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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 5/14/2012 2:40:00 PM
    With the cool nights, the water temperature hasn’t come up much.  It is very typical for this time of year.  The bluegills are shallow and the bass are cruising in 2-3 ft of water. The best bluegill action is in 2-3 ft of water in the channels.  They can be caught on slip bobbers with a small ice jig.  The best location i...
  • 5/14/2012 2:30:00 PM
    By John Luthens I heard somewhere, or maybe I read it in a DNR publication, that every lake in the state must have at least one point of public access.  Being a lazy journalist, I decided to not even check the facts.  Because even if it is not true, I think it should be.  Every fisherman should have a good boat landing. I’m n...
  • 5/14/2012 2:15:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson The Crappie action is slowing a little but good numbers are still being found.  Bluegill are really turning on with some really nice size fish being caught. The gills are really shallow and hitting just about anything that you throw at them. I have been using Wax worms on a plain hook about a foot under a fl...
  • 5/9/2012 1:15:00 PM
    Hi Folks, Well we’ve had a wet start to the fishing season and anglers have been reporting mixed success from around the area. With the walleye spawn past us because of the early spring, it has been a learning experience for many anglers. Lake conditions are more in the line with mid to late May and water temps on the lakes I’ve been o...
  • 5/9/2012 10:55:00 AM
    By Steve Suman We have enjoyed better weather for past game fish openers, but we have also had worse – and this year no anglers had to shovel snow from their boats before fishing. This week’s weather forecast is “okay,” with normal seasonal temperatures and maybe some rain. The following week shows a slight warming trend. ...
  • 5/8/2012 9:50:00 AM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson For the most part it was a good opener for most fishermen here in Price County. The weather held off most of the day on Saturday and fish were willing to bite. The Crappie action was hot and a lot of fishermen took advantage of them being shallow and willing to eat. Most of the Crappie were being caught tight to ...
  • 5/7/2012 11:30:00 AM
    The water on Geneva remains very cold for Opening Day.  There isn’t much action on the main lake.  Rock bass and perch were the only species biting in the cold water of the main lake basin.  We tried for smallmouth bass without success.  My friends were out there on Saturday as well and no smallies were caught with 8 peopl...
  • 5/7/2012 11:15:00 AM
    Fishing season is officially open!  Now if we could tell the fish that we’d be all set.  Fishing is fairly decent but it would have been nice to see a bit more action this past weekend. We have these east wind that we can’t seem to shake.  Once we get a more steady wind direction, fishing should improve. Largemouth bass...
  • 5/7/2012 11:05:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Mike Mladenik The water temp on the Menominee River is 59 degrees and smallmouth are active. Smallmouth are cruising the shallows with the best baits being soft plastic jerkbaits and stick baits rigged wacky style. The smallmouth action has also been good on High Falls Flowage. Walleye fishing has been slow. Mike Mladenik h...
  • 5/3/2012 10:15:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Jeff Winters Hi Folks. The count down to the 2012 open water fishing season has begun.  Saturday marks the opener and it should be an interesting one.  We've had open water around here since mid-March.  Some lakes like Trout opened earlier than I've ever seen. For you anglers coming up, it should be some good ...
  • 5/3/2012 9:50:00 AM
    I saw the slogan on the back of a faded t-shirt while waiting in line many years ago: “So many fish, so little time” - there are few states where that slogan rings more true.  The fact that Wisconsin is home to a large number of diverse fisheries, from aesthetic meandering trout streams to picturesque crystalline natural lakes, from seemingly ...
  • 5/2/2012 11:55:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kenny Wallock Spring has arrived early this year here on the Stevens Point Flowage. We had record breaking temperatures in the 70’s/80’s in March along with rain,sleet,snow and very windy conditions this past month. As the walleye spawn finished early on our local rivers anglers are catching a few post- spawn wal...
  • 5/2/2012 11:50:00 AM
    With the cool nights, the lake temperature remains pretty cold.  We need some warm weather to make the fish active.  The best bite for opening day on Saturday May 5th will be in water 4-5 ft deep.  In early spring I however like to target smallmouth bass that are suspending around pods of bait fish.  Catching them though can...
  • 5/2/2012 11:45:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice With the weather forecast calling for warming temps plus clouds - maybe some rain - things look very good for the gamefish opener this weekend.  Slowly rising water temps are bringing panfish and bass into the shallows to warm up.  Insect hatches, signs of minnows and small perch are pulling walleye...
  • 5/2/2012 11:45:00 AM
    Opening Day is this coming Saturday, May 5th.  The water is still pretty cool, it is supposed to be warming up a bit this week so that should help.  The fish should be biting pretty well by next week. Northern Pike will be in 6-7 ft of water in the weed flats.  The best approach will be fishing Thill slip bobbers with golden shin...
  • 5/1/2012 2:15:00 PM
    Rice Lake Area Fishing Report 04-30-12By Frank Zumpf Well, are you ready for the fishing opener?  I’ve been getting ready since the ice went out.  In fact, with the early crappie fishing I have put a couple of tanks of gas through the boat motor already this spring.  I was out scouting several local lakes to see where the ga...
  • 4/30/2012 12:05:00 PM
    By Steve Suman Wisconsin’s game fish season opens this Saturday, May 5, and it appears we will have a wonderfully warm week leading up to it. The forecast for Tuesday through Saturday, calls for highs in the upper 60s-70s, with a few chances for rain. How this will affect walleye activity is anyone’s guess (general consensus: go deeper...