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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 5/8/2017 2:40:00 PM
    Hello Winnebago Walleye Enthusiasts, Attached is the 2016 Winnebago System Walleye Report and below is an update on the 2017 spring walleye tagging efforts on the Winnebago System.  The Winnebago System continues to produce one of the top walleye fisheries in the Midwest and the 2017 walleye run is already underway.  Oshkosh DNR staff c...
  • 5/8/2017 2:35:00 PM
    Opening weekend of fishing has arrived and with the great weather we are having a lot of people are hitting the water.  The water temperatures are right around 50 degrees which is a little cooler that it was a few weeks ago but its ramping back up. Anglers can expect to find crappies in shallow water locations preparing to spawn, walleyes will...
  • 5/8/2017 2:30:00 PM
    Fishing season has finally arrived!  Opening Day is the first Saturday in May for gamefish in Wisconsin.  With the cooler spring, the fishing is getting off to a somewhat slow start.  The best bite on the lake has been the pan fish in the shallows of Abbey Harbor or Trinkes.  The game fish have been a bit sporadic so far. Small...
  • 5/8/2017 2:30:00 PM
    Opening Day is here!  Delavan is substantially colder than typical for this time of year. Fishing is a bit more challenging that other years.  Hopefully the weather starts heating up so the fishing improves. The best bite on the lake is crappies.  They are in 12 ft of water about 5-6 ft down.  The best location is the docks on ...
  • 5/5/2017 10:40:00 AM
    You are subscribed to Clinics and Learning Opportunities for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Sign up for this adult workshop about musky fishing. Learn about the elusive state fish and register to go out with Vilas County area fishing guides and DNR staff ...
  • 5/5/2017 10:40:00 AM
    The first Saturday in May is the official start of fishing season.  I’m always excited for opening day to get here and then to decide where I want to fish and what I want to fish for.  There are so many choices!  Since it also means the start of my guide season, I’m fortunate to have a lot of choices since not all lakes a...
  • 5/5/2017 10:35:00 AM
    The local bait shops report the excitement is rising, as Anglers prepare for the Wisconsin fishing opener on May 6, which is the official start of the fishing season. Opening day for Wisconsin fishing is traditionally the first Saturday in May. Everything opens up on the Inlands. You should catch some nice Walleye, Small Mouth Bass, Northern Pike a...
  • 5/5/2017 10:35:00 AM
    A little smack of winter came back (just to let us that live in the Northwoods know where we live) and with the cold, wind and snow brought a slow down to our fishing.Reports of the panfish bite shutting off somewhat have been mixed with good reports of Walleyes being accidentally caught by anglers seeking Crappies.Crappies:  Good-Fair –...
  • 5/5/2017 10:35:00 AM
    Steve Suman  Cool temperatures combined with a rain/snow mix to start the week, but forecasts indicate gradual improvements. Should predictions hold, anglers fishing in the Hayward area during this Saturday’s May 6 game fish opener should enjoy nearly ideal conditions of sunshine, blue skies, and temperatures in the 60-degree range. &n...
  • 4/30/2017 8:25:00 PM
      Lots of rain recently in central Wisconsin is making for very high water levels on areas lakes and rivers. A few boat landings are closed due to the high water levels and access is limited.  With that said a few brave souls are still getting out and picking up some nice walleyes and crappies along with a couple of nice smallmouth bass....
  • 4/25/2017 3:10:00 PM
    The local bait shops and area smelters report the Smelt run is most likely done for 2017. It’s time to start planning for the fishing opener in May. Wisconsin Fishing Opener is May 6, 2017, which is the official start of the fishing season. Opening day for Wisconsin fishing is traditionally the first Saturday in May. Hook and line fishing ...
  • 4/25/2017 3:05:00 PM
    Pan fishing has been very weather dependent, very good reports on the nice warming days.  When cold, rainy, and yes, sometimes snowy, the shallows cool and the fish move out.Yellow Perch:  Very Good – Most have spawned out by now and have started to recover and are hungry.  Great time to find larger perch up shallow feeding on ...
  • 4/25/2017 2:35:00 PM
    STURTEVANT, Wis., April 21, 2017 – BRP, a world leader in powersports, announced today its corporate initiatives to celebrate Earth Day. The Evinrude brand will take part in Milwaukee Riverkeeper’s 22nd Annual Spring River Cleanup held on Saturday April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. Joining over 4,000 volunteers picking up trash alo...
  • 4/25/2017 2:25:00 PM
    Lots of rain this past week has made for high and muddy conditions on the Wisconsin River and surrounding streams and creeks. Water temperatures have dropped considerably from earlier this week and are now back in the mid 40 degree range.  A lot of the fishing we have been doing lately has revolved around getting out of the fast water and into...
  • 4/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Nice weather in the 50’s is warming shallows and getting the fish and the anglers in the mood.Lots of walleye spawning (season closed, no fishing for this species allowed up here).Perch also moving into shallows to spawn.  Some crappie and gill action on warmer days.Yellow Perch:  Very Good – Spawning in shallows amongst veget...
  • 4/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Area Smelters in Ashland report, Smelting has been great the past two nights. Predictions are: Smelting may be near peak right now or the next few nights but it is a Mother Nature call so it is uncertain how long they will run. The Ashland Chamber of Commerce does have a Smelt hotline to call at 800-284-9484 or check out their website at www.visita...
  • 4/17/2017 12:35:00 PM
    The walleye bite is central Wisconsin is very good right now with not only numbers but some very nice fish as well.  Water flows on the river systems are above average which increases the walleyes migration.  The water temperatures are in the low to mid 40 degree range which is about perfect for walleyes to spawn. We have been targetin...
  • 4/17/2017 12:25:00 PM
    Steve Suman  The Hayward area experienced a good weekend of spring weather, but Monday brought a dose of reality with a 30-degree drop in temperature and a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and rain. However, there is no accumulation on the ground (so far!) Temperatures warm throughout the week, although we might still see some precipitation in the ...
  • 4/17/2017 12:25:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=4218MADISON, Wis. - Expanded lake trout harvest opportunities will take effectSaturday, April 15 in the Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan thanks to anemergency rule approved by the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board.The rule takes into account current lake trout populations including thereestablishment of ...
  • 4/17/2017 12:20:00 PM
    No reports of Smelt being caught in the Chequamegon Bay yet. There are some Anglers trolling on the outside of the Bay, primarily flat-lining with stick baits. There are reports of some nice size Steelheads in the rivers.  With any rain expect more fresh fish in the streams. Note…Early Steelhead Season on the Tributary Streams, open...
  • 4/9/2017 4:05:00 PM
    As we start into April the walleye fishing is really heating up, the turkeys are starting to strut, and winter is just about gone! This past week we saw water temperatures go from the low 40 degree range to near 50 as of Friday afternoon.  Walleyes were making their way upstream to many spawning locations and can be found holding in tradition...
  • 4/9/2017 3:45:00 PM
    There are still NO Smelt starting to run yet. We need warmer Temps and wind to push the ice out! The forecast calls for warmer temps this weekend so keep your fingers crossed! The Bay is in transition at this time. There are some Anglers trolling on the outside of the Bay, primarily flat-lining with stick baits. However, it is advised to beware of ...
  • 4/5/2017 5:45:00 PM
    April 3, 2017 Steve Suman Following a wet start, this week should provide somewhat mild temperatures and partly cloudy skies – and quite a warm-up during the weekend and into the following week. Might be time to shift spring clothing to the front of the closet, though it might be a good idea not to move winter clothing to storage since it i...
  • 4/5/2017 5:40:00 PM
    It has been a great week for fishing in the Central Wisconsin area.  The walleye bite has been phenomenal on the Wisconsin River along with some nice crappies and perch showing up.  Water temperatures are ranging between 36 and 40 degrees depending on the time of day and accessible sunlight.  The walleye bite has been very good wi...
  • 3/30/2017 5:10:00 PM
    It’s time to get your seines, waders, and nets ready for Smelt Season.  Smelt Season has not yet started as there is still ice on the Bay. Usually smelting starts the first or second week in April…depending on Mother Nature. We need wind to blow the ice out and warmer temps. Stay tuned…It won’t be too long! We will k...