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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 3/3/2014 4:20:00 PM
    Steve Suman The extended forecast calls for (finally!) a significant break in our frigid weather pattern starting this Wednesday or Thursday. Truly, this winter will go down as a memorable one – but we cannot relegate it to memory until it says goodbye! “The 2013-14 game fish season closed this past weekend,” says Pat at Happy H...
  • 3/3/2014 4:15:00 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: Ice conditions have taken a turn for the worse following the recent heavy snowfall. Inland lakes are becoming very difficult to travel due to heavy slu...
  • 3/3/2014 3:55:00 PM
    Great action this past week as we come to the close of the 2013-2014 inland game fish season.  Good thing for us is that the waters we fish are basically never closed as they are almost all associated with or on the Wisconsin River. Walleye action has been very good for both numbers and size along with good catches of crappies, bluegi...
  • 2/26/2014 12:25:00 PM
    And we thought it couldn't get any worse.... Last weeks two days above freezing was followed by nearly a foot of new snow, making access on most lakes next to impossible.Trucks, snowmobiles, even Rangers & Quads with tracks are having trouble getting stuck.Conditions have been bad enough to keep most lakes angler free. A few with fishing not fa...
  • 2/26/2014 12:00:00 PM
    Steve Suman Participants in the 41st annual Birkebeiner this past weekend found no shortage of cold or snow for their event. A major winter storm late Thursday afternoon through Friday morning dropped more than 18 inches of snow in some areas, blown by 40 mph winds. It did not stop the Birkie, but it did not help the already poor conditi...
  • 2/20/2014 9:25:00 AM
    Outstanding action for GIANT PIKE in the Central Wisconsin area.  Big pike well over 30 inches and even some over 40 inches have been the norm the past few weeks.  These are big fish that want a big bait,  XL-shiners and good sized suckers have been the bait of choice fished off tip-ups set along shallow weed edges ...
  • 2/20/2014 8:55:00 AM
    Finally a break in the weather.  Not great, but, by this winters standard, a nice weekend to be out.  The east winds didn’t help much for the fish, nor did the high pressure system.  That has all given way to a new batch of snow on Monday that will only add to the travel problems. Pike:  Good.  Action, as well as par...
  • 2/20/2014 8:45:00 AM
    Steve Suman We have plenty of snow and more on the way, but the coming week’s forecast is for warmer and windy, though with a return to the cold temperatures next weekend. Disappointing for many, but it is only mid-February! The DNR is holding its second annual Fisheries Management Forum Wednesday, February 19, at Hayward High sch...
  • 2/14/2014 6:10:00 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: The trout and salmon fishing has been good this past week on Chequamegon Bay and Lake Superior as more anglers get further out in the Apostle Island...
  • 2/12/2014 9:00:00 PM
    Steve Suman Temperatures remain unseasonably COLD through the first part of this week, with lows pushing -25 degrees and highs in the single to low double-digits. Finally, a break arrives Wednesday, with a low above zero and a high reaching into the mid-20s! The second annual Sawyer County fish management forum is Wednesday, Februa...
  • 2/12/2014 8:45:00 PM
    If your venturing out on the lakes, make sure that you know where you are going if traveling with any wheeled vehicle. The heavy snow cover and pockets of slush have made it almost impossible for anything but foot and snowmobile travel. Hopefully warmer temps in the forecast will settle the snow down a little on the lakes and make travel a ...
  • 2/6/2014 9:05:00 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: The trout and salmon fishing has been good this past week on Chequamegon Bay and Lake Superior as more anglers get further out in the Apostle Islands. Anglers ...
  • 2/6/2014 9:00:00 PM
    Great walleye, northern pike and panfish action in the central Wisconsin area this past week.  The Central Wisconsin area has been putting out good numbers of panfish this past week with crappies and bluegills topping the list. Most action is coming from large flats in 8 to 12 feet of water working submerged structure. Finding the str...
  • 1/30/2014 9:35:00 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 trout and salmon fishing has been excellent this past week on Chequamegon Bay and Lake Superior as more anglers get further out in the Apostle Islands. Ang...
  • 1/29/2014 11:25:00 AM
    Steve Suman The forecast predicts more snow, cold, and wind, though with some slight improvement later in the week. Snowmobilers should take note: Riders report trail conditions across northwest Wisconsin are the best in years. “This will be a winter to remember,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “with wind chill advisor...
  • 1/29/2014 11:10:00 AM
    Lots of snow in Central Wisconsin is making for difficult travel on area lakes.  But for the anglers still willing and able to get out the bite has been good for big walleyes, nice crappies, some dandy catfish, and a few nice perch and pike. The best action has been early and late in the day on all species except the pike which have b...
  • 1/22/2014 12:30:00 PM
    Steve Suman The Hayward area enjoyed another short-lived break from the extreme cold Sunday as temperatures neared 30 degrees. However, this week’s forecast predicts single digit highs and lows dropping to double-digit subzero some nights. Pat at Happy Hooker says high and low pressure systems are making ice fishing a little confu...
  • 1/22/2014 12:20:00 PM
    A combination of moon phase and weather conditions made for some slow fishing again this week, Fish are still being caught but the bite is slow and light. Ice conditions are making it pretty tough to get around as well, with all the cold weather there is plenty of ice but there is also a lot of snow piled on it and the weight of the snow is...
  • 1/22/2014 12:10:00 PM
    The area lakes are covered in snow. Deep snow to say the least. If you are venturing out off the beaten path, make sure to have a buddy on speed dial with a tow strap. Even full sized trucks are getting stuck with the depth of snow covering ice on the lakes. It seems like the fish are in the mid winter lull right now. They are able to be caught bu...
  • 1/22/2014 11:55:00 AM
    With the more seasonal and consistent weather this past week, ice thickness has been holding in the 15” to 17” range on most lakes across the Northwoods.  However, there is about 8 to 12 inches of snow on top of the ice and this has made vehicle travel rather tough in undisturbed areas.  Most ice traffic is sticki...
  • 1/22/2014 11:50:00 AM
    The Butternut and Schnurs lake association held their annual fisheree this past Saturday. The weather was great and so was the turn out. The walleye action was good in the early morning and then late in the afternoon. Pike activity was good throughout the day. Walleyes were taken off the gravel bars in 6- 14 feet of water. The pike were locating of...
  • 1/20/2014 9:40:00 AM
    Winter Free Fishing Weekend is here!  No fishing license is needed to fish any where in Wisconsin on Jan. 18-19, 2014. That’s true for Wisconsin residents and visitors alike. No fishing equipment? No problem. Nearly 20 DNR sites have ice fishing gear you can borrow. Contact the staff person listed for a loaner ...
  • 1/20/2014 9:35:00 AM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com Reports: This report is about the Ashland side of the Bay. People are walking out from shore to ice fish and using snowmobiles. They are checking their way with a spud. If you are thinking of venturing out to Ice Fish in other areas you sho...
  • 1/20/2014 9:35:00 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. Be sur...
  • 1/15/2014 11:35:00 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. Be sur...