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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 7/15/2013 1:25:00 PM
    By, Dave Hraychuck Summer is in full swing. The panfish bite has been really hot.  Small jigs such as Shrimpos, Flu Flus, and Cubby Jigs have been producing lots of nice bluegills and crappies in 8 to 12 feet of water.  In deeper water lakes, the graphs have been lighting up in 20 to 30’ of water.  Bottom bouncers with small f...
  • 7/15/2013 11:35:00 AM
    We are still doing very well on Panfish and Walleye in the Phillips Area. July is usually a time of year when the warm temps seem to slow the fishing down but this year things are really starting to heat up. Gills, Crappie, Perch, Walleye and Smallies are all being taken in the same areas. The magic water depth seems to be anywhere from 8 to 15 ...
  • 7/15/2013 11:10:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com Reports: Roger at Anglers All Reports: 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, Oak Point and Brush Point areas. Trolling for Trout and Salmon has been excellent in the s...
  • 7/15/2013 9:45:00 AM
    For this time of year, the fishing remains very consistent.  There are large numbers of fish to be caught.  The bass have not moved deep yet so they are still accessible on the mid range weedlines. Northern Pike have moved out of the shallows and are now on the thermocline in 30-32 ft of water.  They can be readily caught on lindy r...
  • 7/15/2013 9:40:00 AM
    The fish are in their mid summer patterns.  The water temperatures have increased so most of the fish are in the deeper water and aggressively hitting.  With the excessive rains we had a couple of weeks ago, there is a severe algae bloom on the lake. Walleye fishing can be good given enough time.  The fish can be caught on leeches f...
  • 7/15/2013 9:30:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The streams and lakes are back to normal levels.  I was out trout fishing and tried using night crawlers on the streams where you can keep trout.  I didn’t catch any trout but some nice white suckers.  I changed over to Panther Martin spinners and the action was excellent.  Right now it is good to fl...
  • 7/11/2013 10:15:00 AM
    Don't Miss The Boat..... Shore Fishing Not every quality fishing opportunity needs to be from a boat. Factors like weather and amount of time can make all the trouble of loading and unloading a boat just not worth it. At these times I take my kids and friends shore fishing. There are many small pot hole lakes that dot Wisconsin, add in the rivers...
  • 7/10/2013 12:35:00 PM
    Great bite from walleyes this past week by anglers long-lining crankbaits in 6 to 10 feet of water.  The action for crappies has been reliable and very consistent.  We have found most of the crappies suspended about 5 feet down over 10 to 16 feet of water. The bluegill bite has picked up the past few weeks and a lot of that is associate...
  • 7/10/2013 11:55:00 AM
    Summer patterns, while still behind due to late ice, clouds, cool weather and rain are starting to set up.  With most signs of bug hatches over, that missing food source should help to concentrate the bites to the food sources remaining.  That doesn’t mean angling gets easier, there is still a lot of food out there, just fewer choic...
  • 7/10/2013 11:25:00 AM
    Bernard Judge sr. with a nice crappie Bernard Judge jr. with a nice crappie Erin Couillard with a nice walleye Erin Couillard with her first musky Great fishing in the Central Wisconsin are the past few week. Walleyes have been very active and we are picking up quite a few trolling Shad Raps in 6 to 10 feet of wa...
  • 7/10/2013 10:40:00 AM
    The slow no-wake order has expired and the water clarity has been improving and the weedlines are starting to form nicely with the warmer weather and water. Northern Pike fishing has been improving.  Lindy rigging the weedlines in 17-18 ft of water has been the best method.  Most of the fish are being caught on large suckers.  The s...
  • 7/10/2013 10:35:00 AM
    I hope everyone had a great 4th of July.  We finally saw the rain move out and had some great weather.  The warm weather is increasing the water temperatures and they are hovering around 75 degrees.  The boat traffic was intense over the holiday weekend but with the holiday in the past, it should decrease making fishing more enjoyabl...
  • 7/10/2013 10:00:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The streams and lakes are back to normal levels.  Fishing is average now but the mosquito population is above average.  I would strongly advise wearing netting if fishing for trout at this time.  The backwaters along Lone Rock are above level with a strong growth of a variety of weeds.  You need to look fo...
  • 7/9/2013 5:20:00 PM
    Fishing continues to be good in the Phillips Area even through the 4th's heavy holiday boat traffic. The lakes were really rocking and rolling and so were the fish, at times it was hard to hold on your fishing spot but all the trouble is worth it. We were getting a nice "Mixed Bag" of fish including Perch, Crappie, Bluegills, Smallmouth Bass, and W...
  • 7/9/2013 5:05:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler We have had very heavy rains in the past couple of weeks.  The high water flooded the backwaters.  Right now it is easy to kayak or canoe.  You can travel a long way before you are stopped by a beaver dam.  The fishing is very slow and the weeds cover most of the open water.  The streams were over the...
  • 7/9/2013 4:55:00 PM
    The fishing around the area is excellent right now. Pick a species that you want to catch and they are biting. Lots of traffic over the water for the rest of the week might slow that down a little bit as pressure on the fish will increase, both from fisherman, boats and watercraft enjoying the lakes. The Walleyes are still very concentrated in shal...
  • 7/9/2013 4:30:00 PM
    This past week we had an exceptional amount of rainfall.  It didn’t bother the fish too much as the fishing continues to be very good.  With all the rain, the fish moved slightly shallower.   With the warm weather, the surface temperature of the lake is about 75 degrees. Largemouth bass are now post spawn the best depth i...
  • 7/9/2013 4:30:00 PM
    As of Saturday 6/29,  Delavan Lake remains under a slow/no wake order  in effect due to the excessive rain.  Walworth county received about 11 inches of rain in 2 days.  I was able to fish a bit this week dodging the rain drops.  The success was limited.  The water clarity is poor and there is a lot of floating debris ...
  • 7/9/2013 3:50:00 PM
    By Mike Yurk Sponsored by Warner’s Dock, New Richmond, Wisconsin Editor’s Note: Mikes Yurk’s column is sponsored by Warner’s Dock in New Richmond, Wisconsin. Warner’s Dock is the premier marine dealer in northwestern Wisconsin. They have a complete supply of new and used boats, motors, and trailers as well as other m...
  • 7/9/2013 3:20:00 PM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin. Reports: Carolyn at Anglers All Reports: The Big Lake continues to be good. Bass are in spawn and post-spawn mode and fishing has been great on flies. A lot of good fishing has been done at Sand Cut, Oak Point and Brush Point areas. Trolling for Trout an...
  • 7/9/2013 3:15:00 PM
    Good morning, here is the local fishing report from Kurt’s Island Sports.We knew it was coming! Wish it wasn’t! The big (hexagenia ) mayflies are hatching! This major hatch-coming to a Northwoods Lake near you- is a killer for the walleye bite on your favorite lake for 3-4 days after it happens. Usually finished by the 2nd-3rd week of J...
  • 7/9/2013 2:15:00 PM
    No Bug Hatches Yet – Getting Close By Jeff Winters Hi Folks – I have not seen any big mayfly hatches yet, but they are very close now. I have noticed a few on the surface of some lakes and I can see them coming up on the graph. We are at a day-by-day scenario when it comes to fishing WALLEYES. We are finding most of our wal...
  • 7/9/2013 1:40:00 PM
    There has been a long drawn out mayfly hatch but that doesn't seem to be hurting the Panfish or Walleye bite at all. Bluegills are still tight to shore, we are getting them on just about anything that we throw at them. They are pretty spooky and you almost have to hit the wood to get them. Walleye action it still going strong, size is a little on t...
  • 6/28/2013 10:40:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com. Reports: The Big Lake continues to be good. Bass are in spawn and post-spawn mode and fishing has been great on flies. A lot of good fishing has been done at Sand Cut, Oak Point and Brush Point areas. Trolling for Trout and Salmon has been excellent ...
  • 6/26/2013 12:30:00 PM
    By Steve Suman Warm temperatures continue, with highs in the 80s until a slight cooling occurs late in the week, and the forecast again includes too many ‘good’ chances for showers. “As we move more into summer, fishing patterns are beginning to change,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “With most species having completed ...