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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 8/13/2013 3:30:00 PM
    By Steve Suman The forecast predicts a moderately warm week ahead, with highs in the upper 70s, lows in the 50s, and a few rain showers. If skies are clear Monday and Tuesday night, peak viewing of the Perseid meteor showers is 10:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. “The last couple weeks brought cooler temperatures,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, &ldqu...
  • 8/13/2013 2:40:00 PM
    Cool weather persists so lake temps continue to hover at the upper 60 degree mark with a nice warm afternoon cracking 70 degrees.  Little hope for more in the forecast.  Not a typical summer, some adjustment needed in your August fishing patterns. Largemouth Bass:  Fair-Good.  Not a typical “hot” summer bite.  ...
  • 8/13/2013 1:00:00 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 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 way...
  • 8/13/2013 12:25:00 PM
    Walleye and Panfish action remains great and they are still hanging in the same areas that they have been most of the summer. I am starting to do better with Minnows for the Walleye. Use Crawlers when you want action and go after a mixed bag of Bluegill, Perch and Walleye. If you really want action right now try casting Weedless Spoons or Spinne...
  • 8/13/2013 11:15:00 AM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva continues to be excellent.  I have not seen fishing this good in recent years.  I am consistently getting double digit catches of both smallmouth and largemouth bass.  The only species that is slower than normal for this time of year is the northern pike, and I’m not sure why. Smallmouth bass are activel...
  • 8/13/2013 11:05:00 AM
    Although my daily report numbers look great, fishing has been a bit tougher in the past week for most anglers.  The largemouth bass are in really tight schools and if you don’t get on a school of fish, you’ll have a long day. The bluegill fishing has moved from the weed line into the main lake basin, which makes them slightly harde...
  • 8/9/2013 3:45:00 PM
    Great panfish bite along with good numbers of walleyes and bass. The musky action has been steadily picking up with the cooler temperatures.  Phil Schweik with a nice smallmouth bass Michael Schultz with a very nice pike Tyler with a nice walleye Nathaniel House with a nice crappie Action has been good from...
  • 8/6/2013 1:50:00 PM
    Seems more like the end of August than the beginning. Lake temps ranging 68-70 degrees, not much for air temps above mid 70’s this week. Perch: Good. Some very nice perch to 12 ½” on ½ crawlers, crayfish tails. Mix of weed and wood best in 3-8’. Also over sandgrass in 14-18’ on the deep clear lakes. Bluegills...
  • 8/6/2013 11:10:00 AM
    Joe Lewandowski handled the netting duties on this walleye caught by Ron Klimcke during an active evening bite using jigs and minnows on the Chippewa Flowage this week.  Several other walleyes were caught, with leeches also the bait of choice on panfish, Klimcke reports.
  • 8/5/2013 4:05:00 PM
    The past week was a cooler week to fish in terms of weather. The lake temperatures dropped 7-9 degrees depending on the lake. Saturday and Sunday were misty/rainy with stiff winds. The fish still bit, but weren't really aggressive. Before the cold front, the walleyes were biting very well. Many were found in 14-22 feet of water. Crawlers and lee...
  • 8/5/2013 3:45:00 PM
    Fishing remains excellent on Lake Geneva.  The real cool weather of the recent weeks, has kept the morning boat traffic low, which makes fishing very enjoyable.  Everything is biting very well except the Northern Pike.  In recent weeks, there have been reports of musky being caught.  The biggest fish I heard about was 40 inches....
  • 8/5/2013 3:40:00 PM
    With the cooler weather the fishing has continued to be excellent and is even improving a bit.  The other benefit with the cooler weather, is that the early morning pleasure boaters aren’t out in full force so the boat is not too busy.  The fishing pressure remains very high though. Largemouth bass are still in their mid-summer pat...
  • 8/5/2013 3:30:00 PM
    The much welcomed stable weather last week turned good fishing into great fishing by the end of the week. Ross's Sport Shop Guides and Customers were reporting great action from Crappie, Walleye and Musky. The Walleye bite has been good at Daylight and Dark but don't rule out a mid-day bite. We are still finding the Walleye scattered from 6 to 1...
  • 8/2/2013 12:50:00 PM
    Overall fishing remains above average, even considering the incredible fall weather we had this past weekend in July!  The only fish not biting well, is the northern pike, everything else is quite active. Northern pike has been spotty.  There are a few fish being caught in the shallower water, 22-23 ft.  Most of the success is comin...
  • 8/2/2013 12:45:00 PM
    Fishing remains excellent on Delavan Lake.  The day after the initial cold front, the fish were inactive for only one day, but the numbers are increasing again.  The one good thing about the cooler weather is that the suckers live longer! Northern Pike fishing has been a bit slow.  The fish seem to be very particular about the size ...
  • 7/29/2013 10:10:00 AM
    Even with the major cold front moving thru early over the weekend fishing continued to be good for Walleye, Crappie and Panfish. They didn't bite as hard but they could be caught. Friday I had a cancelation because of the weather forecast so I woke my 6 year old up at 5 am and we hit the water. I gave him a limit of 12 fish witch he filled easily b...
  • 7/26/2013 10:00:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com Reports: Roger at Anglers All Reports: The fishing continues to be awesome on both the big blue Lake Superior and the Inland Lakes. The Big Lake continues to be good. Bass fishing has been great on flies. A lot of good fishing has been done at Sand Cut...
  • 7/25/2013 3:50:00 PM
    The action for all species has been very good this past week.  With the cooler temperatures that we have been receiving the water temperatures have gone down about 10 degrees and the fish have been very active. We have had great catches of panfish from crappies and bluegills by working deeper structure in both the river sections and the main ...
  • 7/23/2013 11:35:00 AM
    By Steve Suman The forecast for this week indicates a dandy week ahead, with warm (not HOT) highs, mild nights excellent for sleeping, a few rain showers, and a warming trend for the weekend. We are good to go! “Fishing is generally good in recent days,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “though anglers are limiting their time on the wa...
  • 7/23/2013 10:35:00 AM
    The walleye action is still fairly good with a peak bite in the morning and at dark. Leeches and Crawlers are still leading the pack in bait choices for local fishermen. Trolling or casting Flicker Shads have been getting some better sized fish. Bluegill action is still good on the deeper drops near wood. Small jigs,  slip bobbers, or just a ...
  • 7/23/2013 10:20:00 AM
    Fishing was excellent during our hot and humid week, by Sunday the temperatures cooled a bit but the fishing didn’t cool at all.  Both the bluegills and largemouth bass remain in their mid summer patterns. Bluegill fishing has been some of the finest in recent memory.  The best depth is 12-15 ft of water.  The fish can be easi...
  • 7/23/2013 10:20:00 AM
    Even with the oppressive heat and humidity, fishing remains very good.  The best bite on the lake is deep water smallmouth or walleye bite at night. Largemouth Bass are on the deep weedline.  The best weedlines are the ones with hard rock or hard sand scattered with the weeds.  The best location is by Trinkes or in Williams Bay.&nbs...
  • 7/22/2013 10:30:00 AM
    Paula Reed with a nice bass Jaden Reed with her first walleye Ken Zingler with a nice walleye Dave Johnson with a nice walleye Robert Hester with a nice bass The recent heat wave that has hit the Midwest has sent the water temps into the low to mid 80 degree range creating a feeding bonanza from bass ...
  • 7/19/2013 11:30:00 AM
    Summer Fishing Has Arrived Hi Folks – Well, we are most definitely in summer now.  Hot, humid temps the past couple of weeks have skyrocketed water temps into the 80 degree mark.  These temps have put fishing into full summer patterns.  MUSKY fishing has been pretty good as of late with a good early morning bite window.  ...
  • 7/16/2013 11:55:00 AM
    By Steve Suman Forecasters say the Hayward area is in for another warm week, and while hot and sunny is not the best for mid-day fishing, the weather is certainly inviting for various water sports! “The days of heat and humidity are now with us,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Daytime temperatures can reach more than 80 degrees with...