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Wisconsin wildlife officials are planning to hold an online chat this week on ice fishing on the Mississippi River.

The Department of Natural Resources has scheduled the chat with fish biologists and wardens along Mississippi River to start at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Ol' Man River is an ice fishing mecca with more than 100 species and fast growth

You can sign up for a reminder for the chat in the box below.

"The backwaters of the Mississippi River offer spectacular ice fishing opportunities and we're excited to help anglers discover the fun by answering their questions during the online chat Jan. 7," says Pat Short, fisheries biologist stationed in Prairie du Chien.

"The diversity of species is unmatched in the state. From northern to walleye to black crappie, to perch species and channel cats, the Mississippi River has it all, and the fish grow quickly and big because the system is so productive," he says.
Short says the online chat offers anglers a chance to learn about fish populations all along the river, hot fishing spots, baits that are working well, regulations along the river, and the massive habitat projects that have been completed - or are scheduled - to help improve fish and wildlife populations.

Since 1986, more than 18 habitat projects tapping mostly federal dollars and involving multiple federal and state agencies have been completed along Wisconsin waters of the Mississippi, improving more than 33,000 acres of habitat in Wisconsin.

A 2006-2007 statewide mail survey of Wisconsin anglers ranked the Mississippi River the third most popular water, behind Lake Michigan and Lake Winnebago.

More on ice fishing: Ice fishing news from around the state | Your ice fishing photos | Build a map | Read ice fishing reports


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