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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 6/6/2016 2:00:00 PM
    Early June starting out a bit wet and windy. Water temps have settled into the mid 60’s and many species have settles into their late spring patterns. Walleye: Very Good. The cloud cover has benefitted day time walleye anglers. Casting diving cranks (ShadRaps, Flicker Shads, and Smash Shads) over and through cabbage beds of 8-12’ has p...
  • 6/6/2016 2:00:00 PM
    Lake Geneva fishing is starting to pick up with the warming waters.  The smallmouth bass have almost completed their spawn and remain near their spawning flats.  Next to spawn will be the largemouth bass which will happen in the next week or so.  Smallmouth bass are near their spawning flats such as Elgin Club, South Shore Club and ...
  • 6/6/2016 1:50:00 PM
    The 2016 northern Wisconsin musky opener started out with a bang.  If I could have written up a recipe for success I couldn’t have done much better than what actually happened.  My two clients for the opener were Nap and Mike Pozulp who have been fishing with me for the opener for 15 years now, and at the end of this trip they bo...
  • 6/6/2016 1:40:00 PM
    Ashland Area Fishing Report for June 3, 2016 Free Fishing Weekend! ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Fishing is holding up, all depending on the day and the weather, according to Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All. “I’m gue...
  • 6/3/2016 1:00:00 PM
    Constantly changing weather in the last week has made for some challenging fishing conditions for most anglers across the Northwoods. Water temperatures seem to be holding in the mid-60’s on most lakes and this has extended the spawning activity for a lot of crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass.  This has also gotten a few blue...
  • 6/1/2016 10:20:00 AM
    Abbey's walleye was 31" and was caught on Lake Minocqua using an orange and brown Boonie Bait!  Mark's northern was 30" and caught using an orange and green Boonie Bait!
  • 6/1/2016 10:10:00 AM
    ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Fishing is holding up, all depending on the day and the weather, according to Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All. “I’m guessing that we have mud lines again out in the bay,” she noted. ...
  • 6/1/2016 10:00:00 AM
    Price County Fishing Report The bluegill bite continues to be strong and I think it will go good right into the weekend on some area lakes. My clients and I have been taking advantage of this hot bite and selective harvesting some nice 10 fish limits, we must really be careful on how many of these fish we harvest at this time of year because they ...