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Kevin Wallenfang and his tournament winning, 46-inch musky just prior to release Fishing has been as hot as the weather for our circle of family and friends, and anglers participating in the 16th Annual Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic. The Classic was started in 2003 by fishing guide Patricia Strutz to memorialize Bob Ellis, a legendary northern Wisconsin row troller inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2008 for his im...
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  • 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...
  • 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, ...