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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 5/26/2016 2:05:00 PM
    A little rain and some warm weather and things are really starting to green-up around Central Wisconsin. Water temperatures on area lakes and rivers are hovering around that 70 degree mark and the fishing has been fantastic. The big news this week is the opener of the Northern Zone musky fishing in Wisconsin.   Thousands of anxious angle...
  • 5/25/2016 8:50:00 AM
    ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Fishing has been very good, but it all depends on that ever-important wind direction. “The smallmouth bass are where they should be and they’re starting to make beds in the shallows,” said C...
  • 5/25/2016 8:50:00 AM
    OWO contributors fishing Iron County are forecasting good spawning crappie action in Wisconsin’s northland, based on staging activity seen last weekend. Minnesota friends also send this photo fishing over the Wisconsin border near Hudson in recent days with water temperatures between ideal spawning temperatures of 60 to 62. Left to right ...
  • 5/25/2016 8:45:00 AM
    Over the weekend we witnessed one of the craziest hot bites for panfish that any of us can remember, It seemed like everyone was catching a lot of fish as Crappie and Gills seemed to both move into the shallow wood and brush shorelines of area lakes at the same time. Panfish anglers were reporting action coming on a large variety of baits with some...
  • 5/25/2016 8:40:00 AM
    With the cooler than normal spring, the fishing is a bit slower than typical for this time of year.  The smallmouth bass are suspended following the bait pods and most of the other fish have yet to reach their normal patterns for this time of year. I’ve been catching most of my smallmouth bass in front of Elgin Club or South Shore Club....
  • 5/25/2016 8:40:00 AM
    With the warmer weather, the fish are starting to prepare to spawn.  The crappies, bluegills and largemouth bass are all in the shallow waters.  Largemouth bass are in 2-3 ft of water.  The best presentation is wacky worm Senkos in green pumpkin or root beer with red flake.  The best location has been the west end of the lake, ...
  • 5/25/2016 8:35:00 AM
    Gorgeous weather moved into the Lakeland area this past week, warming up the waters and improving the fishing immensely. Lots of much needed sun; very little- if any wind and temps in the 70’s brought about a lot of great fishing to the area. Crappies: Very Good. It was “that” weekend. Water temps warmed into the low 60’s ...
  • 5/25/2016 8:35:00 AM
    Steve Suman The forecast indicates a rather warm and possibly wet week ahead, with “chances” of rain nearly every day from Monday through Saturday. Some of the chances look like good bets; others appear to be only chances. Carry a rain jacket – and please do not wash your car! “This should be a good fishing week,” sa...
  • 5/18/2016 1:05:00 PM
    Snow in mid May!  A big step backward in weather saw area lakes lose as much as 10 degrees and more in surface temperature.  Many anglesr who had scheduled their fishing trips were disappointed to see such weather play havoc with their plans and expectations. Pike:  Fair.  The drastic drop in temperature was too much for even t...
  • 5/18/2016 1:00:00 PM
    Steve Suman Cold, wind, and rain dampened a few spirits last week, but the forecast promises a switch to warmer temperatures (in the 70s!) starting Wednesday and at least through this weekend. Perhaps the frosty nights are now behind us... “The weather did a complete turnaround from opening weekend,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, &ld...
  • 5/18/2016 12:50:00 PM
    The Root River Steelhead Facility webpage has been updated with the latest fishing information from the Root River. Fishing effort on the river has decreased this week do to higher water temperatures, decrease in water clarity and the fact that the spring steelhead spawning run is over. Our creel survey routes now shift to the lake ...
  • 5/18/2016 12:40:00 PM
    With the up and down temperatures the lake remains pretty cold which is causing some inconsistent fishing.  The best bite on the lake is perch and largemouth bass.  Stable weather is predicted and that will help turn on the smallmouth bass and bluegills. Largemouth bass have been biting in the shallows in 3-4 ft of water.  The best ...
  • 5/18/2016 12:35:00 PM
    The yo-yo weather has been a constant factor this past week, it looks like stable weather is coming this week which will help the fishing tremendously.  With frost warnings in the middle of May, it has been cooling the water temperature from where it should be this time of year.  When the weather is stable the fishing has been relatively ...
  • 5/13/2016 10:25:00 AM
    ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Fishing has been “very good in general,” according to Fresh Water Hall of Fame fishing guide Roger LaPenter, co-owner of Anglers All in Ashland. “Trolling has been just excellent!” he ...
  • 5/13/2016 10:10:00 AM
    5/11/16- Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service Fishing around Washburn County has gone into full swing with last weekends opener.  Most folks have been focusing on either walleyes or crappies and both have been bitting. Crappies are beginning to move into shallow water in preparation of the spawn. Shallow bays with wood or wee...
  • 5/11/2016 12:30:00 PM
    The Root River Steelhead Facility webpage has been updated with the latest fishing information from the Root River. Fishing effort on the river has decreased this week do to higher water temperatures and the spring steelhead spawning run is over so this will be the last report until fall. Please visit the page for this updated informati...
  • 5/11/2016 12:30:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3956 STURGEON BAY -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input as it develops a specific rule to better protect spawning whitefish in northern Lake Michigan and potentially modify commercial fishing zone whitefish allocation or zone structure to better reflect current whitefis...
  • 5/11/2016 12:25:00 PM
    Steve Suman  Sunshine, blue skies, and temperatures in the high 80s made for near-perfect conditions during this past weekend’s fishing opener. The forecast indicates more moderate temperatures and rain this week, but we do need considerable moisture to minimize the current Very High fire danger.  “This was the best opening ...
  • 5/11/2016 12:20:00 PM
    ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  The high winds and heavy rain from last week have dissipated, leaving behind much calmer, somewhat clearer waters.  Water temperatures in the bay right now are probably in the low 40s, estimated Carolyn ...
  • 5/11/2016 12:10:00 PM
    You really couldn’t beat the weather for the 2016 opening fishing season over this last weekend, Friday before the opener we noticed a larger then normal number of anglers that had taken the day off and enjoyed the almost 90 degree day on the water for some panfishing, Saturday saw cooler temps and some wind but for the anglers that fought th...
  • 5/11/2016 12:05:00 PM
    As difficult as Lake Geneva is on a typical opening day, the cool spring and cold front that greeted Opening day made Geneva even more difficult.  It takes a consistent warming spring and nice sunny days to heat up a body of water the size of Lake Geneva.  Fishing stays on the difficult side until the water temps increase. I’ve fou...
  • 5/11/2016 12:05:00 PM
    Delavan Lake met opening day with a 20 degree cold front.  The fishing pressure was lighter than I’ve seen in recent years and the fishing was very tough.  From my own trip and discussions with others the day was met with limited success all around. Walleye fishing had only one good report and that was by casting small Shad Raps ov...
  • 5/11/2016 12:05:00 PM
    5/5/16  Lake Geneva, sunny, 70 degrees, water temp 58 degrees, winds light out of the SW at 5 mph.  An evening trip for crappies and bluegills.  Caught about 30-40 five inch bluegills in Geneva Bay and outside of Trinkes Harbor.  We fished in 3-4 ft of water and used leaf worms.  No crappies to be found and two accidental s...
  • 5/6/2016 9:50:00 AM
    Here we are on the brink of the opener.  A late one.  Walleye spawning is almost completely done throughout the Lakeland Area.  What anglers can expect will be a post spawn bite for the most part.  Surface temps ranging from 47-53 degrees on many of the area lakes and Flowages.  Following a brief recovery time after the rig...
  • 5/3/2016 2:25:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3942     [EDITOR’S ADVISORY: A video and photos accompany this news release on the DNR website.] MADISON, Wis. - In much of Europe, carp are revered as table fare, gracing the menus for Easter and Christmas feasts. Here, not so much. While commercial demand exists in the U.S. and...