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Wisconsin Fishing Report – Dec. 13, 2019

ASHLAND AREA

The ice is starting to form now on Chequamegon Bay, but make sure to call ahead for conditions. If we continue to have freezing temps then, it would be great for the start of ice fishing.

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

River Rock, (715) 682-3232.

 

CUMBERLAND AREA

Ice conditions have not improved much, which means the big lakes are wide open and some walkable ice remains on the small lakes. Until it gets cold again and the wind calms down, even foot travel was no longer advised. Hunting reports from the firearms deer opener were mixed. The weather was nice so there seemed to be a lot of people out, and several big bucks were shot in the immediate area.

Indianhead Sport Shop, (715) 822-2164

 

EAGLE RIVER AREA

Multiple and heavy snows have put a big damper on the ice fishingscenario. The heavy snow cover has pushed down the ice and created the thing we most dislike – slush. As a result very few anglers have been willing to try to get out there. The combination of slush, heavy and thick snow, and thin ice to begin with means that we won’t see a lot of ice fishermen until we get some cold weather to firm things up. What a year so far. The very few walleyefishermen who made it out found slush, and needed rubber boots to stay dry.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.

 

FLORENCE COUNTY AREA

The weather is causing lots of grief for ice fishermen.  We had an early start this year, many lakes had 4 to 6 inches of ice and the fish were biting.  Then came warmer weather, then rain, followed by snow and more snow.  One storm dumped over a foot of heavy wet snow. Now there is a layer of ice, a layer of slush, and a good amount of snow to top it all off. This is not a good way to start off the ice fishingseason. Colder weather is expected to move in so hopefully that will improve access. Call for an update on ice conditions.

Whisler Outdoors, (715)528-4411.

 

HAYWARD AREA

Ice conditions have not improved since last week, but some anglers are finding ice thick enough to walk on. These are mainly small, shallow lakes or those protected from the wind. The warm weather has kept the area’s large lakes open and also limited the number of people interested in venturing onto the small lakes. However, those anglers fishing small, shallow waters report decent success on walleyes, northern pike, and bass on mini-breaks close to shorelines in 5 to 15 feet. Walleyesare on outside weed edges and rock piles.

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.

 

IRON COUNTY AREA

The ice fishing season started off early with promise of good ice; however, that has changed drastically with the 20 plus inches of snow on the ground and the mild temps. There are many large lakes in the area that have open water; Trude and the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage were still open Nov. 4. There has been some good reports of decent ice on smaller lakes with some success on northerns and walleyesin a few cases; however, the ice is questionable.  There are some sign of deer moving with the deep snow and bowhunting and muzzleloading is underway. There will be good ice on those lakes that are open once the temps drop.

Flambeau Flowage Sports, (715) 476-2526.

 

LA CROSSE AREA

For November, the average stage for the Mississippi River at La Crosse was 8.51 feet. This was the highest average stage for a November. The previous record was 7.67 feet in 2010. Last year was the fifth highest. Every month this year has been in the top ten for average monthly stage. Four of these have been the highest for those months: April at 13.65 feet, May at 11.95 feet, October at 10.83 feet and November.

Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.

Bob’s Bait and Tackle, (608) 782-5552.

 

LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA

Most of the lakes opened back up when the warmer weather moved in. Skipper Bud’s and some of the channels should freeze again, based on colder temps called for in the forecast.

Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.

Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.

 

MARATHON COUNTY AREA

Area ice conditions are sketchy at best. Warmer weather and current have opened parts of the Eau Claire River. Anglers are advised to use extreme caution if not fully familiar with where they’ll be fishing. Mother Nature’s little temper tantrum of warm weather and now deeper snow is causing havoc for local anglers. Some small panfishand smaller northerns have been caught by the Gulliver’s rookery area on Lake Wausau. Snow weight is forcing water up through the ice, creating slushy situations. Sub-zero lows and single-digit highs are needed to freeze this slush.

Riverside Rentals & Bait Shop, (715) 574-1771.

 

MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA

Two, count ’em, TWO snow storms in the last week of November and in December put a lot of heavy, wet snow on what ice had formed on the smaller lakes and bays so far. Ice is still there and fishable, but under inches of slush and snow, making walking difficult and snowmobile or ATV travel next to impossible.

Bluegillaction is very good in 5 to 7 feet on light lead jigs(slower drop) tipped with waxies. Perchis good in 4 to 8 feet on medium fatheads. Walleyeand pike action had been good.

If there is good news, it’s that following the high, cold winds of the storms, the Dec. 2 calm allowed the open water on larger lakes to skim over. These areas of “new ice” should build some great thickness in the following week, without the hindrance of snow cover, to open new areas of fishing.

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.

J and J Sports, (715) 277-2616.

 

PRICE COUNTY AREA

All area lakes are covered with 6 to 8 inches of ice, but there is a lot of slush now thanks to the heavy snows. Those who are getting around out there aren’t doing too bad on walleyesand crappies.

Bridge Bait and Tackle, Park Falls, (715) 762-4108.

Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715) 339-3625.

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