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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 11/8/2012 2:30:00 PM
    Fishing for walleyes and muskies has been very good this past week but most eyes are now focused on the upcoming 2012 gun season. In addition to the upcoming gun deer season many archery hunters are still in the woods looking for that elusive big buck. Kevin Munson with a nice musky Curt Schwarzkopf with a nice walleye Dennis Hin...
  • 11/6/2012 11:05:00 AM
    By Frank Zumpf –Local Outdoorsman Don’t give up—there’s still good fishing in November.  The diehards are having the lakes to themselves.  Most of the docks are pulled from the boat ramps, so just launch with a longer rope and pull your boat back to shore. Musky fishermen have been having good luck.  The sav...
  • 11/6/2012 10:55:00 AM
    By Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan The last 3 days I have been musky fishing on the Flowage.  Thursday was an overcast day with a light rain and snow mix and light wind.  We thought it would be perfect conditions for musky fishing but we only ended up with one northern that hit a sucker. Friday I went out with the same people and ...
  • 11/2/2012 10:45:00 AM
    Musky action has been very good this past week with a lot of nice fish in the upper 30 to mid forty inch range being caught.  A lot of the activity is taking place in deeper water from 8 to 14 feet associated with rocks along sharp breaking shorelines.  We are running deep diving crankbaits like Bucher Depth Raiders and Rubber style baits...
  • 11/1/2012 10:30:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The outdoor activity increases during those cold fall days A good hard frost starts things in motion during the fall.  The vegetation that has grown up over the summer starts to decay and opens up a new world of fishing and hunting.  You can take your choice of the two sports as they both are equally as good. ...
  • 10/31/2012 9:40:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com reports: Lots of changes are going on right now. There are a lot of Coho's, Browns and Steelheads at the Rivers and River Mouths. The Steelhead are especially biting and they are a nice size. Fish are staging right now and getting ready to go into the...
  • 10/31/2012 9:05:00 AM
    As I was driving back from Lake Geneva on Sunday, it was quite apparent that the fishing season has all but ended.  The boat launch that typically has 100-200 boats, had only 4 trailers there.  I am suspending my fishing reports for now, until we have safe ice. Walleye fishing has been very good either lindy rigging large fat head minnow...
  • 10/31/2012 8:55:00 AM
    The cold weather has taken a grip on the lakes area in Southern Wisconsin.  Even my fishing habit slows quite a bit this time of the year.  I’m sure I’ll be out sporadically between now and safe ice but it likely won’t be on a consistent basis.  Lake Geneva has not turned over yet.  The turnover should happen t...
  • 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...