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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 10/3/2012 12:15:00 PM
    By Steve Suman If you were not ‘up north’ in the past few days, you missed an outstanding weekend of warm weather and display of fall colors. Simply spectacular! “It is hard to believe September is history,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but that does not mean the end of fishing. In fact, this is a great time of year to...
  • 10/3/2012 11:40:00 AM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Winter is growing nearer in Northern Wisconsin and signs of it are all around us. Chances of snow the next few days remind us that the fall fishing window can be short, so go out there and enjoy what is left of open water fishing for this year. Our guide team has been busy this week with a corporate trip and s...
  • 10/2/2012 2:05:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerry Hartigan The last few days have brought beautiful weather and really active walleyes.  On the Flowage the walleyes have moved into the river channels and deep drop-offs. I caught fish anywhere from 10 feet to around 22 feet.  But the bigger fish seemed to be in 14 to 16 foot river channels near drop-offs.&nbs...
  • 10/2/2012 1:55:00 PM
    By John Facher Fall harvest. Ann Faucher holds up a couple of average sized crappie that were included in her limit of 25 caught Sunday afternoon. Large schools of baitfish have been seen swimming up the river as crappie anglers continue to catch an abundance of fish in the submerged brush and trees from New London to Lake Poygan.Photo By: John ...
  • 10/2/2012 12:15:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice A week of beautiful weather, though cold in the morning, kept water temps in the low to upper 50's. A few reports of smaller lakes turning over, but for the most part, things have been very stable. A little too much sun and high pressure, but the stable weather has led to overall good fishing. Crappies: Very Goo...
  • 10/2/2012 12:05:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Dave Lang Hi from the shores of Lake Minocqua.  After a week of cold, wet, and windy conditions the weather turned nice last Monday and has stayed nice.  Walleyes are in their fall pattern.  Depending on the lake you will find them relating to rock humps or deep holes. Lakes are beginning to turn; again it depe...
  • 10/2/2012 11:30:00 AM
    The most important thing to realize is that the lake is very low.  You need to travel out of the boat launch area with great caution.  The Delavan Lake Sanitary district says the lake is 10 ½ inches low, but it appears 2-3 ft low to me.  Overall, the fishing has been on the slow side.  The best action has been coming at n...
  • 10/2/2012 11:25:00 AM
    Delavan Lake has been slow, but Lake Geneva has been very good for fishing.  The fish are in their late summer, early fall patterns and can be easily harvested.  Most of the fish I’ve been catching are in 20 ft of water yet, however there is also a good bite in 8-10 ft of water. Largemouth bass can be caught in 10 ft of water. ...
  • 10/2/2012 10:55:00 AM
    A SATURDAY SALMON SPECTACULAR: Root River Open House Flyer 2012 PDF It’s time once again for the annual Salmon Spectacular, showcasing the Root River Steelhead Facility. The Department of Natural Resources Root River Steelhead Facility will be hosting its 4th public open house of the facility on Saturday October 13th from 9am-3pm at Lincoln...