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Ice Fishing in Wisconsin

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  • 1/8/2013 2:15:00 PM
    The January thaw is creeping into Wisconsin. That means the ice you think is thick and strong may be thin and weak. See this story from WEAU about a close call recently faced by a family of four on thin ice. Make sure you note Recreational Safety Warden Bill Yearman's tips. Stay safe. Check out our thin ice report at DNR to anglers: Beware of trick...
  • 1/8/2013 2:00:00 PM
    By John Luthens When you reach the Apostle Islands National Lake Shore, at the tip of the Bayfield County Peninsula, it is physically impossible to get any further north on the mainland of Wisconsin.  One would have to venture into the frigid and harrowing expanses of Lake Superior to do any better. Once in the lake, maybe from one of the so...
  • 1/8/2013 8:35:00 AM
    Anglers fishing in our area are reporting mixed success. Northern pike have been active in shallow water especially near weed beds. Medium to large shiners have had the most action. English bait rigs similar to quick set rigs have positive results versus single trebles. Walleye anglers are fishing depths from four to twelve feet. Medium size fats ...
  • 1/7/2013 4:10:00 PM
    2013 WISCONSIN Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Regulations & Information PDF Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: We are only a little over a month away from the 2013 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago Pool Lakes, and trust me when I say that it will be here before you know it!  So while you get your spearing equipment...
  • 1/7/2013 2:20:00 PM
    Jim Hudson, Hudson's On the Spot Guide Service, 715-209-6431, hudson@fishchequamegonbay.com reports. We are on the ice! Yup, the big pond has finally frozen over and we are full steam ahead on the first ice bite of Chequamegon Bay. Brown Trout fishing has been pretty lights out right off the bat, as has the Whitefish. Throw in some bonus Walleye, ...
  • 1/4/2013 4:55:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Winter has finally arrived and has been good to us here in the Northwoods.  Not much snow and enough cold to build ice.  Anglers are enjoying a lot of good access to lakes—though most is foot traffic.  ATV’s and snowmobiles are being used, but caution is advised as reports of both types...
  • 1/4/2013 3:10:00 PM
    Snowmobilers reminded to stay on trails, buy passes Most trails on private lands; off-trail damage could close access January 4, 2013 By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement The state’s snowmobile safety administrator is reminding all snowmobilers to follow the orange diamond trail markers to ensure the 25,000 miles of Wisconsin trai...
  • 1/4/2013 11:15:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The ice on the backwaters of the Wisconsin River is about 4 to 6 inches thick.  It is a little tricky getting on lakes that have not yet been fished.  You need to watch out for springs along the shoreline.  Another place to avoid is getting to close to Beaver Lodges.  The best advice is to follow where oth...
  • 1/4/2013 10:50:00 AM
    Anglers are getting out and having success, but caution is advised when travelling on the ice. Candy and Jeff Wieloch along with Rhonda Schweik with our limit of panfish from our outing Ice conditions vary considerably on local lakes and reservoirs and with several reports of  shacks and vehicles going through the ice in th...
  • 1/3/2013 9:20:00 AM
    By Dick Ellis Reader Note:  This column night ice fishing targeting walleyes on the Eau Claire Chain in Bayfield County took place with the New Year in 2005.Like all Dick’s Trips columns, make sure to check regulations when planning your own trip. One thin flashlight beam in the distance cut a hole through the black over the Eau Claire...
  • 1/2/2013 5:15:00 PM
    By Jordan Marsh Ice fishing season is in full swing now as we are making ice every day and night with the cold temperatures and lack of snow on top of the ice.  With forecasted highs not to get above freezing for the next week, we will see more and more ice shacks starting to fill the lakes in the local area. Ice depth levels are fluctuating...
  • 12/31/2012 12:20:00 PM
    With good ice on many northern lakes anglers are getting out and having great success.  While a lot of the attention is being focused on panfish, don't rule out early season walleyes and northern pike as they can provide excellent action at this time of the year. They both put up a hefty battle through the ice and they make for great table far...
  • 12/28/2012 1:45:00 PM
    Ready to go ice fishing? Try these tips for panfish, northern pike and walleye from veteran fisheries biologists Kurt Welke, Skip Sommerfeldt and Terry Margenau. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/icefishing/ Check out our Outdoor Report to see what's biting where -- and sign up to get these weekly email updates on fishing conditions and other outd...
  • 12/28/2012 11:55:00 AM
    **Please always use caution when going on frozen lakes. View the Wisconsin DNR Ice Fishing tips here. 12/26/12 Reported by Long Lake Bait & Tackle Ice conditions on Long Lake still remain spotty.  As always tread carefully and enter at your own risk!  Ice thickness reports are coming in anywhere from 2"-9"  You might be sitting...
  • 12/27/2012 10:45:00 AM
    Walleye anglers have had mix success lately. Anglers fishing during the low light period around dusk have seen action but the fish have run on the small size. Some anglers have experienced a random bite throughout the daylight hours but no extended walleye activity. I was able to catch this 10-pounder during a mid-morning bite using medium size mi...
  • 12/26/2012 4:35:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson With the last couple of below 0 zero nights the ice is pushing 5 to 8 inches in most places. The walleye bite has been good in the early morning and then again after dark. Shallow flats close to wood or weeds have been the favorite areas for fishermen to target them. Golden Shiners or Suckers on a number #8 trebl...
  • 12/21/2012 12:25:00 PM
    Reported by Long Lake Bait & Tackle: Long Lake is still making ice!  We have approximately 2-3 inches with some open water yet so tread lightly!  Folks are getting out at the narrows landing and catching fish!  This week the Northern seem to be biting the heaviest, folks are using Northern Suckers as the bait of choice.  A ...
  • 12/21/2012 11:25:00 AM
    Heavy snow is good for late season archery hunters but it may hamper ice fishing. The recent snow to hit Central Wisconsin is a bonus for late season archery hunters as it will force deer to tighter areas and make them easier to target around food sources.  Find any remaining crop fields or food plots as well as new cut timber and set up a st...
  • 12/21/2012 10:40:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754,  http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com reports: Well it's now happening!!! Ice fishing has now begun on Chequamegon Bay! The ice has been forming on the Ashland side of the Bay near the shallows. There have been anglers out at Second Landing (East off of US Hwy 2) and out by Bay View...
  • 12/20/2012 5:00:00 PM
    Ice conditions on our area lakes took a turn for the worse this past weekend as warm moist air caused the ice to soften. The colder air expected this week should tighten things up but anglers should proceed with extreme caution and check ice thickness frequently with an ice spud. With the soft conditions even three inches may not be enough. Make su...
  • 12/19/2012 3:40:00 PM
    **Please always use caution when going on frozen lakes.  View the Wisconsin DNR Ice Fishing tips here. 12/19/12 - Reported by Sportsman's Headquarters Last weekend some fisherman went out  fishing on poor ice conditions. Reports of 2 to 4 inches ice . We do expect better ice for this weekend.Shiners and crappie minnows have been mostly...
  • 12/19/2012 11:15:00 AM
    Late archery season is in full swing but we have risky ice conditions that are giving way to a slow start for ice fishing. Andy Teller with a nice musky that he caught through the ice. Andy Teller and Duane with some great night time walleyes. Late season archery hunting can be one of the best times of the year to be out in t...
  • 12/18/2012 3:45:00 PM
    Well, we didn’t gain any ice this week.  The rain took some of the ice away.  The narrows on Red Cedar Lake have opened up again.  I took a drive to several local lakes with bays that should have some ice.  Most of the lakes had no fishermen, but some had tracks where anglers had tested the ice.  These tracks were f...
  • 12/18/2012 3:20:00 PM
    Jim Hudson, Hudson's On the Spot Guide Service, 715-209-6431hudson@fishchequamegonbay.com  We are still in the "making ice" stage here on Chequamegon Bay. Some parts, off Second Landing, have had ice a little longer, but nothing is fishable as of yet. Hoping that the temps stay below freezing and we can start putting some depth to the ice pac...
  • 12/11/2012 4:50:00 PM
    By John Luthens I’d driven past the road sign off of Interstate 41 hundreds of times. “Lost Arrow Road,” reads the sign, standing just south of Fond du Lac, down a sloping grade of asphalt and past the two wind turbine towers that have stood as monuments for as long as I can remember. The two towers may have even spawned the spr...