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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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’...
  • 3/23/2012 9:35:00 AM
    The ice is 90% gone on most area lakes in Price County. The late ice bite was short and sweet. For late ice I like using tip-downs so I can spread out a bit and cover an area, We then drill a bunch of holes around the tip-downs and hole hop looking for active fish with our electronics, the active fish will usually hit any plastic or spoon dropped d...
  • 3/20/2012 12:45:00 PM
    March 19, 2012Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor ReportSteve Suman Difficult as this is to believe, it was just three weeks ago the north woods received 20 inches (and more) of fresh snow on top of ten or so inches already lying on the forest floor and plows pushed snow in seven-foot and deeper piles.Today, few remnants of snow are visible, most all in pro...
  • 3/12/2012 12:00:00 AM
    by John Carlson March Fishing Report from Phillips, Wisconsin The game fish season has ended in Northern Wisconsin so most of the fishing attention is aimed and catching Crappie. As the ice softens and open water nears Crappie seem to go on a feeding frenzy. Water starts pouring into the lakes from runoff and the O2 levels skyrocket in the lakes ...
  • 3/7/2012 1:00:00 PM
    by Wayne Morgenthaler If you are looking for a variety of streams to trout fish, Richland County has them available.  There are over 200 miles of meandering streams to try your luck at. The three big streams in the county are Mill Creek, Pine River, and Willow Creek.  A good place to get information is to stop in at the Visitor Center wh...
  • 3/1/2012 4:15:00 PM
    Steve Suman It is a beautiful, mild, and sunny February Monday afternoon, but the current Hayward forecast indicates “significant” (up to a foot or more) snowfall in the next few days. Should we receive only half of expectations, it will still make for outstanding snowmobiling and cross-country ski conditions. “If walleye, pike,...
  • 3/1/2012 3:35:00 PM
    This past week has been very good for big slab crappies. We found most of our fish in 20+ feet of water suspended about 2 to 4 feet off the bottom but on some occasions they were right up under the ice.  Most of the fish were caught using electronics to locate the proper depth and then they were taken on medium sized jigging sp...
  • 2/24/2012 9:45:00 AM
    By Randy RothenbuelerAfter arriving on Big Green Lake Saturday, February 18 at about 8:00 am to target lake trout, Vic Hren and I set up about 400 yards off of Horner’s Landing where I have fished before.  Using tip-ups with golden shiners and jig rods with heavy jigs and cut bait, we had no hits until 11:00 am.We noticed a group of five...
  • 2/7/2012 2:55:00 PM
    2012 Spearing Season Status Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Spearers,  The cold weather seems to be back and so are some renewed hopes that ice conditions may improve sufficiently to allow greater access for sturgeon spearers to more of the Winnebago Lakes this coming Saturday, opening day of the 2012 season.  The lakes, as always though ...
  • 2/5/2012 5:00:00 PM
    by Phil Schweik This past week has seen a drastic turn around in the perch bite. I have been limiting out on very nice jumbo perch on almost every trip - sometimes in less than a couple of hours.  We are fishing mud flats in 10 t o14 feet of water right on the bottom with wigglers and rosie reds.  (Photo: A nice bucket of jumbo perc...
  • 2/1/2012 4:45:00 PM
    Walleyes have been in the river since we've had good ice to get out on. Most nights/mornings we are about to ice 4-8 walleyes per person. Like anything some days are better and some are worst. The past few days, marking lots of fish on the vexilars and hummingbirds.  Just having a tough time getting them to eat. If your marking fish you’...
  • 1/25/2012 4:20:00 PM
    Panfish are still the main attraction but walleye and pike are not to be taken of the hit list. With plenty of ice on area lakes anglers are getting out and having good action on all species of fish.  Panfish have been biting well on small tear drop ice jigs in 4 to 8 feet of water around weed beds.  Work all the levels of the water colu...
  • 1/25/2012 1:05:00 PM
    Minocqua Wisconsin - Fishing Report Cold moved in at the end of the week through Saturday to help ice production.  Kept more than a few people off the ice.  Snow on Monday 5-6" but plenty of ice to support it.  Average thickness is now 15-16".  Walleye:  Fair-good.  Windows of opportunity seem smaller.  ...
  • 1/12/2012 5:35:00 PM
    by Phil Schweik, Hooksetters Guide Service With the recent warm spell ice conditions are not what they usually are at this time of the year here in Central Wisconsin.  Even with that said you should always be aware of the safety hazards that come into play when travelling out onto the ice. When heading out onto the ice you should take into c...
  • 1/12/2012 5:25:00 PM
    Ferryville is experiencing an “open winter,” but the ice fishing here on the Mississippi River is fantastic and there has been a traffic jam at more than one location.  Just north of Ferryville and above the Hwy 35/82 bridge is De Soto Bay.  I couldn’t believe the number of people on the ice today and they are really...
  • 1/12/2012 5:15:00 PM
    by Tina Brunell, Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce One trip will get  you “hooked” on Mercer with over 214 lakes in a 30 mile radius – including the 14,000 acre Turtle Flambeau Flowage- you are sure to have a different adventure each time. Mercer is located in Iron County in the "very north" woods of Wisconsin. January 12, 20...
  • 1/10/2012 3:45:00 PM
    by Wayne Morgenthaler (Little Bobber) On Saturday, Decdember 17, the 44th annual Richland Center Bird Count took place.  Weather conditions were near perfect and because of this year’s warmer weather many places still had open water.  There were 55 different species observed and fell only 3 short of the 2005 record when 58 species ...
  • 1/8/2012 4:55:00 PM
    By Phil Schweik, Licensed Wisconsin Hunting & Fishing Guide As we move into the new year the panfish bite continues to remain very good.  Shallow weeds in 3 to 6 feet of water are holding a good majority of the gills but some larger fish are holding deeper. Small ice jigs in purple and green have been the best producer this past week wh...