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  • 2/24/2016 12:00:00 PM
    Ashland Area Fishing Report for Feb. 19, 2016   ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  With the rain and warmer temperatures, conditions are changing constantly.  The weather forecast for this weekend has been altered drastically with a pred...
  • 2/24/2016 12:00:00 PM
    2/19/2016- Reported by AAA Sports  The past 2 days we have had some good reports. Crappies, perch and walleye around the area have been good early morning on Spooner Lake and Lipsie Lake. Early evening has been good on Shell Lake.  A guy was in with his limit of panfish off of Dilly Lake.  They are using mostly...
  • 2/24/2016 12:00:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Day 7 is now in the books and harvest decreased on Lake Winnebago today compared to the past two days.  Today’s harvest of 20 fish brings the season total on Lake Winnebago to 265 fish, 5 of which have exceeded 100 pounds.  The biggest fish harvested from Lake Winnebago today wa...
  • 2/19/2016 1:10:00 PM
    While many regions of the state were just finishing shoveling after this past week's snowfall, this weekend promises significantly warmer temperatures across the state with a high chance of snowmelt especially in the south. That being said, some area lakes in the Northwoods are holding on 10 to 12 inches of ice, with a thin and more brittle layer o...
  • 2/19/2016 1:05:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   As promised I have produced a vignette comparing the early season harvest of the 2016 sturgeon spear fishery on Lake Winnebago to those of past seasons, particularly full 16 day seasons that occurred within the last 15 years.  As stated in the vignette, we aren’t plowing new groun...
  • 2/19/2016 10:00:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearers: The saga continues with the 2016 sturgeon spear season on the Lake Winnebago System as Day 4 is now complete.  A total of 38 fish were harvested today (11 from Lake Winnebago and 27 from the Upriver Lakes).  Yesterday we had the biggest fish of the last two seasons harvested (147.9 poun...
  • 2/19/2016 9:55:00 AM
    Fellow Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearers: Day 3 of the 2016 sturgeon spearing season is now complete and the total harvest dropped substantially from yesterday.  There were a total of 44 fish harvested on the Winnebago System today (24 from Lake Winnebago and 20 from the Upriver Lakes).  There were only 5 adult females harvested o...
  • 2/19/2016 9:55:00 AM
    Steve Suman This week’s forecast continues to change, but it appears we have a warming trend starting, with a mix of precipitation early and late in the week. The current prediction for Friday and Saturday (during this weekend’s American Birkebeiner), is about 40 degrees. “Most lakes still have 8-10 inches of ice,” says Pa...
  • 2/19/2016 9:55:00 AM
    After a week of watching the fishing plummet right along with the air temperature (20 below on Valentine’s Day) some fresh reports from Monday(2/15) are going to help add a little better outlook on this week’s report.  The sub-zero temps and winds kept most anglers looking for other things to do this past weekend.  Those ...
  • 2/19/2016 9:45:00 AM
    The Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Law Enforcement is asking for the public's help in solving a case of property damage and interfering with lawful fishing/harassment. Sometime after close of sturgeon spearing (1 p.m.) on Sat., February 13, and opening of spearing (7 a.m.) on Sun. February 14, an individual had his spearing shack complet...
  • 2/19/2016 9:35:00 AM
    Ice conditions in Central Wisconsin are very good with an average of 14 to 18 inches of good solid ice on most lakes with little snow cover making travel and access very good.  Further north we are encountering lakes with lots of snow cover and several inches of deep slush making for difficult travel conditions.   The fishing has been g...
  • 2/19/2016 9:35:00 AM
    ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  A wide variety of fish continue to be caught in the area, including brown trout, whitefish, perch, northern pike and splake. “People are fishing up to Houghton Point now,” said Carolyn Swartz, co-owner...
  • 2/19/2016 9:30:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: My previous report contained the harvest numbers for today, but I wanted to also put this year’s opening day harvest into perspective with recent seasons.  For starters, the opening day harvest of 151 fish on the Upriver Lakes is the 6th largest opening day harvest sin...
  • 2/19/2016 9:20:00 AM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!  Day 2 of the 2016 spearing season is now all wrapped up and the struggle continued for spearers on Lake Winnebago, as 63 fish were harvested today.  Overall, the north shore of the Lake remained slow with a total of 12 fish being registered be...
  • 2/19/2016 9:20:00 AM
    By John Luthens  I rolled into the Wendt’s marina sturgeon registration station in Van Dyne, Wisconsin on the western shore of Lake Winnebago, tentatively poking my head out of the truck to test the weather. The zero-degree marker of the Fahrenheit scale seemed to be the center of an election year struggle. The sun voted in favor of an ...
  • 2/15/2016 12:25:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:   Day 1 of the 2016 Sturgeon Spearing season on the Winnebago System is in the books and things went as expected for the most part.  The water clarity on Lake Winnebago contributed to a slow first day with a total harvest of 84 fish.  Wendt’s was the busiest ...
  • 2/15/2016 12:25:00 PM
    ASHLAND, Wis. -- A public hearing on an emergency rule to support continued recovery of lake trout populations in Lake Superior will be held by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Tuesday Feb. 23 starting at 5 p.m. at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland.   The public hearing will cover the 201...
  • 2/12/2016 9:35:00 AM
    Cold temperatures this week are helping to preserve snow conditions for ski and snowmobile trails, and are helping to build up ice on lakes, which is good news for the Winnebago System lake sturgeon spearing season that kicks off at 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. The system boasts one of the largest, self-sustaining lake sturgeon populati...
  • 2/12/2016 9:35:00 AM
     SAFC Pro Staff - Dan  February 8th, 2016 THESE FISHING FORUMS OFFER THE BEST INFORMATION FOR ANGLERS. DIVE IN! DOUGLAS PATON, SAFC CONTRIBUTOR If you’re anything like me, one of the first things you do when you start to think about a fishing trip is hop on the internet to see what other anglers might have to say about the f...
  • 2/11/2016 1:10:00 PM
    MILWAUKEE - Kids 15-years-old and younger are invited to discover the joys of ice fishing at the 25th annual Kids' Ice Fishing Clinics on Saturday, Feb. 13, at park lagoons in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. The free clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will receive instruction on the proper use of equipment and techn...
  • 2/11/2016 1:05:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:   Typically we check water clarity at least twice leading up to the sturgeon spearing season.  The first check was roughly two weeks ago and we had 4-7’ of visibility throughout Lake Winnebago, 3-6’ of clarity on Lake Poygan and 1.5-3.5’ on Lake Butte des Morts ...
  • 2/11/2016 1:05:00 PM
    Steve Suman More “winter-like” weather returns to the Hayward area this week when we get the full mix of snow, wind and subzero low temperatures. Cold and snow – in that order – could improve ice conditions for anglers and snowmobilers, and the snow will greatly enhance the (heavily used this past weekend) snowmobile and cr...
  • 2/9/2016 4:05:00 PM
    Once again our area missed the heavy snow that was predicted, a narrow band of only 4-5” when both east and west of our area got 9-10” last Tuesday. Also the snow was light and dry. High winds pushed most of it off the lakes, maintaining good travel for A.T.V’s as well as snowmobiles and some truck travel where ice thickness allow...
  • 2/9/2016 4:00:00 PM
    ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Although the ice on the bay is definitely not as thick as most years, the majority of ice fishermen are just glad to have the chance to get out and drop a line. Strong winds have broken up and blown away the ice ...
  • 2/5/2016 10:55:00 AM
    Archived under: Previous Outdoor Reports   This past week saw snowfall, rain, sleet and the onset of colder temperatures across much of the state. The heaviest bands of snow were across west central and northwestern Wisconsin, some spots receiving 8 to 10 inches. Lesser amounts of 4 to 6 inches fell across much of the rest of centra...