Always up-to-date and accurate…reports on trail conditions and recreational opportunities in Price County.

Paddling / River Report – 4/23/14

The South Fork and the North Fork of the Flambeau River are now virtually ice free. The water is high and fast in most areas on both Forks. Below the Turtle Flambeau Flowage Dam on the North Fork the water is low as the Flowage is filled for spring. If you plan to take a river trip, be prepared with cold-water paddling attire.

ATV, UTV & Off Road Motorcycle Trail Report – 4/23/14

Trails are scheduled to reopen for spring/summer riding on the dates listed below. Check with us prior to traveling; if it is a wet spring the opening dates may be delayed.

April 16 – Tuscobia State Trail - OPEN

May 1 – Flambeau Trail System & Solberg Trail

May 15 - Flambeau River State Forest Trail & Georgetown Trail

Fishing Report -  4/23/14

The Flambeau River and the Phillips Lake Chain will be free of ice for the May 3rd fishing opener. Other lakes are still ice covered at this time and may be open prior to May 3rd. Check back for updated reports.

May 3 – General Inland Fishing Season Opens including Largemouth Bass

May 31 – Musky Season Opens

June  21 -  Smallmouth Bass Season Opens

4/23/14 -  Ice conditions have continued to slowly deteriorate on lakes across the Northwoods, tho most lakes still have upwards of 15 inches of ice covering them.  Access areas, as well as the north and west shorelines, have a lot of soft grainy ice and a fringe of open water.  In addition, open water has also developed around the inlets and outlet streams.   For the most part, the ice angling season has ended and there have only been a few daring panfish anglers out in the past week.  No reports of any success have been received.  With the current conditions, it is almost a given that many lakes across the North will still have some ice cover for the Fishing Opener on May 3rd.  The larger, deeper lakes are almost sure to be iced-up yet and as such, anglers should have alternate plans in case their favorite lake is still ice covered.  These alternate waters could include the smaller flowages, lakes and spring ponds, as well as area streams and rivers – tho they will be running high with snow melt water.  A few of the possibilities for open-water fishing in the area may include the North Fork Flambeau River, and the Phillips Chain of Lakes. Thomas “Skip” Sommerfeldt, DNR Senior Fisheries Biologist

May 3 inland fishing opener kicks off another exciting year of fishing
New this year: largemouth bass harvest available statewide Editor’s note: This and the trout stocking release are the first in a series of releases relating to the 2014 fishing season. Check back in coming weeks for stories on new informational tools available for anglers, fish consumption advice and new findings supporting the health benefits of sport-caught fish, cold water boating safety, and how to keep Wisconsin fish healthy by taking steps to prevent spreading aquatic invasive species and fish diseases.  -  Read Full Article

DNR plans to stock more than 316,000 catchable-size trout in inland waters
MADISON – More than 316,000 catchable size trout are being stocked in dozens of inland trout waters across Wisconsin before the May 3 inland fishing season opener. A list of waters receiving fish and how many were planned for stocking is now available online.   -  Read Full Article

Fishing/Hunting Guide Reports

When you visit the Price County region please consider hiring a guide. Guides are on the water and in the woods on a regular basis and will put you on the right track in order to make your fishing or hunting trip successful and FUN. For more information on guide services please see

4/20/14 – Looks like most of the Chain Of Lakes should be ice free by the opener of fishing on May 3rd. Ice out is progressing fine right now with a major channel open from the mouth of the Elk river thru Duroy, Elk and into Long, Most of the Narrow spots in Long Lake are opening or soon will be. Soo Lake also has a lot of open water right now. The other lakes in the area are progressing a little slower but there still is a chance of them opening with 50 degree temps and rain in the forecast. Some fishermen are reporting catches of Redhorse Suckers in the North and South forks of the Flambeau. Next week Saturday Big Bear will be hosting a Redhorse Tournament and the first ever Price County Walleyes for Tomorrow Banquet will be held in Phillips on Sat., April 26.   John Carlson, Ross’s Sport Shop & Guide Service, Phillips - 

4-17-14 - “OK – so we got pounded with another 10″ or so of heavy wet snow! But the current in the river is really strong, and I see a lot of 50′s and 60′s in the forecast for next week. We should see a lot of run off, and hopefully the open water will pop later next week on the chain. We’ll keep you posted, hopefully we get open water a week before opener this year! Think Spring!”  Marc Morrone, Elk River Custom Rods & Bait Shop, Phillips

No report –   Joe Brezinski, Northland Guide Service,    

No report – Tony B., St. Croix Rod Store, Park Falls

Outdoor Report – 4/21/14

Most of the snow melted over the weekend and there are only a few snow piles here and there now.  Many birds and animals are out and about.  Crocuses are beginning to flower and daffodils are up and nearing the flowering stage.  New shoots are sprouting up everywhere, aspen & lilac bush buds are beginning to swell, and the silver maples are getting ready to flower.  We are seeing and smelling skunks, and turkeys are gobbling. Maple syrup enthusiasts have been co

Turkey, Waterfowl & Grouse Hunting:

The first period of the Spring Wild Turkey season began April 16, 2014. Grouse season will begin September 13, 2014.

Free DNR “First Turkey Certificate” new way to honor first-time turkey hunting success
MADISON – More than 135,000 hunters take to the woods each year in Wisconsin to pursue the wild turkey, many for the first time.   -  Read Full Article

Dear Hunting:

White-tailed deer bow season is Sept. 13 – Jan. 4, 2015; Gun season is Nov. 22 – 30, 2014; Muzzleloader season is Dec. 1 – 10, 2014.

Black Bear: 

The season begins September 3, 2014, and the first period is Sept. 3-9 with the aid of bait and all other legal methods not utilizing dogs; a permit is required and the application deadline was December 10, 2013. Dogs may be trained by pursuing bear statewide from July 1 - August 31, 2014.

Wolf Hunting:

All zones have met their quota and are closed for the 2013-2014 season.

Furbearer Hunting and Trapping:

A number of furbearer hunting and trapping seasons are open year-round or during various season throughout the year.  To view season dates, go to


Opossum, skunk, weasel and snowshoe hare hunting has no season limits, bags limits size limits or possession limits. Coyote hunting is a continuous open season except during gun deer hunting seasons. To view a list of all hunting and trapping season dates, visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website at

Fall Color Report – 2014

Fall colors typically peak around October 1st.

Equestrian – Smith Rapids Saddle Trail Bridge Closure

The Smith Rapids Saddle Trail is closed from March 15 – May 1 for spring breakup.  There is also a closure issued for the bridge at the Newman Creek crossing of the Smith Rapids Saddle Trail, T.40N, R.2E, Section 27, due to instability of the bridge and bank.  The remainder of the Smith Rapids Saddle Trail will remain open with the exception of a segment between Forest Road 149 east to the bridge site which is closed.  From Smith Rapids Campground, the trail remains open east to Round Lake and west to Newman Creek.  The closure will remain in effect until bridge and stream bank are restored to a safe and stable condition.  For additional information, please contact the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest office in Park Falls at (715) 762-2461.

Snowmobile Trail Report

The snowmobile trails closed at midnight on March 31, 2014. The trails are tentatively scheduled to reopen on December 11, 2014.  Thanks for the great season!

Cross Country Ski Trail Report

The trails are closed for the season. See you in December!

Snowshoe Trail Report

The trails are closed for the season. See you in December!

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