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Kevin Wallenfang and his tournament winning, 46-inch musky just prior to release Fishing has been as hot as the weather for our circle of family and friends, and anglers participating in the 16th Annual Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic. The Classic was started in 2003 by fishing guide Patricia Strutz to memorialize Bob Ellis, a legendary northern Wisconsin row troller inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2008 for his im...
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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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 ...
  • 10/23/2015 1:35:00 PM
     Another week is in the books and it was another good one!  All signs point towards a great fall season.  Fishing has been good despite the warm-up we recently had causing a temporary slow-down in musky fishing.  There is no need for concern as cooler forecasted temperatures will turn those big fish back on.  Walleyes have...
  • 10/23/2015 1:15:00 PM
    Steve Suman This week should bring warmer temperatures, though the trade-off might be rain showers (note they are rainshowers!) Fall is THE time to explore the North Woods and take part in the plethora of outdoor activities. Fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, golfing, sightseeing, attending various fall events – deciding “what&rdqu...
  • 10/23/2015 1:15:00 PM
    Cold nights with lows in the lower 30 degree range and some highs barely breaking 40 degrees last week pushed surface temps down. Some smaller shallower lakes saw surface water hit 47 degrees while mid – sized lakes 1,000 acre Big Arb for example) read 51-52 degrees and the largest lakes still about 54-55 degrees. Fishing pressure getting lig...
  • 10/19/2015 10:10:00 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.  Welcome to what one local guide calls “the best time of year!”  The smallmouth bass are into their fall feeding patterns, frequenting their typical haunts such...
  • 10/19/2015 10:00:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Trout season is over and the stream water levels are very low.  The leaves are in full color and the hills and valleys are gorgeous at this time of year.  This is a great time to take photos and watch for migration of the birds as they head south. Backwater fishing along the Wisconsin River from Spring Green to B...
  • 10/19/2015 9:50:00 AM
    10/14/15-Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service We are still catching good numbers of quality sized Muskies in my boat, we've had fish up to 48 inches caught and released so far this fall. More and more fish are being caught on live suckers in the 14 to 18 inch range. The best artificial lures have been jerkbaits and minnow baits. Good luck ...
  • 10/13/2015 5:30:00 PM
    Steve Suman This week’s forecast indicates more seasonal temperatures, with some wind and possible showers, but “sunshine” is the dominate term nearly every day. Grab your jacket and get outdoors! “Musky anglers are fishing weed edges in 8-12 feet with medium bucktails,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and do n...
  • 10/13/2015 5:25:00 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.  Welcome to what one local guide calls “the best time of year!”  The smallmouth bass are into their fall feeding patterns, frequenting their usual haunts such a...
  • 10/13/2015 5:25:00 PM
    Close to peak colors and peak musky meet sucker time. Good fishing for many of our favorite fall species plus a beautiful show to be outdoors if not a bit cool and windy at times. Musky: Very Good. Personally not as excellent as last year but a very strong sucker bite. Winds letting anglers move bladed quick set rigs with 12-16” suckers. Act...
  • 10/8/2015 7:45:00 PM
    It has been another outstanding week in central Wisconsin for outdoor activities.  The fishing continues to get better and better with outstanding catches of walleyes, crappies and bass along with some nice muskies. Hunters are having success with deer, bears and waterfowl.    The cooler temperatures that we have been experiencing ...
  • 10/8/2015 7:40:00 PM
    October 5, 2015 Steve Suman Aside from possible showers Wednesday and Saturday, this looks to be a very pleasant fall week in the North Woods, following the annual Hayward Lakes Chapter-Muskies, Inc. muskie tournament – that came and wentwithout snow! “Cool nights and warm days in the upper 60s are making fall season v...
  • 10/8/2015 7:40:00 PM
    Fall is upon us.  Cold nights and mild daytime temps have brought color to the trees and dropped the lake temps into the upper 50’s.  This high pressure system that allowed those cold nights (launch time temps at 32-34 degrees) also slowed fishing from the active bite it was. Musky:  Fair-Good.  Action tailed off with the...
  • 10/8/2015 7:35:00 PM
    With the cooler weather the fishing on Delavan has started to improve.  The only downfall is that because of the fall season, we had to deal with a very harsh east wind for most of the week.  The fish were stacked on main lake points that were wind blown.  It was hard to fish there due to the wind though. Largemouth bass have been s...
  • 10/8/2015 7:35:00 PM
    With the cooling water temperature, the fish are starting to move into their fall patterns.  The main lake points seem to have been producing most of the fish.  Most of the fish are moving toward Cedar Point, Black Point and Maytag point. Smallmouth bass fishing has been a little slow with the strong east winds.  It has made fishing...
  • 10/2/2015 10:15:00 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.  Some of the best smallmouth bass fishing of the year is coming up and anglers are already getting excited for that classic fall bite.  “A lot depends on the wind sp...
  • 9/30/2015 1:00:00 PM
    It has been another great week for outdoor activities in central Wisconsin. Cooler temperatures are starting to move into the area creating a dynamic ecosystem of activity. The water temperatures are plunging and have submerged from where they were a few days ago in the low 70 degree range, all the way down to where they are now in the 50 degree ra...
  • 9/29/2015 2:35:00 PM
    Another week of great fishing started to slow down by Friday/Saturdaythanks to the same cloudless days, but, by Sunday (9/27) things started to pick back up and by the afternoon, good reports came back in by musky and walleye anglers. Musky:  Good-Very Good.  Action that slowed by Fri/Sat picked back up as reports from ang...