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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 3/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
    March 27, 2017 Steve Suman The Hayward area started this week with mild weather and it appears (according to current forecasts) that the entire week (or most parts of it) will be mild and sunny. That said, this time of year the North Woods always faces the prospect of lingering winter surprises and seldom does winter go “gentle in...
  • 3/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Some intermittent rain, but mostly cloudy weather has been hanging over the Northwoods this past weekend.Fishing overall good, if not great.  East wind on Saturday may have slowed bite but action has been considered steady with some periods of excellent action.Crappies:  Very Good – Fish of choice for many anglers at this ...
  • 3/24/2017 2:10:00 PM
    Open water fishing has arrived in Central Wisconsin. With accessible boat landings and stable water conditions, the setting is perfect for early spring walleye fishing on the Wisconsin River.  Unlike most lakes and rivers, the Wisconsin River remains open year-round for game fish like bass, walleye, and pike, allowing anglers to take advantage...
  • 3/24/2017 2:05:00 PM
    Call the local Bait Shops for an update on fishing Chequamegon BayRiver Rock, 715-682-3232,Angl Note…Early Steel Head Season on the Tributary Streams, opens on Saturday, March 25th. The Streams are open up to the 1st barrier. It’s time to get your seines, waders, and nets ready for Smelt Season. As soon as the ice goes out of the b...
  • 3/22/2017 3:45:00 PM
    Nice change to the weather brought on a nice change in the fishing.Warm temps and little wind (‘til today 3/21), got anglers out and fish snappin’.  Following tough weather and fishing, a great change.Crappies:  Very Good – Best results early mornings, towards dusk and after dark.  During warming trends it’s b...
  • 3/22/2017 3:35:00 PM
    Spring is in the air and with that said guys are getting out on the river system and targeting walleyes below the area dams and spillways.  Ice fishing for the most part is all but done and anyone thinking about heading out should use extreme caution.  Even with the recent past few days of cold weather don’t let that convince you th...
  • 3/16/2017 1:45:00 PM
    There were reports that ice fishing was still good on the Ashland side of the Bay. Anglers were catching Perch, Trout, Salmon and more. There are pressure cracks to be aware of. The ice conditions are changing daily and even hourly in areas so it is extremely important to call the local bait shops before venturing out!!!!!!!! Smelt season...