather on this past Saturday, one angler fell through the ice on the Mississippi River at Jays Lake landing near Bagley. Other fishermen were able to assist him from the water. The area out from the landing has deep water and flowing current. The recent severe cold weather has added once again to the ice depth. Bald eagles watchers have been observing many bald eagles along most of the Mississippi River areas from Wyalusing south to Dubuque. - Richard S. DeWitte, conservation warden, Cassville

Bluegills and perch are still biting well in the backwaters of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. Ice conditions are generally safe and favor ice fishermen over trappers (who don’t like to chop through thick ice). Most of the snow has disappeared, except on north slopes. For this reason, our deer survey flights have been postponed until we get more snow. A few raccoons have ventured out during the warmer periods. Beaver are getting primed up and muskrat are still being found, especially in open water areas. Many owls are in the swing of mating season and lots of hooting can be heard at night. - Daniel Goltz, wildlife biologist, Boscobel

Green County - Ice on Green and Lafayette counties is uneven. As always you can never assume ice is safe. Safety precautions always need to be taken. But this year there has been cold snaps with warm ups followed by more cold snaps. There are places on area some of the area waters that have significant ice developed and then near by the ice is really unsafe. This year more than in the past, be extremely careful if you decide to venture on the area ice. - Nick Webster, conservation warden, Darlington

Wyalusing State Park -Very little snow remains at Wyalusing State Park. Cross-country ski trails are mostly bare. Northern wooded slopes will still have some snow, but most trails are free of snow. The Cross-country Ski Clinic scheduled for this Saturday, January 26th, has been canceled due to lack of snow. 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 number of bald eagles have been seen near the Washington Street Bridge in Prairie du Chien. Another good eagle viewing area is near the Prairie du Chien Regional Tourism Center which is located at the Hwy. 18 Bridge that crosses the Mississippi River. Mississippi River level at Prairie du Chien is at 7.3 today, which is down .1 from yesterday. 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 - Walleye fishermen are having success in the evening on Beaver Dam Lake. - Paul Nell, conservation warden, Horicon

Still little snow. Deep cold has really increased ice thickness. A few snowy owls, rough-legged hawks, pine siskins, and other winter bird visitors in the area. Very quiet time of year. - Paul Samerdyke, wildlife biologist, Horicon

Jefferson County - Ice conditions have improved greatly with the recent cold snap. However, caution should be exercised when along the shores of Lake Koshkonong. Many areas have thin ice or no ice due to springs near shore. As recent as late last week there was a section of open water on Lake Koshkonong beginning north of the Binghams Point boat launch extending south east a few hundred yards. There is a fishing contest on Lower Spring Lake on Saturday Jan, 26 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Ryan Ellifson, conservation warden

Sauk County - Fishing on area lakes has been slow. The trout have been biting slow on Devil’s Lake. It’s a good time to clean out bluebird houses during this cold weather. The bluebird houses should be cleaned by removing all old nest material and using a bleach solution to kill eggs of flies and other insects. The bluebirds will start returning in the middle of February or early march. - John Buss, conservation warden, Prairie du Sac

Anglers are reporting that the ice at Governor Dodge State park is getting to 12 inches and they are catching bluegill and small perch. Fishing is slow at Helen Lake near the highway 14 boat landing. Numerous adult eagles are being sighted in the Spring Green area. Be wary of the ice at Birch lake by Barneveld, despite the cold there are a number of thin looking areas.- David Youngquist, conservation warden, Spring Green

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West Central Region

Baldwin DNR Service Center area

Willow River State Park - The Dam Picnic Shelter is available for reservation. You can reserve up to 11 months in advance. Reservations are taken at the park office only. Willow’s ski trails survived the rain and warm up, mostly. Then the wind howled and loaded the trails with tree litter anywhere there’s trees. Several of the groomers and skiers have gone out on trails to clean up the mess. All trails are not done yet and with sub-zero wind chills for a couple of days, it will be a while before any more work gets done. What is left is a skiable trail with scattered dirty spots from remaining tree litter. Skiers may need to walk around the worst messes. Skate skiers that can get an edge will do okay on a solid deck. There is little or no classic track. It is shallow and washed out. With a rock hard base and not much snow on top we need more snow. The groomers will probably try to scratch up the base to get a new skate deck after trails are cleaned up. Don’t hold up hopes for great results. At best it will be good in scattered locations to poor in others. The proverbial hat is running out of rabbits for the ski trail groomers to pull out. Hiking trails are open. We do not have enough snow to need snowshoes so boot hiking on the snowshoe trails is good. Pick up a Winter Foot Trails map at the office or at some trail heads. The volunteer groomers will work over the hiking trails as needed. Willow will not be holding a Candlelight event this year.

La Crosse DNR Service Center area

Pepin County - There was good participation on Saturday for the free winter fishing weekend. Weather was very nice on Saturday which enticed fishermen to enjoy the day outside. Snow cover is almost nonexistent in the county which has obviously closed the snowmobile trails. - Bill Wrasse, conservation warden, Durand

Vernon County - Tree sparrows, dark-eyed juncos, cardinals, black-capped chickadees, woodpeckers, horned larks, white-breasted nuthatches, blue jays, American goldfinches, and tufted titmice are the majority of songbirds currently active in the Viroqua area. Many people who feed songbirds have reported sporadic feeding activity at their feeders this winter, as the lack of snow has allowed songbirds the luxury of obtaining enough food from the fields and forests. Unfortunately, people who feed songbirds during the winter have been deprived of the enjoyment that supplemental winter feeding provides. That can certainly change in a hurry, though, if we get a significant snow accumulation. - Dave Matheys, wildlife biologist, Viroqua

Merrick State Park - All trails are open with little snow and some icy spots. The river along the south campground has frozen over and many anglers are out ice fishing. Ice conditions may vary so be sure to check before heading out on the ice. If you use an ATV or snowmobile for ice fishing, you must use the boat landings to access the water.

Perrot State Park - The hiking trails are open with some snow and ice. The ski trails are mostly bare ground with some areas of ice. Water levels are slightly below normal for this time of year. The dock has been removed for the season. The Trempealeau River will open and close daily depending upon weather conditions and temperature. Many of our overwintering birds can be seen in the prairie areas near the nature center feeding on the last of the seeds.

Great River State Trail - The trail is in fair condition with little snow and some icy areas. Please stay off of the trail when it is soft to minimize damage to the trail surface. he trail will be open to snowmobiles when the trail is groomed and the local county trails are open. Please contact the following counties for trail conditions: Trempealeau County - 715-538-2311 ext. 205 or La Cross County - 608-782-4500 ext. 1083.

Black River Falls DNR Service Center area

Black River State Forest - A deep freeze has set in the past few days. We are expecting temperatures closer to averages for the weekend, but we still suffer from a lack of snow. Snow is forecast for Thursday night and Friday morning but only an inch or two of light fluffy snow is expected. Trails are closed to snowmobiles and open for ATVs, but conditions are poor. UTVs are not allowed on the trails in winter. Due to a lack of snow trails are not skiable at this time. We will need at least six good inches of heavy snow to be able to groom again. On Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, the Black River Forest Trail Foundation and the Black River State Forest will host the annual candlelight ski and snowshoe hike. The event will be from 6-9 p.m. at the Black River State Forest Smrekar Parking Lot, about four miles east of Millston off County Highway O. About 1.5 miles of trails will be provided. Food and beverages will be available in the heated shelter. Donations are accepted and a raffle offering several prizes will be held. The event will be held with or without snow. If there is not enough snow it will be held as a hike. Come enjoy a beautiful evening under the stars. 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 two mile Castle Mound trail and the five mile trail from Pigeon Creek to Smrekar Road. - Peter Bakken, superintendent

Buckhorn State Park - People have been ice fishing on the lake. Park staff do not monitor ice conditions. Cross-country ski trails are in poor condition with bare spots and a light dusting of snow over the icy trails. Trails will be groomed when we have sufficient snow again. 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 still required. - Heather Wolf, park manager

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