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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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  • 9/11/2013 8:45:00 AM
    Warm weather has persisted for the second week of September. Surface temps ranging from 72-78 degrees. In some instances it has put the bite off. For some species things have picked up. Largemouth Bass:  Very good.  Best on spinnerbaits, shallow running cranks over 6-8’weeds. Topwater still a hot option in 2-4’ at dusk. ...
  • 9/5/2013 4:50:00 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 Bass move into the Shallo...
  • 9/5/2013 3:25:00 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...
  • 9/5/2013 3:15:00 PM
    By Mike Yurkbassinmajor@yahoo.com The sumacs are turning red and tops of other trees are starting to show a bit of color. Although it may be pleasantly warm during the day there is a coolness to the evening that allows us to open the windows and sleep comfortably with a blanket. The football season has started and almost every school from grade s...
  • 9/5/2013 2:55:00 PM
    What an awesome Labor Day Weekend!!!! The temps were nice and rain stayed away from the Phillips Area for most of the weekend. The major rain earlier in the week dropped the water temps back into the lower 70, closer to where it should be for the first week of September. This week I had more Walleye trips, we didn't get a lot of keeper sized ...
  • 9/5/2013 2:15:00 PM
    September 3, 2013 Jordan MarshMarsh Outdoors  Rice Lake Fishing Report  Stable 70 and 80 degree temperatures in the forecast should keep fish in similar areas that they were found at over the holiday weekend.  The bass are still holding in the deeper weed edges in the lake. If you are around cribs they are holding tight to those ...
  • 9/5/2013 2:00:00 PM
    September 2, 2013 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman This week’s forecast promises mild weather, with warming temperatures and ‘chances’ for rain later in the week. It looks as if September is off to a great start! “Late summer conditions are here,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Early morning and...
  • 9/5/2013 1:15:00 PM
    By Dave Duwe 9/2/13 through 9/9/13 Fishing remains excellent on Lake Geneva.  With the passing of Labor Day, the boat traffic should be decreasing.  The smallmouth bass are still schooled up very tight and are available for most anglers if they go deep enough. Smallmouth bass remain on rocky points in 21-25 ft of water.  ...
  • 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 –...