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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 8/8/2015 11:30:00 AM
    It was a warm, but very windy week, making boat positioning and fishing more than a little difficult. The high winds didn’t keep fish from biting, in some cases it brought action up, but the good bites were tough to access. Walleyes: Very Good. Yeah ok, not as good as Largemouth Bass, but it was a very good week of walleye fishing if you cou...
  • 8/3/2015 2:25:00 PM
    Wow it’s been a crazy week in the Central Wisconsin area. Water temperatures have pushed up into the upper 70 degree range and the bite has taken a drastic turn. The walleye bite has been phenomenal this past week with several trips producing giant river walleyes in the 5 to 8 pound range.  The most produ...
  • 8/3/2015 2:15:00 PM
    Delavan Lake fishing has been excellent.  The only problem is you need to find a time to go when the boat traffic isn’t too bad.  Even during the week, there are between 100-200 boats fishing at any given time. Walleye fishing has been the best it has been in the past 5-10 years.  Both numbers and size are good.  Most of ...
  • 8/3/2015 2:15:00 PM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva has been improving since the formation of the thermocline.  Northern Pike and Smallmouth bass action has been very good.  Most of the fish are associating with deep water structure in 22-25 ft of water.  Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent in 22-25 ft of water.  You want to key on deep water struct...
  • 8/3/2015 2:10:00 PM
    ~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Summer smallmouth fishing has been sweet!  The fish have settled into their typical summertime patterns, utilizing deep weeds, current...
  • 7/28/2015 1:40:00 PM
    Lots of hot weather for the Northwoods, raising temps on the water and putting fish in some very typical bite patterns. Large Mouth Bass: Very good. Hard to deny this species the top spot due to the action they are supplying! Mornings finding good action on shallow running Cranks (scatter raps, Shallow Shad Raps) Spinnerbaits and chatterbaits late...
  • 7/28/2015 1:35:00 PM
    Steve Suman Forecasts indicate the string of warm days, mild nights – and thunderstorm chances – will continue in the North Woods. Keep an eye out for severe weather, but get out there – it is almost August and summer is quickly waning! “Fishing is generally good, despite very windy conditions,” says Pat at...
  • 7/28/2015 1:20:00 PM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake continues to be very good.  The only problem is the excessive fishing pressure.  For the best success, you want to be out very early in the a.m. or late in the afternoon.  The fish are holding in tight schools so when you catch one there are more to be had.  That is the reason you need to get out there ea...
  • 7/28/2015 1:20:00 PM
    The fish are starting to come into their mid summer patterns.  The fish are moving deeper and are actively feeding.  The only problem has been the summer time boat traffic which has been excessive after 10 a.m. most days of the week. Smallmouth bass fishing is good if you can find the active school of feeding fish.  A few times last...
  • 7/28/2015 12:50:00 PM
    Central Wisconsin Outdoor Report Central Wisconsin has been outstanding for action all summer long and this past week was another one for the books.  With big muskies and numerous walleyes and panfish along with great bass fishing why would anyone go anywhere else? The musky bite continues to be above average for this ...
  • 7/28/2015 12:25:00 PM
    07/22/15-Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store  Fishing remains great on Long Lake!!!  Biting good right now are lots of nice Sunny's 8-9" Blue Gills, and the Crappie have started back up again!  They are shallow off the weed beds 3-5'. Waxies, worms, Crappie Minnows and Panfish leeches are all working!  Walleye...
  • 7/28/2015 12:20:00 PM
    Mid summer weather has certain species setting up in typical patterns for this time of year.  Other species not so much.     Large mouth Bass: very good. Providing the best overall action for our summer visitors. A myrid  of tactics from simple wacky  worming, to Carolina rigging, to crank baiting and top wet or buz...
  • 7/28/2015 12:10:00 PM
    Fishing on Delavan continues to be very good.  The only limiting factor is an excess of anglers pursuing them.  With the difficult weather we’ve had, it has become clear that the days with rain & clouds have been producing the most action.  The walleye fishing has been the best it’s been in over 7 years, every trip I&...
  • 7/28/2015 12:05:00 PM
    Lake Geneva is in its mid-summer transition from a shallow water bite to a deep water bite.  The thermocline has not yet formed and is still a few degrees a way for the deep water bite to be really hot. Largemouth bass fishing has been average in the 12-15 ft depth range.  Anglers are catching them either drop shotting or fishing Texas r...
  • 7/15/2015 9:35:00 AM
    Steve Suman This could be a nice week, but it is difficult to tell by the forecasts! Temperatures warm through the week and every day shows “chances” of thunderstorms, but all less than 50 percent. Watch for severe weather, but do not allow a little moisture to dampen your outdoor fun! “Rains slowed fishing, but the fi...
  • 7/15/2015 9:35:00 AM
    It is shaping up to be a regular summer, finally.  Water temps are in the mid to upper 70’s (saw one lake hit 80 degrees on a warm Saturday).  The higher water temps are pushing some fish deeper, while making others more active. Largemouth Bass:  Very good.  The largemouth population continues to grow here in the Nor...
  • 7/9/2015 10:10:00 PM
    ~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Smallmouth fishing has been steady and the bass have transitioned nicely into their summer fishing patterns. “The weather has been up and...
  • 6/30/2015 8:35:00 PM
    Finally, area lakes are seeing temperatures in the low 70’s, giving Largemouth Bass and Bluegill anglers what they have been looking for!  A few mayfly hatches have been reported lately and when they have been, they are coming in small patches, not entire lakes worth.  With this food source out of the way, walleyes should be a bit e...