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September 18, 2014

Fall Fishing Hotspots for Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass
These two waterways are your best bets for smallmouth bass

Fall is a great time to fish for smallmouth bass in Wisconsin, and these two destinations offer some of the best fishing in the state.

Rusk County – Flambeau River

For a long time it was a tightly held secret, but now it’s almost common knowledge among Wisconsin anglers: The Flambeau River has incredible smallmouth bass fishing.

Throughout its entire length in Rusk County, the Flambeau River is loaded with smallies. You’ll find good numbers of fish as well as some real bruisers. Anglers can fish the river’s large flowages from the comfort of a boat and catch plenty of smallmouth bass. More adventurous anglers can hop in their canoe or kayak and paddle to some of the Flambeau’s remote stretches for a chance to tangle with fish that have seldom seen a fishing lure.

In addition to great smallmouth fishing on the Flambeau River, Rusk County offers smallie action on the Chippewa, Jump and Thornapple rivers. Nearby Lake Holcombe is also home to a good population of smallmouth bass. When it comes to smallies, you can’t beat Rusk County.

Stevens Point Area – Wisconsin River

The Wisconsin River is home to a healthy population of smallmouth bass. The stretch of river that flows through the Stevens Point area boasts some of the biggest smallies on the entire river.

One of the most popular places to fish for smallmouth bass is Lake DuBay. This 6,800-acre lake is an impoundment of the Wisconsin River and is made up of a series of lakes and channels. Smallmouth bass can be found in the flooded timber, numerous backwaters and near the old river channel.

As the Wisconsin River flows through Stevens Point, it presents the smallmouth angler with outstanding fishing. A canoe or kayak is a great way to fish for the feisty river smallies that lurk in this stretch of river. Launch from Pfiffner Pioneer Park, Bukolt Park or Mead Park. Then, get ready for the fight of your life.