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Kevin Wallenfang and his tournament winning, 46-inch musky just prior to release Fishing has been as hot as the weather for our circle of family and friends, and anglers participating in the 16th Annual Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic. The Classic was started in 2003 by fishing guide Patricia Strutz to memorialize Bob Ellis, a legendary northern Wisconsin row troller inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2008 for his im...
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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 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...