Always up-to-date and accurate…reports on trail conditions and recreational opportunities in Price County.
Snowmobile Trail Report – 11/26/14
There is snow on the trails and snowmobile club members are preparing for the upcoming season. Conditions permitting, the snowmobile trails will open December 11, following the muzzleloader deer hunting season. Due to agreements with private landowners, the snowmobile trails will remain closed until that time and unauthorized use may result in fines.
Cross Country Ski Trail Report – 11/26/14
The Phillips School Forest Trail was groomed and is in very good condition; huntting is not allowed in the school forest.
The Holy Cross ski trail were packed with a snowmobile last week with plans to groom and set track as soon as a few wet areas freeze up. Rock skis would be recommended for now.
At Newman Springs Loop A and E were packed last week and trails are open for snowshoeing and fat bikes; however, cross country skiers that require a track will want to wait until the trail is groomed and tracks are set. The trail, including Loop D, will be groomed & tracked after November 30, conditions permitting.
The Flambeau Hills Trail was packed last week but the condition is poor for skiing; it is open to skiers and hunters alike; ski trail grooming will begin after the regular gun deer season ends on November 30 with plans to have the trail ready to ski on December 5.
The Timm’s Hill Trail will open December 1, following the regular gun deer season.
The Wintergreen Ski Trail is tentatively scheduled to open December 12, following muzzleloader deer season. The Wintergreen Ski and Hiking Trail System and Hwy. 70 trailhead currently remain closed as part of a storm damage timber harvest. The CNNF anticipates that all salvage sale operations will be finished by the end of this week. It is anticipated that the Wintergreen Trailhead parking area will open on December 1. Following the timber harvest, the trail system will be evaluated to see if it can be used during the 2014-2015 ski season.
Snowshoe Trail Report – 11/26/14
Trails currently have about a 5-6 inch base. Be aware of current hunting seasons taking place and wear blaze orange for safety.
ATV, UTV & Off Road Motorcycle Trail Report – 11/26/14
Riding is difficult to impossible with the current snow pack.
The Georgetown Trail and Solberg Trail are open.
The Flambeau River State Forest Trail and the Price County section of the Tuscobia State Trail closed to ATV & UTV use for this season on Sunday, November 16, 2014.
Most of the Flambeau Trail System is open; however, the Wintergreen Trailhead and the Wintergreen Salvage Closure Area are closed due to storm damage. Closed trail sections include Trail 102 from Hwy 70 south 2.5 miles to Forest Road 653, Trail 103 from Hwy 70 south 1 mile to where it intersects with Flambeau Motorized Trail 102, and Trail 101 from Hwy 70 north and west 2.5 miles to where it intersects with Forest Road 549E (Wintergreen Road).
Fishing Report – 11/20/14
The unseasonably cold fall weather has resulted in most lakes becoming iced up in the last week, though many of the larger and deeper lakes still have areas of open water. The lakes that have become iced over have real variable ice thicknesses, with about 3” in near shore areas and only 1” to 2” out towards the deeper water. Even with several nights of single-digit low temperatures, ice thickness has been slow to increase and potential early-season anglers should wait another week or so until the ice depths reach the 4” level. But – there have been the first few reports of adventurous anglers getting out on the 3” of ice in the shallow bays and near-shore areas. These early-season anglers have mostly been targeting walleye and success has been just fair, with most of the fish running small and in the 10” to 14” size. DNR Senior Fisheries Biologist Thomas “Skip” Sommerfeldt
Fishing/Hunting Guide Reports
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 http://www.pricecountywi.net/recreation/hunting/guides/.
11/25/14 – The early ice has brought a few anglers on the ice. I spoke with a few hunters who took advantage of the early ice to catch some nice walleyes. We have about five inches of good ice on the lakes we were fishing. We did get some action through out the day but the main run was just before dark. Shiners produced the most action followed by fats and then walleye suckers. Our tip ups were about a foot off the bottom. Ice conditions should continue to be safe as temps will remain well below freezing. Anglers should still proceed with caution when traveling on ice this time of year as ice depths can change. It is a good idea to fish with a buddy in case a problem arises. When you hear the booming sounds under the ice you know that the ice is growing and expanding which is what we want this time of year. Always take caution if you are fishing near current areas. Our hunting party of three was out opening weekend and successfully bagged one eight pointer but deer sightings and shots were far and few in between. Good luck to those who are still hunting. Good Luck Anglers. Joe Brezinski, Northland Guide Service
11/24/14 - With no doe tags and a lower then normal deer population many hunters decided to spend some or in cases most of opening weekend of the Wisconsin Deer Firearm season on the ice. Most area fishermen are reporting 5 to 7 inches of good ice on area lakes. Walleye and pike anglers have been hitting the ice for well over a week now and panfish anglers are starting to venture out into the deeper water and are catching fish. The panfish bite is light and Tip Downs or Dead Sticks baited with a Crappie Minnow seem to be the ticket. John Carlson, Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips – www.facebook.com/RosssSportShop
11/21/14 - Pretty dicey out there as of today. I did find some 4 inch solid ice and able to fish but I was well limited by the patchwork of ice. Large areas are soft, mushy, even on the smaller lakes. The entire week was subzero windchills, no shelter, so 3 hrs a day was my limit. Lake Link Report for Price County by river_chaser
Outdoor Report – 11/26/14
Deer Hunting: White-tailed deer bow season is September 13 – January 4, 2015; Gun season is November 22 – 30, 2014; Muzzleloader season is December 1 – 10, 2014.
Grouse & Woodcock Hunting: Grouse season opened September 13, 2014 and runs through January 31, 2015. Woodcock season ended November 3, 2014. Most hunters have reported seeing decent numbers of grouse in the area. The WI DNR produced an interactive mapping system to identify bird habitat. View the Fields and Forest Interactive Gamebird Hunting Tool (FFLIGHT) tool.
Turkey Hunting: The Fall Wild Turkey season is September 13 – November 20, 2014 and December 1 – 30 in Zone 4. There are many turkeys in the area and hunters should have a good chance at harvesting one.
Waterfowl Hunting: The Canada Goose Northern Exterior Zone season is September 16 – December 16, 2014. The Duck Hunting Season in our zone ended November 25, 2014.
Black Bear: The season closed October 7, 2014.
Wolf Hunting: Once the Statewide quota of 150 is reached the season will close. Visit DNR Wolf Hunting & Trapping for details.
Other: 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 http://ua.dnr.wi.gov/topic/trap/.
Fall Color Report – Final 2014 Report
Fall color peaked September 27-28, 2014. Make plans now to visit next September & October for the fall color season.
Paddling / River Report – Final 2014 Report
The 2014 paddling season on both the North and South Forks of the Flambeau River were excellent due to the higher than average amount of rain that our region received this year. The river will begin to freeze in November. Spring paddling reports will begin in late April 2015. Check with an area rental/shuttle/guide service for the most current conditions and to select a suitable stretch of river based on your experience.