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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 9/9/2014 1:45:00 PM
    Due to the cool weather, fishing on Geneva has remained relatively slow.  Most of the action has been coming in shallow waters, 6-10 ft deep.  Largemouth bass have been biting in Geneva Bay, Trinkes and Abbey Harbor.  Most of the fish are coming in and around the boats.  Use a split shot rig nightcrawler or an All Terrain Stik ...
  • 9/9/2014 1:45:00 PM
    The cooler water has decreased the boat traffic on the water, unfortunately it seems to have made the bite decrease as well.  There isn’t a whole lot of consistent bites right now. The northern pike are still probably the best bet.  They can be caught on the weedlines in 8-105 ft of water.  Look for the pike to be about 4 ft d...
  • 9/9/2014 1:40:00 PM
    Steve Suman This week shows a turn to cooler weather following a beautiful weekend – that followed a severe storm that moved through the Hayward area last Thursday morning. For now, the coming weekend looks to be a dry one. “Muskie fishing is slow,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but a few anglers are catching fish. &ldq...
  • 9/9/2014 1:40:00 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. Smallmouth bass were the main target for anglers this week with people having good luck near the rock pile and back into the breakwall. Trollers h...
  • 9/5/2014 1:00:00 PM
    The Ross's Sport Shop Guide boats had a great week on the water, All of our trips last week were successful for Crappie and Walleye, we hit a little hiccup in the bite Labor Day weekend but the bite was back on for us on Monday as a Ross's Sport Shop Guide boat landed 10 Musky on a full day trip. Crappie are biting well on most area lakes, We ar...
  • 9/3/2014 4:30:00 PM
    Steve Suman Looks like very pleasant weather to start September, with warm days and cool nights (one in the 40s!), though chances for showers increase toward the end of the week. Pat at Happy Hooker says muskie anglers should work bucktails, spinnerbaits, topwaters, and gliders along breaks and weed edges. “Fish walleyes in weeds...
  • 9/3/2014 4:25:00 PM
    Fall fishing! The start of good things for anglers in the Northwoods for the next 6-8 weeks. While we have nice surface temps for early fall angling (70-73 deg. Aug.), lots of rain and high water are changing some patterns and the availability of some of our most popular fall bait. Smallmouth Bass: Good-Very good. Anglers finding smalli...
  • 9/3/2014 4:25:00 PM
    Even though we had some early week thunderstorms and heavy rains, the fishing remain excellent.  With the passing of Labor Day, the pleasure boat traffic should begin to decrease making it and optimal time to go fishing. Largemouth bass remain in the shallow water.  They can be caught on nightcrawlers fished on a split shot rig, slip bob...
  • 9/3/2014 4:25:00 PM
    Fishing remains slower than normal for this time of year.  The tight schools of smallmouth are few and far between.  Hopefully after the Labor Day holiday and the pace of the pleasure boat decreases, the overall success for anglers will increase. Smallmouth bass fishing has been slower than normal the entire summer.  A successful tr...
  • 9/3/2014 4:10:00 PM
    As of 8/29/2014, the following date-regulated lakes will be opening: Burnett County Gaslyn Lake will open Sunday, August 31st. Mud Hen Lake will open Monday, September 1st. Barron/Washburn County Bear Lake will open Sunday, August 31st. More information on date-regulated lakes can be found at the Great Lakes I...
  • 8/29/2014 5:15:00 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. Smallmouth bass were the main target for anglers this week with people having good luck near the rock pile and back into the brea...
  • 8/26/2014 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...
  • 8/26/2014 1:40:00 PM
    With the water temps stable in the 70-73 degree range, anglers are finding patterns stabilizing for their favorite fish. Largemouth Bass: Good- Very Good. An early morning start with plastics. Pre-rigged plastic worms, Senkos and Dingers fished wacky style are working well. Spinnerbaits and crayfish patterned crankbaits along and over w...
  • 8/26/2014 1:35:00 PM
    Crappie fishing remains good in the Phillips Area, Our Ross's Sport Shop guide boats have been doing very well on quantity and quality fish on a few area lakes, Most of the Crappie are now coming out of 10 to 22 feet of water and are still scattered all over the water column. Bottom Feeder Tackle 1/16 ounce jig heads with sliders, twisters or tubes...
  • 8/26/2014 1:30:00 PM
    Steve Suman IF the forecast holds true, this should be a beautiful week in the North Woods, with mild highs, moderate lows, and (again IF the forecast holds) only slight chances for rain. Get out and enjoy all the Hayward area and early fall season have to offer! “For muskies, work bucktails, spinnerbaits, and swim baits along deep weed edg...
  • 8/25/2014 11:15:00 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 right around Ashland has been good for a wide variety of fish, and trolling the recent mud lines has been good for walleyes...
  • 8/22/2014 12:15:00 PM
    By John Luthens Maybe I’m close-minded, but the Milwaukee River corridor flowing through my hometown of Grafton, Wisconsin seems surprisingly noncommittal to the whims of urban development. I’d like to believe that regardless of which new big-box store is going up on the fringes, or which dam and fish passage is being debated in an en...
  • 8/22/2014 12:05:00 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. ...
  • 8/22/2014 12:05:00 PM
    Summer is slowly nearing the end as kids will be heading back to school soon, and many people will start trading the fishing rod in for a gun or bow. No need to do this yet as there is plenty of good fishing to be had, and more to come as we roll into fall. The largemouth bass are sitting in the vegetation as they search for small baitfish to gorg...
  • 8/22/2014 12:00:00 PM
    Steve Suman One could easily condense the current forecast for this week’s weather into one short sentence: Mild temperatures in morning and night, with chances for showers. Do not let the “maybes” prevent you from enjoying your favorite outdoor activities, especially as we start to wind down summer! “Fish muskie...
  • 8/22/2014 11:55:00 AM
    We have had some good August fishing in the Phillips Area, the walleye have been a little tight lipped but the Crappie, Northern, and Musky are making up for it. Ross's Sport Shop guides have been finding the Crappie scattered in 8 to 20 plus feet of water right now. We are catching most of the Crappie on plastics, Beatle Spins, Twisters, ...
  • 8/22/2014 11:50:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The water levels have been falling as we have not had rain for about 4 weeks.  Fishing remains good for most of the county.  Trout are biting on Panther Martin Spinners.  I used a larger green and yellow spinner and landed a nice 17 inch brown.  Also, caught some smaller trout on the same lure.  Most ...
  • 8/22/2014 11:45:00 AM
    Lower than normal water temperatures in Central Wisconsin are creating uncharacteristic fishing conditions for this time of the year.  With overnight lows in the upper 30 to lower 40 degree range we are already seeing a push from the local fish population towards traditional fall locations. Not only are the fish moving toward...
  • 8/22/2014 11:40:00 AM
    Delavan Lake fishing overall has been excellent.  The best bet on the lake is bluegills and largemouth bass.  The fish have remained shallower than normal.  The best depth overall is 6-10 ft of water.                 Largemouth bass can be caught in 6-8 ft of...
  • 8/22/2014 11:40:00 AM
    Due to the cooler than normal summer, the fishing has been a bit slower than normal as well.  There are plenty of fish to be had, however the schools of bigger fish have been few and far between.                 The smallmouth bass have been sporadic.  The best de...