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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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  • 8/6/2012 12:20:00 PM
    Fishing continues to be very good on Lake Geneva.  Based on the warm weather, you need to plan your fishing trips accordingly as the boat traffic can be intense. Lake Trout fishing has been excellent.  The best depth continues to be 90-100 ft down in 120-130 ft of water.  Most of the action is coming off of a small Dodger and Fly or...
  • 8/6/2012 12:00:00 PM
    By John Luthens My hometown of Grafton is a nicely developed suburban community about twenty minutes north of Milwaukee. There is a mix of industry, commerce and residential subdivisions, as well as the occasional farm field and undeveloped woodlot. When civic progress meets natural resources, it can be a tricky barbed wire fence to straddle. You...
  • 8/6/2012 10:55:00 AM
    Wisconsin angler Ron Klimcke  experienced another great evening of walleye fishing on the Big Chip Friday. “I moved around and fished several spots before I found them,” Klimcke said. “Once I found the fish it only took about 35 minutes to limit out. I used a jig tipped with either a leech or half of a night crawler while ...
  • 8/3/2012 10:00:00 AM
    By Phil Schweik Walleyes are biting on leeches and crawlers in about 8 to 12 feet of water. most of the fish have come from heavy cover like wood and weeds. Slip bobber rigs are working pretty well during low light conditions but during the daytime a simple jig tipped with live bait has been the best for getting the walleyes out of the heaviest of...
  • 8/2/2012 10:25:00 AM
    By Darrell Pendergrass My grandparent’s place in rural western North Carolina was situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains; it always seemed old there when we’d go to visit, yet comfortable and familiar. When I was a boy the summers there were extraordinarily hot during the day, but eventually the coolness of night would ...
  • 8/1/2012 9:55:00 AM
    By Frank Zumpf Well, it’s been warm enough to go fishing this week. Now is the time I think about how nice it was ice fishing. Of course, when I was out on the ice I was thinking how nice open water would be. The bass fishing has been good, with the largemouth in the lily pads or deep holes in the weeds. One thing that seems to be slow i...
  • 7/31/2012 11:35:00 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. Contact Flambeau Sports Outfitters highlighted in this column that first appeared in syndication in 2004 at 715-339-2012 or www.flambeauspo...
  • 7/31/2012 11:00:00 AM
    By Kurt Justice A midweek storm cooled the water and some of the fishing down through the weekend.  As temps start to return to normal, so has the fishing. Largemouth Bass:  Good-Very Good.  Still the most widely caught species (other than bluegills) up here.  Spinnerbaits (Boonie baits, River 2 Sea), Chatterbaits, Pre-rigged ...
  • 7/31/2012 10:10:00 AM
    By Steve Suman Last Call: Young anglers 10-16 years of age can still register for this Sunday’s free Hayward Lakes Chapter Muskies, Inc. Kid’s Fishing Day. Pre-register (required) at Hayward Bait. For more information, call Hayward Bait (715) 634-2921. “We have a strong evening and night pattern going for many fish species,&rdqu...
  • 7/30/2012 4:45:00 PM
    Angler Ron Klimcke reports excellent walleye fishing on the Chippewa Flowage in recent days.  Ron boated two beautiful walleyes and lost another bigger fish at boatside on leeches in 45 minutes. His minnow presentation caught only crappies.
  • 7/30/2012 1:30:00 PM
    By John Luthens It was raining lightly at 4:00 A.M., with the occasional arc of lightning dancing across the dark western sky. I debated calling Dennis to see if he wanted to chance the weather. But I knew that he was already standing in his driveway on the edge of the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. He would be out with a coffe...
  • 7/30/2012 12:55:00 PM
    Justin Johnson, 20, of New Berlin, caught a 40-inch musky and 37-1/2-inch musky on Pewaukee Lake in Waukesha County fifteen minutes apart.  Both fish hit a double bucktail, black and black during the figure-8.  Both fish were released.
  • 7/30/2012 12:25:00 PM
    Delavan Lake has seen a lot of fishing pressure this week. John Gillespie was out the middle of this week, so I don’t expect it to let up anytime soon. On Saturday, the boat launch was exceptionally busy between 5 and 6 a.m. so plan accordingly. The good news is that the fishing remains consistent and most species have available action. Blue...
  • 7/30/2012 12:15:00 PM
    Lake Geneva continues to be really good fishing but it also continues to be super busy with pleasure boats. Plan to fish early a.m. or late p.m. for a safer, more productive trip. Lake trout continue to bite in the main lake basin. The best time to try for them is early a.m. as the sun in coming up. Look for the fish 90 ft down in about 110-118 ft...
  • 7/27/2012 9:50:00 AM
    CONTACT: Joanna Griffin, DNR fisheries specialist, 608-264-8953;Ed Culhane, DNR communications, 715-781-1683;Scot Stewart, DNR fisheries supervisor; 608-273-5967;Steve Hewett, DNR fisheries section chief, 608-267-7501 http://dnr.wi.gov/news/BreakingNews_Lookup.asp?id=2446 EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- Although drought and high heat have ca...
  • 7/25/2012 1:30:00 PM
    The recent summer heat has not stopped the great action we are having on local waters. Walleyes continue to be a very good attraction with nice fish being caught on crawlers and leeches. Most of the fish are in 8 to 12 feet of water associated with wood and rocks. Andy Cravens with a nice walleye John Sparbel with a nice walleye. ...
  • 7/25/2012 12:30:00 PM
    By Steve Suman The forecast indicates a slight break (low 80s) from the recent high temperatures, though with good chances of rain and thunderstorms throughout the coming week – and we could use some moisture! Reminder: August 1 is the application deadline for the following hunting and trapping seasons: Fall turkey, Canada geese (in the Hor...
  • 7/25/2012 11:20:00 AM
    OSHKOSH – Sturgeon spearers have until Aug. 1 to apply for a 2013 Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing lottery tag. Participation in the Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing season on Lakes Butte des Morts, Winneconne and Poygan, is controlled through a lottery. Those people selected in the lottery will be notified by Oct. 1 that they are authorized to...
  • 7/25/2012 10:20:00 AM
    By Frank Zumpf The muskies have been the active ones this week.  Several anglers report catching legal size muskies on Rice Lake.  It’s good to catch a musky, but to have it be over the 50-inch limit is outstanding.  Most of the fish were caught on the north end of the lake.  A large spinner like a cowbell rig seems to ...
  • 7/25/2012 9:50:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Warm, yet stable weather has kept the fishing patterns fairly stable.  Daytime temps in the mid to upper 80's raising lake surface temps back into high 70's.  A few cool mornings and some east winds did make for slow morning bites last week, but overall fishing is good. Largemouth Bass:  Very good...
  • 7/23/2012 12:20:00 PM
    By John Luthens The rumors said that either there were no fish in Bear Paw Lake or, if there were, they were impossible to catch.  There was also a version passed around that said there was a monster-maybe a bass, maybe a northern- that voraciously cleaned out all the food chain competitors and claimed sole ownership of the lake. Those kinds...
  • 7/23/2012 11:50:00 AM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake is slower than it’s been in the past few years.  I’m not sure if it’s due to the warm summer or the massive amounts of fishing pressure.  The water to me seems about 12-18 inches lower than normal.  You need to watch the boat launch channel on the way through as the water at the tip of the je...
  • 7/23/2012 11:40:00 AM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva continues to be excellent.  The fish are in their mid-summer pattern.  There are ample opportunities for both large fish and a good fish fry. Lake Trout fishing continues to be excellent.  The fish are in the main lake basin.  I’ve been catching most of my fish 90 ft down in 110-120 ft of water.&nbs...
  • 7/23/2012 11:10:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler I was out fishing two times this past week and the action is still good.  The Wisconsin River is very low now but the catfish are in an aggressive mood.  The cat in the photo attached was caught on a mini mite in pink.  I missed him on the first hit but on the second cast grabbed the bait and took off.  I ...
  • 7/19/2012 2:10:00 PM
    Walleyes are biting on crawlers and leeches in 8 to 12 feet of water associated with wood and rocks.  Most of our action coming during low light periods and on cloudy days. Nick Laska with a nice Wisconsin River musky Jamie Claypool from Ohio with a nice largemouth bass George Reece from Ohio with a nice smallmouth bass ...