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Fishing & Outdoor Report

Fishing & Outdoor Reports for Washburn County

2/23/17- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store

Ice conditions vary use extreme caution.  This is a pic below is from the narrows landing 2-22-17 at 5:30 p.m. anglers reporting in anywhere from 6" to just over a foot.  Shore lines and bays are beginning to deteriorate.  The snowmobile stakes were removed from the lake on Feb 19th.  Fishing reports coming in are the Bluegill and Crappie are biting! Folks are using waxies and crappie minnows with a few fatheads here and there!  they have been found in depths ranging anywhere from 10' - 24'.  Crappie bite seems to be in the morning or late afternoon to early evening.  Still some nice Perch and a few Northern, Walleye are a bit on the slow side. There is currently a shortage of Sucker minnows and smaller shiners. We still have a medium large mix for the tail end of Game Fishing!  Game Fishing Season will end on Sunday March 5th!  Off Season hours are Tuesday - Saturday 7 a.m. 5 p.m. Sunday's 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Note we will open at noon Tuesday Feb 28th.
 
 
 
2/21/2017 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service  
Warm weather has made getting outside a real joy this past week.  Ice conditions are changing with the unseasonably warm temperatures, as always use caution out there.  We were out on a medium sized lake yesterday and had lots of action from the bluegills.  We caught all different sizes, kept a few to eat and let the rest go.  Small jigs and waxes in about 10 feet of water worked for us  .Good luck and good fishing, Jim Stroede Guide Service

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 

The bite has slowed a bit for most ice anglers this week. Crappies had been active late in the day, and early evening on lots of Washburn County waters.This week they are bitting less often and lighter overall.  
Walleyes are still being caught on the bigger lakes, just after dark is still your best bet. Tip ups and shinner minnows have worked the best on the Wally's.
Continue to use caution on area lakes as there have been some folks get into trouble here lately.
Good luck and good fishing,
Jim Stroede

1/26/17- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store

Pan fishing is good right now, lots of Bluegills, Crappie (are out there but a bit on the slow side) and some nice perch, mostly found in the 7' - 12' range, but a few reports of 20' as well.  Folks mostly using crappie minnows, Waxies and Spikes, with a few plastics.  Walleye seem to be liking the morning and evening hours using Suckers and Shiners suspended in the 12' - 24' range.  The Northern are finally getting some size to them too, the bigger the bait the better with large Shiners and Suckers!   We are fully stocked with nice fresh bait and other items! Our "Off Season Hours" are: Tuesday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m./ Sunday's 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
 
With the warmer temps we have lost most all of our snow cover so travel with CAUTION.  Reports from anglers coming in on ice thickness are ranging from 9"- 16" around the lake.  REMEMBER ice isn't always what it seems and ice ridges can develop quickly, causing thin ice. Fluctuations in temperatures can also quickly reduce the thickness of the ice.

 

 
 1/24/2017- Reported by AAA Sports    

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!!

 
 
1/20/17- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store
 
It's Wisconsin DNR FREE Fishing this weekend~January 21 & 22!   Things are picking up after the cold snap!  Ice conditions on Long Lake range from 12" - 16" Remember that the opening leading into the narrow at the north end NEVER REALLY FREEZES do not travel through there by auto, ATV or Snowmobile.  Reports coming in of lots of nice panfish including some Bluegill 9"-10" Crappie 12" - 15" and several nice Perch.  They are sitting at depths of 7-12 feet.  Most folks have been using Waxies, Spikes and Crappie minnows as well as some smaller plastics. Orange/Black  or White colored jigs seem to the ticket.  Walleye right now are sitting in depths around 200-12 feet.  Our Walleye limit on Long Lake is 3 and they must be 18" or larger to keep.  Had reports of some really nice ones being caught either early in the morning or in the evening after dark.  Folks are mostly using suckers or shinners both on tip-ups for jigging (we have both mediums and large sizes in both).  Word is that finally the Big ones are starting to bite on tip-ups with large suker minnows and a some large shiners.  We are fully stocked with nice fresh bait and other items! Our "Off Season Hours" are: Tuesday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m./ Sunday's 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Closed on Mondays 
Happy Fishing!  Thanks~Have a Super Weekend!~
Tom & Kathy Martin
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 

Ice fishermen are out in big numbers on Washburn county lakes.  Lots of good reports of panfish action this week, most fish are being caught in 7 to 12 feet of water on small ice jigs and wax worms or spikes. Mornings have been better than later in the day by and large.Walleye fishing has been fair to good on most waters. The evening bite is solid.  Tip ups and shiners or walleye suckers are catching most of the fish, but jigging Rapala's have had their time too.
Good luck and good fishing,
Jim Stroede

 

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

I've been fishing muskie exclusively here in the month of October.  The bite has been good to very good most days.  One thing that has been working well is dragging live suckers and casting big minnow baits. We are catching more fish deeper rather than shallow this week, seeing lots of bait on the locator is usually an indicator of a great spot. 
Good luck and good fishing,
Jim Stroede

 

9/30/16 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service

Water temps are holding around the low 60's on Washburn County lakes this week.  As we move into October look for cooling waters to concentrate fish all the more.  Musky fishing remains strong here, as lots of fish are still up shallow and are catchable. We've had multiple fish days this week.  Topwaters, shallow running crankbaits, and suckers have scored in my boat.  Walleyes have been on the tough side from what I'm hearing.  A pretty slow bite this week overall.  Jigs and minnows or Lindy rigging should start to catch fish as they begin to pile up on rock bars and humps across the county.
Good luck and good fishing, Jim Stroede

9/22/16 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service

Musky fishing around Washburn County has really been picking up this past week, we've been catching lots of nice sized fish across the area.  Muskies are hitting a wide range of baits, topwaters, bucktails, and minnow baits have worked best for us recently.  Most fish are shallow hanging around weeds.  Cover lots of water to locate the most fish in a days time.
I didn't do any walleye fishing this week as the muskies kept me quite busy, but the walleyes should be bitting well on drop off areas and along rock bars and humps.  Try jigs and minnows or lindy rigging for walleye success.
Good luck and good fishing, Jim Stroede

 

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!"

 
 9/1/16 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
Fishing has been great all across Washburn County this week, walleyes, pike, bass, panfish and Muskies have all been bitting.
Weeds are the place to be if your looking to get bit right now.  A nice early morning jig bite is producing lots of fish in my boat, sun up 'till about 10am has been best. Bucktails and topwaters are catching good sized Muskies right now. Try fishing fast and cover lots of water to contact fish.
Good luck and good fishing,
Jim Stroede

 

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

Some cooler overnight temperatures have lowered the surface readings on Washburn County lakes from around 80 down Into the mid to lower 70 degree range this week. Fall is just around the corner. Musky action is picking up with nice fish cruising the shallows again. Bucktails and topwaters are catching fish. Walleye anglers are having good fishing right now, jigs and crawlers, lindy rigs, and trolled crankbaits have produced fish this week. Bass fish remains very good too. Lots of largemouths were caught on wacky worms and jig worms in recent days.
Good luck and good fishing,
Jim Stroede

 

 8/17/16 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service 

Fishing around Washburn County remained good this past week. Muskies are hitting bucktails and topwaters early and late in the day on many waters. Main lake bars with weeds have been the favored spots. Walleye fishing was good this week too.  We had a couple mornings with a little cloud cover and a nice chop on the water which led to a nice walleye bite. We're getting most of our fish in 13 to 18 feet near main lake basin areas.  
Good luck and good fishing,  Jim Stroede 

 

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 

Walleye fishing has been very good out on Long Lake. Nice fish in the 18 to 22 inch size range are feeding in the mornings on deep weed edges. Muskies are kind of spotty lately with a few fish caught on bucktails and topwaters, early and late in the day have been best. Bass are bitting really well on most lakes, frogs and wacky worms are catching the most fish now.
Good luck and good fishing,
Jim Stroede 

7/27/16 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service 

This past week we've been fishing a lot on Long Lake here in Washburn County. The walleyes are bitting on deep weed edges in 14-16 feet. We get bites from a mix of fish out there this time of year, largemouth and smallmouth bass are common along with all the panfish varieties as well. Jigs and leeches have been the go to presentation along with lindy rigging at times working too.
Good luck and good fishing, Jim Stroede 

 

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 

Heavy down pours of up to ten inches of rain last week has area rivers running wild and area lakes a foot or more high. Lots of docks are underwater, many roads sustained heavy damage or complete wash outs, it's was really something.
Fishing has been good in spite of it all. Largemouth bass are bitting really well all over Washburn County, we've caught lots of nice bluegills recently too.  Pike are real active, and Muskie action is picking up nicely. Walleyes have been tough, try late in the day towards evening.
Good luck and good fishing,Jim Stroede 

  

7/7/16- Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service 

Fishing remains good in Washburn County.  This week the bass and pike were keeping anglers plenty busy. Casting spinnerbaits over and around cover has been producing well, also topwaters early and late in the day for bass has been hot. Musky action was fair this week with a few fish coming on bucktails.
Good luck and good fishing, Jim Stroede
 
 

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 

We've had a nice week of fishing here in Washburn County.  Long Lake has been our primary destination and it hasn't disappointed. Bass, both largemouth and smallmouth, have bit well along with pike, bluegills and the occasional walleye. 
Early mornings have been best, overcast skies and or a breeze are good too. Cool comfortable mornings are forecasted for this next week and the fishing should continue to be good.
Good luck and good fishing,  Jim Stroede

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 

 
It's mid June and the fish are bitting!
In my boat we've been catching a mixed bag of walleye , bass, pike and panfish every time out.  Lots of fish are still relatively shallow in that 4 to 7 foot range, but we did pick up a couple walleyes today out in 13 feet.
Jigging, slip bobbering, and trolling have all produced fish this week. 
Good luck and good fishing, Jim Stroede

5/24/16- Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service

Fishing this week around Washburn County has been a mixed bag of sorts.  Crappies are shallow for spawning and are bitting on a variety of soft plastics in 1-4 feet of water. Smallmouth Bass likewise are in the spawning mode. We've caught and released some nice ones the past few days. Northern Pike are very aggressive most days in the shallows,  crankbaits and jigs will catch plenty of them. Walleyes have been tough in my boat this week, lots of wind has made the jigging bite hard to do .
Good luck and good fishing,
Jim Stroede

 

5/19/16- Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service

Fishing is improving around Washburn County this week along with the weather.  Nice catches of crappies are coming from numerous lakes as they begin to move shallow for the spawn.  The best action for us has been in the afternoons.
Walleyes are going ok, not great.  Jigs and minnows have been catching a few fish in 6 to 12 feet mainly early and late in the day.  As water temps increase look for better action.  Muskie season opens a week from Saturday.
Good luck and good fishing, Jim Stroede
 

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

Fishing around Washburn County has gone into full swing with last weekends opener.  Most folks have been focusing on either walleyes or crappies and both have been bitting.
Crappies are beginning to move into shallow water in preparation of the spawn. Shallow bays with wood or weed cover are preferred locations this time of year.  Generally speaking the best approach is to go after them with a jig and soft plastic under a small bobber.  Keep moving until you locate fish.
Walleyes have been bitting on jigs and minnows fairly well.  Early and late in the day have been best.  Casting crankbaits after dark has been catching some fish too.
Water temps are in the mid to upper 50's for the most part.
Good luck and good fishing,
Jim Stroede

 

2/19/2016- Reported by AAA Sports 

The past 2 days we have had some good reports. Crappies, perch and walleye around the area have been good early morning on Spooner Lake and Lipsie Lake. Early evening has been good on Shell Lake.  A guy was in with his limit of panfish off of Dilly Lake.  They are using mostly minnows for the walleye, spikes and waxies on the panfish, and  jigging for crappies with orange and Chartreuse
tungsten with a small waxie.
 
 

 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 trail as ice conditions are varying.   We have a full line of live bait~Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday's 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Closed Mondays.

 

 1/14/16- Reported by- Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store

Ice condition reports on Long Lake are coming in at around 6"-8"  with a few 10" spots.  Crappies have started to bite.  Folks this week have been catching Crappie, Bluegill, Perch, Bass, Walleye & Northern.  Most folks have been using Waxies & spikes for the Panfish, but did hear Crappie are just starting to bite on minnows too!  Shiners and suckers working well for Walleye & Northern.  W have a full line of fresh bait available for you!  Hours: 7a.m.-5p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday, Sunday's 7a.m. - 3p.m. Closed on Monday's.

 

1/8/16- Reported by AAA Sports 

Most lakes are safe for walking, ATV's, and snowmobiles. After this cold snap that is just arriving, we should be good on vehicle traffic, too. BUT always know where you are going. We had a lot of nice fish brought in over New Year's Weekend. It is slower this week, as people return to work after the holiday season. We're selling a lot of shiners and we just got in a fresh supply of spikes and mousies. Frozen smelt is moving well, too. We have several fish houses and ice sleds in stock. 

 
 1/6/16- Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service
Ice fishing is in full swing here in Washburn County. Ice thickness varies from lake to lake, however, the places I've been out on had 5 1/2 inches of good ice over this past weekend.  Generally walk out access is good in most places, ATV or driving trucks out onto the ice is not advised as of yet.
Good luck and good fishing,
Jim Stroede
 
 
1/6/16- Reported by Stone Lake Bait & Tackle
 
We are seeing a good average of 5-6 inches of ice on lakes in the Stone Lake area. There have been more sightings of ATV's on the ice albeit they are hugging the shoreline in most cases. Walleye and pike have been hitting suckers and shiners in 7-10 feet of water under tip-ups.. We don't really have a current report on the crappie and/or bluegill bite. If we don't get too much snow in the next few days the frigid temps in our future should add several inches to the ice we already have. Be smart. Stay safe.
 
 
1/6/16- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store
 
Ice conditions on Long Lake and smaller area lakes reports coming in at anywhere from 2" - 4" with an occasional 5".  Conditions are very unstable due to varying temperatures and current whitefish activity. Extreme Caution and Safety Measures are recommended!  Nice Walleye and Northern are being caught both jigging and with tip-ups using suckers and shiners at about 20'.  Some Blue Gill Activity with Crappie being a bit on the slow side. 

We have a full line of live bait in stock with some nice suckers and shiners! Just got in the Hot new Impulse Helium Stonefly Jigs! Open 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday, Sunday's 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., Closed on Mondays.  Happy Fishing!

 

12/29/15- Reported by AAA Sports 

 OKAY! ARE WE READY FOR SOME ICE FISHING?!?! YES! The guys have been walking out from Mann Landing  onto Spooner Lake for over 2 weeks now. They are fishing in the South Bay of Shell Lake. They are out on smaller lakes too: Dunn, Island, McKinley, and Dilly, just to name a few. Just be careful where you are stepping. We have shiners, suckers, smelt, ciscos, and more!

 

12/8/15- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store

Fishing Report for Long Lake!
Time to get your Fishing boats out of storage! The Fish are biting! Water temps are around 40 degrees. Reports of nice sized Crappie in 20' suspended at about 10' using crappie minnows. Bluegill are also liking the minnows over Waxies! Also Walleyes being caught off the edge of the weed beds fairly shallow using suckers and shiners.  We have lots of minnows in stock and will be finishing up putting out the Ice Fishing tackle!  Off season hours: Tuesday - Saturday 7 a.m.-5p.m. Sunday's 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Closed on Mondays.  Christmas Holiday Hours: Christmas Eve 7 a.m. - NOON, Closed Christmas Day, Saturday December 26th open NOON to 5 p.m.  Happy Holidays!

 

11/18/15-Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service

Open water fishing for Muskies has been good this fall, but now the end of another guide season has come for me. I may still get out on my own a bit next week, but just as likely Mother Nature could put a stop to that.  Much colder weather is in our forecast, next will be ice fishing for me. Thanks to all who fished with me this year, I'm looking forward to sharing the boat with you again in 2016.
Good luck and good fishing,  Jim Stroede

 

11/11/15-Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service

Muskie fishing remains strong in Washburn County. We are still catching good numbers of nice fish. Most of our