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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 6/27/2014 7:10:00 PM
    Steve Suman The week ahead looks to include mild highs and cooler nights, with a warming trend developing late in the week. As always, the forecast includes rain and thunderstorms chances, but with most showing low percentages. There are many events scheduled this summer – check the Upcoming Events calendar (below) for a brief lis...
  • 6/23/2014 12:05:00 PM
    It's getting warm out and live bait is becoming tricky to keep alive right now, One reason is that todays live bait comes from longer distances then it did in the past, When I first started working at Ross's Sport Shop I ran minnow trap lines daily, those minnows were coming from stream to the stores tanks to sell fresh to customers. Now DNR regula...
  • 6/23/2014 11:55:00 AM
    The fish are starting to be in their summer patterns.  We are in the window where the largemouth bass are located on the major weed flats in Trinkes Bay and Williams Bay.  You can get large numbers of quality fish in a short period of time. Smallmouth bass have been in a transition period.  They are done spawning and are now chasing...
  • 6/23/2014 11:55:00 AM
    The water has been warming.  Like Lake Geneva, Delavan fish are in the early summer patterns about a week or two later than normal.  Boat traffic is intense, so get to the lake early for the best fishing and plan to be off the water by late morning. I had my first northern pike fishing trip of the season.  The fish are not in great ...
  • 6/20/2014 11:20:00 AM
    Jim Bianco form Delaware with a nice musky John Niko form Chicago with a nice smallmouth bass Tom Howatt with some nice crappies Tom Howatt with a nice catch of walleyes and crappies Jim Bianco from Delaware with a nice musky It has been another great week of fishing on the Central Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers. In addition ...
  • 6/20/2014 10:40:00 AM
    There has been a bit of a mayfly hatch going on witch is screwing up fishing a little. The bigger Gills and Walleye have been a little tight lipped but with a little work they can be caught. Smallmouth Bass are on the beds and hitting hard on most area lakes. We have been getting most of our smallies on larger lures while Musky fishing but I have ...
  • 6/20/2014 10:35:00 AM
    By John Luthens The afternoon trees sank with humidity and the path to the golden cove was thick.  Tall grasses fought for the sun’s rays with growing strands of nettle.  The stinging vines were just tall enough to bite unseen at the ankles.  I could smell lilacs blooming but I couldn’t see the flowering bushes in the ju...
  • 6/20/2014 10:35:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The rain has muddied some waters, especially the big three trout streams (Pine River, Willow Creek, and Mill Creek).  Small streams are the best and fish at the headwaters.  Best way to fish these small streams is to bring the waders and fish upstream with a gold panther martin size 3.  The Wisconsin River is ...
  • 6/20/2014 10:15:00 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 has been very good overall this past week with quite a bit of walleye activity along the Ashland shoreline. People are catching them in the earl...
  • 6/20/2014 10:10:00 AM
    The fishing right now continues to be very good overall. Water temps are in the 70's depending on the lake, but the fish are active and it is a great time to be out catching fish.  Finding the walleyes right now seems to be more of a spot on spot situation. They are sitting on certain areas, but when you find them, you should be able to catch...
  • 6/20/2014 10:05:00 AM
    Minocqua Area Fishing Report: At least all the wind has kept the mosquitos at bay. Wind has been the biggest hindrance to fishing for most species. Where possible and with proper boat control some of the best walleye fishing of the season came last week, but the wind made it work! Walleye: Excellent to Good. Action slowed some after the full moon....
  • 6/20/2014 10:00:00 AM
    Happy Fathers Day!  Fishing on Delavan continues to be very good. The fly hatch of last week has disappeared and the fishing has been improving every day.  The largemouth bass and bluegills are post spawn and are migrating out to the weedlines.  This week, largemouth bass have been in two different locations one is the deep weedline...
  • 6/20/2014 10:00:00 AM
    Happy Fathers Day to all you fishing dads out there.  Lake Geneva fishing remains really good.  The summer boat traffic has started however, so plan to be off the lake by about 10:30 a.m. to avoid the waves and chaos, especially on weekends.  I had a 8 hour guide trip planned for Saturday and the boat traffic drove us in after about ...
  • 6/13/2014 11:55:00 AM
    Despite cooler temps this week, we seem to be in an early summer mode. Water temps have settled into the mid 60's range. Enough warmth seems to be working its way down to help push some bug hatches as a couple species of dragon flies, some types of midge and what looks like march brown mayflies have hatched. The thing to keep an eye out for is the ...
  • 6/12/2014 11:30:00 AM
    By Mike Yurk The sky seemed to touch the water of Chequamegon Bay while a steady light rain dimpled the surface. Doug Hurd of Eagan, Minn., and I were drifting along a swampy shoreline flipping jerk baits into the shallow water. Doug’s boat was sitting in about four feet of water but we were casting to less than a foot. We caught our ...
  • 6/12/2014 11:30:00 AM
    Outstanding fishing right now in central Wisconsin for all species.  The muskies are very active and we are seeing some very nice fish coming from shallow weedy areas.  Walleyes continue to be a pleasant catch and along with numbers, we are seeing some nice sized fish as well.  The crappies and bluegill bite is about as goo...
  • 6/12/2014 10:50:00 AM
    Steve Suman This week’s temperatures looks to be more seasonal, with highs in the upper 70s and nighttime lows in the 40s and 50s ... and of course, the ever-present (but mostly low!) chances for rain and thunderstorms. “Inconsistent weather is always tough on fishing success,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and we had so...
  • 6/12/2014 10:45:00 AM
    Lake Geneva fishing has been really good overall.  It’s a great time to take young kids fishing as the rock bass bite is almost constant.  Both the largemouth and smallmouth bass are active as well.  With the cooler than normal water temperatures, the pleasure boat traffic is still relatively light as well. Walleye fishing rem...
  • 6/12/2014 10:45:00 AM
    This past week started fast and was excellent but by the end of the week, we had another lake fly hatch that slowed the bite immensely.  That should dissipate by the early part of next week and then it will be back to good fishing. Walleye fishing has started to pick up.  Night anglers and even day time fishermen have been catching multi...
  • 6/6/2014 11:25:00 AM
    Amy Rasmussen with a nice largemouth bass Hooksetters Guide Adam Rasmussen with a nice largemouth bass Hooksetters Guide Adam Rasmussen with a nice smallmouth bass ander Mountain Firearms manager Eric Marone with his 49 inch musky while fishing with Hooksetters Gander Mountain Firearms manager with a nice smallmouth bass while...
  • 6/6/2014 11:00:00 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 for 2013-2014 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. Be sure to always use caution on froz...
  • 6/4/2014 10:00:00 AM
    Ted Poulos has a travel trailer in Triangle Farms in Fremont, Wisconsin and went fishing on the Wolf River on Memorial Day weekend. The result was this 27 ¾ inch Walleye caught using a jig with a worm.  Send your photos to On Wisconsin Outdoors at submissions@onwisconsinoutdoors.com or ellis@onwisconsinoutdoors.com.
  • 6/4/2014 9:55:00 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 ...
  • 6/4/2014 9:45:00 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: The ice is finally starting to leave the south channel and the Apostle Islands. Memorial Day weekend brough...
  • 6/4/2014 9:25:00 AM
    Spring was short!Jumped right from late ice out to summer time temps in a matter of 2 1/2 weeks. Lake surface temps shot through the 60's on smaller lakes and flowages right into the mid 70's. Larger lakes recording temps of 64-69 deg. Recent rains bring temps down some,but warm temps of the past week have accelerated spawning of Crappies, Mus...