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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 5/1/2013 10:00:00 AM
    A spark of warm weather, added with some rain and a little wind is starting to weaken some ice around the area. However, the fishing opener this weekend will find several lakes still ice covered, or possibly partially ice covered. Lakes with some type of water flow running into them, are the bodies of water opening up. With some lakes being locked ...
  • 5/1/2013 9:55:00 AM
    Catching and eating Wisconsin fish is fun and good for you! DNR and the state health department provide voluntary fish consumption advice to help you enjoy eating your catch while reducing your intake of environmental contaminants that may have built up in the fish. Find personalized advice for your favorite fishing spot See the general consumpt...
  • 4/30/2013 1:05:00 PM
    The water temperature remains cold.  The cool nights have made fishing tough this year.  The best bite on the lake remains yellow perch as they continue to be in the shallow waters.  Remember that Opening Day is the first Saturday in May. Perch fishing has been good in 3-4 ft of water.  The best location has been by Fontana Bea...
  • 4/30/2013 1:05:00 PM
    The cooler than average temperatures this April have kept the water temperatures lower than normal.  Overall panfishing has been pretty good and a nice run of warm sunny days will help to improve the fishing.  Opening Day for game fish is this coming Saturday. Bluegill action seems to be the most consistent bite.  The fish I’v...
  • 4/30/2013 12:30:00 PM
    I wish we had some good news for the opener, but, we don't! Despite a third day of 60+ weather, we aren't loosing ice fast enough to insure open water come May 4th.  On one measurement from Friday evening, April 26 until early Sunday morning April 28, we had lost only 1" of ice.  A measurement of 24" of ice as of today (4/29) on Lake Min...
  • 4/29/2013 10:30:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Enthusiasts: The warm weather over the last 3-5 days has increased water temperatures on the Wolf River, which has led to increased sturgeon activity.  Typically sturgeon exhibit some pre-spawn behaviors that allow us to predict roughly when spawning will take place.  The first behavior is porpoising (rising up ab...
  • 4/26/2013 11:50:00 AM
    GREEN BAY -- This year’s unseasonably cold weather has the sturgeon population holding tight on its annual spawning run, putting sturgeon guards on ice for the time being. Typically, peak spawning of the prehistoric fish takes place between April 15 and May 1. “What the fish really need to begin spawning is water temperatures between 5...
  • 4/26/2013 9:55:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon and Walleye Enthusiasts: Despite the below average spring temperatures up to this point, our fisheries management team in Oshkosh has been busy in the field conducting stock assessments for yellow perch and walleye, with sturgeon work just around the corner.  The ice went out on the Wolf River between April 5-6,...