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  • 10/31/2012 8:35:00 AM
    10-28-12  I think this column has been going out weekly for about five months now. Internet technology moves fast, and since the beginning, time has gone by in a blur.  Somewhere in the middle of that blur, Dick Ellis asked me what the title of my column should be. I don’t move with the sudden flash of a digital signal flying over...
  • 10/30/2012 4:30:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Most of the fish are in their fall pattern right now. Anglers are reporting walleye in 18 to 30 feet of water and crappie action between 25 and 35 feet of water. Both species are sticking close to the bottom of the lake and are being taken on fathead-tipped jigs or slip bobbers. The Smallmouth have really turned...
  • 10/30/2012 3:45:00 PM
    By Professional guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan Yesterday was a rain out, but Monday and Wednesday we targeted walleye and smallmouth.  Monday we fished the Turtle side of the Flowage and looked for walleye in the river channels and deep shorelines.  After trying several spots with only a few smaller walleyes to show for it w...
  • 10/30/2012 3:15:00 PM
    The following is a Crime Alert Network Bulletin from the Wis. Department of Justice concerning a fraudulent boat sale/scam. If you have questions or information, please contact the Crime Alert Network at 608-240-3597, or use this e-mail: info@wisconsincrimealert.gov. A Tennessee resident responded to a local Craigslist ad for a boat for sale with ...
  • 10/26/2012 12:30:00 PM
    By Joel DeBoer The arrival of late autumn here in Wisconsin signifies many things, including the impending closure of musky season at the end of November. Late season musky angling is not for the faint of heart as the weather can be downright nasty, the windows of fish activity are some of the shortest of the year, and the potential to tangle with...
  • 10/26/2012 11:10:00 AM
    Cooler temperatures and lots of rain have fish moving in different directions. Shorter days has rutting activity under way. Ron Hall from Chicago with a nice musky Bill Boger from Lodi Wisconsin with a nice musky Musky action has been very good with some really nice fish being caught this past week.  With all the recent ...
  • 10/26/2012 10:45:00 AM
  • 10/23/2012 3:10:00 PM
    Aquatic Resources Education-Fisheries Management-WIsconsin Department of Natural Resources Angler Education Instructor Newsletter Fall 2012 - Issue 1 A Note From the Director... Dear Angler Education Instructors, Fine autumnal greetings to all of you!  I continue to be inspired by all you do to introduce people of all ages to Wisconsin&...
  • 10/23/2012 2:15:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Ross Water temps have stabilized or even gone up a few degrees with the warmer days. I have been seeing water temps in the upper 40s to about 51 degrees. Fall fishing should go crazy the end of this week as a major weather system pushes through the north woods. Our guides are pretty much just chasing Musky right now and...
  • 10/22/2012 2:20:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan Friday we started out trying some humps for smallmouth and bigger walleye.  The only fish we caught was a smallie on a tube jig that was just under 20 inches.  We moved to some river channels and started picking up some smaller walleyes in 18ft of water on 1/8th oz. jigs and min...
  • 10/22/2012 2:15:00 PM
    Finally the lake has stabilized with the cooler weather.  Fishing has been improving daily.  If you can catch a good day with no wind, you should have great success.  Due to the time of year, you need to take a lot of different baits and tactics for optimal success. Northern Pike are everywhere in the 10-14 ft depth range.  The...
  • 10/22/2012 2:05:00 PM
    Fishing has been very good.  We are in the late fall pattern.  I don’t believe the lake has turned over yet, that should happen if the weather remains cold within the next week or so.  Smallmouth bass have been very aggressive in the 20-25 ft depth range.  There are large numbers of fish schooled up off the deep lake poin...
  • 10/22/2012 12:10:00 PM
    Kevin and Neil sent us what a little fishing on the Wisconsin River near Richland Center can produce; like this 6.4 ounce bass and this 34 inch pike.
  • 10/22/2012 10:45:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754,  http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com. Anglers are finding  a few northerns in the Bay and there are plenty of salmon and  trout out there right now so fishing should be great, especially this weekend with  a great forecast predicting sunny skies.  The bass are ...
  • 10/22/2012 10:35:00 AM
    Jim Hudson, Hudson's On the Spot Guide Service, 715-209-6431, hudson@fishchequamegonbay.com. The Fall Bite is on!Temps are below 50 now and most fish in the bay are pushed in and putting the feed bag on. Always a great time of the year to fish, as you never know what your next cast or troll will get ya. We will have our boat in the water right unt...
  • 10/22/2012 10:30:00 AM
    This nice 25 inch walleye was released by OWO advisor Ron Klimcke on the Chippewa Flowage October 18.  According to Klimcke, the big walleyes have been biting but with recent weather changes, the bite Thursday was very light with the big fish. A Jig and a minnow is all I’ve been using,” he said.  “The Crap...
  • 10/22/2012 9:55:00 AM
    Hi from the shores of Lake Minocqua.  Fall is in full swing here in the Lakeland area.  We have been having fronts move through every couple days making for some tough fishing conditions.  Walleyes are in their fall patterns and have been providing good action.  Muskies have been providing some good days and other times are impo...
  • 10/22/2012 9:35:00 AM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson The water temps are hanging in the mid to upper 40's this week. Most fishermen are reporting catching a lot of small walleye with a few nicer eaters. The walleye are moving deeper in the lakes and customers are finding them in 20 to 30 feet of water right now. A jig and fathead minnow are still the bait of choice...
  • 10/18/2012 4:15:00 PM
    It started on a Friday morning, in a lofty barn, with the smell of straw in the air and sunlight streaming through the board cracks and onto the storage shelves that were tucked into a back stall. It was warm, dry and comfortable inside.  On the shelves lay every camping supply imaginable. Weather was coming in, and by the sounds of the weeke...
  • 10/18/2012 2:45:00 PM
    Well it's getting to be that time of the year when most anglers are concentrating on musky fishing. The water temperatures are in the mid 40° range and the fall bite for big fish has started. We are catching some very nice muskies by throwing deep diving crank baits like Bucher Depth Raiders and large plastics like the Musky Innovations Bulldaw...
  • 10/18/2012 10:25:00 AM
    New opportunities for young spearers, big fish on tap for season Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Enthusiasts, OSHKOSH – The deadline to buy sturgeon spearing licenses for the 2013 Lake Winnebago System seasons is Oct. 31, with new licensing options giving more people the opportunity to join in a tradition that brings together family, friends and bi...
  • 10/16/2012 8:45:00 AM
    With the cooler water temperatures the fish are moving shallow.  Northern Pike and Walleyes are becoming more accessible to the average fishermen.  Most of the fish in the shallower water are aggressively hitting crank baits, which is a great method for late fall fishing. Walleye fishing has been excellent in pre-dusk.  They are bit...
  • 10/16/2012 8:35:00 AM
    With the cooling temperatures, the fish have been aggressively biting.  The best bite on the lake has been the smallmouth bass and the yellow perch. Smallmouth bass can be caught lindy rigging in 22-28 ft of water off the main lake points.  I’ve been catching most of my fish by the Yacht Club, Military Academy or in front of Gage M...
  • 10/15/2012 1:45:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Lake temps continue to drop further into the 40's, a few larger lakes still in the high 40's - low 50's, but the cooling water definitely affecting fishing -- some good --some not as good. Musky: Very good. Lots of fish reported this past week. Many anglers reporting multi fish days. With nearly all lakes turned...
  • 10/15/2012 11:45:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan Wednesday I guided Bill Kountz and his friend for a half day musky fishing and had a cold windy day with very little action. Thursday I took out Dick Martini and his friend for another day of Musky fishing. I warned them that the action was slow and the forecast was calling for stronger w...