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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 2/9/2016 4:05:00 PM
    Once again our area missed the heavy snow that was predicted, a narrow band of only 4-5” when both east and west of our area got 9-10” last Tuesday. Also the snow was light and dry. High winds pushed most of it off the lakes, maintaining good travel for A.T.V’s as well as snowmobiles and some truck travel where ice thickness allow...
  • 2/3/2016 2:45:00 PM
    Northeast Wisconsin Sport Fishin’ Show The Northeast Wisconsin Sport Fishin' Show is now in Oshkosh at Sunnyview Expo Center on the Winnebago County fairgrounds.  Exit south on to Hwy 76 from Hwy 41.  Then look for Stanley, a 15-foot sturgeon, and turn left to the fairgrounds entrance.  Parking is free. Show dates are ...
  • 2/3/2016 2:45:00 PM
    2/3/2016- Reported by AAA Sports  The fishermen were in from Long Lake this morning. They did well there yesterday on northern, and will be heading back there today. There are using. shiners and suckers. Tourism Coordinator | Washburn County Tourism | 800-367-3306122 N. River Street | Spooner, WI 54801 | www.w...
  • 2/3/2016 10:30:00 AM
    It has been another great week in Central Wisconsin. Ice conditions remain in the 7 to 16 inch range depending on the lake or flowage.   The fishing has been outstanding with some really nice catches of all species. Walleyes have been very active as well as pike during the daylight hours.  Most of the action has been in shallow water al...
  • 2/3/2016 10:30:00 AM
    A second weekend in a row of fishing success not meeting the expectations of us anglers, what with all the great weather we had. Warm temps cresting 40 degrees, a little sunshine, made for a great time to be on the ice., just not as much under the ice. Reports from Fri / Sat were slow, with things picking up by Sun/ Monday as the fishing...
  • 2/3/2016 10:25:00 AM
    Spawned from the Madison Fishing Expo Madison- WI: The Wisconsin Fishing Expo(WFE) was spawned from the Madison Fishing Expo(MFE) and will have all the things anglers have come to expect from the MFE, and bring a variety of new vendors, speakers, and attractions for 2016! There’s no question that anglers can be confident that they will see ...
  • 2/3/2016 10:25:00 AM
    Steve Suman Sunshine and temperatures in the 40s (some recorded 50s!) last weekend brought thoughts of spring. This week’s forecast, with single-digit lows, 20-degree highs, and snow, should quickly bring back the reality of winter. “The bite is good for all species,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “with panfish leading th...
  • 2/1/2016 10:40:00 AM
    ~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  According to Anglers All employee John Radloff, the ice on the bay is definitely not as thick as most years.  Nevertheless, the majority of ice fishermen are just glad to ...
  • 2/1/2016 10:40:00 AM
    Ice conditions in Central Wisconsin range from 7 to 16 inches depending on the body of water you are fishing.  With flowages and the river system you can never be too cautious when it comes to ice conditions. The action has been very good that past few weeks here in Central Wisconsin. We are mainly targeting walleyes, pike and panfish, and ...
  • 1/29/2016 4:10:00 PM
    Following two consecutive very cold weekends, this past weekend was a nice change weather wise.  Unfortunately the fishing wasn’t as great as the weather for a lot of anglers.  Initial reports were slow, though as the weekend progressed into Monday, better reports came in from anglers who didn’t give up. Crappies:  ...
  • 1/26/2016 8:35:00 AM
    By John Luthens I was forty feet above Sauk Creek, on the fringes of Port Washington, Wisconsin. It was shaping up to be a perfect, January stalk. The rocky banks were snow covered and the water swirled through ice flows below. The only tracks winding to the water below were made by deer and coyotes. I was working above a deep pool that I hoped mi...
  • 1/26/2016 8:30:00 AM
    1/22/2016- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store The snowmobile/ATV lake trail was staked yesterday.  Thanks to all who helped with this! Crews were finding the ice depths anywhere from 6" to 10" and occasional 12". Very inconsistent.  Snowmobiles and ATV's should stay on the trail.  I received a call from Darle...
  • 1/26/2016 8:30:00 AM
    Steve Suman The Hayward forecast shows moderate temperatures this week, with highs and lows primarily in the 20s and 30s. The trade-off is a chance of snow every day, though so far not much for accumulation. We have plenty of good ice and decent snow cover, so all winter recreation is a “go” at this time. “Severe cold the past c...
  • 1/22/2016 10:40:00 AM
    MILWAUKEE -- People with little fishing experience will have the opportunity to learn about Wisconsin's fisheries, basic fishing skills, how to find fishable waters near their home and safely prepare their catch for the dinner table, as part of the Fishing for Dinner program. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is co-sponsoring the ...
  • 1/22/2016 10:30:00 AM
    A near mirror image of the previous week’s weather (nicer temps on Thursday and Friday, temps falling through the day Saturday followed by below zero and wind on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) put participation levels on par with the week before, but, results were somewhat better. While ice thickness continues to b...
  • 1/18/2016 1:30:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Attached is the Regulation Pamphlet for the 2016 Sturgeon Spearing Season on the Lake Winnebago System.  Please review the regulation pamphlet if you are planning to take part in the 2016 season.  We have dispersed some hard copies of the regulations to license vendors aroun...
  • 1/15/2016 11:10:00 AM
    ~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Winter is here with a vengeance, folks!  We’ve got single-digit high temps and snow almost every day.  The Ashland area has received 1-2 more inches of fresh sn...
  • 1/15/2016 11:10:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The ice is a lot safer now with the cold weather.  The ice fishing on the backwaters of the Wisconsin River for pan fish has been slow.  The bite has been early in the morning and only a couple of feet below the ice.  Now that the water temperature is changing the fish should be more towards the bottom.  T...
  • 1/15/2016 11:05:00 AM
    1/14/16- Reported by- Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store Ice condition reports on Long Lake are coming in at around 6"-8"  with a few 10" spots.  Crappies have started to bite.  Folks this week have been catching Crappie, Bluegill, Perch, Bass, Walleye & Northern.  Most folks have been using Waxies & spikes ...
  • 1/15/2016 11:05:00 AM
    Well we are finally seeing some safe ice on most of our area lakes and guys are getting out to their favorite hot spots. That doesn’t mean it’s safe everywhere but there is a few good locations for anglers to head out.  Always use caution when heading out on the ice. The bite has been very good for all species of panfish as well...
  • 1/12/2016 10:55:00 AM
    ASHLAND , Wis. - An emergency rule governing the lake trout harvest in Lake Superior takes effect today (Monday, Jan. 11) following a series of public input opportunities and administration approvals. The rule, which includes a daily bag limit of three lake trout in key recreational areas, was developed through extensive public input includin...
  • 1/12/2016 10:55:00 AM
    Steve Suman For people who wondered if winter weather would ever arrive this year – it is here! The sub-zero lows forecast for this week, combined with (at this time) no “major” snow events, should build good ice on the lakes and freeze the swamps so snowmobile trail crews can stake the entire system. Conditions should then be ex...
  • 1/12/2016 10:45:00 AM
     ~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Winter is here, folks!  The Ashland area has received 3-4 more inches of fresh snow over the last couple of days with more on the way.  And despite temperature...
  • 1/12/2016 10:45:00 AM
    Finally some true cold winter like weather to help make the ice we need to be able to safely venture out. Air temps shot down into the negative degree marks, enough to expect a good inch plus of ice to be made per day over the next five plus days. Once some lakes become safe for vehicle travel by next weekend, dispersing the fishing pressure and a...
  • 1/12/2016 10:40:00 AM
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