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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 1/3/2017 1:20:00 PM
    1/2/2017- Reported by AAA Sports     Most of the area lakes have 8+ inches of ice. Safe for ATV's and snowmobiles. Always know where you're fishing and let someone know where you are.The Holiday weekend had lots of ice-fishing action. We had 4 guys from South Carolina in the week before Christmas. Rick took them to se...
  • 1/3/2017 1:15:00 PM
    Ice conditions in central Wisconsin are about as perfect as one could want.  Contrary to popular belief the rain last weekend did more good for ice fishing than bad. The rain knocked down the snow and slush on top of the ice allowing it to freeze solidly the following couple of days.  We now have an average of 4 to 8 inches of good solid ...
  • 1/3/2017 1:15:00 PM
    January 2, 2017 Steve Suman It is winter in the North Woods and this week’s forecast reflects the season – cold, snow, and wind in various combinations. There is no winter recreation without winter, so get out and enjoy your favorite winter activity! “This year’s ice fishing season started a little late due to the slow bu...
  • 12/30/2016 10:45:00 AM
    Anglers All and River Rock are reporting that white fish, brown trout, perch, northern and an occasional walleye are being caught. For an updated report on the ice conditions contact the local bait shops:
  • 12/30/2016 10:20:00 AM
    December 19, 2016 Steve Suman  This week’s forecast mentions snow on a few days – as well as chances for a winter storm that could affect Christmas weekend – but the temperatures should be MUCH milder than in the past week (so they say), though with strong winds. The recent snow and cold set the mood for winter recreation, ...
  • 12/30/2016 10:15:00 AM
    Ice fishing season is here. With the recent cold snap area lakes and backwater locations off the river system have been forming ice.  A lot of locations have anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of good ice with some snow cover for good traction and walking.  We have been out catching walleyes, pike and panfish. The walleye bite has primarily b...
  • 12/14/2016 8:55:00 AM
    Well I wasn’t sure we would have much to write about his week but Mother Nature took a turn and gave us a present.  Cold weather, and it looks like we are going to have safe fishable ice by this weekend.   With many area lakes now freezing over anglers should be able to get out on some of their favorite early ice hot-spots and ...
  • 12/14/2016 8:55:00 AM
    We’ve got “some” fishable ice, not a lot (2-3” at best) and caution is very important as snow on Sunday is going to make it difficult to see where the good ice is versus the bad.SPUD BARS and ICE PICKS are NECESSARYSaturday morning early was still too early for most.  By late morning anglers were finding ...
  • 12/9/2016 2:30:00 PM
    12/8/16 - Reported by Stone Lake Bait & Tackle The Stone Lake area lakes are cooperating nicely with the forecast although there's not enough ice to venture out yet in my opinion. The wind we've had has been keeping the waves rolling pretty good. This should change a lot by this time next week. We'll be closed this weekend but we've got f...
  • 12/9/2016 2:00:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=4138      GREEN BAY - In a few short weeks, anglers from Wisconsin and beyond will head to Green Bay to participate in a unique, world-class fishing opportunity. Before ice angling for whitefish begins, the Department of Natural Resources will host a public informational meeting...
  • 12/6/2016 4:35:00 PM
    Anglers All, Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, is a full-service tackle and fly shop with a professional guide service for Lake Superior and area inland lakes and rivers, offering the largest selection of baits and tackle in the Chequamegon Bay area.  For the most complete ...
  • 11/30/2016 12:25:00 PM
    Anglers All, Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, is a full-service tackle and fly shop with a professional guide service for Lake Superior and area inland lakes and rivers, offering the largest selection of baits and tackle in the Chequamegon Bay area.  For the most complet...
  • 11/30/2016 12:05:00 PM
    Places to Take Kids Fishing for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/anglereducation/FreeFishingWeekend.html It's time to start planning a winter Free Fishing Weekend event for your community. A planning form is available t...
  • 11/30/2016 12:05:00 PM
    Clinics and Learning Opportunities for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/anglereducation/FreeFishingWeekend.html It's time to start planning a winter Free Fishing Weekend event for your community. A planning form is ...
  • 11/30/2016 11:55:00 AM
    Anglers All, Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, is a full-service tackle and fly shop with a professional guide service for Lake Superior and area inland lakes and rivers, offering the largest selection of baits and tackle in the Chequamegon Bay area.  For the most complete ...
  • 11/30/2016 11:50:00 AM
    Is there ice?  Yes.  Is it safe?  No.  Four nights of temps in the teens, with the last two very calm has forced water temps into the close to freezing ranges.  Some small ponds, edges of shallow lakes and bays of flowages have locked up.  The pond behind our shop froze yesterday (11/21) which typically means that Mino...
  • 11/30/2016 11:40:00 AM
    Well it was a tough opener in Wisconsin for the 2016 gun deer season.  With winds gusting over 40 MPH and warm temperatures the deer were not moving well.  Despite the lack of movement hunters were surprisingly successful.  As the week progressed the weather got better and a number of big bucks were taken.  In addition to the nu...
  • 11/30/2016 11:35:00 AM
    Well here we are, the start of the 2016 nine-day gun deer season.  In Wisconsin it’s busier than any official holiday as hunters get ready to travel across the state to their favorite hunting destinations.  With that said I hope everyone has a safe and memorable hunt.  Weather conditions across the state look to be in for a dra...
  • 11/18/2016 2:50:00 PM
    Anglers All, Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, is a full-service tackle and fly shop with a professional guide service for Lake Superior and area inland lakes and rivers, offering the largest selection of baits and tackle in the Chequamegon Bay area.  For the most complete ...
  • 11/16/2016 10:40:00 AM
    As October seems to have slid into the second week of November, anglers are finding good reason to get the boats out for “one last shot” at landing a musky or putting some last minute fish in the freezer.  A few 20 degree mornings have helped push surface temps into the upper 40’s all throughout the Lakeland area.  Some ...
  • 11/16/2016 10:35:00 AM
    It has been another fantastic week here in central Wisconsin for outdoor activities. The weather has been about as perfect as one could want for fall activities and the hunting and fishing have been very good.  Water temperatures are holding right around that 50 degree mark with good current flow on the Wisconsin River. The musky fishing ha...
  • 11/16/2016 10:35:00 AM
    Coho salmon spawning is now complete, and the Lake Michigan weir reports for the Besadny and Root River facilities have been updated with the final numbers for the fall season.  Please visit the following webpages for current information: Besadny - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/lakemichigan/BesadnyFacilityReport.html Root Ri...
  • 11/10/2016 12:15:00 PM
    We just dropped the anchor and the current swung us around until the anchor finally held. The wind across the Mississippi River was gusting and the high water with resulting strong current tugged at our boat. We were in about sixteen feet of water.Bruce and his grandson, Jack baited their three way rigs, dropping them into the fast moving water. I ...
  • 11/10/2016 12:10:00 PM
    This incredibly mild November has given way for anglers to take advantage of increased opportunities out on the water.   Surface temps of 47-53 degrees are being reported throughout the Lakeland area.  Anglers finding good fishing for many species this weekend that typically by now they’ve given up on.Musky:  Very good.&nb...
  • 11/10/2016 12:10:00 PM
    The ‘river of presidents’ on the edge of November.  By John Luthens  Scant weeks before the presidential election and I was up to the waterline in a fine state of political current. Hooks and barbs were flying. A numbing sensation had begun somewhere along my left toe and was slowly creeping upward and threatening to freez...