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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 5/3/2016 2:20:00 PM
     Dave Duwe  Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 7th.  The opening day of inland fishing season finally arrives after the long winter and cool spring.   Opening day for game fish on most inland waters in Wisconsin is the first Saturday in May. For those of us in Walworth County Wisconsin, we are very fortunate to have so...
  • 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...