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  • 9/23/2020 11:30:00 AM
    September 21, 2020 Steve Suman   This week (says the forecast) should be warm and sunny, with a few chances of showers. Foliage colors are turning quickly following frosts last week. This is a beautiful time to recreate and sightsee in the North Woods!   “Changing weather and falling water temperatures on the Quiet Lakes&n...
  • 9/23/2020 11:30:00 AM
                    Fishing on Delavan has become a bit spotty.  Some days the action is better than others.  Fishing pressures remains light.                 Walleyes are in the 12-15 ft depth...
  • 9/22/2020 2:55:00 PM
    It has been the strangest summer anyone can remember. For one thing, the weather has been inconsistent all summer long. In the end of July we went from temperatures in the nineties one weekend to the low seventies the next weekend.In part, because of the weather, fishing has been the worst we have seen in the last fifteen years. When we normally ha...
  • 9/16/2020 1:45:00 PM
    Well there’s good news and bad news on Lake Geneva.  Since Labor Day has come and gone, the pleasure boat traffic has dropped off a lot.  There is plenty of room for the fishing boats.  The bad news of course, is that the fishing is just not that great. The largemouth bass are in small schools.  Once you hit a school you ...
  • 9/16/2020 1:45:00 PM
    Fishing this past week has been rather spotty.  There are some nice catches of pan fish and a few game fish, however, the numbers of game fish have been reduced by about ½.  I have no idea if this is due to the water temperature or the 20 days of stable weather. Bluegills are in 16 ft of water.  I have been getting some of th...
  • 9/16/2020 1:35:00 PM
    FISHING WISCONSIN In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays.  This may change based on availability of reports and work schedules of field staff.  This fishing report information comes from our creel survey clerks, who work in the lakeshore areas from March thro...
  • 9/9/2020 3:45:00 PM
    With the cooler nights and shorter days, Delavan Lake is starting to move towards the fall fishing patterns.  Now after Labor Day, the pleasure boaters are limited however the lake is still seeing tremendous fishing pressure.  Almost any day of the week there are trucks and trailers parking on the grass at the boat launch.   &n...
  • 9/9/2020 3:45:00 PM
    September 7, 2020 Steve Suman   “Noticeable” weather changes occur this time of year – and apparently, some are occurring this week. Expect some nights in the 30s (frost possible) and highs in the 50s/60s, both about 10 degrees below average, and some rain showers. There will be also be days of sunshine and mild temperatur...
  • 9/9/2020 3:45:00 PM
    Cool weather and lots of wind made for a quieter than normal Labor Day weekend on the water.  The wind was probably the biggest factor, making boat control and any type of finesse fishing difficult.  Water temps, thanks to an unusually cool early September, have dropped this past week from low 70’s to low-mid 60’s. Musky:&nbs...
  • 9/9/2020 3:40:00 PM
                What a difference a week makes!  It’s like a light switch, once Labor day hits, the Lake Geneva area goes quiet.  The boat launch in Williams Bay has an average of 4 or 5 boats in the water.  Just a note, the Williams Bay boat launch will close for the season Se...
  • 9/8/2020 11:05:00 AM
    Second Lake Whitefish meeting set for Sept. 22. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host a second virtual meeting later this month to hear from anyone interested in Lake Michigan whitefish. This virtual meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p....
  • 8/31/2020 12:35:00 PM
    With the stable weather fishing remains very consistent on Delavan Lake.  The only problem has been excessive boat traffic.  You really want to get out early in the a.m. or late afternoon to avoid some of the traffic and the excessive heat. Walleye fishing has slowed a bit.  You are still able to catch a few fish everytime out but t...
  • 8/31/2020 12:35:00 PM
    Steve Suman   The forecast indicates another mostly warm week with a mix of sunshine and thunderstorms. At this time, it shows Monday night with the only possibility of severe weather. As is always the case, make plans and follow plans, but watch for changing conditions. Fishing is often extremely good before a storm – but do NOT take ...
  • 8/31/2020 12:35:00 PM
    The heat and humidity are at least consistent.  We have had many many days of really hot weather and no rain for quite a while.              Northern Pike are still biting on the thermocline.  I’m finding bigger fish 35 ft and deeper.  The smaller fish are readily ava...
  • 8/31/2020 12:30:00 PM
    Reports have been improving as we passed through a new moon phase and anglers saw better action. Water temps remain in the low to mid 70’s and patterns became clearer as more anglers probed about to figure them out. Bluegill: Good-Very Good.   Happens every year about the third week or so of August. Flying ants appear all over, fal...
  • 8/23/2020 2:25:00 PM
    LAKE MICHIGAN OUTDOOR FISHING REPORT - AUGUST 19, 2020 FISHING WISCONSIN In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on availability of reports and work schedules of field staff. REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps whi...
  • 8/23/2020 2:20:00 PM
    First the good news, the heat and humidity have vanished, comfortable weather is here.  Now the bad news, it’s the middle of August, the weather is telling us that fall is on its way, back to school and  the end of summer are fast approaching.  Hurry, get your rod and reel out before it’s too late! Northern Pike action h...
  • 8/23/2020 2:20:00 PM
    August 17, 2020 Steve Suman   The forecast shows a hit-and-miss week for sunshine and possible rain showers, but with no expectations of severe storms. Most daily highs are in the mid-70s to low 60s, so great weather –again – for outdoor recreation. While it might be difficult to believe (perhaps even more difficult to accept), ...
  • 8/23/2020 2:15:00 PM
    These seem to be the dog days of August.  Fishing just so-so.  A good day here, followed by a tough couple days there. Bluegill:  Good – Best outside coontail edges, suspended down 8-12’ over 16’.  Tiny jigs, small leeches below small slip-floats best. Largemouth Bass:  Good-Fair – Work wacky worms...
  • 8/23/2020 2:15:00 PM
    With the cooling waters, fishing has been improving daily.  The fish are starting to enter the fall pre-turnover pattern.  The Northern Pike fishing has slowed a bit with the weather.  You can still catch fish, however the large numbers aren’t as available.  With the temperature change, they are spreading out off the deep...
  • 8/13/2020 5:05:00 PM
    Some break in the slow fishing last week came in the form of a front bringing clouds and wind and NOT cool weather by the weekend.  Fishing seemed to pick up, though not great, but better than previous couple weeks. Bluegill:  Poor-Good – Improved as weather warmed.  Active throughout.  Weed related, be it cabba...
  • 8/11/2020 10:35:00 AM
    August 10, 2020 Steve Suman This week should be similar to last week, with warm temperatures, mild nights, and low percentage chances for rain and thunderstorms, though increasing odds for the weekend. Great weather – get out and enjoy it! “Last week’s weather was ideal for outdoor activities on the Quiet Lakes,” say...
  • 8/10/2020 3:00:00 PM
    Fishing on Delavan has been a bit tough lately.  The boat traffic and fishing pressure both remain very high.  You can still catch some large fish but the numbers have been reduced significantly. Largemouth bass have moved from the deep weedlines into the shallows in 10 to 12 ft of water.  A lot of fish are also being caught around ...
  • 8/10/2020 3:00:00 PM
    Smallmouth bass are in the 20-25 ft depth range off of weed points.  The best location has been by the Military Academy or by Fontana.  The best approach has been lindy rigging nightcrawlers or jumbo leeches.  Drop shot anglers are also catching quality fish. Largemouth bass remain in the deeper water from 20 ft down to 30 ft. ...
  • 8/10/2020 2:55:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – With over 15,000 lakes and 84,000 miles of rivers and streams, thousands of Wisconsinites and visitors flock to shorelines for a chance to get on the water. What makes for a fun activity can also quickly turn dangerous. In Wisconsin, 89% of the 2019 boat fatalities were not wearing life jackets. Nationwide, that statisti...