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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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  • 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 ...
  • 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...