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  • 10/2/2012 1:50:00 PM
    By John Facher Fall harvest. Ann Faucher holds up a couple of average sized crappie that were included in her limit of 25 caught Sunday afternoon. Large schools of baitfish have been seen swimming up the river as crappie anglers continue to catch an abundance of fish in the submerged brush and trees from New London to Lake Poygan.Photo By: John ...
  • 10/2/2012 12:10:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice A week of beautiful weather, though cold in the morning, kept water temps in the low to upper 50's. A few reports of smaller lakes turning over, but for the most part, things have been very stable. A little too much sun and high pressure, but the stable weather has led to overall good fishing. Crappies: Very Goo...
  • 10/2/2012 12:00:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Dave Lang Hi from the shores of Lake Minocqua.  After a week of cold, wet, and windy conditions the weather turned nice last Monday and has stayed nice.  Walleyes are in their fall pattern.  Depending on the lake you will find them relating to rock humps or deep holes. Lakes are beginning to turn; again it depe...
  • 10/2/2012 11:40:00 AM
    By John Luthens   The last day in September was never formerly honored between us.  My father and I stubbornly refused to believe in it. There would be carved pumpkins come Halloween.  Our fishing knives were laying in wait, idle for nearly a month, and so we carved jack-o-lanterns with a vengeance, sticking our hands deep int...
  • 10/2/2012 11:30:00 AM
    The most important thing to realize is that the lake is very low.  You need to travel out of the boat launch area with great caution.  The Delavan Lake Sanitary district says the lake is 10 ½ inches low, but it appears 2-3 ft low to me.  Overall, the fishing has been on the slow side.  The best action has been coming at n...
  • 10/2/2012 11:20:00 AM
    Delavan Lake has been slow, but Lake Geneva has been very good for fishing.  The fish are in their late summer, early fall patterns and can be easily harvested.  Most of the fish I’ve been catching are in 20 ft of water yet, however there is also a good bite in 8-10 ft of water. Largemouth bass can be caught in 10 ft of water. ...
  • 10/2/2012 10:50:00 AM
    A SATURDAY SALMON SPECTACULAR: Root River Open House Flyer 2012 PDF It’s time once again for the annual Salmon Spectacular, showcasing the Root River Steelhead Facility. The Department of Natural Resources Root River Steelhead Facility will be hosting its 4th public open house of the facility on Saturday October 13th from 9am-3pm at Lincoln...
  • 9/28/2012 1:40:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan Fished Wednesday for a half day with Dave Wolf who was a first time walleye fisherman and had never really jig fished before.  With sunny calm conditions it was a perfect day for Dave to learn, and he ended up doing well catching a bunch of walleyes and a few decent perch. Overall w...
  • 9/28/2012 8:30:00 AM
    Jim Hudson, Hudson's On the Spot Guide Service, 715-209-6431, hudson@fishchequamegonbay.com reports: Fishing in front of the river mouths will start to heat up now. Water temps have dropped and this week into October are the best times for Coho to show back up. Also, we got some rain recently, so, hopefully that will help the stream anglers out t...
  • 9/27/2012 4:10:00 PM
    By John Luthens The stories have trickled slowly out of southeastern Wisconsin’s Washington County, flowing down through the county like the headwater branches of the Milwaukee River.  They never seem to pick up all that much momentum, like the Milwaukee does further down when it widens and swirls itself into the harbor of its namesake ...
  • 9/27/2012 10:30:00 AM
    Well it's been another great week of fishing in the central Wisconsin area, the water temperatures have now cooled down to the mid 50° range and the fish are becoming more and more active. The walleye bite has been fantastic and we are catching a lot of nice fish in the 16 to 20 inch range on jigs tipped with minnows. Most of the fish that we a...
  • 9/26/2012 11:00:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Big cool down this last week with air temps in the low 30’s some mornings, water temps dropped drastically and this bodes well for the coming week. High winds and rain stirred up the water which brought some surface temps down to 50 degrees, though most lakes are holding at about 56-59 degrees. Smallmouth...
  • 9/26/2012 9:00:00 AM
    The Department of Natural Resources tomorrow -- September 26 -- will host an online chat with Steve Hewett, DNR fisheries expert. Hewett will be online at 11 a.m. ready to answer questions about Wisconsin’s fantastic fall fishing for walleye, musky and Great Lakes trout and salmon. To participate, visit the DNR home page, dnr.wi.gov, and look...
  • 9/26/2012 8:40:00 AM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson With the water temps dropping in the low to mid 50's the fish are really putting on the feed. I have been mostly targeting Musky but the Walleye and Crappie action is good as well. The Crappie are starting to suspend over the deeper basin areas of the lakes. Walleye anglers are finding that the Walleye are mov...
  • 9/25/2012 11:40:00 AM
    By Steve Suman We have a mild, clear, and sunny Monday – but VERY windy! It looks to be an exceptionally nice week, with (currently) no precipitation in the forecast. “Most lakes are hovering around 60-65 degrees and fish moved to the weeds and weed edges,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Algae blooms are also driving the fish ...
  • 9/24/2012 1:55:00 PM
    The water temperature has been dropping rapidly causing the fish to be in a transition period.  They could be deep or shallow at this point depending on the day.  They will all be shallow as the water temp continues to drop.  The fishing will probably be spotty until the lake turnsover.  The fish have switched from nightcrawlers...
  • 9/24/2012 1:50:00 PM
    Recently with the high winds and cooler temperatures the fishing pressure on Lake Geneva has been almost non-existent.  Remember that Lake Trout fishing concludes at the end of September until winter. Lake Trout have been biting in 70-100 ft of water.  They are being caught vertical jigging large Swedish pimples or Buzz Bombs.  Char...
  • 9/21/2012 1:00:00 PM
    By Frank Zumpf, Local Outdoorsman If you can’t find something to do in the Rice Lake area now you’re just not trying.  If you like the outdoors your plate is full.  So far this week I’ve been goose hunting, camping, hiking with grandkids and hope to go bird hunting if there’s time. If fishing is your outdoor ac...
  • 9/21/2012 12:50:00 PM
    By Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All,(715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com reports: There are reports of Smallmouth still biting at the Rock Pile and the Shore end of the Break Wall. (for location information call Anglers All Bait Shop at 715-682-5754). Anglers are finding Walleyes in the Bay, using stickbaits and walleye...
  • 9/21/2012 10:40:00 AM
    Cooler temperatures has fishing in the central Wisconsin area heating up. With that said musky action has picked up and we are seeing a lot of really nice fish coming on jerk baits like Reef Hawgs and Suicks. Now that the water is cooler we are also seeing some guys starting to use suckers which you can purchase at local sport shops like Gander Mou...
  • 9/21/2012 10:25:00 AM
    By Dave Lang Hi from the shores of Lake Minocqua.  We definitely have the feeling of fall in the air making me think of fall Walleye patterns.  I expect to see Walleyes begin to relate to 2 different patterns depending on the lake.  On lakes that have good rock humps coming out of deep water and topping out at 15-25 feet  Walle...
  • 9/19/2012 8:50:00 AM
    By Steve SumanYou have until 6 p.m. September 21 to sign up for the Wilderness Wings Chapter-Ruffed Grouse Society's (RGS) fourth annual Hunt, Shoot, and Sportsmen’s Banquet Saturday September 22 at Summit Lake Game Farm. Individual tickets cost $75, family membership packages (two dinners) $80, and other ticket packages are available. For ti...
  • 9/18/2012 3:05:00 PM
    In response to KeepAmericaFishing™ candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney outline their approach to fisheries conservation and angler access to public waters Alexandria, VA – September 18, 2012 - On the campaign trail, presidential hopefuls rarely talk about recreational fishing or the use of public lands for recreational activities...
  • 9/18/2012 12:10:00 PM
    By John Luthens For those of us perched up here in Wisconsin, hunting elk doesn’t come easily.  The Western ranges are a half-country away.  Mountain peaks and continental divides, valleys of aspen and bright glacier lakes; the wild haunts of a bugling bull elk are stuck in glossy sport-show brochures and remote hunting camps. It ...
  • 9/18/2012 11:10:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt JusticeJust starting to see a significant drop in water temps.  This coming week should bring the type of temperatures we want to see for a good fall bite, so get ready. Smallmouth Bass:  Good.  Walleye anglers plying gravel humps with chubs, leeches and crawlers finding big smallies in depths of 18-28...