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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 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.   “...