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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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” ...
  • 3/15/2016 10:40:00 AM
    ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  With daytime highs in the 40s and even some 50s, ice conditions are changing very rapidly now.   “Can you get out there (on the ice) is one question,” noted Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Angler...
  • 3/15/2016 10:40:00 AM
    Most of the area rivers and streams have opened up with the recent runoff during our abnormal warm temps. All of the dams on the Elk river system have good amounts of water moving thru them and high current areas of the areas flowages like the Phillips Chain, Musser and Soo lakes have started to open. The South Fork of the Flambeau river is wide op...
  • 3/14/2016 7:15:00 PM
    After a week of watching the fishing plummet right along with the air temperature (20 below on Valentine’s Day) some fresh reports from Monday (2/15) are going to help add a little better outlook on this week’s report.  The sub-zero temps and winds kept most anglers looking for other things to do this past weekend.  ...
  • 3/10/2016 2:50:00 PM
    It has been another fantastic week for ice fishing here in Central Wisconsin.  With the warm temperatures this past week the ice conditions have started to diminish but we still have good safe ice on a lot of area lakes. Ice thicknesses range from 13 to 18 inches on most area lakes, but the river systems are opening up and bodies of water that...
  • 3/9/2016 1:25:00 PM
    Thanks to high winds last Monday (2/29) that blew most of the remaining snow off the lakes, followed by nights in the single digits, we started the weekend with the best ice/travel conditions of the season.  It’s going to go downhill from here.  While forecast can’t always be trusted (didn’t rain last night), the call i...
  • 3/9/2016 1:10:00 PM
    ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Fishing continues to be pretty good for those who are venturing out.  A wide variety of fish are being caught in the area, including brown trout, whitefish, perch, northern pike and splake. The wind and ...
  • 3/4/2016 1:20:00 PM
    Holy smokes was it ever a great week to be out on the ice.  The flags were flying and the fish were going crazy.  We had one of the best weeks I can possibly remember. The northern pike bite was just crazy this past week, with not only numbers but some big fish too.  Most of the action came on tip-ups baited up with large golden s...
  • 3/4/2016 1:10:00 PM
    Steve Suman  Following a beautiful, sunny Saturday with a high in the 50s and a colder, windy Sunday, this week will be more winter-like until the weekend – when the highs (so “they” say) will be in the upper 30s to mid-40s.  “Ice conditions are still good,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but there are al...
  • 3/4/2016 1:10:00 PM
    A February record temperature for Saturday (52 degrees) unfortunately did not set any records for fish catching. As been the case on most of our nicer weekends, great weather did not equate to great fishing. Maybe it was the number of anglers, maybe the high barometer at times. While certain lakes produced well, others that had been imp...