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Click for Merrimac, WI Forecast
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Best bait by a dam site. Get hooked on us.
2016 has come and gone. Fishing for crappies, walleyes & saugers on the Wisconsin river and Lake Wisconsin was definitely not one of our best years. It was also not one of our worst. The good news is, we did catch a good number of fish that were just short of what is legal to put in the live well. That bodes very well for the upcoming 2017 fishing season. Especially if your goal is to take home a nice fish fry. As a guide, my view is that 2017 fishing season has the potential to be a very, very good one. 
So if you were discouraged by some poor fishing this past year, don't give up hope! I've seen this happen many times. Just when many give up, the bite gets really good and those who gave up simply miss out on some top notch fishing.

"Gift Certificates"
We have them. All you need to do is ask!
Gift Certificates from Ballweg's Guide Service have no expiration date. If you have one from years past that was never used, give me a call. I will definitely honor that certificate. If you have one that you don't intend to use, please consider donating it to a veteran. I will honor it no matter who you give it to, but would be especially pleased if you donated it to a veteran.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

Joel "Boog" Ballweg
Ballweg's Guide Service, LLC
6996 N. Dunlap Hollow Rd
Mazomanie, WI 53560
Cell 608-220-9866
Joel "Boog" Ballweg
The smallest walleye pictured above is 27.5" long. 
(one) The rest are 28" or longer and all were caught by my clients.
My Pledge to you
At Ballweg's Guide Service, I understand that people like you don't book a guided fishing trip just to watch me fish. When clients go fishing with me, you sit up front, not me. If you break a jig off on a snag, I will give you my rod to fish with while I retie your line. If you hook up with a fish, I will be ready with the net. In my boat, it's always been that way and always will be. When you book a trip with Ballweg's Guide Service, I pledge to do everything possible to not only help you catch fish, but teach you why the fish are where they are, how to find them and what techniques to use to put them in the boat.  I realize this is your chance, not mine, to land a big fish and I will do everything possible to make that happen.
Joel "Boog" Ballweg
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All the saugers pictured above were 22" or longer 
and all were caught by my clients.
Top reports from the past two years

Pre-Spawn Walleyes on the Wisconsin River, April, 2014

Post Spawn Walleyes on Lake Wisconsin, May, 2014 

Early Summer Walleyes on Lake Wisconsin, June, 2014

October Fishing on Lake Wisconsin, 2014

November Night Time Walleyes, Lake Wisconsin, 2014

November Walleyes on Lake Wisconsin, 2014

April Walleyes on the Menominee River, 2014

Wisconsin River Spring Walleyes, April 2013


Ice Out Walleyes on the Wisconsin River

State of the Lake Report
(Lake Wisconsin)

​Skeeter MX-2025
Photo's from guided trips in 2016
The 2016 Photo Album is new. Take a look at the year in pictures when you have a moment.