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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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  • 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...
  • 8/15/2014 10:45:00 AM
    Steve Suman Mild days and cool nights continue – according to the forecast – with no mention of rain until Saturday. Take heart -- on “rare” occasions the forecast are wrong! “Though Labor Day is just a few weeks away,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “the warming water should bring back more traditional s...
  • 8/15/2014 10:45:00 AM
    Walleye seemed to be a little sluggish this week, My boat did catch them but we really had to work for them and downsize our lures even more then what I usually do. The Crawler bite is almost equal with leeches. Bluegill action is still strong, They have moved up a little more shallow to weed edges and fallen timber, almost like a post spawn patter...
  • 8/15/2014 10:35:00 AM
    The overall bite on Lake Geneva has slowed a bit for the game fish.  Presently the bluegill bite has been phenomenal.  The water continues to be cooler than normal and the deep water schooling smallmouth bite hasn’t really started yet.  If you can find schools of minnows, the bass will be right behind them.  They are diffi...
  • 8/15/2014 10:35:00 AM
    The action on Delavan Lake has improved from the previous weeks.  With the cooler summer, the bass haven’t moved out on the deep weedline very much.  The best action is in water depths of 6-13 ft of water.  You will find multiple species there. Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent in 6-8 ft of water.  The fish are a...
  • 8/9/2014 11:05:00 AM
    It has been another great week in the Central Wisconsin area with some very nice catches of fish being caught.  The muskies bite continues to be very good with the best action early and late in the day.  Walleyes have been giving us a pretty good bite, but for constant action the crappies and bluegills are hard to beat.  Mos...
  • 8/9/2014 10:50:00 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 2013-2014 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...
  • 8/9/2014 10:45:00 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 for2014-2015 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. For up to date river levels for the Na...
  • 8/9/2014 10:40:00 AM
    The walleyes are being found in a variety of depths depending on the body of water. Once you find the depth, you are halfway done with the battle. Color, and speed are the next factor. Fish are falling victim to trolling right now. Cranks or spinners are working, so pick your poison and go after them. Fish are really following baitfish, and you wil...
  • 8/5/2014 11:40:00 AM
    Walleye action picked up in the Phillips Area this week, I had the pleasure to take clients out on a couple of walleye trips the past few days and we did well. We are catching more numbers then size right now but the action is great. We have been finding Walleye in 6 to 18 feet of water around wood. I have been using leeches under a ...
  • 8/5/2014 11:35:00 AM
    I fished the backwaters of the Wisconsin River near Lone Rock and found good action.  Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass were hitting on top water baits in the openings of lily pads.  Just before dark the bluegills and crappies picked up the action with white and pink plastic tubes.  The bug population is way down due to the cool even...