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Kevin Wallenfang and his tournament winning, 46-inch musky just prior to release Fishing has been as hot as the weather for our circle of family and friends, and anglers participating in the 16th Annual Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic. The Classic was started in 2003 by fishing guide Patricia Strutz to memorialize Bob Ellis, a legendary northern Wisconsin row troller inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2008 for his im...
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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 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 ...