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Brule DNR report

With trout season on the Bois Brule River in full swing, people are reminded that viral hemorrhagic septicemia is still a concern. Please continue to take steps to help prevent the spread of VHS. New information about VHS and its prevention is ch...

With trout season on the Bois Brule River in full swing, people are reminded that viral hemorrhagic septicemia is still a concern. Please continue to take steps to help prevent the spread of VHS. New information about VHS and its prevention is changing daily. Because of this, all anglers are advised to look at the Wisconsin DNR's VHS Web site, www.dnr.wi.gov/fish/vhs/ . The revised VHS rules and information about using spawn and methods of preserving bait can be found on the site.

Trout fishing on the Bois Brule River, from Highway 2 to Lake Superior, opened last weekend. The river is reported to be clear of ice all of the way to the mouth as of April 1. The Bois Brule River was flowing at 128 cubic feet per second as of April 2. The 63-year average is 185 cfs.

The battle between spring and winter continues on, although we most likely have turned the corner into spring now. Quite a bit of snow had melted away over last weekend, making a patchwork of snow and bare ground. Winter fought back on March 31, dropping seven to 12 inches of snow on the Northland. People woke up on April Fools day wondering what kind of weather trick had been played on them.

On the bright side, this heavy wet snow produced 3/4 inch of much needed precipitation. The snow is again rapidly melting due to the warm days. Brule is now about three inches below normal for precipitation since January. The snowfall total is normal for the winter with 68 inches.

Spring migrants such as robins, mourning doves, killdeer and woodcock are braving the snow in anticipation of the ground to clearing up. Male woodcocks normally come back into the area in the last few days of March to set up their territories in preparation for the females who will arrive soon.

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Until recently, conditions for tapping trees for sap have not been ideal. It was reported the sap was coming very slowly due to the temperatures. The best sap flow usually occurs when the overnight low temperatures are in the mid 20s and the daytime high temperatures reach 40-45 degrees.

The spring public meeting for the Brule River State Forest is set for 10 a.m. April 19 at the Brule Town Hall. Items discussed are projects completed and projects planned for 2008, upcoming timber sales and potential management activities on newly acquired lands. For more information call the Brule River State Forest at (715) 372-5678.

The Brule River Sportsmen's Club needs volunteers to help clean up litter along the river corridor April 26. Meet in Brule at the pavilion at the Lions park at 9 a.m. for coffee and doughnuts prior to assignment of a clean up area.

Following clean up, lunch is provided at noon by the Club at the Round Up North in Brule. Bring boots and warm clothing. For more details contact Dennis Smet at (715) 372-8377 or John Holter at (715) 372-8947.

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