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Great Lakes Fishing

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  • 3/13/2020 8:50:00 AM
    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 you informed! Anglers All&...
  • 2/7/2020 6:40:00 AM
    Anglers All reports: The cold temps will hopefully continue and more ice will be made in the next couple of weeks. The Ashland side of the Bay has more than a foot of ice. There are anglers using ATV's, snowmobiles and walking out. We encourage you to always bring your ice bar and have flotation with you for safety. Be cautious and check your ...
  • 2/3/2020 12:10:00 PM
    Lakes    Aerial view of the Lower Menominee River flowing into Green Bay.Photo credit: Brian Holbrook, Bird's Eye Aviation Contact(s): Stephen Galarneau, DNR Office of Great Waters Director, 608-266-1956, Stephen.Galarneau@wisconsin.govFebruary 3, 2020 at 8:26:06 am Editor's Note: Watch how the Wisconsin DNR partnered with loca...
  • 2/3/2020 12:05:00 PM
    Contact(s): Brad Ray, Lake Superior Fisheries Team Supervisor, 715-779-4036, Bradley.Ray@wisconsin.govJanuary 30, 2020 at 2:23:58 pm ASHLAND, Wis. - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff will hold a public hearing starting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 12 regarding a recently adopted Lake Superior commercial fishing emergency rule. ...
  • 2/3/2020 11:50:00 AM
    Anglers All reports: We have had reports that the Ashland side of the Bay has more than a foot of ice. There are anglers using ATV’s, snowmobiles and walking out. We encourage you to always bring your ice bar and have flotation with you for safety. Be cautious and check your way. The ice off of second landing has produced some nice catch...
  • 1/15/2020 9:00:00 AM
    Anglers All reports: We have had reports that the Ashland side of the Bay has up to a foot of ice. There are some anglers using ATV's, snowmobiles and walking out. We encourage you to always bring your ice bar and have flotation with you for safety. Be cautious and check your way. The ice off of second landing has produced some nice catches of...
  • 1/8/2020 7:05:00 PM
    Fishing Report January 7, 2020 Anglers All reports: We have had reports that the Ashland side of the Bay has 6-9 inches of ice. There are some anglers using ATV's, snowmobiles and walking out. We encourage you to always bring your ice bar and be cautious and check your way. The ice off of second landing has produced some nice catches of Perch, Wal...
  • 1/3/2020 10:50:00 AM
    Rothschild, WI -  The 2020 Central Wisconsin Sports Show promises to be a “Can’t Miss” event for fishermen, boaters and hunters.  The 10thannual Total Outdoor Show is scheduled for February 14th - 16th at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center in Rothschild (Wausau), WI and combines the best fishi...
  • 12/7/2019 12:25:00 PM
    Contact(s): Todd Kalish, Deputy Director Fisheries Management, 608-266-5285, Todd.Kalish@wisconsin.govDecember 5, 2019 at 4:06:42 pm MADISON, Wis. - To enhance fishing success and opportunities for all Lake Michigan anglers, while sustaining a balanced and vibrant fisheries community, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has releas...
  • 11/30/2019 6:50:00 AM
    Anglers All reports: There are a few anglers still trolling IF they can get out that is!  We are still in-between fishing until Mother Nature decides it's time to ice fish.  The recent rain has slowed down on all the ice fishing on both the Inlands and on the Shoreline! This can all change if Mother Nature cooperates! Stay tuned; Hop...
  • 11/27/2019 8:00:00 AM
    Anglers All reports:  There are a few anglers still trolling IF they can get out that is! There are some anglers going Inland to fish but we stress safety! We are still in-between fishing until Mother Nature decides it's time to ice fish. We have some ice forming on the shoreline. Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn & Bait Shop reports:&nb...
  • 11/16/2019 11:45:00 AM
    As ice season approaches, please remember the DNR does not verify or guarantee any reported ice conditions. Anglers should proceed at their own risk. Please use extreme caution as conditions can change rapidly. In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on availability of reports and work ...
  • 11/12/2019 6:00:00 PM
    Anglers All reports:  Fishing is on hold until we have good ice reports. We have some ice forming on the shoreline, but we don't know how long it will last. Reminder to the stream Anglers that the late season on Lake Superior Tributary Streams closes November 15th. Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn & Bait Shop reports:  We...
  • 11/12/2019 5:50:00 PM
    Anglers All reports:  Anglers are catching fish right now! Anglers are doing well casting the rocky shoreline for Brown Trout from the Inner Islands into the Bay. Trollers are targeting shallower areas especially near the stream mouths, primarily using stickbaits. The Streams have some Steelheads right now; but keep an eye on the weather ...
  • 10/30/2019 5:10:00 PM
    Root River Report 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 at the Root River Steelhead F...
  • 10/16/2019 9:05:00 AM
    Anglers All reports:  The following report still works! Lake Trout Fishing is now closed for the season. There has been good action on Coho, Browns and Spake fishing along the Washburn shoreline and by Long Island. The Streams have Coho's, Browns, and some Steelheads moving in but keep an eye on the weather conditions! Scott Bretting from Riv...
  • 10/16/2019 8:45:00 AM
    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 at the Root River Steelhead Facility to give you ...
  • 10/9/2019 10:20:00 AM
    Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - October 7, 2019 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 Michiga...
  • 10/3/2019 5:05:00 PM
    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 you informed! Anglers All&...
  • 10/3/2019 4:55:00 PM
    Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility andRoot River Steelhead Facility Open Houses - 2019 DNR Photo Eggs-cellent fun on tap at open houses this October Get a close up look at how Wisconsin fisheries crews give nature a helping hand to keep fishing great on Lake Michigan. Open houses at two of the state’s three egg collecting facilities alon...
  • 10/3/2019 4:50:00 PM
    If you fish on Lake Michigan, you might want to comment on the proposed whitefish rule The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is now accepting comments on the potential economic impacts of a new permanent rule impacting lake whitefish fisheries in Lake Michigan.  Specifically, this rule regulates trawling gear used for harvesting white...
  • 10/3/2019 4:30:00 PM
    Root River Report 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 at the Root River Steelhead Facilit...
  • 10/2/2019 7:25:00 AM
    By Central Office September 27, 2019 Contact(s): Jason Meacham, Fisheries Technician, Root River Steelhead Facility, 414-750-8382, Jason.Meacham@wisconsin.govMike Baumgartner, Fisheries Technician, Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility, 920-388-1025, Michael.Baumgartner@wisconsin.gov The Root River open house will include guided to...
  • 10/2/2019 7:20:00 AM
    Angler R3 Instructor training and certification workshops are coming up this fall and beyond: October 12, Camp Timber-lee in East Troy November 2, Camp Upham Woods near the Wisconsin Dells November 9, Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee. March 19, DNR Service Center in Spooner Look at the schedule and ...