Tagged in Lake DuBay

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.


May 14, 2014

Five Musky Lakes to Try this Season



North of Highway 10, the musky fishing season opens on May 24. This northern Wisconsin musky zone offers some of the best musky lakes on the planet. Anglers can choose from thousands of musky lakes, ranging from a few hundred acres to more than ten thousand.

Where’s an angler to begin? Here are five of Wisconsin’s top musky lakes, in no particular order.

Boulder Junction – Boulder Lake

At just 524 acres, Boulder Lake isn’t the biggest lake in Vilas County. However, this gem of a lake produces some big muskies every year. When the northern Wisconsin musky fishing season opens on May 24, this is a great lake to launch your fishing boat. Learn more about fishing in the Boulder Junction area.


Vilas County – Big St. Germain

Another lake to fish on the May 24 musky season opener is Big St. Germain. This lake is legendary for it’s great fishing for musky as well as smallmouth bass and walleye. The 1,617-acre lake is 42 feet deep and provides consistent fishing action throughout the summer. Get Vilas County fishing info.


Oneida County – Rainbow Flowage

This 3,153-acre impoundment of the Wisconsin River is one of the largest bodies of water in northern Wisconsin. Its musky fishery matches its size. The dark-stained water tends to warm earlier than some other area lakes, making it a great place to fish during the early musky season. Find out more about fishing in Oneida County.


Rhinelander Area – Boom Lake

Boom Lake is another impoundment of the Wisconsin River. Located just downstream from Rainbow Flowage, Boom Lake has a strong reputation as a musky producer. A number of annual musky tournaments are held on this lake in the heart of Rhinelander. Get Rhinelander Area fishing info.


Stevens Point – Lake DuBay

A 10-minute drive north of Stevens Point takes you to one of the best fishing spots in the state. Lake DuBay is another impoundment of the Wisconsin River and covers 6,830 acres. The lake is home to walleye, smallmouth bass, panfish and, of course, musky. Learn more about Lake DuBay.


April 1, 2014

Five Places to Fish the Spring Opener

Woman with fish

She examines a recently caught fish

On May 3, Wisconsin’s gamefish season opens. If you’re an angler, it’s the most exciting day of the year. Make plans to be out on the water that weekend in a place that offers great fishing. These five destinations are your best bets for the opener.

Vilas County

The walleye fishing is incredible in Vilas County. Most of the county’s 1,300 lakes are home to good populations of walleye. The biggest, deepest, clearest lakes, such as Trout Lake, harbor some enormous fish. But, during the first days of the season, look for smaller, shallower lakes, which warm up earlier and provide more action. Anglers can target smallmouth bass, but they must be released between May 3 and June 20. Largemouth bass are fair game. Vilas County is also one of the best musky destinations in North America – their musky season begins May 24. Vilas County’s 12 resort communities offer lodging as well as shopping and dining.

Oneida County

Just south of Vilas County, you’ll find Oneida County, home to hundreds of lakes and a beautiful landscape of towering forests. Anglers targeting walleye in Oneida County will find plenty of excellent lakes, including Boom Lake, a flowage on the Wisconsin River in the heart of Rhinelander. Boom Lake is also famous for its musky and smallmouth bass. Oneida County shares the same season dates as neighboring Vilas County (see above). Anglers will find eight friendly communities in Oneida County offering hotels, resorts, cabins and cottages.

Lake DuBay, Stevens Point Area

At 6,700 acres, Lake DuBay is big. This flowage on the Wisconsin River has a fishery to match its size. Big bass, fat walleye and hefty northern pike all swim in these waters. During the first days of the fishing season, a wise angler will turn his attention to some of the shallower backwaters and bays where the water will be the warmest. Anglers shouldn’t overlook the panfish that call Lake DuBay home, particularly crappie. And, this lake is one of the state’s premier musky lakes (the musky season on Lake DuBay begins on May 24). After a day of fishing, take a tour of one of the Stevens Point area’s four breweries, including the famous Stevens Point Brewery.

Lake Winnebago, Oshkosh

Unlike the other destinations on this list, bass and walleye fishing is open year-round on Lake Winnebago. The 138,000-acre lake’s walleye fishing is second to none. The natural reproduction on the Winnebago System is outstanding. The lake is also becoming well known for its bass fishing, with good numbers of both largemouth and smallmouth. Panfish are plentiful on the lake, with perch being the most targeted species. Trolling is the most popular method for catching walleye and yellow perch. Bass can be found close to shore in weeds and around docks and other structure. You’ll find hotels and numerous boat launches in Oshkosh.

Flambeau River, Rusk County

The Flambeau River is home to a wide variety of fish species, from panfish to sturgeon. But, smallmouth bass are what put this classic riverway on the map. The Flambeau boasts huge smallmouth bass. Anglers will find smallies in all sections of the river, from the flowages (Ladysmith, Big Falls, Dairyland, Thornapple) to the wild river stretches. During the spring, look for smallmouth bass in the shallow sections of the flowages and in deep pools along the river. Canoeists and kayakers will have a distinct advantage when it comes to accessing some of the Flambeau River’s most secluded pools. It’s an exciting place to fish. Ladysmith is Rusk County’s hub for lodging, shopping and dining.

These are just five of Wisconsin’s many fantastic fishing opportunities. Find more great places to fish this spring.

For complete fishing regulations, visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Hook and Line Fishing Regulations.


October 14, 2013

The Season of Giants – Late-season Musky Fishing

There’s a fish for every season. Shortly after the ice leaves Wisconsin’s lakes, crappie begin their feeding frenzy. On many river systems, the spring walleye run can be action-packed. Late spring brings great fishing for bluegill on lakes all over the state. As the water begins to warm in early summer, the bass fishing in Wisconsin can be incredible. And, as the mercury begins to drop down toward freezing, the musky fishing can be downright unbelievable.

Fall fishing

In general, a musky doesn’t feed during the winter. To make it through those long, cold months, these huge predators must pack on the pounds during the fall. By late fall, muskies will be eating voraciously. Musky anglers who want to catch a trophy fish will spend as many hours on the water as they can during this period.

During late fall, big lures are the rule. Musky baits should be between 12 and 18 inches – or more. Successful musky anglers know that they need to spend a lot of time hunting as muskies can be spread out across the entire lake. In fact, fall is the only time of the year that certain monster-size muskies will make an appearance in the shallows. These huge fish leave their deepwater lairs in pursuit of baitfish, particularly ciscoes. Put a lure in front of one of these ravenous predators and you might experience the fight of your life.

Wisconsin offers some of the best musky fishing in the nation, regardless of the season. Here are some of the state’s very best late-fall musky destinations.

Boom Lake Chain, Rhinelander

Part of the Wisconsin River, this 2,231-acre impoundment is one of the best musky fishing destinations in the Northwoods.

Lake Arbutus, Black River Falls area

The Black River is home to a healthy population of musky, and Lake Arbutus holds some of the biggest specimens.

Three Lakes Chain, Oneida County

Try your luck on one – or all – of this chain’s 28 lakes. You’ll find plentiful fish and lots of room to explore.

Eagle River Chain, Vilas County

If you’re looking for variety, fish the Eagle River Chain of Lakes. This chain has one of the highest concentrations of musky in the state.

Trout Lake, Boulder Junction

The musky fishing in this deep, clear lake really turns on in the late fall. The musky here grow to enormous sizes.

Lake DuBay, Stevens Point area

This sprawling impoundment of the Wisconsin River offers miles of channels, numerous islands and lots of musky.


September 13, 2013

Where the Walleye Lurk: Great Fall Walleye Destinations

During the summer month, it seems that walleyes only bite when it’s cloudy, rainy or windy. In the fall, that changes. Some of the best fall walleye fishing days are bright, sunny and calm. For the walleye angler who has worked hard all summer long to put fish in the boat, fall can be a real treat.

Fall fishing

This fall, you can’t go wrong with any of these four walleye destinations.

Oshkosh on Lake Winnebago

Lake Winnebago is the king of all Wisconsin walleye fisheries. At 138,000 acres, a walleye angler could spend a lifetime fishing this lake. The two techniques that catch the most fish during the fall are jigging and trolling. Look for walleye near mid-lake humps and depressions. Fall can bring some tremendous catches.

Boulder Junction’s 194 Lakes

This resort town is best known as a musky hotspot. However, nearly all of the lakes that dot this quiet little corner of Wisconsin hold walleye. In fact, the clean, clear waters of Boulder Junction hold some hefty fish. Even some of the smaller, lesser-known lakes in the area offer good walleye fishing. Plus, the fall color is spectacular here.

Lake Onalaska and the Mississippi River

The community of Onalaska is set on the banks of 7,700-acre Lake Onalaska, one of the best fishing holes on the entire Mississippi River. Each fall, the walleye fishing heats up on this complex of channels, sloughs and sprawling backwaters. The best walleye fishing can be found near current.

Lake Du Bay in the Stevens Point Area

Just a short drive north of Stevens Point you’ll find the 6,800-acre Lake Du Bay, an enormous impoundment on the Wisconsin River. Look for walleye near old river channels. Jigging is the method of choice here. Don’t be surprised if you hook into a smallmouth bass or even one of the lake’s muskies.