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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 4/26/2013 9:05:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, (715)-682-3232, http://www.riverrockinn.net reports: The Chequamegon Bay Area still has a good sheet of ice right now. The snow that we received in the past two weeks has been a good insulation and the unseasonably cool evenings have kept the ice in place. So at this time the Smelt hav...
  • 4/25/2013 1:00:00 PM
    Winter just will not let go! Fresh snow on Monday night into Tuesday morning is delaying open water more and more. It is also making ice conditions tougher to get around for guys still out on the hard water taking advantage of the long, late season ice. Fishermen are catching all species right now in certain areas. Old weed beds from the past se...
  • 4/25/2013 12:30:00 PM
    Great walleye bite on the Wisconsin River right now.  Lots of nice eating sized fish being caught and a few very nice slot fish (20 to 28 inches) as well.  Most of the action has been coming on lead head jigs tipped with fathead minnows working the deeper pools in the river but lately with the higher faster water a lot of the fish have sl...
  • 4/23/2013 11:30:00 AM
    By Steve Suman The delayed spring weather is causing irritation to both people and animals. Sandhill cranes walking through nearly a foot of snow appear somewhat befuddled – and the Monday/Tuesday forecast predicts up to another 11 inches of snow. We are already more than a month into spring and have yet to enjoy any real spring weather! Pa...
  • 4/22/2013 2:30:00 PM
    Wow, we're going into the end of April and I have to do an Ice fishing report. Most lakes still have 15 to 20 inches of ice in most places and the Crappie are hitting good, Tip Downs or Deadsticks and Crappie minnows are doing well. For the fishermen that like to jig, small spoons or jigs with plastics are doing good. The Crappie are suspended hig...
  • 4/22/2013 2:15:00 PM
    This crazy April just won’t quit!  Following low temps in the single digits Saturday (4/20), overnight temps into Monday morning were a full 30 degrees warmer.  An afternoon of driving and drilling the lakes of this area (LDF, Minocqua, St. Germain) found that truck travel is done.  It’s not the ice thickness that is the ...
  • 4/19/2013 1:25:00 PM
    As you read this and think about all the great opportunities we have here in Wisconsin please remember all the people in Boston Massachusetts and West Texas as they have had to deal with great loss this past week. I have friends in Boston and after talking with them, personally understand just how hard this past week has been on them as well as oth...
  • 4/19/2013 12:30:00 PM
    The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce Reports Call the local bait shops for any fishing news! (Anglers All, 715-682-5754 or River Rock, 715-682-3232). The Ashland Chamber will have a "Smelt Hotline" on 800-284-9484 or check out our website at www.visitashland.com. What is “Smelt Season” All About? The "Smelt Run" in the Chequamegon Ba...
  • 4/17/2013 2:20:00 PM
    By Steve Suman It is mid-April, but last weekend’s weather was more akin to February, and this week the forecast again shows chances of snow nearly every day. There is not much more to say at this point, but with two feet of ice remaining on most lakes and gamefish opener only three weeks distant, we need some significant weather changes &nd...
  • 4/17/2013 10:40:00 AM
    Little change since last week’s report – except maybe the odds we won’t see open water for the walleye opener!  Ice thickness remains in the 27-31” range:  Minocqua Lake at 29”, Indian Bay on the Willow at 36”.  Sunday morning temp was 11 degrees, high that day in the upper 30’s.  Actual...
  • 4/12/2013 3:30:00 PM
    With winter still hanging on and ice in a few locations we have been able to not only get out on the ice but are still catching a few fish. The open water bite is picking up and walleyes are on the menu. Turkey season is under way but with a quiet bang. Nick Laska with a very nice walleye Chris Blank with a nice walleye Ice f...
  • 4/10/2013 2:10:00 PM
    Spring just won't break through for us here in northern Wisconsin. There is still plenty of solid ice to fish on, and with a cold wet forecast, I don't see the ice leaving anytime soon. On the positive side, the crappies are really starting to put that late ice feed bag on, and many that are being found are good sized ones. If you’re findi...
  • 4/10/2013 2:05:00 PM
    Ice travel conditions improved after Monday's rain.  Truck and ATV travel are good.  Ice is still thick (27-31"). The rain removed a lot of snow and slush, though knee high rubber boots (as well as cleats) are still a good idea for walking on ice. Crappie:  Good.  Action improved with new weather (clouds, etc.).  Nice catc...
  • 4/9/2013 12:25:00 PM
    By: Steve Suman Officially, March 20 marked the first day of spring, but as a friend recently opined, it should probably be April 20 in the north woods. It is difficult to argue against his point when this week’s forecast includes snow and low temperatures in the teens. Still – far nicer than what people in the western states expect mi...
  • 4/5/2013 5:15:00 PM
    Though the calendar says April, don’t put your ice fishing gear away yet!  Looks like there will be plenty of ice fishing for panfish here in the Northwoods for weeks to come.  With night time temps in the teens and twenty’s and daytime temps in the low 30’s to 40’s, we won’t be losing any ice for a while. F...
  • 4/5/2013 4:25:00 PM
    By: David Hraychuck At this time last year, boats were being readied, reels being spooled and open water panfish fishing was under way. This year, a check of Polk and Burnett County lakes shows an average of 18” of ice! Lots of lakes have not “cracked” yet, so the water is still on top of the ice and the panfish are pretty lethar...
  • 4/5/2013 1:55:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler April 1st ice fishing and trout report In Richland County, ice fishing is just about done on the back waters near Lone Rock.  The best bite is still the last hour before darkness.  The more aggressive fish are just below the ice.  This means to walk softly and not make too much noise.  The majority of the...
  • 4/5/2013 1:00:00 PM
    Plenty of ice still hanging on for ice fisherman as we enter April and the start of the open water walleye season on the river. Hooksetters Guide Phil Schweik with a couple of nice crappies through the ice. Hooksetters Guide Adam Rasmussen and John Sparbel with some nice open water walleyes. We are still catching lots of nice...
  • 4/5/2013 12:35:00 PM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754,  http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com reports: Ice Fishing is still happening on Chequamegon Bay. The fishing seems to be getting better but traveling around is really getting tougher. There are some slush holes to be aware of. Roger says snowmobiles and 4-wheelers are the only sour...
  • 4/3/2013 4:35:00 PM
    There was a slight improvement with the crappie fishing this past week. The fish were suspended 10-20 ft over thirty feet of water. 1/32 oz jigs tipped with hair caught the most fish. Many lookers and many holes as fish covered a large area. It appeared that many of the fish would follow the bait 10 feet up before striking. Perch were relating to t...
  • 4/2/2013 2:10:00 PM
    By: Steve Suman Two weeks into spring and it still looks like winter! The forecast for this week predicts fluctuating temperatures and various types of precipitation, but in general shows a gradual warming trend. “There is still plenty of ice,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but the melting snow is creating some slushy areas on the ...
  • 3/28/2013 10:50:00 AM
    Open water anglers starting to wet their lines but ice fishing still going strong. With open water below many are dams anglers are starting to get out and wet their lines. A few nice walleyes have fallen to jigs in 1/8th and 1/4 ounce this past week and the bite will continue to get better as we move into the spring spawn.  Right now for cons...
  • 3/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
    Winter just won't let go here is Wisconsin. Last year you could drop the boat in the local lakes and this year we are staring at frozen lakes covered in snow. Hopefully by the fishing opener we will be able to fish in a boat. For people still hitting the ice, they are having success catching fish. The cloudy days are providing action late into t...
  • 3/25/2013 4:40:00 PM
    Reports have been quiet lately due to slush and snow continuing to hold anglers back. Warm weather and sunshine later this week finally look promising. Crappie:  Good.  Fish being caught in water depths of 6-15 feet and beginning to move up higher in the water column; best times being early to mid-morning and then again late-afternoon-du...
  • 3/21/2013 4:45:00 PM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754,  http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com reports: Ice Fishing is still happening on Chequamegon Bay. The fishing seems to be getting better but traveling around is really getting tougher. There is a lot of slush and water on the surface of the ice. Roger says snowmobiles are the only s...