9/13/2021 - Reported by AAA Sports
8/24/2021 - Reported by AAA Sports
Hello from AAA Sportshop!
Summer fishing has been a challenge with the high temperatures. Early morning fishing and early evening fishing has been more successful. There are still a lot of visitors in our area. Everyday we have customers who are exploring our beautiful Wisconsin outdoors. Our bait is currently: crappie minnows, fatheads, walleye minnows, night crawlers, leaf worms and waxies. In another week or so we should have northern suckers and then muskie suckers. Please call ahead to order muskie suckers.
Fall hunting items are coming in. Bear season opens 9/8. Antlerless Bonus tags went on sale last week. Washburn county is sold out of public land but there are over 4000 left for private land. It seems there are a lot of gophers, chipmunks, moles etc. as we have been selling a lot of BB and.177 air rifles and ammo. We are still the place to come and get your Indianhead Rifle and pistol club membership. $45.00 for the year and if you've ever been to the range, you know what a great deal this is. We still open everyday at 6:00 am.
8/16/21 - Reported by Minong Flowage Association
Minong Flowage Winter Drawdown Notice
Start Date: September 20, 2021
Drawdown rate not to exceed 2 inches a day
In accordance with the existing Minong Flowage Lake Management Plan, results from the 2020 late summer plant survey and the 2021 spring Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) survey, and discussion with the Wisconsin DNR and Washburn County Highway Department, plans are proceeding to drawdown the Flowage the winter to control the spread of EWM. The Washburn County Highway Department Committee has approved the drawdown beginning on September 20 at a rate not to exceed 2 inches a day. The drawdown will be a maximum 60 inches and is to be reached no later than November 1 per request from the DNR. The water level will start to be returned to normal levels once ice melt has started and ice has receded from shorelines and exposed stumps and logs. It is anticipated to be at normal levels by the 2022 fishing season opener.
We chased crappies this weekend and found some nice eaters. We were using crappie minnows under slip bobbers set to 6 feet deep fishing 14' of water with weeds. The crappies were coming up for the minnows and even caught a few largemouth bass.
Check out the YouTube: Wisconsin Fisherman for local videos or contact Kyle for a guided day of fishing!
The fishing bite had been steady with Smallmouth Bass and Walleyes coming from leeches and nightcrawlers.
Use a plain hook with a 1/4oz sinker attached about two feet above the hook and start catching fish. This is a very simple rig to set up and catch many fish. The fish are near the deep parts of most lakes by weed lines 18’-25’ deep or near rock. Surface temperature has been hovering around 78F Spinner baits have still been producing Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike reguallary. Check out the YouTube: Wisconsin Fisherman for local videos or contact Kyle for a guided day of fishing!
The fishing around the Spooner area has been great with all types of fish biting! The Northern Pike are liking crankbaits being pulled in along the weed edges as well as bass.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2021
Contact: Lt. Martin R. Stone, DNR Off-Highway Vehicle Administrator Martin.Stone@wisconsin.gov or 608-778-2035
Ride Responsibly This Holiday Weekend
17 Fatal ATV/UTV Crashes So Far In 2021
It is the responsibility of all ATV and UTV operators to make the sport a safe one. Brush up on safety tips before heading out for the holiday weekend. / Photo Credit: iStock/wundervisuals
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking ATV and UTV operators to ride safely this Fourth of July weekend.
When out with family and friends for off-road rides and adventures, wearing a helmet and seat belt, monitoring speed and brushing up on safety best practices could save your life.
So far this year, 17 people have died in ATV/UTV crashes. Of the 5 fatal UTV crash victims, none were wearing helmets and 4 of 5 did not wear seat belts. Of the 12 fatal ATV crash victims, 10 were not wearing helmets.
"The Fourth of July holiday weekend is often a busy time on our trails and road routes," said Lt. Martin R. Stone, DNR Off-Highway Vehicle Administrator. "This year, 12 of the 17 fatal crashes so far occurred on public roads or routes. We want everyone to stay safe out there; familiarizing yourself with ATV-UTV laws and safe operation practices is a must before you head out."
SAFETY TIPS & SAFETY COURSE
When used safely, ATVs and UTVs provide fun, family recreation and are a valuable tool for working or exploring the outdoors. However, these vehicles are powerful and can be dangerous and even fatal. It is the responsibility of all ATV and UTV operators to make the sport a safe one.
Follow these tips for a safe ride:
- Never consume alcohol or drugs before or during your ride.
- Wear a seat belt and a Department of Transportation (DOT)-approved helmet.
- In addition to a seat belt and helmet, wear protective clothing such as eye protection, gloves, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.
- Keep your speed in check for the terrain, visibility conditions and your experience.
- Remember that some terrain in Wisconsin is too steep for ATV/UTVs. Please be careful while traversing hills or uneven terrain.
- Know before you go. Review all ATV/UTV laws here.
One of the best things ATV and UTV operators can do to operate safely is to take an online safety course. A list of approved safety education classes is available on the DNR Safety Education webpage.
ATV and UTV operators born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, who are at least 12 years old for an ATV (and at least 16 years old for UTV) must complete an ATV safety certification course to operate in Wisconsin (exception: on private property owned by operator's immediate family).
Wisconsin law requires every operator involved in a crash incident to report the incident without delay to law enforcement officials. In addition, within 10 days of the incident, the operator must submit a written report to the DNR.
For more information on ATV and UTV recreation in Wisconsin, visit the DNR's website.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 16, 2021
Contact: Tara Bergeson, DNR Invasive Species Team Coordinator Tara.Bergeson@wisconsin.gov or 608-516-0487
DNR Seeking Public’s Help
To Prevent Spreading Invasive Species
June is Invasive Species Action Month in Wisconsin, and easy steps like brushing mud and dirt from boots before hiking in a new area can help prevent accidentally spreading the seeds of invasive plants. / Photo Credit: North American Invasive Species Management Association
MADISON, Wis. – June is Invasive Species Action Month, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking Wisconsinites and visitors to take simple precautions to avoid spreading invasive, nonnative plants and animals in our woods, waters and land year-round.
Invasive species are nonnative plants, animals and diseases that cause great ecological, environmental or economic harm. Some have already been found in Wisconsin, while others pose a large risk of surviving and causing problems if they are introduced and become established here.
The state’s invasive species rule (ch. NR 40, Wis. Adm. Code) makes it illegal to possess, transport, transfer or introduce certain invasive species in Wisconsin without a permit. The regulations designate which species are Restricted or Prohibited based on factors including the degree of harm they may cause to people, the native ecology or the economy.
How You Can Help
To prevent the establishment and spread of invasives, the DNR offers the following tips:
- Hikers and campers should clean mud and dirt off their shoes and remove seeds and burs from their clothing before visiting other places. Taking these simple steps can prevent inadvertently moving invasive plants to new areas via seeds that may be on clothing or in the mud or dirt.
- Firewood is a significant pathway for the movement of many invasive insects and pathogens such as emerald ash borer, gypsy moth and oak wilt disease. To help protect the state’s trees where you live, play or camp, use local firewood to avoid moving pests to new places.
- Anglers and boaters can help protect vulnerable areas from aquatic invasives such as quagga and zebra mussels, Eurasian water-milfoil, New Zealand mudsnails and Asian clams by cleaning recreational equipment and gear after every use. Inspect gear for dirt, mud, seeds and other debris and remove as much as possible.
- Drain all water from gear before leaving a site and wash it with 140-degree water or steam to remove invasives too small to see. Drying gear for five or more days between use also helps destroy invasive organisms. For more information, check the DNR’s aquatic invasive species webpages.
- Gardeners are encouraged to plant and promote beautiful native plants that can benefit pollinators, birds and other wildlife or traditional gardening plants that are noninvasive. The DNR’s Plant Native Plants webpage has many great informational resources to get started.
- Gardeners can also look for and remove potential problem plants, including purple loosestrife, hairy willow herb, butterfly dock, yellow iris, nonnative phragmites (common reed), lesser celandine, water hyacinth, water lettuce and frogbit.
Invasive Species Action Month is promoted by the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council, which the Wisconsin Legislature created to assist the DNR in establishing a statewide program to control invasive species. The Council is now assessing species currently regulated and additional species that might be considered for future regulation.
5/10/21 - Reported by Wild Country Guide Service
The cold nites and cool days have really cooled off the water temps. However the fishing is still pretty hot! Had some nice folks out this past weekend from the Twin Cities area and we caught walleyes on three different presentations. VMC mooneye jigs with a rainbow minnows, Slipbobbers with minnows and tossing emerging weedlines in 4-7 feet with Storm 360 swimbaits. Walleyes we caught on minnows where from 10-16 feet. I was marking these with my Hummingbird Helix 10 and would punch in a waypoint and spot lock on them with my Minn Kota Ulterra trolling motor. Caught a few nice crappies also along with some Dandy largemouth bass. Warmer days are on the horizon which will bring the crappies and bass in to the shoreline to spawn. Please keep a few for the pan and release those bigger crappies that is really important for the resources. My clients said they were going to have walleye for Mothers Day breakfast! Good Luck and most of all have fun out there!!
For Immediate Release: February 18, 2021
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds anglers that ice shanty removal deadlines are approaching.
Permanent ice shanties, or those not removed daily, must be removed from all state waters by March 15. Early deadlines such as those for inland and boundary waters are:
Wisconsin – Iowa boundary waters by Feb. 20
Wisconsin – Minnesota boundary waters by March 1
Inland waters south of Highway 64 by the first Sunday following March 1
Lake Michigan, Green Bay, Lake Superior and inland waters north of Highway 64 by the first Sunday following March 12
Wisconsin – Michigan boundary waters by March 15
Anglers can continue to use portable ice shanties after these dates, so long as they are removed from the ice when they are not actively in use and at the end of each day.
As these deadlines approach, it’s important to remember that no ice is ever 100% safe. The DNR does not monitor ice conditions, so anglers should check with local fishing clubs and bait shops for current ice conditions.
Owners having difficulties removing their shanty should seek help from their local fishing club, vendors and other anglers.
The public should report any shanty owners not taking responsibility for removing their shanty to the DNR Violation Hotline by calling or texting 1-800-TIP-WNDR or 1-800-847-9367.
2/10/21 - Reported by Wisconsin Fisherman
The bluegill bite has slowed down a little bit however with that comes the Northern Pike Pre spawn. The pike get very active this time of year and are biting large shiners. You might get lucky and catch one of the giant 40 incher that are in several Washburn Co lakes. There is about a month left before the big game fish season closes up for the north part of the state. Crappies are still biting minnows and small jigs with waxies. You can find them in deep holes sitting suspended in about half the water column. Check out the YouTube-Wisconsin Fisherman for local videos!
1/18/21 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
1/18/21 - Reported by Pioneer on Long Lake
1/11/21 - Reported by Pioneer on Long Lake
1/7/21 - Reported by the Long Lake Chamber of Commerce
1/4/21 - Reported by Pioneer on Long Lake
12/28/20 - Reported by Pioneer on Long Lake
12/21/2020 - Reported by Pioneer on Long Lake
12/17/2020 - Reported by Wisconsin Fisherman
12/14/2020 - Reported by Pioneer on Long Lake
12/11/2020 - Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store
12/7/2020 - Reported by Pioneer on Long Lake
10/20/19 - Reported by AAA Sports
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 31, 2020
Contact: Jake Swanson, DNR assistant wildlife communications specialist
Jacob.Swanson@wisconsin.gov or 608-235-4829
Fall Hunting And Trapping Season Forecasts Highlight Hunter Opportunities, Notable Changes To Limits And Zones
Archery and crossbow season begins Sept. 12. Check the DNR website for a full list of upcoming season dates.
Photo Credit: iStock/Ricardo Reitmeyer
MADISON, Wis. – Hunters and trappers across Wisconsin are in the final countdown to the fall season openers. To help get ready, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has pulled together the 2020 fall forecast series, which details everything Wisconsinites need to know ahead of the game.
Forecasts can be found at the links below and on each corresponding species page.
More information on hunting, including regulations and season dates, is available on the DNR website. For more updates throughout the fall hunting seasons, follow the DNR on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
8/6/20 - Reported by Wisconsin Fisherman
8/6/20 - Reported by Wild Country Guide Service
7/3/20 - Reported by Wisconsin Fisherman
The water temp has been heating up and fish are starting to transition to deeper structure like rock bars, fish cribs, and deep weeds. A leach or minnow on a slip bobber should produce a variety of fish. The target depth for that set up is about 12-16 feet deep. The Northern pike have been aggressive on spinners and shallow diving crank baits in shallow bays and weed edges. Crappies are still hanging around and hitting on minnows and small crank baits like the Rapala Countdown. Walleyes can be caught with a number of techniques like jigging with sucker minnows or Lindy spinner rigs. Be safe out there and catch some fish!
6/10/20 - Reported by Wisconsin Fisherman
The bite has been heating up with most fish up in shallow weeds or even on beds! Slip bobbers and leaches are working for just about anything right now! With the temperature heating up the fish should be moving to deeper jumps and points. You can still fish them deeper with the slip bobbers too and be effective! The bass are starting to hit too water baits like fake frogs and buzz baits. Stay safe and be aware of each lakes fish size limits and local laws.
3/4/20 - Reported by Wisconsin Fisherman
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3/2/2020 - Reported by the WI DNR
Ice anglers are reminded that the last deadline in a series of March dates to remove permanent ice shanties from state waters is Sunday, March 15. Shanties must be removed from waters north of Highway 64, which includes all of Washburn County, and all other outlying waters by the end of that day. Earlier March deadlines covered inland and boundary waters. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is urging anglers not to wait until the deadlines as possible warming temperatures and early spring rains could complicate removal.
Deadlines to remove shelters help eliminate spring shoreline litter and boating dangers this spring. Abandoning the shelter or burning the shelter atop the ice does not satisfy the deadline. The debris then goes into the waterbody, impacting water quality.
After the shanty removal deadlines pass, anglers can continue to use portable ice fishing shelters if they feel the ice is safe - as long as they remove their shelters daily and when they are not actively used. Remember to consult with local fishing clubs, bait shops and outfitters who know the local ice conditions. Permanent shelters, meaning those normally not removed daily from the ice, must be removed from the ice no later than the specified removal date for that water body.
2/12/20 - Reported by Wisconsin Fisherman
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12/23/19 - Reported by AAA Sports
This nice warm weather has the snow settling on most of the lakes. Good ice on Bashaw; they are actually on Bashaw with four-wheelers. and catching some nice northern. Lots of pan fish coming out of the Yellow River across from Tony's in Spooner. Landings are not plowed off on Spooner, but guys are walking out and getting decent northern. We had a nice walleye come in from Trego flowage. Our thoughts are that after this warmer weather is over the cold weather will give us some really good ice. There are quite a few people out fishing, just know where you're going!! It's still archery season so time to finish filling those empty tags and also turkey hunting until after the new year. WE ARE OPEN ALL DAY ON CHRISTMAS DAY...
11/18/19 - Reported by AAA Sports
The hunt is on!! In just a few days, the Northwoods will be full of the mighty deer hunter. Are you ready? Deer call...gun cleaned...ammo...orange clothes...heater...deer drag...LICENSE!! We will be open until 9:00 on Thursday night and open at 5:00 on Saturday morning. Hot coffee, rolls and doughnuts!!!
10/1/19 - Reported by AAA Sports
For those of you wondering how the Spooner Lake draw down is going, the answer is "very slowly". They started the drawdown on Sept 3 and the proposal was to take it down 3'. As of today, Oct 1st, Spooner Lake is down a little over a foot. we've had lots of rain. Most lake home owners had pulled their boats, pontoons and docks out of the lake by Labor Day.
A few brave souls left these items intact and have been able to enjoy the lake throughout September and catching some nice fish in the process. Musky fisherman are hitting the lakes hard.
FALL HUNTING...Bear hunting has been going on for the past month and there have been some nice bruins. Archery season has been on for 2 weeks but is just starting to get going as the leaves start to fall, and the temps are going down. There have been lots of pictures of successful geese hunters and this past weekend duck season opened.
9/9/19 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
9/2/19 - Reported by AAA Sports
Fishing over the weekend was good; cooler temps must make the fish hungry. We still have leeches for probably another week yet. We have walleye and northern suckers. No musky suckers yet; call ahead if you're looking for them and we'll let you know the status. Bear season opens this Wednesday. Archery season opens on September 14th. We will be starting dock work in the next week. If you need help pulling your dock, boat or pontoon out of the lake, give us a call. Fall colors will be here before you know it...where did summer go?!?!
8/19/19 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
8/12/19 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
8/7/19 - Report by WI DNR
A family of rare Franklin's ground squirrels is settling into new digs here before its long winter hibernation begins, thanks to team work by active and retired DNR conservation biologists, a Northland College professor and his students, and private property owners. The partners trapped and moved the rare squirrels from a private property in Douglas County where they were causing problems and released them on another private property in Washburn County where the landowner had been actively restoring habitat for rare native species historically found in the area. To read more, click here.
8/6/19 - Reported by Kyle Tyree "The Wisconsin Fisherman"
8/6/19 - Reported by AAA Sports
The hot weather has the fish going deep, fishermen (and women) are adding split shot to their lines for the crappies and sunnies. For the game fish, people are using more deep diver such as Rapala DT series. Bass seems to like the scented worms and almost anything that looks like a frog. Chatterbaits have been selling well too.
7/22/19 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
7/9/19 - Reported by AAA Sports
Fishing has really picked up the past few weeks. Gills are biting on the waxies and crawlers. Walleye on the leeches using a lindy rig. Few northern coming in from using the old stand by, red and white daredevil. Bass like the worms this year and chatterbaits. Don't forget our monthly fishing contest, $10 in store credit for the largest fish in each category...all sizes from perch-muskie. Coffee's on at 6:00 AM!!
7/8/19 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
6/10/19 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
6/11/19 - Reported by AAA Sports
The fishing took off this past week with the arrival of those warm days. Depending on the lake the crappies and gill were just getting on or off the beds already. Bass fishing has been really good ( look at the pictures on our website!) Northern and walleye sucker minnows continue to be at a shortage. We have shiners and they do well if you have an insulated aerated bucket. We have leeches by the dozen except for regulars which we have by the 1/4 pound also. Pontoon rentals are filling up fast. The dock crew finished the last of the docks over the weekend.
5/20/19 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
Fishing around Washburn County has been improving here lately. We’ve been on a good crappie bite on a couple of lakes. Fish are shallow and looking to spawn along shorelines with scattered wood. It’s important to remember not to over harvest when fish are so bunched up in a tight area. Walleyes are playing hard to get where I’ve been fishing, we’ve caught a few on jigs and minnows but it’s been tough overall. The musky season opens on Saturday, we’ll be looking for a big bite that day for sure. Good luck and good fishing!
5/13/19 - Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store
1/14/19 - Reported by Kyle Tyree "The Wisconsin Fisherman"
1/6/19 - Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store
Ice conditions on Long Lake are coming in at anywhere from 7" - 12" with a few spots reported at 4" (on the back side of Kunz Island). The lake snowmobile trail has been marked. Fishing has slowed since the cold snap after Christmas. Reports of panfish hitting at about 21' and a few nice sized walleye and northern have also been caught.