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7/16/2019
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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  • 8/21/2012 12:45:00 PM
    By Captain Jim Hudson715-209-6431Hudson@fishchequamegonbay.com In the “Bay” itself, smallmouth are starting to binge feed pretty good,” said Captain Jim Hudson, referring to Chequamegon. “The days are getting shorter and this triggers the fish to start putting on the pounds to make it through their long winter. Now, the ext...
  • 8/21/2012 11:45:00 AM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva continues to be excellent with very light boat traffic in the morning.  It certainly isn’t seeing the same amount of fishing pressure that Lake Delavan is experiencing. Largemouth bass are on the deep weedline in 18-20 ft of water.  The fish are being caught using three different methods.  The first is C...
  • 8/21/2012 11:40:00 AM
    Fishing continues to be above average on Delavan Lake.  The bass are hitting well and the bluegills are also a tremendous bite right now.  The boat traffic is still pretty high, but with school starting in the next week or two it should decrease significantly. Bluegills continue to bite in 30 ft of water suspended 10-15 ft down.  Th...
  • 8/21/2012 10:50:00 AM
    By John Luthens It ended with my nephews jumping from the end of a dock into Pewaukee Lake.  It was nine in the morning, with sun sparkling onto the green water and cotton ball clouds rolling lazily above. My brother and I stood laughing, and indeed it was the two of us who had put the idea in the kids’ heads in the first place. On the...
  • 8/16/2012 3:20:00 PM
    Speaker of the House John Boehner joins Hooksetters for a day on the water: This weeks report is going to be a little different than any of my other reports. For the past two months I have been planning a fishing trip in Wisconsin for the Speaker of the House John Boehner.  After initially being contacted by Dr. Tom Turner from Wausau about J...
  • 8/16/2012 10:35:00 AM
    By Darrell Pendergrass We’ll be in Canada next week at this time and we’ve already gotten our most important piece of equipment packed and ready to go. This particular item is a must-have when going north, but it’s one of those over-looked things that usually goes amiss. Is it a fishing pole, you ask? Come on, there’s so m...
  • 8/15/2012 3:30:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Water temps are dropping from the mid-80s down to the upper 60s to mid-70s on all area lakes. This week Ross's Sport Shop guides targeted Bass and Musky. The Musky are going on Double 8 and Double 10 bucktails.  The surface bite is also picking up again for Musky. Largemouth Bass are very active and we did ...
  • 8/15/2012 3:15:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Now that we are getting cooler temperatures in the morning, the backwater fishing action is slowing down.  Fishing from shore on the Wisconsin backwaters is best done with a small ice fishing jig tipped with a waxworm attached about a foot below a small bobber.  Just remember to fish the edges of lily pads or dead t...
  • 8/15/2012 11:35:00 AM
    By Dick Ellis Reader Note:  This trip was taken by Dick Ellis with star Wisconsin guide Dave Hraychuck in August of 2011.  Contact Wisconsin Licensed Guide Dave Hraychuck for hunting and fishing opportunities in Polk County at hraychuck@centurytel.net, 715-485-3362 or (cell) 715-553-0578.  For information or entertainment opportunit...
  • 8/14/2012 5:05:00 PM
    By Seth Steinhauer For those of you who love the outdoors, the Sylvania Wilderness Area should be at the top of your list for places to visit in the Midwest. Located near Watersmeet Michigan, Sylvania offers outdoor enthusiasts an unmatched opportunity to canoe, hike, and fish in a truly spectacular surrounding. The 20,000 acre wilderness holds 34...
  • 8/14/2012 1:05:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Mid-August is showing some signs of turning things around for anglers targeting certain species.  While the cool nights have slowed the bite for some in the Lakeland area - in general fishing overall has improved. Musky:  Good to Very Good.  Action on bucktails, spinnerbaits and top-water lures pi...
  • 8/14/2012 12:35:00 PM
    By Steve Suman The Hayward area has another beautiful week in the making, with a few chances of rain, if forecasts hold anywhere close to true. Mild daytime highs in the 70s, nighttime lows in the 40s and 50s – great for just about any and every outdoor recreational activity! “A welcome break in the weather at last,” says Pat at...
  • 8/14/2012 12:20:00 PM
    With the cooler weather, the fishing has moved slightly more shallow for the largemouth bass.  The northern pike fishing is still a bit elusive. Largemouth bass have been biting both in 6-8 ft of water or as deep as 20 ft of water.  The best approach has been drop shotting green pumpkin worms about 1 ft above bottom.  I like the Yum...
  • 8/14/2012 12:05:00 PM
    As the end of summer nears, the boat traffic has been decreasing as the weeks go by.  The cooler weather may also be contributing to the reduction.  Some of the best fishing is ahead of us in fall.  After Labor Day, we see some of the best catches and opportunities for trophy fish. Smallmouth bass are in the 20-25 ft depth range off...
  • 8/14/2012 11:35:00 AM
    By John Luthens I had a day coming all to myself in northwestern Wisconsin, the small town of Brule to be exact.  My daughter wanted to spend a week with Grandma, and I heroically volunteered to drive her up.  I could easily squeeze a day in to do that. No need for Grandma to meet us half-way. No need to bother my wife with hectic packi...
  • 8/9/2012 9:45:00 AM
    Musky action has picked up this past week with a few nice fish being caught and one giant going a whopping 53 inches long.  A lot of the muskies are coming during low light periods with the largest ones coming right at or after dark.  The muskies have been biting on jerkbaits like Suicks, big bucktails like the cowgirl and topwater baits ...
  • 8/8/2012 11:35:00 AM
    Sturgeon return to Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery show pond WILD ROSE, Wis. -– The return of lake sturgeon to Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery’s show pond after 40 years is just one of many reasons to visit the state-of-the art facility that’s a backbone of Wisconsin’s hatchery system. Wild Rose, along with 11 other currently o...
  • 8/8/2012 11:10:00 AM
    Weekly News article published: August 7, 2012 by the Central Office Tips on where to go, what tactics to use MADISON – Wisconsin’s record-setting heat and resulting high water temperatures may be stressing northern pike, but catfish aren’t complaining and anglers will find that for the next few months, these fish are the cat&rsq...
  • 8/7/2012 4:45:00 PM
    By Frank Zumpf It’s August already.  Summer has been going by so fast.  It seems like we had the “dog days” of summer in July.  With school starting before you know it, I’m thinking that if you know any kids who haven’t been out fishing, now is the time to take them out.  If you’ve already ...
  • 8/7/2012 3:10:00 PM
    Logan Joniaux of  Luxemburg, Wisconsin landed this walleye just shy of 30-inches while fishing with his dad on Lake DuBay. They target walleyes with night crawlers and minnows. The Joniaux family has vacationed every summer for nine years at Lakeview Log Cabin Resort in Mosinee.  Connect with Resort owner Sue Gross at 715-693-2595 or ww...
  • 8/7/2012 2:05:00 PM
    Connect with the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce at www.visitashland.com or 800-284-9484. Ashland Chamber of Commerce reports: WOW! What a great summer! Sun…heat…heat…and heat! The fishing guides continue to be busy showcasing the Greatest of the Great Lakes; Lake Superior, where fishing has been good all summer. You can fis...
  • 8/7/2012 9:55:00 AM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson The much needed rain and a drop in evening temps has cooled the water a few degrees (down to the mid 70's in most lakes) and heated up the fishing. Earlier this week Ross's Sport Shop guides had some great mixed bag trips and some good Musky outings. On Saturday one of the guide boats boated over 35 walleye and ...
  • 8/6/2012 3:10:00 PM
    By Dick Ellis Reader Note: When reading any of Dick Ellis’s 1200 Wisconsin journeys taken over two decades as a syndicated columnist, be sure to check current regulations when planning the trip yourself. The attached column offers a historical perspective of the brook trout fishing and drainage ditches within the Buena Vista Marsh and Portag...
  • 8/6/2012 1:35:00 PM
    By Steve Suman The forecast for this week holds quite the mix, from somewhat chilly lows to highs in the 80s, and chances for rain. If you are fishing, try to get out ahead of the fronts, but watch for thunderstorms – and get off the water immediately if lightning is in or moving into the area. “Walleye fishing was fair during the hig...
  • 8/6/2012 12:25:00 PM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake continues to be excellent.  The best bite on the lake remains bluegills with Largemouth bass being a close second.  Both fish are on the deep weedlines in 16-18 ft of water.  With the warmer weather, boat traffic is extreme so try for early a.m. or late p.m. Largemouth bass can be caught on two different patt...