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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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  • 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...
  • 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...