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Inland Fishing Wisconsin

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  • 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...
  • 8/10/2020 2:55:00 PM
    Kit Contains Visuals, Data, B-Roll & Interviews    MADISON, Wis — In partnership with the news release you received earlier titled "Water Safety Always Starts With A Life Jacket" the DNR has created a Water Safety Toolkit for use in your coverage. Contained within this kit is water fatality data, water safety-related ima...
  • 8/5/2020 11:35:00 AM
    The fish are in their mid summer patterns.  The water temperatures have increased so most of the fish are in the deeper water and aggressively hitting.  With the excessive rains we had a couple of weeks ago, there is a severe algae bloom on the lake.               &nbs...
  • 8/5/2020 11:35:00 AM
    The previous week’s poor fishing looks good now!  Cooling water temps due to night time lows below 50 degrees have lakes going through a major chill, many loosing 10 degrees or more of surface temps in the past couple days. Northern Pike:  Fair – On windy or cloud covered days, Pike moving up to weed tops to take spinner bait...
  • 8/5/2020 11:30:00 AM
    August 3, 2020 Steve Suman Forecasts show another beautiful, slightly cooler week ahead, with a few rain chances. The lows in the 40s and 70-degree highs are nearly perfect for all outdoor activities, so take advantage of this weather while it is available! “Recent weather certainly helped aquatic life in the Quiet Lakes,&rd...
  • 8/5/2020 11:30:00 AM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva, remains a very consistent bite.  Most fish species are very active and able to be caught.             Northern Pike fishing has been the most consistent pattern.  The fish are now positioned from 32-35 ft.  Most of the fish are averaging around 26 inches ...
  • 7/31/2020 5:05:00 PM
    RICE LAKE, WI – July 30, 2020 Henry Repeating Arms Company announced that it is voluntarily recalling all H015-series Single Shot Rifles and Single Shot Shotguns manufactured prior to July 1, 2020. Henry has recently discovered a potential safety is...
  • 7/29/2020 1:15:00 PM
    Steve Suman We have a great week ahead! Sunshine, upper 70 highs, low 50 lows, and chances are 80 percent against rain. If the hot, humid weather has limited your outdoor activities, this week is the time to let loose and have some summer fun! August 1 application deadline reminder: The application deadline to apply for bobcat, fis...
  • 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 1:15:00 PM
                Fishing on Lake Geneva, remains a very consistent bite.  Most fish species are very active and able to be caught.             Northern Pike fishing has been the most consistent pattern.  The fish are now positioned fr...
  • 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...