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  • 6/7/2012 12:35:00 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. In 2012, the catch and release smallmouth and largemouth bass season ends June 15. Ted Sellers stood high on the casting platform of his T...
  • 6/6/2012 12:40:00 PM
    With the windy conditions that we have been encountering this past week it has been difficult for boat control but absolutely great for finding fish locations.  The walleyes have been holding tight to points on wind blown shores usually in 6 to 10 feet of water. Jigs tipped with minnows has been the best bait but we are seeing a few nice fish ...
  • 6/6/2012 11:55:00 AM
    By Steve Suman Aside from a few mentions of rain in the forecast, this week holds promises for lows in the 40s and highs in the upper 70s. Very pleasant spring weather – and most of the precipitation possibility percentages are 70- to 80-percent against rain. “Small crankbaits, six inches or smaller, and spinnerbaits are currently the...
  • 6/5/2012 1:30:00 PM
    It was bass and bluegills with a musky thrown in this week.  The weather has cooperated, and with the warming trend the bass and bluegills have moved on their beds to spawn.  Many fishermen have been taking their limits of bluegills. One thing to remember is that if you are fishing a bedding area and only catching smaller fish, someone...
  • 6/5/2012 10:40:00 AM
    Fishing is starting to improve.  The smallmouth bass are starting to spawn.  They are in 10-12 ft of water.  The best location has been by Elgin Club and the old Military Academy. Rock bass are pretty much everywhere on the lake.  The best depth is 10-12 ft of water.  Most of my fish are coming in the Fontana beach area.&n...
  • 6/5/2012 10:35:00 AM
    Overall fishing has been very good.  Most of the fish are in transition.  They are anywhere from 8 ft of water to 17 ft of water.  The cool weather last week made them a bit skittish. Bluegills have been biting in 11-12 ft of water.  The best location has been by Browns Channel.  They are being caught on small leaf worms o...
  • 6/5/2012 10:05:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan The mayfly hatch is going strong on The Turtle Flambeau Flowage right now, but the fishing is still doing good.  The last few days we have been picking up walleyes on big mud flats that have some wood mixed in.  Crawlers seem to be doing best, but I am still getting some fish on...
  • 6/4/2012 4:00:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jeff Winters Despite another 50+ degree temperature swing again this week, fish continue to hit. You have to chase the bite around, but success is there to be had. While using a jig-and minnow on 6# test line, Jeff Winters of Boulder Junction caught this huge 42 -inch, 20 lb. northern while fishing the Willow F...
  • 6/1/2012 11:40:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Early morning or late evening for the best pan fishing. The day time temperature was in the 50’s and not much warmer in early evening the last evening in May but the water was like a mirror.  It had rained the night before and knocked many types of insects down on to the water.  These conditions really turn t...
  • 5/31/2012 4:55:00 PM
    The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce report; The local anglers have been catching some nice sized Northern’s at the Hot Pond. They tell us they were casting from the Shore into the weed-beds, using Rapala fishing Lures. Fishing right off the docks has been good and the Smallies are biting like crazy. Panfish have been plentiful on the inland ...
  • 5/31/2012 4:35:00 PM
    The 2012 musky season has arrived and it has started out with a bang. Lots of nice fish have been caught by our clients and guides along with a few really nice fish in the mid to upper 40 inch range. Most of the action has come on bucktails and twitch baits while working mid depth weeds in 6 to 8 feet of water. We have also caught a few nice fish b...
  • 5/31/2012 12:40:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson The panfish bite has slowed in the Phillips area.  With the drop in water temps the fish have pushed into deeper water. The Walleye action has been great.  We have been picking up plenty of eaters in 10 to 15 feet of water. The fish are hitting a little light so we have been having our best luck using ...
  • 5/30/2012 12:20:00 PM
    By, Dave Hraychuck Over the last two weeks of fishing here in northwestern Wisconsin, we have experienced weather variations from 90 degrees with high humidity to 45 degrees and low humidity. The one constant factor has been the wind. Learning to work the wind has been as important to a successful catch as locating the right fishing depth. The po...
  • 5/29/2012 3:25:00 PM
    By Steve Suman This weekend, June 2-3, is Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin. All residents and nonresidents can fish all waters of the state without fishing licenses, or trout and salmon stamps, though all other fishing regulations do apply. The Great Divide Ranger District is hosting a free Kids Fishing Derby Saturday June 2 at Lake Hayward City...
  • 5/29/2012 12:35:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jeff Winters Hi Folks. It’s been a very windy week here in the northwoods as a variety of weather systems moved through. Last weekend the hot weather came in –air temps in the high 80s along with night-time temps around 70 spiked the water temps to 67 degrees. Fish responded favorably to this and put on a great b...
  • 5/29/2012 12:20:00 PM
    Happy Memorial Day weekend.  The official start of summer is here!  Fishing has been very good.  The water temperatures have been consistently rising.  We’ve gained 4 to 7 degrees in surface temperature in the last week. The smallmouth bass are starting to spawn.  They are on their spawning flats.  The best loca...
  • 5/29/2012 12:10:00 PM
    Happy Memorial Day!  While Memorial Day kicks off summer, it also kicks off the pleasure boat traffic on Delavan.  Be prepared to fish early and have some patience at the boat ramps.  The Sunday of Memorial Day weekend was the busiest I’ve seen the lake ever and that’s in 20 years of guiding. Fishing has been outstanding...
  • 5/29/2012 11:55:00 AM
    The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce report; the local anglers are reporting they didn’t get out on the Bay fishing much this week due to the rain and stormy weather Wednesday and Thursday. The forecast calls for possible thunderstorms and cooler temps Saturday through Memorial Day. Respect the Bay and always check with the weather reports on...
  • 5/29/2012 11:25:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Jerkbait Hartigan Last week we did good on walleye and smallmouth, with walleye being in 6 to 8ft in scattered wood and the smallies along the rock shorelines.  The walleyes were still taking jigs and minnows the best.  Smallmouth were also hitting jigs and minnows along with some 3 and 4 inch Gulp minnows on Oddbal...
  • 5/24/2012 3:10:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Water Temps are bouncing between 65 and 70 degrees and the Gill action is at its peak. The eggs in the females are soft and the fish are on the beds. The crappie action has slowed in the shallow water but starting to pick up on some of the deeper wood. Crappie are scattered in 4 to 12 feet of water. The walleye ...
  • 5/24/2012 11:30:00 AM
    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 following trip to the Gile Flowage was taken in 2007. From an isolated cabin in the wilds of Iron County near Mercer, our ...
  • 5/24/2012 10:35:00 AM
    By Steve Suman Thunderstorms moved into the Hayward area Sunday morning, but a bit of rain did not put a damper on the Fishing Has No Boundaries 25th annual event. Though quite windy, two of the three days were warm and sunny. The forecast for now through Memorial Day weekend shows a mix, with temperatures in the upper 70s. The northern zone musk...
  • 5/24/2012 10:20:00 AM
    By Mike Yurk We had only been fishing for about five minutes when I felt a bump. I pulled back to set the hook and could feel a massive weight on the end of my line. The fish took off and the drag on my reel began to whine as it gave out line. It was a dogged, stubborn fight, but a couple of minutes later I had the fish, a wide bodied smallmouth b...
  • 5/23/2012 10:40:00 AM
    By Mike McQuitty, Tournament Pro, Educator & Guide There is nothing more fulfilling to me than to watch a child’s expression when they have their first fish on the line, after you have taught them the basics of fishing.  This is a universal language not divided by religion, politics or race.  The exhilaration is spontaneous and...
  • 5/23/2012 10:10:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Wow!  What a difference one week makes in fishing.  The male bluegills are moving in fast and are still grouped up.  By next week the females should be in and the action will be hot and heavy on the backwaters of the Wisconsin River.  The Wisconsin River is down now and fishing is excellent using night cra...