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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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 ...
  • 10/3/2013 7:40:00 AM
    The walleyes are biting. Plain and simple! Catching 35-45 walleyes is not out of the question. They are very grouped up right now so when you find a group of them, stay on them because you will catch several of them. I have been targeting deeper water in 25-30 feet. As the fall progresses the thermocline will drop, with that the fish can move ...
  • 10/3/2013 7:25:00 AM
    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 Namekag...
  • 9/27/2013 5:20:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com Reports: The fishing continues to be good on both the big blue Lake Superior and the Inland Lakes. Bass are biting in deeper water on Sucker Minnows during daytime hours. Early morning and late afternoon into the evening. Walleye Anglers ar...
  • 9/26/2013 1:10:00 PM
    The trees are starting to turn colors around the area, the water temperatures are dropping, and the fish are really starting to put on the feed bags for the fall.  The walleyes are really going strong right now. The fish have shifted from all being on soft bottom chasing perch, to sitting right on the hard to soft bottom transition, or just...
  • 9/26/2013 12:50:00 PM
    As we enter the last days of September and move into October the water temperatures in our area have dropped to the low 60's and in some areas the upper 50's.  The bite for walleyes has been very good and a lot of nice fish are being taken.  Most of the action is coming by guys working the deeper areas of the river with jig and mi...
  • 9/26/2013 12:35:00 PM
    Crappie action is still good, they are scattered over the deeper areas of the lakes, We have been drifting plastics or small jigs and minnows. Bluegill action has been good as well, we are finding the gills in 10 to 20 feet of water using small jigs and chunks of crawler or gulp. Walleye have been pretty tight lipped with the yo-yo like water temps...
  • 9/26/2013 9:25:00 AM
    Because Delavan Lake is a substantially shallower body of water than Lake Geneva, frontal patterns effect Delavan quite a bit more and cold fronts really make the fishing tough.  This past weeks 30 degree cold front shut the fish off and made the bite very tough.  With stable weather forecasted, we should see improvement throughout the ne...
  • 9/26/2013 9:25:00 AM
    This past week we had some up and down weather, from hot and humid to unseasonably cold by the weekend.  Fishing was also like a roller coaster, some days they bit well in every location and other days it was tough to get a bite anywhere.  Overall fishing is still transitioning from a summer bite to a fall pattern.  Some days, fat he...
  • 9/26/2013 9:20:00 AM
    After a late week hiccup, water temps are finally being forced down just a bit.  Water temps were dropping, but, Thursday’s high of 80 degrees rose surface temps back above the mid 60’s.  Sunday morning had low temps of 28 degrees.  Flowages and shallow lakes saw surface temps dip to 61-62 degrees, while larger lakes hove...
  • 9/18/2013 7:05:00 PM
    The big fall musky bite has begun and some real trophy class fish have already been taken.  Jerkbaits and double bladed bucktails, along with large rubber baits are going to be the main pattern from now-on until freeze up. Look for muskies to be suspending near deeper water along drop-offs and roaming deep weed edges in search of prey....
  • 9/18/2013 6:55:00 PM
    By Wayne Mogenthaler Wisconsin River action good now Trout fishing is improving every day as the weather is getting a bit cooler.  The grasses along the streams are starting to lay down. We had a nice rain over the weekend which helped the stream water levels. Fishing the backwaters is not very good at this time as goose hunters and duck h...
  • 9/18/2013 5:40:00 PM
    Friday I had the opportunity to take 12 year old Spencer out to try and catch him his first musky. The day started out cold and foggy, I gave Spencer a rod with a small surface bait on it, Spencer started casting it like a pro, as he was casting I set out a couple of suckers on quick strikes to give Spencer a better chance at landing...
  • 9/18/2013 4:45:00 PM
    Steve Suman On the heels of a cool, somewhat wet weekend, this week’s forecast indicates a weather roller coaster ride, with warm to cold, wet to dry, and all stops in between. “The transition from summer highs to fall temperatures is always an interesting period,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Water levels remain good ...
  • 9/18/2013 4:35:00 PM
    Finally some good early fall weather.  Night time temps dipped to the low 30’s ((high 20’s in some low areas) and water temps are starting to drop along with air temp.  Thursday’s forecast is for a high of 80 degrees, but after that we are back to the highs of 60’s. Crappies:  Very good.  Depending on ba...
  • 9/18/2013 4:30:00 PM
    September 17, 2013 Hi Folks Well, here we are in mid-September and have finally arrived in our early fall fishing patterns. Water temps are falling and seem to be hovering in the 64 to 67 degree mark. Things have also finally changed to a minnow bite when it comes to walleye. Fish have been holding in deep timber and rocks as primary spots, altho...
  • 9/18/2013 4:30:00 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...
  • 9/11/2013 4:50:00 PM
    One of the 41.5" fish that John Carlson caught to win the Long Lake night of league From the first week of June to the end of August the Flambeau Musky League met on a different area lake every Monday thru the summer. Each week an average of 14 boats fished for a small prize and bragging rights for the week and for the whol...