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  • 7/5/2012 12:05:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Ross The walleye bite has slowed a bit on Phillips Area Waters but the bluegill and perch action is making up for it! Ross's Sport Shop Guide boats are still bringing in nice mixed bag catches. Were not bringing in limits of walleyes but we are pulling a couple of nice eaters every trip and adding some quality gills and ...
  • 7/5/2012 11:30:00 AM
    By Frank Zumpf, Local Outdoorsman It’s been hot in the Rice Lake area and the fishing has been the same.  The bass fishing has been good, with several clubs holding tournaments on Rice Lake.  This has increased the boat traffic.  I hope there will still be a place for the recreational fisherman and that safe boat handling an...
  • 6/28/2012 3:55:00 PM
    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 ...
  • 6/28/2012 3:25:00 PM
    Fishing has been very good this past week with excellent catches of walleyes and crappies coming in along with some very nice muskies.  In addition to the great fishing, we have been seeing a lot of activity around our bear baiting stations. Doug Aziz with a nice musky Charlie Peth and Doug Aziz with Charlie's musky ...
  • 6/28/2012 10:50:00 AM
    By Local Outdoorsman Frank Zumpf Now that the rains have stopped and we have the lake levels up it’s time to fish.  Local anglers have been doing well on bass.  Many are fishing the weed pockets with plastic worms.  Others are pulling a frog or mouse across the lily pads.  Be sure to take a three count after the strike ...
  • 6/28/2012 9:55:00 AM
    Fishing continues to be very good.  The best action on the lake has been largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and rock bass.  Largemouth bass have been positioned in the shallow weed flats while the smallmouth bass have been on the break line. Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent.  The best location has been by the Military Academ...
  • 6/28/2012 9:40:00 AM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake has been fantastic.  Almost all of the species of fish are biting.  The only thing that hampered fishing last week was the strong SW wind, but if you could manage the wind, you could catch fish. Walleye fishing has been good at dusk and dawn.  They are positioned on the main lake points in about 20-22 ft of w...
  • 6/26/2012 9:55:00 AM
    By John Luthens I’ve been fascinated with the guiding lifestyle for years.  When the other kids went through their phases of wanting to be an astronaut, firefighter, or the next U.S. President, I always wanted to be a professional guide. Guiding willing outdoor enthusiasts into the wild country and getting paid for it-what better way t...
  • 6/25/2012 1:00:00 PM
    My Jeep was under the weather the entire summer last year and I wasn’t able to get my boat in the water not even once. Seriously; not once. So, I got the Jeep fixed over the winter and was prepared to put the boat in the water this year and then the outboard motor went out.  I now know that overheating a motor isn’t something you ...
  • 6/25/2012 12:40:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan The walleye bite on the Flowage has been very scattered over the last week with lots of storms coming through each day.  Walleye are still hitting half a crawler on a weedless jig mostly in wood flats in 8 to 10ft of water.  I did pick up some fish in 14ft and also got some bigg...
  • 6/25/2012 11:20:00 AM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Walleye fishing is still going strong in the Phillips Area. Our guide boats are still getting limits of walleyes on most trips out and we are also catching some bonus jumbo perch and big bluegills. We are fishing leeches under slip bobbers in 10 to 18 feet of water around any wood structure. We are also getting t...
  • 6/25/2012 10:55:00 AM
    Over 30 youth participated in the Wisconsin Jr. B.A.S.S. Federation National State Tournament in Minocqua over the weekend of June 16th, hosted at The Pointe Hotel and Suites. Hunter McKinley, Cade Anderson and Brady McCoy were champions in their individual divisions. Winners move on to compete in Regional competition for the chance t...
  • 6/22/2012 11:25:00 AM
    Gary Engberg Outdoor If you have not fished Lake Winnebago, then you are missing out on one of Wisconsin’s premier walleye waters which seems to be just getting better and better every year. Lake Winnebago is the largest inland lake in the state of Wisconsin, encompassing 137,708 acres with a maximum depth of 21 feet. This breaks down to a l...
  • 6/21/2012 4:00:00 PM
    This past week has been pretty good for walleye activity. A lot of nice fish are being caught in 10 to 14 feet of water along deep weed edges on jigs tipped with minnows.  We are also seeing some nice fish coming on crankbaits like Rapalas and Bombers late in the day as they move up shallower in the weeds. Kevin Meyers with a ni...
  • 6/20/2012 12:25:00 PM
    By Darrell Pendergrass People sometimes recognize me in public settings, when we meet they usually comment on how much heavier I look in person and that I need to update my column photo – they say I’m not being very honest with my appearance. Invariably conversation will get around to fishing. “How are the fish biting?” The...
  • 6/20/2012 12:10:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jeff Winters We’ve been taking everything Mother Nature can throw at us the past 2 weeks. Wind, rain, lightening, 50+ degree temperature swings – we’ve seen it all. We still caught fish through all of it. You had to search out your bites and be patient. We are now coming out of most of the mayfly hatch and t...
  • 6/20/2012 12:00:00 PM
    Josh Dueans wrestled in this hefty 20 pound seven ounce channel cat while fishing on an outing with US Coast Guard Master Captain Kenny Wegner through Johnny's Little Shop of Bait in New London. As of June 16, Wegner began running daytime excursions and all night cat fishing trips aboard the S.S. Catisfaction on the Wolf River. Connect with Johnn...
  • 6/20/2012 11:40:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kenny Wallock Before fishing could resume, my fishing partner, Dave Kinney and I put away our fishing poles for one day, hung up our fishing hats, cleaned up the pontoons, and watched with many guests as Jason and Sherry Szymkowiak were married on the Stevens Point Flowage.  Jason calls the flowage home for fishing, hunt...
  • 6/19/2012 12:00:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Summer patterns have begun to set up.  Daily changes in the weather may alter bites here and there, but overall, things look fairly consistent with a late June/early July bite. Pike:  Very good.  Anglers targeting pike have been having good success casting shallow raps, ratllin raps, chatterbaits ...
  • 6/19/2012 11:35:00 AM
    By Steve Suman If the forecast holds true for the latter part of this week, the 63rd Annual Musky Festival should enjoy good weather. There are ‘chances’ of rain, but for most days, odds are 50-50 or better against it. “Water temperature are in the upper to mid 60s on most lakes, the low 60s on large lakes, and weed beds are dev...
  • 6/19/2012 11:00:00 AM
    By John Luthens I can tell by the sun shadows through the trees that its time.  On the far northeastern shore of Lake Winnebago, from the Indian Mound Trail in High Cliff State Park, the sun holds long in the sky before dropping into the far shores.  The hardwood oaks and maples, hiding the Native American effigy mounds, hold the shado...
  • 6/19/2012 10:35:00 AM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake has been fantastic.  You need to get to the lake early because the fishing pressure has been extraordinary from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m.  The best bite continues to be the largemouth bass and bluegills.  The bluegills are in 12-14 ft of water and the largemouth bass are in about 12-15 ft of water. Largemouth bass can...
  • 6/19/2012 10:25:00 AM
    Fishing has been very good.  The water has warmed to approximately 70 degrees.  The largemouth bass are coming off the spawn and the Lake Trout have been aggressive. Largemouth bass have finished spawning and are in 10-12 ft of water.  They can be caught on a weightless Senko or a nightcrawler split shot rig.  The best location...
  • 6/15/2012 1:55:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan I have spent the last week with different writers and a TV show trying to show them how good the fishing is in Mercer Wisconsin but the weather and the fish were not very cooperative.  30MPH winds seem to persist for days with a front that went from the 90's one day to a high of 60 t...
  • 6/15/2012 10:30:00 AM
    Walleyes have been biting well this past week on jigs tipped with minnows as well as jigs tipped with crawlers. Most of the action is coming form 6 to 10 feet of water associated with channel edges and either rock or wood. The crappie bite is good with nice catches coming from suspended fish holding in about 12 to 16 feet of water.  These fis...