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  • 8/22/2014 12:05:00 PM
    Summer is slowly nearing the end as kids will be heading back to school soon, and many people will start trading the fishing rod in for a gun or bow. No need to do this yet as there is plenty of good fishing to be had, and more to come as we roll into fall. The largemouth bass are sitting in the vegetation as they search for small baitfish to gorg...
  • 8/22/2014 12:00:00 PM
    Steve Suman One could easily condense the current forecast for this week’s weather into one short sentence: Mild temperatures in morning and night, with chances for showers. Do not let the “maybes” prevent you from enjoying your favorite outdoor activities, especially as we start to wind down summer! “Fish muskies on weed ...
  • 8/22/2014 11:55:00 AM
    We have had some good August fishing in the Phillips Area, the walleye have been a little tight lipped but the Crappie, Northern, and Musky are making up for it. Ross's Sport Shop guides have been finding the Crappie scattered in 8 to 20 plus feet of water right now. We are catching most of the Crappie on plastics, Beatle Spins, Twisters, ...
  • 8/22/2014 11:55:00 AM
    Wisconsin Duck Hunter Roger Mayer caught this photo of the full moon and clouds the night of the Packer’s first exhibition game that he submits is the Packer logo and good vibes of the season ahead
  • 8/22/2014 11:50:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The water levels have been falling as we have not had rain for about 4 weeks.  Fishing remains good for most of the county.  Trout are biting on Panther Martin Spinners.  I used a larger green and yellow spinner and landed a nice 17 inch brown.  Also, caught some smaller trout on the same lure.  Most ...
  • 8/22/2014 11:45:00 AM
    Cooler nights reminding campers of September instead of August  Cooler nights are reminding campers of September instead of August. Even though it is only the middle of August, boating has slowed down as the water temps have dipped. Despite the cooler weather kayakers and tubers still dominate some rivers on weekends. There are plenty of sand...
  • 8/22/2014 11:40:00 AM
    Delavan Lake fishing overall has been excellent.  The best bet on the lake is bluegills and largemouth bass.  The fish have remained shallower than normal.  The best depth overall is 6-10 ft of water.                 Largemouth bass can be caught in 6-8 ft of...
  • 8/22/2014 11:40:00 AM
    Due to the cooler than normal summer, the fishing has been a bit slower than normal as well.  There are plenty of fish to be had, however the schools of bigger fish have been few and far between.                 The smallmouth bass have been sporadic.  The best de...
  • 8/22/2014 11:40:00 AM
    Lower than normal water temperatures in Central Wisconsin are creating uncharacteristic fishing conditions for this time of the year.  With overnight lows in the upper 30 to lower 40 degree range we are already seeing a push from the local fish population towards traditional fall locations. Not only are the fish moving towar...
  • 8/15/2014 11:00:00 AM
    Steve Ellis The 3 girls (ages 9, 11, and 12) getting ready to launch the boat. So, Sandy and I started this little “tradition” a couple of years ago, where we take the granddaughters up to our cabin in Iron County for a few days of fishing, swimming, and exploring the northwoods. All of the kids are up there often, but this is just ...
  • 8/15/2014 10:50:00 AM
    Walleye seemed to be a little sluggish this week, My boat did catch them but we really had to work for them and downsize our lures even more then what I usually do. The Crawler bite is almost equal with leeches. Bluegill action is still strong, They have moved up a little more shallow to weed edges and fallen timber, almost like a post spawn patter...
  • 8/15/2014 10:50:00 AM
    Proposed inland trout regulations aim to increase opportunities for anglersColor-coded system helps simplify inland trout fishingMADISON – The public will have an opportunity to provide input on proposals to simplify existing inland trout fishing regulations and provide more quality trout fishing opportunities at 10 public meetings that will ...
  • 8/15/2014 10:45:00 AM
    Steve Suman Mild days and cool nights continue – according to the forecast – with no mention of rain until Saturday. Take heart -- on “rare” occasions the forecast are wrong! “Though Labor Day is just a few weeks away,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “the warming water should bring back more traditional summer...
  • 8/15/2014 10:35:00 AM
    The overall bite on Lake Geneva has slowed a bit for the game fish.  Presently the bluegill bite has been phenomenal.  The water continues to be cooler than normal and the deep water schooling smallmouth bite hasn’t really started yet.  If you can find schools of minnows, the bass will be right behind them.  They are diffi...
  • 8/15/2014 10:35:00 AM
    The action on Delavan Lake has improved from the previous weeks.  With the cooler summer, the bass haven’t moved out on the deep weedline very much.  The best action is in water depths of 6-13 ft of water.  You will find multiple species there. Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent in 6-8 ft of water.  The fish are a...
  • 8/9/2014 11:05:00 AM
    It has been another great week in the Central Wisconsin area with some very nice catches of fish being caught.  The muskies bite continues to be very good with the best action early and late in the day.  Walleyes have been giving us a pretty good bite, but for constant action the crappies and bluegills are hard to beat.  Mos...
  • 8/9/2014 11:00:00 AM
    POYNETTE - The Friends of the Poynette Game Farm will be hosting free Learnto Hunt pheasant programs at the MacKenzie Education Center (Poynette, WI),Richard Bong Recreation Area (Kansasville, WI), and Wern Valley Sportsman'sClub (Waukesha, WI) this fall. Each two-day program will focus on the basicsof pheasant hunting in a fun and relaxing atmosph...
  • 8/9/2014 10:50:00 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 2013-2014 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...
  • 8/9/2014 10:45:00 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 for2014-2015 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. For up to date river levels for the Na...
  • 8/9/2014 10:40:00 AM
    The walleyes are being found in a variety of depths depending on the body of water. Once you find the depth, you are halfway done with the battle. Color, and speed are the next factor. Fish are falling victim to trolling right now. Cranks or spinners are working, so pick your poison and go after them. Fish are really following baitfish, and you wil...
  • 8/5/2014 11:40:00 AM
    Walleye action picked up in the Phillips Area this week, I had the pleasure to take clients out on a couple of walleye trips the past few days and we did well. We are catching more numbers then size right now but the action is great. We have been finding Walleye in 6 to 18 feet of water around wood. I have been using leeches under a ...
  • 8/5/2014 11:35:00 AM
    I fished the backwaters of the Wisconsin River near Lone Rock and found good action.  Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass were hitting on top water baits in the openings of lily pads.  Just before dark the bluegills and crappies picked up the action with white and pink plastic tubes.  The bug population is way down due to the cool even...
  • 8/5/2014 11:20:00 AM
    By John Luthens The morning sun needled through a break in the peaks and dusted the bottom meadows as we broke base camp.  Wildflowers grew in bright clusters along the slopes and we took a deep breath of the scented wind coming down from above.  With a final tightening of straps and a rattling of carabineers, we shouldered our packs and...
  • 8/5/2014 11:15:00 AM
    Steve Suman This week’s forecast currently indicates the mild summer weather continues, with moderate highs, cooler lows, and (surprisingly) few chance of rain. “Fish activity is steady,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “with 60s to low 70s water temperatures keeping fish scattered from shallow to deep. “Muskie action imp...
  • 8/5/2014 11:10:00 AM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva continues to be very good.  The one key to Lake Geneva is that the water is slowly warming and the thermocline is starting to form, which is adding a the deep water bite. Smallmouth bass are schooled in 20-25 ft of water.  Look for the fish by Fontana Beach or by Gage marine.  They can be caught using either a...