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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 11/8/2013 4:35:00 PM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com Reports: Trolling for Trout and Salmon is still good. Stream fishing is still good with Trout and Salmon biting, but keep in mind that the streams are only open until November 15th. Anglers that haven’t put their boats away or Anglers t...
  • 11/7/2013 5:50:00 PM
    The 2013 open water season is winding down and there may only be a few weeks left to get out on area waters. Water Temps are hanging in the 38 to 44 degree range depending on what body of water your on. Fall fishing hasn't been a disappointment as most anglers are reporting good catches. The Walleye action has really picked up and some of ...
  • 11/7/2013 2:50:00 PM
    Fishing has been slow Water has been cooling down and the bass fishing has been slow.  We managed to find the fish in the backwaters on the east side of the lake in the afternoon.  The best bait was Lethal Weapons with blue brown plastic tube attached.  Northerns are biting on spinners but tough to locate.  Panfish are ...
  • 11/7/2013 2:45:00 PM
    Water temps are really dropping now. The fish are looking to follow the same pattern.  Walleyes are hitting the deeper water and will stay there, or head deeper until the ice covers the lakes. Not every walleye will be deep, but the majority of your fish will be. Best ways to catch these walleye are jig and minnow fishing vertically, or dragg...
  • 11/7/2013 2:45:00 PM
    With a lot of focus on deer hunting right now many anglers have taken to the woods instead of being on the water.  With that said the few anglers that are hitting the water are doing very well on both muskies and walleyes.  This is the best time of the year for that trophy of a lifetime and the die-hards that are out on the water...
  • 11/7/2013 2:35:00 PM
    Steve Suman The North Wood’s weekend was a wet and windy one, and the forecast for this week predicts rain and/or snow nearly every day (with way too many mentions of snow for early November!) “Most area lakes have turned over or are in process of turning,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and water temperatures a...
  • 11/7/2013 2:25:00 PM
    Water temps have dropped since last report, now ranging from 36-42 degrees.  The musky action has picked up from slow start.   Many muskies caught in the last few days and while artificial lures may be bringing them in, most of the catches have been on suckers.  .  Musky Suckers have not been an issue to get in our area as ...
  • 10/31/2013 12:50:00 PM
    The fall musky bite is right now and big fish are being caught by anglers running large suckers run under bobbers and by guys throwing large jerkbaits like Suicks and Mantas.  Most of the action is in 8 to 14 feet of water but a few fish have been caught suspended over very deep water up to 30 feet deep. Walleyes have been very active...
  • 10/31/2013 12:40:00 PM
    Fishing conditions were about as brutal as they get in Wisconsin last week with the combination of high winds, cold temps and rain/snow mix but the fish did bite. The water temps are ranging from 38 to 44 degrees in area lakes and the fish are moving into their traditional fall patterns. Walleye started to show themselves again, angle...
  • 10/31/2013 12:05:00 PM
    Another weekend of wind, cold, rain, sleet and snow.  Big fall bites have just not developed well.  Blame could be on conditions being rough for boat control, but, even then fish should be being caught.  Musky:  Fair.  Not much for reports over the weekend.  Pressure put on smaller lakes as large lakes extremely tough...
  • 10/31/2013 11:40:00 AM
    Steve Suman  The North Woods has an interesting week ahead, according to present prognostications, with milder temperatures and more chances for rain than snow.  Good news – you recoup an hour of sleep November 3 when (if!) you turn back your clocks at 2 a.m. for the end of Daylight Saving Time.  “Very cold conditions ...
  • 10/31/2013 11:30:00 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. ...
  • 10/24/2013 2:50:00 PM
    Wind, rain, cold and snow.  Water temps in the Lakeland area continue to fall.  Fast dropping temps have put turn-over behind us, concentration will be deeper now. Musky:  Fair-Good.  Varying reports.  Some areas slow, probably due to turn-over, others that had been off saw a spike in activity.  Suckers have been king...
  • 10/24/2013 2:10:00 PM
    Musky and Crappie are talk of the store right now and both bites are heating up with the falling water temps! Water temps are between 42 and 49 degrees on most area lakes and water levels are good in the rivers. There is a drawdown on Musser Flowage of 6' that makes fishing the lake nearly impossible. There is also an emergency drawdown on ...
  • 10/24/2013 2:00:00 PM
    Every September for about 30 days, the hook and llne season for sturgeon opens on numerous lakes here in Wisconsin. When that happens, the hardcore fisherman attempt “CPR” on these prehistoric fish. By the way, in this instance, “CPR” stands for Catch, Photorgraph, and Release!  One of the hardcore fishermen is...
  • 10/10/2013 10:55:00 AM
    For fishing reports and to plan your visit, go to: http://www.washburncounty.org/news/what-to-do/171 Long Lake Bait and Tackle: The water temps are varying along with the ups and downs of the air temp.  All species of fish are being caught at depths ranging from 8' to 25' mostly off the deep edge of weed beds and structure areas.  ...
  • 10/10/2013 10:35:00 AM
    Despite the warm water temps fall fishing continues to get better and better, The water temps are hanging around the 60 degree mark and that's not going to change as we roll into the middle of October with mid 70's forecasted for weeks end. Look for most species of fish to move a little shallower, We have been pulling panfish out ...
  • 10/10/2013 10:30:00 AM
    Steve Suman As happens nearly every year, as if on schedule, ‘inclement’ weather arrives during the first full weekend of October to coincide with the Stone Lake Cranberry Festival, Muskies, Inc. fall tournament, and Bayfield Apple Festival – and as happens every year, people shrug off the weather and have a good time! “Mu...
  • 10/10/2013 10:30:00 AM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com Reports: The Bite is really good right now for Salmon. People are still catching Trout and Salmon near the River Mouths. There are more fish in the Streams right now, due to the rains of last weekend. Salmon are in the Bay and in the Rivers...
  • 10/10/2013 10:25:00 AM
    Surface temps have yet to drop to levels usually seen at this time of year. Most lakes are seeing temps averaging 60-62 degrees- last year at this time the average was 49-50 degrees. This week’s air temp lows of the 40s will be working against highs in the low 70s. Pike:  Good.  Spinnerbaits over cabbage beds of 4-8’ producin...
  • 10/3/2013 6:10:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com Reports: Anglers are calling and asking if the Salmon Fishing is good! Well, the Bite is really good right now for Salmon. They are in the Bay and in the Rivers. The fishing continues to be good on Inland Lakes with Crappies and all Pan Fish biting. ...
  • 10/3/2013 8:45:00 AM
    The Musky Sucker bite is on!!! Ross's Sport Shop guides and customers have been reporting a great sucker bite for Musky that should just get better as the water temps drop. We have been using suckers from 11 to 14 inches right now. My rig of choice is the Fuzzy Clip and Go witch quickly attaches to the sucker but breaks away from it easily upo...
  • 10/3/2013 7:55:00 AM
    Steve Suman The forecast looks good for the first part of this week, though cooler weather and rain chances keep increasing toward the weekend ... and the annual Muskies, Inc. fall tournament. Of course. At least for now, the only moisture mention is ‘rain’.  “As we slip into fall, water temperatures are in the low to ...
  • 10/3/2013 7:55:00 AM
    Overall the fishing on Delavan has been very slow.  The best bite has been bluegills and crappies in the deep water.  I think the fish are in their fall transition period and have become harder to catch.  After the lake turns over, fishing will improve.  Turnover should happen within the next two to three weeks, depending on the...
  • 10/3/2013 7:55:00 AM
    With the unseasonable warm weather fishing remains steady overall.  Most of the fish are still in deeper water, over 20 ft.  The best bite remains bluegills and smallmouth bass. Smallmouth bass fishing has been great.  They can be caught on anything from medium suckers, fat head minnows and nightcrawlers.  The best approach is ...