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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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  • 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...
  • 5/3/2013 10:00:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin. The Ice is moving in and out by the Sioux and Onion Rivers on the Big Lake. There are a couple of places that are showing open water in the Bay but no Smelt yet! There is still ice on the shoreline that needs to move out and believe it or not…we ha...
  • 5/3/2013 8:55:00 AM
    With the warm weather we had last week the water temperatures really shot up. The temperatures went from 33 degrees on Friday to 53 degrees on Tuesday creating an outstanding walleye bite on the Wisconsin River.  With that happening the fishing exploded and we caught lots of eater sized fish in the 15 to 20 inch range, along with several fish ...
  • 5/2/2013 2:20:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Trout season is just about upon us.  The waters in Richland County are a little bit on the high side.  There is still great fishing if you head to the start of streams.  The water is clear and brookies are aggressive.  On the three big streams:  Willow, Pine, and Mill Creek look for spots that tend t...
  • 5/2/2013 2:10:00 PM
    Free Fishing Weekend: June 1 - 2, 2013 Fish anywhere in Wisconsin for free Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend. This includes all inland waters and Wisconsin’s side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Other fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish you can keep...
  • 5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
    Sawyer County Ice Report:  These photos on the Chippewa Flowage were taken April 30.  Things are looking good.
  • 5/1/2013 1:40:00 PM
    Conditions for this weekend have NOT improved.  Ice has melted down and out, but not enough to launch boats and in some cases, too far to get on the ice. I checked the Willow Flowage (4/30).  The road to Cedar Falls Campground is closed (don’t know why).  At the dam, ice out from shore 3-10’, but ice as far as you can se...
  • 5/1/2013 11:05:00 AM
    Hard to believe it’s April 30th and our lakes are still covered with an average of 24” of ice.  The pond behind our shop is approximately 15% ice free.  We use this as an indicator as once the pond is out, typically Lake Minocqua follows in 7-10 days.  The rains forecasted for the past couple of days never materialized in...
  • 5/1/2013 10:55:00 AM
    April 29, 2013 Steve Suman ‘Spring is sprung, the grass is’ ... at least now visible! The warm, sunny weekend renewed spirits, and none too soon, since the May 4 game fish opener is this coming Saturday. The forecast indicates a few weather bumps in the road ahead, but it appears we are at last heading in the right direction. “...
  • 5/1/2013 10:55:00 AM
    Please help us spread the word, not all of Northern Wisconsin is froze solid. The Phillips Chain of Lakes will be mostly ice free for the 2013 fishing opener this Saturday. The Flambeau River in Price County is also virtually ice free. John Carlsons picture is from the Phillips Chain of Lakes in Phillips, WI. This is the latest ice out in memory...