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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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 ...
  • 1/7/2013 2:25:00 PM
    Jim Hudson, Hudson's On the Spot Guide Service, 715-209-6431, hudson@fishchequamegonbay.com reports. We are on the ice! Yup, the big pond has finally frozen over and we are full steam ahead on the first ice bite of Chequamegon Bay. Brown Trout fishing has been pretty lights out right off the bat, as has the Whitefish. Throw in some bonus Walleye, ...
  • 1/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Winter has finally arrived and has been good to us here in the Northwoods.  Not much snow and enough cold to build ice.  Anglers are enjoying a lot of good access to lakes—though most is foot traffic.  ATV’s and snowmobiles are being used, but caution is advised as reports of both types...
  • 1/4/2013 11:25:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The ice on the backwaters of the Wisconsin River is about 4 to 6 inches thick.  It is a little tricky getting on lakes that have not yet been fished.  You need to watch out for springs along the shoreline.  Another place to avoid is getting to close to Beaver Lodges.  The best advice is to follow where oth...
  • 1/4/2013 11:10:00 AM
    Anglers are getting out and having success, but caution is advised when travelling on the ice. Candy and Jeff Wieloch along with Rhonda Schweik with our limit of panfish from our outing Ice conditions vary considerably on local lakes and reservoirs and with several reports of  shacks and vehicles going through the ice in th...
  • 1/2/2013 5:20:00 PM
    By Jordan Marsh Ice fishing season is in full swing now as we are making ice every day and night with the cold temperatures and lack of snow on top of the ice.  With forecasted highs not to get above freezing for the next week, we will see more and more ice shacks starting to fill the lakes in the local area. Ice depth levels are fluctuating...
  • 12/31/2012 12:20:00 PM
    With good ice on many northern lakes anglers are getting out and having great success.  While a lot of the attention is being focused on panfish, don't rule out early season walleyes and northern pike as they can provide excellent action at this time of the year. They both put up a hefty battle through the ice and they make for great table far...
  • 12/28/2012 11:55:00 AM
    **Please always use caution when going on frozen lakes. View the Wisconsin DNR Ice Fishing tips here. 12/26/12 Reported by Long Lake Bait & Tackle Ice conditions on Long Lake still remain spotty.  As always tread carefully and enter at your own risk!  Ice thickness reports are coming in anywhere from 2"-9"  You might be sitting...
  • 12/27/2012 11:10:00 AM
    Walleye anglers have had mix success lately. Anglers fishing during the low light period around dusk have seen action but the fish have run on the small size. Some anglers have experienced a random bite throughout the daylight hours but no extended walleye activity. I was able to catch this 10-pounder during a mid-morning bite using medium size mi...
  • 12/26/2012 4:45:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson With the last couple of below 0 zero nights the ice is pushing 5 to 8 inches in most places. The walleye bite has been good in the early morning and then again after dark. Shallow flats close to wood or weeds have been the favorite areas for fishermen to target them. Golden Shiners or Suckers on a number #8 trebl...
  • 12/21/2012 12:25:00 PM
    Reported by Long Lake Bait & Tackle: Long Lake is still making ice!  We have approximately 2-3 inches with some open water yet so tread lightly!  Folks are getting out at the narrows landing and catching fish!  This week the Northern seem to be biting the heaviest, folks are using Northern Suckers as the bait of choice.  A ...
  • 12/21/2012 11:25:00 AM
    Heavy snow is good for late season archery hunters but it may hamper ice fishing. The recent snow to hit Central Wisconsin is a bonus for late season archery hunters as it will force deer to tighter areas and make them easier to target around food sources.  Find any remaining crop fields or food plots as well as new cut timber and set up a st...
  • 12/21/2012 10:45:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754,  http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com reports: Well it's now happening!!! Ice fishing has now begun on Chequamegon Bay! The ice has been forming on the Ashland side of the Bay near the shallows. There have been anglers out at Second Landing (East off of US Hwy 2) and out by Bay View...
  • 12/20/2012 5:00:00 PM
    Ice conditions on our area lakes took a turn for the worse this past weekend as warm moist air caused the ice to soften. The colder air expected this week should tighten things up but anglers should proceed with extreme caution and check ice thickness frequently with an ice spud. With the soft conditions even three inches may not be enough. Make su...
  • 12/19/2012 3:50:00 PM
    **Please always use caution when going on frozen lakes.  View the Wisconsin DNR Ice Fishing tips here. 12/19/12 - Reported by Sportsman's Headquarters Last weekend some fisherman went out  fishing on poor ice conditions. Reports of 2 to 4 inches ice . We do expect better ice for this weekend.Shiners and crappie minnows have been mostly...
  • 12/11/2012 3:05:00 PM
    Well, some of the small lakes and some bays have safe ice.  Be sure to keep checking the thickness as you go out to your favorite spot.  A good solid 4 inches will support one man and 6-8” will support a man and an ATV.  Remember to bring a rope—you could save a friend.  Be sure to go with a buddy and bring a cell ...
  • 12/11/2012 1:05:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Roger LaPenter Roger LaPenter from Anglers All reports that there are still a few people creeping out to fish the cold water before the ice forms. Roger and Carolyn are letting people know that they need to be prepared and have safety clothing and gear for their fishing venture. The few that are trying fishing right now are ...
  • 12/6/2012 9:40:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Joe Brezinski Many of our area lakes opened back up this week due to the warm weather the past weekend. Some of the small lakes remained frozen but anyone trying to venture out should proceed with extreme caution. Some shallow areas may experience 3 inches of ice only to reduce to an inch a couple feet away. Air temps should ...