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  • 6/4/2014 9:10:00 AM
    This week, the North Woods should see cooler, more seasonal temperatures, along with a few rain showers. Mosquitoes and ticks are abundant this spring – remember to bring bug repellent! “Fishing season and is off to a good start,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “with anglers concentrating on shallow water. “Fish musk...
  • 6/4/2014 9:10:00 AM
    The Weed Bite has Started Hi Folks – The weed bite has started on the walleye front.  We have seen spectacular fishing this past week and I see no reason for things to slow down in the near future. Water temps have ranged from 68 to 77 degrees and it was a very quick warm-up. This had little to no effect on the walleye activity.  W...
  • 6/4/2014 8:55:00 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 2013-2014 Download the fishing season dates for 2013-2014 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. For up...
  • 6/4/2014 8:55:00 AM
    The surface temperature is up 10 degrees since last week.  Fishing has been improving daily, the largemouth and bluegills are in the shallows starting to spawn.  Over the course of the next couple of week, we will see the best fishing Delavan has to offer.  For the most comfortable fishing, try going out Tuesday through Thursday for ...
  • 5/30/2014 12:30:00 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. Be sure to always use caution on frozen lakes. C...
  • 5/30/2014 12:25:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/BreakingNews_Lookup.asp?id=3221 MADISON - A proposed rule allowing anglers to troll for fish on inland waters statewide was modified Wednesday by the Natural Resources Board. Beginning in 2015: Trolling would be legal with at least one line per angler on all inland waters in Wisconsin. In 55 counties in the ...
  • 5/28/2014 10:30:00 AM
    Read Dave Duwe’s weekly southeast Wisconsin’s fishing reports from Delavan Lake and Lake Geneva.  Just as good, enjoy the photos.  After working Lake Geneva this week, Dave Duwe shows a 15-1/2 inch crappie and 6 pound smallie, and Nate Duwe shows an eight pound lake trout.  Connect with Dave Duwe’s Guide Service at&...
  • 5/28/2014 10:20:00 AM
    Great weather and great fishing combined for a great Memorial Day Weekend! Pictured is Ross's Sport Shop Guide John Kleczewski with his daughter Josie and a nice walleye that she caught while John was scouting for an upcoming walleye trip. The Crappie and Bluegill have finally moved shallow on most of the area lakes, Crappie are being taken in ...
  • 5/28/2014 10:15:00 AM
    The 2014 Wisconsin northern zone musky season opens up this weekend and thousands of eager anglers are getting ready to take to the water with one thing on their mind, catching a big musky.  Seeing how we just came through one of the longest and coldest winters on record anglers are going to have to change things up a bit if they are g...
  • 5/28/2014 9:45:00 AM
    The water is warming nicely and therefore the fishing is improving.  The memorial weekend is showing an increase in boat traffic but the fishing pressure has not been that strong.  The smallmouth bass are starting to move in to spawn and now is the best time to catch the nice smallies. Smallmouth bass are scattered in 12-15 ft of water.&...
  • 5/28/2014 9:45:00 AM
    A weekend such as the last could almost make ya forget about the winter and opener of 2014.... almost! A truly gorgeous weekend of weather brought anglers out by the droves as they pursued their favorite species all over the Lakeland area. Crappies: Excellent! Anglers found crappies in both pre-spawn and the start of spawning modes. Flipping tiny...
  • 5/28/2014 9:40:00 AM
    Steve Suman Our North Wood’s weather transitioned from “no” spring to summer-like temperatures almost overnight, and Memorial Day weekend bordered on perfect. This week’s forecast offers a few chances for rain, but also very mild nighttime lows and highs in the upper 70s into the 80-degree range. Warmth and sunshine –...
  • 5/28/2014 9:40:00 AM
    With the Memorial Day weekend, fishing traffic has been intense.  The fishing has been improving daily, most of the lake fly hatch has subsided and the fish are again biting.  The water temperature is rising and the bluegills are moving into the shallows. Northern Pike have still been very active in the 6-10 ft depth range where there ar...
  • 5/23/2014 7:55:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and fishing guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following: Due to recent rains, Chequamegon Bay still has quite a bit of color to it. The post-spawn walleye bite is fast approaching as water temps creep into th...
  • 5/23/2014 6:10:00 PM
    MADISON - Daily walleye bag limits will increase May 23 on 447 lakes in northern Wisconsin in time for the long Memorial Day weekend. "Having increased bag limits on these lakes is good news for anglers heading north to enjoy the long weekend fishing, hoping to take fish home," said Department of Natural Resources Secretary, Cathy Stepp. "As...
  • 5/21/2014 10:15:00 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 2013-2014 Download the fishing season dates for 2013-2014 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. ...
  • 5/21/2014 10:10:00 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 2013-2014 Download the fishing season dates for 2013-2014 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. ...
  • 5/21/2014 10:10:00 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 2013-2014 Download the fishing season dates for 2013-2014 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. ...
  • 5/21/2014 10:05:00 AM
    The water is starting to warm up with the nicer weather we have been having. The forecast looks great, and this coming week of fishing should really heat up. When the water hits the 50 degree mark, it seems the fish really start to turn on. That includes both largemouth and smallmouth bass, as they prepare for the spawning season. The fish need to...
  • 5/21/2014 10:00:00 AM
    Walleye fishing has still been good for Ross's Sport Shop Guides, with the lowered daily bag limits on most of the area lakes it takes no time to limit out with nice walleyes. Our guides have been catching walleye in 4 to 15 feet of water depending on the lake we are fishing.  When we are fishing shallow we are looking for mud flats with wood,...
  • 5/21/2014 10:00:00 AM
    After a little taste of winter late last week (yes, snowflakes on May 15) and the drop in water temperature that comes with the cold, things look good from here on out with a nice gradual warm up for the next 7-10 days.  We will need the warmth and sun to get the weeds growing.  We are weeks behind on both plant growth above and below the...
  • 5/19/2014 11:05:00 AM
    There’s some Very Good Fishing Going on Out There Hi Folks --  There’s some very good fishing going on out there as we follow the spawn bite around from lake to lake.  Despite the foul weather and high winds this past week, fish continued to bite.  It got a little tougher Thursday and Friday, but we still managed...
  • 5/19/2014 10:25:00 AM
    Well, the smelt run is all over with for Ashland, everyone. Roger LaPenter, proprietor of Anglers All, said there was no action at all Saturday night. He believes the run has ended for the season on this side of Chequamegon Bay. Roger advises smelters to try their luck over in Washburn, up in Cornucopia, or farther along the Lake Superior sho...
  • 5/19/2014 10:15:00 AM
    This past week was cold and the lake didn’t warm up too much.  We also 5 inches of rain, which kept the fishing action low.  The forecast for this week is sunshine and decent temps so the water should continue to warm and increase the fishing opportunities.   Smallmouth bass can be caught on either a small pink headed hai...
  • 5/19/2014 10:10:00 AM
    Aside from rain and wind early this week, the forecast indicates we might finally break the cool weather barrier! The extended forecast shows no lows temperatures less than 40 degrees for the next two weeks and highs in the 60s and 70s. “Fishing conditions improved appreciably in the last 10 days,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, &ldquo...