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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 9/27/2015 8:55:00 PM
    9/25/15- Reported by AAA Sports  This beautifull weather has the fishing season extended. We're getting in musky suckers for the fall. We have guys in staying on McKenzie Lake this week that have caught walleye, crappies, 1 small muskie, and a few bass, using a variety of live baits and crankbaits. The small waxies are still popular...
  • 9/27/2015 8:55:00 PM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake has been overall very spotty.  The best bite on the lake has been bluegills or northern pike.  If you happen to run into a concentration of largemouth or smallmouth bass you can catch quite a few but if you find the school consider yourself lucky. The largemouth bass have been in and around the piers on the north ...
  • 9/27/2015 8:55:00 PM
    Lake Geneva has been mediocre lately.  One day they are biting and the next the large and smallmouth bass seem to have disappeared.  We’ve settled into a stable weather pattern with warmer than average temps and it seems to be making fishing just a bit more difficult.  The best action on the lake has been smallmouth bass when y...
  • 9/25/2015 10:30:00 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.  Shallow-water fishing will be picki...
  • 9/23/2015 3:15:00 PM
    While still a bit warm for mid-September, temps are cooling a bit on area lakes.  Once again, wind was the biggest hindrance to anglers this past week, with bouts of high pressure also making things a bit difficult.  Overall though, fishing has been good. Walleyes:  Very good.  Casting 1/16 oz. weedless jigs tipped with redtail...
  • 9/23/2015 3:10:00 PM
    With the cooler water, the fishing is slowly starting to improve.  As we head toward fall, the fishing should improve weekly.  This past week was a challenge, but expected better catches are on the way.  The fall patterns are starting to form. Northern Pike are starting to aggressively hit large suckers.  I’m catching the...
  • 9/23/2015 3:10:00 PM
    As the water has been cooling the fishing action has been improving almost daily.  The fish that weren’t biting last week are starting to feed.  The best bite on the lake remains smallmouth bass and rock bass. Smallmouth bass are being caught in 22-25 ft of water.  They are on deep water structure.  The best bait has been...
  • 9/21/2015 8:35:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Fisheries Enthusiasts:The Winnebago System may not have a hook and line sturgeon fishery, but there are numerous waters in the state that do. One of the more heavily targeted fisheries is on Yellow Lake in Burnett County. The current state record (hook and line) lake sturgeon was caught on Yellow lake in 1979; weighing 17...
  • 9/15/2015 7:30:00 PM
    Talk About Moonstruck… Luke Ellis with a 52-inch musky caught and released this week while fishing with Guide Jason Hamernick and Muskie Breath Guide Service in Minnesota. How about 50.5-inch and 52-inch muskies caught and released 20 minutes apart during the moonset/sunset period? And enough action on other fish caught, seen or lost in ...
  • 9/15/2015 7:20:00 PM
    31 inch northern on the backwaters of the Wisconsin River By Wayne Morgenthaler The Fall season is starting with the fog in the mornings and cooler temperature but the fish are in a good biting mood on the Wisconsin River.  Sturgeon season is now under way and make sure to read the rules and regulations.  The sturgeon are on the move ...
  • 9/15/2015 7:00:00 PM
    With the warm weather and cold fronts, the fishing has been up and down.  We are in a weird transition period from the heat of the summer to the fall pattern.  The best bite on the lake continues to be the bluegills.    The walleye have been almost non-existent so far. Bluegill fishing has been very good in 14-16 ft of wat...
  • 9/15/2015 7:00:00 PM
    Overall the fishing on Lake Geneva has been above average for the transition period between summer and fall.  There hasn’t been large numbers of catches but there are fish to be had. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good.  The average catch has been 6-10 fish per trip.  The fish are being caught in 22-25 ft of water.  The...
  • 9/12/2015 12:50:00 PM
    Ingenious in its simplicity, the Ned Rig is one of the newer innovations in the continually evolving world of plastic bait fishing for bass. It may have been around for a while, but I first started using the Ned Rig last year. It rapidly became a favorite and very productive presentation for me and has caught a lot of bass. A Google search reveale...
  • 9/8/2015 10:40:00 AM
    Kurt’s Island Sport Shop 09/08/15 Maybe it was the late Labor Day weekend or the threat of rain (that never amounted to much), but, traffic was light in the Lakeland area both on and off the water.  Warm weather (highs in the mid 80’s) continued to warm the lakes.  Combine this will some clouds and fishable wind, those that ...
  • 9/8/2015 10:20:00 AM
    Overall, the fishing on Lake Geneva remains a bit slow.  The extreme heat of this past week has   messed with the late summer pattern a bit.  The best bite remains the deep water bluegills or smallmouth bass.  The smallmouth bass fishing has been hit or miss.  If you find an actively feeding school of fish, you will c...