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3/8/2019
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  • 1/17/2013 2:55:00 PM
    Good ice on many area lakes, along with little snow cover is making for easy travel conditions and allowing anglers to access exceptional fishing opportunities. Terry Woldvogel with a couple of nice crappies. Randy Derbick with a nice crappie. Jim Bearnt with a nice crappie. The walleye bite has been very good during low l...
  • 1/17/2013 10:35:00 AM
    By Dick Ellis January 17, 2013 Reader Note:  This perch story on Lake Mendota took place in 2004. As always, make sure of regulations if you go including bag limits.  Contact D&S Bait and Tackle in Madison at 1-608-241-4225 for fishing conditions, or directions to angler access points on Lake Mendota and other Madison area lakes. Con...
  • 1/16/2013 4:35:00 PM
    **Please always use caution when going on frozen lakes.  View the Wisconsin DNR Ice Fishing tips here. 1/15/13 reported by  Long Lake Bait & Tackle: Here's the latest fishing report for Long Lake: Ice Conditions being reported in are still a good 8" to some spots with 12".  ATV's and Snowmobiles are on the lake and a few brave ...
  • 1/15/2013 3:20:00 PM
    MADISON – A downloadable fishing calendar and booklets with all of the season dates are now available online to help anglers plan their 2013 fishing trips, state fisheries officials say. “We hope the calendar and season dates allow people to plan ahead for some great fishing in Wisconsin,” says Karl Scheidegger, a Department of N...
  • 1/15/2013 1:05:00 PM
    The rain last week knocked out all remaining snow on the local lakes, and with cold temperatures now and forecasted for the next several days, we are really going to make some solid ice. Take caution if you are going to be driving full sized vehicles on the lakes. You never know when you are going to run into a thin spot on the ice, and no fish is...
  • 1/14/2013 4:40:00 PM
    Anglers have seen mixed results this past week. Many of the lakes in our area are safe to travel and many have vehicle traffic. We could use some snow to make foot travel easier as the bare ice is quite slick. The cold temps predicted for this week will make good ice. The walleye bite was at last lite this past week. Tip ups with med shiners just ...
  • 1/14/2013 11:45:00 AM
    January 11, 2013 Contact(s): Larry Lynch (608) 267-7553; Eric Ebersberger (608) 266-1722 MADISON – State groundwater, agricultural, academic and local government officials are developing a sophisticated computer model aimed at helping maintain healthy water levels in the river. The Little Plover is a class 1 trout stream in an area with si...
  • 1/14/2013 11:25:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com reports: Ice Fishing on Chequamegon Bay is going strong right now. At this time the ice is leveling out and in great ice fishing condition. There are many shacks and tents out on the bay right now and the village of ice shanties has begun to look nume...
  • 1/14/2013 11:15:00 AM
    It's always a great sight to be able to drive by local lakes and see the small "villages" taking place on the ice. Several more ice shacks made it out on a variety of lakes over the weekend, but I still would say, keep all full sized vehicles off of the lake and stick with ATV's and Snowmobiles for travel on all ice. One just never knows where th...
  • 1/10/2013 2:35:00 PM
    Solid ice on area lakes is making for great fishing for all species. The walleye bite has been very good this past week with nice catches of fish coming from local backwater areas in 4 to 7 feet of water. Most of the walleyes are coming on tip-ups baited with golden shiners early and late in the day. A nice pail full of crappies and...
  • 1/10/2013 2:30:00 PM
    EAU CLAIRE, WI (January 3, 2013): The largest sport show in west-central Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Sport Show, returns to the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 15, 16 and 17, 2013. Exhibitors and speakers are now being sought to participate in this event. Participating organizations will feature: hunting, boat...
  • 1/10/2013 9:35:00 AM
    Headquarters: Halfmoon Resort on Halfmoon Lake Date: January 19th 2013 Time: 7:00am until 5:00pm Entry: $10.00 - Adults, $5.00 - 16 and under. – Purchase between now and the day of the tournament at Halfmoon Resort.  Bar will open at 6:00 am on the day of the tournament for registration. To register fish: Bring them to the Halfmoon R...
  • 1/9/2013 11:35:00 AM
    Bundle up and get out there for Wisconsin's first-ever Winter Free Fishing Weekend, January 19 - 20, 2013. Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend. This includes all inland waters and Wisconsin's side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Other fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and si...
  • 1/9/2013 10:25:00 AM
    It’s definitely been an ice fisherman’s winter so far in the Northwoods. Very little snow and pretty good ice has made access to most lakes not bad. There is still room for caution on the large lakes with ice thickness varying from 3-10”. Most lakes averaging 7-9”. Walleye:  Good to Very good.  Bright sunny days b...
  • 1/8/2013 2:20:00 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 1:50:00 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 8:40:00 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 4:05:00 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 2:05:00 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 5:00:00 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 3:55:00 PM
    January 4, 2013 Contact(s): Brad Eggold (414) 382-7921 MADISON – The percentage of chinook salmon stocked by the state headed to each Wisconsin port would remain generally the same for 2013 and the state will work with anglers to refine the fish distribution formula for 2014 and beyond, state fisheries officials say. That approach allows W...
  • 1/4/2013 11:20:00 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 11:05:00 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 9:10:00 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 5:20:00 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...