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4/17/2018
Springtime means fun time when open water river fishing competes with turkey hunting for our hours spent in Wisconsin’s great outdoors. Personally, we walleye fished the Wolf, leave this week for our gobbler hunt in southwest Wisconsin, and as a bonus took advantage of spring break to work the Gulf of Mexico for anything willing to snap up our shore offerings. We’re also receiving reports from successful turkey youth hunt participants...
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  • 4/21/2018 2:00:00 PM
    April 19, 2018   Can't read this email? Click here | Forward to a Friend OUR SPONSORS COUNTERFEIT Westin warns trade over ‘fake’ jighead bearing its logo   Danish fishing tackle manu...
  • 4/21/2018 2:00:00 PM
    At this time Smelt Season has not yet started in the Chequamegon Bay as there is still very thick ice on the Bay. Usually smelting does starts in April…depending on Mother Nature. We will keep you posted and let you know when smelting begins. Be patient...don't give up!!!Carolyn from Anglers all reports: There is still ice on the Bay. Howeve...
  • 4/21/2018 1:55:00 PM
    Wow…. A guy couldn’t have prescribed a better week than what we just had.  Fishing was outstanding with great action everywhere we went. We hit 4 different bodies of water in Wisconsin and experienced some of the best fishing I have seen in years. I can tell you this, I really put the Elk River Rods to the test this week and they ...
  • 4/19/2018 6:50:00 PM
    Published by Central Office April 17, 2018 Contact(s): Local fisheries biologists   MADISON - Walleye will be high on anglers' target list when the regular fishing season opens May 5. It's a good bet many anglers will be stalking ol' marble eyes whether from a boat, shore, or they may even need tip-ups in the still frozen nor...
  • 4/19/2018 6:40:00 PM
    April 16, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman   Technically, we are in the fourth week of spring. Real-life observations, however, indicate winter decided to extend (over-extend!) its stay. The forecast for this week shows a clearing, warming trend after mid-week and we can only hope it comes to fruition. Sunshine, wind, wa...
  • 4/19/2018 6:40:00 PM
    The Flambeau River should have the highest chance for open water boat angling on May 5th.  Because of its moving water, most of the free-flowing and impounded sections are largely ice free already, at least in the channel.  There may be lingering ice cover along shore and in the sheltered bays, including the Smith Lake portion of Pix...
  • 4/19/2018 6:40:00 PM
    Published - April 17, 2018 by the Central Office   Spring walleye fishing tips from a longtime fish manager Hundreds of walleye waters will offer great fishing in 2018 Still time to donate to the Endangered Resources Fund Wisconsin-grown trees and shrub seedlings still available for spring 2018 planting 2018 revision to the Broa...
  • 4/17/2018 11:50:00 AM
    Not much to report!  Unusual amounts of mid-April snow and high winds have kept anglers off the lakes.  Access is tough right now as the snow depth makes getting around very difficult.   Crappie:  Bad-Poor! – No recent reports over the last five days, though a few anglers heading out as of this writing. Concentrate on ba...
  • 4/17/2018 11:50:00 AM
    Fishing & Outdoor Report Fishing & Outdoor Reports for Washburn County Fishing & Outdoor Report 3/29/18- Reported by AAA Sports With this last big snowfall, there is not much to report as far as fishing goes. However, we do have an update on the availability of tags for turkey hunting: There are no tags left in Zone 6, bu...
  • 4/17/2018 11:30:00 AM
    Published by Central Office April 10, 2018 Contact(s): Jeff Mosher, DNR Fish Production Manager, 608-267-7613 MADISON - Stocking trucks are rolling from state fish hatcheries now and will deliver about 740,000 catchable-size trout to inland waters in time for opening day of the 2018 regular inland trout season. Catchable-size tr...
  • 4/17/2018 11:30:00 AM
    Information has been updated for the Lake Michigan and Green Bay Outdoor Fishing Report. Please visit http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html for the latest reports.
  • 4/17/2018 11:10:00 AM
    Smelt Season 2018 Due to cold temps at night there is still a lot of ice on the Bay so at this time there is no Smelting going on yet in the Chequamegon Bay area. As soon as the ice is out of the Bay Smelt season will start. We will keep you posted as soon as we see/hear the ice is out! Carolyn from Anglers all reports: We still have ice on the Ba...
  • 4/17/2018 11:05:00 AM
    It looks like Mother Nature just doesn’t want to let spring get here.  Recent heavy snowfalls combined with record low temperatures have really set the fishing back.  A lot of lakes in Central and Northern Wisconsin still have over 2 feet of good ice.  Now this doesn’t mean that guys aren’t finding and getting out o...
  • 4/4/2018 2:40:00 PM
    Winter just is not ready to say goodbye to the Northwoods this year.   About 10 inches of snow fell over the weekend and they are predicting another 6-9 over the next couple of days.  There hasn’t been much fluctuation in temperatures so we are not seeing much change in the fishing patterns from last week. Yellow Perch:&...
  • 3/31/2018 7:05:00 PM
    Because the hearty citizens of Wisconsin don’t let winter slow them down, their cars, trucks, and SUVs need a good spring cleaning. After months of snow, wind, and inclement weather, dirt and debris have worked their way into every nook and cranny. Salt spray accumulates on the way home from a successful day of ice fishing, and ca...
  • 3/31/2018 7:00:00 PM
    The Root River Report page has been updated.  Please visit the following webpage for current information: Root River - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/lakemichigan/RootRiverReport.html
  • 3/31/2018 6:50:00 PM
    Snow covers my front lawn but as I look outside I see a pink flamingo poking up out of the snow. It is time to go fishing.Before anyone thinks I have been ingesting weird chemicals or have gone completely wacky with the long winter and piles of snow around my house, let me explain. Some years back I became enthralled with those plastic pink flaming...
  • 3/31/2018 6:25:00 PM
                                                  Spring River Walleye 101      The ice-fishing season was long in coming and is on is on final legs right now. But, the good news for anglers is that the walleyes and saugers...
  • 3/31/2018 6:25:00 PM
    March 26, 2018 Steve Suman   Wet, windy, and warmer weather (even if it does not feel like it!) to start this week, with a Wednesday temperature of 51 degrees (so says the current forecast). Spring is “officially” in session, but this is early spring in the North Woods, so expect a diverse assortment of conditions for ...
  • 3/26/2018 9:00:00 AM
    (Small Water, Big Fish, and Big Fun) By John Luthens             A swirling chill circled in the Lake Michigan morning and crested the waves in the Wisconsin harbor city of Port Washington as I stood on the lip of the brushy valley of Sauk Creek, a winding and rocky snake that pushes itself through the quiet town bef...
  • 3/26/2018 8:55:00 AM
    Open water fishing has begun and anglers are lining up below area dams and spillways targeting early spring walleyes.  Ice fishing continues to be very good in most areas of the state, but please use caution when heading out. At this time of the year the ice conditions can vary greatly and they can change on a daily basis, even hourly in some ...
  • 3/23/2018 3:00:00 PM
    Fishing Report, March 22, 2018 Carolyn from Anglers all reports: Access on the Ashland side of the Bay is still in pretty good shape, except for 2nd Landing where you need a machine to access. The Bay area in general has good ice however, please give the bait shops a call before going out and if they have heard anything they will keep you posted. ...
  • 3/23/2018 2:50:00 PM
    Great weather and improving conditions on the ice led to lots of angler participation over the weekend.   Crappie:  Very Good – The warm weather helped with the functioning tip-down bite.  Oddly, some reports on Crappies in 22-25’, some in 13-18’ and others up as shallow as 7-10’.  Rosies and small minn...
  • 3/23/2018 2:50:00 PM
    March 19, 2018 Steve Suman   If Tuesday’s forecast meets “expectations,” it will not seem like the official first day of spring (vernal equinox)! However, the remainder of the week looks mostly good, particularly for March in the North Woods.   Erik at Hayward Bait says warmer temperatures created some slush areas o...