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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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  • 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 ...
  • 6/1/2016 10:00:00 AM
    A soggy Memorial weekend put a damper on what could have been a great opener, but, despite the forecast (and unfortunate reality), anglers who dodged the rain in many cases faired pretty well. Northern Pike:  Very good.  Many being caught by anglers targeting other species (bass, walleye and musky).  Big chubs and suckers of 5-7&rdq...
  • 6/1/2016 9:55:00 AM
    May 30, 2016 Steve Suman This spring seems filled with “chances for rain,” but is that unusual? The forecast for this week lists mild temperatures and varied chances for thunderstorms. Do not let “chances” for rain impede your outdoor pursuits. Go expecting sunshine, but prepared for wet! “Once again, a chain of pas...
  • 6/1/2016 9:55:00 AM
    Allison Raddatz, 5, took this nice 12-inch crappie while fishing Fawn Lake in Vilas County with her parents.
  • 6/1/2016 9:55:00 AM
    The Lake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report has been updated with current fishing information for Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Please visit -http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html to view this latest information.
  • 6/1/2016 9:50:00 AM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake has been very good overall, with largemouth bass and bluegills being both active and readily available.  Remember during spawning season, the future of our lakes depends on catch and release. Bluegills are in 3-5 ft of water in the sand pockets of the weeds.  They are not spawning yet but they are getting ready.&n...
  • 6/1/2016 9:50:00 AM
    Overall the action on Lake Geneva has been hit or miss.  I haven’t had success catching the smallmouth bass near their spawning flats yet.  The best action has been the bluegills and largemouth bass.  Remember that during spawning season, the future of our lakes depend on catch and release. Largemouth bass has been best in Gen...
  • 5/26/2016 2:05:00 PM
    5/24/16- Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service Fishing this week around Washburn County has been a mixed bag of sorts.  Crappies are shallow for spawning and are bitting on a variety of soft plastics in 1-4 feet of water. Smallmouth Bass likewise are in the spawning mode. We've caught and released some nice ones the past f...
  • 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...