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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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  • 4/30/2014 3:05:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Water temperatures continued to crash today (down to 42 degrees in Shawano and 44.5 degrees at Bamboo Bend in Shiocton), but fish continued to spawn on the Wolf River.  Our crew started the day at Bamboo Bend this morning and then returned in the afternoon to finish up our tagging day.  I...
  • 4/30/2014 3:05:00 PM
    Things are looking a lot like this time last year... maybe even worse! At the time of this report (3:00pm. 4/28/14) average ice thickness on the surrounding lakes is 22-26". Some anglers still reporting drilling to the gear box (32-34") but these are on areas that received heavy winter traffic with crushed down snow and slush. 12-16" of hard black ...
  • 4/30/2014 3:00:00 PM
    It's April 24th with an inch plus of new snow on the ground and more coming down. Air temps of 32-33 deg. at noon, not much melting going on. Some shorelines have pulled away thanks to Wednesdays sunshine and near 50 deg. Ice thickness seems to run from as little as 18" to as much as 30" plus. 22-24" seems to be the average with the bottom 14-16"...
  • 4/30/2014 3:00:00 PM
    Well it's almost here, just a few short days and the 2014 Game Fish season opens in Wisconsin. As with last year the ice hung on to the end and in some areas of Northern WI the lakes are still ice covered but there are many opportunities for open water fishing in the Phillips WI/Price County area. As of Monday 4/28 Long, Elk, Duroy, Soo, Mus...
  • 4/30/2014 2:55:00 PM
    Steve Suman Anglers looking forward to the May 3 fishing season opener might want to avoid the weather forecast from now through Friday, skipping straight ahead to Saturday’s more encouraging predictions. Rain will help remove some of the snow and ice, but expect some challenges – and have some “PLAN B” options at the ready...
  • 4/30/2014 2:55:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/BreakingNews_Lookup.asp?id=3195 MADISON - The preliminary 2014 Wisconsin late-winter wolf count indicates there are a minimum of 658 to 687 wolves distributed across the state, according to Department of Natural Resources officials. The preliminary numbers equate to a 19 percent decline in the late winter population co...
  • 4/30/2014 2:55:00 PM
    It's somewhat hard to imagine, that after such a cold and hard winter that we will have a fishing opener this weekend. Lakes are starting to open up more by the day. We can thank the wind and rain, because without that we would be fishing hard water again this opener.  That won't be the case this year on many lakes though as open water is mor...
  • 4/30/2014 2:50:00 PM
    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 2013-2014 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. Be sure to always use caution on froz...
  • 4/30/2014 2:30:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Sturgeon spawning seems to be slowing down on the Winnebago System.  Fish spawned pretty hard at the Sturgeon Trail last night and into this morning, but by early morning they had backed off substantially.  Our crew was able to handle 53 fish at this site today before things fizzled, incl...
  • 4/30/2014 2:25:00 PM
    After a long winter, we’re ready to go fishing! Enjoy this video message from DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp previewing what’s new this season and find links to help you get ready for that first fishing trip. Download DNR’s free fishing app now Check out fishing license discounts to take friends and family along t...
  • 4/30/2014 2:15:00 PM
    Opening day for game fish is the first Saturday in May which is next Saturday, May 3rd.  In the past week, we’ve only had one nice seasonal day so the water temperature remains very cold.  This will likely make opening day a bit on the slow side.  The warmest water temperature I have found is 49 degrees.  The two best spot...
  • 4/30/2014 2:15:00 PM
    Lake Geneva water temperature remains very cold.  There isn’t much fishing going on as the municipal piers have still not been put in the water.  I’m sure they will be put in by opening day of game fishing which is Saturday May 3rd.  The water is so cold, the walleyes that the “Walleyes for tomorrow” organizat...
  • 4/30/2014 2:10:00 PM
    By Dave Duwe   It’s like Christmas for most outdoor enthusiasts, the opening day of inland fishing season.  After a long winter it’s time to catch some game fish.  Opening day for game fish on most inland waters is the first Saturday in May. Walworth County in Southeastern Wisconsin is blessed with many great fishing w...
  • 4/30/2014 2:05:00 PM
    Hello – Anglers just might get that chance to fish open water and ice fish on the opening day of the 2014 inland season. Next week I’ll work to get you a roundup of the latest ice/fishing conditions and license sales numbers and we’ll put out some safety reminder tips and an update on where we are with stocking of catchable trout....
  • 4/30/2014 2:05:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:  Well the sturgeon run continues to linger on, but spawning activity was observed at additional sites today, Sunday April 27.  Numerous active spawning pods were once again present at the Sturgeon Trail in New London, where our crew tagged 91 fish today.  The largest fish han...
  • 4/30/2014 2:00:00 PM
    Outstanding walleye action on the Wisconsin river this past week with lots of fish being caught.  Most of the walleyes are from 15 to 20 inches but we are also catching some real giants up to and over 30 inches.  The bite has been very consistent all day long and even after dark with most of the fish coming on jig and minnow co...
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  • 4/26/2014 1:10:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and fishing guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715-682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following: Fishing pressure on Chequamegon Bay has been very minimal this past week. The fishing will improve as melting snow and runoff rejuvenates oxygen levels, but it...
  • 4/24/2014 10:00:00 PM
    So predictable! We get dumped on with 12-16" of snow midweek only to see temps top out at the high 60's by Sunday. More days of no ice melt as the sun works to get back to the ice. Nice! Here we are twelve days till the opener and ice coverage on the lakes is near 100% with measured depths of 20" to as much as 33".(Hazelhurst to Manitow...
  • 4/22/2014 2:25:00 PM
    Steve Suman  Warmer daytime temperatures, milder nights, and rain forecast for this week will help remove remaining snow and ice from the North Woods – and “the sooner the better” gets a near-unanimous vote! Pat at Happy Hooker says last week’s winter storm dashed hopes for the start of spring, but everyone is holding...
  • 4/22/2014 2:15:00 PM
    Looks like most of the Chain Of Lakes should be ice free by the opener of fishing on May 3rd. Ice out is progressing fine right now with a major channel open from the mouth of the Elk river thru Duroy, Elk and into Long, Most of the Narrow spots in Long Lake opening or soon will be. Soo Lake also has a lot of open water right now. The oth...
  • 4/22/2014 2:10:00 PM
    After a long winter, Delavan Lake is finally opened up.  The water temperature remains very closed, it’s averaging between 44 and 48 degrees.  The warmest water is in the channels, where most of the active fish are.  Make sure that you realize that game fish season is still closed, opening day is the first Saturday in May. The...
  • 4/22/2014 2:10:00 PM
    Lake Geneva is ice free but very, very cold.  The opening of game fish season is the first Saturday in May but the panfish bite is available now.  The water temperatures are in the low 40’s.  For the panfish stick to the warmest water you can find, typically shallow bays like Abbey Harbor or Trinkes. Most of the fish that are ...
  • 4/22/2014 2:05:00 PM
     “He’s rolling below that big rock in the current seam. Try to drop it higher up and a little more to the right.”  The words rang down from my son’s sniper perch in the birch tree deadfall like coordinates for an artillery strike.  I cast the egg fly as directed, letting the current swing it down the ...