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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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 ...
  • 12/5/2012 1:55:00 PM
    Not much for ice yet.  There were reports of some fishermen out on Turtle Lake and Prairie Lake.  They are jumping the gun.  I’m as anxious as anyone to get out there ice fishing, but this week’s warm weather and rain haven’t helped the ice form and safety is a real concern. It’s best to hold off and get yo...
  • 12/4/2012 10:50:00 AM
    With the warm temperatures we had this past week we are advising anglers to stay off area ice and wait for cooler temperatures and more solid ice.  Right now in Central Wisconsin we have from 1 1/2 inches to 2 1/2 inches of ice and that will more than likely diminish before it gets better if the weather continues to stay the way it is.  W...
  • 11/27/2012 1:55:00 PM
    Unseasonal temperatures are keeping deer activity to a minimum but hunters are still bagging their bucks. In additional to the hunting the warm weather has savvy anglers are scoring BIG on open water. Another good fall musky John Niko with a nice fall musky With abnormally warm temperatures for this time of the year, hunters ...
  • 11/27/2012 11:45:00 AM
    Muskie anglers are receiving a little bonus time as the warm air temps have kept our area lakes open. Remember the water temps are extremely cold so your presentations need to be super slow. Some anglers have decided to troll since it was difficult to keep rod guides from freezing. They have had mixed success using the 13" jake baits and troll...
  • 11/27/2012 9:20:00 AM
    By Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter Anglers All, (715)-682-5754,  http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com Anglers can consider themselves in "Fishing Limbo" right now. It's really too cold to have a boat out on the water...And too cold to fish off the docks...There is no ice to start ice fishing on...so we just have to wait until Mother Nature sets th...
  • 11/16/2012 9:40:00 AM
    By Professional Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter Anglers All, (715)-682-5754,  http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com It appears the participation in fishing has slowed up a bit now as anglers are anxiously awaiting the upcoming ice fishing season. There still are some anglers casting along the shorelines for Trout and Salmon, but it seems most outdo...
  • 11/15/2012 9:20:00 AM
    Walleyes, crappies and muskies have been providing anglers with great action this past week but now with the 2012 gun deer season starting many anglers are now packing up their boats and taking to the woods. Walleye action has been very good this past week.  Most of our fish are coming in 10 to 14 feet of water during the mid day hours on jig...
  • 11/13/2012 9:30:00 AM
    Time for the Giants By Professional Guide John Carlson Most of the docks are pulled at the landings and the water levels have been dropped in the flowages to their winter levels making it a chore to get the bigger boats in the water. But it's well worth it when you’re on the water because the big fish are biting. With water temps warming ba...