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  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 2:41 PM
    As we head through August, we’re getting into that late summer fishing that can at times be a grind. 
    The lakes have never reached their normal summer temperatures this year, but they are still looking a little “worn” around the edges in many cases. You’ll see a fair amount of scum back in the bays which makes it hard to fish those lily pad areas. If we are going to get outbreaks of “green water” on whole lakes, this is the time. Fortunately, this year has been pretty good due to the colder water.
    Water levels remain high and boat landings are 
  • Tuesday, August 8, 2017 9:56 AM
    Midsummer fishing patterns are dominating the fishing news this week, despite the cold front that came through last week. 
    Maybe the fish are getting used to those cold fronts, as the water temperatures again went down measurably, with a drop of 5 degrees or so on the surface. 
    What a 
  • Tuesday, August 1, 2017 10:53 AM
    Midsummer fishing patterns are on tap for all who go out now, with those climbing water temperatures, more weed growth and high boating traffic.  
    The North hasn’t had much in the way of rain for going on a month now, so the lake levels are falling some. Weed growth is excellent on all lakes. Water temperatures are in the 70s throughout the area, with a few lakes even reaching the 80s. Cool nights have been great, but the daytime temps have been pretty high.
    We’re grateful to finally be rid of those
  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 2:30 PM
    As you all know, it’s been a very unusual summer. We’ve had alternating cold fronts with warm weather, topped by very rainy periods along with dry spells.
    This weather has made the fishing difficult in many cases, as the fish are just not reacting well to this inconsistency in the weather. Water temperatures have reached the 70s finally.
    Lakes are still high due to
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 9:44 AM
    Well, once again we had a cold front go through and lower the water temperatures by 5 degrees or so. We just can’t seem to get normal weather this summer.
    The water temperatures are around the low 70s. It seems to be either hot and humid or cool, rather than that nice consistent 75- to 80-degree weather that we would like. Water levels remain high because of the rain we’ve had, so boat landings are in good shape. We’ve got a lot of summer left, so let’s hope for some consistency from
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017 11:06 AM
    With the water temperatures finally warming into the 70s, lakes are now getting into closer-to-normal summer conditions throughout the area. 
    Water levels are still high, but falling a little. Weeds are growing and adapting to the higher water levels. Most boat landings are in very good shape despite the high levels. 
    You’ll be
  • Monday, July 3, 2017 1:40 PM
    Here we are in July and the water temperatures are still in the 60s. We have a lot of catching up to do on those temps and on the weed growth that comes with warmer temps. 
    Extensive rains have caused all lakes to be high — some at the highest level in anyone’s memory. Trout streams are equally high. One good thing: those streams are getting flushed out nicely. 
    Landings are in pretty good shape. There is still the
  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 3:13 PM
    The weather sure has been stinky. We just can’t seem to get rid of the cold fronts this summer. These repeated cold fronts have had a massive effect on the water temperatures, as this last one dropped the temps by five degrees or so.
    Just about when we were heading into summer fishing conditions, we get slammed and water temps dropped into the
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10:12 AM
    Water, water everywhere. The North Woods has been afflicted, again, by a bunch of rainy weather. 
    As a result, the water temperatures have yet again taken a drop due to the rain and the cold front that came with it. 
    If you drive around the area, you will see water where you have never seen it before, and the lakes and rivers are all very high. What a year so far!
    Water temperatures are in the high 60s and low 70s. With all the precipitation, the drought conditions of a few years ago are long gone. Weed growth is good, but 
  • Tuesday, June 13, 2017 1:47 PM
    Summer weather is finally here, with extremely warm weather that has brought the water temperatures up to almost normal. It happened so fast. 
    Of course, it also brought an epic mosquito hatch and that dreaded pine pollen attack for those of us who suffer from allergies. 
    But with the warm water temperatures, it allows swimming and other water activities. Water levels remain high and almost all boat landings are in good shape. Weed growth is now
  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017 11:56 AM
    The North Woods is finally getting some actual summer weather and it has been great for all of us. We’ve had enough rain to last for some time and you’ll notice that the ditches and streams are still quite full. 
    Unfortunately, this means
  • Tuesday, May 30, 2017 11:47 AM
    We certainly have had a spring of inconsistent weather here in the North Woods. This has had a major effect on our fishing, as the water temperatures are significantly below normal.
    In addition, with all the rain we have had, the lake levels are
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:42 AM
    Cold, windy and raining — what a crummy bit of weather! Once again, the North Woods received some really bad weather right through last weekend. This bad weather dropped the water temperatures by as much as 10 degrees on area lakes, and for the most part shut the fishing down over the weekend.
    The good news in this is
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 11:04 AM
    The weather has been gradually improving and the water temperatures should be on the rise if we get some warm nights.
    Water temperatures are getting better with a much stronger sun, and there is some nice weed development starting on many lakes. 
    The forecast is 
  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017 11:55 AM
    All spring now we have been bothered by inconsistent weather, with a few good days interspersed with cold and unpleasant weather. 
    That happened again over the opening weekend and it was both windy and cold, especially on Sunday. Despite that, a good number of anglers fished over the weekend and many of them reported 
  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017 11:32 AM
    What a spring, so far. We’ve had everything from 75 degrees and sun to multiple snowstorms — and rain, a lot of it. The lakes are high, full of water to levels we haven’t seen for years. 
    With opening day for the general game fishing season this Saturday, May 6, we would like 
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:28 AM
    Don’t put those snow shovels away yet, folks. It’s a spring with both cold fronts and warm fronts. There was even a little snow in the air Sunday morning keeping the water temperatures in the upper 40s. 
    As long as May provides more 
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017 3:31 PM
    The North Woods is still on that spring roller coaster of weather, having experienced almost summer-like weather and significant snow in the last week. 
    With the recent rain and wind, the ice is gone on all lakes. Pretty early for that, but certainly welcome to most of us. We never got to do a lot of that late-season crappie fishing we like so much because the ice went out so quickly.
    Right now the grass is
  • Perch first to be tested by North Woods anglers
    Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:51 AM
    We certainly had some nicer weather late last week and on the weekend. The warmer weather got rid of a lot of the ice on lakes in the area, although not all are ice-free at this point. Nevertheless, spring is here for anglers. 
    The loons are back and we’ve seen some geese and ducks in the area. When you go outside, there are birds we haven’t heard since last year. 
    The North Woods will
  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017 10:59 AM
    With our spring weather getting ever nicer, I have one piece of advice for everyone — don’t put those snow shovels away for the year just yet. The North Woods is just bound to have a big snow before May rolls around. 
    This nicer weather that many enjoyed over the weekend may 
  • Lakes have enough ice for those panfish anglers
    Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:29 AM
    The waiting game before spring really arrives seems to be taunting us. It’s a tough time up here. The North Woods has had enough rain, wind and messy weather to last — it seems — a lifetime. 
    Lakes have
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 11:25 AM
    The weather is ever so slowly warming as we head toward the end of March, but it has been a tough month for everyone. We had that false sense of spring in February when it got so warm, but it has been cold since then. 
    This part of spring — that last three to four weeks — can be really
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017 11:13 AM
    For the past week, at least in the fishing world, we don’t have a lot to talk about. That absolutely miserable weather we had in the last week kept people from getting out and enjoying our late-season ice fishing. 
    Does anyone remember
  • Time to pursue panfish as game fishing ends
    Tuesday, March 7, 2017 3:17 PM
    The game fishing season is over and anglers are limited to panfish for the rest of the winter and spring.
    All in all, it was an OK game fish season, with 
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:59 AM
    Well, anglers have only a weekend left in the game fishing season before they are limited to just fishing for panfish. The game fishing season comes to an end this Sunday, March 5.
    It is
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:17 AM
    The North Woods continues to have unusual winter weather, as we have lost much of our snow and some of our ice due to the unbelievably warm weather the past week.
    One can’t help but feel that we’ll 
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017 2:04 PM
    The best way to describe the overall fishing at this point is to say that the fish are using feeding windows to the extreme right now. 
    Anglers can go out and see fish on their electronics or see fish on the bottom from their dark shacks, but the fish simply will not hit. Then, in a one-hour period they’ll hit like crazy, for reasons that most can’t understand. These feeding windows change daily, so anglers can’t get a good pattern on the fish. 
    What a winter it’s been weatherwise. It’s either raining/sleeting
  • Inconsistent weather leads to tough fishing
    Tuesday, February 7, 2017 2:18 PM
    Fishing remains somewhat inconsistent, as does the weather in the North Woods. We are looking at a week of temperatures varying from lows below zero all the way to highs into the 30s. 
    There is still a lot of winter left, regardless, and we might
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017 1:25 PM
    The dreaded midwinter blues are upon us, which means fishing is more inconsistent and many people are longing for spring. 
    Well, face the fact that there is a lot of winter left and we might as well make the best of it with ice fishing and other winter activities. 
    There is a lot of good ice fishing left
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017 1:55 PM
    A continuation of the absolutely weird winter weather has brought slush back into the picture on North Woods lakes.
    The warm temperatures did drop the snow level on the lakes significantly. When we get some colder weather later this week, it should be much easier to get around on the lakes. 
    We’re in the middle of that January


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