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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 3/19/2015 6:50:00 PM
    This past week we have seen ice conditions deteriorate drastically. With the warm temperatures and recent rain shoreline areas are now breaking apart and mid lake areas, especially lakes with current are starting to open up. Recent reports have a truck or two going through the ice on the Willow Reservoir. Despite the diminishing ice cond...
  • 3/16/2015 1:15:00 PM
      This past week we have seen a dramatic change in temperature and because of that, the fishing and conditions on the lakes in central and north central Wisconsin have gotten much better. Fishing for panfish has been very good with limit catches of bluegills, crappies and perch.  The crappies and bluegills have been holding in s...
  • 3/4/2015 7:30:00 PM
    This past week has been very good for all species of fish. We had a great time on the Winnebago system chasing walleyes, crappies and white bass for the Battle on Bago.  We ended up catching quite a few nice walleyes, a 14 inch crappie, and a pile of white bass. The key to finding our fish amongst the thousands of anglers was our Humm...
  • 2/26/2015 8:35:00 PM
    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 N...
  • 2/20/2015 11:00:00 AM
    Wow the fishing this past week has been fantastic.  Lots of great opportunities for walleyes, perch, crappies, gills and pike.  Most of the fish have come by targeting big open flats and channel edges for perch and crappies and shallow weeds for gills and pike.  The best advice for finding fish right now is to use your Humminbird e...
  • 2/19/2015 5:15:00 PM
    Fishing has continued to stay somewhat slow overall. Fish are being caught, but you're working for each and every one of them. Once we start to get some steady warmer weather, that should start a steady bite again. Things will only go up from here. When it comes to catching crappies and walleyes, one typically targets them in low light periods, or...
  • 2/17/2015 5:45:00 PM
    This week of artic blast shut the door on fish and fishing this past week.  Wind chills down to 25-30 below kept most anglers looking for other things to do.  Some improvement on Monday of this week, but by Wednesday it’s going to be super cold again.  Temps will be in the teens for the weekend. Pike: ...
  • 2/17/2015 5:35:00 PM
    Steve Suman Cold temperatures continue through this week, moderating somewhat for Birkie weekend, and then moving to highs in the 20s next week – which is getting close to March! This past Saturday, participants in the Walleyes for Northwestern Wisconsin family ice fishing event had to contend with subzero temperatures. There was ...
  • 2/13/2015 2:10:00 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.  The mid-season ice fishing is really great with plenty of opportunities to haul in just about everything that swims out ther...
  • 2/13/2015 1:35:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler I have been watching the weather on days I like to fish and partly cloudy are the best.  The mornings during the first three hours have produced very good fishing.  Ice is thick in most places with a few springs along the shoreline keeping water open if you’re fishing the backwaters of the Wisconsin River.&nb...
  • 2/10/2015 12:35:00 PM
    Following a chilly week, temps got nice enough over the weekend to get anglers out on the ice. Many experienced good, though not great fishing- but after the way things were in mid-January, good is pretty darn nice.Northern Pike: Good. Action is picking up. Fish of all sizes doing well on large baits (suckers & shiners) in weeds of 6-12', wit...
  • 2/10/2015 12:35:00 PM
    Steve Suman Mild temperatures to start this week give way to a brief “cooling” spell through from mid-week through the weekend, with (at this time) light snow with no major accumulation. Get out and enjoy winter – it is winding down already! “Walleye anglers continue to do well,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Fis...
  • 2/10/2015 12:30:00 PM
    What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, travel on the ice was almost impossible with the amount of snow and slush we had. Right now, travel is very easy on the ice which is a good thing when wanting to chase finicky mid-winter fish. I always like to say, stay mobile and always continue to look for the right fish you want to catch. S...
  • 2/5/2015 7:50:00 PM
    February is one of those months that can make for some tough fishing. Fish are settled in their winter haunts, and some are not to overly aggressive. Location is a big factor to help get bites  The walleyes are sitting in deep water at this time of year. Some are suspended chasing open water baitfish, while some are still cruising the bo...
  • 2/5/2015 7:35:00 PM
    Down to just four weekends of the gamefish season left! Luckily things did improve some this past week, not great, but definitely better than that two week "dead zone" we had a couple of weeks ago.Walleye: Good. The bite is improving, especially for the after dark crowd. Sandgrass flats or humps of 18-28' producing #'s of nice eaters for anglers ...
  • 2/5/2015 7:25:00 PM
    One of the most frustrating things about ice fishing is seeing the fish on your electronics and the best you can do is get them to follow your bait around a little. What do most of us do when this happens? We down size, Size 16 and 18 micro jigs with one spike or a micro sized plastic should do the trick, right? Well.... Maybe your going the wrong ...
  • 1/30/2015 7:20:00 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.  It's mid-season ice fishing and there are a lot of opportunities to get after just about everything that swims out there.   “...
  • 1/30/2015 7:15:00 PM
    By John Luthens Cedar Creek conducts its winding business through Ozaukee County. It loafs across the western county line in a family-run affair, smaller, and evenly-split between farmland and private residence. Further to the east, it incorporates the towns of Grafton and Cedarburg, where the breed of housing and business along the banks becomes ...
  • 1/30/2015 7:05:00 PM
    Do you have what it takes to be the “Last Angler Standing? Ice Duels is a competitive ice fishing tournament that pits anglers in head to head, 30 minute matches in a double elimination format. Sitting back to back, you have 30 minutes to outfish your opponent while a scorekeeper scores your fish before you release it.  Bluegill and cra...
  • 1/28/2015 1:10:00 PM
    Steve Suman This week looks to be somewhat mild and with light snow, though a cooling trend develops by next weekend. While there is still plenty of time to enjoy winter activities, we are already (almost) into February! “Anglers report 18-20 inches of ice on Quiet Lakes area lakes,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and walleye a...
  • 1/28/2015 1:05:00 PM
    Mild weather last week gave anglers plenty of reason to head out onto the ice. But sloppy conditions kept many from venturing out to far away from the usual haunts.While ice thickness continues to average in the 14-18" range, some areas of heavy use or early freezes have reports of 22"+. Despite this we have gotten two reports this past week of lar...
  • 1/28/2015 12:45:00 PM
    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 N...
  • 1/20/2015 11:00:00 AM
    Steve Suman The forecast promises tolerable temperatures – lows in the teens and highs in the 30s – and more snow, but not much accumulation. There are no major storms in the immediate forecast – subject to change at any time! “Ice depths range from 15-18 inches,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and people are ...
  • 1/20/2015 10:55:00 AM
    Cold temps the first part of January have made ice conditions great in the Price County Area, Some Lakes like Musser have a heavy layer of slush but for most part the lakes aren't too bad to get around on. Walleye action has been ok, most anglers are reporting an early morning first light and late afternoon last light bite. Tip ups tipped with a m...
  • 1/15/2015 5:45:00 PM
    Fishing Reports for Washburn County 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. ...