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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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  • 1/15/2015 5:40:00 PM
    This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  We have great ice conditions out there and it's only getting better. “The fishing in general is good and the ice is still growing out there,” said Roger LaPenter, Anglers All proprietor.  He said at the moment it is easy to get around on the ice and people are using f...
  • 1/14/2015 8:40:00 AM
    Hopefully we hit bottom for a while. 1/13 AM. temp -27 degrees! Forecast to be in the low 30's by this weekend. Cold the past 9 days, severely affected angler participation. Reports from some of the more serious die-hards were surprisingly not all that bad. The one good thing about the most recent cold snap has been ice production. Last Monday ic...
  • 1/14/2015 8:35:00 AM
    Steve Suman Cold temperatures continue the first part of this week, but hang in there – the week’s end promises highs in the 30s! “Walleye action peaks in the evening,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but fishing is good on cloudy days. “Work shiners and walleye suckers under tip-ups on mud flats and break edges ou...
  • 1/14/2015 8:30:00 AM
    For fishing reports and to plan your visit, go to: http://www.washburncounty.org/news/what-to-do/171 Fishing & Outdoor Reports for Washburn County Fishing season dates 2014-2015 Download the fishing season dates for 2014-2015 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. For up to date river levels for the N...
  • 1/11/2015 3:00:00 PM
    Are you interested in healthy, local foods? What's more local than the fish in your nearby lake or stream? Classes are starting this January for adults who missed the fishing boat as kids. Here's your chance to learn fishing basics and how to cook your catch in "Fishing for Dinner" classes. Encourage your foodie friends to sig...
  • 1/11/2015 3:00:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/anglereducation/ Please note the time change for the February 7 Fly Fishing Instructor Training Workshop in Oshkosh. It will start at 11 a.m. and run until 4. Preregistration required.   Also, there is still time to get involved in these events and classes: Free Fishing ...
  • 1/11/2015 3:00:00 PM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Frigid temperatures slow outdoor activities; some candlelight events cancelled or rescheduled due to cold and wind chills in forecast An arctic blast brought some very frigid temperatures and wind chills t...
  • 1/11/2015 3:00:00 PM
    Click here for the 2015 Sturgeon Spearing Regulations Pamplet.
  • 1/11/2015 2:50:00 PM
    Are you interested in healthy, local foods? What's more local than the fish in your nearby lake or stream? Classes are starting this winter for adults who missed the fishing boat as kids. Here's your chance to learn fishing basics and how to cook your catch in "Fishing for Dinner" classes. Encourage your foodie friends to sign up. ...
  • 1/11/2015 2:45:00 PM
    It has been another great week to be in Central Wisconsin but it has been a cold one.  With temperatures barely getting above zero, we have been basically banished to stay in our homes and off the ice.  Speaking of ice the conditions are getting better by the day.. average ice thickness in the central Wisconsin area is anywhere from 8 to ...
  • 1/11/2015 2:35:00 PM
    While the new year stormed Wisconsin with sub-zero temperatures, your Department of Natural Resources conservation wardens remind all outdoor enthusiasts to go local to know the ice conditions before you go. And they advise to be prepared if (gulp) you break through the ice. Warden April Dombrowski, who leads the crew of recreational...
  • 1/6/2015 7:35:00 PM
    Steve Suman The New Year is starting with a chill in the air! The forecast calls for single-digit highs through most of the week, with subzero lows and brutal wind chills. Enjoy your winter outdoor activities, but do so in a safe, common sense manner! “Ice fishing is in full swing,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “with anglers findin...
  • 1/6/2015 7:35:00 PM
    Arctic air has moved into the Lakeland area, dropping temperatures and anglers enthusiasm rather quickly. Not wanting to push their luck against temps 20deg+ below zero, there is little to report over the past couple of days.Crappie: Fair / Poor. A few brave anglers found crappies relating to wood on the flowages. Bite was fairly decent on crappi...
  • 1/5/2015 11:10:00 AM
    For fishing reports and to plan your visit, go to: http://www.washburncounty.org/news/what-to-do/171 Fishing & Outdoor Reports for Washburn County Fishing season dates 2014-2015 Download the fishing season dates for 2014-2015 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. For up to date river levels for the N...
  • 1/5/2015 11:10:00 AM
    Have you ever seen a bald eagle?  If not, here’s an opportunity to get the chance to do so. On January 17th, volunteers for “A Day with Eagles Along the Fox River” invite you to join them at various locations along the Fox River to explore the best eagle viewing locations in the Fox Valley from Kaukauna to Neenah.  Most ...
  • 1/5/2015 11:05:00 AM
    Steve Suman Winter returned to the North Woods, if not with a vengeance, at least with a chip on its shoulder. The long-range forecast shows a few milder days in the near future, with somewhat of a warming trend from mid-January to the end. Not that that can’t change between now and then! Best wishes for a safe, sane, and Happy New Year! &...
  • 12/26/2014 7:30:00 PM
    Steve Suman This week, the forecast calls for much-needed snowfall and a return to more seasonal temperatures, including sub-zero lows next weekend (maybe not so much needed?) Here’s wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! “Anglers report 10-13 inches of clear, solid ice on most lakes,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “with a t...
  • 12/26/2014 7:30:00 PM
    A week of stable weather meant no ice loss, but little gain. A heavy fresh snow on Sunday afternoon (12/21) will mean you can leave the cleats at home. New snow accumulation was about 1.5 to 2", forecast is for sporadic snows over the next week, but fairly mild temps in the low to mid 30's. New moon period this week should provide daytime...
  • 12/26/2014 7:25:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter and wife Carolyn from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. The ice fishing is very good, folks!! The ice is getting better every day, according to seasoned guide Roger LaPenter of Ashland, and i...
  • 12/18/2014 2:50:00 PM
    For years we stayed for a week’s vacation with three other couples at a resort on Lake Minocqua. The Minocqua area in Wisconsin is a good choice because it can accommodate the 4-wheelers, the golfers, the shoppers, the restaurant connoisseurs, and the fishermen of our crew. The women plan this trip for an entire year, fine-tuning almost every...
  • 12/18/2014 2:40:00 PM
    Warm temps over the weekend and early this week have melted all of the snow off the ice making ice conditions very slick, The lake ice is holding up fairly well to the warm temps with 8 to 15 inches being reported on most area lakes. Caution needs to be taken in current areas and high run off areas such as where drainage ditches enter the lakes and...
  • 12/18/2014 2:35:00 PM
    John Luthens Phantom railroad crossing and the starting point of the Christmas map. The anticipated snow came that night as I rumbled through the cabin basement in a map-making scavenger hunt. Besides housing countless boxes of who-knows-what, the basement is a holy shrine constructed for the sole purpose of trout fishing.  I found a box ...
  • 12/18/2014 2:25:00 PM
    Fishing Reports for Washburn County  For fishing reports and to plan your visit, go to: http://www.washburncounty.org/news/what-to-do/171 Fishing & Outdoor Reports for Washburn County Fishing season dates 2014-2015 Download the fishing season dates for 2014-2015 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR s...
  • 12/18/2014 2:25:00 PM
    Steve Suman According to forecasts, the rain, drizzle, and dense fog will soon give way to snow and temperatures that are “more seasonal.” We had a nice break, but ... we need colder weather and snow to thicken ice and pack snowmobile and cross-country ski trails. “Ice is 10-13 inches deep on the Quiet Lakes,” says Pat at&...
  • 12/18/2014 2:25:00 PM
    Most area lakes have between 6 and 10 inches of good solid ice with a few up to and near that 12 inch mark.  The snow cover is limited so travel and accessibility on the lakes has been very good. We had a great panfish bite in central Wisconsin this past week, with good numbers of both crappies and bluegills. Most of the fish are in 8 to 12 f...