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Kevin Wallenfang and his tournament winning, 46-inch musky just prior to release Fishing has been as hot as the weather for our circle of family and friends, and anglers participating in the 16th Annual Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic. The Classic was started in 2003 by fishing guide Patricia Strutz to memorialize Bob Ellis, a legendary northern Wisconsin row troller inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2008 for his im...
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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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. ...
  • 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...