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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 8/6/2012 12:20:00 PM
    Fishing continues to be very good on Lake Geneva.  Based on the warm weather, you need to plan your fishing trips accordingly as the boat traffic can be intense. Lake Trout fishing has been excellent.  The best depth continues to be 90-100 ft down in 120-130 ft of water.  Most of the action is coming off of a small Dodger and Fly or...
  • 8/6/2012 11:05:00 AM
    Wisconsin angler Ron Klimcke  experienced another great evening of walleye fishing on the Big Chip Friday. “I moved around and fished several spots before I found them,” Klimcke said. “Once I found the fish it only took about 35 minutes to limit out. I used a jig tipped with either a leech or half of a night crawler while ...
  • 8/3/2012 10:25:00 AM
    By Phil Schweik Walleyes are biting on leeches and crawlers in about 8 to 12 feet of water. most of the fish have come from heavy cover like wood and weeds. Slip bobber rigs are working pretty well during low light conditions but during the daytime a simple jig tipped with live bait has been the best for getting the walleyes out of the heaviest of...
  • 8/1/2012 10:00:00 AM
    By Frank Zumpf Well, it’s been warm enough to go fishing this week. Now is the time I think about how nice it was ice fishing. Of course, when I was out on the ice I was thinking how nice open water would be. The bass fishing has been good, with the largemouth in the lily pads or deep holes in the weeds. One thing that seems to be slow i...
  • 7/31/2012 11:05:00 AM
    By Kurt Justice A midweek storm cooled the water and some of the fishing down through the weekend.  As temps start to return to normal, so has the fishing. Largemouth Bass:  Good-Very Good.  Still the most widely caught species (other than bluegills) up here.  Spinnerbaits (Boonie baits, River 2 Sea), Chatterbaits, Pre-rigged ...
  • 7/31/2012 10:25:00 AM
    By Steve Suman Last Call: Young anglers 10-16 years of age can still register for this Sunday’s free Hayward Lakes Chapter Muskies, Inc. Kid’s Fishing Day. Pre-register (required) at Hayward Bait. For more information, call Hayward Bait (715) 634-2921. “We have a strong evening and night pattern going for many fish species,&rdqu...
  • 7/30/2012 4:50:00 PM
    Angler Ron Klimcke reports excellent walleye fishing on the Chippewa Flowage in recent days.  Ron boated two beautiful walleyes and lost another bigger fish at boatside on leeches in 45 minutes. His minnow presentation caught only crappies.
  • 7/30/2012 1:00:00 PM
    Justin Johnson, 20, of New Berlin, caught a 40-inch musky and 37-1/2-inch musky on Pewaukee Lake in Waukesha County fifteen minutes apart.  Both fish hit a double bucktail, black and black during the figure-8.  Both fish were released.
  • 7/30/2012 12:30:00 PM
    Delavan Lake has seen a lot of fishing pressure this week. John Gillespie was out the middle of this week, so I don’t expect it to let up anytime soon. On Saturday, the boat launch was exceptionally busy between 5 and 6 a.m. so plan accordingly. The good news is that the fishing remains consistent and most species have available action. Blue...
  • 7/30/2012 12:15:00 PM
    Lake Geneva continues to be really good fishing but it also continues to be super busy with pleasure boats. Plan to fish early a.m. or late p.m. for a safer, more productive trip. Lake trout continue to bite in the main lake basin. The best time to try for them is early a.m. as the sun in coming up. Look for the fish 90 ft down in about 110-118 ft...
  • 7/30/2012 12:00:00 PM
    Fishing Guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715-682-3232 reports: IT’S HOT.. That pretty much sums up the weather the past week here in our area. Also, sums up the fishing!! We have had almost a week of stable pressure and the fish have responded well, giving anglers all sorts of good times out here on the Bay and into th...
  • 7/25/2012 1:55:00 PM
    The recent summer heat has not stopped the great action we are having on local waters. Walleyes continue to be a very good attraction with nice fish being caught on crawlers and leeches. Most of the fish are in 8 to 12 feet of water associated with wood and rocks. Andy Cravens with a nice walleye John Sparbel with a nice walleye. ...
  • 7/25/2012 12:45:00 PM
    By Steve Suman The forecast indicates a slight break (low 80s) from the recent high temperatures, though with good chances of rain and thunderstorms throughout the coming week – and we could use some moisture! Reminder: August 1 is the application deadline for the following hunting and trapping seasons: Fall turkey, Canada geese (in the Hor...
  • 7/25/2012 10:25:00 AM
    By Frank Zumpf The muskies have been the active ones this week.  Several anglers report catching legal size muskies on Rice Lake.  It’s good to catch a musky, but to have it be over the 50-inch limit is outstanding.  Most of the fish were caught on the north end of the lake.  A large spinner like a cowbell rig seems to ...
  • 7/25/2012 10:05:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Warm, yet stable weather has kept the fishing patterns fairly stable.  Daytime temps in the mid to upper 80's raising lake surface temps back into high 70's.  A few cool mornings and some east winds did make for slow morning bites last week, but overall fishing is good. Largemouth Bass:  Very good...
  • 7/23/2012 11:50:00 AM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake is slower than it’s been in the past few years.  I’m not sure if it’s due to the warm summer or the massive amounts of fishing pressure.  The water to me seems about 12-18 inches lower than normal.  You need to watch the boat launch channel on the way through as the water at the tip of the je...
  • 7/23/2012 11:45:00 AM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva continues to be excellent.  The fish are in their mid-summer pattern.  There are ample opportunities for both large fish and a good fish fry. Lake Trout fishing continues to be excellent.  The fish are in the main lake basin.  I’ve been catching most of my fish 90 ft down in 110-120 ft of water.&nbs...
  • 7/23/2012 11:20:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler I was out fishing two times this past week and the action is still good.  The Wisconsin River is very low now but the catfish are in an aggressive mood.  The cat in the photo attached was caught on a mini mite in pink.  I missed him on the first hit but on the second cast grabbed the bait and took off.  I ...
  • 7/19/2012 3:00:00 PM
    Walleyes are biting on crawlers and leeches in 8 to 12 feet of water associated with wood and rocks.  Most of our action coming during low light periods and on cloudy days. Nick Laska with a nice Wisconsin River musky Jamie Claypool from Ohio with a nice largemouth bass George Reece from Ohio with a nice smallmouth bass ...
  • 7/19/2012 12:50:00 PM
    Walleye and Panfish have slowed a bit with the water temps topping out in the mid 80's but the Musky and Bass fishing is going strong. Largemouth Bass are being taken in thick shoreline cover. We have been working the fallen and overhanging trees with tubes and senko style worms. You really need a med/heavy rod and at least 14lb fireline to pull t...
  • 7/19/2012 11:55:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Heat has worked it's way back into our summer. Water temps are high for up here, the best fishing times are very early and after dark. Largemouth Bass: Excellent. Bass owning the shallow weeds during the morning. Pre-rigged plastic worms, X-raps good. Mid morning through early evening work outer weed edges with ...
  • 7/17/2012 4:30:00 PM
    By Steve Suman The forecast indicates another week of warm weather, with highs in the upper 80s and into the 90s and a few chances for rain showers and thunderstorms (and we can use the moisture). When possible, enjoy your outdoor recreational pursuits during the cooler morning and evening hours – and bug repellent and head nets are wise cho...
  • 7/17/2012 1:40:00 PM
    By Frank Zumpf Well, we started to fish some of the smaller lakes in the area this week.  At some of the landings there were no other vehicles with boat trailers.  I see this as a good sign as the only fishing pressure is from the people that live on the lake. To find these lakes, get a county map, such as a plat book or a trail map s...
  • 7/16/2012 11:20:00 AM
    The dry weather continues and the good fishing continues as well.  Most of the fish are in their late summer pattern.  The fish are a bit deeper than most people are fishing.  Most of the fish are in 15-20 ft of water.  The boat traffic has been crazy, you want to get to the launch before 6 a.m. and off by 11 a.m.  The lake...
  • 7/16/2012 11:10:00 AM
    Lake Geneva fishing has been great even considering the hot weather.  Both smallmouth and largemouth can be readily caught in relatively shallow water.  Lake Trout fishing has been phenomenal.  You want to fish first light or in dusk conditions. Lake Trout fishing has been great in the main lake basin in 106-112 ft of water.  T...