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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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  • 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...
  • 6/30/2015 8:20:00 PM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva has been the best it’s been in the last five years.  The bass, both largemouth and smallmouth are still shallow and available for the catch. Smallmouth bass are being caught on split shot rigged nightcrawlers or Texas rigged plastic worms in green pumpkin color.  Look for the fish in 10-12 ft of water.  ...
  • 6/30/2015 8:15:00 PM
    It was another great week in central Wisconsin and with lots of upcoming outdoor activities a person just doesn’t know where to start.    I know for starters I am personally attending the Mercury Marine Summer Challenge Musky Tournament in Eagle River run by theP.M.T.T.  This should be a blast...
  • 6/30/2015 8:15:00 PM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake continues to be outstanding.  The bass, walleye and northern are all biting well.  This should continue as long as the stable weather continues. Walleyes are located in 22-24 ft of water off main lake points.  They are aggressively hitting jigging Rapala’s or ¼ oz Echo tails.  Fire Tiger and...
  • 6/25/2015 8:55:00 PM
    Despite it being the beginning of summer (so says the calendar), weather conditions have not been very summer like.  Constantly changing weather, wind direction and some cold nights (one morning launched at 38 degrees) have made coming up with any type of productive pattern difficult. Musky:  Good-Very good.  Best in afternoons and ...
  • 6/25/2015 8:50:00 PM
    Steve Suman The forecasts state (repeatedly) chances of rain and thunderstorms at 30-40 percent – which is 60 to 70 percent against rain and thunderstorms. Go with the odds! “We will endure what we receive,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but a week of stable weather would improve fishing! “Muskies are ne...
  • 6/25/2015 8:45:00 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.  The smallmouth fishing remains steady with plenty of fish around.  You can sight-fish them in the shallows if the water is clear, and the r...
  • 6/20/2015 8:50:00 PM
    FISHING SEASON DATES: Download the fishing season dates for 2015-2016 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.    NAMEKAGON RIVER INFORMATION: For up to date river levels and conditions for the Namekagon River, click here. 06/17/2015-Reported by Jim Stroede  Fishing remains good here in Washbur...
  • 6/17/2015 10:55:00 PM
    WASHBURN, Wis. – One of the most exhilarating cycling tours in the Midwest takes riders on a picturesque woodland adventure featuring sweeping panoramic views of Lake Superior.  A certified Travel Green Wisconsin event, the 11th annual Superior Vistas Bike Tour hits the road on Saturday, June 27, 2015. This family-oriented bik...
  • 6/17/2015 10:50:00 PM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake has been outstanding.  Most of the fish have moved to the outside weed line giving anglers the opportunity to fish without dealing with the green slimy weeds.  The fishing pressure has been a bit below average as well. Northern pike are being caught while slowly back trolling medium suckers in 17-19 ft of water.&n...
  • 6/17/2015 10:50:00 PM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva has been fantastic.  Both largemouth and smallmouth bass are in the shallows and biting aggressively.  When you include the pan fish, it has been fairly common to catch over 100 fish in a 4 hour trip.  This is the time of year where going through 10 dozen nightcrawlers in a trip occurs frequently. Smallmouth b...
  • 6/17/2015 10:50:00 PM
    Steve Suman This year, June 21 is both Father’s Day and the summer solstice – the day of the year providing the most sunlight. Forecasts show another wet week, but rain or shine this Sunday, show dad a good time! “Musky anglers should fish break and weed edges out to 10 feet with bucktails, topwaters, crankbaits, and gliders,&rd...
  • 6/13/2015 2:25:00 PM
    FISHING SEASON DATES: Download the fishing season dates for 2015-2016 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.    NAMEKAGON RIVER INFORMATION: For up to date river levels and conditions for the Namekagon River, click here. From AAA Sport Shop: There is alot of activity on the lakes.  Island has pro...
  • 6/11/2015 12:50:00 PM
    Steve Suman Following forecast “issues” the past two weeks, it appears this week the prognosticators covered all their bases! Let’s hope they are correct on the good predictions and (again) wrong on the remainder! “Warmer weather and a full moon improved fishing,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Fish muskies a...
  • 6/11/2015 12:45:00 PM
    Bay Lake Charters out of Algoma, Wisconsin is happy to report some good early action for salmon and trout.  In the past few days we have been able to work depths of 80 to 200 feet of water with success landing some large kings pushing that 20 pound mark, along with some rainbow trout and lake trout.   Being successful early in the seas...
  • 6/3/2015 4:45:00 PM
    Steve Suman This week’s forecast predicts moderate temperatures, though far too many chances for rain showers. Do not let a chance of getting wet stop you from enjoying any and all outdoor recreation the North Woods offers! This weekend, June 6-7, is “Free Fishing and Fun Weekend” and the DNR waives fishing licenses, trail passe...
  • 6/3/2015 4:40:00 PM
    The weather patterns remain a constant battle.  The best bite on the lake is Northern Pike and largemouth bass.  The shallow bite is still the way to go.  The boat traffic on the warm days is increasing by the day.  The best day last week was Thursday and there were in excess of 150 boats on the water.  The key to fishing r...
  • 6/3/2015 4:40:00 PM
    The weather remains inconsistent so there hasn’t been much of a warm up in the water temperatures.  The fishing is above average for these temps, but we’re still waiting for the great improvement to occur.   The water temperature is hovering between 55 and 60 depending on location. Some smallmouth bass are starting to spa...