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Kevin Wallenfang and his tournament winning, 46-inch musky just prior to release Fishing has been as hot as the weather for our circle of family and friends, and anglers participating in the 16th Annual Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic. The Classic was started in 2003 by fishing guide Patricia Strutz to memorialize Bob Ellis, a legendary northern Wisconsin row troller inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2008 for his im...
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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 5/20/2017 1:55:00 PM
    Carolyn from Anglers All reports: Spring fishing is heating up on Chequamegon Bay!!! Reports are coming in that fishing has been great! Small Mouth bass are in pre-spawn mode, with a few beds being made. The East end of the Bay is the primary spawning ground. Target 5feet of water or less using flies or light jigs rigged with plastics. Northerns...
  • 5/20/2017 1:40:00 PM
    Dogwoods are blooming so you know love is in the air for Muskies and Crappies.  Water temps ranging from lows of 52-53 degrees on the large lakes to 57-59 degrees on smaller lakes and flowages.With shallows warming this past week, bait fish, insects and leeches are showing up and the fish that feed on these are not far behind.Crappies:  G...
  • 5/17/2017 10:05:00 AM
    After a couple of warmer days, the fish are starting to move to the main spawning flats on the lake, like Elgin Club, Rainbow Point and South Shore Club.  The smallmouth bass should be spawning in the next two weeks with the largemouth bass and bluegills to follow.  Keith with a Lake Geneva smallmouth. Largemouth bass are being caught...
  • 5/17/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Great weather this past week has led to some outstanding fishing in the Central Wisconsin area. Water temperatures are in the upper 50 degree range to low 60’s in some areas.  A few guys are still out turkey hunting and having great success. With the water temperatures heating up the crappie bite has really turned on. Most of the fish...
  • 5/17/2017 10:00:00 AM
    With the warming water, the fishing has started to improve.  Most of the lake last week had temps  in the upper 50’s on the surface.  Both the largemouth and walleyes have become active. Tony with a Delavan Lake bluegill Largemouth bass are positioned in 3-5 ft of water.  Most of my success last week came from the High...
  • 5/12/2017 10:40:00 AM
    Rick Klug works Lake of the Falls near Mercer Wisconsin in this photo taken by his wife Julie. “Thought it would be nice to share one of our many pictures of paradise in the north woods,” Julie writes.  “It was a peaceful evening with occasional breezes to rough up the surface of the lake, so we caught a few crappie, rock b...
  • 5/12/2017 10:35:00 AM
    Opening weekend arrived with cold overnight temps and North by North East winds playing against most angler’s hopes.  Still, its opening weekend and we get to fish so who’s complaining??Dropping night time temps and less than ideal wind direction pushed fish out of the shallows in most cases.  But by working nearby depth, angl...
  • 5/12/2017 10:30:00 AM
    Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop reports: There was a lot of fun last weekend during the opening for Wisconsin fishing. It was a cool weekend but anglers had a lot of success catching fish on the Inland Lakes. Even the Governor of Wisconsin caught fish in the Cable area. Walleye, Small Mouth Bass, Northern Pike were some of the fish...
  • 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...