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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 5/28/2013 2:15:00 PM
    By John Luthens The lilacs were in fragrant bloom on the shoreline of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  The first ducklings of the year paddled obediently behind a hen mallard on the placid surface of Asylum Bay. I rigged a fishing rod and squinted as the sun sank deeper into the bay. The first signs of a waxing moon followed from the outer fringes of La...
  • 5/28/2013 1:15:00 PM
    May 27, 2013 Steve Suman Cool, wet conditions continue in the North Woods, though the forecasts show a short, mid-week warming trend. Anglers: Forget basing fish locations on the calendar – concern yourself with the actual conditions. The DNR increased daily walleye bag limits on 442 northern Wisconsin lakes. Check signs at boat landings, ...
  • 5/24/2013 12:15:00 PM
    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. The Bass are biting everywhere on the Big Lake with the Anglers using a variety of bait, both live bait and plastics like grubs, twister tails and tube jigs have been getting the fish...
  • 5/24/2013 12:05:00 PM
    May 23, 2013 Contact(s): Steve Hewett, fisheries management, 608-267-7501 or 608-516-7207 Joe Hennessy, treaty fisheries coordinator, 608-267-9427 MADISON – Daily walleye bag limits will increase May 25 on 442 lakes in northern Wisconsin in time for the long Memorial Day weekend as spring spearing winds down by the Wisconsin bands of Chippe...
  • 5/23/2013 2:05:00 PM
    So Many Lakes – So Little Time GREAT – Outstanding – Wonderful – Awesome – are just some of the words to describe what’s going on in the fishing world these days.  There are a lot of different bites going on with the late ice-out up here.  There are spawn bites, past-spawn bites, northern & bass bi...
  • 5/23/2013 1:55:00 PM
    May 22, 2013 Contact(s): Mike Staggs, DNR fisheries management director, 608-267-0796; Bill Cosh, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773 MADISON - In response to Gov. Scott Walker’s announcement today unveiling the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, making available significant funding for use by state, tribal, and private fish hatcheries to produce add...
  • 5/23/2013 1:50:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Many of you may know that the Wisconsin DNR is currently working under a 10-year agreement with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin to restore sturgeon spawning to their ancestral spawning grounds at Keshena Falls (on the upper Wolf River within the Menominee Indian Reservation), while also establishing a r...
  • 5/22/2013 3:35:00 PM
    The lilacs are blooming and the crappies are biting.  It is that time of the year again when the crappies have moved up to the shallows to begin their spawning ritual.  Most fish will be suspended around shoreline timber and brush but a few will be located along side shallow stumps. To target these feisty panfish all you need is a bobber ...