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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 12/22/2013 12:50:00 PM
    More super cold held most anglers at bay last week. A break in the weather (temps over 0 degrees) brought anglers out on the ice Friday and Saturday before chilling down below 0 degrees Sunday & Monday (lows of -20degrees) kept all but the crazies off the ice. Ice thickening. Large lakes such as Trout, Fence have 8” (safe for A.T.V.) mos...
  • 12/22/2013 12:45:00 PM
    What a cold December!!!! The sub zero temps have made some great ice with most fishermen reporting 10 to 16 inches of ice on most area lakes. There is a little snow on the lakes that are hampering travel a little but all in all we have some of the best ice conditions that we have had in many years. Walleye fishing has been moderate, Angler...
  • 12/17/2013 2:15:00 PM
    Fishing Reports for Washburn CountyFor fishing reports and to plan your visit, go to:http://www.washburncounty.org/news/what-to-do/171Fishing & Outdoor Reports for Washburn CountyFishing season dates 2013-2014Download the fishing season dates for 2013-2014 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site.\For up to date ...
  • 12/17/2013 2:00:00 PM
    Awful cold for early December. Wind, snow/rain/sleet and below 0 temps have kept anglers off the ice. Despite a few areas where snow has piled up a bit and is insulating slush- most areas building good ice. Averages in the 8-10” range for the most part with some small protected lakes reporting a full 12”+. Walleye:  Very Good. For...
  • 12/11/2013 9:05:00 PM
    With recent cold temperatures ice conditions on area lakes is very good.  Most area lakes have 5 to 8 inches of good solid ice and guys are accessing their favorite locations by both foot and ATV/snowmobile travel. The walleye bite has been very good with some nice fish being caught under the presence of night fall and during low ligh...
  • 12/11/2013 7:55:00 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. They are checking their way with a spud. As of this writing there is 6inches of ice with very little snow cover. The Inland L...
  • 12/11/2013 7:25:00 PM
    Steve Suman North Wood’s weather remains cold and windy, with some nasty wind chills in the making. Forecasts indicate little reason to expect relief in the near future, and every slight (very slight) rise in temperature seems to bring falling snow. Read the temperature predictions closely – it can be difficult to differentiate between...
  • 12/9/2013 4:05:00 PM
    The snow and cold weather conditions kept some fishermen off the ice, but the fishermen that did venture out on the ice found some great Walleye, Pike, and Panfish action! Even with the heavy snow fall mid week the sub zero temps have pushed ice thickness from 7 to 10 inches in most areas and reports of ice thickness close to a foot have ...
  • 12/6/2013 5:30:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.comReports: This time of year is a waiting game for the ice to freeze over and be safe enough to ice fish. There have been a few anglers ice fishing on the Inland Lakes but the new snow cover has made travel on the ice tough and conditions slushy. &...
  • 12/5/2013 6:10:00 PM
    Fantastic start to the ice season!  Most lakes averaging 4-6”.  Fish active and biting.  Earliest fishable ice in the past few years.  Not everyone ready for it, but, those that are have been taking advantage of some great early ice fishing. Walleye:  Excellent.  Best reports at dusk and just after dark.  T...
  • 12/5/2013 6:05:00 PM
    The nine day gun deer hunt is finished. Cold temperatures froze over the area lakes and people are starting to venture onto the ice in search of fish. Make sure to use extreme caution right now. One area can have good ice, while other areas might be thinner. One positive note for this year, is we had real cold temps to make good ice before we got t...
  • 12/5/2013 5:50:00 PM
    With negative and single digit night time temps we have a solid 3 to 8 inches of ice on most Phillips area lakes with reports of limited ATV travel on some lakes, As with all ICE travel please take caution as ice thickness can change. Most of the early ice anglers are headed to the shallow areas of the lake for evening walleye or all day...
  • 11/27/2013 8:55:00 PM
    Steve Suman Opening weekend of deer season brought cold temperatures and stiff winds to the North Woods. The Packer-Viking game Sunday afternoon provided some hunters an ‘excuse’ to exit the woods early in the day, though tie games offer little satisfaction and many hunters might have wished they had endured the day in the tree stand. ...
  • 11/27/2013 8:55:00 PM
    [EDITOR'S ADVISORY: An opening day telebriefing featuring DNR wildlife, law enforcement and other staff on the opening day of the 2013 Wisconsin gun deer season is available in mp3 format on by searching for "http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/deer.html" on the DNR website.] MADISON – Temperatures dipping down to 5 degrees at sunrise an...
  • 11/27/2013 8:50:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com Reports: The winds have been too high and cold to encourage any anglers to try their hand at fishing the big lake. This time of year is a waiting game for the ice to freeze over and be safe enough to ice fish. The Inlands are usually the first waters...
  • 11/27/2013 8:35:00 PM
    Another open water fishing season is in the books for most area lakes. There still is some open water opportunity left on parts of the Flambeau and Elk rivers. Some real nice walleye are caught below the dams at this time of year for those of you that don't want to give up the open water rod and reel yet. A lot of ice fishing reports are comi...
  • 11/24/2013 9:25:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.comReports: Trolling for Trout and Salmon is still good, if you can get out on the Lake. The Streams closed on November 15th. If you aren’t a deer hunter and you are looking for something to do…come to the Chequamegon Bay and catch some...
  • 11/21/2013 11:05:00 AM
    Ron Hall from Chicago with a nice musky Olivia and Sam Rater with Sam's big musky - His first ever! Paul Lessila with a nice musky Luke Lessila with a nice fall walleye Sam Rater from Boston Massachusetts with his "first" musky.   With the 2013 gun deer season upon us and water temperatures at freezing the guides at...
  • 11/21/2013 10:50:00 AM
    With a lot of focus on the remaining early archery season and upcoming deer gun season, most sportsman have put fishing on the back burner.  Right now however can be the best time of the year to catch the largest musky of your life as well as catching plenty of walleyes and some big ones too.   The fishing in Central Wiscons...
  • 11/21/2013 10:45:00 AM
    It was looking like we would be on the ice for deer season for the first time in many years but warm temps and heavy rain cleared the local lakes of ice. We did have a couple of Ice Fishermen early last week as some of the bays on some local lakes were froze up for a few days and had about 3" of ice on them. The anglers head...
  • 11/21/2013 10:35:00 AM
    Steve Suman Following a mild, wet, and windy weekend, some weather changes are in store and it appears likely deer hunters will have some snow on the ground for this weekend’s gun deer season opener. “As we approach Thanksgiving,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “many anglers are now thinking about other outdoor activities,...
  • 11/21/2013 9:50:00 AM
    Our own little “forecaster” the pond behind our shop, froze last week, yet reopened with the warmer temps, wind and rain of the weekend.  Well, it’s on its way bay to locking up (about 40% covered as of 11/18). Surface temps on area lakes range from 35-40 degrees.  Some lakes as of Saturday were inaccessible due to ice ...
  • 11/14/2013 11:55:00 AM
    November Wind By John Luthens  Leaves fell like heavy rain from the oak tree in my yard.  They swirled and flew horizontal in the November wind.  They warned me off the water, but I was restless.  There would be a storm riding the wind in from the northwest.  It was hard to tell if it would be rain or snow.  Novembe...
  • 11/14/2013 11:50:00 AM
    Most of the fishermen have winterized their boats and put them away for the year but there are still a few die hard fishermen out there on the water. The fishermen that are still out there are mostly Walleye and Musky fishermen, The walleye are hitting very well, on deeper waters like the Phillips Chain look for them in 20 to 30 foot of water stac...
  • 11/14/2013 11:00:00 AM
    Steve Suman Our North Wood’s week starts clear and cold, with a welcome warming bump for the weekend. So say the forecasters... “This is the time for serious muskie hunters and walleye anglers,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Water temperatures are in the upper 30s to lower 40s on many lakes, and it is a great time to be ...