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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 7/12/2012 12:25:00 PM
    By Frank Zumpf I had another fisherman ask me how I could fish in the hot weather this week.  This started a conversation about the quality of fish for the table in warm weather.  I contend that there is no difference summer or winter—you just have to take a few more precautions in the summer. If I am going to keep any fish I go...
  • 7/11/2012 1:50:00 PM
    By Steve Suman Following a July Fourth holiday week of heat and storms, this week offers a promising forecast, with a few chances for showers and warm temperatures, but with most days not exceeding 90 degrees. “Muskie action was good until we were besieged by record setting temperatures last week,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “In ...
  • 7/10/2012 4:20:00 PM
    Strong walleye bite continues even as the weather heats up. We have been dong very well on walleyes in 6 to 10 feet of water working jigs tipped with crawlers and leeches along outside weed lines and channel edges. The smallmouth bass fishing has been fantastic. We are doing very well on smallies running small crankbaits and/or jigs tipped with tu...
  • 7/10/2012 2:30:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Finally a break from the heat came in the form of a storm Friday night that brought rain, wind and some cool night time temps.  Didn't seem to affect the fishing as good bites continued throughout the weekend.  Lots of bass action as expected, but also walleye, musky and bluegill bites got better. Larg...
  • 7/10/2012 2:20:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson With 80 to 84 degree surface temps you would expect fishing to slow down a bit as fish should be moving into deeper water.  Last week has proved that wrong. Clients and customers are reporting good catches of Gills, Crappie, and Perch. They are catching these Panfish in 5 to 15 feet of water. Walleye action...
  • 7/10/2012 1:10:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kenny Wallock With the water temps in the high 70's the fishing has been explosive the past weeks for my clients as were the excellent fireworks display here on the Stevens Point Flowage. All the rain the northern part of the state really got the fish biting well with good current flow a couple weeks ago. My clients have been...
  • 7/9/2012 4:15:00 PM
    The extreme heat continued for another week, it didn’t however, have a negative impact on fishing.  Most of the fish are in their mid-summer patterns.  They are off the weedlines in 18-20 ft of water. Northern pike action has been very good in 25-27 ft of water.  Look for the fish by Belvidere Park and just west of Willow Poin...
  • 7/9/2012 4:10:00 PM
    All the warm weather over the past few weeks has the lake water some of the warmest I’ve seen in July in 21 years of guiding. The good news is that it hasn’t affected fishing.Fishing remains excellent. Even though we have 80 degree surface temperatures, the large and smallmouth bass are still relatively shallow. Most of my success is c...
  • 7/9/2012 3:55:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jeff Winters Fishing got quite a bit tougher since my last report.  We had to endure a bug hatch, 10 straight days of storms and a miserable heat blast.  Fishing was hard. The past few days have shown some pretty good action on a bunch of different fish.  It’s a crawler bite now and this opened the door ...
  • 7/9/2012 3:30:00 PM
    Hot weather means even hotter fishing. The bite for muskies this past week has been outstanding. We have been catching quite a few nice fish in the mid to upper thirty inch range along with some real good 40 plus inch fish. The Wisconsin River system also recently produced a nice 50 incher for good friend Jordan Kelbley this past week.  The b...
  • 7/9/2012 11:25:00 AM
    The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce report; Fishing is starting to pick up again and the anglers are pleased to see the water starting to clear up. Bay Days is coming July 13th through the 15th. This is a Home Town Festival that is fun for the entire family. What a wonderful time of year to come and visit, enjoy the festival at Bay View Park, and ...
  • 7/9/2012 11:00:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler I was out fishing three times in this extreme heat and caught all the panfish I wanted.  I went at 5 am or 7 pm and the bite was on.  I was fishing near Lone Rock and just using a waxworm, size 8 hook, and a small bobber.  You need to look for small open pockets in the lily pads and then it just takes a good ca...
  • 7/6/2012 10:40:00 AM
    By Steve Suman Just in time for the summer vacation and recreation season, the DNR has added a new activities locator – Explore Outdoors – to its website. Visitors can search millions of acres of public lands by county, city, property type, or outdoor activities, and can cover all opportunities on DNR state parks, trails, forests, natu...
  • 7/5/2012 2:50:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Heat and high pressure (with the occasional lightning storm thrown in) has made midday fishing rather miserable. No problem, the fish aren’t biting then anyway. The best has been very early in the A.M. (sometimes bite over by 6:30-7) or towards dusk. Fish being caught, but window of opportunity sometimes sm...
  • 7/5/2012 1:10:00 PM
    Fishing remains excellent.  You need to go early to avoid the crowds.  Most days there are between 100-150 fishermen out on the lake.  The fishing has been awesome for bluegills and largemouth bass. Largemouth bass fishing has been great.  You want to fish underneath the north shore piers or on the deep weed line points.  ...
  • 7/5/2012 1:00:00 PM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva continues to be very good.  The boat traffic has been very intense.  Due to vacation season, you need to go early in the a.m. Smallmouth bass are on the weed line in 15-20 ft of water.  The best location is by Abbey Springs or by the Yacht Club.  The best presentation is a 1/8 oz lindy sinker with a 2 ft ...
  • 7/5/2012 12:50:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Right now there are a number of activities that are about to take place or already have.  If you are one that is looking for outdoor activities, I feel we have some very nice ones to offer.  I just took a canoe trip down the Pine River from Bohen’s Mill (about 5 miles north of Richland Center) to the old commu...