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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 1/7/2016 11:55:00 AM
    First report of the new year…  Happy New Year everyone!!!! Finally we are starting to see some safe ice in the central Wisconsin area. Lakes in central Wisconsin are averaging 3 to 6 inches of ice depending on their size. The larger flowages are still unpredictable and have just started to freeze up.  I wouldn’t suggest h...
  • 1/7/2016 11:50:00 AM
    1/6/2016- Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service Ice fishing is in full swing here in Washburn County. Ice thickness varies from lake to lake, however, the places I've been out on had 5 1/2 inches of good ice over this past weekend.  Generally walk out access is good in most places, ATV or driving trucks out onto the ice is not ...
  • 12/31/2015 11:55:00 AM
    It’s difficult predicting what to expect for ice conditions this week when you can’t rely on weather forecast to be very reliable about snow. That said…… here goes! Christmas Day the wind laid down long enough to put a skim on a lot of lakes. On lakes that already had some fishable ice, things got better as ice thickness ...
  • 12/28/2015 1:05:00 PM
    ~ 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.  Well, we sure could use a blast of that polar vortex right about now!  Even though shoreline ice has finally started to form in the bay during the last few days, anyone wh...
  • 12/22/2015 2:35:00 PM
    These reports are hard to write when given the conditions we have here. Just enough (3-5”) ice to get out on in some areas, while most lakes remain open. Our one chance of real ice making cold (6 degrees on 12-19) was mixed with just enough wind to keep new ice from forming. Places that did have ice made more, but most lakes don’t have ...
  • 12/21/2015 11:50:00 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.  Because of the continued warm weather, ice fishing is still on hold. Many anglers are getting anxious and tired of playing the waiting game. Some folks have even wondered if t...
  • 12/21/2015 11:30:00 AM
    This past week has seen some drastic changes.  We started the week out with just enough ice to allow for some foot travel and then bam it was gone. Warm temperatures and rain quickly diminished any future hopes of getting out ice fishing.  With that happening I decided to pull the boat out of storage and head back out on the river. Wow wh...
  • 12/21/2015 11:20:00 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 ...
  • 12/15/2015 7:55:00 PM
    Two days in a row of rain has just about melted out most fishable ice. Another shot of rain / snow on Wed. should do in any thoughts of being on the ice till lateThursday. By then, lows in the teens, followed by highs in the teens Friday, should give us some new ice to work with. Due to present conditions, keep an eye on our shop web sit...
  • 12/15/2015 7:50:00 PM
    ~ 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.  Because of the continued warm weather, ice fishing is still on hold. Very few people are going out fishing right now because they’ve already put their boats away for the...
  • 12/10/2015 10:35:00 AM
    Fishing Report for Long Lake!Time to get your Fishing boats out of storage! The Fish are biting! Water temps are around 40 degrees. Reports of nice sized Crappie in 20' suspended at about 10' using crappie minnows. Bluegill are also liking the minnows over Waxies! Also Walleyes being caught off the edge of the weed beds fairly shallow using suckers...
  • 12/10/2015 10:30:00 AM
    Mother Nature is not being kind to us ice anglers. She’s being a big tease. Some small lakes and bays have just enough ice (3-4”) to lure a few adventurous anglers out. Other lakes, due to highs in the upper 30’s to 40 degrees have become just iffy enough to keep anglers off. Several large / deep lakes are still open. Yellow Perc...
  • 12/4/2015 12:45:00 PM
    ~ 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.  With so many sportsmen occupied with deer season recently, there hasn’t been much fishing going on, but trolling for brown trout and splake is still happening.  Water te...
  • 12/3/2015 10:40:00 AM
    Finally enough cold to give ice anglers a preview of the coming ice fishing season. Not sure how long this will last, not a lot of real cold in the forecast, but for now most lakes are ice covered and some fishable with measurements of 3-4” available. Early reports of good Walleye and Crappie fishing from anglers able / willing to go out and...
  • 11/27/2015 1:35:00 PM
    Steve Suman Deer hunters who differ on their favorite hunting weather should all be happy at least one day this week, as the forecast includes clear, cloudy, cold, calm, wind, mild, rain, and snow at various points throughout the week! Enjoy a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day! “Fishing in the Quiet Lakes area went into idle with deer seaso...
  • 11/27/2015 1:20:00 PM
    Its gun deer season, so little going on over the water, but a few diehards still venturing out. Muskie: Good. Fewer anglers and a little less action, but fish still being caught – mostly on suckers. Last day to fish Musky is Nov 30th, so some time left. Crappies: Good. Gets the nod over Walleyes as good numbers and big fish (14 plus inches)...
  • 11/27/2015 1:10:00 PM
    ~ 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.  Fishing has been pretty good again this past week for those who did venture out with walleye, brown trout, and coho salmon still being caught in the bay. There have been reports o...
  • 11/20/2015 10:30:00 AM
    Windy weather and almost steady rain has kept us from fishing and hunting as much as we would have liked to this past week, but we did manage to get out and enjoy some time both in the woods and on the water.  Water temperatures are in the low 40’s but with the forecasted weekend temperatures dipping down into the low teens, don’...
  • 11/10/2015 9:10:00 AM
    11/9/15- Reported by AAA Sports  The fall fishing has been spotty. Of course, there are not as many anglers out there, as many of them take to the woods this time of year. Muskie fishing is going well. This week looks pretty good for weather, so we suspect we will have a few guys headed out during the day. We'll keep you posted!
  • 11/10/2015 9:05:00 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.  Fishing has been good this past week with brown trout and coho salmon being caught in the bay here.  They’ve also been found in the Sioux River and out by the flats,...
  • 11/10/2015 9:00:00 AM
    Getting Aggressive at First Ice The first ice period can produce some of the best ice fishing opportunities of the entire season.  Some of the biggest fish of the season, and some of the greatest numbers show up at this time.  I believe that there are a couple of different reasons for this activity.  One being that these fish are at...
  • 11/4/2015 7:55:00 PM
    Cool and wet! While the threat of an early snow was on last week’s forecast, few people saw the little snow we did get as it melted before dawn. Water temps have dropped this past week, low surface temps at 45 degrees to as high as 52 degrees. Could actually climb a little as forecast for low 60’s scheduled for Mon thru Wed. of this wee...
  • 11/1/2015 10:45:00 AM
    What an outstanding week it has been. Big muskies, lots of walleyes and a few nice bucks. All taken right here in central Wisconsin. This past week we have soon an abundance of walleyes on our trips. Most of the fish have been in the 14 to 16 inch range but we have picked up a few nice fish in the mid to upper 20’s.  The best action is ...
  • 10/28/2015 5:30:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The fall is a great time to take a trip to northern Wisconsin around the Hayward area.  Most small lakes and rivers do not get much fishing action.  Knowing what baits to use and what areas to target is key to being successful. I generally won’t head north until they have a good hard frost and most of the lea...
  • 10/28/2015 4:50:00 PM
    Despite some cold nights (temps dipping into frost time) daily average temperatures have been a few degrees above normal, leaving the lakes cool downs in a holding pattern. Almost daily changes in the wind direction, more so temperature change, have been the deciding factor in angler’s success. The consistent water temps have actually helped ...