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Kevin Wallenfang and his tournament winning, 46-inch musky just prior to release Fishing has been as hot as the weather for our circle of family and friends, and anglers participating in the 16th Annual Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic. The Classic was started in 2003 by fishing guide Patricia Strutz to memorialize Bob Ellis, a legendary northern Wisconsin row troller inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2008 for his im...
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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 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...