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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 1/14/2013 4:50:00 PM
    Anglers have seen mixed results this past week. Many of the lakes in our area are safe to travel and many have vehicle traffic. We could use some snow to make foot travel easier as the bare ice is quite slick. The cold temps predicted for this week will make good ice. The walleye bite was at last lite this past week. Tip ups with med shiners just ...
  • 1/14/2013 11:35:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com reports: Ice Fishing on Chequamegon Bay is going strong right now. At this time the ice is leveling out and in great ice fishing condition. There are many shacks and tents out on the bay right now and the village of ice shanties has begun to look nume...
  • 1/14/2013 11:20:00 AM
    It's always a great sight to be able to drive by local lakes and see the small "villages" taking place on the ice. Several more ice shacks made it out on a variety of lakes over the weekend, but I still would say, keep all full sized vehicles off of the lake and stick with ATV's and Snowmobiles for travel on all ice. One just never knows where the ...
  • 1/10/2013 2:55:00 PM
    Solid ice on area lakes is making for great fishing for all species. The walleye bite has been very good this past week with nice catches of fish coming from local backwater areas in 4 to 7 feet of water. Most of the walleyes are coming on tip-ups baited with golden shiners early and late in the day. A nice pail full of crappies and...
  • 1/9/2013 11:40:00 AM
    Bundle up and get out there for Wisconsin's first-ever Winter Free Fishing Weekend, January 19 - 20, 2013. Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend. This includes all inland waters and Wisconsin's side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Other fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and si...
  • 1/9/2013 10:30:00 AM
    It’s definitely been an ice fisherman’s winter so far in the Northwoods. Very little snow and pretty good ice has made access to most lakes not bad. There is still room for caution on the large lakes with ice thickness varying from 3-10”. Most lakes averaging 7-9”. Walleye:  Good to Very good.  Bright sunny days b...
  • 1/8/2013 2:05:00 PM
    By John Luthens When you reach the Apostle Islands National Lake Shore, at the tip of the Bayfield County Peninsula, it is physically impossible to get any further north on the mainland of Wisconsin.  One would have to venture into the frigid and harrowing expanses of Lake Superior to do any better. Once in the lake, maybe from one of the so...
  • 1/8/2013 8:40:00 AM
    Anglers fishing in our area are reporting mixed success. Northern pike have been active in shallow water especially near weed beds. Medium to large shiners have had the most action. English bait rigs similar to quick set rigs have positive results versus single trebles. Walleye anglers are fishing depths from four to twelve feet. Medium size fats ...