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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 5/20/2013 12:20:00 PM
    Wow, what a week for Ross's Sport Shop Guides and Clients! The Walleye bite was awesome with Guide Brandon Dunbar catching and Releasing 26" and 28" fish. The Walleye are in very different stages in every lake, some are still in a spawning pattern and some are post spawn. Most of the Walleye are being taken in shallow flats or close to shoreline st...
  • 5/20/2013 11:35:00 AM
    By, Dave Hraychuck May 17, 2013 What a difference a week makes! Sunshine, increasing water temperatures, and weeds starting to green up are the main ingredients for a great fishing trip! Walleye fishing has been fair to good. Fishing rock bars and weed edges with a jig and minnow, small Rapplas, or Shad Raps seem to work best.  Anglers have...
  • 5/20/2013 11:10:00 AM
    As of today (Friday 5/17/2013) we have stocked all the lakes on the Catchable Trout list except Stormy Lake in Vilas County, Lost Lake in Florence County, and Cammerer Lake in Ashland County. These three lakes are scheduled to be stocked by Friday, May 24. We want to thank every one for their patience while we waited for the ice to go off all of th...
  • 5/20/2013 11:00:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The water levels are normal in area trout streams.  Fishing has been good on the big three;  Mill Creek, Pine River, and Willow Creek.  I was out yesterday and caught a nice 18 inch brown on a Panther Martin.  The backwaters are now back to normal and the bluegills are moving in on the warm days.  I u...
  • 5/20/2013 10:10:00 AM
    Water temperatures are now in the upper 50 to lower 60 degree range and the walleyes have finished spawning. The crappies are up shallow and on the beds, and the bass are staged to begin their spring ritual.  Beth Rodgers with a nice largemouth bass Chad Shudy with a nice spring musky on 8 pound test line The walleyes ha...
  • 5/17/2013 11:45:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin. Reports their crew did not get any smelt again on May 15th. That’s two nights in a row now that they came up empty in their nets. They will continue to try again but it seems to have slowed down now. We are not sure what the weekend holds for smelt...
  • 5/16/2013 11:15:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Enthusiasts: You may know that the Winnebago System has the largest naturally reproducing population of lake sturgeon in the world, but you may not know that there are numerous other active sturgeon restoration and management programs within the state of Wisconsin.  One example is the program to rehabilitate the lake s...
  • 5/16/2013 11:00:00 AM
    Good Fishing – Bad Weather Hi Folks.  We have entered out 2nd week of the fishing season and walleye fishing has been good, but we had a few speed bumps to deal with. The worst was our weather this past weekend. 2-1/2 inches of snow greeting us on Sunday morning. At times Saturday it looked like we were in a snow globe that was being sh...
  • 5/15/2013 10:30:00 AM
    May 14, 2013 The lakes around the area are finally free of ice and anglers are finally able to try their luck fishing. Windy conditions over the weekend were brutal, but we have some gorgeous weather on the way and the fish should really put the chew on. I think things will happen rapidly this year, and the fishing should be good. The walleyes ar...
  • 5/14/2013 5:15:00 PM
    Snow on May 11th!!! Woke up to white on the 12th. Fishing conditions have been terrible (cold, wind), but the fishing has been terrific! Not often we get to fish the walleye spawn and close post spawn. Lots of active fish. Walleye: Excellent. Despite cold, wind, sleet, rain and snow, the walleyes have been very active. Lots of lake limits (due to ...
  • 5/14/2013 5:05:00 PM
    As I sit here at my computer on May 12th I am watching the wonderful snow turning the ground white once again.  It is driving me crazy.  On a better note, the ice has finally gone out on most of the lakes in the area and the walleye are finally spawning. The water has been so cold that the only placse we could find active fish were where...
  • 5/14/2013 5:05:00 PM
    Cold, wet and windy weather met many anglers this past weekend fishing in the northwoods. Weather conditions were more of mid-March instead of May. There were some hearty anglers who fought through these conditions. For those who did spend time on the water there were mixed results. The walleye action was sporadic. Anglers fishing jig and minnow c...
  • 5/14/2013 12:15:00 PM
    By Steve Suman This week’s weather forecasts indicate we might at last experience more spring-like, warmer temperatures. Yes, those forecasts include rain, but it will be a nice change to receive precipitation in the liquid form! Pat at Happy Hooker says anglers should always check walleye bag limits at the boat landings since they may chan...
  • 5/13/2013 1:50:00 PM
    With the up and down temperatures the lake remains pretty cold which is causing some inconsistent fishing.  The best bite on the lake is perch and largemouth bass.  Stable weather is predicted and that will help turn on the smallmouth bass and bluegills. Largemouth bass have been biting in the shallows in 3-4 ft of water.  The best ...
  • 5/13/2013 1:45:00 PM
    The yo-yo weather has been a constant factor this past week, it looks like stable weather is coming this week which will help the fishing tremendously.  With frost warnings in the middle of May, it has been cooling the water temperature from where it should be this time of year.  When the weather is stable the fishing has been relatively ...
  • 5/13/2013 1:05:00 PM
    After a late ice out the warm air temps last week  shot the water temps into the low 50's but another major cold front showed up just in time for the weekend. Air temps plunged and the water temps fell back into the upper 40's. High winds made navigation and fishing a chore and even dangerous for smaller boats. Those that did brave the weathe...
  • 5/13/2013 12:40:00 PM
    Walleye fishing remains good on the Wisconsin River with lots of nice fish being caught by jig and minnow anglers and a few by guys tossing crankbaits in shallow water. Bass fishing is picking up and a few lunkers have been caught. Bass up to and over the 20 inch mark are not uncommon at this time of the year. Look for most  fish to be associ...
  • 5/10/2013 3:15:00 PM
    The Smelt have just started to run in the Chequamegon Bay. Smelters reported the run started on Wednesday night (May 8th) and they pulled in a lot of smelt. There is still some ice that is in and out on the shoreline so Smelters need to find open water on the shorelines at the beaches to Smelt. The bottom line is...you may have to fight the ice to ...
  • 5/10/2013 2:10:00 PM
    By, Dave Hraychuck May 10, 2013 Since opening day a week ago, the same question can be heard in the coffee shops, sport shops, restaurants, and bars all over the northern part of the state, “Is the ice out yet?” In My 61 years, the last week has probably been the toughest week to target and routinely catch fish. Opening day found mos...
  • 5/7/2013 4:35:00 PM
    By Steve Suman There is little to say about this past weekend’s fishing opener that numerous disappointed anglers have not already said (much of it in very colorful language!) Many anglers who decided to try their luck opted for ice fishing – and reported ice depths still in the mid-20-inch range on some lakes. The forecast this week,...
  • 5/7/2013 3:50:00 PM
    May 7, 2013 Well another fishing opener has come and gone. Sounds like many people found themselves at home this opener rather than in a boat. Very little access to open water, and weather that did not want to cooperate made for tough fishing all across the board around the area. I showed up at Balsam Lake at 4:00 a.m. in hopes to fish the small ...
  • 5/7/2013 10:40:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Well, this was the WORST opener I can recall.  Not only were the opportunities limited, but, on the few places anglers could fish (either by boat or ice), the bite was terrible. Ice Fishing:  For the most part, ice fishing is over almost everywhere.  Reports of two anglers falling through on Big A...
  • 5/7/2013 10:05:00 AM
    Things started out a little cold and slow opening day but by the end of the morning the sun peaked out and temps warmed. The walleye were sluggish but fishermen still managed to catch some nice eaters, mostly males. Most of the fish seemed to be in 6 foot of water and on rock or gravel. Areas like the Hwy 13 bridge and some of the rock points on L...
  • 5/7/2013 9:50:00 AM
    The largemouth bass have been in pre-spawn and spawn patterns for the past week.  They can be caught while sight fishing or casting the shallow flats where there is a hard sand bottom.  A lot of the fish are being caught on tube baits or All Terrain Sticks.  The best location has been by the outlet or on the west end by the island.&n...
  • 5/7/2013 9:45:00 AM
    Due to the cool spring, fishing on Geneva has remained relatively slow.  Most of the action has been coming in shallow waters, 3-4 ft deep. Largemouth bass have been biting in Geneva Bay, Trinkes and Abbey Harbor.  Most of the fish are coming in and around the boats.  Use a split shot rig nightcrawler or an All Terrain Stik in Green...