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Inland Fishing Wisconsin

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  • 7/18/2020 10:00:00 AM
    A reprieve from the heat helped cool the lakes a little, lake surface temps dropped from low to mid 80’s to the mid 70’s.  Climbing again at this writing, but looks like it will cool again before a warm up this weekend. Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – Actively feeding in 8-12’ cabbage flats, anglers doing very well ...
  • 7/18/2020 10:00:00 AM
    July 13, 2020 Steve Suman   This week’s forecast shows rain and thunderstorm chances through Tuesday, and clear and sunny mid-week. Chances for rain and thunderstorms, and a warming trend, return Friday night through the weekend. That is reaching out a ways and subject to change. It is a great summer in the North Woods, despite the un...
  • 7/18/2020 9:55:00 AM
    July 6, 2020 Steve Suman   This week’s forecast looks a bit cooler, except Wednesday, but with chances for storms nearly every day until Friday and into the weekend. Chances for rain aside, these hot and sunny summer days encourage considerable outdoor activity.   “It is summer, hot and humid, and biting insects are out i...
  • 7/18/2020 9:55:00 AM
    Fishing overall has been very good.  The warmer weather of last week has increased the boat traffic on the lake.  Summer is here, the best time to fish is either early morning or late evening. Largemouth bass have been a bit spotty.  One day I can really get into them and the next day it’s a little tougher.  The bass I&rs...
  • 6/30/2020 1:20:00 PM
    June 22, 2020 Steve Suman   The current forecast predicts a very pleasant week ahead, with most lows in the 50s and highs ranging from 73 to 85 degrees. While there are chances for rain, they are at this time less than 30 percent. Take advantage of this great weather – the days are now growing shorter!   “The Quiet L...
  • 6/30/2020 1:15:00 PM
    Northern Zone Smallmouth Bass  Season Opens June 20 Smallmouth bass season opens on June 20. Wisconsin DNR SPOONER, Wis. – With waters warming up, smallmouth bass season will open beginning on June 20 for the northern management zone. While smallmouth bass season is currently open in southern Wisconsin, anglers will now have the...
  • 6/30/2020 1:15:00 PM
    Fishing continues to be pretty good on Delavan.  Since we’ve finally had a stretch of decent weather, the boat traffic is pretty strong but the fishing remains strong as well.                 Largemouth bass continue to be in two patterns.  The first is the ...
  • 6/30/2020 1:15:00 PM
    Summer is finally here and the fishing remains very good.  Several species are active and readily available.  Largemouth bass are still biting in the shallow waters around docks or in the shallow weeds.  Most of the success has been in the 8-12 ft. range.  I’ve been fishing a lot of nightcrawlers fished on a split shot ri...
  • 6/30/2020 1:15:00 PM
    Despite a few set backs from cold fronts, small storms and…dunnnnn dunn dunnn dunnn…Mayfly hatches, fishing not bad overall. Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – Cold kept many Bass out in weeds, still feeding up before bedding.  Tubes, Wacky Worms, 4” worms on jig heads, XL leeches and mud minnows for the bait pitcher...
  • 6/30/2020 1:10:00 PM
    Although Delavan Lake is really seeing a lot of fishing pressure the bite continues to be pretty good.  The Covid-19 Has everyone coming to the lake to fish.  The most consistent bite has been for panfish.  Bluegills are both in the shallows, 3-4 ft and off the weed lines in 18-20 ft.  The best bait has been leaf worms or hellgr...
  • 6/30/2020 1:10:00 PM
    Despite some cold temps over the weekend, fishing action has remained strong – though not in the early hours when air temps dropped into mid-upper 30’s and water temps fell into low 60’s.  But it’s June and fish got active by mid-mornings as temps rose and fish wanted to feed. Bluegill:  Very Good – Pods of ...
  • 6/30/2020 1:05:00 PM
    June 15, 2020 Steve Suman   The current forecast shows nice weather through Wednesday, but then predicts highs in the upper 80s and chances of rain and thunderstorms through the weekend. Forecasts seem quite fluid, so go ahead and make your plans, but keep an eye on weather conditions! It is a great time for recreation of all types in the N...
  • 6/30/2020 1:05:00 PM
    Hello Winnebago System Fisheries Management Enthusiasts,  I hope this email finds everyone healthy and well. I’ve included a link to a report from the 2019 lake sturgeon stock assessment. Notables from the 2019 assessment include record high water levels and some large fish. A thorough review of the 2019 survey results are presented in ...
  • 6/30/2020 1:05:00 PM
    This past week fishing was up and down.  The earlier half of the week the fish were very active and by mid-week fishing was slow.  But with the sunny weekend the fishing on Saturday and Sunday was pretty good. This year has been very bizarre, the largemouth and smallmouth bass are all doing different things – some are done spawning,...
  • 6/10/2020 1:25:00 PM
    ASHLAND, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a virtual public meeting later this month to discuss the management of Lake Superior’s unique resources. The virtual meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 23. Members of the public can access the meeting via Skype or by calling 1-866-715-6499...
  • 6/10/2020 1:05:00 PM
    June 8, 2020 Steve Suman   This week should see a return to cooler (i.e., more seasonal) temperatures, but better keep rain gear handy through Thursday! While the forecast is less than encouraging, remember that forecasts are often wrong. Take advantage of the good days to get outdoor and fish, hike, bike, golf, or whatever &ndash...
  • 6/9/2020 7:10:00 AM
    This past week fishing has improved dramatically.  The fish are starting to go into their early summer patterns and the weather is also starting to act like early summer.  The largemouth bass are in the shallows and can be easily caught on either artificial lures or live nightcrawlers.  The best depth is in the 5-6 ft. range around ...
  • 6/9/2020 7:10:00 AM
    Public Hearing Juun 11 on Lake Michigan Whitefish Management MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a virtual preliminary public hearing next week relating to future permanent rules for Lake Michigan whitefish management and Great Lakes commercial harvest reporting. The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Th...
  • 6/9/2020 7:05:00 AM
    Fishing remains very good overall.  The warmer days have been warming the waters.  If we can get a stable weather pattern fishing should be excellent for the next few weeks.  Largemouth bass are still spawning.  They are located in 2-6 ft. of water on hard sand bottoms.  The best location is either by Geneva Bay or by Bigf...
  • 6/6/2020 12:45:00 PM
    June 1, 2020 Steve Suman   On the heels of Sunday night’s 35-degree low (not a typo!), this week’s forecast predicts a mix of rain, thunderstorms, and sun, with highs in the 80s and lows not below 50 degrees. Take advantage of the Free Fun and Free Fishing weekend June 6-7, but keep an eye on the weather. &n...
  • 6/6/2020 12:45:00 PM
    Late May cold front put the brakes on the area fishing this past weekend.  Temps into the low 30’s with frost warnings can do that.  Fishing that was great for many anglers Wed/Thur took a turn by Sat/Sun.  Good news is warm weather already coming back. Bluegill:  Very Good-Fair – Gills flocked into shallows, but pu...
  • 6/2/2020 6:45:00 AM
    With the cooler spring the lake seems to be about two weeks behind schedule as far as fishing goes.     There are a lot of smallmouth bass in the shallow flats making nests and cruising.  They are still relatively easy to catch for the sight fishermen.  Some of the smallmouth have been almost 5 pounds.  The best depth...
  • 6/2/2020 6:45:00 AM
    The warmer water temperatures have improved fishing greatly.  The storm fronts throughout the week did little to negatively affect fishing.  The fish are starting to act like they normally do this time of year. Largemouth bass are spawning in the shallows.  Look for them in 1-4 ft. of water, they are guarding their nests and chasing...
  • 6/2/2020 6:10:00 AM
    May 25, 2020 Steve Suman Forecasts for rain over the Memorial Day weekend did not come to fruition, with the exception of thunderstorms Monday morning. As such, it is probably best to take the forecast for the remainder of this week as a toss-up. Though it currently shows wet and warm as a distinct “possibility” – think positive...
  • 6/2/2020 6:10:00 AM
    Memorial weekend provided lots of great fishing opportunities for those that got outside to spend some time on the water.  The early weekend this year coincided with an important warm up in water temperature, which got fishing interesting. Musky:  Very Good – The season opened up on Saturday with lots of action as anglers reported ...