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Inland Fishing Wisconsin

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  • 7/29/2020 1:15:00 PM
                Fishing overall on Delavan remains very consistent.  There are many anglers trying to test their talents on the wary fish.  The last week, the boat launch has been the busiest I’ve seen it all year.  There is no good time to go to avoid the traffic so patience i...
  • 7/29/2020 1:00:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The public access to Tichigan Lake on Bridge Drive in the Town of Waterford will be closed from August 3-14 for a paving project. The access site will not be open to the public during that time. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Engineer, Eyad Omari, and the Wisconsin Department of Administration Con...
  • 7/29/2020 1:00:00 PM
    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 while fishing on the waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and the WI/MI, WI/MN and WI/IA boundary waters. Southe...
  • 7/22/2020 11:55:00 AM
    Henry Repeating Arms Gears Up For The Henry 180 At Road America The NASCAR Xfinity Series Race to Include Custom Trophy Rifles, Giveaways, Free Admission for Frontline Healthcare Workers & Veterans, and a New Livery for...
  • 7/22/2020 11:50:00 AM
    July 20, 2020 Steve Suman   The forecast indicates Wednesday and Thursday as the high points this week. Rain and thunderstorms are possible for the other days, but highs in the low 70s to mid 80s offer a short respite from the extreme heat. Enjoy some outdoor recreation these days – hot temperatures return this weekend and next week! ...
  • 7/22/2020 11:50:00 AM
    Over the last few weeks, fishing has been very good and continues to be good due to the warm weather.  Almost all of the species that swim in the waters of Lake Geneva are accessible for the taking. Northern Pike fishing has moved to the thermocline.  The thermocline is at approximately 30-35 ft.  Chubs fished on a lindy rig produce...
  • 7/22/2020 11:45:00 AM
    Mike Yurk “Girls need to go fishing too,” my oldest daughter Lisa Hein told me when she had her first daughter and our first granddaughter. That was some fifteen years ago. Now that daughter Amelia is fifteen years old and she and her sister Abigail, soon to turn thirteen are visiting Grandpa and Grandma in northwestern Wisconsin, for...
  • 7/18/2020 10:15:00 AM
    By John Luthens It’s the lazy depths of Wisconsin summer. Dogs lolling in the shade, birds perched silent in canopied fortresses of green. Humidity presses deep and heavy as an ocean of glass and the clouds in the sky are billowed high and stranded like sailboats awaiting a breath of wind. Basking in the silent sights, I drive towards the e...
  • 7/18/2020 10:05:00 AM
                    Lake Trout fishing has been good.  They are being caught ½ hour before first light until 6:30 a.m. and again at dusk.  They can be caught on nickel/silver or nickel/green spoons.  Most of the fish are being caught between 75 and 80 ft of...
  • 7/18/2020 10:05:00 AM
    Fishing continues to be excellent. Northern Pike can be caught on the deep weed lines.  The best approach is lindy rigging small suckers or chubs, in a depth range of 20-24 feet.  Other approaches that have had success, include trolling large deep diving crank baits or spoon plugs on the outside of the weed lines.  The best trolling ...
  • 7/18/2020 10:00:00 AM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake continues to be very good.  The only downfall has been the tremendous fishing pressure and boat traffic.  Some mornings when I launch at 5:00 am, I’m about the 50th boat on the lake.  With the excessive fishing pressure it is not hard to tell where the good spots on the lake are, just look for the boats....
  • 7/18/2020 10:00:00 AM
    A reprieve from the heat helped cool the lakes a little, lake surface temps dropped from low to mid 80’s to the mid 70’s.  Climbing again at this writing, but looks like it will cool again before a warm up this weekend. Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – Actively feeding in 8-12’ cabbage flats, anglers doing very well ...
  • 7/18/2020 10:00:00 AM
    July 13, 2020 Steve Suman   This week’s forecast shows rain and thunderstorm chances through Tuesday, and clear and sunny mid-week. Chances for rain and thunderstorms, and a warming trend, return Friday night through the weekend. That is reaching out a ways and subject to change. It is a great summer in the North Woods, despite the un...
  • 7/18/2020 9:55:00 AM
    July 6, 2020 Steve Suman   This week’s forecast looks a bit cooler, except Wednesday, but with chances for storms nearly every day until Friday and into the weekend. Chances for rain aside, these hot and sunny summer days encourage considerable outdoor activity.   “It is summer, hot and humid, and biting insects are out i...
  • 7/18/2020 9:55:00 AM
    Fishing overall has been very good.  The warmer weather of last week has increased the boat traffic on the lake.  Summer is here, the best time to fish is either early morning or late evening. Largemouth bass have been a bit spotty.  One day I can really get into them and the next day it’s a little tougher.  The bass I&rs...
  • 6/30/2020 1:20:00 PM
    June 22, 2020 Steve Suman   The current forecast predicts a very pleasant week ahead, with most lows in the 50s and highs ranging from 73 to 85 degrees. While there are chances for rain, they are at this time less than 30 percent. Take advantage of this great weather – the days are now growing shorter!   “The Quiet L...
  • 6/30/2020 1:15:00 PM
    Northern Zone Smallmouth Bass  Season Opens June 20 Smallmouth bass season opens on June 20. Wisconsin DNR SPOONER, Wis. – With waters warming up, smallmouth bass season will open beginning on June 20 for the northern management zone. While smallmouth bass season is currently open in southern Wisconsin, anglers will now have the...
  • 6/30/2020 1:15:00 PM
    Fishing continues to be pretty good on Delavan.  Since we’ve finally had a stretch of decent weather, the boat traffic is pretty strong but the fishing remains strong as well.                 Largemouth bass continue to be in two patterns.  The first is the ...
  • 6/30/2020 1:15:00 PM
    Summer is finally here and the fishing remains very good.  Several species are active and readily available.  Largemouth bass are still biting in the shallow waters around docks or in the shallow weeds.  Most of the success has been in the 8-12 ft. range.  I’ve been fishing a lot of nightcrawlers fished on a split shot ri...
  • 6/30/2020 1:15:00 PM
    Despite a few set backs from cold fronts, small storms and…dunnnnn dunn dunnn dunnn…Mayfly hatches, fishing not bad overall. Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – Cold kept many Bass out in weeds, still feeding up before bedding.  Tubes, Wacky Worms, 4” worms on jig heads, XL leeches and mud minnows for the bait pitcher...
  • 6/30/2020 1:10:00 PM
    Despite some cold temps over the weekend, fishing action has remained strong – though not in the early hours when air temps dropped into mid-upper 30’s and water temps fell into low 60’s.  But it’s June and fish got active by mid-mornings as temps rose and fish wanted to feed. Bluegill:  Very Good – Pods of ...
  • 6/30/2020 1:10:00 PM
    Although Delavan Lake is really seeing a lot of fishing pressure the bite continues to be pretty good.  The Covid-19 Has everyone coming to the lake to fish.  The most consistent bite has been for panfish.  Bluegills are both in the shallows, 3-4 ft and off the weed lines in 18-20 ft.  The best bait has been leaf worms or hellgr...
  • 6/30/2020 1:05:00 PM
    June 15, 2020 Steve Suman   The current forecast shows nice weather through Wednesday, but then predicts highs in the upper 80s and chances of rain and thunderstorms through the weekend. Forecasts seem quite fluid, so go ahead and make your plans, but keep an eye on weather conditions! It is a great time for recreation of all types in the N...
  • 6/30/2020 1:05:00 PM
    Hello Winnebago System Fisheries Management Enthusiasts,  I hope this email finds everyone healthy and well. I’ve included a link to a report from the 2019 lake sturgeon stock assessment. Notables from the 2019 assessment include record high water levels and some large fish. A thorough review of the 2019 survey results are presented in ...
  • 6/30/2020 1:05:00 PM
    This past week fishing was up and down.  The earlier half of the week the fish were very active and by mid-week fishing was slow.  But with the sunny weekend the fishing on Saturday and Sunday was pretty good. This year has been very bizarre, the largemouth and smallmouth bass are all doing different things – some are done spawning,...