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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 8/14/2012 12:15:00 PM
    With the cooler weather, the fishing has moved slightly more shallow for the largemouth bass.  The northern pike fishing is still a bit elusive. Largemouth bass have been biting both in 6-8 ft of water or as deep as 20 ft of water.  The best approach has been drop shotting green pumpkin worms about 1 ft above bottom.  I like the Yum...
  • 8/14/2012 12:10:00 PM
    As the end of summer nears, the boat traffic has been decreasing as the weeks go by.  The cooler weather may also be contributing to the reduction.  Some of the best fishing is ahead of us in fall.  After Labor Day, we see some of the best catches and opportunities for trophy fish. Smallmouth bass are in the 20-25 ft depth range off...
  • 8/9/2012 10:05:00 AM
    Musky action has picked up this past week with a few nice fish being caught and one giant going a whopping 53 inches long.  A lot of the muskies are coming during low light periods with the largest ones coming right at or after dark.  The muskies have been biting on jerkbaits like Suicks, big bucktails like the cowgirl and topwater baits ...
  • 8/7/2012 4:50:00 PM
    By Frank Zumpf It’s August already.  Summer has been going by so fast.  It seems like we had the “dog days” of summer in July.  With school starting before you know it, I’m thinking that if you know any kids who haven’t been out fishing, now is the time to take them out.  If you’ve already ...
  • 8/7/2012 2:05:00 PM
    Connect with the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce at www.visitashland.com or 800-284-9484. Ashland Chamber of Commerce reports: WOW! What a great summer! Sun…heat…heat…and heat! The fishing guides continue to be busy showcasing the Greatest of the Great Lakes; Lake Superior, where fishing has been good all summer. You can fis...
  • 8/7/2012 10:05:00 AM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson The much needed rain and a drop in evening temps has cooled the water a few degrees (down to the mid 70's in most lakes) and heated up the fishing. Earlier this week Ross's Sport Shop guides had some great mixed bag trips and some good Musky outings. On Saturday one of the guide boats boated over 35 walleye and ...
  • 8/6/2012 1:50:00 PM
    By Steve Suman The forecast for this week holds quite the mix, from somewhat chilly lows to highs in the 80s, and chances for rain. If you are fishing, try to get out ahead of the fronts, but watch for thunderstorms – and get off the water immediately if lightning is in or moving into the area. “Walleye fishing was fair during the hig...
  • 8/6/2012 12:30:00 PM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake continues to be excellent.  The best bite on the lake remains bluegills with Largemouth bass being a close second.  Both fish are on the deep weedlines in 16-18 ft of water.  With the warmer weather, boat traffic is extreme so try for early a.m. or late p.m. Largemouth bass can be caught on two different patt...