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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 3/13/2013 11:05:00 AM
    Plenty of remaining ice on local waters is boosting our late ice fishing season. Andy Hoppa & Andy Teller with the groups catch from one day. The crappies bite remains steady with very good catches from local waters.  Most of the fish are now migrating towards their tradition spawning areas and can be caught as they move through these ...
  • 3/12/2013 11:20:00 AM
    By Dave Hraychuck With the close of gamefish season last week, the time to fish late season panfish has arrived! Excellent ice conditions in northwest Wisconsin continues despite last week’s 10 inches of new snow. The flags flew and the food grilled on the barbeque the last weekend of the gamefish season on Burnett County waters. Perch a...
  • 3/12/2013 10:45:00 AM
    Rain this past weekend followed by 7 inches of snow overnight (3/10/12) will make lake travel difficult on lakes with the slush that has worsened with last week’s warm weather and the weekend rain. Snowmobile highly recommended. Over the weekend bites have been slowing down and fish reports quite due to the incoming weather. Some die-hards fi...
  • 3/8/2013 1:45:00 PM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com reports: There is still plenty of ice fishing time left for the season. There are reports of many species of fish being caught right out on the bay in Ashland. Perch have been extremely plentiful and are a good size. Also, there are some nice size Brow...
  • 2/26/2013 11:25:00 AM
    Crappie fishing has slowed but the Gill action has been great. We have been finding gills close to structure in 10 to 20 feet of water. Waxies or Spikes on small jigs have worked well. Walleye action is fair with most fish coming in the low light hours on shiners. Northern action is still great, Large Goldens on Tip-Ups are catching most of the p...
  • 2/25/2013 3:10:00 PM
    Recent snows have hampered travel on area lakes but if you can get out the fishing has been outstanding. The crappie bite remains the bet I have seen in years.  We are catching not only numbers of fish but really nice big slab crappies as well. Most of the fish we are finding are suspended 2 to 6 feet off the bottom over  20 feet of wate...
  • 2/25/2013 10:50:00 AM
    Mitch Filipiak with a nice catfish Dan with a nice crappie Another nice cat. Joel, Mark and Joe with some nice slabs Another happy group with some nice crappies   Ryan with a couple of nice slab crappies  Dan with a nice cat  Chris with some nice slabs Fishing in...
  • 2/21/2013 8:40:00 AM
    **Please always use caution when going on frozen lakes.  View the Wisconsin DNR Ice Fishing tips here. 2/20/13 Reported by Long Lake Bait & Tackle: Fishing has slowed a bit from the nice pace that we had a week ago.  Still catching some nice Walleye after dusk on Large Shiners & Suckers in about 5'-15' off the weed beds.  L...
  • 2/20/2013 11:55:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice With the exception of Saturday’s high pressure shut down, things have been picking up this past week out on the ice.   Gamefish are lagging from our long early ice season, but even with these fish, a pickup of action has occurred. Perch:  Good.  Some of the best reports surprisingly are...
  • 2/18/2013 1:00:00 PM
    Input to help guide statewide panfish management plan Anglers and others are invited to share their expectations for fishing for panfish in Wisconsin at more than two dozen meetings across the state in February and March. “We want to hear from the public on what they want from their panfishing experience to help guide us in developing a sta...
  • 2/18/2013 12:00:00 PM
    Panfish have started to do the traditional February slowdown. It's been a tough bite for bigger fish but they are still possible to catch. Slow down and downsize a little. There are a lot of small crappie and gills being caught providing some fun action. Just remember that these are next year’s nice ones and most of them should be given a cha...
  • 2/15/2013 12:40:00 PM
    This past week has been very good for all species of panfish. The crappies have been very aggressive. They are suspended in 10 to 16 feet of water about 2 to 4 feet off the bottom. Use your electronics to find them and then run plastics on tiny jigs like the Northland IMPULS mayfly and tapeworm in red and orange to pick up the aggressive feeders. ...
  • 2/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
    Feb. 7, 2013 CONTACT:  Scot Stewart (608) 273-5967; Marty Engel (715) 684-2914 Ext. 110 MADISON – The state’s review of its inland trout program takes another important step this month when the Department of Natural Resources convenes a citizens’ task force to help develop goals for the future of Wisconsin’s trout fis...
  • 2/7/2013 4:40:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Dennis Walker BIG GREEN LAKE UPDATE; The Big snow storm has come and is now gone. We got 8 to 10 inches of snow on top of 5 to 6 inches of ice. It was all wet enough to soak up most of the snow. So now with the real cold weather we are now having everything is freezing up. We now have very good ice conditions. This weekend wi...
  • 2/7/2013 10:05:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Fishing was good again on the backwaters but you’re still looking for more fish very late in the day.  The best bite is still the last hour before darkness.  The snow on top has not changed the pattern when the fish are hungry.  Sunfish have been around 6 to 8 inches and the crappies around 10 inches. Th...
  • 2/6/2013 12:30:00 PM
    With plenty of ice on our local waters many anglers are getting out and searching out new territory as the season progresses. The walleye bite has been good especially after dark. We are seeing our best action on golden shiners run about a foot off the bottom in 3 to 6 feet of water. Northern pike have been really active this winter and this past...
  • 2/5/2013 2:25:00 PM
    These reports are so much easier to write when fishing is good!  Real cold and high pressure kept the bite down again.  Anglers experience much of the same as they did the week before – fish very negative and not in the mood to bite.  We had been spoiled with all of the thin ice and good fishing.  Actually this isn’t...
  • 2/5/2013 2:10:00 PM
    The Sno-gypsies snowmobile club held their annual fisheree this past Saturday on Butternut Lake. Cold air temperatures and a high pressure system greeted anglers fishing the early morning hours. The temperatures warmed throughout the day but the fishing success didn't. I talked with anglers, many who brought their families out for a day on the ice...
  • 2/4/2013 4:20:00 PM
    The panfish were a little harder to get to bite the last few but they still can be caught. Gills have moved off the cribs and we are getting them on the mud bottom areas of the lake in 18 to 25 feet of water. The Crappie are in the same areas, I have been using spikes or waxies on small heavy jigs for the Gills and Ratsos for the Crappie. Walleye ...
  • 2/4/2013 2:10:00 PM
    Zorin and the boys form Flapjack Productions doing an ice fishing TV show with us. All set up and ready to fish The boys from Integrity Excavating with a good days catch. Some of our catch with the boys from Integrity Excavating. Good walleye bite for anglers willing to stick it out after dark.  Larg...
  • 1/30/2013 12:15:00 PM
    Crappie fishing has been good, the early springs the last few years have been great to the Crappie and Bluegill population, Plastics are still my go to bait, but reports of people catching a good number of fish on Waxies, and Minnows as well. Small spoons like Swedish Pimples or Little Cecil tipped with a Gulp minnow head are doing good for me at t...
  • 1/30/2013 8:35:00 AM
    After last week’s frigid temps ice thickness has really increased. The snow we had last weekend will help with foot travel BUT we now have freezing rain and warm temps which may cause some slush to develop. The weather is predicted to get very cold by the end of the week. Ice travel by vehicle or foot should be good as everything should freez...
  • 1/29/2013 3:35:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The ice on the backwaters of the Wisconsin River is about 10 inches thick.  It is much easier to walk out as most sloughs are frozen.  There is not much snow on the top so I would suggest wearing ice cleats. The best fish bite is the last hour before sunset or the first hour after sunrise.  Oth...
  • 1/24/2013 3:35:00 PM
    Panfish action has been good even with the cold weather.  We have been getting Crappie over deep mud flats, I have been using plastic and my electronics to catch fish but other fishermen are using Tip-Downs and Minnows with good luck. Gill action is good too, Fish close to any underwater Structure like cribs or sunken trees. Waxies or Spikes o...
  • 1/24/2013 10:00:00 AM
    By Jim Olsson When you wake up on January 15th the first thought that comes to mind probably doesn't relate to getting your boat out or going fishing in it.  Maybe it should, right here in our wonderful state of Wisconsin we have one of the premier Brown trout fisheries in the entire world, The Milwaukee Harbor.  Even if you can only hit...