FISHING WITH THE GUIDES with George Langley - WEEK OF 4/7 to 4/14

 Dare we say it out loud? Is Spring actually here to stay? The forecast sure makes it look that way, with temperatures in the 50’s and even 60’s through this week. When it’s sunny and the wind cooperates, an afternoon or evening out on the lake at this time of the year can be fantastic. There’s nothing like a dinner of fresh panfish, and when it’s this nice outside at this time of the year it’s a pleasure to be out there catching it! On a “normal” year we’d be looking at the ice starting to fall apart a bit, and we’d be fighting the slush to get out there. It's so much nicer to hop in the boat and cast some lines! Well, now that we’ve said it we’re sure to get pounded with another snowstorm

Fishing has been decent, and we saw a number of folks going out over this last weekend. As they always do in spring after ice-out, the fish are gathering in the warmest water on the lakes. The perch are starting their spawn now, but we haven’t heard of any other species yet – however they’ll all be scouting for their spots. Now’s a great time to fish the shallow water in a warm bay. Jigs tipped with smaller minnows or waxies are working great for panfish in general right now. There’s nothing wrong with throwing a couple of your favorite bass lures out there, too, to spice things up a bit. Remember how important catch and release is at this time of the year, to keep populations growing. Even those panfish – throw the females back in to breed for another season.

It is the time of the year that our thoughts move toward the opener, and that first day out for gamefish. Spring musky can be a lot of fun – and not as much work as fall, as you can get away with throwing a lot smaller lures. If you’ve never tried for them before, it’s worth setting up one rod for something heavier and giving it a go. There’s nothing like a musky hitting to get your heart pumping. Only a month left! In the meantime, panfish and bass will do the trick.

If you haven’t already, now’s the time to get your boat out of storage and take it on that maiden voyage to make sure everything is in working order. Unlike years in the past, if you find problems you still have time to get them fixed before May 4th. It’s also a great time to check all your rods a reels. Check guides to make sure there are none with cracked ceramics (which will cut your line), and clean and oil your reels. 

Good luck and good fishin'!

Wisconsin Fishing Information


Wisconsin Deer Season

Archery and Crossbow*

*No bucks may be harvested during the antlerless-only hunts identified below.

Sept. 14 – Jan. 5, 2025

Archery and Crossbow *Metro Sub-units and counties with extended archery seasons*
See the map for counties with extended archery seasons.

Sept. 14 – Jan. 31, 2025
Gun hunt for hunters with disabilities: This is not a statewide season. Learn more... Oct. 5 – 13, 2024
Youth deer hunt Oct. 5 – 6, 2024
Gun Nov. 23 – Dec. 1, 2024
Muzzleloader Dec. 2 – 11, 2024
December 4-Day Antlerless-Only Hunt Dec. 12 – 15, 2024

Antlerless-Only Holiday Hunt
*Open only in select Farmland (Zone 2) counties. Please see page 12 of combined hunting regulations for valid counties.

Dec. 24, 2024 – Jan. 1, 2025*
All dates are subject to change through rulemaking or a legislative process. Please check the Wisconsin Hunting Regulations for the complete dates and unit designations.


WOLVES & HUNTING IN WISCONSIN - Click for 2024 updates

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WATERFOWL HUNT - 2023-2024

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