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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 6/1/2012 11:55:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Early morning or late evening for the best pan fishing. The day time temperature was in the 50’s and not much warmer in early evening the last evening in May but the water was like a mirror.  It had rained the night before and knocked many types of insects down on to the water.  These conditions really turn t...
  • 5/31/2012 4:50:00 PM
    The 2012 musky season has arrived and it has started out with a bang. Lots of nice fish have been caught by our clients and guides along with a few really nice fish in the mid to upper 40 inch range. Most of the action has come on bucktails and twitch baits while working mid depth weeds in 6 to 8 feet of water. We have also caught a few nice fish b...
  • 5/31/2012 4:50:00 PM
    The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce report; The local anglers have been catching some nice sized Northern’s at the Hot Pond. They tell us they were casting from the Shore into the weed-beds, using Rapala fishing Lures. Fishing right off the docks has been good and the Smallies are biting like crazy. Panfish have been plentiful on the inland ...
  • 5/31/2012 1:20:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson The panfish bite has slowed in the Phillips area.  With the drop in water temps the fish have pushed into deeper water. The Walleye action has been great.  We have been picking up plenty of eaters in 10 to 15 feet of water. The fish are hitting a little light so we have been having our best luck using ...
  • 5/30/2012 12:25:00 PM
    By, Dave Hraychuck Over the last two weeks of fishing here in northwestern Wisconsin, we have experienced weather variations from 90 degrees with high humidity to 45 degrees and low humidity. The one constant factor has been the wind. Learning to work the wind has been as important to a successful catch as locating the right fishing depth. The po...
  • 5/29/2012 4:00:00 PM
    By Steve Suman This weekend, June 2-3, is Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin. All residents and nonresidents can fish all waters of the state without fishing licenses, or trout and salmon stamps, though all other fishing regulations do apply. The Great Divide Ranger District is hosting a free Kids Fishing Derby Saturday June 2 at Lake Hayward City...
  • 5/29/2012 12:30:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jeff Winters Hi Folks. It’s been a very windy week here in the northwoods as a variety of weather systems moved through. Last weekend the hot weather came in –air temps in the high 80s along with night-time temps around 70 spiked the water temps to 67 degrees. Fish responded favorably to this and put on a great b...
  • 5/29/2012 12:25:00 PM
    Happy Memorial Day weekend.  The official start of summer is here!  Fishing has been very good.  The water temperatures have been consistently rising.  We’ve gained 4 to 7 degrees in surface temperature in the last week. The smallmouth bass are starting to spawn.  They are on their spawning flats.  The best loca...
  • 5/29/2012 12:15:00 PM
    Happy Memorial Day!  While Memorial Day kicks off summer, it also kicks off the pleasure boat traffic on Delavan.  Be prepared to fish early and have some patience at the boat ramps.  The Sunday of Memorial Day weekend was the busiest I’ve seen the lake ever and that’s in 20 years of guiding. Fishing has been outstanding...
  • 5/29/2012 12:05:00 PM
    The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce report; the local anglers are reporting they didn’t get out on the Bay fishing much this week due to the rain and stormy weather Wednesday and Thursday. The forecast calls for possible thunderstorms and cooler temps Saturday through Memorial Day. Respect the Bay and always check with the weather reports on...
  • 5/29/2012 11:30:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Jerkbait Hartigan Last week we did good on walleye and smallmouth, with walleye being in 6 to 8ft in scattered wood and the smallies along the rock shorelines.  The walleyes were still taking jigs and minnows the best.  Smallmouth were also hitting jigs and minnows along with some 3 and 4 inch Gulp minnows on Oddbal...
  • 5/24/2012 3:15:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Water Temps are bouncing between 65 and 70 degrees and the Gill action is at its peak. The eggs in the females are soft and the fish are on the beds. The crappie action has slowed in the shallow water but starting to pick up on some of the deeper wood. Crappie are scattered in 4 to 12 feet of water. The walleye ...
  • 5/24/2012 11:00:00 AM
    By Steve Suman Thunderstorms moved into the Hayward area Sunday morning, but a bit of rain did not put a damper on the Fishing Has No Boundaries 25th annual event. Though quite windy, two of the three days were warm and sunny. The forecast for now through Memorial Day weekend shows a mix, with temperatures in the upper 70s. The northern zone musk...
  • 5/23/2012 10:30:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Wow!  What a difference one week makes in fishing.  The male bluegills are moving in fast and are still grouped up.  By next week the females should be in and the action will be hot and heavy on the backwaters of the Wisconsin River.  The Wisconsin River is down now and fishing is excellent using night cra...
  • 5/22/2012 1:00:00 PM
    This past week has been very good for anglers looking for action. The bass have been very aggressive and have been striking a variety of lures from tubes to crankbaits.  Most of the fish have been in shallow water associated with rocks but we have found a few holding in the wood. Anglers looking for walleyes should target the main river chann...
  • 5/22/2012 11:30:00 AM
    By Local Outdoorsman Frank Zumpf Well, we haven’t had to worry about the rain cutting into our fishing—it’s been the wind.  It’s one thing to have a good walleye chop on the lake, but the whitecaps are too much. The walleyes have been slow.  They are still in the 10-12 foot depth on the outside of the weeds.&nb...
  • 5/22/2012 11:20:00 AM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva has been improving daily.  The water temperature is starting to creep up and the fish are starting to become more active.  The lake is covered with green slime on the bottom which makes bottom fishing tough.  For the best success you want to fish 2-3 ft above bottom. Rock bass are starting to be very active in...
  • 5/22/2012 11:10:00 AM
    With the warmer weather, fishing on Delavan has been improving every day.  Most of the fish species have been very active. Northern pike action remains fair.  The fish are located in 6-7 ft of water.  The best approach is fishing small or medium suckers beneath a Thill big fish slip bobber. You want to position the bait a foot or tw...
  • 5/22/2012 11:05:00 AM
    Minocqua Area Fishing ReportBy Professional Guide Kurt Justice Despite some intense little storms that blew through on Sunday afternoon, the past week has been good if not a little windy. This strange spring continues to have its effect. Looks like in a lot of cases, crappies did not get to spawn. They seem to have missed their window of opportuni...
  • 5/22/2012 10:50:00 AM
    Photos sent from Jeff’s Guide Service in the Boulder Junction area show the fishing is picking up in the North Country. Jeff Winters targets numerous lakes in Vilas, Iron and Oneida Counties. Tim Sipes and Steve Grehn of Batavia, Illinois are showing off a few of the big slab crappies they caught May 20 using a jig-and-minnow w...
  • 5/18/2012 11:30:00 AM
    The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce report; the local anglers are calling in and letting us know the fishing is good right now in the Bay. Northern’s have been biting along the Shoreline and anglers have been catching them in the shallows. Fishing right off the docks has been good and the Smallies are biting like crazy. Restaurants, Shops, C...
  • 5/18/2012 11:30:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Jeff Winters Hi Folks. Fishing is moving right along and the second week is beginning to show us some distinct patterns. From a physical standpoint, fish seem to be in late-May form, but area lakes are more in line with opening week conditions. Water temps are trying to creep up. I’m seeing 60 in the morning and 65 at...
  • 5/18/2012 10:35:00 AM
    By Frank Zumpf, Local Outdoorsman Can you ask for better weather to go fishing?  The last week has been great.  The fishing has been good since the opener. The crappies have moved right into the wood and brush to spawn.  At one of my favorite spots, if you cast in the shallows next to the brush you’ll catch a bluegill. ...
  • 5/17/2012 1:10:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kenny Wallock The past couple weeks the game fish have been biting very well on the Stevens Point Flowage and I only expect it to get better. My clients have been catching fish with a 1/8 and 1/4 oz Jig and Minnow combination along with shallow-running crank baits next to new weed growth that came up the past week. With the ...
  • 5/17/2012 12:30:00 PM
    With water temperatures in the mid to upper 60's the bluegills are starting to show up in traditional spawning areas.  This is a great way to introduce kids into fishing.  When the gills show up at this time of the year and in such an abundance, the action can be non-stop for hours.  Most of the gills are holding in shallow water les...