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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 6/25/2012 11:30:00 AM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Walleye fishing is still going strong in the Phillips Area. Our guide boats are still getting limits of walleyes on most trips out and we are also catching some bonus jumbo perch and big bluegills. We are fishing leeches under slip bobbers in 10 to 18 feet of water around any wood structure. We are also getting t...
  • 6/22/2012 11:45:00 AM
    Gary Engberg Outdoor If you have not fished Lake Winnebago, then you are missing out on one of Wisconsin’s premier walleye waters which seems to be just getting better and better every year. Lake Winnebago is the largest inland lake in the state of Wisconsin, encompassing 137,708 acres with a maximum depth of 21 feet. This breaks down to a l...
  • 6/21/2012 4:20:00 PM
    This past week has been pretty good for walleye activity. A lot of nice fish are being caught in 10 to 14 feet of water along deep weed edges on jigs tipped with minnows.  We are also seeing some nice fish coming on crankbaits like Rapalas and Bombers late in the day as they move up shallower in the weeds. Kevin Meyers with a ni...
  • 6/20/2012 12:10:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jeff Winters We’ve been taking everything Mother Nature can throw at us the past 2 weeks. Wind, rain, lightening, 50+ degree temperature swings – we’ve seen it all. We still caught fish through all of it. You had to search out your bites and be patient. We are now coming out of most of the mayfly hatch and t...
  • 6/20/2012 12:05:00 PM
    Josh Dueans wrestled in this hefty 20 pound seven ounce channel cat while fishing on an outing with US Coast Guard Master Captain Kenny Wegner through Johnny's Little Shop of Bait in New London. As of June 16, Wegner began running daytime excursions and all night cat fishing trips aboard the S.S. Catisfaction on the Wolf River. Connect with Johnn...
  • 6/20/2012 11:55:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kenny Wallock Before fishing could resume, my fishing partner, Dave Kinney and I put away our fishing poles for one day, hung up our fishing hats, cleaned up the pontoons, and watched with many guests as Jason and Sherry Szymkowiak were married on the Stevens Point Flowage.  Jason calls the flowage home for fishing, hunt...
  • 6/19/2012 12:05:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Summer patterns have begun to set up.  Daily changes in the weather may alter bites here and there, but overall, things look fairly consistent with a late June/early July bite. Pike:  Very good.  Anglers targeting pike have been having good success casting shallow raps, ratllin raps, chatterbaits ...
  • 6/19/2012 11:55:00 AM
    By Steve Suman If the forecast holds true for the latter part of this week, the 63rd Annual Musky Festival should enjoy good weather. There are ‘chances’ of rain, but for most days, odds are 50-50 or better against it. “Water temperature are in the upper to mid 60s on most lakes, the low 60s on large lakes, and weed beds are dev...
  • 6/19/2012 10:30:00 AM
    Fishing has been very good.  The water has warmed to approximately 70 degrees.  The largemouth bass are coming off the spawn and the Lake Trout have been aggressive. Largemouth bass have finished spawning and are in 10-12 ft of water.  They can be caught on a weightless Senko or a nightcrawler split shot rig.  The best location...
  • 6/19/2012 10:30:00 AM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake has been fantastic.  You need to get to the lake early because the fishing pressure has been extraordinary from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m.  The best bite continues to be the largemouth bass and bluegills.  The bluegills are in 12-14 ft of water and the largemouth bass are in about 12-15 ft of water. Largemouth bass can...
  • 6/15/2012 1:55:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan I have spent the last week with different writers and a TV show trying to show them how good the fishing is in Mercer Wisconsin but the weather and the fish were not very cooperative.  30MPH winds seem to persist for days with a front that went from the 90's one day to a high of 60 t...
  • 6/15/2012 10:05:00 AM
    Walleyes have been biting well this past week on jigs tipped with minnows as well as jigs tipped with crawlers. Most of the action is coming form 6 to 10 feet of water associated with channel edges and either rock or wood. The crappie bite is good with nice catches coming from suspended fish holding in about 12 to 16 feet of water.  These fis...
  • 6/15/2012 9:40:00 AM
    The local anglers have been catching some nice sized Northern’s at the Hot Pond. Fishing right off the docks has been good and the Smallies are biting all the time!!!Panfish have been plentiful on the inland waters. If you are coming into the Chequamegon Bay Area for the many upcoming events, take time to call the local fishing guides and giv...
  • 6/14/2012 9:55:00 AM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Fishing in the Phillips area is still going strong. Our guide boats have been boating some very nice mixed bags for clients most of the spring. This week walleye, smallmouth, perch, and bluegills were all caught on trips fishing in 10 to 15 feet of water on the breaks. We are using small jig heads or floating lin...
  • 6/12/2012 11:30:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Wind once again has made angling difficult here in the Northwoods.  Water temps are climbing and most everything is still 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule. Bluegills:  Excellent! Biggest drawback is wind.  Gills spawning all over.  Large colonies of beds.  Poppers on fly rods or behind spinni...
  • 6/12/2012 11:15:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The vegetation is starting to get very thick for this time of the year on the Mississippi River backwater.  June seems to be like July.  To travel in the backwaters takes more effort but the outdoor scenery is magnificent and quiet.  The birds and frogs and the occasional splash in the water from beaver fill th...
  • 6/12/2012 9:50:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Dennis Walker BIG GREEN LAKE UPDATE; With all the quiet hot weather and very little wind this past week has warmed up the water. The mid-day temp. is 70*- 72* over the deep water and 75* -77* in the shallow water. Also the water is very clear you can see bottom in 20 feet of water and down 30 feet over the deep water. But the...
  • 6/8/2012 10:10:00 AM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Bluegill action has picked up again in the shallow water around any fallen trees or along shallow weed lines. Waxies, panfish worms or gulp have been all working well. The bass action is really turning on; smallies are shallow, fish any cover like rock, wood or docks with natural color tubes or jigs. I like colo...
  • 6/6/2012 1:00:00 PM
    With the windy conditions that we have been encountering this past week it has been difficult for boat control but absolutely great for finding fish locations.  The walleyes have been holding tight to points on wind blown shores usually in 6 to 10 feet of water. Jigs tipped with minnows has been the best bait but we are seeing a few nice fish ...
  • 6/6/2012 12:20:00 PM
    By Steve Suman Aside from a few mentions of rain in the forecast, this week holds promises for lows in the 40s and highs in the upper 70s. Very pleasant spring weather – and most of the precipitation possibility percentages are 70- to 80-percent against rain. “Small crankbaits, six inches or smaller, and spinnerbaits are currently the...
  • 6/5/2012 1:35:00 PM
    It was bass and bluegills with a musky thrown in this week.  The weather has cooperated, and with the warming trend the bass and bluegills have moved on their beds to spawn.  Many fishermen have been taking their limits of bluegills. One thing to remember is that if you are fishing a bedding area and only catching smaller fish, someone...
  • 6/5/2012 10:45:00 AM
    Fishing is starting to improve.  The smallmouth bass are starting to spawn.  They are in 10-12 ft of water.  The best location has been by Elgin Club and the old Military Academy. Rock bass are pretty much everywhere on the lake.  The best depth is 10-12 ft of water.  Most of my fish are coming in the Fontana beach area.&n...
  • 6/5/2012 10:40:00 AM
    Overall fishing has been very good.  Most of the fish are in transition.  They are anywhere from 8 ft of water to 17 ft of water.  The cool weather last week made them a bit skittish. Bluegills have been biting in 11-12 ft of water.  The best location has been by Browns Channel.  They are being caught on small leaf worms o...
  • 6/5/2012 10:10:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan The mayfly hatch is going strong on The Turtle Flambeau Flowage right now, but the fishing is still doing good.  The last few days we have been picking up walleyes on big mud flats that have some wood mixed in.  Crawlers seem to be doing best, but I am still getting some fish on...
  • 6/4/2012 4:20:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jeff Winters Despite another 50+ degree temperature swing again this week, fish continue to hit. You have to chase the bite around, but success is there to be had. While using a jig-and minnow on 6# test line, Jeff Winters of Boulder Junction caught this huge 42 -inch, 20 lb. northern while fishing the Willow F...