The Bois Brule River will be open to fishing from Highway 2 to the mouth of the river beginning Saturday morning.
Fishermen will have to trudge through the snow to get to the river this year. There is also a significant amount of shelf ice. As of last Monday, the river was still frozen over from Highway 13 to the mouth.
• The Afterhours Trail system is considered to be in good to very good condition. Temperatures are warming up into the 30s and 40s during the day, creating soft ski conditions during the heat of the day. The trails are glazing over later in the day.
• Recently a few hawk owls have been observed in the Poplar and Maple areas of Douglas County. Northern hawk owls are an uncommon winter visitor to Wisconsin. During years of normal rodent densities they winter north of Wisconsin. However, when vole numbers crash in their normal wintering areas, which is usually every three to five years, some birds disperse southward to Wisconsin. This is one of those years. Other rare owls such as great gray owls and boreal owls have been sighted around in the state as well.