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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 8/1/2016 4:30:00 PM
    The dog days of summer have hit early.  We have had excessive heat and high humidity.  The fishing has been rather slow.  The biggest problem on the lake has been the 3 inch bluegills that seem to be everywhere throughout the water column.  The most consistent bite remains the largemouth bass. The largemouth bass have been conc...
  • 8/1/2016 4:25:00 PM
    Delavan lake fishing has been slower than recent years for this particular time of year.  The best bite on the lake remains the bluegills.  They are starting to go deeper off the weedline. Bluegill action has been fantastic in 15-20 ft of water.  The bigger fish have been located off the main lake points, such as the Yacht Club or t...
  • 7/22/2016 10:00:00 AM
    It’s a hot one, and with that said we are going to take a break from musky fishing until the water temperatures come back down.  High water temperatures and big fish Do Not mix well.  With water temperatures above 80 degrees muskies can become very easily stressed out after being fought which can cause irrevocable damage...
  • 7/21/2016 11:35:00 AM
    The Lake Michigan and Green Bay Outdoor Fishing Report has been updated with current fishing information.  Please visit - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html to view this latest information.
  • 7/19/2016 10:05:00 AM
    Mid-Summer has not been typical. Morning temps in the 40’s put the early bite off. Heat coming in this week should light a fire under a few species as was noted by the afternoon and evening anglers as of late.Smallmouth Bass: Very Good. Good numbers and big fish. Several cracking 21” this weekend, moving the interest in these battlers. ...
  • 7/19/2016 10:05:00 AM
    Steve Suman   This week has the potential to be much better than last week (that is not asking much), but it could be a warm one. Do not become cabin-bound due to the weather. Check daily forecasts and enjoy the North Woods!   “Despite lingering effects from the big storm,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “anglers report s...
  • 7/19/2016 9:55:00 AM
    Weather inconsistencies have made for interesting fishing conditions this past week but with that said the bite has been very good. Water temperatures have dropped a few degrees the past few days with the recent cold front but that won’t last long with much warmer temperatures in the forecast.   Water levels are a bit high with rece...
  • 7/19/2016 9:50:00 AM
    With the high water temperatures and algae bloom, Delavan Lake has been rather difficult to fish.  The big schools of largemouth have been few and far between.  The best action on the lake remains the bluegills, which have been above average in size this summer. Largemouth bass fishing has been best in 15-17 ft of water.  I’ve...
  • 7/19/2016 9:50:00 AM
    Lake Geneva has been mediocre for fishing.  The lake continues to be in the regular summer pattern.  The most consistent bite has been northern pike or largemouth bass.  The bigger fish are moving off the weedline to their deep summer haunts. Northern Pike action has been best in Fontana on the break line in 27-31 ft of water. ...
  • 7/10/2016 2:00:00 PM
    Lake Geneva fishing has been very good.  The fish still remain in relatively shallow water.  The best bite is in 12-16 ft of water.  The thermocline is forming but is not yet complete. Northern Pike action has been good in the 30-32 ft depth range.  Look for them near the Fontana Beach or in Williams Bay.  The best bait is...
  • 7/10/2016 2:00:00 PM
    Delavan Lake fishing has been great.  The algae bloom that was all encompassing the lake subsided with last weeks rain.  The water clarity is above average for this time of year. Walleye fishing has slowed with the warmer water temperatures.  The walleyes I’ve been catching have been while fishing for something else in 15-16 f...
  • 7/10/2016 1:55:00 PM
    Beautiful day to get out on the area lakes. Spawn is pretty much over and the fish are going deeper. We had 2 couples in this week that nick-named  Rick , the" fishing magician". They caught northern, bass, perch, crappies and sunnies. Mostly on Spooner with the traditional jig and waxie for the panfish and crankbaits for the la...
  • 7/10/2016 1:50:00 PM
    Nice days, but, cold mornings have been the past week’s biggest drawback.  Morning temps in the 40’s dropping surface temps on some lakes back into the 60’s.  Afternoons and evening have been the best times to fish overall.  Largemouth Bass:  Good – Very good.  Even this species has been affected by...
  • 7/10/2016 1:50:00 PM
    Steve Suman This summer is one for the Scouts – “Be prepared!” While the forecast does indicate some sunshine this next week, it shows more chances for rain and thunderstorms. Do not allow weather predictionsto deter you from enjoying outdoor activities. Make plans, follow them, and be a good Scout and go prepared! “U...
  • 7/10/2016 1:50:00 PM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva remains excellent.  The best success remains in the 12-14 ft water depth.  The fish have been very active with the warmer water. Largemouth bass action has been very good by Trinkes and by piers 1-20.  The best approach is Senkos fished Wacky style or split shot rigged nightcrawlers.  The fish appear to b...
  • 7/10/2016 1:50:00 PM
    Even though you’ve read reports about the blue-green algae, the fishing remains very good.  All the species are in their summer patterns and biting aggressively.  Because of the algae, pleasure boat traffic has been substantially less than normal this time of year.  I’m not an expert on the algae, but I don’t think ...
  • 7/10/2016 1:45:00 PM
    The Lake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report has been updated with current fishing information. Please visit - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html to view this latest information.
  • 7/10/2016 1:35:00 PM
    ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, and River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, report the following:     This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Fishing is going strong depending on the day and the weather, according to Roger LaPenter, Fishing Guide and co-owner of Anglers All and Scott B...
  • 7/10/2016 1:30:00 PM
    As we are closing in on July, I am wondering where the month of June went.  Next week is the 4th of July and we are full swing into summer!  With that said the month ended out on a good solid note.  Fishing was very good for all species with musky and walleye topping that list.  Water temperatures have come down a bit with ...
  • 7/1/2016 12:50:00 PM
    As we are closing in on July, I am wondering where the month of June went.  Next week is the 4th of July and we are full swing into summer!  With that said the month ended out on a good solid note.  Fishing was very good for all species with musky and walleye topping that list.  Water temperatures have come down a bit with ...
  • 6/29/2016 8:25:00 AM
    The weather didn’t follow the forecast exactly. Some rain, lots of wind, but overall, fishing remained good. Largemouth Bass: Very Good. Lots of numbers on a variety of lures and baits (makes them all the more fun to fish for). For plastics, YumDingers and Yamamoto Senkos fished wacky style and staple. Spinner baits by Boonie, Booyah and Nor...
  • 6/29/2016 8:05:00 AM
    Lake Geneva fishing has been excellent.  The largemouth and smallmouth bass remain very accessible to the average angler.  The thermocline still has not formed but with the warmer weather, it should happen in the next week or so.     Largemouth bass action has been very good by Trinkes and just east of Cedar Point.&nb...
  • 6/29/2016 8:05:00 AM
    Delavan Lake fishing is in the fantastic summer time pattern.  It has been awesome for fishing but there is excessive boat traffic, so plant to go early or late.  Strong winds this week have also made some locations difficult to fish. With the warmer weather of late, the northern pike have been pushing to the deep weedlines in 17-19 ft o...
  • 6/24/2016 11:30:00 AM
    Bam… First “50” of the year!  Doug Aziz made it happen when he landed a GIANT musky this past week while fishing with me. The monster struck a topwater bait made by Lake X Lures called the Fat Bastard.  In addition to the great musky caught by Doug we have seen several other nice muskies this week along with s...
  • 6/24/2016 11:15:00 AM
    June 20, 2016 Steve Suman This week’s forecast looks promising, with mild temperatures and mostly “minimal” chances for rain throughout the week. Let’s hope it holds – it’s about time! “Musky action is rather slow,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “with many follows, but few hook-ups. “...