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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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
  • 4/26/2014 1:15:00 PM
    Because of the harsh winter we’ve experienced here in the northland, the ice still has not broken up on Chequamegon Bay, so the smelt have not started spawning. The “smelt run” usually starts around the third or fourth week in April, shortly after ice-out on the bay, and lasts only 12-14 days. Visitors and locals alike love the ...
  • 4/26/2014 1:10:00 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: Fishing pressure on Chequamegon Bay has been very minimal this past week. The fishing will improve as melting snow and runoff rejuvenates oxygen levels, but it...
  • 4/24/2014 10:00:00 PM
    So predictable! We get dumped on with 12-16" of snow midweek only to see temps top out at the high 60's by Sunday. More days of no ice melt as the sun works to get back to the ice. Nice! Here we are twelve days till the opener and ice coverage on the lakes is near 100% with measured depths of 20" to as much as 33".(Hazelhurst to Manitow...
  • 4/22/2014 2:25:00 PM
    Steve Suman  Warmer daytime temperatures, milder nights, and rain forecast for this week will help remove remaining snow and ice from the North Woods – and “the sooner the better” gets a near-unanimous vote! Pat at Happy Hooker says last week’s winter storm dashed hopes for the start of spring, but everyone ...
  • 4/22/2014 2:15:00 PM
    Looks like most of the Chain Of Lakes should be ice free by the opener of fishing on May 3rd. Ice out is progressing fine right now with a major channel open from the mouth of the Elk river thru Duroy, Elk and into Long, Most of the Narrow spots in Long Lake opening or soon will be. Soo Lake also has a lot of open water right now. The oth...
  • 4/22/2014 2:10:00 PM
    After a long winter, Delavan Lake is finally opened up.  The water temperature remains very closed, it’s averaging between 44 and 48 degrees.  The warmest water is in the channels, where most of the active fish are.  Make sure that you realize that game fish season is still closed, opening day is the first Saturday in May. The...
  • 4/22/2014 2:10:00 PM
    Lake Geneva is ice free but very, very cold.  The opening of game fish season is the first Saturday in May but the panfish bite is available now.  The water temperatures are in the low 40’s.  For the panfish stick to the warmest water you can find, typically shallow bays like Abbey Harbor or Trinkes. Most of the fish that are ...
  • 4/22/2014 1:55:00 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: Fishing pressure on Chequamegon Bay has been very minimal this past week. The fishing will improve as melting snow and runoff rejuvenates oxygen levels, b...
  • 4/22/2014 1:55:00 PM
    Because of the harsh winter we’ve had here in the northland, the ice still has not broken up on Chequamegon Bay, so the smelt have not started spawning. In fact, the Ashland area received another 6-8 inches of snow on Wednesday. The “smelt run” usually starts around the third or fourth week in April, shortly after ice-out on...
  • 4/16/2014 1:40:00 PM
    I took a walk through the woods behind the house yesterday and found a nice shed antler from a year old buck.  It is not really what I was looking for, but it reminds me that with the snow diminishing, and ground visibility increasing, that this is a good time for locating shed antlers.  Finding shed antlers kind if gives you an i...
  • 4/16/2014 1:15:00 PM
    For landbound anglers successful outings are highly dependent upon timing, since location is mostly dictated by public access.  You are limited in your ability to change position, so you have to focus on when to be there. May is the right month in Wolf River Country to target white bass, and the lower section of the river offers the b...
  • 4/16/2014 12:55:00 PM
    It may not feel like it this week but signs of spring are all around us, Robins are in our back yards, Ducks and Geese are swimming around in any open water they can find and the cry of the common Loon fills the crisp morning air. The lakes are starting to open and we will be in our boats in no time at all. There are already some big a...
  • 4/16/2014 12:00:00 PM
    Steve Suman If the forecast for this week holds true, not only will we not see 50-degree temperatures again until the weekend, every day offers an “opportunity” for snowfall. Be patient and spring will arrive. It always has before ... eventually. Just in time for the fishing opener, anglers visitinghttp://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing...
  • 4/16/2014 11:55:00 AM
    Because of our harsh winter here in the northland, the ice has not yet broken up on Chequamegon Bay so the smelt have not started spawning. The “smelt run” usually starts around the third week in April shortly after ice-out on the bay and lasts only 12-14 days. Visitors and locals alike love the short but sweet smelt season on ...
  • 4/16/2014 11:50:00 AM
    Gary Engberg Outdoors The spring walleye fishing on the Wisconsin River from the Prairie du Sac Dam and downriver toward the Mississippi River has been slow, but it should pick up as the water warms. The frigid winter that Wisconsin had has open water fishing below the dams on the Wisconsin River at least two weeks behind schedule. I&rsq...
  • 4/16/2014 11:40:00 AM
    I was watching Paul as I moved the boat with the trolling motor into the current. Suddenly he jumped up from his seat. His spinning rod was bent in half with the rod tip plunging. I reeled in my line waiting to see what he had. The fish made a short run and Paul turned it and started getting it closer to the boat.   Finally we saw i...
  • 4/10/2014 3:10:00 PM
    Rob and Steve Tobin spent a few days at Rivers Edge Resort fishing the Wisconsin River at the Dells last weekend and caught 30 walleyes and sauger, all on jigs and minnows.  All fish were taken in 15 to 20 feet of water.  The big girl pictured was caught on Friday in a snow and wind storm. Twenty-five fish caught were in the f...
  • 4/10/2014 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: Fishing pressure on Chequamegon Bay has been very minimal this past week.  Late ice can be some of the best fishing of the season.  The fishing will ...