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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 7/5/2012 12:10:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Ross The walleye bite has slowed a bit on Phillips Area Waters but the bluegill and perch action is making up for it! Ross's Sport Shop Guide boats are still bringing in nice mixed bag catches. Were not bringing in limits of walleyes but we are pulling a couple of nice eaters every trip and adding some quality gills and ...
  • 7/5/2012 11:40:00 AM
    By Frank Zumpf, Local Outdoorsman It’s been hot in the Rice Lake area and the fishing has been the same.  The bass fishing has been good, with several clubs holding tournaments on Rice Lake.  This has increased the boat traffic.  I hope there will still be a place for the recreational fisherman and that safe boat handling an...
  • 6/28/2012 4:00:00 PM
    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 ...
  • 6/28/2012 3:45:00 PM
    Fishing has been very good this past week with excellent catches of walleyes and crappies coming in along with some very nice muskies.  In addition to the great fishing, we have been seeing a lot of activity around our bear baiting stations. Doug Aziz with a nice musky Charlie Peth and Doug Aziz with Charlie's musky ...
  • 6/28/2012 10:55:00 AM
    By Local Outdoorsman Frank Zumpf Now that the rains have stopped and we have the lake levels up it’s time to fish.  Local anglers have been doing well on bass.  Many are fishing the weed pockets with plastic worms.  Others are pulling a frog or mouse across the lily pads.  Be sure to take a three count after the strike ...
  • 6/28/2012 9:50:00 AM
    Fishing continues to be very good.  The best action on the lake has been largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and rock bass.  Largemouth bass have been positioned in the shallow weed flats while the smallmouth bass have been on the break line. Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent.  The best location has been by the Military Academ...
  • 6/28/2012 9:45:00 AM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake has been fantastic.  Almost all of the species of fish are biting.  The only thing that hampered fishing last week was the strong SW wind, but if you could manage the wind, you could catch fish. Walleye fishing has been good at dusk and dawn.  They are positioned on the main lake points in about 20-22 ft of w...
  • 6/25/2012 12:45:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan The walleye bite on the Flowage has been very scattered over the last week with lots of storms coming through each day.  Walleye are still hitting half a crawler on a weedless jig mostly in wood flats in 8 to 10ft of water.  I did pick up some fish in 14ft and also got some bigg...