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10/9/2019
Fall brings with it something for everyone in the field from the angler to the hunter.  Just a few recent sessions of shooting the bull tell me that autumn is for the youngest of outdoorsman just learning the games to those of us more seasoned with our eyes focused dead ahead on for example, the whitetail rut. James Wallace captured this great buck on trail camera during summer scouting. James Wallace, my nephew-in-law (is there such a ...
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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 12/31/1899 11:25:00 PM
    Though not as bad as last year, it's been a cold February that has been keeping anglers off the ice and fishing tough when they do venture out. This final weekend of game fish season shows promise as temps look to get into the 20's. Walleye, Northern Pike and Bass season ends at midnight Sunday!Northern Pike: Fair-Good. Action slowly increas...
  • 12/31/1899 11:20:00 PM
    March 9, 2015 Steve Suman It is truly amazing how quickly, and significantly, weather conditions can change! Only a few days ago the morning low was 27 degrees below zero and now we have highs in the 50s for the entire week! We will see, but the month of March looks to be mild, according to long-term forecast. “Cold weather early last week...
  • 12/31/1899 11:20:00 PM
    The last week of September saw some beautiful, warm weather. Lake surface temps climbed, conditions were prime for several species of fish and fall colors closed in on peaking. Smallmouth Bass: Very good. Smallies moved in on many lakes to feed on bait fish that moved in to shallows. X-Raps, Spinnerbaits- even glidebaits meant for muskys score...
  • 12/31/1899 11:05:00 PM
    Wisconsin Geocaching Association blends the science of satellite technology with good old fashioned adventure By John Luthens Back in the day, when my pockets were still flush with the riches of youth, I’d stash handfuls of pennies and a favorite toy or two into fragrant cigar boxes and bury them far and wide across the land. Growing up as ...
  • 12/30/1899 11:20:00 PM
    Each of 44 Wisconsin Menards stores now carry On Wisconsin Outdoors at no cost to the consumer.  See the Menards location nearest you on our website homepage.  Pick up On Wisconsin Outdoorsin the Menards camping and fishing aisle. As advertised in the May-June issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors, find Berkley and Sh...