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Great Lakes Fishing

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  • 4/2/2021 12:15:00 PM
    FISHING WISCONSIN In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on the availability of reports and the work schedules of field staff. This fishing report information comes from our creel survey clerks, who work in the lakeshore areas from March through ...
  • 3/31/2021 2:10:00 PM
    FISHING WISCONSIN In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on the availability of reports and the work schedules of field staff. This fishing report information comes from our creel survey clerks, who work in the lakeshore areas from March through ...
  • 2/10/2021 3:35:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a virtual public meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 17 to gather input on the proposed new rules for guides operating on the Great Lakes. Members of the public may access the meeting beginning at 5:45 p.m. via Zoom or by dialing 1-929-205-6099 and using meeti...
  • 1/29/2021 8:05:00 AM
    Steve Suman This week’s forecast shows a mix of sunny, cloudy, and cold days, with a warm-up and the best chances for snow Saturday and through the weekend.   “We are seeing ice depths of 6-12 inches on the Quiet Lakes,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “so most lakes are still too unstable for truck traffic. “Fishin...
  • 1/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
    FISHING WISCONSIN In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays.  This may change based on availability of reports and work schedules of field staff.  This fishing report information comes from our creel survey clerks, who work in the lakeshore areas from March thro...
  • 1/22/2021 10:35:00 AM
    January 21, 2021 River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 West Lake Shore Drive, Ashland WI 54806. 715-682-3232. Scott Bretting from River Rock reports:  There are cold temps in the forecast the next few days which will make more ice. We have had rain this past week which knocked down the surface snow. At this time there is no snow...
  • 12/31/2020 5:00:00 PM
    River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 West Lake Shore Drive, Ashland WI 54806. 715-682-3232. Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: The Bay has ice starting to form with the cold temps we have had. Anglers are starting to ice fish the smaller lakes and right now they are walking out only. They are saying if the cold keeps coming, they may...
  • 12/31/2020 5:00:00 PM
    December 22, 2020 River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 West Lake Shore Drive, Ashland WI 54806. 715-682-3232. Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: The Bay has ice starting to form with the cold temps we have had. Anglers are starting to ice fish the smaller lakes and right now they are walking out only. They are saying if the col...
  • 12/1/2020 7:35:00 AM
    November 23, 2020River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 West Lake Shore Drive, Ashland WI 54806. 715-682-3232. Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: It's that in-between time of year for Anglers. It is time to get your gear ready for the upcoming ice fishing season. Deer season is in its final week now so good luck hunters. Happy Tha...
  • 12/1/2020 7:25:00 AM
    River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 West Lake Shore Drive, Ashland WI 54806. 715-682-3232. Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: Browns and Salmon are scattered in the Bay and off the mouth of the rivers and some being caught in the river at Fish Creek and the Sioux and others. Keep in mind that Lake Trout fishing is closed in Lake Su...
  • 11/6/2020 9:50:00 AM
    ROOT RIVER REPORT FISHING WISCONSIN The following information is the latest fishing information for the Root River in Racine. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY at 4:00 pm from September through December and from March through May. We will also update the number of ...
  • 10/26/2020 10:00:00 AM
    Editor's Note: This release corrects the number of chinook salmon stocked in Lake Michigan from a previous release sent Oct. 14.  MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) continues to help boost fish populations through stocking and is fulfilling all remaining 2020 stocking quotas for Lake ...
  • 10/26/2020 9:55:00 AM
    FISHING WISCONSIN The following information is the latest fishing information for the Root River in Racine. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY at 4:00 pm from September through December and from March through May. We will also update the number of fish processed ...
  • 10/26/2020 9:55:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:  The license deadline for purchasing sturgeon spearing licenses for the 2021 Lake Winnebago spearing season is less than two weeks away! Spearers must purchase their licenses before Oct. 31, 2020. The 2021 sturgeon spearing season will open on the Winnebago system on Feb. 13, 202...
  • 10/3/2020 11:15:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources will hold a preliminary public hearing at 6 p.m. on Oct. 13 to discuss a scope statement for future emergency and permanent rules relating to fish harvest in Lake Superior.  This hearing will be held virtually via Skype or by calling in to 1-866-715-6499 and en...
  • 9/29/2020 9:45:00 AM
    FISHING WISCONSIN The following information is the latest fishing information for the Root River in Racine. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY at 4:00 pm from September through December and from March through May. We will also update the number of fish processed ...
  • 9/29/2020 9:40:00 AM
    Confirmed for 2021! 3 FishingBoatingOutdoor Shows Central WI Sports Show Feb. 12-14, 2021 Rothschild (Wausau), WI www.fishingboatingoutdoor.com/springss.php Central WI RV & Camping Show March 12-14, 2021 Rothschild (Wausau), WI www.fishingboatingoutdoor.com/rvcampshow.php Fishing Boating Outdo...
  • 8/31/2020 12:30:00 PM
      MADISON, Wis. – The second meeting to engage stakeholders who have an interest in lake whitefish has been set. This virtual meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 22, at 6 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m. Members of the public can access the meeting beginning at 5:45 p.m. via Zoom or by calling 312-626-6799 and using me...
  • 8/23/2020 2:25:00 PM
    LAKE MICHIGAN OUTDOOR FISHING REPORT - AUGUST 19, 2020 FISHING WISCONSIN In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on availability of reports and work schedules of field staff. REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps while f...
  • 8/5/2020 11:25:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – In order to fully engage with everyone who has an interest in lake whitefish, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a virtual public meeting to discuss options on the best path forward for this species. This virtual meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. and concluding at 8 p.m. Members of ...
  • 7/31/2020 5:05:00 PM
    RICE LAKE, WI – July 30, 2020 Henry Repeating Arms Company announced that it is voluntarily recalling all H015-series Single Shot Rifles and Single Shot Shotguns manufactured prior to July 1, 2020. Henry has recently discovered a potential safety is...
  • 7/29/2020 1:00:00 PM
    In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on availability of reports and work schedules of field staff. REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps while fishing on the waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and the WI/MI, WI/MN and WI/IA boundary waters. Southe...
  • 6/9/2020 7:10:00 AM
    Public Hearing Juun 11 on Lake Michigan Whitefish Management MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a virtual preliminary public hearing next week relating to future permanent rules for Lake Michigan whitefish management and Great Lakes commercial harvest reporting. The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Th...
  • 4/9/2020 10:25:00 AM
    Fishing Report March 31, 2020 Anglers All, Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, is a full-service tackle and fly shop offering a huge selection of baits and tackle for year round fishing. For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at 715/682-5754, and they will gladly keep ...