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Kevin Wallenfang and his tournament winning, 46-inch musky just prior to release Fishing has been as hot as the weather for our circle of family and friends, and anglers participating in the 16th Annual Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic. The Classic was started in 2003 by fishing guide Patricia Strutz to memorialize Bob Ellis, a legendary northern Wisconsin row troller inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2008 for his im...
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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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. “...
  • 6/24/2016 11:10:00 AM
    They are Heeerrree! The dreaded Hexagenia hatches have been going on for the past week at a lake near YOU! And there are still a few more to come. The larger lakes, with deeper, cooler waters are yet to see hatches. Mid-sized (1000 Acres and less) and the flowages have finished. Warm afternoons have pushed surface temps into the low 70’s; m...
  • 6/22/2016 2:15:00 PM
    The weather is finally settling down.  We had quite a bit of rain and made for some tough trout fishing.  I noticed the big three trout streams (Willow, Pine River, and Mill Creek) are all starting to clear up.  The small streams are excellent for some good wading upstream for those brook and brown trout. The Wisconsin River is sl...
  • 6/20/2016 9:55:00 AM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake has been fantastic both in numbers and size.  The fish are in their summer patterns, which is the deep weed line bite.  Bluegill fishing has been excellent.  I’ve been catching most of my fish in 13-14 ft of water right on the weed line.  The best approach is a small split shot and a single hook fi...
  • 6/20/2016 9:50:00 AM
    Lake Geneva has been fantastic both for the smallmouth bass and the largemouth bass.  The fish are starting to get into their summer patterns.  The thermocline has yet to form but it should be forming within the next week or so driving the northern pike to their summer homes. Smallmouth bass are in the water depth of 10-12 ft.  My b...
  • 6/15/2016 12:00:00 PM
    The past week ended with a huge storm, knocking out the power in much of the Lakeland area this past Friday night.  A week of very changing weather:  sun, clouds, cold (launched boat at 32 degrees on 6/7), wind, and flat calm.  Crazy ups, downs, and sideways so anglers had a lot of changes to deal with. Largemouth Bass:&nb...
  • 6/15/2016 12:00:00 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.
  • 6/15/2016 11:50:00 AM
    Steve Suman Once again, the forecast calls for chances of showers nearly every day this week, but temperatures are warmer and more summer-like! Do not let “chances” of rain deter you from any outdoor activities – plan ahead and take it day by day! “Musky anglers should target shallow weeds and rock near spawning bluegills ...
  • 6/15/2016 11:40:00 AM
    Delavan Lake,WI largemouth caught with Dave Duwe's Guide Service Fishing on Delavan has been excellent.  Most of the fish have completed their spawn.  The largemouth bass and bluegills have moved out on the weed line. The best location for the bluegills has been by Browns Channel or Assembly Park.  The fish have pulled out of the...
  • 6/15/2016 11:40:00 AM
    Karen with a nice Lake Geneva caught with Dave Duwe's Guide Service With the warming water temperature, fishing has started to improve greatly.  Both the largemouth and smallmouth are becoming very active.  Smallmouth bass have completed spawning and they are located on the break line near their spawning flats.  The best location...
  • 6/12/2016 1:00:00 PM
     ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  “Well, we’ve still got the dirty water shoved into the head of the bay, but they’re getting walleye anyway,” noted Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All. She said walleye fishe...
  • 6/10/2016 10:30:00 AM
    Mike Yurk There was the slightest tick on my line when I set the hook. There wasn’t any movement at first, but I could feel thumping against the line. Then the fish exploded, tearing off. My spinning rod was bent double as the fish raced away. I yelled to Doug that I had a big fish. Dropping his spinning rod, he grabbed the net.  Mike ...
  • 6/10/2016 10:05:00 AM
    A lot of rain this past week has the rivers and flowages in our area in central Wisconsin running high and dirty right now.  What that means is tough fishing but not impossible. When that water gets this high and dirty we usually give the river a day or two to start settling down or we spend a lot of our time on the main lake area.  We ge...
  • 6/7/2016 10:00:00 AM
    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.
  • 6/7/2016 9:55:00 AM
    Derek and A.J. wait for the next hit.  Photo submitted by A.J. Saunders
  • 6/7/2016 9:55:00 AM
    Steve Suman This week’s forecast shows cool temperatures (frost possible Tuesday night in some areas!) early in the week and “chances for showers” nearly every day. It also says mostly sunny for many of those same days. (Really?) Temperatures turn much warmer toward the end of this week and weekend. “Check the regulations,...
  • 6/6/2016 2:05:00 PM
    Delavan has been overall very good.  The only bite not really available yet is the northern pike.  There are loads of bluegills and perch in the shallows currently and they are heavily feeding.  Bluegill action has been great in 3-4 ft of water.  The fish are now spawning so be selective in harvesting the catch, avoid keeping t...
  • 6/6/2016 2:00:00 PM
    By John Luthens My partner Tom Nigl and I staked out the bluegill ambush for weeks in advance. We traced the scene of the crime into a back bay of Lake Winnebago, just outside of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to a place where a fallen willow tree had folded into the water over a sloping shoal. We made a vow that nothing would sneak into those sunken branche...