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4/21/2017
Josh Hoier, 8 of New London poses for Wolf River expert John Faucher with his catch of beautiful walleyes. I took my own blog advice Tuesday.  The wolf River and friend John Faucher called me north from southeast Wisconsin to New London to check out the walleye run for myself.  Faucher is owner of Johnny’s Little Shop of Bait. He keeps close tabs on the river runs of walleyes and white bass; the comings and goings so to speak o...
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Inland Fishing Wisconsin

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  • 4/25/2017 3:05:00 PM
    The local bait shops and area smelters report the Smelt run is most likely done for 2017. It’s time to start planning for the fishing opener in May. Wisconsin Fishing Opener is May 6, 2017, which is the official start of the fishing season. Opening day for Wisconsin fishing is traditionally the first Saturday in May. Hook and line fishing ...
  • 4/25/2017 3:00:00 PM
    By John Luthens I shot my first bird in March. A late-season ice storm squalled across Lake Michigan and rattled the trees into glistening splendor. Trying to ward of the effects of cabin fever, I was moping around the fringes of town to lighten my spirits. It was a twist of luck that I spied the robin perched in a maze of white above an icy creek...
  • 4/25/2017 3:00:00 PM
    Pan fishing has been very weather dependent, very good reports on the nice warming days.  When cold, rainy, and yes, sometimes snowy, the shallows cool and the fish move out.Yellow Perch:  Very Good – Most have spawned out by now and have started to recover and are hungry.  Great time to find larger perch up shallow feeding on ...
  • 4/25/2017 2:35:00 PM
    STURTEVANT, Wis., April 21, 2017 – BRP, a world leader in powersports, announced today its corporate initiatives to celebrate Earth Day. The Evinrude brand will take part in Milwaukee Riverkeeper’s 22nd Annual Spring River Cleanup held on Saturday April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. Joining over 4,000 volunteers picking up trash alo...
  • 4/25/2017 2:35:00 PM
    Steve Suman Though not unusual for spring in the North Woods, the weather made quite a swing over the weekend, going from 70 degrees Saturday to the lower 30s Sunday morning. The temperature drop also brought along snow flurries, with some people saying they saw the largest snowflakes of their lives, though there was no accumulation. The forecast ...
  • 4/25/2017 2:20:00 PM
    Lots of rain this past week has made for high and muddy conditions on the Wisconsin River and surrounding streams and creeks. Water temperatures have dropped considerably from earlier this week and are now back in the mid 40 degree range.  A lot of the fishing we have been doing lately has revolved around getting out of the fast water and into...
  • 4/21/2017 10:05:00 AM
    The 15th Annual Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine and Cheese Festival kicks-off Friday, April 21st with Taster's Eve continued by Saturday's festival and the brand new Sundayevent: Bacon Bloody Brunch with both Saturday and Sunday activities taking place at the Southside Oktoberfest Grounds (1 Oktoberfest Stras...
  • 4/21/2017 10:05:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   The lake sturgeon spawning run on the Winnebago System continues to move fast. In fact, we had two crews today tagging fish below the Shawano Paper Mill Dam today.  Typically we aren’t seeing spawning fish until later in the spawning run, but this is the 2nd year in a row that fis...
  • 4/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   We had two crews tagging sturgeon on the Wolf River yesterday. One crew was working downstream in the New London and Shiocton area.  That crew handled 50 fish at the Sturgeon Trail in New London, 20 fish at Pfeifer Park on the Embarrass River in New London, 20 fish at Bamboo Bend, 1 fis...
  • 4/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Provide public access to the outdoors and earn extra income through the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive ProgramMADISON - The Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program is the perfect way to earn extra income and provide opportunities for others to enjoy the outdoors. - Read Full Article Anglers, boaters key to...
  • 4/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Nice weather in the 50’s is warming shallows and getting the fish and the anglers in the mood.Lots of walleye spawning (season closed, no fishing for this species allowed up here).Perch also moving into shallows to spawn.  Some crappie and gill action on warmer days.Yellow Perch:  Very Good – Spawning in shallows amongst veget...
  • 4/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Ashland County Smelt Report, April 18 Area Smelters in Ashland report, Smelting has been great the past two nights. Predictions are: Smelting may be near peak right now or the next few nights but it is a Mother Nature call so it is uncertain how long they will run. The Ashland Chamber of Commerce does have a Smelt hotline to call at 800-284-9484 o...
  • 4/21/2017 9:55:00 AM
    April 17, 2017 Steve Suman   According to the forecasts for this week, we start with cool temperatures and cloudy skies, receive some rain mid-week, and finish with warmer temperatures and clear skies. So say the weather folks.   “Now that the ice is gone and spring getting nicer every week, activity on the lakes is increasing,...
  • 4/21/2017 9:55:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: The 2017 sturgeon spawning run is underway and we had two crews out tagging fish today. One crew handled 138 fish at Bamboo Bend in Shiocton and the other crew handled 140 fish at the Sturgeon Trail on County X in New London.  Fish were spawning heavily at both sites today, but I suspect that f...
  • 4/17/2017 12:35:00 PM
    The walleye bite is central Wisconsin is very good right now with not only numbers but some very nice fish as well.  Water flows on the river systems are above average which increases the walleyes migration.  The water temperatures are in the low to mid 40 degree range which is about perfect for walleyes to spawn. We have been targetin...
  • 4/17/2017 12:35:00 PM
    Fellow Sturgeon Enthusiasts: It's that time of the year again (mid-April) and some people are starting to question when the sturgeon will start spawning on the Wolf River and other tributaries to the Winnebago System.  Well, fish have been spawning since Tuesday on the upper Fox River from Eureka to Princeton.  The sturgeon run on the up...
  • 4/17/2017 12:30:00 PM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state)   Turkeys strutting timely for weekend youth hunt and first period spring hunt; CDAC meetings next week  Wisconsin experienced another roller coaster ride for the second week in April with t...
  • 4/17/2017 12:25:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=4218MADISON, Wis. - Expanded lake trout harvest opportunities will take effectSaturday, April 15 in the Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan thanks to anemergency rule approved by the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board.The rule takes into account current lake trout populations including thereestablishment of ...
  • 4/17/2017 12:20:00 PM
    No reports of Smelt being caught in the Chequamegon Bay yet. There are some Anglers trolling on the outside of the Bay, primarily flat-lining with stick baits. There are reports of some nice size Steelheads in the rivers.  With any rain expect more fresh fish in the streams. Note…Early Steelhead Season on the Tributary Streams, open...
  • 4/17/2017 12:20:00 PM
    Steve Suman  The Hayward area experienced a good weekend of spring weather, but Monday brought a dose of reality with a 30-degree drop in temperature and a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and rain. However, there is no accumulation on the ground (so far!) Temperatures warm throughout the week, although we might still see some precipitation in the ...
  • 4/17/2017 12:10:00 PM
    By John Luthens Another spring season glistens along the steelhead runs of Wisconsin. Spring wades gingerly up the steelhead backbones of Wisconsin’s Great Lakes tributaries. She is a temperamental lady and it is a chancy effort. The sun might push the thermometer to 70 degrees inland, but water rushes cold and the shoreline winds are raw...
  • 4/9/2017 4:00:00 PM
    As we start into April the walleye fishing is really heating up, the turkeys are starting to strut, and winter is just about gone! This past week we saw water temperatures go from the low 40 degree range to near 50 as of Friday afternoon.  Walleyes were making their way upstream to many spawning locations and can be found holding in traditi...
  • 4/9/2017 3:45:00 PM
    There are still NO Smelt starting to run yet. We need warmer Temps and wind to push the ice out! The forecast calls for warmer temps this weekend so keep your fingers crossed! The Bay is in transition at this time. There are some Anglers trolling on the outside of the Bay, primarily flat-lining with stick baits. However, it is advised to beware of ...
  • 4/5/2017 6:00:00 PM
    2017 Spring Fisheries and Wildlife rules hearing set for April 10MADISON - Hearings that offer citizens and stakeholders the opportunity to help guide natural resource management in Wisconsin get underway in all 72 Wisconsin counties at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 10. - Read Full Article  County Deer Advisory Council...