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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 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 ...