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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A handy new tool from the DNR

Interactive map shows locations of all Wisconsin fish species found in state

MADISON - Anglers and fish enthusiasts alike can now see where their favorite fish species have been found using an interactive Department of Natural Resources research tool that shows results from fish surveys dating as far back as 130 years.

Check it

New Bag Limits for Ceded Territory (2014-2015 Season)

The DNR has released the revised bag limits for northern lakes in the ceded territory.

If you're heading up north for the opener next weekend, you will definitely want to check these as some of the changes are fairly substantial.

Paul Smith's JSonline Article is here

Complete List of Ceded Territory Limits from the DNR is here


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fishing Report 4-15-14

Tax day. Snowy weather...time to blow off some steam in the boat.

Local lakes still have various levels of ice, but are (or at least were) opening up.Very early yet, but you may be able to access some areas to chase panfish. Look for them to be active in the early afternoons, especially on warmer sunny days.

North banks of small cuts with shallow and dark bottoms will concentrate fish early on. Dark bottom areas adjacent to current will also hold fish. Long winter was tough on weeds, so look for fish around wood, docks or reeds.

River fishing has been a mixed bag. Whitebass are starting to run in the Rock River between Blackhawk and the Jefferson Dam. Feeder creeks with flowing water and current breaks close to shore are your best bet. Some walleyes are still being caught, but as is typical the bite peeked and then quickly dropped off. Catfish have been very active, especially on deeper flat areas out of the main channel.

Various fishing reports have the Dells still humming, but I didn't hear of anything personally the last week.

Depere is happening. Lots of fish being caught in Depere. Bigger fish are coming at night. Conditions have been tough by the reports I have gotten, but the action is steady.

More as I get it.

Good Luck, Be Safe.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Update 4-08-14

Things are starting to happen in the rivers. Starting to see and hear some reports of larger fish moving in.

Depere should peak in the next 7 days. Larger fish are being caught now, especially at night.

In the Dells, lots of slot and over slot sized fish are being reported.

On the Rock River, Blackhawk Island has been hot, but upriver between the Bark and the Jefferson dam is starting to see some more action. Limited news on whitebass, but the walleyes and saugers are moving up in groups.

Stay tuned,

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Fishing report 4-5-14

Damn, it is nice to be back to doing these.

The is still very early, but open water things are starting to happen.

  • Fish are moving in at Depere. The action is still early, but is fairly consistent by all reports.
  • The Walleye are biting very well in the Dells. Some larger fish are starting to come in as well.
  • The Jefferson-Blackhawk strecth of the Rock River has fish moving in. The action has been day to day but the fish are already moving towards the dam. 

Full moon is coming, as is some warmer weather...time to get that boat on the river.

Talk to you soon.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Kids Fishing Clinics

CONTACT:   Matt Coffaro, DNR statewide urban fisheries biologist, 414- 263-8614
SUBJECT:    Young anglers can receive free instruction at 30th Annual Kids’ Fishing Clinics

MILWAUKEE – Kids 15 years and younger can mark the arrival of spring by attending free fishing clinics on Saturday, April 12, at several lagoons and ponds in Milwaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington and Waukesha counties. Clinics will be held every hour beginning at 9 a.m. with the last clinic starting at 2 p.m.
"These clinics give kids a chance to learn about fishing, especially those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to find out what fishing is all about," said Matt Coffaro, DNR statewide urban fisheries biologist. “And it’s just a great opportunity for kids to get outside away from the electronics, get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors and all it has to offer.”
Members of local fishing clubs organize the clinics, and instruction includes fishing techniques, equipment use, knot tying, safety rules and fish identification. In spite of the unseasonably cold spring weather, the fishing instruction portion of the clinics will take place even if there is still ice cover.
“For 30 years, sport fishing groups have been the heart and muscle of this program,” Coffaro noted. "They do an outstanding job of teaching kids the basics of fishing and that fishing is fun. None of this works without the dedication of the volunteers."
The Department of Natural Resources and the Hunger Task Force Fish Hatchery will stock fish in the urban waters before the kids’ clinics are held. Fishing equipment is provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own rod and reel if possible.
Adult anglers are reminded that from March 8 through April 25, urban fishing waters are restricted to fishing by juveniles 15- years-old and younger and certain disabled anglers. Urban fishing waters are small lakes and ponds under 25 acres that are continuously and cooperatively managed with a municipality. The 2014 – 2015 fishing regulations list urban waters with these special regulations. The rule is designed to give young anglers and anglers with disabilities an opportunity to fish close to home before competition from adults limits their chances to catch fish.
Locations for the April 12 kids’ fishing clinics are:
Milwaukee County
            Brown Deer Park, 7835 N. Green Bay Rd. (Hosted by Okauchee Fishing Club)
            Greenfield Park, 2028 S. 124 St. (Hosted by Great Lakes Sport Fishermen; Milwaukee Casting Club)

            Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave. (Hosted by Lunkers Unlimited)
            McCarty Park, 8214 W. Cleveland Ave. (Wheelchair accessible) (Hosted by Southside Sportsmen’s Club)

            McGovern Park, 5400 N. 51 Blvd. (Wheelchair accessible) (Hosted by Badger Fisherman’s League)

            Mitchell Park, 2200 W. Pierce St. (Hosted by Bay View Rod & Gun Club)
            Oak Creek Parkway, Oak Creek Pkwy and Mill Rd. in South Milwaukee (Hosted by Friends of the Oak Creek Millpond)

            Scout Lake Park, 5902 W. Loomis Rd. (Wheelchair accessible) (Hosted by Walleyes Unlimited, USA)

            Sheridan Park, 4800 S. Lake Dr. (Hosted by South Milwaukee 1400 Fishing & Hunting Club)

            Washington Park, 1859 N. 40th St. (Wheelchair accessible) (Hosted by E.B. Garner’s Fishing Club)

            Wilson Park, 1601 W. Howard Ave. (Hosted by Wisconsin Fishing Club)
           Racine County
Quarry Lake Park, 3800 Northwestern Ave. in Racine (Hosted by Salmon Unlimited)

           Sheboygan County
            Kohler-Andrae State Park, 1020 Beach Park Lane in Sheboygan (Hosted by Great Lakes Sports Fishermen-Sheboygan County Chapter)

Washington County
            Sandy Knoll Park, 2064 Wallace Lake Rd. in West Bend (Hosted by Trout Unlimited Southeast Chapter; West Bend Kiwanis Early Risers)
Waukesha County
                                    No park entrance fee will be charged.
                                    Parking passes will be distributed at the event.

            Menomonee Park/Lannon Quarry, W220 N7844 Town Line Rd. in Menomonee Falls, one-half mile north of Good Hope Rd. (Hosted by Wisconsin House Outdoorsmen)

Fox Brook Park, 2925 N. Barker Rd. in Brookfield (Hosted by Wern Valley Sportsmen’s Club)

            Muskego Park, S83 W20370 Janesville Rd. in Muskego (Hosted by Women’s Hunting and Sporting Association)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fishing Report 3-30-14

Just a reminder...if you haven't done so already, you need a new fishing license.

River fishing is in a very early stage, but some positive reports are starting to trickle in. The reports from the Dells have been more positive, but I'm hearing some scattered reports from the Rock River as well.

The Milwaukee Harbor and the rivers have been active, but it seems like some days have been dramatically better than others. (Not unusual for this time of year)

On the area lakes, the panfish are in late ice areas, relating to the last of the weeds. Ice is getting a bit sketchy, especially in high traffic areas and areas in or adjacent to current but the baitshops are still reporting people are heading out. Be careful out there, PFD, Buddy-System and rescue tools for sure.

More as I get it.....


Lunkers Garage Sale-This Week

This is always a can't miss event for me. This Thursday, 6-9pm in Hartland at the Bowling Alley.

April 3 rd Thursday 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hartbrook Lanes 550 Hartbrook Drive, Hartland, WI
Come early and bring your old fishing and boating equipment 
Rent a table for $5.00 to sell your stuff.
Rods, Reels, Lures, motors, tackle, and a little of everything.
For info or to reserve table space call: Jeff Bartlett 262-894-2790

I'll be there. Drop by and we can chat about fishing the Rock River or crappies when the ice comes off the lakes. Looks like it is going to be a unique spring opener this'll certainly want to be stocked up on suspending jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits.

Friday, March 21, 2014

And we're back....Fishing Report 3-21-14


We can start to have our weekly chats. I'm still working with limited information streams from my sources, but as spring stabilizes, I expect more info to start trickling in.

Open water fishing is underway in the Dells. People are reporting a tough bite, but still getting some action.

Open water fishing has started in the near shore areas of Lake Michigan. Some of the harbors are still iced in, but Lake-Link threads are starting to get active for the Bender Park area.

Closer to home, the Jefferson and Ft Atkinson areas of the Rock River are starting to open up. Mixed reports on conditions/what's open so far....but it is very early.

More as I get it.

I'm glad to be back. Leaving in a couple minutes to get the boat out of storage.