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5/8/2019
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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 6/24/2013 1:10:00 PM
    Overall fishing remains very good.  With the warmer weather the water temperature has been getting warmer as well.  The largemouth bass are becoming very active with the Jumbo bluegills. Largemouth bass have been actively feeding.  They can be caught in Williams Bay or in Trinkes.  They are biting on wacky rigged green pumpkin ...
  • 6/24/2013 1:05:00 PM
    The boat traffic has been extreme the past week.  The word is out that the fish are biting.  You need to go early to get a good spot.  The fishing has been very good.  The best success has been bluegills and crappies. Crappie fishing has been very good for the suspended fish in 12 ft of water about 8 ft down.  The best loc...
  • 6/24/2013 10:15:00 AM
    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...
  • 6/18/2013 4:30:00 PM
    June 18 started with 38 degrees, so what’s new? Guess we shouldn’t be surprised, but a cold front with high pressure in the middle of June has backed water temperatures down into the low 60’s again.  Temps yo-yo up with the sun in the afternoon, but overall are down for this time of year. Smallmouth Bass:  Excellent &nd...
  • 6/18/2013 11:35:00 AM
    By Steve Suman Constantly changing weather patterns make it difficult to know what to expect, but the ‘current’ forecast predicts a warm week with (too many) chances for rain. June is peak nesting time for turtles and they are on the move near rivers and wetlands. Watch for them crossing roads, and if safe to do so, move them to the s...
  • 6/17/2013 3:25:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The backwaters of the Wisconsin River near Gotham are producing good crappie action. They have been biting on pink and white jigs fished during early morning or evening hours. Cloudy days with a little wind are the best. The trout streams are producing nice fish. The smaller streams are clear now and the trout are surfacing t...
  • 6/17/2013 1:30:00 PM
    By, Dave Hraychuck Summer is finally here for more than 24 hours...the fish and fishermen are really happy about it! The crappies and bluegills are biting on all area lakes. Small jigs, ice spoons, and small beetle spins tipped with waxies, Gulp Bait, or minnows are producing great catches all over the area. Fishing with Guide Dave Hraychuck, M...
  • 6/17/2013 1:10:00 PM
    Walleye fishing is picking up, Leeches and Crawlers are the bait of choice right now. Walleye are slipping back to their summer haunts, that's wood in 10 to 18 feet of water in the Phillips Chain. Weedless jigs, Floating Lindy Rigs, or slip bobbers work well for walleye at this time of year. Crappie are moving off the shorelines and are now being ...
  • 6/17/2013 12:00:00 PM
    “OWO fishing expert Ron Klimcke reports another day of great fishing on the Chippewa Flowage. “The bite was light and we had to move to several spots to catch our limit,” Ron said Saturday. “A jig and minnow was all we used. We caught these fish in in 17 to 21 feet of water.”
  • 6/17/2013 11:50:00 AM
    Delavan Lake fishing is very good right now.  The lake is productive on multiple species.  As summer starts to heat up, the lake is getting very busy.  Prepare to get to the lake early if you want to get a parking spot as well as a vacant fishing spot.  Even though the fishing pressure is high, there are still plenty of good bit...
  • 6/17/2013 11:45:00 AM
    Fishing remains fantastic on Lake Geneva.  Most of the fish are located between 10 and 15 ft of water.  With the warming water temperature the bait of choice has switched from fat head minnows to nightcrawlers. Smallmouth bass remain on the spawning flats in 12-15 ft of water.  Look for the fish by Elgin Club, Knollwood and the Mili...
  • 6/14/2013 3:45:00 PM
    Great action for muskies this past week.  Most of the action came on twitch baits and bucktails that were worked along current breaks and weed lines in 6 to 12 feet of water. John Steckle with a 52 1/2 inch musky Rich from Delaware with a nice musky - His first ever! The walleye bite continues to be very good on area...
  • 6/14/2013 1:50:00 PM
    Fishing Guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, (715)-682-3232, http://www.riverrockinn.net Angler and Guide Nate at River Rock reports fishing has been super for all species of fish. Small Mouth Bass are getting up on the beds now with water temperatures warming up 7 or 8 degrees in the last week, approximately 60 - 61 in the shal...
  • 6/14/2013 12:45:00 PM
    Lots of Good Bites Hi Folks – That long extended cold front held up pretty good, but the bite slowed up towards the end. Water temps dropped to the mid-50’s and fish got very touchy.  MUSKY have been very good as the cold front hit.  Last Thursday the musky action went through the roof.  This continued through the weeken...
  • 6/11/2013 3:40:00 PM
    What looks to have been the last week of unsettled weather for a while...? Fishing success seemed to follow the same up and down, can't seem to get a finger on it pattern that plagued the weathermen. Had some excellent fishing, followed by good fishing, followed by -what just happened? Warmer weather, let's hope things move nicely into summer patt...
  • 6/11/2013 1:45:00 PM
    By Steve Suman This week looks to be one of the better ones for this spring, with high temperatures in the upper 70, a few chances for rain, and fog the only ‘white stuff’ in the forecast! “We are nearly a month into open water fishing season,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and it is quite a different season. Fishing su...
  • 6/11/2013 10:30:00 AM
    The rainy weather finally broke on Monday and the water temps climbed from the low 60's to the mid to upper 60's in a matter of hours. With the warmer water temps the Bluegill, Crappie, and Bass all moved back super shallow and tight to wood. Walleye are scattered from shallow to deep and starting to eat Crawlers and Leeches. I had clients out for...
  • 6/10/2013 10:45:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The backwaters of the Wisconsin River near Lone Rock are producing good crappie action. They have been biting on pink and white jigs fished during early morning or evening hours. Cloudy days with a little wind are the best. Bluegills are starting to pick up using wax worms  with small bobber fished in openings of lily pa...
  • 6/10/2013 9:50:00 AM
    The crappies right now are all the rage. They are in the shallows and biting. Find the cover the crappies like to spawn in and you will have fun catching right now. Throwing bobbers rigged with a small jig head and crappie minnow are sure to entice just about any spawner into biting. If you prefer the plastics, they are biting on those as well. F...
  • 6/7/2013 5:10:00 PM
    Ashland Chamber of Commerce Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin. Reports: The Big Lake has great fishing right now. Bass are biting and starting to make beds and the trolling has been bringing in Trout and Salmon for the Anglers on the outside of the Bay. Most fishing is being done at Sand...
  • 6/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
    Recent rains have water levels very high and dirty causing a lot of the river related fish to relocate to backwater areas. Walleyes have been very active in 4 to 8 feet of water following the recent rains. Jig and minnow combinations in non current areas has been the ticket this past week.  Bass action has been very good on the main lake areas...
  • 6/7/2013 4:15:00 PM
    By, Dave Hraychuck The last week or so rain suits have been as important as bait, rods, and reels! Cool weather and lots of rain have made fishing difficult here in northwestern Wisconsin but not impossible.  On the days when the sun does come out, look out! Walleyes are off the new weed edges. Jigs and leeches or slip bobbers and leeches see...
  • 6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
    Wind, Rain, Cold – Nothing is Stopping the Fish Hi Folks – Even with all the weird weather, the fishing continues to thump.  With the exception of a couple of days last week, walleyes continue to provide anglers with good action.  The past three days we boated 150 walleyes despite thunderstorms and then frost the other mornin...
  • 6/6/2013 11:50:00 AM
    By: Steve Suman Our non-typical spring has offered a few (very infrequent) warm, humid days – and the forecast for this week simply shows more of the mild/moist/cool weather. All we can do is make the best of it – it certainly appears the biting bugs are doing just that! “With the continuing cool spring weather, we are still at ...
  • 6/5/2013 12:50:00 PM
    I thought we were in the clear, but Mother Nature has her own ideas. Wind switches and cold temps have confused fish and fishermen alike. It’s been tough getting a handle on the bites as things seem to be in a constant state of change here in the Northwoods. Pike: Good to Very good. This species seems to not mind the cooler than usual temps ...