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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 1/23/2013 2:55:00 PM
    The Butternut and Schnurs Lake Association held their fisheree this past Saturday. The weather was excellent at the beginning of the tournament with air temps about 33 degrees. Anglers were experiencing a slow bite but were catching fish. By 1 pm all of the winning fish were on the board. As the day progressed the winds began to pick up to the exte...
  • 1/23/2013 2:40:00 PM
    **Please always use caution when going on frozen lakes.  View the Wisconsin DNR Ice Fishing tips here. 1/22/13 reported by Sportsman's Headquarters Last weekend was free fishing weekend. Sat was a busy day people reporting catching bass and northerns on area lakes. Pan fish being caught on waxes. After Sat. frigid temps slowed down fishermen...
  • 1/23/2013 2:15:00 PM
    Lots of cold weather has slowed down the number of people fishing but the action is still HOT. Good walleye bite during low light periods and after dark. If you can handle the cold weather try running Frabill Thermal tip ups baited up with golden shiners or sucker minnows in shallow water from 4 to 8 feet deep. The tip-ups cover the entire hole an...
  • 1/22/2013 4:45:00 PM
    The propane companies love weeks like this. Bitter cold and below zero temperatures are pushing fisherman into ice shacks to stay warm.  The one positive result is we are building ice, and by the sounds of it, we still need that to happen. Two vehicles went through the ice on Red Cedar Lake in the last week. Please use extreme caution still wh...
  • 1/22/2013 4:20:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Brrrrrrr…. High of 10 below today, real winter! The clipper that moved in late Saturday afternoon shut the playgrounds off for a while. Wind chills in the -30/40 degree range make being outdoors somewhat dangerous right now – though some anglers have gone out. Crappies:  Good-Fair.  See a...
  • 1/21/2013 12:00:00 PM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com reports: Roger says the anglers are all saying ice fishing is still great! Anglers are taking machines on the ice but it is still advised to know your ice and where you are fishing. Call for ice conditions. There are reports of many species of fish be...
  • 1/17/2013 3:00:00 PM
    Good ice on many area lakes, along with little snow cover is making for easy travel conditions and allowing anglers to access exceptional fishing opportunities. Terry Woldvogel with a couple of nice crappies. Randy Derbick with a nice crappie. Jim Bearnt with a nice crappie. The walleye bite has been very good during low l...
  • 1/16/2013 4:20:00 PM
    **Please always use caution when going on frozen lakes.  View the Wisconsin DNR Ice Fishing tips here. 1/15/13 reported by  Long Lake Bait & Tackle: Here's the latest fishing report for Long Lake: Ice Conditions being reported in are still a good 8" to some spots with 12".  ATV's and Snowmobiles are on the lake and a few brave ...
  • 1/15/2013 5:05:00 PM
    MADISON – A downloadable fishing calendar and booklets with all of the season dates are now available online to help anglers plan their 2013 fishing trips, state fisheries officials say. “We hope the calendar and season dates allow people to plan ahead for some great fishing in Wisconsin,” says Karl Scheidegger, a Department of N...
  • 1/15/2013 1:05:00 PM
    The rain last week knocked out all remaining snow on the local lakes, and with cold temperatures now and forecasted for the next several days, we are really going to make some solid ice. Take caution if you are going to be driving full sized vehicles on the lakes. You never know when you are going to run into a thin spot on the ice, and no fish is...