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  • 9/22/2014 10:50:00 AM
    Central Wisconsin was the place to be if you were headed into the outdoors last week.  With that said it looks as though things are shaping up for another banner fall season on the water and in the woods.  Hunters had good success in the woods with the opener of the 2014 deer archery season. A few nice deer were taken like the ni...
  • 9/17/2014 11:50:00 AM
    CLEVELAND, Wis. — Leaders from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries team will summarize high priority comments and seek additional feedback on the Lake Michigan Integrated Fisheries Management Plan at Wednesday’s (Sept. 17) meeting of the Lake Michigan Fisheries Forum. The event, free and open to the public...
  • 9/17/2014 11:45:00 AM
    A very cold first half of September has lake temps dropping quickly from averages of 71-73 degrees just two weeks ago to surface temps plummeting to the 57-59 degree average.  Certain species are still active, while fishing for some others has nearly come to a complete halt. Crappies:  Fair-Good (and improving).  Big slabs of 12-14"...
  • 9/17/2014 11:45:00 AM
    The writer, Wayne Morgenthaler with a 35 pound sturgeon after his friend caught a 90 pound fish earlier. We have had plenty of rain but the good side is that most of it has been absorbed by the soil.  Trout streams remain normal with Sept 30th being the end of the season.  Trout are biting on all types of bait with some nice 17 inchers...
  • 9/17/2014 11:40:00 AM
    September 15, 2014 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report 9/15/14 Steve Suman This week starts out with cold mornings, but with warming temperatures as the week progresses ... though accompanied by chances for rain showers. “Last week’s weather limited fishing,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but the best is yet to come with fall...
  • 9/17/2014 11:30:00 AM
    Over the past three years, fisheries biologists have solicited public input on all aspects of panfish management. They found that although anglers are not interested in sweeping changes to statewide panfish regulations, they are interested in addressing specific lakes with overharvest issues. With this in mind, the department is proposing regulatio...
  • 9/17/2014 11:30:00 AM
    Despite the high water Ross's Sport Shop Guides are still putting their clients on fish. We are finding Crappie in 10 to 30 feet of water and catching them with plastics or minnows on jigs, Walleye have moved into the higher current areas of the lakes, Ross's Sport Shop guides have been catching most of their walleye on Bottom Feeder Tackle Jigs an...
  • 9/17/2014 11:20:00 AM
    Delavan Lake is in a transition period from the summer pattern to the fall pattern.  Fishing has been slow due to the tremendous cold front that hit last week.  I’ve gone from double digit catches of game fish down to single digit and have been seeing only the smaller fish.  With some stable weather fishing will improve. The b...
  • 9/17/2014 11:20:00 AM
    Due to the severe cold fronts this past week, fishing is pretty slow.  The best bite on the lake has been the bluegills in 15-20 ft of water.  The smallmouth bass and largemouth bass remain scattered throughout the water column and a consistent pattern is non-existent right now. Bluegill fishing has been average in 15-20 ft of water.&nbs...
  • 9/17/2014 11:15:00 AM
    By John Luthens I was being kicked into submission by steel-toed work boots. The higher powers deemed it an important beating for the bottom line, and they were still kicking when the quitting whistle signaled the end of the round. I stumbled from the ring and pulled out of the parking lot. There was a cabin waiting for me. I don’t know why...
  • 9/12/2014 11:55:00 AM
    By Mike Yurk bassinmajor@yahoo.com          We sat in the front seat of the pickup truck eating our lunch while rain splattered against the window. Dark gray clouds swirled overhead and wind whipped across the lake. This was not looking good.      My fishing buddy, Paul Valle of Oakdale, Minn.,...
  • 9/12/2014 11:45:00 AM
    Areas of Wisconsin have received from 5 to 7 inches of rain since the beginning of September and water levels are very high on lakes, rivers and streams. In the north, many streams and rivers are at or near flood stage, and lake levels are nearing the top of many people's docks. All major river systems are running above average. The Bois Brule R...
  • 9/12/2014 11:45:00 AM
    MUKWANAGO, Wis. – A breeding population of a sunfish listed as a threatened species in Wisconsin may be established at a pond at the Milwaukee County Zoo as part of a pilot program to protect the long-term viability of the species in the state. As part of an annual stream survey to capture and document the variety of species living in a sh...
  • 9/12/2014 11:35:00 AM
    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 site. ...
  • 9/11/2014 10:25:00 AM
    Trout anglers have a chance to weigh in on a proposal to simplify existing inland trout fishing regulations and provide more quality trout fishing opportunities. Join us for a live chat on Thursday, September 11 at noon all about trout fishing in Wisconsin. DNR fisheries experts will be on hand to answer questions about the proposed chang...
  • 9/11/2014 10:20:00 AM
    Things clicked for Secret Sam on a Secret Lake and he sends us the crappie results.  Because this is Secret Sam and we respect confidentiality, we can’t tell you that this is Dick Ellis Great Nephew Sam Klick.
  • 9/11/2014 10:20:00 AM
    Things clicked for Secret Sam on a Secret Lake and he sends us the crappie results.  Because this is Secret Sam and we respect confidentiality, we can’t tell you that this is Dick Ellis Great Nephew Sam Klick.
  • 9/11/2014 10:00:00 AM
    You are subscribed to Root River Report for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. We have started to update this webpage with Root River fishing information. The webpage will be updated once per week usually on Monday or Tuesday. In addition, you can cal...
  • 9/9/2014 1:50:00 PM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for September 4, 2014   Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Stormy week leads to wet start to the early goose, dove, teal and bear seasons Wisconsin has had some sto...
  • 9/9/2014 1:45:00 PM
    Due to the cool weather, fishing on Geneva has remained relatively slow.  Most of the action has been coming in shallow waters, 6-10 ft deep.  Largemouth bass have been biting in Geneva Bay, Trinkes and Abbey Harbor.  Most of the fish are coming in and around the boats.  Use a split shot rig nightcrawler or an All Terrain Stik ...
  • 9/9/2014 1:45:00 PM
    The cooler water has decreased the boat traffic on the water, unfortunately it seems to have made the bite decrease as well.  There isn’t a whole lot of consistent bites right now. The northern pike are still probably the best bet.  They can be caught on the weedlines in 8-105 ft of water.  Look for the pike to be about 4 ft d...
  • 9/9/2014 1:40:00 PM
    Not much to post for fishing this week as recent rains have us at flood stage or near flood stage waters on most of the area rivers and impoundments.   With that said we have had some good success with our bear hunters this past week and if the weather continues to stabilize out we should continue to see added success. Have a great wee...
  • 9/9/2014 1:40:00 PM
    Steve Suman This week shows a turn to cooler weather following a beautiful weekend – that followed a severe storm that moved through the Hayward area last Thursday morning. For now, the coming weekend looks to be a dry one. “Muskie fishing is slow,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but a few anglers are catching fish. “Tr...
  • 9/9/2014 1:40:00 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. Smallmouth bass were the main target for anglers this week with people having good luck near the rock pile and back into the breakwall. Trollers have r...
  • 9/5/2014 1:00:00 PM
    The Ross's Sport Shop Guide boats had a great week on the water, All of our trips last week were successful for Crappie and Walleye, we hit a little hiccup in the bite Labor Day weekend but the bite was back on for us on Monday as a Ross's Sport Shop Guide boat landed 10 Musky on a full day trip. Crappie are biting well on most area lakes, We ar...