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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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  • 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...
  • 3/20/2013 2:50:00 PM
    MADISON -- Four groups and individuals were recognized as 2012 External Partners Award winners at a Department of Natural Resources fisheries management program in late February for their commitment and dedication to Wisconsin Fishing. “We learned a long time ago that managing Wisconsin's outstanding fisheries is a job too big for government...
  • 3/20/2013 2:45:00 PM
    With Mother Nature still hanging we are seeing plenty of ice on area lakes for fishing, but all the snow could make for an interesting 2013 turkey season. Crappies are still being targeted heavily by area anglers as nice catches are being made in transition areas between deep water haunts and spring spawning areas.  Most of the fish we are fi...
  • 3/19/2013 4:25:00 PM
    And the snow just keeps coming... With another two days of snow in the forecast, temperatures projected to rise later this week. Travel on lakes still difficult with vehicles and most anglers walking out to fish. It’s hard to believe that a year ago at this time it was 73 degrees and the ice was out by the 21st of March. Some reports of peopl...
  • 3/15/2013 9:40:00 AM
    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 siz...
  • 3/14/2013 11:40:00 AM
    Good Morning: This past weekend I was at the Madison Fishing Expo where I held my ‘Fishing Basics’ seminar twice on Saturday and Sunday.  During the seminars I educated around 250 youth and just over two hundred parents and adults.  I was amazed at how many adults came to the seminar without kids.  The seminar attendees ...
  • 3/13/2013 12:40:00 PM
    OSHKOSH, Wis. -- A new online registration process is now available for those interested in taking part in the Sturgeon Guard program. For the past 36 years, the program has relied on volunteers to help guard the prehistoric fish from being harvested as they head up rivers to spawn. “Anyone interested in volunteering can go online and pick t...
  • 3/13/2013 12:30:00 PM
    MADISON -- Do trout lure you out of bed or walleye keep you out late at night? Are you passionate about panfish? Whatever species you want to fish for in Wisconsin, the 2013 Wisconsin Fishing Report is now available and ready to help you catch your fancy. This year, the annual 16-page compilation of fishing forecasts is organized by species. The ...
  • 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...