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Walleye all over the place. Crappie and perch too, plus a few white bass in Winneconne.
Sturgeon rolling in New London and Shiocton, COME SEE!
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Water levels continue to rise and are above bank full stage in New London. The river has also cooled off to around 35 degrees, which should combine with muddy, fast conditions to provide some challenge to the fishing. They might not bite real aggressively but rising water and longer days have the fish on the move. The thunder storms in the area shook the system good and that’s always a sign to get out and fish. Because they are on the move up stream and driven by temperature to enter a marsh somewhere and spawn, look for the bite to change a bit on a day to day basis. BE CAREFUL as there is still some ice coming down the river out of the backwaters and I’ve seen a large number of logs and trees floating this year. Be careful, fish near flooded woods and shallow marshy areas with and you should catch some fish.
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Well the ice is flowing throughout the lower system and people are getting out in boats with limited success. The current is moving pretty good and the water is obviously cold. The big key is to watch out for ice flows as you are navigating and if you anchor up to fish, make sure you are on an inside bend and always have a SHARP knife out and ready to cut your anchor rope should an ice chunk get involved. NEVER assume you are in a safe part of the river!!!
Time is coming for some good fishing once it warms up. That will be soon!
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Hi folks, thanks for checking in. Again, sorry for the lack of posts during the winter. My wife and I moved to Fremont and I also took a NASTY spill and hurt myself quite badly. Cracked bone in my arm, separated shoulder, concussion and bruised ribs. I was out of action completely for a couple of weeks and am just getting back on track. Now for the river.
Anglers are still pushing boats out to ice fish in the New London area, using willow sticks and Harry’s HOTBOX tip-ups to target migrating walleye. That activity will end soon as the river opens up as it has in Fremont. There is plenty of ice flowing SO BE CAREFUL. With water temperatures in the lower 30′s it will take a bit before the fish start biting real well. I’m planning on some night fishing right after this cold snap. The warming temperatures next week should do well to get things hopping.
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OK, sorry for the delay in posting. My wife and I moved to Fremont after our youngest son decided to move out on his own. He is a great kid and we are lucky to have a fresh start at such a young age. LifeOnTheWolf.Com is going to be changing and we are adding an online magazine called Your Wolf River at http://www.yourwolfriver.com which will be produced and edited by John Faucher.
As far as the fishing, walleye and white bass continue to bite out on Lake Poygan and the backwaters of the Wolf continue to offer good fishing. But, as always, weather conditions, cold fronts and traffic have affected the fishing on a day to day basis. The Oxbow, Old River, Templeton Bayou, the Mill Bayou, Partridge Lake, Boom Bay and Pages Slough are always on ice anglers minds this time of year and have been producing perch, crappie and a few bluegills depending on day and location. Walleye are also biting in the New London area with ice access improving every day.
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Dropping water levels should start to concentrate the fish. Water temps should start to drop too, which will get the walleye going even better. The crappie bite is still styrong and white bass continue to provide action in the lower end of the river.
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First let me apologize for the long time between posts. It’s been a crazy summer and I did very little fishing. That’s about to change for the good. I’ve also been working closely with John Faucher at the bait shop in New London (Johnnies Little Shoppe of Bait) and doing a outdoor report for WDUX radio. LifeOnTheWolf.Com is also growing and will be changing again this fall.
Here’s what I know about the fishing. Crappie are biting pretty well and can be found on just about any tree in deep water from Lake Poygan to New London. White bass have also started to bite in the lower end of the river and I’ve heard credible reports of 100 fish catches. Walleye anglers are finding a few here and there and will find more if we get a little rain as the water temperatures drop. Water temps are in the 50′s and we have stable weather predicted for the next few days so I expect fishing to be pretty good. Smallmouth bass are also active as are northern pike. Again, as the days shorten and water cools the fish are driven to feed heavily making this one of the best times of the year to catch them.