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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 4/9/2012 12:00:00 AM
    Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report - April 9, 2012 by Steve Suman The north woods is experiencing a return to more normal seasonal temperatures, but it’s a bitter pill to swallow after enjoying those pleasant few weeks of sunshine and 60- to 70-degree temperatures. Today is cool and windy, but this is early in April and we are not knee-deep ...
  • 4/5/2012 12:30:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Unseasonal warm temps cleared the ice from the lakes earlier then ever and pushed the water temps into the low 50's jump starting the Walleye, Northern, and Perch spawn. Then a sudden dip in temps dropped the water temps down the mid 40's again. The walleye and perch are still spawning in some of the area lakes a...
  • 4/5/2012 10:25:00 AM
    Rice Lake Fishing Report 04-02-12By Frank  Zumpf, Local Outdoorsman The fishing this week was spotty at best.  The panfish are working their way into shallow bays on the west side of the lakes.  We have been having some luck using small plastics and various small minnow imitations.  The weeds aren’t up yet so it isn&rsq...
  • 4/5/2012 10:05:00 AM
    By Kurt Justice While a little cool weather, even one night of frost, returned to the Northwoods- things are still way out in front of where they should be at this time of year. Water temps that crested the 50 degree mark have settled back down into the low-mid 40's. While walleye spawning is trickling down on small to medium sized lakes, perch sp...
  • 3/29/2012 12:40:00 PM
    By Licensed Guide Dave Duwe Due to the warm weather, my fishing reports are starting early this year.  Please be aware that the opening of fishing for most game fish in inland waters is the first Saturday in May.  You are not even allowed to catch and release game fish so it’s pan fish only for the time being. Bluegill fishing has...
  • 3/29/2012 12:35:00 PM
    By Licensed Guide Dave Duwe It appears that summer has come early to Walworth County.  Fishing is about 2 weeks ahead of schedule.  I’ve been fishing pan fish the last few weeks due to the fact that opening day for game fish doesn’t occur until the first Saturday in May. Bluegill fishing has been pretty good in Trinkes harbo...
  • 3/27/2012 3:50:00 PM
    March 26, 2012Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor ReportSteve Suman Well that was a short, early spring ... or maybe not. A somewhat significant change to cooler weather is in the works this week, but the forecasts still indicate temperatures will be warmer than the norm for this time of year. Although is a little disheartening to see high temperatures dr...
  • 3/23/2012 12:20:00 PM
    Brian Settele reports from the Milwaukee Harbor 3-22-2012Wow what an awesome year of fishing and catching. This morning we were back out on Lake Michigan. Today the main catch was Lake Trout.  We caught our fish casting spoons and trolling crankbaits. Water temperature outside the harbor was 46 degrees. With water temps like this it won’...