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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 10/30/2012 4:35:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Most of the fish are in their fall pattern right now. Anglers are reporting walleye in 18 to 30 feet of water and crappie action between 25 and 35 feet of water. Both species are sticking close to the bottom of the lake and are being taken on fathead-tipped jigs or slip bobbers. The Smallmouth have really turned...
  • 10/30/2012 3:50:00 PM
    By Professional guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan Yesterday was a rain out, but Monday and Wednesday we targeted walleye and smallmouth.  Monday we fished the Turtle side of the Flowage and looked for walleye in the river channels and deep shorelines.  After trying several spots with only a few smaller walleyes to show for it w...
  • 10/26/2012 11:30:00 AM
    Cooler temperatures and lots of rain have fish moving in different directions. Shorter days has rutting activity under way. Ron Hall from Chicago with a nice musky Bill Boger from Lodi Wisconsin with a nice musky Musky action has been very good with some really nice fish being caught this past week.  With all the recent ...
  • 10/23/2012 2:25:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Ross Water temps have stabilized or even gone up a few degrees with the warmer days. I have been seeing water temps in the upper 40s to about 51 degrees. Fall fishing should go crazy the end of this week as a major weather system pushes through the north woods. Our guides are pretty much just chasing Musky right now and...
  • 10/22/2012 2:25:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan Friday we started out trying some humps for smallmouth and bigger walleye.  The only fish we caught was a smallie on a tube jig that was just under 20 inches.  We moved to some river channels and started picking up some smaller walleyes in 18ft of water on 1/8th oz. jigs and min...
  • 10/22/2012 2:20:00 PM
    Finally the lake has stabilized with the cooler weather.  Fishing has been improving daily.  If you can catch a good day with no wind, you should have great success.  Due to the time of year, you need to take a lot of different baits and tactics for optimal success. Northern Pike are everywhere in the 10-14 ft depth range.  The...
  • 10/22/2012 2:10:00 PM
    Fishing has been very good.  We are in the late fall pattern.  I don’t believe the lake has turned over yet, that should happen if the weather remains cold within the next week or so.  Smallmouth bass have been very aggressive in the 20-25 ft depth range.  There are large numbers of fish schooled up off the deep lake poin...
  • 10/22/2012 12:15:00 PM
    Kevin and Neil sent us what a little fishing on the Wisconsin River near Richland Center can produce; like this 6.4 ounce bass and this 34 inch pike.
  • 10/22/2012 10:55:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754,  http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com. Anglers are finding  a few northerns in the Bay and there are plenty of salmon and  trout out there right now so fishing should be great, especially this weekend with  a great forecast predicting sunny skies.  The bass are ...
  • 10/22/2012 10:45:00 AM
    Jim Hudson, Hudson's On the Spot Guide Service, 715-209-6431, hudson@fishchequamegonbay.com. The Fall Bite is on!Temps are below 50 now and most fish in the bay are pushed in and putting the feed bag on. Always a great time of the year to fish, as you never know what your next cast or troll will get ya. We will have our boat in the water right unt...
  • 10/22/2012 10:30:00 AM
    This nice 25 inch walleye was released by OWO advisor Ron Klimcke on the Chippewa Flowage October 18.  According to Klimcke, the big walleyes have been biting but with recent weather changes, the bite Thursday was very light with the big fish. A Jig and a minnow is all I’ve been using,” he said.  “The Crap...
  • 10/22/2012 10:00:00 AM
    Hi from the shores of Lake Minocqua.  Fall is in full swing here in the Lakeland area.  We have been having fronts move through every couple days making for some tough fishing conditions.  Walleyes are in their fall patterns and have been providing good action.  Muskies have been providing some good days and other times are impo...
  • 10/22/2012 9:40:00 AM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson The water temps are hanging in the mid to upper 40's this week. Most fishermen are reporting catching a lot of small walleye with a few nicer eaters. The walleye are moving deeper in the lakes and customers are finding them in 20 to 30 feet of water right now. A jig and fathead minnow are still the bait of choice...
  • 10/18/2012 3:00:00 PM
    Well it's getting to be that time of the year when most anglers are concentrating on musky fishing. The water temperatures are in the mid 40° range and the fall bite for big fish has started. We are catching some very nice muskies by throwing deep diving crank baits like Bucher Depth Raiders and large plastics like the Musky Innovations Bulldaw...
  • 10/16/2012 8:45:00 AM
    With the cooler water temperatures the fish are moving shallow.  Northern Pike and Walleyes are becoming more accessible to the average fishermen.  Most of the fish in the shallower water are aggressively hitting crank baits, which is a great method for late fall fishing. Walleye fishing has been excellent in pre-dusk.  They are bit...
  • 10/16/2012 8:40:00 AM
    With the cooling temperatures, the fish have been aggressively biting.  The best bite on the lake has been the smallmouth bass and the yellow perch. Smallmouth bass can be caught lindy rigging in 22-28 ft of water off the main lake points.  I’ve been catching most of my fish by the Yacht Club, Military Academy or in front of Gage M...
  • 10/15/2012 1:50:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Lake temps continue to drop further into the 40's, a few larger lakes still in the high 40's - low 50's, but the cooling water definitely affecting fishing -- some good --some not as good. Musky: Very good. Lots of fish reported this past week. Many anglers reporting multi fish days. With nearly all lakes turned...
  • 10/15/2012 11:55:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan Wednesday I guided Bill Kountz and his friend for a half day musky fishing and had a cold windy day with very little action. Thursday I took out Dick Martini and his friend for another day of Musky fishing. I warned them that the action was slow and the forecast was calling for stronger w...
  • 10/11/2012 2:20:00 PM
    Well it looks like fall is finally here folks, as you can tell from the cooler temperatures and the masses of leaves falling from the trees.  With that the change in seasons also means a change in fishing presentations and hunting patterns. The musky bite this last week has been really good and we are now starting to see quite a few fish bein...
  • 10/11/2012 12:55:00 PM
    By Steve Suman What a weather change from the previous weekend! Anglers have come to expect it during the annual Muskies Inc. fall fishing tournament, but strong winds, temperatures in the 30s to low 40s, and a rain/sleet/snow mix made it a challenge to be on the water. Of the 440 tournament anglers entered, 51 caught and released 64 muskies. Kyl...
  • 10/9/2012 1:55:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerry Hartigan Yesterday the rod locker and all the other compartments were frozen shut, so it was definitely a cold start. The first spot we hit was a hump that came up from 14ft to about 5ft. The first rod I grabbed had a 1/8 oz. jig on it so I put on a fathead minnow and dropped it over the side of the boat as I began get...
  • 10/9/2012 10:40:00 AM
    October 8, 2012 It looks like fall is surely here. Most fishermen have put their boats up and are pulling the docks out. Several of my friends are putting the finishing touches on new ice shacks. With the weather the way it is, only the diehards are out musky fishing, using the huge suckers. They're the ones you see out on the lake in their ice...
  • 10/8/2012 9:45:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All(715)-682-5754http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com Roger says walleye fishing has been phenomenal in the evenings with plenty of trout and salmon in the day. Use stick baits and bright color baits right now...oranges, bright greens...they all have been working to catch some nice fish. Bass are super right...
  • 10/4/2012 12:55:00 PM
    With cooler temperatures at night and beautiful colors and the trees is a sure sign that fall is here.  And with the onset of this season comes great fishing action.  The musky bite has been phenomenal, in the past four days alone my clients hooked into 13 different muskies ranging from 36 to 46 inches.  I am seeing some good action ...
  • 10/4/2012 12:05:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerry Hartigan So far this week the walleye bite on the Flowage has been really good.  The fish are in their fall patterns and have moved into deeper water.  As I said in my last report, the bigger fish seemed to be a little shallower in around 16 feet. Today I went out with very high expectations; a big cold front...