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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 6/3/2015 4:35:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The rains have settled down but most of the big trout streams are too dirty to fish unless you go to the headwaters.  The smaller streams have cleared out and still provide good action.  If I am fishing waters that let me keep trout, then I like to fish with night crawlers with a small split shot.  Panther Mart...
  • 5/29/2015 10:45:00 AM
    Fishing overall has been average for this time of year.  The fluctuating air and water temps has been a challenge.  The best bite on the lake remains smallmouth bass. Hopefully with some stable weather and warm days, it will create some really good fishing in the coming weeks. Smallmouth bass are being caught around their spawning flats....
  • 5/29/2015 10:40:00 AM
    The shallows on Delavan Lake have been inundated with the worst green slime I’ve seen in years.  Fishing the shallow weeds has proven to be a very challenging endeavor.  If you can remove the weeds after nearly every cast, the fish are there, but be prepared for a hassle. Largemouth bass are in the shallows in 5-8 ft of water. ...
  • 5/20/2015 10:20:00 AM
    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.  5/18/15- Reported by AAA Sports Fishing this past week was spotty with ...
  • 5/20/2015 10:20:00 AM
    Despite waking up to snow on the ground (5/19) and cold winds, mild temps look to return by the weekend. It just seems like a long way off when you are sitting in a boat now!The past few days of wind and cold temps have slowed fishing, pushing some species out of the shallows. With forecasted highs only reaching high 60’s to low 70’s ...
  • 5/20/2015 10:15:00 AM
    Lake Geneva fishing is starting to improve.  By Memorial Day it should be getting very good.  The current water temperature is about 55 degrees so the fish are still a bit sluggish but with warmer weather the bite will improve every day. Smallmouth bass are still in pre-spawn.  They are cruising their spawning flats in 8-12 ft of wa...
  • 5/20/2015 10:15:00 AM
    Delavan lake has been relatively slow for this time of year.  The warm weather during the day has been great, but the nights have remained cool slowing the bite a bit.  There has been extreme weed growth by north shore and by the dam. Largemouth bass has been best in 5-6 ft of water in front of Lake Lawn Lodge.   You can either...
  • 5/15/2015 2:50:00 PM
    A big swing in the weather from highs of near 80 deg. last week, to rain, sleet and even some snow (today 5-12). Daily changes in temps, wind and cloud cover meant anglers needed to be on the move to find their quarry, especially walleye.Walleye: Good. Day to day things are changing. The warmer days with cloud cover brings walleyes into shallow w...