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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 3/9/2017 12:40:00 PM
    Recent ice conditions in and around the central Wisconsin area are not good, most area lakes are wide open and the ones with remaining ice are unsafe.  If you travel further north you will find lakes with decent ice anywhere from 8 to 14 inches.  We are now looking at lakes in the Minocqua area and north of that.  But be careful this...
  • 3/9/2017 12:40:00 PM
    Recent ice conditions in and around the central Wisconsin area are not good, most area lakes are wide open and the ones with remaining ice are unsafe.  If you travel further north you will find lakes with decent ice anywhere from 8 to 14 inches.  We are now looking at lakes in the Minocqua area and north of that.  But be careful this...
  • 3/9/2017 12:35:00 PM
    Spring like conditions on the lake.  Check with the local bait shops before going out on the ice.  Call River Rock, 715-682-3232, Call Angler's All, 715-682-5754, for an update on the conditions. The ice is gone beyond Houghton Point.   Due to open water in some areas, it is strongly encouraged that anglers call the bait shops...
  • 3/7/2017 4:25:00 PM
    Steve Suman Mild, wet, and windy weather that started the week will make way for colder temperatures and even some sunshine by mid-week and into the weekend. Along with the cooler temperatures come the chances of snow, though at this time there is no mention of accumulation. However... forecasts are always subject to change – quickly! While...
  • 3/7/2017 4:20:00 PM
    The first of March is here and it is “In like a lion” with snow and wind, and blustery conditions. But hopefully that means out like a lamb, as the saying goes.  Ice conditions are deteriorating quickly across the state with a lot of open water in areas especially the flowages and river systems.  A few guys are trying their lu...
  • 2/28/2017 10:15:00 PM
    Winter came back!  A week after the balmy 50’s were here, temps dropped back into the teens and 20’s.  Snow and wind made it feel even colder.  Wind had the most limiting effect on anglers, especially now that most have removed their permanent shacks.Despite the conditions, some surprisingly good reports came from the hea...
  • 2/28/2017 10:10:00 PM
    With the milder temperature it feels like spring is in the air at Horicon Marsh!  Geese and cranes are starting mating rituals, the ice is breaking up and the sound of life is upon the marsh.  Make sure to visit here to learn about all of the upcoming events this March.  A Next Box Seminar will help you understand how to pl...
  • 2/28/2017 10:05:00 PM
    February 27, 2017 Steve Suman Weather conditions leading up to this past weekend were far from conducive to winter recreational activities, culminating with cancellation of the 44th annual American Birkebeiner. However, the resulting new, non-weather-dependent BirkieFest celebration drew more than 10,000 skiers and spectators to pa...
  • 2/23/2017 8:10:00 PM
    Chequamegon Bay Area Fishing Report, February  22, 2017Note…..Ice conditions are deteriorating rapidly, check with the local bait shops before going out on the ice.Angler’s All, 715-682-5754. and  River Rock Bait Shop, 715-682-3232. Ice fishing Contests on Chequamegon Bay:February 25th Neighborl...
  • 2/17/2017 9:40:00 AM
    Big week for crappies and bluegills plus some nice walleyes and northern pike.  Ice conditions are very good with 14 to 20 inches of good ice on most area lakes but still use caution when you are near areas with current. Travel conditions are very good with little to no snow on the lakes either.  This weekend may change things though with...
  • 2/17/2017 9:40:00 AM
     Clinics and Learning Opportunities for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.   Bring the kids to an ice fishing clinic this Saturday, February, 18 on Pewaukee Lake. Details in the link. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/anglereducation/#tabx4.html Look for...
  • 2/14/2017 3:50:00 PM
    The Lake Michigan and Green Bay Outdoor Fishing Report has been updated with current fishing information for Green Bay.  Please use extreme caution on any ice, as unseasonably warm temperatures have changed conditions.  Please visit - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html to view the latest report...
  • 2/14/2017 3:45:00 PM
    Well a lot of things have changed in the past week.  Ice conditions have upgraded and travel on area lakes has improved drastically. Most lakes have anywhere from 14 to 18 inches of ice with little snow cover which makes for very good travel conditions. We have had consistent action on both walleyes and pike with some good numbers but even ...
  • 2/14/2017 3:40:00 PM
    Our crew was out checking water clarity on Lake Winnebago yesterday and as anticipated clarity has changed since our last readings on January 30.  The average readings have dropped about a foot over the last week and a half (average 9.4' yesterday compared to 10.3' on January 30), but there appears ...
  • 2/14/2017 3:35:00 PM
    I am going to start this week’s report off with a warning.  Stay of the ice with your vehicles!!!  We have seen several vehicles plunge through the ice in the past few weeks and the ice is just not that safe this year. Not our vehicles but other anglers that took chances that they shouldn’t have!  Average ice thicknesses...
  • 2/13/2017 9:50:00 PM
    2/9/2017- Reported by AAA Sports     Here's what's biting! This past weekend was windy and cold, but if you were persistent, you'd catch fish. The Spooner Lions club contest on Spooner had over 200 people and lots of fish were caught. We sold a record breaking amount of suckers and shiners. Everyday peo...
  • 2/13/2017 9:45:00 PM
    Unfortunately, fishing didn’t quite match the optimistic forecast of last week’s prognosticator.  Most reports were of less action, though a few bright spots on the panfish front did come in.Yellow Perch:  Good-Fair – Better bites came from anglers fishing shallow lakes with healthy weeds.  Jigs shaped like small bl...
  • 2/13/2017 9:40:00 PM
    January 30, 2017 Steve Suman   Winter temperatures return to the North Woods, along with some snow early in the week to please snowmobilers and skiers. Ice anglers have enjoyed generally good fishing conditions, though with some slush and slop during the mild periods. The forecast predicts sunny, clear, and cold from Wednesday into the week...