Fishing & Outdoor Report
Fishing & Outdoor Reports for Washburn County
6/22/2017 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
6/13/2017 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
6/9/17- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store
Fishing report for Long Lake as of Thursday June 8th. Lot's of Fish Fry's this week~fishing remains great on Long Lake! Lake temps continue to climb surface temp is around 68 degrees with deeper water coming in around 60ish! The Bluegill bite is on! The gills are hanging out on the weed beds. Crappie bite has slowed but folks still catching some nice ones here and there. Lot's of nice Small and Large Mouth Bass, Walleye are biting just off the edge of the weed beds at about 8-12'. Some nice Perch too! Fish seem to be liking all types of live bait right now. We have a full line of Bait~ Waxies, Crawlers, Leaf & Red Worms, Euro Worms, Leeches (panfish, medium, large and jumbo), Crappie Minnows, Fat Heads, Walleye Suckers and Northern Suckers! Beat the heat this weekend by renting a Stand-up Paddle board, Kayak, Canoe or Peddle Boat from us! Bait Shop Hours are M-Sat 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday's 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Enjoy the Hot Summer Weekend!
6/6/17- Reported by AAA Sports
We have had guests in to fish several days in the past few weeks. Everyone catches fish and goes home with a full tummy and fish to fry for future meals. Spooner Lake continues to be outstanding for pan fish, crappies and the occasion perch. We've heard that walleye are biting on Shell Lake south bay. Leeches and jig head seem to be working well. Water temps are on the rise so fish are moving into beds on most lakes. Everyone has their favorite bait or lure so it's hard to say what works best. Honestly, everyday someone comes in and says "the fish are only biting on this particular thing" and of course several people say the same thing, everyday! It depends on the day, weather, equipment and the bait or lure. The old tried and true: the red and white Daredevil, the Arbogast Jitterbug and the original floating Rapala's are the standard for a lot of fishermen and we're strong in sales on those items. Add a spinner bait, some kind of frog and a plastic of choice on a 1/0 hook and you've got a lot of good fishing lures to work with for the bass and northern. Rick's tried and true for the crappie and pan fish are the lead head jig (1/32, 1/8) and a waxie, of course. Now add a chicken jig or popeye jig to the lures, and maybe top it with a leech. You don't have to spend a ton of money on bait or lures, get the basics!!
5/25/2017 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
4/10/17- Reported by AAA Sports
The summer is off to a great start. Opening weekend the weather was really nice and the anglers were out in droves. The biggest bass for the week was a 5 1/2 lb off of Spooner Lake. Largest crappie was 14 oz. off Lost Lake on a crawler. We do have leeches, but our supplier is not up to full steam yet. Don't forget our monthly fishing contest. $10.00 in store credit for the largest in each species: walleye, bass, northern, crappie, perch, and bluegill.
5/10/17- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store
Fishing kicked off to a great start opener weekend! Current water temps ranging anywhere from 57 degrees up to 62 degrees. Reports of Really Nice Crappie coming from Mud Lake and in shallower waters in depths of 1' - 4'using mostly Crappie Minnows, some worms, waxies as well as Gulp. Walleye's are biting as well! Had a nice 5 pounder caught off off a dock with Walleye Sucker! Folks were using pretty much everything for bait ranging from Fat heads, Walleye Suckers, Leeches, Crawler, Rapala's you name it it seemed to work! Bass were also very active along with a few Northern. Reports of Bluegill beginning to bite as of yesterday! Long Lake Bait Shop is now back to Summer hours 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.Monday - Saturday and Sunday's 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fully stocked with Bait! All sizes of Leeches, Waxies, Crawlers, Worms, Euro Worms, Crappie Minnows, Fat Heads, Walleye Suckers, & Northern Suckers.
Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store
4/10/17- Reported by AAA Sports
This weekend we had reports of crappies and panfish biting...this is early!! !ater temps are still in the low 50's. Look for the fish in the shallow waters on the north and east side of the lake, where they get the most sun. Here's a to great open water fishing in 2017!
3/10/17- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store
2017 Licenses went on sale March 8th. They are good through March 31 2018. Cold temps are keeping the landings usable to get out on the ice. Typical Spring Ice conditions exist so use caution. Folks are still pan fishing. It has been a bit slow, but folks are catching some nice Crappie and Bluegill along with some smaller ones. Also some really nice Perch out there too! Have had reports of folks fishing shallow around 5-6' as well as some fishing deeper in around 20-24' and having good luck. We have plenty of Crappie Minnows, Fatheads, Waxies and Spikes in the store. Open 7 a.m. Tuesday - Saturday, Sunday's 7 a.m. - 3 p.m, Closed on Monday's.
3/7/2017- Reported by AAA Sports
Big game season ended on Sunday the 5th. In review of the winter:Our on the ice time was walking on in late November, driving on early January, shacks pulled off in Mid February. The fair to average days outweighed the good to excellent days. If I was to pick the best fishing,( based on the fish brought in for our monthly contest) I would pick the timeframe of February 1-10. In the time frame we had the largest northern largest bass and largest pumpkinseed brought in. The pumpkinseed was 1 oz from being a state record. It was 2# 11/2 oz weighed here and at the grocery store. The next 10 days shows freezing weather every night, so we won't be losing any ice Still lots of time to get out there and snag a few panfish. Don't forget about the monthly contest. Largest fish of each species get $10.00 in store credit!Bring in your summer reels for new line!!
2/23/17- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store
2/9/2017- Reported by AAA Sports
Here's what's biting! This past weekend was windy and cold, but if you were persistent, you'd catch fish. The Spooner Lions club contest on Spooner had over 200 people and lots of fish were caught. We sold a record breaking amount of suckers and shiners. Everyday people call and ask how the fish are biting and what are they using, etc. We can only tell them about what HAS been biting and what people are using. Every day is different, with weather patterns being the dominate factor. We'll help you as much as we can, but some days it's just fishing, not catching. Days are getting longer, gaining about 2 minutes a day!!
2/6/2017 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
Good luck and good fishing,
1/26/17- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store
The wet rainy weather was a challenge over the weekend, but the fish were biting! If you could stay dry and not slip and slide too much you should have caught fish. The low pressure had the fish moving. We had several people in with their limit of panfish and a also a couple nice Bass brought in for the monthly fishing contest. A 32" northern has been entered too. We need the snow and cold to get the lakes back in good walking condition.We've got ice cleats in several styles and sizes. Be SAFE!!
Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store
1/18/2017- Reported by AAA Sports
There are lots of people out fishing! What works for one guy, does not always work for another. This week’s requests have included size 6 rat finke pink head/white body, size 4 GLOW demon red hook/silver body, heavier tip up line, larger shiner minnows, smaller shiner minnows, and colder weather! There are reports of 15 plus inches of ice on the lakes. Fisherman are reporting shiners are working better than minnows, spikes for perch, purple/blue jigs with waxies, flirty girty’s seem to be popular, smaller Rapala jigging raps for crappie and larger Rapala jigging raps for Walleye.
1/17/2017 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
1/13/2017- Reported by AAA Sports
Lots of fishermen in today. All thinking it will be great weekend after the full moon and January freeze. Don't forget we run a monthly fishing contest: largest northern, walleye, crappie, perch, and bass. Each worth $10 in store credit, and we don't even ask where you caught it. Just bring it in for weight and length!
1/10/17 - Reported by Stone Lake Bait & Tackle
Recent reports have been that there's 12-16 inches of good ice on area lakes. Snowmobile trails have been marked to the best of our knowledge. The fishing has been living up to most angler's expectations with walleyes in 15-20 feet and hitting on medium suckers under a tip up. Northern pike can be found in shallower depths taking large shiners or large suckers. Although there's been several reports of good sized pike being picked up while jigging for panfish with a crappie minnow. Now that's a good time! If you can't find the crappies at your favorite spot try going deeper for them. We were told that crappies were found down at the 30-35 foot range recently ans small spoon type jigs tipped with waxies, fathead heads or crappie minnows are the presentation of choice. Continue to stay alert and aware of ice conditions when you head out. If you have equipment issues or have forgotten something at home we have most ice fishing gear for rent at Stone lake Bait and Tackle to include Vexilar flashers, ION battery powered augers, underwater cameras and more! Give us a call at 715-865-4665 for more info. Good fishing!
1/2/2017- Reported by AAA Sports
Most of the area lakes have 8+ inches of ice. Safe for ATV's and snowmobiles. Always know where you're fishing and let someone know where you are.The Holiday weekend had lots of ice-fishing action. We had 4 guys from South Carolina in the week before Christmas. Rick took them to several lakes and they caught northern, bass, perch and crappies. Over new years weekend we have 4 guys in who ventured out of 4-5 lakes and were able to catch some nice fish. With some cold weather coming in the middle of this week, we should see the ice thicken and hopefully get out on the lakes with vehicles. We have suckers minnows, shiners, rosy reds, fathead and crappie minnows as well as spikes and waxies. Just got in a new tiger Eye lure and also just filled up on Rapala jigging raps. Open everyday at 6:00 AM!!
12/21/16 - Reported by Stone Lake Bait & Tackle
Ice conditions in the Stone Lake area continue to improve rapidly. Although fishing seems a little slow right now there has been a decent northern bite with suckers on tip ups working well. Ice thickness will vary depending on currents and water depth. Currently we are getting reports of 3-4 inches on Big Sissabagama, Slim and Big stone and as much as 6-7 inches on Lac Courte Oreilles and Whitefish. There has been very limited ATV and snowmobile traffic on the lakes. I, personally, would give it another week before venturing out too far with your machines. Please use extreme caution at all times on the ice. Don't go alone but if you do let someone know where you plan on fishing. Feel free to call us at Stone lake Bait and Tackle anytime during business hours for ice condition and fishing updates at 715-865-4665. We're open 8-4:30 M-F and 7-4:30 weekends. We have all the bait you need including frozen smelt and herring. We will be open 7-2pm on Christmas Eve and all day Christmas day. Good luck! Be safe and Merry Christmas!
12/21/16- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store
Merry Christmas to All! 1st Ice Conditions on Long Lake consist of 2" -8" on the South End and 2"- 5" and spotty on the North End by the Narrows by means of "Foot Traffic" The North End just fully crusted over last Wednesday. Use EXTREME CAUTION! Reports of nice Walleye, Crappie and Bluegill being caught all hours of the day! Folks are using a full array of live bait! Long Lake Bait Shop hours are Tuesday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday's 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Closed Mondays. Open Christmas Eve 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Open Christmas Day 9 a.m. - Noon.
12/19/16- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store
1st Ice Has arrived on Long Lake! Reports coming in from the South End that it crusted over on Monday December 12th with 1"-5" in some spots. North End just crusted over on Wednesday evening December 14th reports coming in of 1"-3" in some spots. Due to the recent snow fall we now also have water coming up through the ice. Thickness of the ice is exremly inconsistant. There have been a few brave soles out there this weekend catching some really nice Walleyes! EXTREME CAUTION IS RECOMMENDED!!!!
9/9/2016- Reported by AAA Sports
Winter is here and so is the ice fishing! Only 10 days ago all the lakes were open and now we have reports of over 6" on most area lakes.We have not had any great fishing reports but we should soon. And don't forget out monthly fishing contest. $10.00 store credit for largest fish in each category!
12/15/16 - Reported by Stone Lake Bait & Tackle
Big Siss, Slim and Bass Lake (Springbrook) all have 2-2 1/2 inches of ice. There were a few guys out on these lakes and recommended that you don't venture out too far as of yet. Definitely no 4 wheeler's. It appears that Big Stone is still open. Please stay smart and safe. Check back for further updates.
12/8/16 - Reported by Stone Lake Bait & Tackle
The Stone Lake area lakes are cooperating nicely with the forecast although there's not enough ice to venture out yet in my opinion. The wind we've had has been keeping the waves rolling pretty good. This should change a lot by this time next week. We'll be closed this weekend but we've got fresh bait coming in on Tuesday, 12/13 so hopefully the smaller bays and lakes will be ready to go. With that being said please use extreme caution with early ice or at any time during the winter for that matter. Don't forget your ice picks and be safe! It's just a fish. Good luck!
10/27/16 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
9/30/16 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
9/22/16 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
9/9/2016- Reported by AAA Sports
The cooler weather is when the true fishing enthusiast get out on the water. The lazy days of summer are over. Fish are moving more as they water temps start to lower. This makes them more of a challenge as they're probably not where you been finding them all summer. For your bass and Northern: if you're "go to" bait of minnows is not working, throw them a spoon or spinner. The Bass have been really active and hitting on the "frogs" , whether it be a SPRO bronzeye or Boo-yah pad crasher. We also encourage you to try a plastic worm such as the Berkley power worm or Yamamoto Senko. Panfish can be even pickier, Rick continues to use the jig and waxie but has went to a crappie tube or cubby tail when the catching has been slow. Musky fishermen are getting their orders in for the larger sucker minnows. The bigger bucktails have been selling well.
9/7/16 - Reported by Stone Lake Bait & Tackle
Fishing in the Stone Lake area has been a little slow recently. Most anglers are thinking that it could be due to all the rain and storms as of late. The presentations that seem to get the best results are using a small jig tipped with a crappie minnow or similar looking plastic bait, 4-5 feet under a bobber, along a good weed edge for crappies. Walleye anglers are having some action using a 1/4 to 3/8 ounce jig tipped with either a fathead minnow or medium sucker minnow in 12-14 foot depths. The musky action appeared to be pretty good over the Labor Day weekend with 2, 50 plus inch fish being caught, The bucktail type lures are producing the most action it seems. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting spinner bait and top water frogs if you're fishing in heavy weeds. Leeches appear to be done for the season in our area although there's always the Berkley Gulp leeches that work well for a plan B. If you're in the Stone Lake area please be sure to stop in for all of your live bait and tackle needs. Good fishing to all! Stone Lake Bait and Tackle "It's Catchin' On!"
8/31/16- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store
Fishing remains pretty good on Long Lake! Lots of nice Blue Gills, Perch, Large & Small Mouth Bass, and a few Walleyes. Crappies are a bit on the slow side right now. Most all species are sitting just off the weed line at about 10' to 12'. We are done with leeches for the season. We have plenty of Crawler, Leaf Worms, Euro Worms, Waxies as well as Crappie Minnows, Fat Heads, Walleye Suckers and Northern Suckers. We can order in Musky suckers upon request if they are available with our bait dealers. Bait shop hours through September 30th are: Monday - Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 pm. and Sunday's 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. ( we begin our "Off Season Hours" October 1). We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend!
8/25/16 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
8/17/16 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
8/11/16 - Reported by AAA Sports
If you don't mind the heat then the fish are still out there to catch. More anglers are using crankbaits, spoons, and spinners rather than minnows because the heat makes it difficult to keep the minnows fresh. Leeches are still being used in all sizes. Walleye on Shell lake have been biting, but the size are on the small size. We had a few nice crappies come in from Lipsie over the past weekend using Southern Pro crappie tubes (pumpkin/chartreuse). Trego Lake produced a couple nice northern on spoons. Rick continues to fish Spooner with guests a couple days a week and usually gets the limit. He still uses waxies and a jig head. Looking forward to fall fishing, We have leeches, but not sure for how long. We will be getting in Musky suckers in a couple weeks. Take a kid fishing!
8/10/16 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
7/27/16 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
7/27/16 - Reported by AAA Sports
As the summer goes on the angler is turning from live bait to artificial, such as Gulp Alive, Minnows, leeches and crawlers. Yamamota has full line of plastics and we have the hooks from 1/0 to 5/0. Bass are doing better on spinner baits and frogs. We still have leeches form small to large. If theyre not biting, watch the weedlines as the fish are moving under that for cover. Have a great week!
7/20/16 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
7/7/16- Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
7/2/2016- Reported by AAA Sports
Beautiful day to get out on the area lakes. Spawn is pretty much over and the fish are going deeper. We had 2 couples in this week that nick-named Rick , the" fishing magician". They caught northern, bass, perch, crappies and sunnies. Mostly on Spooner with the traditional jig and waxie for the panfish and crankbaits for the larger game fish while trolling. Island produced some nice crappies this past week. 2 -8-10 # northern off of Spooner came in and several Bass using Scum frogs and hula-poppers. Catfish off the dam at Trego using "dough bait" in dip tubes 2 nice walleyes off of Big McKenzie using jighead and leeches. Get out and fish!!
6/23/16- Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
6/23/2016- Reported by AAA Sports
Rick has had 4 guys in this week and they have been very successful with pan fish and crappies and a few Bass on Spooner Lake. We had some guys in who are staying on Big McKenzie and they hit a spot and got their walleye limit in less than an hour. Leeches still seem to be the "go to bait" for the walleye. More people are trying fly fishing with the poppers, stoppers, Bimbo skunks and ants. Also more interest in Catfish, so we brought in some more items for that, stinky stuff!! Coffee is on at 6:00 AM!
6/22/16- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store
Fishing has been super on Long Lake! Folks are catching all species of fish right now! Huge Bluegill!! and Crappie mostly in the shallows. Lot's of HUGE Bass!!!!! Nice Walleye's are being caught in the morning and early evening drifting with crawlers, or jigging with leeches. Also reports of larger Northern & Perch. Most of the Walleye, Northern and Perch are in the 4-12' depths. Right now all types of bait and lures are working well, so have some fun and be creative! We have a full supply of all sizes of leeches, crawlers, and worms. Open 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 7 a.m. 5 p.m. on Sunday's. Happy Fishing!
6/18/16- Reported by Washburn County Tourism
APG Media is hosting an online fishing contest this summer in Northwest Wisconsin! The person with the most points accumulated at the conclusion of the contest (fish catches) will win an apearance on John Gillespie's Waters and Woods with John Gillespie and Pete Maina! Check it out: http://speciesmaster.com/
6/17/16- Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
5/24/16- Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
5/19/16- Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
5/19/2016- Reported by AAA Sports
This past weekend the weather was windy and chilly, but the anglers who got out there caught fish. We had some nice Bass come in using spinner baits. We got a few Crappies brought in off of Spooner Lake that Rick cleaned and cooked for the 4th grade class at Shell Lake when they did their annual fish hatchery trip. There have been 2 catch and release tournaments on Spooner Lake so far and the bass were plentiful.
5/11/16- Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
2/19/2016- Reported by AAA Sports
2/4/16- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store
Here's our report for Long Lake:
Catching some really nice Bluegills some around 8" and nice Crappie 12"-15" amongst lots of smaller one jigging using all types of baits ( Waxies, Spikes, Minnows and even smaller plastics) ~ Lots of nice Northern caught on tip-ups using Northern Suckers, Walleye have slowed a bit folks catching lots of small ones. Reports of some nice perch patches and lots of Bass right now. Ice conditions on Long Lake are still inconsistent all over the lake but reports coming in of anywhere from 6"-12". The snowmobile trail is marked on the lake. Use caution! We received 6-8" of new snow yesterday (light & fluffy) and are expected to get additional 1"-2" over the next couple of days. Washburn County Snowmobile Trails are open and groomed ( groomer just went by our place last night!) Enjoy your weekend! We have a full line of live bait, Premium (non-ethanol) Gasoline, spark plugs snowmobile oil. Open 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday, Sundays 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Closed on Mondays.
2/3/2016- Reported by AAA Sports
The fishermen were in from Long Lake this morning. They did well there yesterday on northern, and will be heading back there today. There are using. shiners and suckers.
1/27/2016- Reported by AAA Sports
The fishing has been quite good this week. Saturday we were crazy. I really can't say what was the best bait to use. We went through dozens of northern and walleye suckers and shiners. We could barely keep up with the waxies. Anyway, perserverance paid off for those who fished. Saturday morning fishing was the best! We had some nice perch brought in from Spooner Lake. Most people had said they caught fish, but really had to work at it. It was a great weekend to be outside! Don't forget we will be having a Big Game Measurement Clinic this Saturday (January 30th).Ken Zimmerman from Zimmerman Taxidermy will be here from 9am-1pm to measure any horns, skulls, etc. He is certified for Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young.
1/22/16- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store
The snowmobile/ATV lake trail was staked yesterday. Thanks to all who helped with this! Crews were finding the ice depths anywhere from 6" to 10" and occasional 12". Very inconsistent. Snowmobiles and ATV's should stay on the trail. I received a call from Darlene & Andy at Beechmore yesterday. They have also staked the lakes in their area i.e. Whitefish, Grindstone, Sand, etc. They also reported finding the same amount of ice as Long Lake as well as very inconsistent. So exercise caution on all area lakes!
1/21/16- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store
Fishing just started picking back up yesterday after that long cold snap! Found some nice Crappie in depths of about 17' suspended at around 8'-10' along with Bluegills, Bass & Perch. Walleye & Northern have slowed a bit but still catching a few. Panfish are biting on Waxies, Spikes, Minnows and plastics too. Ice reports on Long Lake are coming in anywhere from 6"-10" with a few spots at 12". Finding the thinner ice around shorelines and areas with deeper snow. The Lake Trail for Snowmobile/ATV's is being staked today (Thursday, January 21st)!!!! Snowmobiles & ATV's should exercise extreme caution and stay on the marked