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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 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...