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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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  • 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...
  • 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 ...