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Wisconsin Fishing Reports & Outdoor Report for February 8, 2018

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Light snow, accumulating to several inches, fell across the southern portion of the state this past week, with up to 6 inches in other areas farther north. That means a host of properties once again have more than a half a foot of usable snow, leading to ski grooming on many park and forest properties and even some new fat bike trail grooming at the Brule River State Forest. Snowmobile trails are now open in almost 40 counties across the northern half of the state on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Snow Conditions Report (exit DNR).The Brule River State Forest has begun grooming trails for fat biking and snowshoeing.Photo credit: DNRDanny Page with the fat tire bike trail groomer that he built.Photo credit: DNRAnglers report catching a few smaller northern at the Peshtigo Harbor and Little River anglers are reporting catching good numbers of whitefish now that the cracks have frozen up again. Anglers out at the Oconto breakwater have reported catching good numbers of larger whitefish with more than a few limits being caught. Anglers fishing the Fox River at Voyageurs Park are reporting catching good numbers of walleyes and the occasional whitefish. Anglers off Door County reported success early in the week, with some catching limits of whitefish. Walleye fishing on Lake Puckaway has been good. Ice fishermen fishing in the Mckinley Marina or the Summerfest lagoon within Lake Shore State Park in Milwaukee were finding good ice conditions ranging from 10-15 inches of solid. Anglers putting in the time are having success catching a few browns and steelhead early or late in the day.This weekend kicks off the opening to Sturgeon Spearing on Lake Winnebago so there has been a lot of interest in water clarity conditions on Lake Winnebago recently. DNR fisheries technicians checked water clarity on Lake Winnebago Feb. 5 and then at a couple of spots on Lake Poygan Feb. 6. In early January water clarity averaged 9 feet on Lake Winnebago. Unfortunately, conditions have worsened quite a bit since then. Clarity on Lake Winnebago yesterday ranged from 3-9 feet with an average of 6.5 feet of visibility. Looking back through past years of data, the current 6.5 reading marks the worst water clarity since the 2006 season. Clarity on the Upriver Lakes seems to be quite good. Despite the less than ideal clarity conditions, fisheries managers still anticipate a big showing of spearers taking to the ice over the weekend in search of a sturgeon!


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    • Hello from Sunset Lodge!

      In Minnesota, walleyes and pike have been found using crank-baits on the south side of Oak Island.  Walleye have also been caught pulling spinners in 26-30 feet using gold and green.
      In Ontario, walleye have been very active using pink and orange jigs on the breaks of reefs or casting shallow crank-baits in 8-12 feet by rocky shoreline points.  A good mixed bag of smallmouth and pike have been found with the walleye as well.
      Musky fishing has really picked up with lots of fish over 40+ inches.  Fishing sand and weedy bays near rock reefs have produced well using buck-tails, small crank-baits and top-water baits. 

      Until next week!
      Sunset Lodge
    • Looks like a great summer time meal! 
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    • I like that you caught someone else taking photos of the feast too!
    • That's an impressive pile o meat smallie!! Wow did I start a ruckus with a misspelled word, I'll be more kareful next time!!😉
    • Looks like kind of an expensive grill though.........😱
    • and a porterhouse too!!!