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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 8/14/2015 12:40:00 PM
    With the 2015 bear seasononly a few weeks away we have been very busy getting bear baits attended to and stand locations set up.  The fishing has kind of taken a back seat to the continuous preparation of another busy season but we have still been able to put a few days a week on the water. Walleyes have been activ...
  • 8/12/2015 9:55:00 PM
    08/12/2015-Reported by Jim Stroede  Fishing on Long Lake remains good. Walleyes, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, pike, and an assortment of panfish have made it into the boat with good regularity on recent trips.  Muskie action is beginning to heat up in Washburn County as well. Topwaters and bucktails are scoring the most fish....
  • 8/12/2015 9:50:00 PM
    Not a  noteworthy week in many respects. The wind finally laid down enough for better boat control, but some storms (and threat of storms), changed plans and patterns. Musky baits and top water tail baits (Whopper Ploppers and Pace Makers) have worked well over thick weed mats, especially pre – front conditions. Big bladed buck tails / ...
  • 8/12/2015 9:45:00 PM
    Steve Suman This week’s forecast indicates a rather erratic mix of sun and showers, with – much like fishing for some species – no consistent pattern. Keep an eye on the sky, but do not allow weather “maybes” to affect your activity plans! “Musky action is good,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but ...
  • 8/8/2015 11:50:00 AM
    Wow it’s been another crazy week in the Central Wisconsin area. Cool nights dipping down into the 40’s whoever heard of that in August? Oh well the fish don’t seem to mind too much they still have to eat, right?  I will tell you this; the cooler temperatures have been a pleasant surprise for the bear baiters! The&nbs...
  • 8/8/2015 11:40:00 AM
    Ian with a Delavan Lake largemouth Delavan Lake fishing has been a little hit or miss.  There are still plenty of fish to be had, but the concentrations of recent weeks have dissipated a bit.  The warmer water has slowed down the action.  The best time has been the early morning hours or later in the afternoon.  The best bite...
  • 8/8/2015 11:40:00 AM
    Ann with a Lake Geneva smallmouth Lake Geneva is now in it’s mid summer pattern.  Most of the quality fish have retreated to their deep water haunts to avoid the summer heat and excessive boat traffic.  Northern Pike fishing has been good.  The pike are in 30-33 ft of water.  They are biting on lindy rigged medium suck...