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Dick Ellis Blog:
4/17/2018
Springtime means fun time when open water river fishing competes with turkey hunting for our hours spent in Wisconsin’s great outdoors. Personally, we walleye fished the Wolf, leave this week for our gobbler hunt in southwest Wisconsin, and as a bonus took advantage of spring break to work the Gulf of Mexico for anything willing to snap up our shore offerings. We’re also receiving reports from successful turkey youth hunt participants...
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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 4/17/2018 11:50:00 AM
    Not much to report!  Unusual amounts of mid-April snow and high winds have kept anglers off the lakes.  Access is tough right now as the snow depth makes getting around very difficult.   Crappie:  Bad-Poor! – No recent reports over the last five days, though a few anglers heading out as of this writing. Concentrate on ba...
  • 3/23/2018 2:55:00 PM
  • 3/23/2018 2:50:00 PM
    Great weather and improving conditions on the ice led to lots of angler participation over the weekend.   Crappie:  Very Good – The warm weather helped with the functioning tip-down bite.  Oddly, some reports on Crappies in 22-25’, some in 13-18’ and others up as shallow as 7-10’.  Rosies and small minn...
  • 3/18/2018 5:10:00 PM
    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! Carolyn from An...
  • 3/14/2018 11:20:00 AM
    Now’s the Time for Panfish        Soon is the inland lake season opens for fishing. Though the panfish season is open year-round, now is the time to target shallow water crappies and bluegills as soon as the ice is gone in shallow water. The water temperature in most area lakes is approaching 50 degrees which is...
  • 3/3/2018 7:25:00 PM
    2/27/18- Reported by  Jim Stroede Guide Service Washburn County recently received a foot of new snow, this has been great for skiing and snowmobilers but has made getting out on the ice a little bit of a struggle for atv and truck traffic. Walking out to good crappie and bluegill fishing is still very good and easy on Long Lake. Multiple...
  • 2/16/2018 9:45:00 AM
    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! Carolyn from Ang...
  • 1/31/2018 12:00:00 PM
     Things are starting to heat up in the Central Wisconsin area and I don’t mean just the weather…  The fishing this past week has been fantastic with limit catches of panfish along with some super-sized northern pike and giant walleyes. Ice conditions across the central part of the state are very good, but with any ice, always...
  • 1/26/2018 8:50:00 AM
    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! Anglers all repor...
  • 1/22/2018 10:50:00 AM
    Cold and clear skies met weekend anglers, slowing what had been a very good ice fishing season so far. Yellow Perch:  Good-Fair - Best chance for a meal is to work mud flats of 18-28' using VMC Flash Champs, Halis and Pimples tipped with wigglers or Red Spikes.  Warm forecast for weekend would allow for tip-down use with small rosies. W...
  • 1/15/2018 10:40:00 AM
    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! Anglers all repor...
  • 1/11/2018 9:40:00 AM
    Steve Suman  The North Woods receives a brief, but well-deserved break the first part of this week, enjoying a few 30-degree temperatures. What a welcome respite! Take time to get outside and enjoy it while you can!  “Bitter, freezing, cold weather affected all outdoor activities during the holiday season,” says Pat at Happy...
  • 1/9/2018 4:55:00 AM
    Anglers All Reports, 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!The ice fi...
  • 1/4/2018 9:50:00 AM
    Despite not seeing air temps above 0 degrees  for a week or more, fishing has been surprisingly good for those willing to brave the conditions! Now it hasn’t been the same for everyone, rarely is.  The cold has probably kept anglers from moving around some if things aren’t going well were they are set up. But for those po...
  • 12/14/2017 10:00:00 AM
    A little taste of things to come.  Enough ice in places for anglers to get out on ice, but caution still advised no matter where you go. Walleye:  Very Good – Anglers using tip-ups baited with river shiners, Walleye suckers on medium golden in fairly shallow water (5-8’) at dusk, after dark.  Early ice aggressive fish hi...
  • 12/14/2017 9:50:00 AM
    Finally… a cool-down and we are making some safe ice.  Lakes in the central Wisconsin area are finally starting to get a few inches of ice and anglers are starting to get out.  We are seeing anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of ice on most bodies of water with the exception of the river system, which for the most part remains open all ye...
  • 12/6/2017 10:25:00 AM
    Continued warm weather (for late Nov/early Dec) and wind has been keeping ice anglers at bay waiting for things to get safe.  An example:  the Bay of Minocqua, across from the shop, has now froze over…and opened up, for the 5th time this season. The near future looks good as Monday’s (12/4) highs in the 50&rsq...
  • 11/29/2017 11:05:00 AM
    Weather just can’t make up its mind.  Temps keep dipping above and below the freezing mark making things difficult for both ice and open water anglers to figure out what to do. Musky anglers still heading out (Season open thru Thursday 11/30) but not a lot of success.  Some landings either froze in or too slippery to launch, b...
  • 11/22/2017 11:20:00 AM
    While most outdoorsmen ( and women) focus is on deer season (pretty quiet out there), Mother Nature has been toying with the ice anglers for the past two weeks.  Just enough ice forms on some bays and small lakes to lure anglers out, then one day in the 40’s or strong winds blow it all out.  A few areas have held enough ice for angl...
  • 11/14/2017 3:30:00 PM
    It will be touch and go for a while on the ice fishing.  As in, “touch” the ice with your chisel, if it cracks “GO”!  Get off of there Daytime temps in the low 30’s with night time temps in the mid 20’s to upper teens by next week will mean ice making conditions will be tenuous at best.  Where ice...
  • 11/14/2017 3:15:00 PM
    A firm cold stretch with some snow and wind mixed in has marked the arrival of Novemberrrrr! Skim ice on small ponds is showing and water temps continue to fall. Large to mid-sized lakes reporting surface temps of 41-46 degrees.  Smaller lakes below the 40 degree mark. Musky:  Good – Action on suckers always best at this time of y...
  • 11/14/2017 3:05:00 PM
    Snow is on the ground and the temperatures have plummeted, but the fishing remains very good. Some area lakes and streams are freezing up but the Wisconsin River is still open and accessible.  Now with a lot of guys getting prepared for the upcoming gun season we basically have the water to ourselves.  We have been having great action on ...
  • 11/7/2017 8:45:00 AM
    Wow how things can change… This past week we have seen a drastic drop in the water temperatures and the bite has really changed as far as technique over the past couple of days.  The big deer are on the move and plenty of beautiful bucks have been taken, myself included. With water temperatures now in the upper 30 degree range we hav...
  • 11/7/2017 8:30:00 AM
    11/6/17- Reported by AAA Sports Well the weekend started out with some serious Muskie fishing people coming in. Tthey were dressed for the arctic! Not sure how well they did,  but they ordered more suckers for this weekend. Trapping season is underway: Beaver, mink, muskrat, raccoons, fox  and coyote. We've taken a lot of deer ...