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  • 1/30/2013 8:30:00 AM
    After last week’s frigid temps ice thickness has really increased. The snow we had last weekend will help with foot travel BUT we now have freezing rain and warm temps which may cause some slush to develop. The weather is predicted to get very cold by the end of the week. Ice travel by vehicle or foot should be good as everything should freez...
  • 1/29/2013 3:25:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The ice on the backwaters of the Wisconsin River is about 10 inches thick.  It is much easier to walk out as most sloughs are frozen.  There is not much snow on the top so I would suggest wearing ice cleats. The best fish bite is the last hour before sunset or the first hour after sunrise.  Oth...
  • 1/29/2013 12:40:00 PM
    By John Luthens When I first ran into Andrew Drasch, I was ahead of schedule. It looked like I was going to get to work early for a change, but it turned out I rolled into the job site later than usual; which is to say, early enough to not get fired but late enough to bounce that possibility around the shop floor a few times. It was just a quick ...
  • 1/28/2013 11:15:00 AM
    By Dick Ellis Wisconsin top guide Jim Hudson lost his life on Lake Superior Saturday.  In this photo taken with On Wisconsin Outdoors in 2011, he shows Dick Ellis how to catch pike near Ashland. Husband and exceptional Wisconsin fishing guide Jim Hudson lost his life on Lake Superior Saturday when his snowmobile broke through the ice in th...
  • 1/24/2013 3:20:00 PM
    Panfish action has been good even with the cold weather.  We have been getting Crappie over deep mud flats, I have been using plastic and my electronics to catch fish but other fishermen are using Tip-Downs and Minnows with good luck. Gill action is good too, Fish close to any underwater Structure like cribs or sunken trees. Waxies or Spikes o...
  • 1/24/2013 9:55:00 AM
    By Jim Olsson When you wake up on January 15th the first thought that comes to mind probably doesn't relate to getting your boat out or going fishing in it.  Maybe it should, right here in our wonderful state of Wisconsin we have one of the premier Brown trout fisheries in the entire world, The Milwaukee Harbor.  Even if you can only hit...
  • 1/23/2013 2:50:00 PM
    The Butternut and Schnurs Lake Association held their fisheree this past Saturday. The weather was excellent at the beginning of the tournament with air temps about 33 degrees. Anglers were experiencing a slow bite but were catching fish. By 1 pm all of the winning fish were on the board. As the day progressed the winds began to pick up to the exte...
  • 1/23/2013 2:25:00 PM
    **Please always use caution when going on frozen lakes.  View the Wisconsin DNR Ice Fishing tips here. 1/22/13 reported by Sportsman's Headquarters Last weekend was free fishing weekend. Sat was a busy day people reporting catching bass and northerns on area lakes. Pan fish being caught on waxes. After Sat. frigid temps slowed down fishermen...
  • 1/23/2013 1:55:00 PM
    Lots of cold weather has slowed down the number of people fishing but the action is still HOT. Good walleye bite during low light periods and after dark. If you can handle the cold weather try running Frabill Thermal tip ups baited up with golden shiners or sucker minnows in shallow water from 4 to 8 feet deep. The tip-ups cover the entire hole an...
  • 1/23/2013 8:40:00 AM
    MADISON - Free kids’ ice fishing clinics scheduled for coming weeks are just the ticket for kids suffering through a winter in which scarce snow has put a damper on their sledding, snowball fights and other fun in the snow. Free kids ice fishing clinics are on tap in many communities; this mom and son enjoyed a lesson at the Yahara Fishing C...
  • 1/22/2013 4:40:00 PM
    The propane companies love weeks like this. Bitter cold and below zero temperatures are pushing fisherman into ice shacks to stay warm.  The one positive result is we are building ice, and by the sounds of it, we still need that to happen. Two vehicles went through the ice on Red Cedar Lake in the last week. Please use extreme caution still wh...
  • 1/22/2013 4:25:00 PM
    By John Luthens The ice was coming on nicely in the area lakes and the pan fish and northern pike were coming up through comfortably deep holes.  My jig poles and tip-ups were resting contentedly in a bucket and my portable shanty was happily tucked in a white blanket of snow in my truck bed. Then came freezing rain and the white powdery cov...
  • 1/22/2013 4:15:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Brrrrrrr…. High of 10 below today, real winter! The clipper that moved in late Saturday afternoon shut the playgrounds off for a while. Wind chills in the -30/40 degree range make being outdoors somewhat dangerous right now – though some anglers have gone out. Crappies:  Good-Fair.  See a...
  • 1/21/2013 12:45:00 PM
    By Darrell Pendergrass On at least three or four occasions this winter I’ve found myself out on the ice staring at hard-water holes, the goal of which was to bring home a fish. That is to say, I’ve done a bit of ice-fishing this season. Normally my winter days aren’t spent fishing. Between farm chores – which only seem to ...
  • 1/21/2013 11:50:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com reports: Roger says the anglers are all saying ice fishing is still great! Anglers are taking machines on the ice but it is still advised to know your ice and where you are fishing. Call for ice conditions. There are reports of many species of fish be...
  • 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...