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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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 ...
  • 8/28/2012 2:50:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Water temps are holding in the mid 70's and the Panfish and Musky are very active. The Panfish are being found scattered from shallow to deep. Fallen trees on deeper shorelines are giving up some really nice sized gills. We are also getting some gills out of 12 to 15 feet of water around cribs and other deep wate...
  • 8/28/2012 11:40:00 AM
    Walleye angler and OWO contributor Ron Klimcke found the evening bite good on the Chippewa Flowage for Walleye August 27. “I was using a Kluz Jig which has a longer collar than the standard collared jig tipped with a minnow,” Klimcke said.  “I started off drifting as there was a light breeze but missed a few fish so I decide...
  • 8/28/2012 11:20:00 AM
    With the holiday weekend coming up, the boat traffic has dropped significantly but fishing remains excellent.  Most of the fish are on the deep weedline in 20-25 ft of water. Largemouth bass are being caught either by Trinkes or the Military Academy.  The best depth is 21-25 ft of water.  They can be caught either by drop shotting o...
  • 8/28/2012 11:20:00 AM
    Fishing has been better but it’s still a decent bite.  The boat traffic continues and expect more than a few extra boats this coming Labor Day Weekend. Largemouth bass are on the main lake points, they can be caught either drop shotting or trolling a lindy rig with a nightcrawler.  The key is a 24 inch leader.  Most of the act...
  • 8/28/2012 8:55:00 AM
    Anglers All Bait Shoplapenter@charter.net, 715-682-5754 As the season begins to change and the weather cools down in the evenings the anglers report fishing is awesome, according to Professional Guide Roger LaPenter.  It isn’t uncommon to catch a 5 pound bass in the month of September and some nice size Trout, Salmon, Bass and Walleye. ...
  • 8/27/2012 12:45:00 PM
    By Steve Suman Early fall fishing is starting to hit stride and a number of hunting seasons are set to open in the near future (check the calendar). “We have a strong early morning, evening, and night pattern going now,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “so it is good to plan some evening and early morning fishing. The warmer water tem...
  • 8/21/2012 3:15:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Colder Mornings Bringing Water Temperature down Now that we are getting cooler temperatures in the morning, the backwater fishing action is much better in the evening.  I usually like about two hours before sunset.  The other night I had a nice bluegill on when a northern hit it.  The pike would let it go then...
  • 8/21/2012 2:10:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice For a portion of last week, fishing really seemed to take a dive. With a few exceptions it didn’t seem it could get much worse, but it did. Night time temps in the low 40’s have started some sugar maple trees turning, daytime surface temps on larger lakes hovering around 69-71 degrees while smaller la...
  • 8/21/2012 1:20:00 PM
    by Steve Suman This Saturday, August 25, Sawyer County Outdoors Projects and Education (SCOPE) is holding its Family Fun Day at Summit Lake Game Farm. The event is free to youth to 18 years of age and $3 for adults. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and interactive stations start at 8:30 a.m., including .22 rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, and archery s...
  • 8/21/2012 12:50:00 PM
    By Captain Jim Hudson715-209-6431Hudson@fishchequamegonbay.com In the “Bay” itself, smallmouth are starting to binge feed pretty good,” said Captain Jim Hudson, referring to Chequamegon. “The days are getting shorter and this triggers the fish to start putting on the pounds to make it through their long winter. Now, the ext...
  • 8/21/2012 11:50:00 AM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva continues to be excellent with very light boat traffic in the morning.  It certainly isn’t seeing the same amount of fishing pressure that Lake Delavan is experiencing. Largemouth bass are on the deep weedline in 18-20 ft of water.  The fish are being caught using three different methods.  The first is C...
  • 8/21/2012 11:45:00 AM
    Fishing continues to be above average on Delavan Lake.  The bass are hitting well and the bluegills are also a tremendous bite right now.  The boat traffic is still pretty high, but with school starting in the next week or two it should decrease significantly. Bluegills continue to bite in 30 ft of water suspended 10-15 ft down.  Th...
  • 8/16/2012 3:50:00 PM
    Speaker of the House John Boehner joins Hooksetters for a day on the water: This weeks report is going to be a little different than any of my other reports. For the past two months I have been planning a fishing trip in Wisconsin for the Speaker of the House John Boehner.  After initially being contacted by Dr. Tom Turner from Wausau about J...
  • 8/15/2012 3:40:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Water temps are dropping from the mid-80s down to the upper 60s to mid-70s on all area lakes. This week Ross's Sport Shop guides targeted Bass and Musky. The Musky are going on Double 8 and Double 10 bucktails.  The surface bite is also picking up again for Musky. Largemouth Bass are very active and we did ...
  • 8/15/2012 3:20:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Now that we are getting cooler temperatures in the morning, the backwater fishing action is slowing down.  Fishing from shore on the Wisconsin backwaters is best done with a small ice fishing jig tipped with a waxworm attached about a foot below a small bobber.  Just remember to fish the edges of lily pads or dead t...
  • 8/14/2012 1:10:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Mid-August is showing some signs of turning things around for anglers targeting certain species.  While the cool nights have slowed the bite for some in the Lakeland area - in general fishing overall has improved. Musky:  Good to Very Good.  Action on bucktails, spinnerbaits and top-water lures pi...
  • 8/14/2012 12:50:00 PM
    By Steve Suman The Hayward area has another beautiful week in the making, with a few chances of rain, if forecasts hold anywhere close to true. Mild daytime highs in the 70s, nighttime lows in the 40s and 50s – great for just about any and every outdoor recreational activity! “A welcome break in the weather at last,” says Pat at...