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  • The weather is more consistent than earlier in the year. A good suggestion is to fish in the early morning and evening to avoid the warmth and boating traffic, especially on the Chain of Lakes.
    Water temperatures are in the low 80s on some lakes. Weed growth is very good, but
  • Some consistent and warm weather has finally arrived in the North Woods. This is normal for this time of year. We feel that the fish will react to this consistent weather in a positive manner. 
    The water levels are good and
  • With the mayfly hatch over, things are returning to normal on the fishing front. Water temperatures are in the 70s and pretty stable now. Nice cool nights are keeping it from getting into the 80s. Water levels are OK for now and weed growth is good. 
    Walleye fishing has
  • Once again, the North Woods has been treated to a roller-coaster weather pattern, with cold and hot in the same week. Let’s hope that these patterns stop soon. Water temperatures are in the 70s mostly, but have been moving up and down. 
    Walleye are
  • It is hard to believe that we are going into July already and that summer is nearly half over.
    Water conditions are pretty good now and there is going to be a lot of traffic on the water with the Fourth of July coming. Expect water temperatures to be in the 70s for the most part. Boat launches will be crowded this weekend. It’s midsummer, so
  • What unusual weather! We’ve had cold fronts, warm fronts and not much in between. All of this weather has had quite an effect on the fishing. This week is no different, and there is absolutely nothing we can do about it. 
    The water temperatures have gone up and
  • After several days of thunderstorms, the North Woods is having almost perfect summer weather this week. The water temperatures have risen rapidly, into the mid 70s or even 80s on some dark shallow lakes. 
    Some fish are still spawning and
  • What a change from the cold weather in May to the hot and humid temperatures in early June. 
    That inconsistent weather  has the fish completely confused and we are concerned if some of the species, such as crappies, will spawn this year.
    The lakes are warming up significantly with this warm weather and
  • Leading up to Memorial Day weekend, the North Woods experienced another roller coaster weather pattern with cold spring temperatures.
    Water levels are high and the weeds are coming, but a little lower than usual due to the cold temps. They’ll come sooner than later. 
    Walleye fishing has been good, especially on
  • Hopefully, a short cold front last weekend was not enough to cause any spawning fish to move deeper. It’s been a very tough spring for the fish that are coming up to spawn on the shorelines and then a cold front hits, delaying fish activity.
    Water temperatures are
  • Finally the North Woods seems to be getting into a period of sustained warm temperatures, especially at night. It has been a roller-coaster spring for those water temperatures climb into the mid-50s on the Chain of Lakes. In general, the fishing season has been pretty good, with a nice perch and walleye spawn. A lot of anglers have
  • Once again we have been bedeviled by a pretty severe cold front, with cold days, wind and very cold nights. This has dropped the water temperatures significantly. 
    When it was so warm back in early April and even March, we
  • Fresh from the windy city! The opener was too windy for many anglers and drove them off the water, or worse, made them decide to do yard work. Until later in the afternoon when the sun heated up, it was a little cooler than expected. 
    All in all, it was an OK opener, with
  • It is the week leading up to the general fishing opener this Saturday, May 1, and anglers are starting to get excited about the weekend.
    It is a favorite week for many anglers. Let’s hope that the weather cooperates, which hasn’t necessarily been the case this spring.
    Despite the early ice-out, it has been a roller coaster
  • As we get ever nearer to opening day of the Wisconsin game fishing season on May 1, the weather is hard to figure out. The up-and-down temperatures are certainly having an effect on the water temperatures and the spawning activities of the fish.
    Anglers sure wish the weather would settle down and
  • With spring in the air and the ice out on all area lakes, open water fishing has started for panfish on North Woods rivers and lakes.

    There were a number of anglers with boats heading out on the Chain of Lakes Saturday looking for perch and crappies, but fewer on
  • With the ice having gone out almost everywhere, open water fishing has started. There were a number of anglers with boats heading out on the Chain of Lakes last weekend. 
    The Chain has dark water and
  • With last Sunday’s snow and colder weather, a few dedicated crappie anglers still ventured out there for that last ice fishing outing.
    The biggest thing about spring ice is that it weakens so much from the sun on the surface and you just can’t trust it. The other big thing about the ice at this time of year is that
  • Lake ice fading with warm temps and rain
    Man, is the ice going quickly this spring. The combination of very warm weather and the rain has made for a lot of black ice out there. To me, this ice is scary stuff and I won’t go on it, as it is honeycombed.
    The other problem for ice fishermen is that
  • Spring is here! Just kidding, folks. We certainly have had some nice days in the last week or so, but just as certainly we will have some rough weather before the snow is gone. We’ve had a pattern of late snowfalls in the last few years and this writer thinks that will happen again this year. 
    The ice has taken a beating with the last warm spell, and
  • Well, the winter game fishing season is over for this year. The results were pretty good, despite the fact that it trailed off as usual in late February.
    The season started pretty early for walleyes and stayed strong until that midwinter severe cold period in February. It never fully recovered after that, and stayed only “medium well” for the rest of the season. Overall, we would give it a
  • The North Woods had some absolutely wonderful weather following that severe cold stretch of early February. The nicer weather allowed a greater number of anglers to get out on the ice. 
    The great late-season ice fishing for panfish is here, though
  • Absolutely beautiful weather followed the very cold weather during the first half of February, allowing anglers to get outside and enjoy what is left of winter. 
    There is only a little more than a week of game fishing season (ends March 7) and
  • Frigid cold weather the last several weeks has reduced the number of ice anglers locally. This has been a winter of extremes, with nice winter weather for the first two months and really cold weather this month. 
    Now that we are in the second half of February, we
  • Winter is finally here — to a very high degree. Heavy snow cover, wind and really cold temperatures have made it much harder to be outside ice fishing. Nevertheless, there have been a number of serious guys and gals going out there. 
    There is now some slush on all lakes, but
  • There has been a bit of a slowdown in fishing success in the last week or so in response to the colder weather. Not as bad as usual, but still there. 
    We are also getting a slightly heavier snow cover out there, but still lighter than normal. This has been causing some slush on a few lakes. Fortunately, nothing like last year. There have been
  • The North Woods finally got some cold winter weather last week and it slowed down the ice fishing for some anglers still venturing out. 
    Anglers still have great ice conditions out there. Ice thickness is now averaging over 12 inches on most lakes, but you should be careful on any lake with current, such as all the lakes on
  • Great ice conditions continue across the North Woods, encouraging anglers to get out and try for their favorite fish.
    We have roughly 12 inches of nice black ice, and with some colder weather we expect it will quickly get thicker. There are cars driving on some lakes, but mostly snowmobiles or four-wheelers. On the Chain, watch for
  • What a perfect set of conditions for ice fishing so far this year and it shows in the number of anglers we have seen on the ice. 
    At this point, we are starting to see some vehicles on many lakes. Ice thickness now runs from 9 to 13 inches on all area lakes. Despite that, be careful on the Chain of Lakes for current areas, as
  • After a little snow, we had almost perfect winter weather over the New Years weekend and thousands of people took advantage of that weather to get out on the ice.
    They were, for the most part, rewarded by
  • The North Woods has had a very good winter so far for ice anglers, with great ice development and not too much snow. 

    We are hoping for a little snow for the cross-country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts, but we don’t want a huge snow to ruin mobility on our lakes. 

    The ice is
  • So far, it looks like we are on the cusp of a wonderful ice fishing season. Perhaps we are being rewarded for the really bad one we had to endure last year. 
    Ice is developing very well and runs from
  • The ice fishing season, despite last week’s warmer weather, is now in full swing with many of the smaller and mid-sized lakes covered with ice and safe for anglers. 
    As always, caution is advised. Spud your way out there. With
  • The North Woods is getting into the start of the ice fishing season now, with some decent ice on a number of lakes. 
    Caution is still advised when you are going out on to the ice, especially if you are going to a new area on the lake. We have reports of ice as thick as 6 inches on some lakes. There is still
  • There is not a lot of fishing going on right now in this area, as the lakes have not developed enough ice to be safe for anglers to get out on. There are a lot of people anxiously waiting for this to happen.

    If you remember, the good early ice last year was basically ruined by