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Jon Freis of Maribel, some friends and Freis' dogs Keena and Lucky had an exciting wild turkey hunt Dec. 28 in Manitowoc County. Not only did they fill their turkey tags, they also were treated to the sighting of a 10-point buck. Freis heads up the American Wild Turkey Hunting Dog Association, www.turkeydog.org. / Submitted

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GREAT LAKES

Whitefish providing best bite on bay

Anglers have been able to move a mile or two off shore in many locations, increasing success for whitefish that are more easily spooked in shallower water.

Many fishermen are jigging the 20- to 50-foot depths, with some trying even deeper. Jigging Rapalas, Swedish Pimples and other small lures tipped with wax worms or minnow pieces are popular with many. In deeper water or where the current is stronger, some anglers prefer a larger, heavier jigging lure to get the bait down quickly, and a slider hook rig tipped with a wax worm 12-18 inches up.

Outside of guided trips in heated shanties, fishing pressure was very light earlier this week. That should change in the coming days with a five-day thaw expected starting Friday.

Ice thickness reports range from about 12 to 18 inches in most areas. Snowmobiles and ATVs or UTVs are popular modes of transportation, but plenty of anglers also are using four-wheel-drive trucks.

Other species being targeted include yellow perch, northern pike, walleye and brown trout. In general, the lower bay and Sturgeon Bay-area reefs have produced the most walleyes, while perch and pike are scattered over deeper mud, rocky reefs and weedy bays and harbors.

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

INLAND WATERS

Beat the crowds by fishing earlier

Warmer air this weekend will lure throngs of anglers to the Lake Winnebago system, Shawano Lake, Lake Noquebay, the Machickanee Flowage and other popular waters.

Anglers who can get their gear on ice in time for the dawn bite could come away with the best catches, as fish can get extra finicky on weekends when thereís a lot of traffic on the ice.

White bass, perch and walleyes are the most frequently caught species on Winnebago, Poygan and other system waters. Many anglers are using small jigging lures or spoons tipped with larvae bait or minnows.

Ice thickness on most waters ranges from about 12 to 20 inches, and most anglers are driving four-wheel-drive trucks to get away from crowds around the plowed roads. As always, check locally for the latest ice reports and areas to avoid.

■ Wisconsinís Winter Free Fishing Weekend is set for Jan. 18-19; Michiganís Free Fishing Weekend is Feb. 15-16.

HUNTING

Public comments on state park hunt

Public comments on permanent rules for hunting and trapping in Wisconsin State Parks will be taken at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the D.J. Bordini Business & Industry Center at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton.

The permanent rules will include all of the hunting and trapping rules included in the emergency rules with some additional changes.

The proposed rules may be reviewed, and comments electronically submitted at https://health.wisconsin.gov/admrules/public/Rmo?nRmoId=3485.

WILDLIFE

Youths can enter national art contest

Skilled young artists in grades kindergarten through 12 with an interest in the natural world are encouraged to enter the 2014 Saving Endangered Species Art Contest.

See past winning entries and get rules and entry forms for the contest at www.endangered.org/campaigns/endangered-species-day/saving-endangered-species-youth-art-contest/. Entries must be postmarked by March 15.

■ Funding cuts by Congress and high grain prices for corn, soybeans and wheat are behind the removal of about 1.6 million acres from the Conservation Reserve Program in 2013, continuing a downward trend from the past decade.

The federal program which pays farmers to keep land planted in native grasses or trees offers great benefits to wildlife as well as protecting the soil, which leads to cleaner streams and less fertilizer runoff.

■■ Eight young whooping cranes that began their ultralight aircraft-led, 1,101-mile migration Oct. 2 from Green Lake County made it to their destination in Florida this week. Read more at www.bringbackthecranes.org.

FIELD GUIDE

Ducks Unlimited convention in GB

Ducks Unlimitedís state convention will be held Jan. 24-25 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. See the agenda and more at https://wisconsinducksunlimited.com.

■ The Wisconsin Conservation Congress Executive Council will meet in Rothschild Friday and Saturday to get updates from DNR fish, wildlife and law enforcement staff and consider questions for the spring hearings.

■ National wildlife refuges will offer free admission on a number of days this year, including Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Feb. 15-17, Presidentsí Day weekend; Sept. 27, National Public Lands Day; Oct. 12, first day of National Wildlife Refuge Week; and Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

ó Kevin Naze, wildtimes@wizunwired.net

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