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  • 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 ...
  • 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...