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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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  • 7/19/2012 12:40:00 PM
    Walleye and Panfish have slowed a bit with the water temps topping out in the mid 80's but the Musky and Bass fishing is going strong. Largemouth Bass are being taken in thick shoreline cover. We have been working the fallen and overhanging trees with tubes and senko style worms. You really need a med/heavy rod and at least 14lb fireline to pull t...
  • 7/19/2012 11:50:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Heat has worked it's way back into our summer. Water temps are high for up here, the best fishing times are very early and after dark. Largemouth Bass: Excellent. Bass owning the shallow weeds during the morning. Pre-rigged plastic worms, X-raps good. Mid morning through early evening work outer weed edges with ...
  • 7/17/2012 4:00:00 PM
    By Steve Suman The forecast indicates another week of warm weather, with highs in the upper 80s and into the 90s and a few chances for rain showers and thunderstorms (and we can use the moisture). When possible, enjoy your outdoor recreational pursuits during the cooler morning and evening hours – and bug repellent and head nets are wise cho...
  • 7/17/2012 1:35:00 PM
    By Frank Zumpf Well, we started to fish some of the smaller lakes in the area this week.  At some of the landings there were no other vehicles with boat trailers.  I see this as a good sign as the only fishing pressure is from the people that live on the lake. To find these lakes, get a county map, such as a plat book or a trail map s...
  • 7/16/2012 12:40:00 PM
    By John Luthens North of Hayward, past the famous musky waters, there is a desert of sorts.  It’s a wild barren land of sand, jack pine and bur oak. The fact that a dry land exists scant miles from the borders of big rivers like The Namekagon, St.Croix, and Bois Brule is a testament to the ingenuity of Mother Nature. The Wisconsin Pine...
  • 7/16/2012 12:10:00 PM
    h2>Frequently Asked Questions - July 16, 2012 Here are answers to some recent most frequently asked law enforcement questions taken by the DNR Call Center. The Call Center is staffed daily, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., and offers bilingual service in Spanish and Hmong. The number is 1-888-936-7463. Question: When are the antlerless permits going o...
  • 7/16/2012 11:20:00 AM
    The dry weather continues and the good fishing continues as well.  Most of the fish are in their late summer pattern.  The fish are a bit deeper than most people are fishing.  Most of the fish are in 15-20 ft of water.  The boat traffic has been crazy, you want to get to the launch before 6 a.m. and off by 11 a.m.  The lake...
  • 7/16/2012 11:05:00 AM
    Lake Geneva fishing has been great even considering the hot weather.  Both smallmouth and largemouth can be readily caught in relatively shallow water.  Lake Trout fishing has been phenomenal.  You want to fish first light or in dusk conditions. Lake Trout fishing has been great in the main lake basin in 106-112 ft of water.  T...
  • 7/12/2012 12:15:00 PM
    By Frank Zumpf I had another fisherman ask me how I could fish in the hot weather this week.  This started a conversation about the quality of fish for the table in warm weather.  I contend that there is no difference summer or winter—you just have to take a few more precautions in the summer. If I am going to keep any fish I go...
  • 7/12/2012 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 column pertains to flathead catfishing the sloughs of Mississippi River pool 8 near Lacrosse in 2003. In addition to the guid...
  • 7/11/2012 1:25:00 PM
    By Steve Suman Following a July Fourth holiday week of heat and storms, this week offers a promising forecast, with a few chances for showers and warm temperatures, but with most days not exceeding 90 degrees. “Muskie action was good until we were besieged by record setting temperatures last week,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “In ...
  • 7/10/2012 4:05:00 PM
    Strong walleye bite continues even as the weather heats up. We have been dong very well on walleyes in 6 to 10 feet of water working jigs tipped with crawlers and leeches along outside weed lines and channel edges. The smallmouth bass fishing has been fantastic. We are doing very well on smallies running small crankbaits and/or jigs tipped with tu...
  • 7/10/2012 3:50:00 PM
    By Zack Seitz, Nic Gerhartz and Matt Nelson The Schwackers…Matt Nelson, Zack Seitz and Nic Gerhartz. Bowfishing (or, as we call it, schwacking) has been one of my favorite pastimes for several years. I started about 3 years ago when my friends Nic Gerhartz and Matt Nelson introduced me to it. After shooting my first few carp, I was hooke...
  • 7/10/2012 2:25:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Finally a break from the heat came in the form of a storm Friday night that brought rain, wind and some cool night time temps.  Didn't seem to affect the fishing as good bites continued throughout the weekend.  Lots of bass action as expected, but also walleye, musky and bluegill bites got better. Larg...
  • 7/10/2012 2:10:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson With 80 to 84 degree surface temps you would expect fishing to slow down a bit as fish should be moving into deeper water.  Last week has proved that wrong. Clients and customers are reporting good catches of Gills, Crappie, and Perch. They are catching these Panfish in 5 to 15 feet of water. Walleye action...
  • 7/10/2012 1:25:00 PM
    By Darrell Pendergrass The droning sound of a gazillion insane mosquitoes swirled crazily around our heads. The night was humid. The evening draped itself heavily across our shoulders. Neither Jack nor I could manage a smile as we waited along the shoreline of the river, nor would we try to find any real joy. We were angry. Along the river fisher...
  • 7/10/2012 12:50:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kenny Wallock With the water temps in the high 70's the fishing has been explosive the past weeks for my clients as were the excellent fireworks display here on the Stevens Point Flowage. All the rain the northern part of the state really got the fish biting well with good current flow a couple weeks ago. My clients have been...
  • 7/9/2012 4:40:00 PM
    By John Luthens The Oconto River dumps into Green Bay in a wide swath.  And if you look at the river like a tree, the mouth of the Oconto would be the heavy wooden trunk grounded in the vast waters of Lake Michigan. The Oconto narrows in a gradual taper.  It runs through Oconto Falls in a frantic rush, with the crashing falls like swayi...
  • 7/9/2012 4:15:00 PM
    The extreme heat continued for another week, it didn’t however, have a negative impact on fishing.  Most of the fish are in their mid-summer patterns.  They are off the weedlines in 18-20 ft of water. Northern pike action has been very good in 25-27 ft of water.  Look for the fish by Belvidere Park and just west of Willow Poin...
  • 7/9/2012 4:05:00 PM
    All the warm weather over the past few weeks has the lake water some of the warmest I’ve seen in July in 21 years of guiding. The good news is that it hasn’t affected fishing.Fishing remains excellent. Even though we have 80 degree surface temperatures, the large and smallmouth bass are still relatively shallow. Most of my success is c...
  • 7/9/2012 3:50:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jeff Winters Fishing got quite a bit tougher since my last report.  We had to endure a bug hatch, 10 straight days of storms and a miserable heat blast.  Fishing was hard. The past few days have shown some pretty good action on a bunch of different fish.  It’s a crawler bite now and this opened the door ...
  • 7/9/2012 3:05:00 PM
    Hot weather means even hotter fishing. The bite for muskies this past week has been outstanding. We have been catching quite a few nice fish in the mid to upper thirty inch range along with some real good 40 plus inch fish. The Wisconsin River system also recently produced a nice 50 incher for good friend Jordan Kelbley this past week.  The b...
  • 7/9/2012 11:20:00 AM
    The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce report; Fishing is starting to pick up again and the anglers are pleased to see the water starting to clear up. Bay Days is coming July 13th through the 15th. This is a Home Town Festival that is fun for the entire family. What a wonderful time of year to come and visit, enjoy the festival at Bay View Park, and ...
  • 7/9/2012 10:45:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler I was out fishing three times in this extreme heat and caught all the panfish I wanted.  I went at 5 am or 7 pm and the bite was on.  I was fishing near Lone Rock and just using a waxworm, size 8 hook, and a small bobber.  You need to look for small open pockets in the lily pads and then it just takes a good ca...
  • 7/6/2012 10:20:00 AM
    By Steve Suman Just in time for the summer vacation and recreation season, the DNR has added a new activities locator – Explore Outdoors – to its website. Visitors can search millions of acres of public lands by county, city, property type, or outdoor activities, and can cover all opportunities on DNR state parks, trails, forests, natu...