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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 1/8/2012 4:30:00 PM
    By Maribeth Monroe, Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce. The "Smelt Run" in the Chequamegon Bay usually starts around the third week in April shortly after the ice goes out of the Bay. Visitors and locals love “smelt season”. The smelt usually run late at night and are brought in with a seine net or dip net. The seine net is used on the ...
  • 1/5/2012 4:45:00 PM
    Happy New Year and Happy Ice Fishing to everyone!! And talking ice, it has finally reached us here on one of the state’s best ice fishing water, Chequamegon Bay. As I type this, I am looking out my window and see that fresh sheet of ice, stretching from the head of the bay in Ashland, all the way over to Long Island and back to the west, just...
  • 1/5/2012 3:15:00 PM
    By David Hraychuck Double barrel 16 gauge shotguns and thousands of acres of downed trees in Douglas County promised to be the magical mixture for a late November snowshoe rabbit hunt.  When my long-time hunting partner Charlie Wolden, of Frederic, called me with this idea, I was quick to agree that it sounded like a good plan!Douglas County,...
  • 1/5/2012 3:00:00 PM
    By David Hraychuck, Wisconsin Licensed Guide Slimers, hammer-handles, and snakes, all nicknames for northern pike , a fish most people won’t  eat because they have too many bones and are to “slimey”.   With decreased bag limits and slot size limits, it’s tough to be able to get enough fish for a meal.  W...
  • 12/27/2011 4:45:00 PM
    The first ice bite of the year has been simply said "outstanding" with great numbers of panfish being caught along with some really, really big pike and walleyes. This past week we have had a very good panfish bite when working shallow weeds in 3 to 5 feet of water. Large gills and an occasional crappie have been taking our prese...
  • 12/31/1899 11:55:00 PM
    The last week or so the best walleye bite has been on flats of 12 to 14ft with scattered wood.  The walleye that we have been catching have small leeches stuck to the roof of their mouths, so that can mean they are feeding in mud.  The mayfly larva that are down in the mud seem to be just starting to come out which is attracting all types...
  • 12/31/1899 11:55:00 PM
    Steve Suman The chilly, wet start to this week modifies somewhat by the weekend when highs again reach the 70s. The first couple of days this week ... well, just ignore them and maybe they will go away! “Walleyes moved to traditional spring/summer locations,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Cast crankbaits over flats and along w...
  • 12/31/1899 11:55:00 PM
    With the 2018 gun and muzzleloader deer season winding down we are left with the remaining archery season that will take us into the New Year.  Ice fishing is off and running and the fish are biting very well. Hunters taking to the woods for the remaining archery season should plan of hunting primarily afternoons.  I would also suggest...
  • 12/31/1899 11:40:00 PM
      Saturday I was able to get out on the water with my oldest son Chayton.We set out in the early afternoon with plans to catch at least one of each open season species in the lake we were fishing. By the end of the day we caught smallmouth, walleye, perch, crappie, and bluegill. Despite the cooler temps most of the fish were very shallow, We...
  • 12/31/1899 11:40:00 PM
    Hopefully we hit bottom for a while. 1/13 AM. temp -27 degrees! Forecast to be in the low 30's by this weekend. Cold the past 9 days, severely affected angler participation. Reports from some of the more serious die-hards were surprisingly not all that bad. The one good thing about the most recent cold snap has been ice production. Last Monday ic...
  • 12/31/1899 11:35:00 PM
    For fishing reports and to plan your visit, go to: http://www.washburncounty.org/news/what-to-do/171 Fishing & Outdoor Reports for Washburn County Fishing season dates 2014-2015 Download the fishing season dates for 2014-2015 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. For up to date river levels for the N...
  • 12/31/1899 11:35:00 PM
    Steve Suman Cold temperatures continue the first part of this week, but hang in there – the week’s end promises highs in the 30s! “Walleye action peaks in the evening,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but fishing is good on cloudy days. “Work shiners and walleye suckers under tip-ups on mud flats and break edg...
  • 12/31/1899 11:30:00 PM
    Shane Pepich with a 30 inch northern pike. By Wayne Morgenthaler The weather is just right for getting outside and the ice is 12 inches thick in most places.  The backwaters of the Wisconsin have been receiving a lot of fishermen between Lone Rock and Blue River.  The fishing has slowed down on most of the sloughs.  The best act...
  • 12/31/1899 11:30:00 PM
    Last week’s cold, clear, calm nights followed by sunny warm days cancelled each other out keeping surface temps on average around 61-65 degrees.  High winds over the weekend kept anglers off the water.  Chance of rain this Thursday and Friday may do the same, but this is the week to be out there. Pike:  Very good.  Filing...
  • 12/31/1899 11:25:00 PM
    Despite nice comfortable weather for anglers, fishing didn't match up well with the conditions. Mild temps in the upper 20's to low 30's.... the first in over 2 weeks, plus a free fishing weekend brought out lots of anglers to the ice. Changing fronts and wind directions seemed to turn on (at times) but mostly turn off the fishing for the weekend.B...