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Kevin Wallenfang and his tournament winning, 46-inch musky just prior to release Fishing has been as hot as the weather for our circle of family and friends, and anglers participating in the 16th Annual Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic. The Classic was started in 2003 by fishing guide Patricia Strutz to memorialize Bob Ellis, a legendary northern Wisconsin row troller inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2008 for his im...
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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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 ...
  • 4/26/2012 12:30:00 PM
    By Steve Suman Just one week ago, a light layer of snow covered the Hayward area. Today, the temperature is pushing 60 degrees and this week’s forecast promises highs in the 50s or 60s for each day. Now that is more like it! “Fishing remains a hit and miss proposition,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Varying weather conditions...
  • 4/19/2012 10:20:00 AM
    No doubt, in most historical accounts, the Chinook is the undisputed King of the salmonoids. But, here on Lake Superior, another story is unfolding, and it looks as if the King has just been dethroned. That’s right, here on Chequamegon Bay the Coho is the new King on the block. And for good reasons - there are LOTS of them and the fishing for...
  • 4/18/2012 4:15:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Fishing is picking up with crappies starting to be very aggressive on area lakes.  The backwaters are alive with waterfowl and the lily pads are starting to pop to the surface.  It won’t be too long before the male bluegills will be coming into the shallows. We finally got that much needed rain and now the mor...
  • 4/18/2012 4:05:00 PM
    By Dave Duwe The normal spring temperatures have arrived.  Fishing remains okay overall.  The most consistent bite has been for bluegills in Abbey Harbor, Perch by Fontana Beach and Lake Trout around the main lake points. Bluegills are being caught in 3-4 ft of water.  They are being caught on Thill bobbers fished with lindy toads....
  • 4/18/2012 4:00:00 PM
    By Dave Duwe Overall the action on panfish has been a bit slow.  There have been quite a few fish caught but the average size has been a bit on the small side.  The water temperature has remained very constant at right around 50 degrees. The crappies remain in the shallow weed flats in 5-6 ft of water.  The best location is by Lake...
  • 4/18/2012 3:50:00 PM
    By John Carlson Water temps are back into the lower to mid 50's after a couple of cloudy night and sunny day combinations. Looks like some cooler evenings next week again. The roller coaster water temps are really scattering the crappie right now. Some reports of shallow fish and some reports of deeper staging fish are coming in but nobody is real...
  • 4/11/2012 2:30:00 PM
    By Dave Duwe The nice spring weather continues.  Overall pan fishing has been pretty good, the warm sunny days seem to improve the fishing.  Only a couple of weeks until opening day, and I can hardly wait. Bluegill action seems to be the most consistent bite.  The fish I’ve been catching have been in 3-4 ft of water.  Lo...
  • 4/11/2012 2:25:00 PM
    By Dave Duwe Although the spring has been a nice one, we’ve had some cool nights and that is keeping the water temperatures from warming the way we like in spring.  The most consistent bites remain in the Abbey Harbor or in Trinkes Harbor.  If you are going to fish the main lake, Knollwood and Belvidere Park have been producing per...
  • 4/11/2012 2:15:00 PM
    By Maribeth Monroe Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce Trout and Salmon The trolling bite continues to be very good here in the bay and up into the islands. Coho are making up the most of the catch, and limits for most boats have been the norm. Trolling stick baits and smaller crank baits off boards has been the ticket most days - but, incorporating...
  • 4/11/2012 1:55:00 PM
    With the water temps staying in the upper 40's to low 50's the walleye bite is remaining pretty good we are still seeing a lot of fish in their traditional spawning areas.  Most of our action is coming in 3 to 5 feet of water associated with rock's and good current.  We are catching most of the walleyes on 1/8 and 1/4 ounce jigs tipped wi...