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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 5/22/2013 3:10:00 PM
    Anglers will find ice off, spawn likely done, fish ready to bite MINOCQUA, Wis. -- The northern zone musky season opens May 25 and, despite a late start, the fish are likely to be done spawning in most waters and ready to feed, state fisheries experts say. “I think the musky will be largely done spawning by the weekend,” says Steve Av...
  • 5/22/2013 11:45:00 AM
    MADISON – Wisconsin Conservation Congress Supports Announcement of Walleye Initiative The Wisconsin Conservation Congress is announcing its support for Governor Scott Walker’s recently unveiled Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, which aims to increase the number of walleye available in the state’s lakes by expanding production at st...
  • 5/22/2013 9:05:00 AM
    May 20, 2013 Steve Suman Mild temperatures and rain are on tap all week, weather typical of the too-long-awaited spring! With the quickly rising water temperatures, we should be approaching prime spring fishing conditions. “Old man winter finally loosened his grip on the North Woods,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Lakes are devoid...
  • 5/21/2013 12:00:00 PM
    Good Morning. Spring is catching up rather quickly. Water temps are warming enough that crappies and muskies are being seen in the shallows. No crappies bedding as of yet, but muskies are pairing up. Fishing has remained good if the weather- rain and more rain- sought to slow anglers’ attempts. Walleye: Very Good. The spawn is all but over...
  • 5/21/2013 11:50:00 AM
    Considering the late ice out, the lakes are warming at a fast rate. Some of the bigger lakes around here are in the low to mid 50's for water temperature and some of the smaller and dark colored lakes are already in the upper 50's. The lakes are changing fast and as fisherman, we need to do the same and adapt to the water temperature. It’s ea...
  • 5/20/2013 4:05:00 PM
    Decent Weather & Decent Fishing We are progressing into the fishing season and it has been very good so far and this trend should continue to get better.  Quite a bit of a person’s success depends on the water temp of the lake.  Temps ranging from 42 to 49 probably mean fish are in spawn mode and in this case you want to fish r...
  • 5/20/2013 12:40:00 PM
    This spring has been very cold so the lake is still about 2 weeks behind schedule.  With the cold water temperatures the overall fishing has been on the tough side.  The best bite still remains largemouth bass in the shallows.  Largemouth bass fishing has been average.  The active fish are being caught in Trinkes or in Geneva B...
  • 5/20/2013 12:35:00 PM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake has been really good.  The bass are starting to spawn in the shallows and the Northern Pike remain in the shallow weed flats feeding heavily.  Largemouth bass are in 3-4 feet of water.  The best location has been by Lake Lawn Golf Course, the Highland and Viewcrest Bays.  They are cruising the shallows b...
  • 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...