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7/16/2019
Kevin Wallenfang and his tournament winning, 46-inch musky just prior to release Fishing has been as hot as the weather for our circle of family and friends, and anglers participating in the 16th Annual Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic. The Classic was started in 2003 by fishing guide Patricia Strutz to memorialize Bob Ellis, a legendary northern Wisconsin row troller inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2008 for his im...
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  • 5/29/2015 11:00:00 AM
    Steve Suman Monday’s rain and mild temperatures closed out a generally pleasant Memorial Day weekend. This week looks to be warmer, with Thursday evening the next chance for rain. “Musky season opened last weekend,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and post spawn fish are on the move. “Work medium size lures from shallow ...
  • 5/29/2015 11:00:00 AM
    If I had wrote last week’s report 8 hours later, I would have downgraded everything to poor! Thankfully bites started inching up from the pit that was last Tuesday’s cold and snow, with bites improving each day since.Perch: Good-very good. Perch seem to be turning on as lots of anglers found these fish in waters of 8-12’ weeds i...
  • 5/29/2015 10:55:00 AM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3620  MADISON, Wis. - Proposals to simplify trout rules, boost panfish populations on roughly 100 lakes statewide and bring consistency to some fishing regulations on Wisconsin waters bordering Minnesota gained approval Wednesday from the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board. All three initiatives by ...
  • 5/29/2015 10:55:00 AM
    FISHING SEASON DATES: Download the fishing season dates for 2015-2016 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.    NAMEKAGON RIVER INFORMATION: For up to date river levels and conditions for the Namekagon River, click here. Fishing Report for 5-27-15 Walleye fishing around the area has been tough for the ...
  • 5/29/2015 10:55:00 AM
    FISHING SEASON DATES: Download the fishing season dates for 2015-2016 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.    NAMEKAGON RIVER INFORMATION: For up to date river levels and conditions for the Namekagon River, click here. For up to date fishing reports and to plan your trip, please visit:http://www.washb...
  • 5/29/2015 10:45:00 AM
    Fishing overall has been average for this time of year.  The fluctuating air and water temps has been a challenge.  The best bite on the lake remains smallmouth bass. Hopefully with some stable weather and warm days, it will create some really good fishing in the coming weeks. Smallmouth bass are being caught around their spawning flats....
  • 5/29/2015 10:40:00 AM
    The shallows on Delavan Lake have been inundated with the worst green slime I’ve seen in years.  Fishing the shallow weeds has proven to be a very challenging endeavor.  If you can remove the weeds after nearly every cast, the fish are there, but be prepared for a hassle. Largemouth bass are in the shallows in 5-8 ft of water. ...
  • 5/22/2015 4:55:00 PM
    FISHING SEASON DATES: Download the fishing season dates for 2015-2016 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.    NAMEKAGON RIVER INFORMATION: For up to date river levels and conditions for the Namekagon River, click here. For up to date fishing reports and to plan your trip, please visit: http://www...
  • 5/22/2015 4:50:00 PM
    The big news this week has got to be the Northern Wisconsin Musky Opener which begins Saturday, May 23rd.  With great anticipation thousands of anxious anglers are waiting for the musky season to begin this weekend.  The waters of Central and Northern Wisconsin are going to be seething with men and women alike, pounding...
  • 5/22/2015 4:50:00 PM
    FISHING SEASON DATES: Download the fishing season dates for 2015-2016 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.    NAMEKAGON RIVER INFORMATION: For up to date river levels and conditions for the Namekagon River, click here. {ENTER REPORT HERE} For up to date fishing reports and to plan your trip, please v...
  • 5/22/2015 4:45:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3612 TOMAHAWK, Wis. -- The public will have an opportunity to share their thoughts and suggestions about current and future management of the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area at a June 4 public meeting in Tomahawk and through a public comment period through June 18. The Department of Nat...
  • 5/22/2015 4:45:00 PM
    FISHING SEASON DATES: Download the fishing season dates for 2015-2016 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.    NAMEKAGON RIVER INFORMATION: For up to date river levels and conditions for the Namekagon River, click here. For up to date fishing reports and to plan your trip, please visit: http://www...
  • 5/22/2015 4:40:00 PM
    Despite having to fish between some nasty weather fishing was pretty good over the weekend, I had the pleasure to take a couple of families out last weekend with younger children and had a blast. We were targeting Walleye and Crappie. Because the children were younger we went tried to simplify the fishing by using slip bobbers and live bait. We wer...
  • 5/22/2015 4:15:00 PM
    It has been a crazy week in central Wisconsin with temperatures starting out near 80 and then plummeting down into the upper 20’s. With that said it has caused quite a stir in the fishing world. Hunting on the other hand couldn’t be better. Turkey hunters had a great week for hunting with cool conditions and plenty of birds.&nb...
  • 5/20/2015 10:25:00 AM
    Will 2015 musky season produce new record from Green Bay?GREEN BAY, Wis. -- While size and bag limits are the subject of frequent discussion among many anglers, there’s one group of fishing enthusiasts who are relatively unaffected by such matters: musky hunters.  -  Read Full Article Northern anglers encouraged to measur...
  • 5/20/2015 10:20:00 AM
    Steve Suman According to current forecasts, this week starts out wet and cool (lows in the low 30s), with mild temperatures and a few rain showers to follow. In general, somewhat typical spring weather. “Fishing slowed with the cold front,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, but find warm water, green weeds, and baitfish and gamefish will be t...
  • 5/20/2015 10:20:00 AM
    Despite waking up to snow on the ground (5/19) and cold winds, mild temps look to return by the weekend. It just seems like a long way off when you are sitting in a boat now!The past few days of wind and cold temps have slowed fishing, pushing some species out of the shallows. With forecasted highs only reaching high 60’s to low 70’s ...
  • 5/20/2015 10:15:00 AM
    Lake Geneva fishing is starting to improve.  By Memorial Day it should be getting very good.  The current water temperature is about 55 degrees so the fish are still a bit sluggish but with warmer weather the bite will improve every day. Smallmouth bass are still in pre-spawn.  They are cruising their spawning flats in 8-12 ft of wa...
  • 5/20/2015 10:15:00 AM
    Delavan lake has been relatively slow for this time of year.  The warm weather during the day has been great, but the nights have remained cool slowing the bite a bit.  There has been extreme weed growth by north shore and by the dam. Largemouth bass has been best in 5-6 ft of water in front of Lake Lawn Lodge.   You can either...
  • 5/20/2015 10:15:00 AM
    FISHING SEASON DATES: Download the fishing season dates for 2015-2016 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.    NAMEKAGON RIVER INFORMATION: For up to date river levels and conditions for the Namekagon River, click here.  5/18/15- Reported by AAA Sports Fishing this past week was spotty with ...
  • 5/15/2015 3:05:00 PM
    By John Luthens Come the month of May, my yard is prone to dandelions and violets. The neighbors are civil, never coming right out and voicing their disapproval, but I can feel their sideways glances. They are hardworking and wonderful gardeners, edging their shrubs just so, mulching in the right places and manicuring their grass until it looks li...
  • 5/15/2015 3:00:00 PM
    By Mike Yurk bassinmajor@yahoo.com In the twenty years I have lived in northwestern Wisconsin I thought I had seen it all on the opening day of Wisconsin’s fishing season. The fishing season began last Saturday. Over the years I have seen sleet storms and rain on opening day. I remember one year the ice came off the lake, I was going to fi...
  • 5/15/2015 2:55:00 PM
    Nate Baron of Ashland-based Up North Guide Service shows off a smallmouth bass he caught in Chequamegon Bay on a recent Sunday afternoon.  (Photo courtesy of Nate Baron) ~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following: This report is ...
  • 5/15/2015 2:55:00 PM
    ASHLAND, Wis. – Although the Chequamegon Bay area is certainly known for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing, there is plenty to experience and enjoy even if your particular passion in life isn’t hauling in a trophy fish. Ashland is home to a full-service, 121-slip marina, conveniently located in the center of town.  While the...
  • 5/15/2015 2:50:00 PM
    A big swing in the weather from highs of near 80 deg. last week, to rain, sleet and even some snow (today 5-12). Daily changes in temps, wind and cloud cover meant anglers needed to be on the move to find their quarry, especially walleye.Walleye: Good. Day to day things are changing. The warmer days with cloud cover brings walleyes into shallow w...