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Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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  • 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...
  • 1/27/2017 10:20:00 AM
    HORICON, Wis. - Whether you prefer to catch fish from a boat or through theice, put the meat in your freezer to good use with help from acooking-themed program at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor CenterSaturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.Join John Motoviloff, DNR shooting sports program staff member and author of"Wild Rice Goo...
  • 1/27/2017 10:20:00 AM
    1/26/17- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store Pan fishing is good right now, lots of Bluegills, Crappie (are out there but a bit on the slow side) and some nice perch, mostly found in the 7' - 12' range, but a few reports of 20' as well.  Folks mostly using crappie minnows, Waxies and Spikes, with a few plastics.  W...
  • 1/27/2017 10:10:00 AM
    Note…..Ice conditions can change quickly, always check with the local bait shops before going out on the ice. Angler's All, 715-682-5754, is reporting right in front of the city, Anglers have been catching some  fish on the Ashland side of the Bay. As the weather gets colder the fishing will pick up. Call Anglers All Bait Sh...
  • 1/24/2017 1:30:00 PM
    Good news, the heavy accumulations off snow we recently received have all but about vanished on area lakes.  The recent warm snap has substantially dropped the snow cover thus leaving us with a mess of slush and a lot of water on top of the ice.  Despite the conditions the fishing has been really good for all species.  Ice thickness ...
  • 1/24/2017 1:20:00 PM
    Temps hovering in the low to mid 30’s and short bouts of rain for the past five days have pushed snow down on the lakes but have made things slushy.  Fishing improved for the most part as we got some clouds and a drop in the barometer (a little too low Friday causing the bite to slow).Yellow Perch:  Good-Very good – ...
  • 1/24/2017 11:30:00 AM
    Steve Suman  North Wood’s temperatures return to more normal readings this week, though with highs still in the 20s (and that is above zero!) There are chances of precipitation nearly every day, but as snow rather than rain after the first of the week.  “There were a lot of anglers out last week,” says Pat at...
  • 1/21/2017 7:25:00 PM
    Following two stakeholder meetings in Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay this week, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has created an online survey to collect additional information to aid in whitefish management. Whitefish populations in Lake Michigan and Green Bay represent an incredible recreational, economic and biological asset and the Jan...
  • 1/21/2017 7:25:00 PM
    Free Fishing Weekend Update   Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for January 20-21, but the weather has had other ideas. Several how-to-ice-fish events have been cancelled due to the recent warm-up and rain. Please check with event contacts before heading off to a scheduled event. We will attempt to keep the listing updated as we lear...
  • 1/21/2017 7:25:00 PM
    Winnebago System Fisheries Enthusiasts:   Hot off the press, the 2016 Lake Winnebago bottom trawling assessment report is ready for distribution. As the report indicates, a number of game, pan and forage fish species had strong year classes in 2016.  Of particular interest is the record setting year class of black crappie and strong yea...
  • 1/18/2017 5:00:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=4155  CLEVELAND, Wis. - Anglers interested in expanded harvest opportunities for Lake Michigan lake trout and 2017 stocking plans for brown trout are encouraged to attend two meetings on Jan. 26 at Lakeshore Technical College.   The first meeting will cover discussion of the propose...
  • 1/18/2017 4:55:00 PM
     1/16/17After getting dumped on with snow (13-15”) followed by some severe cold (morning lows in the -20 degree range), high pressure and a general lack of participation due to all of the above this past week, things are looking up for the week ahead.While fishing reports as a whole were slow, there were a few bright spots early in the w...
  • 1/18/2017 4:55:00 PM
    Note…..Ice conditions can change quickly, always check with the local bait shops before going out on the ice. Angler's All, 715-682-5754, is reporting right in front of the city and at Bay View Beach, and Second Landing! Anglers have been catching a mixed bag of fish using mostly jigging spoons in those areas on the Ashland s...
  • 1/18/2017 4:55:00 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 the ice, as rain and unseasonably warm temperatures will change conditions.  Please visit - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html to view the lates...
  • 1/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
    This past week central Wisconsin was pounded with wet heavy snow, and with that said travel conditions on area lakes has become extremely tough.  Blowing and drifting snow has caused hard packed drifts on the lakes creating havoc for anglers. With our last reading showing 8 to 10 inches of ice in many areas we are advising foot travel or snowm...
  • 1/12/2017 10:20:00 AM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=4151  ASHLAND, Wis. - A public hearing on an emergency rule to support continued recovery of lake trout populations in Lake Superior will be held by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland. The emergency rule re...
  • 1/12/2017 10:20:00 AM
    The cold weather has subsided for a while and ice fishing is getting into full swing.  Reports are that there is about 4 to 8 inches of ice on most of the Wisconsin backwaters.  The pan fish have been biting with early morning or late afternoon being the prime time.  The fish have been at all depths, so use two rods rigged for a foot...
  • 1/12/2017 10:15:00 AM
    Note…..Ice conditions can change quickly,  always check with the local bait shops before going out on the ice. Angler's All, 715-682-5754, is reporting right in front of the city and at Bay View Beach, and Second Landing! Anglers have been catching a mixed bag of fish using mostly jigging spoons in those areas on the Ash...