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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 7/25/2014 9:40:00 AM
    Finally some summer like weather moved in over the weekend, bringing some typical mid-summer action as well as some non-typical mid July occurrences such as mayfly hatches! On just about any other summer, off shore gravel humps provide anglers plenty of opportunity for walleyes and small mouth bass action. Until the past week, this action has bee...
  • 7/22/2014 1:25:00 PM
    Lake Geneva has been up and down with fishing success.  Some days are better than others due to the cooler water temperatures and the scattered bait fish.  If you can find the pods of minnows, you will have good success on the smallmouth bass in the deeper water. The best bite on the lake has been the smallmouth bass and bluegills. Blueg...
  • 7/22/2014 1:25:00 PM
    Due to the cold front last week, fishing was tough for most of the week.  As the week went on and the warmer weather moved in the fishing improved immensely.  Bluegill action started to improve by later in the week.  They were in 11-14 ft of water off the weedline.  The best approach is a split shot rigged leaf worm.  Look...
  • 7/22/2014 1:20:00 PM
    The cold fronts that moved thru last week slowed the bite down a bit, Fishing was picking up a little by the weekend but fish were hitting very lightly and you really needed to finesse them but they are still eating. Ross's sport shop guides are still doing well on Walleye, we are finding them scattered from 8 to 22 feet of water and catching th...
  • 7/22/2014 1:20:00 PM
    Steve Suman The hot and humid Monday gives way to moderate temperatures through midweek, with thunderstorm chances early and late in the week ... according to the prognosticators ... and always subject to change! “Finding good weed cover is the best bet for anglers,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Muskies are both shallow and deep....
  • 7/15/2014 1:35:00 PM
    The weather this year seems to be getting a lot of conversation. Summer has been filled with plenty of warm and cold fronts, with several inches of rain mixed in. It's affecting the fish, but it's also making for good fishing on the warm sunny days.  The walleyes this summer seem to be a bit spooky. What I mean by that is if you're ...
  • 7/15/2014 10:50:00 AM
    ASHLAND, Wis. – Lake Superior in summer means plenty of smallmouth bass in Chequamegon Bay.  The smallmouth bass fishing season runs from mid-May through late October, the latter considered to be “trophy month” for “smallies.” The 12-mile-long bay’s rock piles and breakwater structures make for ...
  • 7/15/2014 9:00:00 AM
    “Here’s a fish,” Doug said. He extended his spinning rod, waited a moment and then yanked back. His rod was bent in half.      “It’s a good fish,” he added. The fish took off and the rod tip was lunging. Doug stopped the fish and turned it around but the fish took off again. A moment ...
  • 7/15/2014 8:50:00 AM
    Even though the boat traffic is intense, fishing continues to be very good.  There are multiple species active right now.  The best time for fishing is early p.m. or late evening to avoid some of the boat traffic. Largemouth bass remain on the main lake points.  The best location has been by the Village Supper Club, the Yacht Club p...
  • 7/15/2014 8:50:00 AM
    Lake Geneva has been producing a lot of fish.  The fish have moved from the shallow weed flats to the deep rocky points.  Smallmouth bass are starting to school.  The best location has been by the channel by Fontana Beach or by the Yacht Club in Fontana.  The best approach is lindy rigging nightcrawlers or medium suckers. ...
  • 7/15/2014 8:50:00 AM
    Steve Suman Outstanding Sunday weather set the pattern for this week (so say the forecasts), with mild days, cool nights, and a few chances for showers and thunderstorms early and late in the week. “Weather is affecting fishing, but anglers are catching fish,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Fish muskies on deeper weedlines and...
  • 7/11/2014 11:30:00 AM
    Kevin Munson with his monster musky taken with Hooksetters Guide Phil Schweik Outstanding musky bite this past week with some real GIANTS caught.  We had several fish in the 40 to 50 inch range that were caught this past week with one monster going 51 inches and having a 26 inch girth with a calculated weight at 43 pounds. This beast ...
  • 7/11/2014 11:20:00 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 is excellent right now for just about everything, including smallmouth bass, trout and salmon, according to Roger LaPenter. Trollers are do...
  • 7/11/2014 10:15:00 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 2013-2014 Download the fishing season dates for 2013-2014 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. Be sure to always use caution on froz...
  • 7/7/2014 10:30:00 AM
    Steve Suman Hayward area visitors enjoyed near-perfect weather during the July 4th weekend, with warm, dry days and cooler nights. This week looks to be more of the same, with a few thunderstorms tossed into the mix. Pat at Happy Hooker says erratic weather conditions made for variable fishing success last week. “Muskie anglers a...
  • 7/7/2014 10:25:00 AM
    Hooksetters Guide Phil Schweik with a nice Eagle River musky. Doug Wolfe and his daughter Claire with some Eagle River Walleyes they caught with Phil Schweik while staying at the Copperwood Condominiums. Doug Wolfe and his daughter Claire and son Zach, with a nice Eagle River Walleye they caught with Phil Schweik while stay...
  • 7/7/2014 10:15:00 AM
    The summer patterns on Delavan Lake are in full swing.  The northern pike and largemouth bass are on the deep weedlines.  The walleyes have slowed quite a bit.  The one drawback for summer on Delavan Lake is the boat traffic.  Your best bet is early in the morning or in the evenings otherwise, it’s just too busy to fish. ...
  • 7/7/2014 10:15:00 AM
    With the warm weather, the lake has been in a transition period.  There are still some fish to be caught shallow, however they are starting to push out to the deeper weedlines and become more scattered.  There is a bit more searching involved than fishing one small spot as we can when they are shallow. The best location for largemouth ba...
  • 7/7/2014 10:05:00 AM
    Water temps rising as warm winds pushing surface readings to the low 70's. High winds making boat positioning difficult,hard on the precision needed for walleyes or to anchor for panfish.Largemoutrh Bass: Very Good. Winds keeping action sub-surface. Jig / pig - creature baits along deep weed edges. Wacky worms(this is where the heavier Senko worms ...
  • 7/7/2014 10:00:00 AM
    ~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service (http://www.upnorthguideservice.net/) and fishing guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232 (http://www.riverrockinn.net), report the following: Fishing has been good this past week despite the very high winds. The smallmouth bass in Chequamego...
  • 6/27/2014 11:15:00 PM
    Wow... Unbelievable fishing in Central Wisconsin for all species this past week.  With warmer water temperatures (now in the 70's) the fish are going on a feeding frenzy!  The musky bite is as good as it can get, with not only numbers of fish (which you don't often hear while talking about musky fishing ) but some real giants up ...
  • 6/27/2014 10:55:00 PM
    Joe Tetting of Minocqua caught this nice 23” walleye on May 21 while fishing the Boulder Junction area using a jig + minnow.   Mike Romano Jr of Chicago caught this 24” walleye using a jig and minnow on May 28 while fishing the Boulder Junction area.   Mike Romano SR of Chicago caught some nice walleyes&nb...
  • 6/27/2014 10:50:00 PM
    Brandon Mueller from Appleton, Wi caught this beautiful 29 inch walleye on June 23 using a jig and minnow while fishing the Boulder Junction area.   Keith Fuller from Chicago, ILL holding a couple of nice walleyes – the biggest one being a nice 24 incher caught on a jig-and minnow while fishing on June 19 in the Boulde...
  • 6/27/2014 7:25:00 PM
    Hi Folks – Well, it’s been a little bit since my last report. The fishing has been so good it’s been hard finding time to get off the water.  When it comes to walleyes, the weed bite is going strong. Fish are relating to any new green weed and depth hasn’t been a factor. My customers have been boating quite a fe...
  • 6/27/2014 7:15:00 PM
    East wind and lots of it along with cooler than usual temperatures postponed several events that have usually transpired by now. On the larger lakes, largemouth bass, bluegills and pumpkinseeds have not started bedding yet. Plump females of all three of these species are being caught by anglers targeting walleyes and smallmouth bass along outside ...