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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 5/17/2012 11:55:00 AM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Wow!  The panfish action has been hot in the Phillips area and it's not limited to one body of water but on almost all area lakes. The Bluegill population seems to be at an all-time high and the size structure is good as well. It's nothing to catch a meal of 8 to 9.5 inch gills in the area right now. The gil...
  • 5/16/2012 3:10:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerkbait Hartigan The last few times I have been out on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage in Iron County the wind has made things difficult.  Walleyes seemed to have moved a little deeper with fish coming from 12 to 14 feet on river channels and drop offs.  Smallmouth have been active along shorelines with many coming on ...
  • 5/15/2012 11:20:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice After an opening weekend of rough weather, the rest of the season has been very nice and stable.  Gradually warming temps have been great.  The warm water temps does seem to have messed up the spawning cycle of some fish though.  Just because the calendar says mid May, your next trip out you might ...
  • 5/15/2012 11:05:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler I am starting to get some good fishing reports.  The Wisconsin River is still high but the fish are biting.  I had a nice report of an 8 pound 2 ounce walleye taken on a live nightcrawler on the river.  You need to find where side streams enter into the river and target fish holding out of the strong current.&n...
  • 5/14/2012 3:45:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan Well, the opener is finally here and beautiful weather has arrived with it.  This last week I was out four times and did good most of the time.  Opening day we limited out on walleyes on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage with most of the fish coming off edges of the river channel in 7...
  • 5/14/2012 3:25:00 PM
    The Ashland area fishing is very good for multiple species according to anglers.  Northerns have been biting along the Ashland shoreline with anglers catching them in the shallows. Bass are also staging in the shallows right now and smallies can be found in Sand Cut as well as other areas in the Bay. River Rock Inn and Bait Shop report the 20...
  • 5/14/2012 3:10:00 PM
    White bass are biting “GANG BUSTERS” on the Wolf River, according to expert Wisconsin angler John Faucher, owner of Johnny’s Little House of Bait in New London. Also of note is the fabulous catfishing. “They are literally everywhere,” said Faucher. Even behind the bait shop. A number of folks have fished with me here ...
  • 5/14/2012 2:50:00 PM
    Even though the spring has been exceptionally warm, the water temperature hasn’t increased yet.  Currently the lake is fishing exactly like it would in a normal year, where March wasn’t 70-80 degrees. Rock bass are pretty much everywhere in 6-7 ft of water.  The best location is Belvidere Park and by Knollwood.  The best...