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  • 5/9/2012 1:10:00 PM
    Hi Folks, Well we’ve had a wet start to the fishing season and anglers have been reporting mixed success from around the area. With the walleye spawn past us because of the early spring, it has been a learning experience for many anglers. Lake conditions are more in the line with mid to late May and water temps on the lakes I’ve been o...
  • 5/9/2012 12:30:00 PM
    By Dick Ellis Reader Note:  This column originally published in 2003 is being reprinted in honor of the Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2012 from Presque Isle. For details, connect with www.row-troller.com or call 608-220-0989.  The author is Bob Ellis’s nephew. By the tens of thousands, the mayflys...
  • 5/9/2012 12:00:00 PM
    BY BILL THORNLEY SPOONER– Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker might be going through some tough times with opponents statewide seeking to recall him, but in Spooner on Friday, May 4, at the Northwest Sports Complex, he found a lot of support and hometown hospitality. Walker was in Spooner for the 47th annual Governor’s Fishing Opener banquet,...
  • 5/9/2012 10:25:00 AM
    By Steve Suman We have enjoyed better weather for past game fish openers, but we have also had worse – and this year no anglers had to shovel snow from their boats before fishing. This week’s weather forecast is “okay,” with normal seasonal temperatures and maybe some rain. The following week shows a slight warming trend. ...
  • 5/8/2012 9:40:00 AM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson For the most part it was a good opener for most fishermen here in Price County. The weather held off most of the day on Saturday and fish were willing to bite. The Crappie action was hot and a lot of fishermen took advantage of them being shallow and willing to eat. Most of the Crappie were being caught tight to ...
  • 5/7/2012 11:30:00 AM
    The water on Geneva remains very cold for Opening Day.  There isn’t much action on the main lake.  Rock bass and perch were the only species biting in the cold water of the main lake basin.  We tried for smallmouth bass without success.  My friends were out there on Saturday as well and no smallies were caught with 8 peopl...
  • 5/7/2012 11:20:00 AM
    Fishing season is officially open!  Now if we could tell the fish that we’d be all set.  Fishing is fairly decent but it would have been nice to see a bit more action this past weekend. We have these east wind that we can’t seem to shake.  Once we get a more steady wind direction, fishing should improve. Largemouth bass...
  • 5/7/2012 11:10:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Mike Mladenik The water temp on the Menominee River is 59 degrees and smallmouth are active. Smallmouth are cruising the shallows with the best baits being soft plastic jerkbaits and stick baits rigged wacky style. The smallmouth action has also been good on High Falls Flowage. Walleye fishing has been slow. Mike Mladenik h...
  • 5/4/2012 11:45:00 AM
    With water temperature now reaching the upper 50's and in some areas 60 degrees  the walleyes are finalizing their move to traditional late spring early summer haunts.  We are finding a lot of nice fish in the mid range depths from 6 to 10 feet of water with a majority of  fish holding in deeper water levels from 12 to 16 feet deep.&...
  • 5/3/2012 10:20:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Jeff Winters Hi Folks. The count down to the 2012 open water fishing season has begun.  Saturday marks the opener and it should be an interesting one.  We've had open water around here since mid-March.  Some lakes like Trout opened earlier than I've ever seen. For you anglers coming up, it should be some good ...
  • 5/3/2012 9:20:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago Sturgeon and Walleye Enthusiasts: Well our crew has rested up after a long spring, and we were able to use the last few weeks to enter and summarize the data that we were able to collect this spring during our sturgeon spawning assessments.   It was a very productive year that was highlighted by a record fish and sturgeon ...
  • 5/2/2012 2:35:00 PM
    By Glenn Walker A technique and lure that has taken the nation by storm got its start here in the Midwest on the Mississippi River. Tournament bass anglers began crafting their own swimming jigs after they realized that the jig, a proven bass-catching lure, worked well when it was swam back to the boat. Through numerous prototypes and countless ho...
  • 5/2/2012 12:10:00 PM
    I know you love me Dad and you’re a darn good crappie catcher,” said Sam Klick to Daddy Matt, “but if you really loved me you’d move me out of this Viking  heck-hole and into Packer country.
  • 5/2/2012 12:05:00 PM
    Forgetting his Dutch Masters, Grant Ellis contemplates lighting up a crappie Grant Ellis is pleased with crappie lesson 101 taught by Grandpa Jim Ellis of Boulder Junction, Wisconsin.
  • 5/1/2012 4:15:00 PM
    By Frank Zumpf With the weather changing every other day it’s been cutting into my fishing time.  It’s been a little cool, but the fish have still been biting.  They have been moving in and out of the shallow bays, but you don’t have to go any deeper than 7 feet.  The bay on Rice Lake by the hospital has given up s...
  • 5/1/2012 4:10:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice With the weather forecast calling for warming temps plus clouds - maybe some rain - things look very good for the gamefish opener this weekend.  Slowly rising water temps are bringing panfish and bass into the shallows to warm up.  Insect hatches, signs of minnows and small perch are pulling walleyes, p...
  • 5/1/2012 3:30:00 PM
    Opening Day is this coming Saturday, May 5th.  The water is still pretty cool, it is supposed to be warming up a bit this week so that should help.  The fish should be biting pretty well by next week. Northern Pike will be in 6-7 ft of water in the weed flats.  The best approach will be fishing Thill slip bobbers with golden shiners...
  • 5/1/2012 3:25:00 PM
    With the cool nights, the lake temperature remains pretty cold.  We need some warm weather to make the fish active.  The best bite for opening day on Saturday May 5th will be in water 4-5 ft deep.  In early spring I however like to target smallmouth bass that are suspending around pods of bait fish.  Catching them though can be ...
  • 5/1/2012 3:05:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kenny Wallock Spring has arrived early this year here on the Stevens Point Flowage. We had record breaking temperatures in the 70’s/80’s in March along with rain,sleet,snow and very windy conditions this past month. As the walleye spawn finished early on our local rivers anglers are catching a few post- spawn wal...
  • 5/1/2012 2:55:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Fishing for panfish took a turn for the worst with the cold frosty mornings.  The backwaters might be slow for the panfish but the northern pike are hitting on all lakes.  My favorite lure seems to be a pink and white jig.  I am really trying to find crappies but the northerns for some reason just love this bai...
  • 5/1/2012 2:35:00 PM
    Clean Boats Clean Waters By Diane Schauer Signs like this have been installed throughout the Winnebago system and many launches throughout Wisconsin. They serve as a reminder of the steps to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species: inspect your equipment, remove all plants and animals, drain all water, and never move live fish or pl...
  • 4/30/2012 12:35:00 PM
    By Steve Suman Wisconsin’s game fish season opens this Saturday, May 5, and it appears we will have a wonderfully warm week leading up to it. The forecast for Tuesday through Saturday, calls for highs in the upper 60s-70s, with a few chances for rain. How this will affect walleye activity is anyone’s guess (general consensus: go deeper...
  • 4/27/2012 1:25:00 PM
    The cooler water temperatures have been keeping the crappies staging just outside their normal traditional spawning areas. They are holding in about 10 to 14 feet of water but can still be caught on slip bobber rigs.  We are running our baits about 4 to 7 feet down on slip bobbers rigged up with small minnows on tiny bait hooks.  To work ...
  • 4/27/2012 12:25:00 PM
    While fishing at Grandpa’s cottage on mighty Bog Brook lake near Wabeno in Forest County, Lydia Leipzig, 8, caught what may be this world record bass, according to proud daddy Ron Leipzig. When interviewed about the possible fame that may be on the horizon for his family, Nathaniel “Gator” Leipzig, 4, said it all ...
  • 4/27/2012 12:00:00 PM
    By Bill Schultz During the past 16 years, I’ve spent over 160 days chasing smallmouth bass in Door County.  I’ve been rewarded with catching and releasing almost 5,000. Like many who fish Door County smallies or lake smallies in general, I’ve used many lures, but have also tried to keep it simple.  I believe I’ve...