Reports - Trail and Recreation
Updates are posted as information is received from reporters.
Snowmobile Trail Report -
The snowmobile trails are temporarily closed. If we receive ample snowfall, which is a possibility on Friday, the trails will reopen and grooming will resume. The trails will permanently close for the season on March 31, 2017.
Cross-Country Ski, Snowshoe & Fat Bike Trail Report - 2/21/17 All trails are open, in fair to poor condition and being groomed and tracked when the weather allows. Snowshoers, hikers and fat bikes MUST stay to the side away from the classic set track.
ATV, UTV & Off-Road Motorcycle Trail Report - 2/21/17 Due to the warm weather, the trails that were open to winter ATV & UTV are now closed. This will protect the trail surface from damage as the frost leaves the ground.
- Flambeau Trail System (70 miles) ~ Scheduled to open May 1
- Solberg Trail (9.5 mines) ~ Scheduled to open May 1 .
- Georgetown Trail (18.8 miles) ~ Scheduled to open May 15
- Pine Line / Price-Taylor Rail Trail ~ Price County section is open when the temperature is 28 degrees or below; Closed for the winter season in Taylor County
- Flambeau River State Forest Trail (38 miles) ~ Scheduled to open May 14
- Tuscobia State Trail 62 miles) ~ Scheduled to open April 15 .
DNR Fishing Report - 2/15/17 Ice conditions and travel remain good right now but may deteriorate quickly as temperatures well above average are expected for the next week. There is very little snow on top of 13-19 inches of ice in most places making it easy to be mobile. Walleye action has picked up this week for many anglers. Successful anglers have been fishing shallow in their “early ice” spots with their best action on tip ups in 3 feet of water out to 7 feet of water with suckers on tip ups. Crappie action has been decent with moderate catches being reported. Spoons tipped with minnows or tip downs set up with minnows have been the best. Look for crappies suspended over the deep-water basins of the lakes. Bluegill action has been getting better. Gills have been biting on small jigs with spikes in 8 feet of water. Northern pike action has remained very good with the best action on tip ups with shiners around weeds in 4-8 feet of water.
2/9/17 - It has been an up and down week of fishing especially dependent on the species. Northern pike have saved the day. Pike were scattered on weed flats along first breaks. Tip ups dressed with large suckers provided fairly consistent action throughout the day. Walleye action was very slow with a few lite bites both early morning and at dusk. We were seeing fish come up to the jigs but swam back down after a quick look. Crappie action was ok. Fish were suspended through the water column and biting very lite. Plastics iced more fish than live bait. A warming trend is coming this weekend and should get more anglers out. The full moon is this weekend also.Good Luck Fishing! Joe Brezinski, Northland Guide Service
2/7/17 - Walleye action has been slow but some nice fish are being caught. Walleye action has been best at first light and right at dark, Pike action has been fair with a good mid-day bite. Large golden shiners hung a few feet under the ice are doing the trick for pike. Crappie action has been good, fish are starting to suspend and become active, we have been catching crappie on a number of baits including plastic like ratso and shrimpos and also on spoons or small jigs tipped with waxies or spikes. Blugill action has been good as well, small moon glo jigs with waxies or spikes for bait has been doing the trick on those. John Carlson, Ross's Sport Shop & Guide Service, Philips
DNR Report - February is the Sucker Moon month. Logging operations on the Forest are frantically moving wood off the sales as the roads will be posted soon because of the mild temperatures. We have a snow covered world around us but the temperature in the forecast may be changing that. There are at least 12” inches of snow in the woods. The deer and elk are conserving their energy and aggressively browsing in logging areas. Four bulls were viewed by loggers in a forest logging operation on the Flambeau River State Forest just west of Phillips. It was a thrill for them to see those majestic bulls. The deer are shedding their antlers. The warm temperatures were a reprieve to active winter residents like the deer, elk, wolves and coyotes though they are poised for more winter weather. Ermines are active and ravens begin nesting, wolves are mating and the bald eagles are also beginning to nest. It’s getting pretty busy out there for some critters. The hardier birds such as the juncos, snow buntings, woodpeckers, blue jays, crows and eagles are eating seeds, insects under the tree bark or carrion along the roadsides. The great horned owls are nesting. Typically there are young in the nests by early March. Take time and quietly go out and see the splendor that winter offers. It is amazing out there.
The small game season is open till the end of February. Check out your DNR Regulation pamphlets for more information.