Okauchee Launch Reopens October 3rd

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources will re-open the Okauchee Lake public access site beginning Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. The public access site is located in the Village of Oconomowoc and was closed this summer for construction.

Work at the site involved reconfiguring traffic flow through the site, construction of additional parking, storm water control measures, and installation of a kiosk.
The launch is open every day from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.Contact(s): John Olson, DNR state boat access engineer, 608-267-7484; or Lance Stock, DNR property manager, 920-988-9835
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Tips for Selecting the Right Fishing Rod

For the novice fisherman when selecting a new fishing rod terms like power, action & length can be confusing to say the least.

This info graphic from our friends at fix,com will help you not only when it comes time to shop for a new fishing rod, but will also help you choose the correct rod you already own for the tactic, method & species of fish you are targeting.

Source: Fix.com

For more detailed information on rod selection click anywhere on the above graphic.

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How To Fish & Rig Senko Type Baits

You see & hear about them everywhere but do you know how to fish Yamamato style stick bait style worms? ever wonder when it’s time to use a wacky rig setup versus a Texas rig? Altho this video was not filmed on local waters, The tips from Nick Barr are spot on for our local favorite bass waters, especially Lake Geneva, check out Senko Fishing Rigging & Tactics by Nick Barr..

Are you looking for a good deal on Gary Yamamato Senko’s? Check out this link. Tight Lines!

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Text-a-tip – Wi. DNR’s Violation Hotline gets an upgrade to file reports..

By Central Office September 8, 2015

MADISON – For people who prefer texting instead of calling, the Department of Natural Resources has made it easy to pass on valuable tips of suspected violations in the public’s effort to protect Wisconsin’s natural resources.

Text-a-tip was made possible this year thanks to a system upgrade to the DNR Violation Hotline that allows users to CALL or TEXT the toll free number — 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. Kevin Barman who coordinates the hotline says phone calls remain an effective way to reach the 24-7 hotline, but texting provides our customers the flexibility to relay information when a phone call is not possible. Texting also provides the opportunity to include a photo.

Chief Conservation Warden Todd Schaller says the Department of Natural Resources law enforcement officers seriously consider every tip that comes from the citizens on the Hotline. “The protection of Wisconsin’s natural resources and ensuring people are safely enjoying the resources is the duty and the responsibility of all citizens,” Schaller says. “It takes a team effort between the citizens and the department. We can’t be everywhere, so we value the eyes and ears of citizens who care deeply about Wisconsin’s resources.”

“We have trained dispatchers who can take your information and pass it on to the conservation wardens,” Barman said. “Remember, anyone who calls the hotline and provides info can remain anonymous.”

There also is an online violation report, which also maintains anonymity, that can be found by searching the DNR website for keywords “report a violation.”

Barman says the hotline is part of Wisconsin’s membership in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, which holds violators accountable for their actions and can result in privileges being withheld in all members states in some cases. Nearly all states are members.

The concept of the interstate violator compact was first created in the 1980s when law enforcement agencies were looking for a way to deal with individuals who violated wildlife and resource laws outside of their home state. Colorado and Nevada worked independently to draft the first compact documents. They merged the draft documents and in 1989 legislation was passed into law in Colorado, Nevada and Oregon to form the official Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Barman, Hotline Coordinator, 608-381-9428, kevin.barman@wisconsin.gov or Joanne M. Haas, Bureau of Law Enforcement, 608-209-8147, joanne.haas@wisconsin.gov

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