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Best Times to Fish

I get asked the question "when is the best time to come?"

You can never catch fish if your not fishing for them, but here is a little run down of the better times to come for different species.

Musky Fishing in Northern WI

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Musky season is from the Saturday during Memorial weekend and I fish muskies till I leave to guide duck hunts during mid-October. Anytime during that stretch that you can make it we can fish for them and I should show you success on the water! I know most all decent sized musky lakes in the area and pick and choose what ones I fish depending on the day and time of year to keep a high success rate. Of course I will fish the water you want to fish if you have a specific body of water in mind you want to target. If you can choose when you can come I recommend during the first week in July through mid-October. There are peaks and valleys in success throughout the season but muskies can be a little slower during the month of June as water warms. If fishing in June I still should be able to put you on fish but colder water means smaller feeding windows. Afternoon feeding windows seem to be best when water is the warmest. Usually starting late June through the first week in July usually offers a full moon and the start of good summer musky patterns developing. This is when success rates are a bit higher along with a better average size. Moon phases matter. This means coming two days ahead or behind a full or new moon. Full moon phases are some of the hottest bites of the year but new moon is not far behind. During these periods average catch rates and average size of fish goes up. Weather trumps moon on a daily event but a good starting point is coming during a good moon phase.

Walleye Fishing in Northern WI

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Walleye season typically starts the first Saturday in May. I fish for them all season long as well. All season I should be able to catch walleyes on a variety of waters in the region. May and early June are good months to fish and I fish a very wide variety of lakes during this time. As summer progresses I start to narrow my walleye waters down but still have plenty to choose from. During the middle of the summer when days are long and hot seems like early mornings, evenings, and night bites are the best but virtually every trip we catch numerous walleyes. I try and hop lake to lake and stay on the best bites throughout the season depending the time of year to keep the number of eyes boated per trip up.

Northern Pike Fishing in Northern WI

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Northern pike fishing opens up with the walleyes as well in early May and is good until around the end of June. After water warms and stratifies usually pike fishing goes down hill on a lot of area lakes just due to the fact that they move off structure and head to the cooler deeper waters. I generally do not fish for them later than early July on most lakes but still are a few that I hit later in the season.

Small Mouth Bass Fishing in Northern WI

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Bass also opens up at the start of game fish season at the beginning of May. May and June are top months for guys looking to get hog smallies or really bang up the numbers. Fish are shallow and a lot of the deeper clear lakes the fish will be in a cycle of pre-spawn, spawn, or post spawn patterns. This is the best time to come for smallies as a whole. Lots of days are spent chasing trophy class fish. I can also get on some of the most intense bites of the year. After late June many of the deep clear lakes fishing for bass can be had but just have to fish deep...30' of water or so, that is just why I choose to switch lakes that I can fish for them in good numbers and size a little shallower on different lakes.

Large Mouth Bass Fishing in Northern WI

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For largemouth bass I fish for them all year and they like to stay in the warmer shallow water all year. At times depending on the lake and lake clarity they do move out the the edges and deeper water but as a whole we usually can get them up shallow throughout the year.

Panfish Fishing in Northern WI

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We can fish for them all year long and there is no closed season. Depending on time of year, species you want to target, or water fished I can let you know what is best. Most days from ice out till mid-October we can target the species of pan fish you want to. I fish for Crappies, Bluegills, and Perch.

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