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10/9/2019
Fall brings with it something for everyone in the field from the angler to the hunter.  Just a few recent sessions of shooting the bull tell me that autumn is for the youngest of outdoorsman just learning the games to those of us more seasoned with our eyes focused dead ahead on for example, the whitetail rut. James Wallace captured this great buck on trail camera during summer scouting. James Wallace, my nephew-in-law (is there such a ...
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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 9/17/2014 11:40:00 AM
    September 15, 2014 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report 9/15/14 Steve Suman This week starts out with cold mornings, but with warming temperatures as the week progresses ... though accompanied by chances for rain showers. “Last week’s weather limited fishing,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but the best is yet to come with fall...
  • 9/17/2014 11:40:00 AM
    A very cold first half of September has lake temps dropping quickly from averages of 71-73 degrees just two weeks ago to surface temps plummeting to the 57-59 degree average.  Certain species are still active, while fishing for some others has nearly come to a complete halt. Crappies:  Fair-Good (and improving).  Big slabs of 12-14"...
  • 9/17/2014 11:30:00 AM
    Despite the high water Ross's Sport Shop Guides are still putting their clients on fish. We are finding Crappie in 10 to 30 feet of water and catching them with plastics or minnows on jigs, Walleye have moved into the higher current areas of the lakes, Ross's Sport Shop guides have been catching most of their walleye on Bottom Feeder Tackle Jigs an...
  • 9/17/2014 11:20:00 AM
    Delavan Lake is in a transition period from the summer pattern to the fall pattern.  Fishing has been slow due to the tremendous cold front that hit last week.  I’ve gone from double digit catches of game fish down to single digit and have been seeing only the smaller fish.  With some stable weather fishing will improve. The b...
  • 9/17/2014 11:20:00 AM
    Due to the severe cold fronts this past week, fishing is pretty slow.  The best bite on the lake has been the bluegills in 15-20 ft of water.  The smallmouth bass and largemouth bass remain scattered throughout the water column and a consistent pattern is non-existent right now. Bluegill fishing has been average in 15-20 ft of water.&nbs...
  • 9/12/2014 12:00:00 PM
    By Mike Yurk bassinmajor@yahoo.com          We sat in the front seat of the pickup truck eating our lunch while rain splattered against the window. Dark gray clouds swirled overhead and wind whipped across the lake. This was not looking good.      My fishing buddy, Paul Valle of Oakdale, Minn.,...
  • 9/12/2014 11:35:00 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. ...
  • 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...