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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 5/24/2019 8:35:00 AM
                    This has been the hardest I have worked in May to catch fish I can remember.  I’m not sure if it’s the weather or the tremendous amount of fishing pressure but every trip has been a struggle.         &...
  • 5/24/2019 8:35:00 AM
    With the weather patterns such that they are and the depth of Lake Geneva, the lake is still very cool.  The most consistent fishing is in the 3-4 ft water depth range.                 Smallmouth bass have been sporadic.  If you can find the bait fish, you will li...
  • 5/8/2019 9:10:00 AM
    Fishing Report May 7, 2019 Carolyn from Anglers All reports: Trollers are flat lining stickbaits from Houghton Point to Long Island and out to the Apostle Islands and catching Cohos, Browns and Splake. Despite the dirty water Small Mouth Fishing has begun in Sandcut. Anglers have been successful using plastics on light jigs, crank-baits, hair...
  • 4/25/2019 3:25:00 PM
    April 22, 2019 Steve Suman  A rainy Sunday night and Monday give way to a mostly warm, dry (possible exception Wednesday), and sunny remainder of the week (minor setback Friday night/Saturday). Less than two weeks from the fishing opener and in general the weather is trending in the right direction... can only hope it continues! Get out and ...
  • 4/11/2019 2:55:00 PM
    Root River Report The following information is the latest fishing information for the Root River in Racine. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY at 4:00 pm from September through December and from March through May. We will also update the number of fish processed at the Root River Steelhead Facilit...
  • 4/11/2019 2:15:00 PM
    Published April 4, 2019 by the Central Office    View current conditions for Wisconsin State Parks, Trails and ForestsCheck out the Wisconsin Department of Tourism (exit DNR). General | Northern Region | Northeast Region | Southeast Region | South Central Region | ...
  • 3/23/2019 3:05:00 PM
    Well things are turning around a little bit and we are finding a few locations to get on the ice.  With the recent warmer weather we have been seeing some of the ice is becoming accessible but it is sloppy. We also found some okay conditions further south in the state and we were able to get on some very good perch fishing.  Again acces...
  • 3/7/2019 9:10:00 AM
    Gamefish seasons almost always seem to close rather quietly around here.  Late ice anglers tend to gear up for panfish.  But this may have been one of the quietest in a long time. The two feet plus of snow combined with the two feet of ice that is sandwiching, in some places, 8-10” of slush and water is making a work out of our spo...
  • 12/19/2018 12:50:00 PM
    Panfish and Crappie action has been steady with some nice fish being caught. Jigs tipped with Spikes or P3 plastics have been doing well along with smaller spoons. The bite has been very lite and our guides have been relying on St Croix Legend Black series rods with the bite indicator built in to see the super light hits. Pictured is David Carlson ...
  • 12/19/2018 12:45:00 PM
    The warm unseasonable air temps really brought out a lot of anglers over the weekend. Many anglers were putting out permanent ice shacks. Ice thickness ranged around 7 inches. Vehicle traffic is definitely not advised. Anyone traveling across lakes whether on foot or on ATV /sleds should be aware that ice thickness can change so be careful. Ang...
  • 11/12/2018 9:25:00 AM
    Well it looks like we are off to an early start on winter. What a crazy year. We went from winter to summer, then right back to winter. We had a very short fall if any really, and basically no spring this year whatsoever.  But now with the 2018 gun deer season only about a week away I know many hunters like myself are happy to see the snow on ...
  • 11/2/2018 5:45:00 PM
    This week’s report is going to be short but sweet. The Big Musky bite has really heated up with several giants caught this past week. I had Jeff Widman and Steve Genson out, along with Andy Veitch for a couple of days of filming for Team Rhino Outdoors and we landed some giants. Steve had the largest one which was easily pushing the 40 pound...
  • 11/2/2018 5:35:00 PM
    Fishing: 10/29/18 - The musky fishing is on fire with the larger fish eating, water temps range from 38 to 44 in much of the area. Swimbaits, big cranks and suckers have been on the menu this week. Pictured are just some of the fish that visited my boat this week. John Carlson Ross's Sport Shop & Guide Service  10/30/18 - ...
  • 8/5/2018 2:55:00 PM
    July 31, 2018 Anglers All, Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, is a full-service tackle and fly shop offering a huge selection of baits and tackle for year round fishing. For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at 715/682-5754, and they will gladly keep you informed! Ca...
  • 7/30/2018 9:45:00 PM
    I’d like to start this week’s report with a big thank you to Jason down at Amherst Marine.  I had a few issues going on with my boat and some desperately required maintenance that needed attending to and Jason dropped everything and got me taken care of in less than one day.  Now that’s great service!  If you are lo...
  • 7/30/2018 9:35:00 PM
    With cooler water temps and this weekends Full Moon fast approaching look for the fish activity to be better then it has been the last few weeks. Cool nights and some rain have dropped water temps from the low to mid 80's to the mid 70's. Reports of Anglers catching Crappie and Panfish are coming in to Ross's Sport Shop and Guide Service, Crappie...
  • 7/18/2018 5:15:00 PM
    High skies, hot weather and boat traffic was the talk last week.  Throw in some late Mayfly hatches on our favorite Walleye waters and for some anglers, it was a tough week of fishing.   Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – One of the few bright spots.  Largemouth fishing has been very good towards dusk on top-water lures such ...
  • 7/9/2018 9:40:00 PM
    The walleye bite continues to be very good in central Wisconsin along with a pretty good crappie bite as well.  We have also been picking up a few nice pike and bass.  Water temperatures continue to hover around that 80 degree mark making it tough for musky fishing but a few guys are targeting them early and late in the day and they are p...
  • 6/22/2018 10:55:00 AM
    As I sit here writing this we just received about 3 inches of rain in central Wisconsin.  I can’t wait to see what it does to the conditions on the area lakes and rivers but it sure can’t hurt. We have been dry for quite a while and some much needed rain is a blessing.  Water temperatures as of this morning were right around 7...
  • 6/8/2018 10:30:00 AM
    Here we go again with the up and down weather patterns that are disrupting the water temperatures and the fishing patterns. The water temperatures dropped 10 to 15 degrees in a period of two days this past weekend and it has created some very interesting fishing conditions. Most of the fish have shifted to deeper water as well as becoming quite a b...
  • 6/6/2018 9:50:00 AM
    Anglers across our area are experiencing some good fishing for a variety of species. Walleye action has been steady at dusk. Jig and minnow combinations are working but leeches are also making up some nice catches. We are seeing mayflies on the water so the walleye bite might slow a bit but fish will still be catchable. Walleyes are found on weed e...
  • 6/6/2018 9:50:00 AM
    Please visit http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html for the latest reports.
  • 6/5/2018 10:35:00 AM
    Quite a few walleyes and bass have come across the bow of my boat this past week with several of them real dandies.  We have also seen some very good crappie and pike fishing this past week as well.  Water temperatures spiked last weekend and some areas were pushing the 80 degree mark, but it has toned down a bit and we are holding steady...
  • 5/31/2018 12:35:00 PM
    Northern Wisconsin Musky Opener is this weekend!!!! With near perfect conditions musky anglers heading out for this weekend opener should see pretty good action. The area lakes and rivers are in the upper 60 to low 70 degree range and a variety of tactics should be working.  I would start out running a variety of smaller to medium bucktails a...