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5/8/2019
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  • 8/6/2013 1:45:00 PM
    Seems more like the end of August than the beginning. Lake temps ranging 68-70 degrees, not much for air temps above mid 70’s this week. Perch: Good. Some very nice perch to 12 ½” on ½ crawlers, crayfish tails. Mix of weed and wood best in 3-8’. Also over sandgrass in 14-18’ on the deep clear lakes. Bluegills...
  • 8/6/2013 11:20:00 AM
    The Great Lake Sturgeon returns to Keshena Falls The following article by Wisconsin sturgeon experts Ron Bruch and Ryan P. Koenigs on restoring sturgeon to the Menominee Reservation was originally published in the Natural Resources Magazine. Click here to read article
  • 8/6/2013 11:10:00 AM
    Joe Lewandowski handled the netting duties on this walleye caught by Ron Klimcke during an active evening bite using jigs and minnows on the Chippewa Flowage this week.  Several other walleyes were caught, with leeches also the bait of choice on panfish, Klimcke reports.
  • 8/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
    The past week was a cooler week to fish in terms of weather. The lake temperatures dropped 7-9 degrees depending on the lake. Saturday and Sunday were misty/rainy with stiff winds. The fish still bit, but weren't really aggressive. Before the cold front, the walleyes were biting very well. Many were found in 14-22 feet of water. Crawlers and lee...
  • 8/5/2013 3:40:00 PM
    Fishing remains excellent on Lake Geneva.  The real cool weather of the recent weeks, has kept the morning boat traffic low, which makes fishing very enjoyable.  Everything is biting very well except the Northern Pike.  In recent weeks, there have been reports of musky being caught.  The biggest fish I heard about was 40 inches....
  • 8/5/2013 3:35:00 PM
    With the cooler weather the fishing has continued to be excellent and is even improving a bit.  The other benefit with the cooler weather, is that the early morning pleasure boaters aren’t out in full force so the boat is not too busy.  The fishing pressure remains very high though. Largemouth bass are still in their mid-summer pat...
  • 8/5/2013 3:10:00 PM
    The much welcomed stable weather last week turned good fishing into great fishing by the end of the week. Ross's Sport Shop Guides and Customers were reporting great action from Crappie, Walleye and Musky. The Walleye bite has been good at Daylight and Dark but don't rule out a mid-day bite. We are still finding the Walleye scattered from 6 to 1...
  • 8/5/2013 2:30:00 PM
    By John Luthens My friend Dave Schrader can be hard to read.  Talk with him for a minute and his dry and straight-faced humor will leave you guessing long after the conversation is over.  His comments and observations on life as he sees it continue to roll around in the back of my head like a magic eight ball shaking up an answer to a hy...
  • 8/2/2013 1:25:00 PM
    Wisconsin's record fish program will receive some changes in 2014 with the addition of two new categories: 1) Modern Day/Legacy records and 2) Live Release records. The addition of these two new categories should bring some excitement into Wisconsin fishing and provide more anglers with an opportunity to catch a verified record fish. Modern day/...
  • 8/2/2013 12:55:00 PM
    Overall fishing remains above average, even considering the incredible fall weather we had this past weekend in July!  The only fish not biting well, is the northern pike, everything else is quite active. Northern pike has been spotty.  There are a few fish being caught in the shallower water, 22-23 ft.  Most of the success is comin...
  • 8/2/2013 12:45:00 PM
    Fishing remains excellent on Delavan Lake.  The day after the initial cold front, the fish were inactive for only one day, but the numbers are increasing again.  The one good thing about the cooler weather is that the suckers live longer! Northern Pike fishing has been a bit slow.  The fish seem to be very particular about the size ...
  • 7/30/2013 3:00:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearers: The August 1 deadline for applying for the 2014 Upriver Lakes Sturgeon Spearing Season is quickly approaching.  So make sure you leave time to purchase your application if you have not done so already.  500 lucky applicants will receive permits to purchase their license before the October 31, 2013...
  • 7/30/2013 1:15:00 PM
    It’s not over until it’s over, and it’s over — almost. All that separates the more than 150 prizewinners from cashing in on the 31st annual Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament is Monday’s wrap-up meeting. On the final day, Baileys Harbor weighed a dozen fish larger than 20 pounds, Sturgeon Bay 11, Kewaunee 10, Algo...
  • 7/29/2013 10:30:00 AM
    We were lost within minutes of gearing up canoes and launching the fleet from a remote gravel landing.  Shortly we were plowing through marsh grass, high reeds and swarms of mating dragonflies. A heavy bass splashed from under a lily pad and swiped at a pair of the winged lovers. It took an hour of looking at the map, gauging the angle of the...
  • 7/29/2013 10:00:00 AM
    Even with the major cold front moving thru early over the weekend fishing continued to be good for Walleye, Crappie and Panfish. They didn't bite as hard but they could be caught. Friday I had a cancelation because of the weather forecast so I woke my 6 year old up at 5 am and we hit the water. I gave him a limit of 12 fish witch he filled easily b...
  • 7/29/2013 9:55:00 AM
    Day 8 Results — Saturday, July 27, 2013 A strong cold front didn’t hurt the fishing Saturday, Day 8 of the 31st annual Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament. In fact, 59 20-pound-plus chinooks were weighed, eight of them big enough to move into the top 30. Baileys Harbor stayed hot, with sixteen 20-pound-plus fish, including a pair o...
  • 7/29/2013 9:25:00 AM
    Day 7 Results — Friday, July 26, 2013 Bouncy seas, heavy downpours and threatening skies reduced fishing pressure Friday, but that didn’t stop K/D contestants from adding another 26 20-pound-plus fish the tournament scales. With the final weekend still to play out, 303 chinooks 20 pounds and larger had already been weighed. The heavie...
  • 7/26/2013 4:15:00 PM
    Day 6 Results — Thursday, July 25, 2013 Despite some very rough water, 45 more 20-pound-plus chinooks were brought to the scale Thursday. The running total of “20s” now stands at 277 with three days to go. The largest fish of the day moved into third place, a 29.17-pounder caught by Troy VanderHeiden of Little Chute late Wednesd...
  • 7/26/2013 9:55:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com Reports: Roger at Anglers All Reports: The fishing continues to be awesome on both the big blue Lake Superior and the Inland Lakes. The Big Lake continues to be good. Bass fishing has been great on flies. A lot of good fishing has been done at Sand Cut...
  • 7/25/2013 3:45:00 PM
    The action for all species has been very good this past week.  With the cooler temperatures that we have been receiving the water temperatures have gone down about 10 degrees and the fish have been very active. We have had great catches of panfish from crappies and bluegills by working deeper structure in both the river sections and the main ...
  • 7/25/2013 12:00:00 PM
    Day 5 Results — Wednesday, July 24, 2013 A day after strong winds limited participation, anglers were back out in force and quickly made up for lost time with the most big fish in any single day yet this tournament — 63 20-pound and larger chinooks. Baileys Harbor led the way with an incredible 25 fish between 20 and 25.78 pounds. St...
  • 7/25/2013 9:55:00 AM
    Day 4 Results — Tuesday, July 23, 2013 Strong winds roughed up Lake Michigan and limited action at most ports. Washington Island took the hardest hit; only one fish was weighed, and it was caught the night before. There was only one top 20 change in the leader board Tuesday, a 26-pounder at Sturgeon Bay moving into the 14th spot. The whoppe...
  • 7/23/2013 3:00:00 PM
    This Friday, Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp will discusses the walleye initiative, and other infrastructure improvements to state fish hatcheries. Secretary Stepp will then take a walking tour of the hatchery. Members of the media are welcome. WHERE Art Oehmcke Fish Hatchery 8770 Highway J. Woodruff, two miles east of US 5...
  • 7/23/2013 11:05:00 AM
    By Steve Suman The forecast for this week indicates a dandy week ahead, with warm (not HOT) highs, mild nights excellent for sleeping, a few rain showers, and a warming trend for the weekend. We are good to go! “Fishing is generally good in recent days,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “though anglers are limiting their time on the wa...
  • 7/23/2013 10:30:00 AM
    The walleye action is still fairly good with a peak bite in the morning and at dark. Leeches and Crawlers are still leading the pack in bait choices for local fishermen. Trolling or casting Flicker Shads have been getting some better sized fish. Bluegill action is still good on the deeper drops near wood. Small jigs,  slip bobbers, or just a ...