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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 1/15/2015 5:40:00 PM
    This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  We have great ice conditions out there and it's only getting better. “The fishing in general is good and the ice is still growing out there,” said Roger LaPenter, Anglers All proprietor.  He said at the moment it is easy to get around on the ice and people are using f...
  • 1/11/2015 2:50:00 PM
    It has been another great week to be in Central Wisconsin but it has been a cold one.  With temperatures barely getting above zero, we have been basically banished to stay in our homes and off the ice.  Speaking of ice the conditions are getting better by the day.. average ice thickness in the central Wisconsin area is anywhere from 8 to ...
  • 1/6/2015 7:35:00 PM
    Steve Suman The New Year is starting with a chill in the air! The forecast calls for single-digit highs through most of the week, with subzero lows and brutal wind chills. Enjoy your winter outdoor activities, but do so in a safe, common sense manner! “Ice fishing is in full swing,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “with anglers f...
  • 1/6/2015 7:35:00 PM
    Arctic air has moved into the Lakeland area, dropping temperatures and anglers enthusiasm rather quickly. Not wanting to push their luck against temps 20deg+ below zero, there is little to report over the past couple of days.Crappie: Fair / Poor. A few brave anglers found crappies relating to wood on the flowages. Bite was fairly decent on crappi...
  • 1/5/2015 11:05:00 AM
    Steve Suman Winter returned to the North Woods, if not with a vengeance, at least with a chip on its shoulder. The long-range forecast shows a few milder days in the near future, with somewhat of a warming trend from mid-January to the end. Not that that can’t change between now and then! Best wishes for a safe, sane, and Happy Ne...
  • 1/5/2015 11:05:00 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 N...
  • 12/26/2014 7:30:00 PM
    Steve Suman This week, the forecast calls for much-needed snowfall and a return to more seasonal temperatures, including sub-zero lows next weekend (maybe not so much needed?) Here’s wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! “Anglers report 10-13 inches of clear, solid ice on most lakes,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “wit...
  • 12/26/2014 7:30:00 PM
    A week of stable weather meant no ice loss, but little gain. A heavy fresh snow on Sunday afternoon (12/21) will mean you can leave the cleats at home. New snow accumulation was about 1.5 to 2", forecast is for sporadic snows over the next week, but fairly mild temps in the low to mid 30's. New moon period this week should provide daytime...
  • 12/26/2014 7:25:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter and wife Carolyn from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. The ice fishing is very good, folks!! The ice is getting better every day, according to seasoned guide Roger LaPenter of Ashland, and i...
  • 12/18/2014 2:40:00 PM
    Warm temps over the weekend and early this week have melted all of the snow off the ice making ice conditions very slick, The lake ice is holding up fairly well to the warm temps with 8 to 15 inches being reported on most area lakes. Caution needs to be taken in current areas and high run off areas such as where drainage ditches enter the lakes and...
  • 12/18/2014 2:30:00 PM
    Most area lakes have between 6 and 10 inches of good solid ice with a few up to and near that 12 inch mark.  The snow cover is limited so travel and accessibility on the lakes has been very good. We had a great panfish bite in central Wisconsin this past week, with good numbers of both crappies and bluegills. Most of the fish are in 8 to 12 f...
  • 12/18/2014 2:25:00 PM
    Well some very odd weather for mid-December, 40's, rain, fog, making for melting snow and ice! The story for the weekend... don't put tip-ups out more than 20' away, you'll never see the flags! Some anglers returned with tales of having a hard time finding their way off lakes due to the fog and no snow to follow their tracks back.Walleyes: Fair-V...
  • 12/18/2014 2:25:00 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 s...
  • 12/18/2014 2:25:00 PM
    Steve Suman According to forecasts, the rain, drizzle, and dense fog will soon give way to snow and temperatures that are “more seasonal.” We had a nice break, but ... we need colder weather and snow to thicken ice and pack snowmobile and cross-country ski trails. “Ice is 10-13 inches deep on the Quiet Lakes,” says Pat at ...
  • 12/18/2014 2:15:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter and wife Carolyn from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Ice fishing season is here and the catches have been good!  Carolyn LaPenter reports that anglers have been catching perch, wa...
  • 12/11/2014 1:50:00 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. ...
  • 12/11/2014 1:25:00 PM
    More snow is in the short-term forecast, but it also predicts high temperatures in the 40s from Wednesday through Sunday! “Early ice is a good time for walleye anglers,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Several anglers report limits of good size fish from deep weed edges on walleye suckers and fatheads under tip-ups. “Crap...
  • 12/11/2014 1:25:00 PM
    Well, Its starting out to be a great ice fishing season! Enough ice to get around on... with not to much snow on the ice to worry about access or travel. Caution is still advised on some larger lakes (Trout, Fence, Big Crawling Stone) where ice thickness varies from 2-6" but overall averages of 10-12"+ cover most of our Lakeland area lakes.Walleyes...
  • 12/7/2014 9:05:00 PM
    This past week has been phenomenal for ice fishing.  With 5 to 10 inches of good ice and little snow on most lakes, travel conditions are about as perfect as you could want.  In addition to the great conditions the bite has been very good for all species.   Walleyes have been extremely active right before and after dark with some go...
  • 12/6/2014 10:00:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter and wife Carolyn from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Ice fishing season has begun!  Carolyn LaPenter reports that anglers were out on the ice over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend...
  • 12/1/2014 7:05:00 PM
    This week starts with subzero temperatures and wind chill advisories, but the forecast shows few chances for snow AND calls for a nice warming trend through the end of the week!   “Winter definitely set in early again this year,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “All Quiet Lakes waters iced up, with a few open spots only on the la...
  • 12/1/2014 7:05:00 PM
    We had a slow start to the beginning of the 2014 gun deer season, but we did get off to a great start to our  ice fishing season with some phenomenal catches being made. Opening weekend starting off foggy and with high temperatures, deer movement was not only slower than normal but hunters visibility was drastically impeded.  With the fo...
  • 12/1/2014 7:00:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter and wife Carolyn from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Fishing is pretty much on hold right now as anglers eagerly await the start of ice fishing season. Roger LaPenter, proprietor of Anglers...
  • 11/26/2014 11:45:00 AM
    Steve Suman The welcome, though too brief, break from winter this past weekend is now history as winter weather again makes its mark. Forecasts call for another four to six inches of snow accumulation through Monday night, accompanied by up to 30 mph wind gusts. Not great – but it is also not Buffalo! Deer hunters enjoyed mild temperatures ...
  • 11/26/2014 11:35:00 AM
    With no doe tags and a lower then normal deer population many hunters decided to spend some or in cases most of opening weekend of the Wisconsin Deer Firearm season on the ice. Most area fishermen are reporting 5 to 7 inches of good ice on area lakes. Walleye and pike anglers have been hitting the ice for well over a week now and panfish anglers ar...