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  • 1/15/2014 11:30:00 AM
    By Jim Weix Hunting season is over and the endless gray cold days just keep dragging on. Looking for a change of scenery? Maybe it is time for a fishing trip and I’m not talking about standing on the ice. Instead of insulated boots, I’m thinking sunshine and flip flops. Forget your deer hunting outfit and wear shorts and a T-s...
  • 1/15/2014 11:15:00 AM
    It was a great weekend to be outdoors with the warm temps, but the fish didn't cooperate quite as well as the weather. Fishermen were still able to catch fish but like most times the high pressure system bite was a tough one. We did have some good reports of Northern Pike action, Look for the pike near the shallow weedy...
  • 1/15/2014 11:15:00 AM
    Steve Suman The North Woods finally received a reprieve from the frigid weather, with the Sunday afternoon temperature reaching into the mid-30s. The forecast predicts a return to the cold this week, though not as extreme, and good chances for snow nearly every day. Wisconsin’s second annual winter Free Fishing Weekend is January 18-19 and ...
  • 1/13/2014 10:25:00 AM
    The Minocqua area fishing report from Kurt’s Island Sports Finally! A break in the weather so we can get out and fish! With temps in the balmy mid 20s this weekend, anglers got back out on the ice. While not as many anglers participated as expected, those that got out were greeted with some good fishing. Perch:  Good- Very Good. ...
  • 1/13/2014 10:15:00 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 Reports: The fishing has been excellent on Chequamegon Bay and Lake Superior following the recent Snowfall and the Holidays. Snow accumulation on the ice is much greater in the Bay ...
  • 1/13/2014 10:15:00 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. ...
  • 1/8/2014 7:05:00 PM
    The brutally cold weather of the past week has really put a damper on both angling pressure and fish activity.  Sub-zero high temperatures and windy conditions have kept most anglers off of the ice, with a few of the coldest days seeing virtually no fishing activity on many lakes.  Some diehard panfish and walleye anglers did make...
  • 1/8/2014 6:55:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The weather has been nice and cold for making good ice.  The fish have been biting in most of the backwaters from Lone Rock to Boscobel.  Just make sure you have at least wax worms and red worms.  For some reason certain lakes one bait works better than others.  Small jigs of about any color seems ...
  • 1/8/2014 6:55:00 PM
    Great walleye fishing on area lakes with some big walleyes coming through the ice.  Most action has been on tip-ups baited with large golden shiners but we are catching a few fish by jigging with Northland Buckshot Spoons. The crappie bite has been fantastic with limit catches and fish up to and over 12 inches being the norm.  Mo...
  • 1/8/2014 6:50:00 PM
    Last week I took my youngest son out on the ice. Three-year old Don had a blast as I got him on a bite of smaller Crappie and Bluegills. It didn't matter to Don that most of the fish were small and he had just as much fun watching them swim back down the hole as he had reeling the fish in. Most of the Crappie on this day came on dead ...
  • 1/8/2014 6:45:00 PM
    The extreme cold conditions have brought mix results to our area anglers. When fishing this past week the afternoon into late evening provided the best walleye activity. Smaller size minnows saw the most activity. Jigging off of gravel bars in 8- 14ft of water. Pike activity was spotty with fish taken on larger shiners on tip-ups in 3-6 ft. of wate...
  • 1/8/2014 6:20:00 PM
    As can be imagined, not much for fishing participation this past week with either high winds through Saturday or brutal cold temps (down to -31 degrees including 2 days of school closings) through Tuesday.  A few people did get out and actually caught fish, but, if you didn’t have a permanent shanty with a good heater, you stayed home. ...
  • 1/8/2014 6:20:00 PM
    Steve Suman Yes, it is cold in the North Woods (-20 Monday night, but it is winter), however, trails and conditions are some of the best ever for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. The forecast for the week ahead shows temperatures becoming “less cold” through the week and – get this – highs in the 30s (ab...
  • 1/4/2014 6:40:00 PM
    Warden Blotter: Athletic raccoon drags clues; road hunters' illegal buck kill; AR-15 & the shining skunk; and, Learn to Hunt Dane, Jefferson and Rock counties Wardens Mike Dieckhoff and Bryan Harrenstein of Janesville received a citizen call of a raccoon in a trap that stumbled into a person’s back yard. Upon investigation, the trapper&...
  • 1/2/2014 6:05:00 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 Reports: The fishing has been excellent on Chequamegon Bay and Lake Superior following the recent Snowfall and the Holidays. Snow accumulation on the ice is much greater in the Bay d...
  • 1/2/2014 1:30:00 PM
    Great week till the bottom dropped out of the thermometer.  A 62 degree temperature swing from Saturday December 28 through Monday December 30.  Anglers were out in force on Saturday enjoying the above freezing temps and the holiday weekend.  While there have been some conflicting reports, most reports were of good fishing though out...
  • 1/2/2014 1:25:00 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 frozen lak...
  • 12/26/2013 4:05:00 PM
    Weather has been up and down here in the Northwoods a bit lately.  High pressure and low temps (-9 to -20 degrees last night) put fish and anglers not in a good mood to bite or fish.  Windows of opportunity spring up.  Monday’s higher temps, lower barometer and better fishing follows. Pike:  Good-Very good.  Big suck...
  • 12/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all... The snow is piling up on the lakes and travel conditions are becoming an issue when it comes to getting to local ice fishing hotspots, but angers are still proceeding onto the ice and with that, they are doing quite well. The walleye bite has continued to be very good at nighttime with some d...
  • 12/23/2013 1:50:00 PM
    With all the family Christmas get togethers, I didn't make it on the ice this week at all but Customers are reporting a slow walleye bite with the best bite being right at dark. Golden shiners are the preferred bait right now. Anglers are split about 50/50 on using treble hooks or a wide gap single hook. I like using a number 2 wide gap G...
  • 12/23/2013 1:45:00 PM
    The Hayward area enjoyed mild temperatures (20-degree range) and continuing snowfall over the weekend, with just enough to shovel and make for ‘iffy’ driving conditions. By the way – as of December 21, it is now officially winter. “One would think it was the end of January with the bitter cold the last several wee...
  • 12/22/2013 1:10:00 PM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com Reports: This report is strictly about the Ashland side of the Bay. People are walking out from shore to ice fish and using snowmobiles and atv’s. They are checking their way with a spud. As of this writing there is 12inches of ice with very litt...
  • 12/22/2013 1:00:00 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. For up to date river levels for the N...
  • 12/22/2013 12:55:00 PM
    Steve Suman Subzero low weekend temperatures in the North Woods have given way to a welcome warm-up accompanied (as is often the case) by more snowfall. This brings a smile to many people ... to others, not so much. Whether or not you love it, snow-covered pine trees make for picture-perfect Christmas scenery! This might bring a smile – ple...
  • 12/22/2013 12:55:00 PM
    Small villages are starting to form on the local lakes. Last year Long Lake (typically last to freeze) froze over around December 11th, and at that time this year there was 9-11" of ice depending on where you were.  Good fishing is being found around the area right now. Colder than normal temps are pushing people into ice houses but this...