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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 9/21/2012 1:05:00 PM
    By Frank Zumpf, Local Outdoorsman If you can’t find something to do in the Rice Lake area now you’re just not trying.  If you like the outdoors your plate is full.  So far this week I’ve been goose hunting, camping, hiking with grandkids and hope to go bird hunting if there’s time. If fishing is your outdoor ac...
  • 9/21/2012 12:55:00 PM
    By Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All,(715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com reports: There are reports of Smallmouth still biting at the Rock Pile and the Shore end of the Break Wall. (for location information call Anglers All Bait Shop at 715-682-5754). Anglers are finding Walleyes in the Bay, using stickbaits and walleye...
  • 9/21/2012 11:00:00 AM
    Cooler temperatures has fishing in the central Wisconsin area heating up. With that said musky action has picked up and we are seeing a lot of really nice fish coming on jerk baits like Reef Hawgs and Suicks.  Now that the water is cooler we are also seeing some guys starting to use suckers which you can purchase at local sport shops like Gand...
  • 9/21/2012 10:30:00 AM
    By Dave Lang Hi from the shores of Lake Minocqua.  We definitely have the feeling of fall in the air making me think of fall Walleye patterns.  I expect to see Walleyes begin to relate to 2 different patterns depending on the lake.  On lakes that have good rock humps coming out of deep water and topping out at 15-25 feet  Walle...
  • 9/19/2012 9:10:00 AM
    By Steve SumanYou have until 6 p.m. September 21 to sign up for the Wilderness Wings Chapter-Ruffed Grouse Society's (RGS) fourth annual Hunt, Shoot, and Sportsmen’s Banquet Saturday September 22 at Summit Lake Game Farm. Individual tickets cost $75, family membership packages (two dinners) $80, and other ticket packages are available. For ti...
  • 9/18/2012 3:10:00 PM
    In response to KeepAmericaFishing™ candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney outline their approach to fisheries conservation and angler access to public waters Alexandria, VA – September 18, 2012 - On the campaign trail, presidential hopefuls rarely talk about recreational fishing or the use of public lands for recreational activities...
  • 9/18/2012 11:15:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt JusticeJust starting to see a significant drop in water temps.  This coming week should bring the type of temperatures we want to see for a good fall bite, so get ready. Smallmouth Bass:  Good.  Walleye anglers plying gravel humps with chubs, leeches and crawlers finding big smallies in depths of 18-28...
  • 9/17/2012 1:15:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerry Jerkbait Hartigan I did not fish yesterday due to a rain out, but the day before I fished the Flowage and tried all the patterns that had been working in the past week with little to show except a few small walleye. Toward the end of the day we moved into shallow wood and found it loaded with big perch and lots of eate...
  • 9/17/2012 12:55:00 PM
    For the most part, fishing on Delavan Lake has been quite spotty.  The few times I was out, I got extremely lucky finding some active fish.  The fish aren’t in a “normal” pattern right now as we transition from summer patterns to fall. Bluegill fishing has been average.  I’ve been catching most of my fish in ...
  • 9/17/2012 12:45:00 PM
    The late summer patterns are still very much intact.  Fishing overall has been good.  Fish still remain relatively deep in 15-20 ft of water. Smallmouth bass are being caught on lindy rigged nightcrawlers or small yellow perch also lindy rigged.  The best location has been by the old Military Academy or by Holiday Camp.  Once y...
  • 9/13/2012 4:40:00 PM
    Fishing in the Central Wisconsin area has been very good. We have been having really good action from muskies on jerk baits like Suicks and Reef Hawgs along with some nice fish still being caught on BIG bucktails.  Most of our action has been in 3 to 5 feet of water associated with weeds and or wood structure. A lot of the activity is taking p...
  • 9/11/2012 11:05:00 AM
    The 2012 bear season is under way and it looks like it is going to be a good one. Congratulations goes out to Dennis and Marcy Hintz as they took a very nice bear on opening day as it came into one of my bait stations. This week will now be prime for bait sitters as dog hunters can't start for a week. A few tips on being successful once season sta...
  • 9/11/2012 10:45:00 AM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Walleye action has picked back up with some anglers reporting the bite switching over to minnows. Our guides at Ross's Sport Shop are still having great luck on half of a crawler on a jig head or lindy rig. “Guide John Carlson with a Musky caught on Topwater earlier this week.” ”...
  • 9/11/2012 10:05:00 AM
    School is back in session for both kids and the bass.  The bass bite has improved dramatically with the cooler water temperature and the decreased fishing pressure.  It’s a great time to be able to fish. Smallmouth bass fishing has been phenomenal.  It’s probably the best it’s been in two years for this time of yea...
  • 9/11/2012 9:55:00 AM
    With the cooler weather, fishing has improved over the last week.  The largemouth bass and walleyes have become more active.  The fish are still relating to main lake weed points with rock. The walleye are starting to become more active.  They can be caught in 18-22 ft of water.  The best bait is either leeches or small chubs f...
  • 9/11/2012 8:35:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Jerry Jerkbait Hartigan Today started out with very questionable weather, but we decided to give it a try anyway.  The first spot we tried was a 10ft flat that had scattered wood on it where I had caught fish earlier in the week.  I did not even have my rod out of the rod locker when I looked up to see one of my cli...
  • 9/6/2012 10:35:00 AM
    The 2012 bear season is under way and it looks like it is going to be a good one.  Congratulations goes out to Dennis and Marcy Hintz as they took a very nice bear on opening day as it came into one of my bait stations. This week will now be prime for bait sitters as dog hunters can't start for a week. A few tips on being successful once seaso...
  • 9/5/2012 4:25:00 PM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754 reports: The Smallmouth Bass are biting all over the Bay. There are reports of Smallmouth biting at the Rock Pile and the Shore end of the Break Wall. (for location information call Anglers All Bait Shop at 715-682-5754). Anglers are finding Walleyes in the Bay, using stickbaits and wall...
  • 9/5/2012 2:25:00 PM
    By Gary Engberg In the month of August and even into September you would often have some of the warmest temperatures of the year. We’ve had high temperatures (95-100 degrees), little or no precipitation, and high humidity. This isn’t the greatest weather for anyone being outside, but there are some things to do to make you feel better ...
  • 9/5/2012 1:50:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan Well I am finally able to do a fishing report again after two computer malfunctions that put me out of business for a while.  The last three days I have been out on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage each day.  The walleyes have been in about 12 ft. of water on flats with scattered woo...
  • 8/31/2012 11:15:00 AM
    The 2012 Bear season is here and our stand locations have been picked!  All of our bait stations are regularly being visited, and a couple of them by some very nice bears.  Now with the ability to see what is coming in to each station by using trail cameras we have decided on our starting location for opening day. Along with the bears tha...
  • 8/31/2012 10:00:00 AM
    Date: September 8th Tournament waters include all navigable water on Lake Wausau and the Rib River. Entry fee is $60.00 per boat of 1 or 2 people. Ease out is determined by your paid entry. First one paid is the first one out and so on. Pre-Tournament meeting at Trails End on Thursday September 6th at 7:00 pm. One team member must be present! T...
  • 8/30/2012 9:00:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler I was out the day after we had an inch of rain and the trout streams were very murky.  The Panther Martin size 2 spinner in silver was my offering of choice. Since the water visibility was very limited for the fish, I let the spinner sink near the bottom and retrieved slowly.  This proved to be the right combinatio...
  • 8/29/2012 8:50:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Despite the warming weather for late August, fishing for some species has improved, though not in the areas and techniques usually used at this time. Musky:  Good:  Musky have been active and providing some of the best reports as good numbers are being seen (if not always caught) and some big fish cont...
  • 8/28/2012 3:25:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jeff Winters WOW! August is sure slipping by fast. This entire month has pretty much been a cold front. Water temps have fallen into the upper sixties now and this drop has had effects on fishing. The top fish right now is MUSKY. These prized fish have responded very well to the cooler temps. There has been a very pronounced ...