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3/8/2019
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  • 5/14/2012 3:35:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan Well, the opener is finally here and beautiful weather has arrived with it.  This last week I was out four times and did good most of the time.  Opening day we limited out on walleyes on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage with most of the fish coming off edges of the river channel in 7...
  • 5/14/2012 3:20:00 PM
    The Ashland area fishing is very good for multiple species according to anglers.  Northerns have been biting along the Ashland shoreline with anglers catching them in the shallows. Bass are also staging in the shallows right now and smallies can be found in Sand Cut as well as other areas in the Bay. River Rock Inn and Bait Shop report the 20...
  • 5/14/2012 2:55:00 PM
    White bass are biting “GANG BUSTERS” on the Wolf River, according to expert Wisconsin angler John Faucher, owner of Johnny’s Little House of Bait in New London. Also of note is the fabulous catfishing. “They are literally everywhere,” said Faucher. Even behind the bait shop. A number of folks have fished with me here ...
  • 5/14/2012 2:45:00 PM
    Even though the spring has been exceptionally warm, the water temperature hasn’t increased yet.  Currently the lake is fishing exactly like it would in a normal year, where March wasn’t 70-80 degrees. Rock bass are pretty much everywhere in 6-7 ft of water.  The best location is Belvidere Park and by Knollwood.  The best...
  • 5/14/2012 2:40:00 PM
    With the cool nights, the water temperature hasn’t come up much.  It is very typical for this time of year.  The bluegills are shallow and the bass are cruising in 2-3 ft of water. The best bluegill action is in 2-3 ft of water in the channels.  They can be caught on slip bobbers with a small ice jig.  The best location i...
  • 5/14/2012 2:25:00 PM
    By John Luthens I heard somewhere, or maybe I read it in a DNR publication, that every lake in the state must have at least one point of public access.  Being a lazy journalist, I decided to not even check the facts.  Because even if it is not true, I think it should be.  Every fisherman should have a good boat landing. I’m n...
  • 5/14/2012 2:05:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson The Crappie action is slowing a little but good numbers are still being found.  Bluegill are really turning on with some really nice size fish being caught. The gills are really shallow and hitting just about anything that you throw at them. I have been using Wax worms on a plain hook about a foot under a fl...
  • 5/14/2012 10:15:00 AM
    This past week has been very good for limit catches of crappies. We have been catching most of our fish in 12 to 14 feet of water on slip bobbers rigs baited up with small minnows. We have also been seeing some fish in the shallow bays and are catching a fair amount of nice crappies in 1 to 3 feet of water as well. The walleye bite is going strong...
  • 5/10/2012 1:00:00 PM
    By Darrell Pendergrass A long way up the river I pulled my fly rod from the canoe and set to casting for trout. It’s a family tradition that we come here for the Wisconsin fishing opener. It’s a long paddle up the White River, but usually the effort is rewarded with some trout, most times German browns. Sometimes it’s brook trou...
  • 5/9/2012 4:30:00 PM
    This year, spring in most of Wisconsin has been a “roller coast” ride with record warm temperatures in March and then a cooling and more normal month of April. The record weather in March got fish spawning much earlier than normal, birds migrating north weeks a head of schedule, flowers and trees budding and emerging weeks early, and we...
  • 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...