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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 9/8/2015 10:15:00 AM
    Steve Suman It looks to be a nice week of cooler nights and mild days through next weekend, with the “best” chance of showers in midweek. Fall is an amazing time in the North Woods, but it can be a very short season – take advantage of every day! Speaking of forecasts, the DNR’s Fall Hunting and Trapping Forecast ...
  • 9/8/2015 10:15:00 AM
    The fishing on Delavan has been hit or miss.  The fishing has improved from the mid August slump but the continued heat is lowering the numbers.  The average catch is about 10-12 game fish in a 4 hour trip.  The only good thing with the warmer weather is that there are a few more northern pike in the daily catch. Largemouth bass hav...
  • 9/5/2015 3:20:00 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.  The smallmouth fishing has been very good with anglers finding them in the drop-offs and in the deeper places out in the bay.   “The water depths are going to ...
  • 9/3/2015 8:20:00 AM
    09/02/15--Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service Muskie fishing is very good on Washburn County lakes right now, lots of nice fish being caught.  Topwaters and bucktails are the main producers at this time, soon cooler temps will spark a live bait bite that will last until ice up/ close of season. Walleyes have continued to be a bi...
  • 9/2/2015 10:15:00 AM
    ASHLAND, Wis. – Ashland’s annual Mural Fest & Classic Car Show will roll into town Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the 200 block of historic Main Street.  Since 2005, Ashland has been known as the “Historic Mural Capital of Wisconsin” and the city will celebrate a decade of artistic excellence with...
  • 9/2/2015 10:00:00 AM
    Steve Suman If the forecast for this week holds true, we will experience a very warm start to September! There are chances for rain throughout the week, but most are less than 20 percent – and that is 80 percent against showers! Pat at Happy Hooker says musky anglers should fish muskies along weedlines and breaks in 18-2...
  • 9/2/2015 9:20:00 AM
    With the cooler weather, the water temperature has dropped 7-8 degrees in the course of a week.  The fish are starting to go into their fall patterns.  They are starting to feed on minnows instead of nightcrawlers. Northern Pike fishing has been above average.  The fish are being caught on Thill Big fish slip bobbers in 10-12 ft of ...
  • 9/2/2015 9:20:00 AM
    Overall the fishing on Lake Geneva has slowed a bit.  With the change in weather conditions, the fish are starting to go from their deep water summer haunts to the shallow weedlines.  The best bite on the lake is largemouth bass. Largemouth bass can be caught by Trinkes or in Geneva Bay in 15-20 ft of water.  The best presentation i...
  • 8/28/2015 9:45:00 AM
    8/26/15- Reported by AAA Sports It's been a little slow on the fishing side of business. The weather warmed up today, and we had a few guys in heading out to the area lakes. No big fish to report. The muskie fisherman are getting more active. We still do not have muskie suckers in, but as we approach Labor Day, we are hoping to have those big...
  • 8/28/2015 9:40:00 AM
    Kurt’s Island Sport Shop 8/25/2015 Lots of wind, some rain and a cool down the past week put a kabosh on the areas fishing for most species. Surface temps of lakes dropped in to the mid-upper 60’s as daily high temps ran 10-15 degrees below our late August average. The recent weather seemed more Sept. / Oct.ish than what the calendar r...
  • 8/24/2015 9:10:00 PM
    Steve Suman Cool and rainy to start this week, but a warming trend develops by mid-week through the weekend – though a few “chances” continue for showers and thunderstorms. “This is the time musky anglers get serious,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Depending on the lake, muskies are over weeds in 6-14 feet. ...
  • 8/24/2015 8:05:00 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.  Accounts of some great lake trout fishing continue to come in, mostly out into the Apostle Islands and out on the "flats." “The lake trout action has still been very goo...
  • 8/24/2015 7:40:00 PM
    This past week with the cooler weather, the fishing improved from the prior week.  Though it was a cold front that came through, I find that any weather changes seem to improve fishing on Delavan after weeks of constant high pressure.  The best bite is still the largemouth bass and bluegill. Largemouth bass are being caught on a couple o...
  • 8/24/2015 7:40:00 PM
    Lake Geneva remains in the summer patterns, although the bite throughout the lake has been off some.  There are still fish to be caught but the game fish bite has been reduced. Largemouth bass fishing has been spotty throughout the lake.  The best locations have been the weed line in Trinkes or Geneva Bay.  The best concentration of...
  • 8/18/2015 6:30:00 PM
    Kurt’s Island Sport Shop 8/18/2015 Early in the week high pressure moved towards a three day heat wave over the weekend, pushing surface temps into the mid to upper 70’s all over the Lakeland area. Monday brought cooler, but not cold, system with clouds and a lower barometer, improving fishing. Largemouth Bass: Very goo...
  • 8/18/2015 6:15:00 PM
    The fishing has slowed in recent day, it was still good early in the week but as the heat continued the fishing slowed tremendously.  The best bite on the lake remains the bluegills.  They are constant throughout the lake.  They are large and feisty. Early in the week the largemouth bass were on the deep weedlines in 18-20 ft of wat...
  • 8/18/2015 6:15:00 PM
    The summer heat wave is upon us.  The fishing remains pretty good as long as you get out early in the a.m. or late in the p.m.  The boat traffic on the lake makes fishing in the middle of the day pretty difficult.  Most of the fish are relating to deep water structure.  The best fishing is consistently the smallmouth or walleyes...
  • 8/14/2015 12:50:00 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.  Smallmouth fishing has been steady with some days better than others, typical for this time of year. The fish continue to follow their usual summertime patterns, utilizing dee...