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  • 11/4/2016 7:10:00 AM
    With the end of October, interest in fishing drops off.  Anglers are still in pursuit of Musky.   Some walleyes and a few crappie/perch fisherman can also be found.  With water temps a bit above average (reports of 47-53 degrees) there is still plenty of time to get out and pursue your favorite fish.Musky:  Very good. ...
  • 11/4/2016 7:10:00 AM
    October 31, 2016 Steve Suman This week’s forecast predicts highs in the upper 50s, lows in the upper 30s, and sunshine – after moving on from a drab, dreary, windy, rainy Monday. Take advantage of this unseasonably mild weather to extend the season of whatever outdoor fall activities you enjoy! Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says...
  • 11/1/2016 6:35:00 PM
    Gearing up for fall  By the time you read this article we who troll and live bait fish will be gearing up for our fall patterns and, with any luck, the trophy of a lifetime. The months of September through December should be some of the most productive times of the year. This is the period when most or all trophy fish are to be caught &hellip...
  • 10/31/2016 10:25:00 AM
    By John Luthens For my cousin, Bryce: We fight because we have been to the wild places. I fled towards Deadfall Bend with worry simmering on the backburner of my mind like a kettle of dark soup. In the beginning, the northern interstate sky was purest blue and the southern leaves of Wisconsin held tight to their color upon the trees, but the furt...
  • 10/31/2016 10:20:00 AM
    It has been a very exciting week here in Central Wisconsin.  We have had outstanding walleye and crappie fishing, along with a very good perch bite.  In addition to the previously mentioned species the musky bite has really come into its own.  Water temperatures are holding steady in the lower to mid-fifties which has some good fish ...
  • 10/31/2016 10:15:00 AM
    Steve Suman  Moderate fall weather continues in the North Woods, though with signs of moving to more seasonal aspects. This week looks to be a bit cooler and again (surprise!) includes chances for rain – with snow possible on the weekend. However, IF it occurs, Sunday’s high of 50 degrees should remove all evidence. Take advantage...
  • 10/31/2016 10:10:00 AM
    10/27/16 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service I've been fishing muskie exclusively here in the month of October.  The bite has been good to very good most days.  One thing that has been working well is dragging live suckers and casting big minnow baits. We are catching more fish deeper rather than shallow this week, see...
  • 10/31/2016 10:10:00 AM
    MADISON - The deadline to purchase sturgeon spearing licenses for the 2017 Lake Winnebago and Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing seasons is Oct. 31, with assessments from earlier this year indicating spearers will have a shot at many fish longer than 75 inches.   Wisconsin's sturgeon spearing season tradition dates to the 1930s with the ann...
  • 10/31/2016 10:05:00 AM
    The Lake Michigan weir reports for the Besadny and Root River facilities have been updated.  Please visit the following webpages for current information: Besadny - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/lakemichigan/BesadnyFacilityReport.html Root River - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/lakemichigan/RootRiverReport.html Strawberry C...
  • 10/31/2016 10:05:00 AM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Whitetail buck deer rutting activity picking up; fall salmon runs winding down on Lake Michigan tributaries  Fall colors are now past peak over most of northern and central Wisconsin, with the excepti...
  • 10/31/2016 10:05:00 AM
    Fish Watching for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Drop in at the Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery this Saturday, October 29, 2016 for some fun, family-friendly activities at their end-of-season Open House - Fall Fish Migration. All ages welcome! http://...
  • 10/31/2016 9:55:00 AM
    It has been another great week here in Central Wisconsin.  The fishing has been outstanding and the big bucks are starting to move.  Water temperatures are now in the upper 40’s to lower 50’s on area lakes and rivers. With the rut starting to get into full swing big central Wisconsin bucks are becoming less nocturnal and mo...
  • 10/21/2016 9:30:00 AM
    Anglers All, Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, is a full-service tackle and fly shop with a professional guide service for Lake Superior and area inland lakes and rivers, offering the largest selection of baits and tackle in the Chequamegon Bay area.  For the most complet...
  • 10/21/2016 9:30:00 AM
    Sun danced off the river and the bright fall colors on shore as I flipped my crankbait towards the rocky bank. I got the bait half way back to the boat when it jolted to a stop, feeling a fish pulling back. The fish tore off as my spinning rod was doubled over. Dark blue water, bright fall colors and a cloudless sky make for a good day of fishing ...
  • 10/21/2016 9:25:00 AM
    Steve Suman   According to this week’s forecast, every day following Monday should be sunny and somewhat mild, though cooler than in recent weeks. Perhaps most surprising is the lack of chances for rain and thunderstorms! This could be a GREAT week for outdoor recreation of all types – other than waterfowl hunting. Get out take a...
  • 10/17/2016 6:25:00 PM
    Fall fishing is in full swing now that last week’s cold nights helped to put the turnover behind us for the most part.  You may see surface temps top out in the mid 50’s or higher early in the week due to a couple of warm days, but, that won’t recreate a turnover as sub-surface temps will remain in the low 50’s now.Musk...
  • 10/17/2016 6:20:00 PM
    Anglers All, Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, is a full-service tackle and fly shop with a professional guide service for Lake Superior and area inland lakes and rivers, offering the largest selection of baits and tackle in the Chequamegon Bay area.  For the most complet...
  • 10/17/2016 6:20:00 PM
    The Lake Michigan weir reports for Strawberry Creek, Besadny, and the Root River have been updated.  Please visit the following webpages for current information: Strawberry Creek - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/lakemichigan/StrawberryCreekWeirReport.html Besadny - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/lakemichigan/BesadnyFacilityReport...
  • 10/17/2016 6:20:00 PM
    The Lake Michigan and Green Bay Outdoor Fishing Report was updated with current fishing information. Please visit - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html to view this latest information.
  • 10/17/2016 6:15:00 PM
    Madison – Next week, Wisconsin’s Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus is hosting its second annual Cast and Blast event at Milford Hills Hunt Club in Johnson Creek. Caucus co-chairs Senators Terry Moulton (R - Chippewa Falls) and Mark Miller (D - Monona) and Representatives Joel Kleefisch (R - Oconomowoc) and Nick Milroy (D - South...
  • 10/17/2016 6:15:00 PM
    By John Luthens  “I wish I had the boy. To help me and to see this.” – Ernest Hemmingway, The Old Man and the Sea Water punishes rocks as I climb into waders on the banks of Sauk Creek in the rising sun. Hints of October gold tint the willow bottoms along the plunge pools and a single blue heron stands watch above the high...
  • 10/13/2016 8:35:00 AM
    October 10, 2016 Steve Suman This week (according to forecasts) brings cooler temperatures, but with generally improved chances for sunshine, especially when compared with many (most?) forecasts throughout this past summer and fall! It is October – enjoy it! “We are in a very late fall,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “with ve...
  • 10/13/2016 8:35:00 AM
    MADISON - Following a series of public meetings and review of comments submitted by stakeholders, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will preserve Lake Michigan chinook salmon stocking at current levels while maintaining a diverse and robust fishery. This will be accomplished by reducing stocking levels of other...
  • 10/13/2016 8:35:00 AM
    Wow, what an absolutely outstanding week for fishing. The musky bite was on-fire and action for walleyes and crappies was unbeatable.  We even picked up some very nice northern pike and a few nice bass.  Water temperatures are in the mid 50’s right now and it has really triggered a great fall feeding bonanza. For you musky guys n...
  • 10/13/2016 8:30:00 AM
    Finally the look and feel of fall is here.  Trees peaked, cold nights, temperate days.  It’s musky time!Musky:  Good-Very good.  Could be better if not for some high sky days.  Water temps have fallen and the sucker bite is on!  Surface temps for the weekend were between 55-61 degrees.    That has prett...