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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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  • 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 ...
  • 6/4/2013 9:55:00 AM
    Panfishing continues to be great in the shallows, both Crappie and Bluegill are shallow and hitting well. Walleye fishing is still ok, with a lot of 10 to 14 inch fish being caught, some are still shallow and some are sliding back into 10 to 15 feet water, minnows seem to be the choice bait yet but the leech bite is getting better fast. ...
  • 6/3/2013 2:15:00 PM
    “Rob and Steve Tobin caught and released this 21 pound brown trout trolling the Milwaukee harbor this weekend.  Watch for their ongoing columns and videos  on hunting and fishing Wisconsin in On Wisconsin Outdoors and this website.”
  • 6/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
    As long as the weather keeps warming, the fishing keeps improving daily.  This past week we had significant SW winds which made most of the lake unfishable. I’ve been catching most of my fish from the Abbey Springs area to the Military Academy. Rock bass are in the shallows in 10-15 ft of water.  The best approach is a split shot r...
  • 6/3/2013 12:55:00 PM
    Fishing remains above average overall.  Most of the fish remain in the shallow waters, under 10 ft for the most part.  The best bite on the lake is Bluegills and Largemouth bass. Crappie fishing has been above average by Belvidere Park or by Brown Channel.  The best depth has been 7-10 ft of water on the weedline.  You want to ...
  • 6/3/2013 12:50:00 PM
    Brian Miller of Green Bay caught this 20-3/4” walleye on May 23 while fishing in Oneida County using a jig and minnow wile guided by Jeff Winters. Brandon Mueller of Madison, Wisc, caught this nice 19-1/2” smallmouth bass on May 13 while fishing in Oneida County using a jig and minnow combination, guided by Jeff Winters...
  • 6/3/2013 12:30:00 PM
    Paula Grant of Sussex caught this 18-1/2 walleye while guided by Jeff Winters May 16 in Oneida County using a jig and minnow combination. Craig Sobieski of South Milwaukee was fishing Oneida County on May 17 with a jig and minnow combination and caught this 19” smallmouth bass – guided by Jeff Winters. ...
  • 6/3/2013 12:20:00 PM
        Matt Johnson of Menomonee Falls caught this nice 18” walleye while fishing in Vilas County on May 18 with guide Jeff Winters, using a jig and minnow. Jeff Dopper of Oconomowoc caught this 18” smallmouth on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage May 15 while guided by Jeff Winters, using a jig and minnow.
  • 6/3/2013 12:10:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The backwaters of the Wisconsin River near Lone Rock are producing some nice bluegills. Fishing was great with the fly rod and a tantalizing rubber spider.   The northern pike action is picking up and a great time to find some nice size ones. I like spinners with buck tails in colors of orange or green. Trout acti...
  • 6/3/2013 11:05:00 AM
    May 30, 2013 Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin. Reports: The Big Lake may be muddy right now but fishing is still great. Bass are in pre-spawn and starting to spawn mode. Most fishing is being done at Sand Cut, Oak Point and Brush Point areas, depending on water clarity. Trout and Salmon...
  • 6/3/2013 10:30:00 AM
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  • 5/30/2013 12:55:00 PM
    Good walleye bite on the Wisconsin River right now with anglers picking up nice fish in 8 to 12 feet of water associated with current breaks and downed timber. I run Rick Jaroch's weedless Rickee lead head jigs tipped with fathead minnows right on the bottom, and right in the wood for the best action. Nap Pozulp from Chicago with a n...
  • 5/30/2013 12:35:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Our busy spring field season has wound down and my staff and I have now had a chance to catch our breath and process some of the data we collected this spring.  As a result, I have drafted a synopsis outlining the results of our sturgeon spawning assessments.  In a nutshell: the spawning run was very ...
  • 5/29/2013 9:50:00 AM
    Had to be on a Holiday Weekend when fishing shut down around here! After a few weeks of excellent walleye, very good pike, crappie fishing, east by southeast winds moved in bringing cold and dropping water temperatures by 6 to 8 degrees on average and pretty much shutting down most of our hot action. Musky: Good. The one bright spot. Reports of go...
  • 5/28/2013 3:50:00 PM
    Great fishing weather and great fishing went hand in hand over the Memorial Day weekend!!!! Ross's Sport Shop customers were reporting great Crappie action on most area lakes, Crappie are in the shallow wood and are being taken on white plastics pulled along under a float or on jig and minnow under a float. Fish are holding tight to cover so get c...
  • 5/28/2013 3:00:00 PM
    May 24, 2013 By: Conservation Warden Michael Young/Bureau of Law Enforcement 'It was too late. It was my friend... And, it was preventable' Warden Michael Young of Shiocton wrote this column long before dawn on April 18, 2011. Hours earlier he helped pull his good friend's body from the river. The images from the river’s edge and the haunt...
  • 5/28/2013 2:30:00 PM
    This has been one of the coldest springs I can recall.  The smallmouth bass are just starting to spawn and most years they would be totally done by now.  Overall fishing has been improving daily with the warmer weather. Rock bass are starting to show up everywhere around the lake in 7-12 ft of water.  The best approach is a split sh...
  • 5/28/2013 2:25:00 PM
    Fishing is really very good and improving daily.  The bass and bluegills spawn is mere days away.  Most fish are starting to move into the shallows in 1-2 ft of water.  Boat traffic for this time of year is still very low due to the cool water temps. Bluegill fishing is improving daily.  The heavy spawn should happen within the...