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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 8/18/2017 8:30:00 AM
    River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, Located at 1200 W. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2), in Ashland where you can stop in and see their wide variety of live bait, fishing tackle, gear, accessories, fresh and smoked fish from Lake Superior, local meat sticks, and microbrews, and much more. Call them at 715/682-3232 for the most curr...
  • 8/7/2017 10:25:00 AM
    Well after a warm couple of weeks the recent rain and accompanying cold front has dropped water temperature 10 degrees and the fish have responded accordingly. Walleyes have moved deeper and are now holding in 10 to 16 feet of water around drop-offs associated with any rock or gravel.  The musky bite has been good with action on large bucktail...
  • 8/7/2017 10:10:00 AM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva remains very consistent.  Even with the cold front that came through this past week, the fishing was only minimally affected.  The summer patterns are in full swing.    The biggest fish are deep, greater than 20 ft. for most species. I’ve been catching some very nice largemouth bass in 21-22 ft...
  • 8/7/2017 10:10:00 AM
    This past week we had some very warm weather early and ended with the most severe cold front we’ve had all year.  Even with the 30 degree swing the fishing remained fairly consistent. Bluegills have again started to bite just off the weed line in 15-18 ft of water.  The best location has been by Assembly Park or by Browns Channel.&...
  • 8/2/2017 3:10:00 PM
    By John Luthens The drenched fields alongside Muskeg Road had surrendered to birch thickets and wildflowers. Its graveled lane ran red from an early-morning summer storm, ironed clay from the Lake Superior country in Bayfield County seeping into the overgrown thickness in trickles of storm-fought blood. A shaft of sunlight broke free as I pulled ...
  • 8/1/2017 10:40:00 AM
    July 31, 2017 Steve Suman This week’s forecast generally appears very good, with cooler highs and only a few chances for rain/t-storms. If you have not yet pursued summer fun, better get busy – we are now, already, in August! “With the inconsistent weather, fishing is best in early morning and late afternoon into night,” ...
  • 8/1/2017 10:15:00 AM
    As the lake warms up after the significant rains fishing has been improving back to normal patterns.  With stable weather the fishing has been improving every day.  Bluegill fishing has been rather spotty.  The best success has come east of Browns Channel in 15 ft of water.  As the water depth decreases, this bite shall continu...
  • 8/1/2017 10:15:00 AM
    Lake Geneva continues to have steady fishing in the normal summer patterns.  Bluegill fishing has been fantastic in 21-23 ft of water for the bigger fish.  The best location has been in between Knollwood and Elgin Club or by Gage Marine.  You want to fish a small split shot rigged trout worm underneath the boat for the best success....
  • 8/1/2017 10:10:00 AM
    Fishing in the central Wisconsin area remains very good on most area lakes and rivers.  Topping the list this past week has been the walleye fishing with good numbers of fish being caught.  A lot of the action is coming during low light periods and after dark. Casting rattling crankbaits in shallow water has been working best for us espec...
  • 7/31/2017 2:05:00 PM
    July 24, 2017 Steve Suman   This week’s forecast shows a blip or two of rain Tuesday and Wednesday, but it then appears like clear sailing into and possibly through the weekend (always subject to change). Do not allow a little rain dampen your spirits or change your plans!   “Weather wise,” says Pat at Happy Hooker,...
  • 7/31/2017 2:05:00 PM
    What's become the norm for the summer of 2017 continues, weather changing almost daily with rain every 3 days or so followed by high Skies cool nights and warm days. Luckily the warmth has come often enough to bring water temperatures up some.    Crappie:  Good-Very Good –  Lakes better than flowages. Tall weeds of narro...
  • 7/31/2017 1:35:00 PM
    Overall Delavan remains a bit slow.  We are still dealing with high water from the excessive rains.  I’ve been able to find some large schools of largemouth but not everyone has been that lucky.  As the water recedes and the water clears, fishing should improve dramatically.  As a rule when we have a lot of heavy rains, th...
  • 7/31/2017 1:35:00 PM
    Lake Geneva has not been affected by the flood waters as much as other area lakes.  The bite is pretty consistent for this time of year.  The bass are deep, so are the northern pike and the walleyes are biting at night. The largemouth bass are in 15-18 ft of water.  The best bite has been by the 700 club, just east of Linn Pier or b...
  • 7/20/2017 9:15:00 AM
      It has been a fantastic week here in central Wisconsin.  Water temperatures are in the mid 70 degree range and the fishing has been phenomenal.  Walleye action has topped the list with not only numbers of nice fish but some real dandies taken too. The crappie bite has been running a close second with bass, bluegills, pike and musk...
  • 7/20/2017 9:15:00 AM
    Spring is over. It is now summer. The weather is turning hot and humid. We have been looking forward to this ever since winter started some six months ago.Especially for us who live in the far north, summers are short so we need to make the most of them. Get out the grill and turn on Brewers baseball. Bratwurst and baseball. What could be more summ...
  • 7/19/2017 5:10:00 PM
    July 10, 2017 Steve Suman  Current forecasts indicate a mild, mostly dry week, aside from possible severe storms Tuesday night into Wednesday. Summer season is short in the North Woods – do not let “possible” weather affect your outdoor recreation pursuits! Get out and enjoy as much as you can of all the area offe...
  • 7/19/2017 5:05:00 PM
    The Lake Michigan and Green Bay Outdoor Fishing Report has been updated with current fishing information. Please visit - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html to view the latest reports.
  • 7/19/2017 5:00:00 PM
    The mid summer patterns are in full swing.  The bite on Lake Geneva has been very good.  The best bites on the lake are Lake Trout and Largemouth bass.  After the 4th of July weekend, the boat traffic has dropped off a bit. As consistent with summer patterns on Lake Geneva, the largemouth bass have slid to the outside edge of the we...
  • 7/19/2017 5:00:00 PM
    Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: Small Mouth are now done spawning and getting into their “Summer warm weather mode”.  As we see the temps getting warmer, we will see more fish on top water. Fishing for Smallies could be a little tough now because of the hatches of natural bait. Trolling for Walleye's in Chequamegon Bay at ...
  • 7/19/2017 5:00:00 PM
    As most people already know, Delavan Lake received a tremendous amount of rain over the past week and all public access to the lake has been closed.  This really limited the fishing for all but shore anglers or those lucky enough to live on the lake.  The water level  is the highest I have seen in 25 years.  This amount of rain ...
  • 7/19/2017 5:00:00 PM
    Lake Geneva is in its standard mid-summer patterns.  All the rain last week slowed the fishing slightly, however the water clarity on the lake remains very good. Largemouth bass are in the deep weedline.  The best depth is 15-18 ft of water.  This is slightly shallower than normal.  The best approach has been drop shotting 4 in...
  • 7/19/2017 4:55:00 PM
    Hopefully this is the start to a real summer for our anglers.  Some stable, summer-like weather will hopefully start putting fish more into their typical summer patterns. Crappie:  Good-Very Good – Anglers finding good numbers and very good sized Crappies (a 15”er topped the charts this weekend) using 2” ripple shad on ...
  • 7/19/2017 4:55:00 PM
    The summer patterns are in full swing on Delavan lake.  Over the course of the last week, the fishing has been consistently very good.   The best bites on the lake continue to be bluegills, largemouth bass and crappies. Largemouth bass have finally moved out of the shallow weeds and are now positioned on the deep weed lines in 15-19...
  • 7/10/2017 1:40:00 PM
    It has been a banner week in Wisconsin for big muskies with several over the 50 inch mark!  The rains have succeeded and the water conditions have leveled out. Water temperatures have finally reached the mid-70 degree mark and the fish are liking it a lot. We had several encounters with big Muskie this past week including Scott Lewandowsky ...
  • 7/8/2017 11:45:00 AM
    By John Luthens:  I was first led astray to No Man’s Pond in that in-between season when the promise of magic water floats around the edges of a fly fisherman’s vision like a hidden diamond, but there are still enough slushy patches beneath the pines to dampen the spirits.  Peering from the morning window of my suburban home...