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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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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...