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hows bass fishing been

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Im thinking of heading over on Wed to the Rice Lake Area to chase a few bucket mouths.

Anyone have any reports they would be willing to share.

How much is a licence for one day?

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bass fishing has picked up on the mississippi, cant help you out on a report up in the rice lake area. those lakes should be turning over or turned over by now though so that should help.

if im not mistaken, you cant buy a one day non-resident license in wisconsin. i believe it is a 4 day and its like $25 or so?

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    • @DrJ you're signed up.  I put more space between the links in the original post.  The summary has the info about those signed up. 
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