EXTEND THE NORTHERN WISCONSIN GAMEFISH ICE FISHING SEASON?
Absolutely the gamefish season should be extended up here. The U.P of Michigan goes till March 15 and they still have an outstanding fishery. Fish spawn many weeks earlier in Southern Wi. You just can't compare the two regions and have a blanket rule in my opinion. There is not much to do up here in March / April and pan fishing just isn't my thing. Catch and release season would be my proposal until April 1st. I've been on ice in April every year I've been up here as the ice seems to last forever. I do see one potential problem and that's getting bait. Bait shops really scale back mid February it seems on their big stuff and I don't know if there would be enough people fishing to keep them getting their shiners/suckers in through March.
I propose the close of the WI Gamefish Season - inland waters to be as follows:
Southern WI (south of hwy 10) same - 1st Sunday in March. Central WI (South of hwy 8 & North of hwy 10) 2nd Sunday in March. Northern WI (North of hwy 10) 3rd Sunday in March.
Please contact your local DNR fisheries person.
The reason for our severe cold spell is an severe warming in the startoshpere over the artic. Yep, severe warming has led to our severe cold. Conditions like this are not expected to last for too many years into the future. It is only by chance, too that the cold bubble ended up in the eastern US. If this severe stratosheric warming happens in the future the artic bubble could be displaced into another part of the northern hemisphere, such as it was in Europe and Siberia a few times over the past decade.