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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 5/15/2014 10:50:00 AM
    The smelt are still running! People netted a good amount of smelt again last night in Ashland. However, not as many people were out at Bayview Park along U.S. Highway 2, also known as Pamida Beach. One smelter who went there said he was out until 3 a.m. and only got 18 smelt. The smelt ran from about 9 p.m. and quit before 2 in the morning, said A...
  • 5/15/2014 10:50:00 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. ...
  • 5/15/2014 10:50:00 AM
    Steve Suman This year’s transition from winter to spring is a slow one in the North Woods, delayed at every turn. This week continues the trend, with mild days, cool nights, and chances for rain and thunderstorms on tap nearly every day. Trees are budding, plants are blooming, birds are singing – the signs are there, even if the temper...
  • 5/12/2014 3:10:00 PM
    Great news, folks! The smelt are definitely running!! People netted a fair amount of smelt last night on the far-east side of town and at Bayview Park along U.S. Highway 2, also known as Pamida Beach. Experienced fishing guide and Anglers All proprietor Roger LaPenter said the run appears to be picking up and he expects it to continue. “It s...
  • 5/12/2014 3:05:00 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: This makes two years in a row that we have been ice-covered going into the month of May. Last year the ice went out of Chequamegon Bay on May 13, tyi...
  • 5/12/2014 2:50:00 PM
    Delavan Lake is warming nicely and the fishing is improving.  What a difference a week makes.  Largemouth bass fishing is on fire.  And other species are turning on as well. Largemouth bass are in pre-spawn mode and are aggressively hitting chrome/blue and chrome/black rattle traps.  Look for the fish by the Lake Lawn Golf cour...
  • 5/12/2014 2:50:00 PM
    With the warmer weather making an appearance this week, the fishing has improved immensely.  There are catches of 15-30 smallmouth in a 5 hour trip available.  The water is warming and the fish are becoming much more active. Smallmouth bass can be caught on either a small pink headed hair jig or a football head jig with a root beer color...
  • 5/11/2014 7:55:00 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 2013-2014 Download the fishing season dates for 2013-2014 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. ...
  • 5/6/2014 10:25:00 AM
    Steve Suman Ice covered most Hayward area lakes for the fishing opener this past weekend, but moderate temperatures made for pleasant fishing. The forecast for this week includes a mix of warm temperatures, sunshine, rain, and light wind that should quickly address any remaining ice issues. “Opening weekend conditions were about the same as...
  • 5/6/2014 10:00:00 AM
    Although there is some open water in various spots along Ashland’s shoreline, there is still too much ice out there on Chequamegon Bay for the smelt to start their spawning run. Ashland’s “smelt run” normally starts around the third or fourth week in April, shortly after ice-out on the bay, and lasts only 12-14 days. Northe...
  • 5/6/2014 9:55:00 AM
    Chilly temps and heavy winds greeted anglers for the Wisconsin Fishing Opener this past Saturday but despite the less then favorable conditions anglers were still reporting some catches of fish. Walleye are the most sought after fish for the fishing opener and they seemed to be scattered at different depths in the lakes, We had customers comi...
  • 5/6/2014 9:50:00 AM
    Delavan Lake Opening Day was May 3rd.  It was substantially less busy than the past few years.  The fishing is better than I recall from last year even though the water temperature is very cold.  Most of the action on the lake is coming off of a minnow bait.  Lakeside Bait and Tackle has a good selection. Northern Pike action i...
  • 5/6/2014 9:50:00 AM
    Lake Geneva remains very cold.  The lake appears to be 2-3 weeks behind normal for Opening Day.  The good news is that they finally put in the boat docks.  The best bite is largemouth bass.  The smallmouth bass are suspended outside their spawning flats by Elgin Club and the Military Academy.  For the next few weeks, the be...
  • 4/30/2014 3:20:00 PM
    MADISON – Wisconsin’s next fisheries director takes over May 5 and is already well-known at home and abroad for nurturing Winnebago System’s lake sturgeon into the world’s largest population that supports a unique winter spearing season.   Ron Bruch, a Wisconsin native with family ties to Butternut...
  • 4/30/2014 3:20:00 PM
    All 252 Wisconsin Kwik Trip stores statewide now carry On Wisconsin Outdoors.  To find a Kwik Trip nearest you, click here! This partnership makes the free issues of On Wisconsin Outdoorsavailable to the Wisconsin hunter and angler from Spooner and Hayward in the northwest, to Green Bay and Shawano in the northeast, to Lancas...
  • 4/30/2014 3:10:00 PM
    Things are looking a lot like this time last year... maybe even worse! At the time of this report (3:00pm. 4/28/14) average ice thickness on the surrounding lakes is 22-26". Some anglers still reporting drilling to the gear box (32-34") but these are on areas that received heavy winter traffic with crushed down snow and slush. 12-16" of hard black ...
  • 4/30/2014 3:00:00 PM
    It's somewhat hard to imagine, that after such a cold and hard winter that we will have a fishing opener this weekend. Lakes are starting to open up more by the day. We can thank the wind and rain, because without that we would be fishing hard water again this opener.  That won't be the case this year on many lakes though as open water is mor...
  • 4/30/2014 3:00:00 PM
    It's April 24th with an inch plus of new snow on the ground and more coming down. Air temps of 32-33 deg. at noon, not much melting going on. Some shorelines have pulled away thanks to Wednesdays sunshine and near 50 deg. Ice thickness seems to run from as little as 18" to as much as 30" plus. 22-24" seems to be the average with the bottom 14-16"...
  • 4/30/2014 3:00:00 PM
    Well it's almost here, just a few short days and the 2014 Game Fish season opens in Wisconsin. As with last year the ice hung on to the end and in some areas of Northern WI the lakes are still ice covered but there are many opportunities for open water fishing in the Phillips WI/Price County area. As of Monday 4/28 Long, Elk, Duroy, Soo, Mus...
  • 4/30/2014 2:55:00 PM
    Steve Suman Anglers looking forward to the May 3 fishing season opener might want to avoid the weather forecast from now through Friday, skipping straight ahead to Saturday’s more encouraging predictions. Rain will help remove some of the snow and ice, but expect some challenges – and have some “PLAN B” options at the ready...
  • 4/30/2014 2:50:00 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 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...
  • 4/30/2014 2:15:00 PM
    Opening day for game fish is the first Saturday in May which is next Saturday, May 3rd.  In the past week, we’ve only had one nice seasonal day so the water temperature remains very cold.  This will likely make opening day a bit on the slow side.  The warmest water temperature I have found is 49 degrees.  The two best spot...
  • 4/30/2014 2:15:00 PM
    Lake Geneva water temperature remains very cold.  There isn’t much fishing going on as the municipal piers have still not been put in the water.  I’m sure they will be put in by opening day of game fishing which is Saturday May 3rd.  The water is so cold, the walleyes that the “Walleyes for tomorrow” organizat...
  • 4/30/2014 2:10:00 PM
    By Dave Duwe   It’s like Christmas for most outdoor enthusiasts, the opening day of inland fishing season.  After a long winter it’s time to catch some game fish.  Opening day for game fish on most inland waters is the first Saturday in May. Walworth County in Southeastern Wisconsin is blessed with many great fishing w...
  • 4/30/2014 1:05:00 PM