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5/8/2019
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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 9/5/2013 12:55:00 PM
    By Dave Duwe 9/2/13 through 9/9/13 With Labor Day in the past, the pressure on the lake is going to be reduced by about one half.  The warm weather is keeping the fish in their mid summer patterns. Largemouth bass are in small schools.  They can be located by Browns Channel, just west of Willow Point and by Del Mar subdivision.&nb...
  • 8/28/2013 4:30:00 PM
    By Phil Schweik With only a few short months left until Mother Nature turns our open water playground into an ice bowl, it's time to really turn the focus up on that big musky you’ve been hunting. With all the techniques available to anglers, one method that most anglers often overlook is jigging for muskies. Ron Hall with ta nice fall mu...
  • 8/28/2013 3:55:00 PM
    Northwest Wisconsin guide Dave Hraychuck knows how to catch fish elsewhere too.  Four Wisconsin anglers including Hraychuck, left, and Bill Lind brought home 20 walleyes and threw back a lot more in North Dakota this week.  Expect great action and scenery with Hraychuck on Wisconsin lakes and streams too. Connect with him at 715-553-057...
  • 8/28/2013 2:55:00 PM
    By Mike Yurk For the love of crankbaits When I was kid growing up in the 1960s, we called them plugs, and when I talk to older fishermen, they still call them plugs. Today we call them crankbaits. Regardless if you call them plugs or crankbaits, they remain some of the most effective baits for bass. I guess I have always had a love affair for pl...
  • 8/28/2013 2:15:00 PM
    By John Lindeman Take what you can get! This scenario rears its ugly head each and every year. Once or twice between mid-summer and early fall every fish in Wisconsin seems to virtually disappear. Just as predictable as this virtual mass exodus is our reaction to the annual event. We find ourselves motoring back to the dock with a dry live well ...
  • 8/28/2013 1:50:00 PM
    By Dave Duwe A day of fall fishing Though summer is over and most have their boats put away for the winter, October is one of the best months of the year for numbers and trophy-sized fish. A favorite walleye hot spot is the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage near Mercer, Wisconsin. I recently spent a day on the water with Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartig...
  • 8/28/2013 1:00:00 PM
    For fishing reports and to plan your visit, go to: http://www.washburncounty.org/news/what-to-do/171 Wisconsin Fishing season dates 2013-2014 Download the fishing season dates for 2013-2014 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. or up to date river levels for the Namekagon River, click here. 8/28/13 Reported by Long Lake Bai...
  • 8/28/2013 11:10:00 AM
    By Steve Suman It is starting to look like fall, feel like fall, and smell like fall, but the forecast for this week has full-bore summer temperatures written all over it! Get out there and take advantage of this already abbreviated season! “Overall,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “fishing’s ups and downs continue as we move i...
  • 8/27/2013 1:45:00 PM
    Heat and rains have brought water levels up both in temp and inches the past few days.  Surface temps are ranging in the mid to upper 70’s on many lakes due to the unseasonably warm weather.  With rains and storms blowing in since Sunday night, dumping almost another 5” of rain to the Lakeland area.  The warmer temps have...
  • 8/27/2013 1:30:00 PM
    Warm humid weather this past week feels like the dog days of summer. Despite warm temperatures, the fish are still biting, but fish are moving. The walleyes are really moving right now, not only in lake location, but depth of water as well. Some fish are located on soft bottom areas chasing schools of perch, and some of those fish are suspending a...
  • 8/27/2013 1:25:00 PM
    Temps in the high 80's welcomed fishermen to the 2013 Steve Schneider Memorial Musky Tournament Saturday August 24. But that did not stop 34 teams from spending the 10 hour day on the water to raise money for the Wounded Warrior in Action Foundation, A national organization with a camp just outside of Phillips WI that helps rehabilitate wounded com...
  • 8/26/2013 12:00:00 PM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva has been really inconsistent for the past few days.  The cooler temps have affected the deep water bite for bass.  There is hot weather predicted in the coming days so that bite should become better in the week to come.  As Labor Day is fast approaching, I expect some of the fish to start moving into their fall...
  • 8/26/2013 11:55:00 AM
    After the past few weeks of rather slow fishing, the overall bite on Delavan is starting to improve.  Most of the anglers are having success for most species, with the exception being Walleye which are still tough to find.  The boat traffic will remain heavy through Labor Day and then we typically see a drop off on week days. Largemouth ...
  • 8/23/2013 10:00:00 AM
    Bears in the bait......  With the 2013 bear season only a couple of weeks away hunters with kill tags are getting very anxious and rightly so.  The numbers are up and the activity on the baiting stations has been very good.  The best thing hunters can do right now is to keep regularly changing up the type of goodies that they are giv...
  • 8/22/2013 12:45:00 PM
    Mike Collins scores again on the Richland County backwaters. The streams and lakes are below normal levels. We need rain again to make fishing a little bit easier.  I was on the backwaters of the Wisconsin River last night and prime time fishing is an hour before sunset if you are looking for pan fish.  Bass and northern are hitting on...
  • 8/22/2013 10:50:00 AM
    By Steve Suman The mild temperatures enjoyed last week are giving way to extremely warm (hot!) temperatures to and through this weekend, with the forecast including a few solid chances for rain showers. “Fishing slowed somewhat last week with the weather changes,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but should improve with the warmer, mo...
  • 8/21/2013 9:50:00 AM
    Summer is back!!! Temps are rising and fishing action with it. Largemouth Bass:  Good.  Topwater action is back!  Frogs, Jitterbugs, ChugBugs best on warm evenings in shallows.  In morning and midday, Wacky worming senkos, Carolina rigging 7” plastic worms/lizarrds producing nice catches to 4#s. Musky:  Good –...
  • 8/19/2013 3:40:00 PM
    “OWO Readers, You may remember the column by northwest Wisconsin Guide Dave Hraychuck in the current issue (July-August page 4) posted on the ‘homepage’.  The fishing for big bluegill continues to be very good.  Dave sends us this photo on August 17. Connect with Dave at 715=553-0578 or hraychucks@centurytel.net.” ...
  • 8/19/2013 2:15:00 PM
    Crappie action has been the talk of the shop this week, they have been hanging around mid-lake mud flats with some fish coming off of cribs. Slip Bobbers, Jig and Minnow and Jig and Plastics have all been taking Crappie. The Perch and Bluegill are hanging around the cribs and any deep wood or other structures that you may find. We have been gettin...
  • 8/19/2013 12:35:00 PM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva remains outstanding. There are multiple species active. The number one bite on the lake is the smallmouth bass, followed by Lake Trout. There are only a few weeks of summer left so hurry and get out there before it’s too late. Smallmouth bass are in the 18-22 ft depth range. They are biting on nightcralwers, drop shot ...
  • 8/19/2013 12:20:00 PM
    Fishing on Delavan has been a bit tough lately. The boat traffic and fishing pressure both remain very high. You can still catch some large fish but the numbers have been reduced significantly. Largemouth bass have moved from the deep weedlines into the shallows in 6-8 ft of water. A lot of fish are also being caught around the boat docks. The bes...
  • 8/19/2013 12:05:00 PM
    By John Luthens The pine barren rows went on in endless succession.  Charred landscape rolled out above; ridge after ridge, looking like giant Christmas trees that had been dipped in a burn pile and pulled back out with needles torched to the wind. Pine barren view in Douglas County. Summer clouds billowed in the sky, hiding the sun for a...
  • 8/19/2013 10:25:00 AM
    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 fishing on the big lake has been great on sucker minnows. Trolling for Trout and Salmon has been good in the Shallows and Deep Water and all the wa...
  • 8/15/2013 4:30:00 PM
    8/15/13 Reported by Long Lake Bait and Tackle-visit www.washburncounty.org/tourism for Fishing information & current reports The crappie and bluegill fishing is excellent! The like anything you throw at them! Lots of really nice Bass- both small and large mouth. Speaking of bass fishing, the Wisconsin Bass Federation State Championships were h...
  • 8/15/2013 3:35:00 PM
    Recent cool temperatures for August have fish prematurely moving into fall like patterns. Water temperatures on the Wisconsin River in the Wausau area for the week of August 111th through August 18th ran from 58 to 62 degrees F. The walleye bite was very good this past week with nice catches of fish being caught by working deeper water along deep ...