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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 11/19/2014 11:35:00 AM
      With 3 to 6 inches of ice being reported on most area waters the Open Water fishing season has come to a screeching halt. There were mixed reviews on 2014 season, Walleye seemed to be a little tough but it was a great panfish season for most area anglers. Musky fishermen were torn, some reported a great season while other sad it was&nb...
  • 11/19/2014 11:10:00 AM
    Steve Suman By now, most (though not all!) have accepted the reality that winter has arrived and it appears to be in for the long haul. Snow and cold remain in the forecast, however a warm-up is in the works for the end of the week! “Snow continued to pile up, temperatures continued to drop, and open water fishing season ended,” says ...
  • 11/16/2014 6:45:00 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. After some fabulous fall fishing, the region got slammed with its first snowstorm of the season, with some areas receiving more than 28” ...
  • 11/10/2014 9:05:00 PM
    Steve Suman According to the forecast (or a look out the window), our beautiful fall is coming to an ugly end, with considerable snow accumulation the first part of the week followed by COLD temperatures. Like it or not, ready for it or not, winter season is arriving in grand style. So be it – let the winter fun begin! “Fishing is goo...
  • 11/10/2014 9:00:00 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.  At the moment, fall fishing is good for many different species.  Smallmouth fishing continues to be solid.   Anglers are ...
  • 11/7/2014 9:15:00 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...
  • 11/6/2014 2:15:00 PM
    Winters early arrival to the Northwood's was surely a wake up call to finish-up any postponed outside chores. A snapshot of what's to come... with 3-6" of snow falling last Thursday and high winds (to 45mph) followed by lows of 9-13deg. to keep the snowy reminder here a while. The shallow pond saw skim ice (the pond behind our shop was 3/4 covere...
  • 11/4/2014 12:10:00 PM
      Steve Suman This week’s weather seems to slip and slide into a new season, with the “s” word used once or twice, and Saturday’s low in the teens. It was a great fall run! “Muskie anglers are on the water and the bigger fish are starting to feed,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Best action is wit...
  • 11/1/2014 1:40:00 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...
  • 10/29/2014 11:05:00 AM
    Lots of different weather as of late and because of  these daily changes, patterns have been hard to set up. Musky:  Very good-good.  Daily action  is changing with the  weather.  Fish are not as active for the most part (though) one group of Boulder Junction anglers did report a 5 fish day),but, some nice fish have b...
  • 10/29/2014 11:05:00 AM
    By John Luthens It seems only an eye blink removed from the waist-deep snow of March on the banks of the Bois Brule River. I peered through snow-draped pines at the cold and ropy mist hanging over the water. I stood on ice shelves that hung suspended and frail over the stained depths of the river. The late-winter sun shone promise onto sand banks...
  • 10/29/2014 11:00:00 AM
    OWO Field Reporter Ron Klimcke reports walleye action picking up on the Chippewa Flowage. He caught a nice limit this afternoon but released this 23 ¼ inch fish taken on a Jig and sucker minnow.
  • 10/29/2014 11:00:00 AM
    We have had some great fall weather and some great area fishing to go with it. As I said in past weeks reports I'm doing mostly Musky trips right now and the bigger fish are starting to feed heavy. Clients are doing best in my boat on Suckers and Quick Set rigs but we are still getting a few fish casting. Jakes, Grandmas and larger rubber baits are...
  • 10/29/2014 10:55:00 AM
    ~ 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.  Fall fishing is at its best right now for many different species.  Smallmouth fishing continues to be solid.  The fish are re...
  • 10/29/2014 10:55:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Trout season is closed but it was a very productive year.  Streams are at normal water level and getting ready for the trapping season.  The backwaters of the Wisconsin River are providing some action.  With the change in water temperature the bluegills are biting on wax worms near the weed edges.  I advi...
  • 10/29/2014 10:45:00 AM
    Steve Suman Beautiful late fall weather continued through the weekend, but the forecast is calling for a noticeable change, including cooler highs and lows, as well as rain and “other” showers. “Quiet Lakes fishing continues to provide good to excellent opportunities,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Muskies are in ...
  • 10/29/2014 10:40:00 AM
    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. ...
  • 10/24/2014 4:55:00 PM
    Heavy into a typical fall pattern now. Cold mornings, mild days, some wind, some clouds. Also, fewer anglers on the water.Musky: Very Good- Good. Not as hot as last week, but still nice fish in the nets. While it's typical for anglers to get the best action on suckers at this time (and they have by a 60/40 split) jerks, gliders and twitch baits hav...
  • 10/24/2014 4:55:00 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...
  • 10/24/2014 4:45:00 PM
    It was a good week of Fall Fishing in the Phillips area this week as reports of good Crappie and Walleye action poured in. Musky action was also good, Water temps are in the mid to upper 40's on most area lakes and the fish are starting to move deep and put the feed bag on. Ross's Sport Shop Guide Boats have been finding Walleye and Crappies in th...
  • 10/21/2014 1:20:00 PM
    Steve Suman IF the forecast holds true, we should see a mild and comfortable week in the North Woods, with few chances of rain and sunshine on and off through next weekend! “Chippewa Flowage muskies are moving into their fall locations,” says guide Dave Dorazio at Outdoor Creations. “There are still some fis...
  • 10/18/2014 4:45:00 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 walleye are starting to transition, moving into shallow waters.  People are hooking walleye as well as northern pike in the deep...
  • 10/15/2014 8:25:00 AM
    The time is now for those fishing for Musky! Water temps have dropped into the upper 40's to low 50's. Most small to mid sized lakes have turned quickly thanks to overnight temps into the upper 20's. Mid fall patterns are here.Musky: Very Good- Excellent Hard to believe the rating is so high but great musky action has turned on. Multi fish days, eq...
  • 10/15/2014 8:20:00 AM
    Fishing has been great the last week in the Phillips Area, I have been mostly doing Musky trips this time of the year, Last week we put 8 of the 9 Veterans that attended the Wisconsin Veterans Fishing Camp on Musky with the Vets combining to catch 14 total Musky. On most of the days on the water this week we have had multiple Musky in the b...
  • 10/15/2014 8:20:00 AM
    Steve Suman Relatively mild temperatures continue through this week, though they come with a few chances for precipitation. If nothing else, at least this week, for the time being, none of the precipitation in the forecast starts with an “s”! “With the below normal temperatures and couple inches of snow,” says guide Dave D...