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DNR Outdoor Report for the Northeast Region 12-29-2012

Northeast Region

Peshtigo DNR Service Center area

Oconto County – As of Dec. 26, all county snowmobile trails are open. Most trails need more snow. Snowmobilers are reminded that most water bodies are not safe for driving. Ice anglers are venturing out with some northern pike being caught on the Oconto Falls Pond but again ice conditions vary greatly and all should use Snowmobile girlcaution. With the open water still along the bay shore viewing of waterfowl is still good with some swans still around along with mergansers and goldeneyes. Deer are very active looking for food and late season bow hunters are reporting some success. - Mike Stahl, conservation warden, Oconto Falls

Governor Thompson State Park – The 6 mile ski trail system is open and groomed. Please check our updates at www.skinnyski.com (exit DNR) for day to day conditions. Remember, no hiking or pets are allowed on the ski trails. If you wish to ski with your pet the Otter Trail is groomed flat and open to hikers and skiers with pets. Ice anglers are fishing the south bay and have been seen out on the main lake as well. The enclosed shelter building at Woods Lake is available for rent for family or social gatherings and is open for a warming shelter throughout the winter season. The park is now closed to hunting for the rest of the 2012. The hunting area of the state park will be open for bow hunting Jan. 1-6, 2013. Maps of the hunting area and refuge areas are available in the office lobby. No trapping may occur in this 6 day hunt. The park will be closed to all hunting and trapping after Jan. 6, 2013. – Maggie Kailhofer, park managerSnowboarding

Wautoma DNR Service Center area

Waupaca County - Ice is finally here, anglers just starting to venture out. Turkeys very active, little hunting pressure has been observed. Waupaca are got about 8 inches of snow last Thursday, but have already lost some due to no frost in the ground. Very good conditions for hunting predators. – Karl Kramer, wildlife technician, Wautoma

Hartman Creek State Park – The park received approximately 8 to 10 inches of snow last Thursday/Friday! Cross-country ski trails have been groomed and tracked as of Dec. 22 and were in very good condition. Please call ahead to check for condition updates before coming (715/258-2372). A park vehicle admission sticker + trail pass (for persons 16 & over) are required in order to use the park’s ski trails. Please remember: no pets on the ski trails. Other trails such as the Deer Path trail, the area north of Hartman Lake, and Hillview trail system are open for hiking, walking or snowshoeing (see map). But NO hiking or snowshoeing on ski trails. Please check the following website for Waupaca County snowmobile trail conditions or call 715/258-6243. www.waupacacountyparks.com/SnowInfo/ (exit DNR). – Fred Viste, ranger

Oshkosh DNR Service Center area

Fond du Lac CountyBeaver Dam Lake, Fox Lake and Lake Emily seem to have 3-5 Ice bluegill slabinches of ice as reported by anglers. Some success with walleye, northern pike, bass and panfish on these lakes though not wide spread. The snowmobile trails are currently open in Dodge, Fond du Lac and Green Lake counties. Good snow cover in most areas with a few thin spots in the wide open fields. The trails are in excellent shape in the Waupun area due to the work of the local club, The Waupun Drift Jumpers. Riders have commented over the last week how well the trails are groomed in the Waupun area. - Ben Nadolski, conservation warden, Waupun

Outagamie CountyThe Wolf River bayous are freezing up enough where ice anglers are venturing out. There is 3 to 5 inches of ice on many of them. Remember that a large number of people standing together is a tremendous amount of weight for the thin ice. Some catches of crappies and small northern pike were observed. Anglers are reminded to check the fishing regulations for size and bag limits. – Mike Young, conservation warden, Shiocton

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