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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 4/8/2014 10:55:00 AM
    Steve Suman What most people hope was the Hayward area’s final big snowstorm of the season last Friday dropped a foot or more of unwanted snow, but sunshine and mild temperatures dissolved a considerable amount of it over the weekend. The forecast for this week is more in tune with what we have wanted for some time. The prognosticators say ...
  • 4/3/2014 2:25:00 PM
    Action is heating up on the local river system with abundant walleyes being taken by area anglers. Most action is on jig and minnow combinations in the deeper pools, but some nice fish are moving up towards shallower water on sunny days and in the evening. Ice fishing is still going strong with good catches of crappies, bluegills and perch...
  • 4/3/2014 2:05:00 PM
    Finally some relief from the cold! By weeks end, we saw temps soaring from morning lows of 10 below early in the week to highs of mid 50's by Sunday. Unfortunately the warm temps did make things very messy by Sunday. The amount of snow still on the ice turned very slushy, limiting most traffic to foot or snowmobile. As the snow/slush continues to c...
  • 3/31/2014 10:35:00 PM
    Have you visited Kwik Trip Outdoors on Facebook yet?  Here’s a great way to do it; “Like” Kwik Trip Outdoors, and enter into their contest to win a $100 Kwik Trip gift card. Click here to enter! “We hope to have the Kwik Trip Outdoors Facebook page be a place where fans have the opportunity t...
  • 3/31/2014 10:00:00 AM
    Steve Suman Mother Nature continues to toy with us here in the North Woods. Temperatures are gradually moderating, but the forecast for this week includes some type of precipitation (you know what that includes) nearly every day. Guide Dave Dorazio at Outdoor Creations says panfish anglers are doing well on the Chippewa Flowage. “As has be...
  • 3/31/2014 9:55:00 AM
    This is one winter that is ready for the books, with the heavy snow and slush conditions on the lakes combined with the severe cold weather ice fishing and many other outdoor activities were put on hold for the last 3 months. But now it's time to enjoy the next couple of weeks of late ice fishing. As the weather warms and snow me...
  • 3/30/2014 4:55:00 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: Unseasonably cold temperatures and 8”-12" of fresh snow have put a damper on the ice fishing this past week. Old Man Winter will not le...
  • 3/30/2014 4:55:00 PM
    Open water has arrived and anglers are doing well on walleyes below area dams. Jig and minnow combinations are working in deeper water, and crankbaits are working in the shallower areas early and late in the day. Ice fishing continues to be good with outstanding catches of panfish.   All species are going strong with the best act...
  • 3/30/2014 4:40:00 PM
  • 3/26/2014 12:10:00 PM
    Dave’s Turf & Marine, a major sponsor helping to place “On Wisconsin Outdoors” in your hand at no cost for five years, is one place you’ll want to visit before the ice leaves the lakes and the grass begins to green. John Deere specials, including Deere season sales on 4-wheel steering tractors, are waiti...
  • 3/25/2014 4:40:00 PM
  • 3/25/2014 4:20:00 PM
    With dawn temps running 6 to 10 degrees below 0 and nothing above freezing for a few days here in late March, doesn't look good for ice out by the may opener at this rate. Ice thickness averages 32 to 36"+ that's a lot of ice to lose in 30 some days. We should have a nice long, late ice panfish season though! Yellow Perch: Good- The most action be...
  • 3/25/2014 4:20:00 PM
    Steve Suman The North Woods continues to experience all the wonders of winter, but the extended forecast indicates a real change – not just a one- or two-day respite – is arriving about April 3. Most of us are ready for it! “We had a lot of snow melt that left us with standing water,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Then ...
  • 3/21/2014 2:20:00 PM
    Anglers are starting to hit open water below area dams in search of walleyes. The guys that are out are doing ok on fish from 14 to 24 inches by using jig and minnow combinations. Ice fishing is as good as it can get!  Hooksetters guides have been on the water almost daily and with our clients we have been hammering the big bl...
  • 3/21/2014 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: The lake trout fishing in the Apostle Islands has been good recently, but the snow has reduced the number of anglers venturing out. Some very large lakers rang...
  • 3/20/2014 11:15:00 AM
    It doesn't seem as though mother nature will let off her cold grip any time soon; we just can't get a break. Even though its mid-March, with plenty of hard snow cover and slush underneath, panfish are still relating to deeper water. However, catches have been good. Crappie: Good- Very Good. Anglers have reported good success over the weekend ...
  • 3/20/2014 11:10:00 AM
    Steve Suman This week’s forecast calls for temperatures similar to or a bit cooler than last week, with a chance of snow nearly every day. During this same time last year, we enjoyed temperatures in the 50s and 60s! Pat at Happy Hooker says few anglers are fishing due to the snow and slush making it difficult, if not impossible, t...
  • 3/20/2014 11:05:00 AM
  • 3/14/2014 10:35:00 AM
    ~ 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: The lake trout fishing in the Apostle Islands has been good this past week. Some very large lakers ranging from 14-25 pounds have been caught, with a m...
  • 3/14/2014 10:00:00 AM
    Wow, what a change in temps! A break in the weather has a few more anglers out braving the slush. Crappies: Good. Some are having good luck using waxies, plastics, in 12-15' also crappie minnows or small rosies on a tipdown with warmer weather scoring some nice catches. Bluegills: Good-Improving. Some catches by anglers using small shad...
  • 3/10/2014 11:10:00 AM
    Following a mostly pleasant weekend and very warm Monday, temperatures drop to levels that are more seasonal. Considering this winter, many people will see ‘normal’ temperatures as a welcome warming trend! “Game fish season closed, so the focus turns to panfish,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “However, deep snow and ...
  • 3/9/2014 1:15:00 PM
    The original classic Wabler that started the Williams company almost 100 years ago will include 4 new colors for the 2014 season. The Williams Wabler in sizes W40, W50 & W60 will be offered in: BDAP Bad Apple Black/Chartreuse on silver Honeycomb, ORMK Orange Monkey on Gold Honeycomb, RUFFE a classic baitfish pattern in natural browns and black...
  • 3/7/2014 5:05:00 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: Chequamegon Bay is accumulating a lot of slush and water under the recent snow cover. The ice roads on the bay have been abandoned due to heavy snow driftin...
  • 3/7/2014 5:00:00 PM
    Panfish have been taking center stage now that the weather has warmed up and the bite has been fantastic on a lot of area lakes.  We are also having a great walleye bite as well as catching some monster pike while we are fishing on the backwater areas of the Wisconsin River.  Get ready the best part of ice fishing is here and as ...
  • 3/7/2014 4:20:00 PM
    With this mornings temp at 4 deg. above, marked the first morning in 8 days dawn cracked above 0 deg. Yesterdays (3/3) -26 deg. (lower up north & west) set a March record, whoopee! Travel has not improved. The game fish season closed without hardly a notice. Access being so bad, getting shacks off is a bigger concern than catching fish. Crapp...