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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 5/3/2016 2:20:00 PM
    ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  The area has received several inches of rain since Sunday accompanied by high winds. “There’s a lot of dirty water out in the bay right now from all of the wild wind and weather,” said Carolyn S...
  • 4/26/2016 7:15:00 PM
    Unfortunately we didn’t get another beautiful weekend like the previous one.  The temperature was cooler, and it was rainy so there was very little fishing activity.  Surface temps reported anywhere from the upper 30’s (big lakes) to upper 40’s.  That is down from a few that reached the low 50’s during that wa...
  • 4/26/2016 6:50:00 PM
    Anglers that have been out chasing pan fish (only species open in our area) have had good success for perch, crappie and bluegills, especially on the warmer afternoons.  As the bays warm (some reports have surface temps hit the low 50’s), crappies and gills have moved into shallows.  They spook easily, but, long casts have produced ...
  • 4/18/2016 7:50:00 PM
    ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Open-water season is finally here after ice-out early last week!! “Fishing has been pretty good as long as people can find the mud lines,” said Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All.  &ldqu...
  • 4/18/2016 7:35:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Currently water levels are excellent for some early trout fishing.  Current regulations require all trout to be released back into streams.  Weeds and grasses have not grown up yet and this makes for better casting and traveling along the stream banks.  With the up coming warm weather bugs should be coming out ...
  • 4/13/2016 11:40:00 AM
    The 2016 Spring Turkey season is upon us and the birds are gobbling up a storm. The walleye bite on the river has been pretty good but the next few weeks should be some of the best fishing of the season. With the early spring that we are seeing this year turkey hunters will have a variety of locations to give their luck a shot.  With little...
  • 4/12/2016 10:40:00 AM
    Over the last two weeks we have had many changes, cool nights, over four inches of rain and snow along with all the dams opening and closing. Talking about some not so good walleye fishing is an understatement. With the upcoming warmer weather over the next two weeks the spawning should come to an end. As of today we have had water temperatures ...
  • 4/12/2016 10:30:00 AM
    It has been strung out for weeks now, but, the ice fishing season in the Lakeland area should be over by this weekend.  With the south end of Big Arbor Vitae Lake and the east end of Lake Tomahawk still holding on to barely safe ice (thanks to overnight lows in the single digits).  The forecast for this weekend with a six day stretch of m...
  • 4/7/2016 11:40:00 AM
    ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  The ice has been in and out of the bay several times now, with the most recent change in wind direction blowing it back in last night.  The amount of open water is definitely on the increase, however, and...
  • 4/7/2016 11:35:00 AM
    Times are changing and with the crazy weather patterns that we are seeing this spring it’s anyone’s guess to what we are going to receive over the next few weeks.  Water temperatures have plummeted with the recent cold snap and created a frenzy among anglers looking for active fish.  We had water temperatures that were at 45 d...
  • 4/7/2016 8:25:00 AM
    April 4, 2016 Steve Suman Judging from forecasts today, it appears to be another week or so of “early spring” (i.e., late winter) weather and then a return to more moderate, comfortable temperatures. Maybe mild enough to store some winter-wear... just don’t put them in the back of the closet! “Mother Nature continues to p...
  • 4/5/2016 1:50:00 PM
    Despite cold temps (18 degrees this morning when I opened), lakes that opened up to some extent are NOT safe to access.  Reports in our area show only the south end of Big Arbor Vitae having enough ice (aprox 8") to fish and even that should be approached with extreme caution! Crappies:  Good.  When conditions allow.  Slo...
  • 4/5/2016 1:40:00 PM
    Well it’s been another great week for outdoor activities in Central Wisconsin.  The spring walleye bite has picked up on the Wisconsin River and we are also catching a few catfish and perch.  We went over and targeted some of the Green Bay walleyes this past week with very good success, and we started doing some of our pre-season tu...
  • 4/5/2016 1:30:00 PM
    Attention adults who never learned to fish! This 5-session class is for you! Check out the Fishing for Dinner class, which starts April 19 in Madison. Registration deadline is April 11, 2016. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/FishingforDinner/index.html   Kids' clinics are scheduled for April 9 in Southeast Wi...
  • 4/5/2016 1:30:00 PM
    Attention adults who never learned to fish! This 5-session class is for you! Check out the Fishing for Dinner class, which starts April 19 in Madison. Registration deadline is April 11, 2016. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/FishingforDinner/index.html   Kids' clinics are scheduled for April 9 in Southeast Wi...
  • 3/31/2016 9:20:00 AM
      This is my inaugural bi-monthly fishing report for the Wisconsin river area including Petenwell and Castle Rock lakes. My name is Bob Wilson owner of Gone Fishing Again Guide Service and I have been fishing or guiding this area for over 35 years, started with my grandfather at 6 years old. So let’s get started with the fishing report....
  • 3/31/2016 9:10:00 AM
    Ice fishing season continues to shrink along with it’s most important ingredient..ice.  Fewer places are accessible everyday with a forecast of heavy rain for Wednesday (3/30) even the forecast for nighttime temps in the teens forFriday/Saturday (4/1 and 4/2) may not be enough to give the hard water anglers safe footing for the...
  • 3/25/2016 8:50:00 AM
    Winnebago System Fisheries Enthusiasts: Below is a message from my colleague Adam Nickel (Winnebago System GamefishBiologist) about current water levels on the Wolf River along with a PDFversion of the 2015 Winnebago System Walleye Report.  I hope you enjoy theinformation and please forward any questions or comments to Adam(Adam.Nickel@wiscon...
  • 3/25/2016 8:45:00 AM
    ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Ice conditions are changing very rapidly now. Going out onto the ice is NOT recommended. Anyone who plans to go out fishing should by all means bring an ice bar and check their way as they go. Flotat...
  • 3/24/2016 1:20:00 PM
    Open water fishing is off to a great start here in Central Wisconsin.  Water temperatures are in the upper 30’s to lower 40 degree range and the water levels are perfect for the spring walleye run to begin.  Turkey hunters are getting anxious with the spring season is only a few weeks, away and with near perfect conditions it should...
  • 3/22/2016 11:25:00 AM
    We’re kind of stuck in between seasons here in the Phillips Wisconsin area right now with the ice on area lakes not being safe for foot travel but still too much ice for safe boat travel. Most of the area flowages have vast areas of open water on them with the Phillips Chain being about 50% open. Rivers are still very high after last ...
  • 3/22/2016 11:25:00 AM
    We have more and better ice today (3/22) than last Friday (3/18).  Anyone surprised?  Nights in the teens and not very warm days actually firmed up the ice and made a little.  Not everywhere is safe, a few lakes have had shoreline ice pull away enough to prohibit access.  There are still plenty of other options throughout the ar...
  • 3/22/2016 11:05:00 AM
    March madness it is, and not just in basketball.  Here in central Wisconsin we have dramatically changed gears and everything has gone topsy-turvy.  The recent heavy downpours have completely diminished the ice and opened up area lakes.  The drastic amount of rain has charged rivers to flood levels only seen 4 times in the last 100 y...
  • 3/22/2016 11:00:00 AM
    We have more and better ice today (3/22) than last Friday (3/18).  Anyone surprised?  Nights in the teens and not very warm days actually firmed up the ice and made a little.  Not everywhere is safe, a few lakes have had shoreline ice pull away enough to prohibit access.  There are still plenty of other options throughout the ar...
  • 3/17/2016 2:25:00 PM
    From the forecast, I would have been sure the ice would be done by now.  Instead, since a few nights dipped below freezing last week and the rain never really showed Sunday, we still have fishable ice throughout much of the Lakeland area. Ice thickness that ranged 16-20” last week is now down to 9-13” with the top 2-3” ...