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3/5/2020
In the near future after 100,000 copies of our March-April 2020 issue are on the streets throughout Wisconsin I will be adding to this blog, but wanted to post these photos now of 11 bluebirds on a tree in our backyard. The photos are referenced in OWO’s Badger Birds (Tom Carpenter column) in the new issue as being posted in this blog and I don’t want readers traveling to this website and being…bluebird-less. I don’t t...
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Inland Fishing Wisconsin

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  • 7/11/2019 12:10:00 PM
    With the temperatures stabilizing this past week we have seen a surge in activity from some really big fish. Not that we haven’t been catching big fish already this year but this past week some real giants have made their way to the boat. If you are into really big fresh water fishing the musky activity has gone through the roof and the bi...
  • 7/11/2019 12:10:00 PM
    July 1, 2019 Steve Suman   According to forecasts, a moderately warm week lies ahead, with some rain possible. Rain chances after Monday night are about 30 percent – which is 70 percent against showers – so not bad odds! Whatever your plans for July 4th, have a safe and fun holiday celebration!   “Summer started slo...
  • 7/11/2019 12:10:00 PM
    Water temperatures have shot up this past week and are now in the mid to upper 70 degree range. This recent swing in temperatures has really had an impact on the fishing and it has changed things quite a bit. Our walleye bite has been the most impacted this past week and it has transitioned to a much deeper bite with most of our fish now holding...
  • 7/11/2019 12:05:00 PM
                Fishing on Lake Geneva is pretty good right now.  It’s tough to get out on Geneva since Delavan fishing is outstanding but plenty of fish can be caught on Geneva too and the boat launch is much more pleasant.           &n...
  • 7/11/2019 12:00:00 PM
                    Fishing on Lake Geneva continues to be very good.  The boat traffic has been very intense.  Due to vacation season, you need to go early in the a.m.                 Smallmou...
  • 7/11/2019 12:00:00 PM
                    Fishing remains very good.  Even the hot weather hasn’t hurt the productivity or the size of the fish.  The only factor continues to be the excessive boat traffic.              ...
  • 7/11/2019 11:55:00 AM
                Fishing remains excellent.  You need to go early to avoid the crowds.  Most days there are between 100-150 fishermen out on the lake.  The fishing has been awesome for bluegills and largemouth bass.             L...
  • 7/10/2019 3:30:00 PM
      Fishing Lake Michigan and Green Bay Check out the Lake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report to read the latest creel clerk reports that tell you what's biting and where from northern and southern Lake Michigan and Green Bay!    Remembe...
  • 6/29/2019 11:15:00 AM
    Fishing remains very good.  Most of the game fish are very active with the warmer water temp.  The water temps haven’t risen enough to make the fish go deep.  Most of the fish can be found in 15 ft of water or less.  Right now all the fish have completed spawning and are aggressively feeding. Largemouth bass can be caught...
  • 6/29/2019 11:10:00 AM
    June 17, 2019 Steve Suman   The 70th Annual Musky Festival and Hayward Lions Catch and Release Fishing Contest are this week and weekend so it is no surprise the forecast is full of rain “chances” after Wednesday. This actually might be a good thing, as recent forecasts show a poor track record! Pack rain gea...
  • 6/29/2019 11:10:00 AM
    June 24, 2019 Steve Suman   Rain forced cancellation of this past Sunday’s Musky Fest Parade, but the weather was pleasant for event activities Thursday through Saturday. This week will be warm, with highs in the mid to upper 80s, and a good number of days with “chances” of rain. It is difficult to tell what that means, as...
  • 6/29/2019 11:10:00 AM
    Fishing remains fantastic on Delavan Lake.  The really good news has been that the boat traffic has been very light.  The fish are on the weedline but have yet to really school very hard. Chuck with a nice double on Delavan Lake, Lindy rigged nightcrawlers Largemouth bass remain either in the shallows in 5-6 ft of water or on the deep...
  • 6/29/2019 10:35:00 AM
    Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - June 24, 2019 In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on availability of reports and work schedules of field staff.   REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps while fishing on the waters of Lake M...
  • 6/29/2019 10:30:00 AM
    Madison Fishing Clinics Tonight! June 26, 2019, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. In partnership with Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR), the DNR is helping to host a drop-in fishing clinic tonight, June 26, at Tenney Park. Small groups will also board the MSCR pontoon boats and go for a cruise on Lake Monona. Meet at the dock, just down river from t...
  • 6/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
    Fishing Report June 11, 2019 Anglers All reports: The water is starting to clear up but we are still a couple of weeks behind in water temps warming up but as soon as the temps warm up, the action will be picking up on the Bay and on the Inlands. Trollers continue flat lining stickbaits from Houghton Point to Long Island and out to the Apostl...
  • 6/13/2019 12:40:00 PM
    Delavan Lake fishing is very good right now.  The lake is productive on multiple species.  As summer starts to heat up, the lake is getting very busy.  Prepare to get to the lake early if you want to get a parking spot as well as a vacant fishing spot.  Even though the fishing pressure is high, there are still plenty of good b...
  • 6/13/2019 12:40:00 PM
                Fishing remains fantastic on Lake Geneva.  Most of the fish are located between 10 and 15 ft of water.  With the warming water temperature the bait of choice has switched from fat head minnows to nightcrawlers.           ...
  • 6/13/2019 12:35:00 PM
    June 10, 2019 Steve Suman   This week’s weather forecast shows lows in the 40s, highs in the low 70s, and various “slight” chances for rain and thunderstorms. As always, those predictions can change at any moment, so keep your plans – and an eye on the sky.   “Last week we had warm days and sunny skies,&...
  • 6/13/2019 12:30:00 PM
    What was building into a great week of fishing slowed by Sun/Mon as the area got hit with a couple cooler fronts.  Overall though, fishing was very good, and should return again by week’s end.   Smallmouth Bass:  Very Good-Excellent – Season is ALL catch and release, but lots of great reports as Smallies are b...
  • 6/13/2019 12:20:00 PM
    This is going to be a short weekly report his week as I just blew a blood vessel in my right arm a couple of days ago and found out that I hand have bad tendinitis according to the doctor. I am supposed to lay off using my arm. With that said fishing has been very good for most species with walleyes and crappies topping out the list. If the wate...
  • 6/6/2019 9:10:00 AM
    Steve Suman   A gorgeous Monday to start this week, with highs touching 70 degrees following morning lows in the lower 40s. The current forecast indicates Tuesday through Wednesday morning “could” be the only inclement weather this week, with upper 70s highs and lower 50s lows. Summer weather was a long-time coming – get ou...
  • 6/6/2019 9:10:00 AM
    Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - June 3, 2019 In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on availability of reports and work schedules of field staff.   REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps while fishing on the waters of Lake Mi...
  • 6/6/2019 9:05:00 AM
                    Fishing is above average overall.  Most of the fish remain in the shallow waters, under 10 ft for the most part.  The best bite on the lake is Bluegills and Largemouth bass.                 Crappie fishing ha...
  • 6/6/2019 9:05:00 AM
                As long as the weather keeps warming, the fishing keeps improving daily.  This past week we had significant SW winds which made most of the lake unfishable. I’ve been catching most of my fish from the Abbey Springs area to the Military Academy.     &n...
  • 6/6/2019 9:00:00 AM
    After several weeks of significant rain and crazy temperature swings we are finally starting to see things settling down. Water temperatures have moved to the upper 60 degree range with some locations pushing the low 70’s. This warming trend has fish on the move and feeding aggressively. We are seeing very good action from both crappies an...