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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 4/27/2012 1:45:00 PM
    Looks like a good opener coming up on May 5th. That’s when you can start chasing the SmallMouth Bass in the Bay. Lots of Coho being caught and a few Browns, Splake, Steelhead and shallow Lake Trout thrown in the mix. Trolling has been the main method to catching the fish. The water is now starting to warm up Leadcore, Dipsys, and Downriggers...
  • 4/27/2012 12:40:00 PM
    By Frank Zumpf With the weather changing every other day it’s been cutting into my fishing time.  It’s been a little cool, but the fish have still been biting.  They have been moving in and out of the shallow bays, but you don’t have to go any deeper than 7 feet.  The bay on Rice Lake by the hospital has given up s...
  • 4/27/2012 11:35:00 AM
    Fishing off of the port of Sheboygan has been good when the weather cooperates and lets us fish. There are two locations that are producing fish. The harbor mouth area in 20-40 feet of water and straight out and south of Sheboygan in 120-150 feet of water. Out in front of the harbor browns and kings are being caught on standard size stinger spoons ...
  • 4/27/2012 11:25:00 AM
    With an early spring it seems like forever that we have waited for the opener but finally it is less then 2 weeks away in Wisconsin. The Price County area opening day fishing forecast looks pretty good, water temps have been staying in the low to mid 50's for the past few weeks. It really looks like the Crappie will be in the shallows for some easy...
  • 4/27/2012 10:35:00 AM
    Only a few weeks to go until opening day and I can hardly wait.  At least the bluegill bite has been good this week; it’s enough to tide me over until game fish season begins.  Even though the spring was warm, the cold night time temps lately have caused the water temps to fluctuate between 46 and 49 degrees and the fish aren’...
  • 4/27/2012 10:30:00 AM
    The water temperature remains cold.  The cool nights have made fishing tough this year.  The best bite on the lake remains yellow perch as they continue to be in the shallow waters.  Remember that Opening Day is the first Saturday in May. Perch fishing has been good in 3-4 ft of water.  The best location has been by Fontana Bea...
  • 4/27/2012 9:25:00 AM
    Morning temps last week hit low 20's, but high to 40's to low 50's by afternoons.  A definite move to the shallows as the lakes warm each day.  Again afternoons best.  Measure water temps range 48-52 degrees with calm, sunny water the warmest. Crappies:  Good.  Afternoons finding fish moving shallow to 4' and even less at ...