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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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,...
  • 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...