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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 10/15/2014 8:10:00 AM
    The lake appears to be starting to turnover.  The water temperature has been right around 57-59 degrees.  As the fall moves on, the bigger fish will put on their feedbags and the biggest fish of the year will be available for catching. Walleye fishing has been very good.  I’ve been averaging 10-12 fish per day.  I’m...
  • 10/15/2014 8:10:00 AM
    The fall fishing patterns have started to materialize.  The smallmouth bass and the perch are starting to bite.  The water temperature has been in the upper 50’s and I don’t believe the lake has turned over yet, but it should occur in the next week or so. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good.  They have been both in the...
  • 10/10/2014 2:20:00 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.  Some of the best smallmouth bass fishing of the year is here and anglers are getting in on that classic fall bite. The smallies ar...
  • 10/10/2014 2:00:00 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...
  • 10/10/2014 1:50:00 PM
    Well that gorgeous last weekend of September seems long ago... as the first weekend of October brought cold, wind and rain. Early morning temps in the low 30's barely hit 39-40 deg. for highs, lake temps fell from upper 50's /low 60's to lower to mid 50's. If there was a light to the cold weekend, its for those waiting for the musky/sucker bite to ...
  • 10/6/2014 10:55:00 AM
    Water temps have fallen to 48 to 52 degrees on most area lakes and the fish are starting to bite very well, I have been doing mostly Musky trips and the action is good, we are having a lot of luck with lures like Suicks, and Jakes. A lot of our fish are also coming on suckers and quick set rigs. Crappie action has picked up again...
  • 10/6/2014 10:50:00 AM
    Long- time friend Bill Radek and his son Jeff visited Jim Ellis and brothers at the cabin in Vilas County last week and had moderate fishing success despite turn-over slowing things down from recent weeks.  This 19-inch walleye was caught by Jeff Radek on Alder Lake. If you’re questioning the size of the fish, let’s give it some...
  • 10/6/2014 10:45:00 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. Trout and salmon are being caught at the mouths of the Sioux and Onion rivers, as well as off of Long Island. Anglers are snagging them e...
  • 10/3/2014 10:40:00 AM
    The salmon are surging into rivers along the Lake Michigan shoreline and Wisconsin DNR fisheries experts are standing by to help give Mother Nature a hand during the annual spawning ritual. Want to see what's going on right now at the C.D. "Buzz Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility in Kewaunee? Check out this cool video our staff took of th...
  • 9/30/2014 1:55:00 PM
    Rising water temps have seemed to stall the fish bite a little, Customers were still reporting catching a good number of fish the last week but they did comment that the bite was a tough one. Ross's Sport Shop Guides were still putting clients on Musky, I had the pleasure to take a number of clients out the last week and we had at least one f...
  • 9/30/2014 1:45:00 PM
    Steve Suman It was a good run while it lasted, but forecasts predict lower highs, lower lows, and chances for rain nearly every day this week (well, of course – it is Muskies, Inc. tournament weekend!) “Muskies are on shallow weedlines and deep drop-offs,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “hitting bucktails, plasti...
  • 9/30/2014 1:45:00 PM
    Fishing on Delavan continues to be difficult compared to normal action this time of year.  The constant high pressure have the fish in a lull pattern.  There isn’t any rhyme or reason for the fish locations.  If you can find an active school, you can catch a few, but if you don’t locate one it’s a real struggle.&nbs...
  • 9/30/2014 1:45:00 PM
    Even though this should be some of the best times to fish Lake Geneva, the water temperatures have not been consistent enough to get the fish in their normal early fall patterns.  The fishing has been overall very slow. Smallmouth bass action has been very difficult.   I’ve been working the fish in the 20-25 foot depth range.&...
  • 9/25/2014 3:15:00 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.  Some of the best smallmouth bass fishing of the year is coming up and anglers are already getting in on that classic fall bite.  The sma...
  • 9/25/2014 2:25:00 PM
    It has been another great week to be in in Central Wisconsin. With all the trees turning several shades of brilliant colors, along with outstanding hunting and fishing opportunities, how can it get any better? Area sportsmen and women are seeing a beautiful arrangement of fall colors as they head out in the central Wisconsin ...
  • 9/25/2014 2:25:00 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...
  • 9/24/2014 6:55:00 PM
    TWO RIVERS, Wis. - Kayakers joined state and federal officials Wednesday tocelebrate the unveiling of two new water-access, kayak campsites at PointBeach State Forest, highlighting the emerging popularity of Wisconsin's LakeMichigan State Water Trail."I'm absolutely thrilled with this project," said Cathy Stepp, secretary ofthe Department...
  • 9/24/2014 6:45:00 PM
    DateSubject August 13, 2014 Testimony to NRB on waterfowl season structure May 30, 2014 Cover Letter, Report to Governor: Recommendations for Natural Resource Regulation Simplification May 27, 2014 Testimony to NRB on spring hearings/convention report April 30, 2014 Media Release: Wisconsin Conservation Cong...
  • 9/24/2014 6:40:00 PM
    Well after enduring some brutal wind on Friday and Sunday...not to nice on Saturday either, looks like a gorgeous week of weather ahead. Lows only in the low 50's, highs in the 70's and lots of color to look at! Smallmouth Bass: Good-Very good. Following an unusual absence of activity, smallies are being found in water of depths of 14-22' taking s...
  • 9/24/2014 6:15:00 PM
    Steve Suman Beautiful fall weather is on tap this week, with highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s – and amazing colors to surround all outdoor activities! “Cool days and chilly nights announced fall season’s arrival,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Catch muskies on breaks and weedlines in 8-12 feet with bucktails, top...
  • 9/22/2014 11:05:00 AM
    Delavan Lake remains pretty spotty.  The best bite on the lake remains the bluegills.  The smallmouth are starting to heat up though.  The boat traffic on the lake is almost non-existent. Bluegill fishing has been very good in the 13-15 ft depth range or suspended  the main lake basin 15 ft down in 40 ft of water.  The sus...
  • 9/22/2014 11:05:00 AM
    Overall the fishing on Lake Geneva has been difficult.  The typical patterns on the lake are not available which makes the fish very scattered and hard to catch.  When you do get on the game fish, they are typically less than 15 inches. The smallmouth bass are in 15-22 ft of water.  They can be caught on lindy rigged nightcrawlers o...
  • 9/22/2014 10:55:00 AM
    Central Wisconsin was the place to be if you were headed into the outdoors last week.  With that said it looks as though things are shaping up for another banner fall season on the water and in the woods.  Hunters had good success in the woods with the opener of the 2014 deer archery season. A few nice deer were taken like the ni...
  • 9/22/2014 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.  Fishing in the bay after the big storm has been great, according to Luke Kavajecz, fishing guide for Anglers All.  “The fish have been ...
  • 9/17/2014 11:45:00 AM
    The writer, Wayne Morgenthaler with a 35 pound sturgeon after his friend caught a 90 pound fish earlier. We have had plenty of rain but the good side is that most of it has been absorbed by the soil.  Trout streams remain normal with Sept 30th being the end of the season.  Trout are biting on all types of bait with some nice 17 in...