The bite is slow ... still.

Don Roscovius, owner of Rosco’s Live Bait, said the fishing bite has been slow for the past couple of weeks locally for everybody.

“Even Petenwell and Castle Rock have slowed down pretty much everywhere,” he said. “This time of year it starts getting where the oxygen level with the amount of ice ... and how long it has been there affects the lakes.”

A few fishermen have ventured to the Mississippi River, Roscovius said. Anglers on the river have caught a few fish, but nothing exciting enough to draw many more over there.

Ice depth is good, Roscovius said. The last report he received was 20 inches at Lake Tomah. However, few people are driving onto the lake after the recent warm temperatures.

Now that the bass, walleye and northern pike fishing season have closed for most inland waters until the 2018-19 season opener May 5, Roscovius expects lake traffic to slow down.

In other outdoor news fishing licenses for the 2018-19 season are on sale. The 2018-17 licenses expire March 31. Also, bonus turkey tags will go on sale March 19 at 10 a.m. for Zone 1.

In the Black River State Forest, snowmobile, ATV and UTV trails are closed due to warmer temperatures. Winter trails will close for the season on March 15. They will reopen May 15, weather permitting.

Ski trails are now open to foot traffic in Buckhorn State Park but remain icy in spots.


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