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  • 6/10/2020 1:25:00 PM
    ASHLAND, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a virtual public meeting later this month to discuss the management of Lake Superior’s unique resources. The virtual meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 23. Members of the public can access the meeting via Skype or by calling 1-866-715-6499...
  • 6/10/2020 1:05:00 PM
    June 8, 2020 Steve Suman   This week should see a return to cooler (i.e., more seasonal) temperatures, but better keep rain gear handy through Thursday! While the forecast is less than encouraging, remember that forecasts are often wrong. Take advantage of the good days to get outdoor and fish, hike, bike, golf, or whatever &ndash...
  • 6/9/2020 7:10:00 AM
    This past week fishing has improved dramatically.  The fish are starting to go into their early summer patterns and the weather is also starting to act like early summer.  The largemouth bass are in the shallows and can be easily caught on either artificial lures or live nightcrawlers.  The best depth is in the 5-6 ft. range around ...
  • 6/9/2020 7:10:00 AM
    Public Hearing Juun 11 on Lake Michigan Whitefish Management MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a virtual preliminary public hearing next week relating to future permanent rules for Lake Michigan whitefish management and Great Lakes commercial harvest reporting. The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Th...
  • 6/9/2020 7:05:00 AM
    Fishing remains very good overall.  The warmer days have been warming the waters.  If we can get a stable weather pattern fishing should be excellent for the next few weeks.  Largemouth bass are still spawning.  They are located in 2-6 ft. of water on hard sand bottoms.  The best location is either by Geneva Bay or by Bigf...
  • 6/6/2020 12:45:00 PM
    June 1, 2020 Steve Suman   On the heels of Sunday night’s 35-degree low (not a typo!), this week’s forecast predicts a mix of rain, thunderstorms, and sun, with highs in the 80s and lows not below 50 degrees. Take advantage of the Free Fun and Free Fishing weekend June 6-7, but keep an eye on the weather. &n...
  • 6/6/2020 12:45:00 PM
    Late May cold front put the brakes on the area fishing this past weekend.  Temps into the low 30’s with frost warnings can do that.  Fishing that was great for many anglers Wed/Thur took a turn by Sat/Sun.  Good news is warm weather already coming back. Bluegill:  Very Good-Fair – Gills flocked into shallows, but pu...
  • 6/2/2020 6:45:00 AM
    With the cooler spring the lake seems to be about two weeks behind schedule as far as fishing goes.     There are a lot of smallmouth bass in the shallow flats making nests and cruising.  They are still relatively easy to catch for the sight fishermen.  Some of the smallmouth have been almost 5 pounds.  The best depth...
  • 6/2/2020 6:45:00 AM
    The warmer water temperatures have improved fishing greatly.  The storm fronts throughout the week did little to negatively affect fishing.  The fish are starting to act like they normally do this time of year. Largemouth bass are spawning in the shallows.  Look for them in 1-4 ft. of water, they are guarding their nests and chasing...
  • 6/2/2020 6:10:00 AM
    May 25, 2020 Steve Suman Forecasts for rain over the Memorial Day weekend did not come to fruition, with the exception of thunderstorms Monday morning. As such, it is probably best to take the forecast for the remainder of this week as a toss-up. Though it currently shows wet and warm as a distinct “possibility” – think positive...
  • 6/2/2020 6:10:00 AM
    Memorial weekend provided lots of great fishing opportunities for those that got outside to spend some time on the water.  The early weekend this year coincided with an important warm up in water temperature, which got fishing interesting. Musky:  Very Good – The season opened up on Saturday with lots of action as anglers reported ...
  • 5/27/2020 8:05:00 AM
    May 25, 2020 Steve Suman   Forecasts for rain over the Memorial Day weekend did not come to fruition, with the exception of thunderstorms Monday morning. As such, it is probably best to take the forecast for the remainder of this week as a toss-up. Though it currently shows wet and warm as a distinct “possibility” – think ...
  • 5/26/2020 6:20:00 AM
    With the warmer weather, fishing has improved dramatically.  The holiday weekend was completely crazy!  Boats everywhere.              The smallmouth bass are starting to spawn.  They are located anywhere between 8 and 12 ft. of water on the spawning flats, such as Maytag p...
  • 5/26/2020 6:15:00 AM
    May 18, 2020 Steve Suman   Warm spring weather is finally arriving in the North Woods, just in time for Memorial Day. The forecast calls for high temperatures hitting the low 80s by the weekend, with lows dropping only to the low/mid 50s. This should be a great week to get outdoors and catch up on fresh air and sunshine!   “Ang...
  • 5/26/2020 6:15:00 AM
    Fishing still remains difficult.  The water temperature has only risen a few degrees this week.  With the strong winds later in the week, the water was stirred up a bit.  Most of the action is very shallow around the boat docks. Largemouth bass have been caught while they have been cruising the shallow waters (3-4 ft.)  The bes...
  • 5/26/2020 6:15:00 AM
    Last week fishing on Delavan was hit or miss, you could catch fish all week if you weren’t particular about the species.  Largemouth bass and bluegills were the most consistent bite this week.  Walleyes were very spotty.   Largemouth bass are preparing to spawn, they are in 2-3 ft. of water.  I have yet to see them start...
  • 5/19/2020 10:00:00 AM
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  • 5/17/2020 12:15:00 PM
    With the cool weather, the water temperatures are still hovering around 49-50 degrees.  Fishing has been still relatively slow, but there are some fish being caught.                 Smallmouth bass fishing has been very sporadic.  The best way to catch the fish are whe...
  • 5/17/2020 11:30:00 AM
    Snow (not as much as south of us, but any snow in May is too much), cold, and most of all wind has made the week following the opener rather tough.  Lake surface temps are lower now (40-48 degrees) than a week ago (44-55 degrees) thanks to below freezing nights.  The shallows cool off every morning making late morning through dusk the bes...
  • 5/11/2020 5:55:00 PM
    DNR News Roundup  ·         Fish Farms Seek Renewal Of Permits To Operate In Public Waters ·         Grand River Marsh Dam Access Restricted As Dam Repair Construction Begins ·         2...
  • 5/6/2020 9:10:00 AM
    Opening Day was Saturday May 2rd.  Fishermen found an awesome day, sunny skies and light winds.  The water temp is approximately 5 degrees colder than last year.  Fishing should be improving as the water warms and the bass become closer to spawning.  The best action was smallmouth bass.  The fish this time of year are susp...
  • 5/6/2020 9:05:00 AM
    May 4, 2020 Steve Suman If you enjoy outdoor recreation of any type, this past weekend provided you some extremely nice weather to do so, though with a stiff breeze and cooler temperatures Sunday. This week looks a bit cooler, but get out and enjoy the sunshine and absorb Vitamin D! “Anglers are targeting the warmest Quiet Lakes&rsquo...
  • 5/6/2020 9:05:00 AM
    Opening Day has arrived.  With the number of boats at the boat launch, all the other lakes in Walworth county have seen very high boat traffic.  Boat trailers were being parked all the way to South Shore drive.  The best action continues to be the panfish.  The bluegills are biting in the shallow water about 3-4 feet.  The ...
  • 5/6/2020 9:00:00 AM
    The 2020 Opener is in the books and while not a great opener, it could be deemed pretty darn good, all things considered.  While the Covid issue kept some people away, and the closing of the Lac Du Flambeau Reservation landings sent anglers to other bodies of water, we didn’t have to face ice for the first time in three openers and the w...
  • 4/30/2020 7:20:00 AM
    In 1983, Bobby Cammack Jr., Harold, Jan and Cheryl Treland, along with Jane Bidwell came up with a little idea called the “Treeland Walleye Challenge”. This was a fishing event designed to get people out of the house in the spring of the year and have a good time. As important as the fishing aspect of the tournament was, what evolved ...