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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 5/12/2015 9:35:00 AM
    For fishing reports and to plan your visit, go to:http://www.washburncounty.org/news/what-to-do/171 Fishing & Outdoor Reports for Washburn County Fishing season dates 2014-2015 Download the fishing season dates for 2014-2015 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. For up to date river levels for the Namekag...
  • 5/12/2015 9:20:00 AM
    With the warming water, the fishing has started to improve.  Most of the lake last week was around 60 degrees on the surface.  Both the largemouth and walleyes have become active. Largemouth bass are positioned in 2-6 ft of water.  Most of my success last week came from the boat launch channel to Lake Lawn golf course.  I was f...
  • 5/12/2015 9:20:00 AM
    With a few warm days Lake Geneva has started to produce some fish in the main portions of the lake.  The smallmouth bass should be spawning in the next two weeks with the largemouth bass and bluegills to follow.  The best time to fish Lake Geneva is Memorial Day through the second week of June. Largemouth bass are being caught in 3-4 ft ...
  • 5/7/2015 2:05:00 PM
    Despite beautiful weather, the opener of the 2015 gamefish season was not as wonderful as we hoped. At least we had open water for the opener and some walleyes did get caught, just not in the overall numbers or by as many anglers as expected.Walleyes: Fair. Some anglers found good success, but as a whole a lot of time went into not a lot of fish fo...
  • 5/7/2015 2:00:00 PM
    Opening Day is finally here.  Delavan Lake was a complete a zoo on Saturday.  By 6:00 a.m. the boat launch was just about full.  The pressure on the lake appears to be continuing into 2015.  Overall fishing was rather slow, some people did have success once they found some active fish. Crappie action has been okay in the Lake L...
  • 5/7/2015 2:00:00 PM
    Lake Geneva has an extremely cold water temperature this time of year and the water clarity is very high.  This is typical for Opening day of fishing season but it doesn’t always make for the best fishing. Largemouth bass are active in Abbey Harbor or in Trinkes Bay.  They can be caught on split shot rigged nightcrawlers or a green...
  • 4/28/2015 1:25:00 PM
    Forecasts promise great weather heading into Wisconsin’s May 2 game fish opener this weekend. A few days indicate minimal chances of rain, but all show high temperatures in the 60- to 70-degree range! Get your tackle ready – and make sure you have a current license! “Regulation changes brought good news for anglers,” says P...
  • 4/17/2015 12:20:00 PM
    We have had great walleye action this past week in both Central Wisconsin and on Green Bay and its tributaries.  The BIG Lake has been producing numbers of large fish that average 26 to 30 inches long!!!  The river has been producing heavy numbers of fish in the 14 to 18 inch range with a few surpassing the 20 inch mark....
  • 4/17/2015 11:55:00 AM
    Tate Ellis, 2, and Grant Ellis, 4, Great Nephews of OWO Publisher Dick Ellis, warm up for the open water season April 11 by doing battle with crappies.  Filmed and narrated by Daddy Luke…
  • 4/14/2015 12:25:00 PM
    Steve Suman The forecast for this week should bring a smile to anyone in Hayward and the North Woods – warm and sunny, highs in the mid 60s, and a few minimal chances for rain showers. This is an excellent week to prepare for the May 2 fishing opener! “Open water spurred some panfish anglers to get on the lakes,” says Pat at&nbs...
  • 4/14/2015 12:25:00 PM
    The pond behind the shop went ice free on 4/10.  Typically this means Lake Minocqua will be ice free in 7-10 days.  Thanks to temps cracking 70 degrees, lots of sun and high winds, Lake Minocqua is more than 50% ice free already.  Many other lakes are already open and with a forecast of daytime highs in the 50’s and 60's, con...
  • 4/14/2015 12:00:00 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.  Anglers are anxiously awaiting ice-out on the bay and the start of open-water fishing.  In the meantime, some people have been taking ...
  • 4/14/2015 11:50:00 AM
    The snow is gone for now, but I am sure we might get a little more.  The water level is very low in the streams and lakes.  Trout fishing is catch and release for a while.  With the water being low, the best fishing is on small streams during the day.  The big three streams for Richland County are Mill Creek, Pin...
  • 4/9/2015 2:15:00 PM
    Great action in the central Wisconsin area for anglers as the y head out to open water for the first few times of the season. The walleye bite (despite low water) has been exceptionally good so far this season with not only numbers of fish but some real lunkers too.  Most of the action has been in the deeper pools on the...
  • 4/9/2015 1:45:00 PM
    Steve Suman Ice is deteriorating on North Wood’s lakes, an encouraging sign of spring, yet we had a four-inch snowfall Easter Sunday night! Additional “precipitation” in the forecast this week will be short-lived, with high temperatures in the 40- to 60-degree range. “This year,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, &ldquo...
  • 4/9/2015 1:45:00 PM
    Following a weekend of several reports of anglers breaking thought…one needing rescue, thankfully no fatalities as earlier rumored…ice fishing is nearly over for the season.  Big Arbor Vitae still holds fishable ice on the south shore as of today (4/7) as do a few other protected bays, but, with ice thickness of 11-14’ of ...
  • 4/9/2015 1:35:00 PM
    As much as I hate to say it our ice fishing season has come to an end.  We were out this past weekend for one last trip and had a great outing catching jumbo perch.  The bite was fast and furious on large jigging spoons and jigging Raps in 12 to 18 feet of water.  But with deteriorating ice conditions and recent warm weather and rain...
  • 4/3/2015 12:35:00 PM
    Warm weather and an earlier spring than we have been used to the past few years is putting an end to ice fishing. I wouldn't recommend anyone to try ice fishing as the ice is definitely not safe.  We have just over a month and we can start looking forward to open water fishing season. It's always a hard thing to wait for, but there's still a ...
  • 3/31/2015 9:50:00 PM
    As much as I hate to say it our ice fishing season has come to an end.  We were out this past weekend for one last trip and had a great outing catching jumbo perch.  The bite was fast and furious on large jigging spoons and jigging Raps in 12 to 18 feet of water.  But with deteriorating ice conditions and recent warm we...
  • 3/31/2015 9:40:00 PM
    Cold temps for late March (single digit mornings to start the weekend) put a huge stall on the spring thaw. Despite just enough warmth in the afternoons to get rid of mid weeks snow, it’s been 9 days of no ice melt, possibly even adding a little ice.Bluegill: Fair. With a lot of high pressure and high wind, the bluegill bite has been off. Bes...
  • 3/31/2015 9:35:00 PM
    Steve Suman A wet start to what appears will be a wet week with fluctuating temperatures. The temperatures are generally moving in the right direction (i.e., warmer!), though with a few setbacks now and then. Keep in mind we are enjoying spring weather earlier than in the past two years! “Pay attention to conditions around shorelines, curre...
  • 3/27/2015 5:30:00 PM
    Though We lost some ice last week due to the warm weather, since Saturday (3/21) cold temps have held the ice we have in check. This is leaving the anglers with 16-24" of ice on average to keep fishing on. While trucks are being driven on the south end of Big Arbor Vitae, it's not really a good idea. It's best to use ATV's, snowmobiles or foot traf...
  • 3/27/2015 5:30:00 PM
    Steve Suman This week looks to offer another bump or two on the road to spring, but the extended forecast shows a fairly consistent slide into more moderate temperatures. Just not quickly enough for some people! Although we are nearing the “tweener” season, there are still many activities and events available in the Hayward area. Be s...
  • 3/23/2015 7:25:00 PM
    Warm weather has started to deteriorate the ice conditions around the area. Cooler nights will slow down the melting process, but we still have some warmer days in the forecast. This time of year you need to use extreme caution when accessing the ice. Depending on the lake, you're able to find fish shallow, and also find those fish deep. Finding a...
  • 3/23/2015 7:10:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter and wife Carolyn Swartz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Although it is definitely getting toward the end of the ice fishing season, people are still traveling out on the bay from certain...