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  • 9/17/2012 1:10:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerry Jerkbait Hartigan I did not fish yesterday due to a rain out, but the day before I fished the Flowage and tried all the patterns that had been working in the past week with little to show except a few small walleye. Toward the end of the day we moved into shallow wood and found it loaded with big perch and lots of eate...
  • 9/17/2012 12:50:00 PM
    For the most part, fishing on Delavan Lake has been quite spotty.  The few times I was out, I got extremely lucky finding some active fish.  The fish aren’t in a “normal” pattern right now as we transition from summer patterns to fall. Bluegill fishing has been average.  I’ve been catching most of my fish in ...
  • 9/17/2012 12:45:00 PM
    The late summer patterns are still very much intact.  Fishing overall has been good.  Fish still remain relatively deep in 15-20 ft of water. Smallmouth bass are being caught on lindy rigged nightcrawlers or small yellow perch also lindy rigged.  The best location has been by the old Military Academy or by Holiday Camp.  Once y...
  • 9/17/2012 12:25:00 PM
    Turtle Flambeau Flowage:  Early September By Professional Guide Dave Duwe I had the opportunity a week ago to fish with Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan.  Jerry is a local guide and owner of the Flambeau Flowage Sports Shop in Mercer, WI.  We fished the flowage one morning and tried to fish river channels with wood without suc...
  • 9/17/2012 11:50:00 AM
    News Release Published: September 13, 2012 by the Central Office Contact(s): Steve Hewett, DNR, (608) 267-7501 MADISON – Fall colors, fishing fun, and good prospects for some fast action and some really big fish are on tap in coming weeks as trout begin their spawning runs, say state fisheries biologists, supervisors and technicians who wor...
  • 9/13/2012 4:15:00 PM
    Fishing in the Central Wisconsin area has been very good. We have been having really good action from muskies on jerk baits like Suicks and Reef Hawgs along with some nice fish still being caught on BIG bucktails.  Most of our action has been in 3 to 5 feet of water associated with weeds and or wood structure. A lot of the activity is taking p...
  • 9/11/2012 10:30:00 AM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Walleye action has picked back up with some anglers reporting the bite switching over to minnows. Our guides at Ross's Sport Shop are still having great luck on half of a crawler on a jig head or lindy rig. “Guide John Carlson with a Musky caught on Topwater earlier this week.” ”...
  • 9/11/2012 10:00:00 AM
    School is back in session for both kids and the bass.  The bass bite has improved dramatically with the cooler water temperature and the decreased fishing pressure.  It’s a great time to be able to fish. Smallmouth bass fishing has been phenomenal.  It’s probably the best it’s been in two years for this time of yea...
  • 9/11/2012 9:50:00 AM
    With the cooler weather, fishing has improved over the last week.  The largemouth bass and walleyes have become more active.  The fish are still relating to main lake weed points with rock. The walleye are starting to become more active.  They can be caught in 18-22 ft of water.  The best bait is either leeches or small chubs f...
  • 9/11/2012 9:25:00 AM
    By John Luthens There are tales of extreme fishermen who cut a ballistic swath through a body of water, wading and trolling, and leaving rippling wakes of caught fish behind.  Their fishing logs display such eye-popping scores of hook-ups, that a master accountant would be hard pressed to juggle the numbers into the realm of believability. H...
  • 9/11/2012 8:35:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Jerry Jerkbait Hartigan Today started out with very questionable weather, but we decided to give it a try anyway.  The first spot we tried was a 10ft flat that had scattered wood on it where I had caught fish earlier in the week.  I did not even have my rod out of the rod locker when I looked up to see one of my cli...
  • 9/6/2012 10:10:00 AM
    The 2012 bear season is under way and it looks like it is going to be a good one.  Congratulations goes out to Dennis and Marcy Hintz as they took a very nice bear on opening day as it came into one of my bait stations. This week will now be prime for bait sitters as dog hunters can't start for a week. A few tips on being successful once seaso...
  • 9/5/2012 4:20:00 PM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754 reports: The Smallmouth Bass are biting all over the Bay. There are reports of Smallmouth 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 wall...
  • 9/5/2012 2:00:00 PM
    By Dick Ellis Like anyone who owns or maintains a pier, Carl Surges faced problems  when putting in and taking out his parents ‘ pier in Conover twice each year; damaged framing and deteriorating decking , rusted hardware escalated from outdoor storage, or the time-consuming transportation of pier sections and accessories to and from th...
  • 9/5/2012 2:00:00 PM
    By Gary Engberg In the month of August and even into September you would often have some of the warmest temperatures of the year. We’ve had high temperatures (95-100 degrees), little or no precipitation, and high humidity. This isn’t the greatest weather for anyone being outside, but there are some things to do to make you feel better ...
  • 9/5/2012 1:50:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan Well I am finally able to do a fishing report again after two computer malfunctions that put me out of business for a while.  The last three days I have been out on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage each day.  The walleyes have been in about 12 ft. of water on flats with scattered woo...
  • 8/31/2012 10:35:00 AM
    The 2012 Bear season is here and our stand locations have been picked!  All of our bait stations are regularly being visited, and a couple of them by some very nice bears.  Now with the ability to see what is coming in to each station by using trail cameras we have decided on our starting location for opening day. Along with the bears tha...
  • 8/31/2012 9:55:00 AM
    Date: September 8th Tournament waters include all navigable water on Lake Wausau and the Rib River. Entry fee is $60.00 per boat of 1 or 2 people. Ease out is determined by your paid entry. First one paid is the first one out and so on. Pre-Tournament meeting at Trails End on Thursday September 6th at 7:00 pm. One team member must be present! T...
  • 8/30/2012 8:40:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler I was out the day after we had an inch of rain and the trout streams were very murky.  The Panther Martin size 2 spinner in silver was my offering of choice. Since the water visibility was very limited for the fish, I let the spinner sink near the bottom and retrieved slowly.  This proved to be the right combinatio...
  • 8/29/2012 8:40:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Despite the warming weather for late August, fishing for some species has improved, though not in the areas and techniques usually used at this time. Musky:  Good:  Musky have been active and providing some of the best reports as good numbers are being seen (if not always caught) and some big fish cont...
  • 8/28/2012 3:15:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jeff Winters WOW! August is sure slipping by fast. This entire month has pretty much been a cold front. Water temps have fallen into the upper sixties now and this drop has had effects on fishing. The top fish right now is MUSKY. These prized fish have responded very well to the cooler temps. There has been a very pronounced ...
  • 8/28/2012 2:45:00 PM
    Marianne Huskey wins first-ever Angler of the Year title in professional fishing New York Mills, Minn. – (Aug. 23, 2012) Like a lot of us, Shawano, Wisconsin’s Marianne Huskey was bitten by the fishing bug at an early age. Her passion for fishing, she says, “Started young, while fishing for perch on Lake Michigan with my grandfat...
  • 8/28/2012 2:25:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Water temps are holding in the mid 70's and the Panfish and Musky are very active. The Panfish are being found scattered from shallow to deep. Fallen trees on deeper shorelines are giving up some really nice sized gills. We are also getting some gills out of 12 to 15 feet of water around cribs and other deep wate...
  • 8/28/2012 11:35:00 AM
    Walleye angler and OWO contributor Ron Klimcke found the evening bite good on the Chippewa Flowage for Walleye August 27. “I was using a Kluz Jig which has a longer collar than the standard collared jig tipped with a minnow,” Klimcke said.  “I started off drifting as there was a light breeze but missed a few fish so I decide...
  • 8/28/2012 11:30:00 AM
    Fishing has been better but it’s still a decent bite.  The boat traffic continues and expect more than a few extra boats this coming Labor Day Weekend. Largemouth bass are on the main lake points, they can be caught either drop shotting or trolling a lindy rig with a nightcrawler.  The key is a 24 inch leader.  Most of the act...