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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 9/28/2012 1:40:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan Fished Wednesday for a half day with Dave Wolf who was a first time walleye fisherman and had never really jig fished before.  With sunny calm conditions it was a perfect day for Dave to learn, and he ended up doing well catching a bunch of walleyes and a few decent perch. Overall w...
  • 9/28/2012 8:40:00 AM
    Jim Hudson, Hudson's On the Spot Guide Service, 715-209-6431, hudson@fishchequamegonbay.com reports: Fishing in front of the river mouths will start to heat up now. Water temps have dropped and this week into October are the best times for Coho to show back up. Also, we got some rain recently, so, hopefully that will help the stream anglers out t...
  • 9/27/2012 11:00:00 AM
    Well it's been another great week of fishing in the central Wisconsin area, the water temperatures have now cooled down to the mid 50° range and the fish are becoming more and more active. The walleye bite has been fantastic and we are catching a lot of nice fish in the 16 to 20 inch range on jigs tipped with minnows. Most of the fish that we a...
  • 9/26/2012 11:05:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Big cool down this last week with air temps in the low 30’s some mornings, water temps dropped drastically and this bodes well for the coming week. High winds and rain stirred up the water which brought some surface temps down to 50 degrees, though most lakes are holding at about 56-59 degrees. Smallmouth...
  • 9/26/2012 8:50:00 AM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson With the water temps dropping in the low to mid 50's the fish are really putting on the feed. I have been mostly targeting Musky but the Walleye and Crappie action is good as well. The Crappie are starting to suspend over the deeper basin areas of the lakes. Walleye anglers are finding that the Walleye are mov...
  • 9/25/2012 11:55:00 AM
    By Steve Suman We have a mild, clear, and sunny Monday – but VERY windy! It looks to be an exceptionally nice week, with (currently) no precipitation in the forecast. “Most lakes are hovering around 60-65 degrees and fish moved to the weeds and weed edges,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Algae blooms are also driving the fish ...
  • 9/24/2012 2:05:00 PM
    The water temperature has been dropping rapidly causing the fish to be in a transition period.  They could be deep or shallow at this point depending on the day.  They will all be shallow as the water temp continues to drop.  The fishing will probably be spotty until the lake turnsover.  The fish have switched from nightcrawlers...
  • 9/24/2012 1:50:00 PM
    Recently with the high winds and cooler temperatures the fishing pressure on Lake Geneva has been almost non-existent.  Remember that Lake Trout fishing concludes at the end of September until winter. Lake Trout have been biting in 70-100 ft of water.  They are being caught vertical jigging large Swedish pimples or Buzz Bombs.  Char...