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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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  • 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...
  • 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...