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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.


January 14, 2014

Wisconsin’s Winter Walleye Waters

Ice Fishing

Photo Credit: RJ & Linda Miller

Winter is a great time to target what might be Wisconsin’s tastiest gamefish. Walleye bite throughout the winter, and ice fishing is the ideal way to target this elusive predator. Best of all, Wisconsin is home to some of the top walleye fisheries on the planet.

Ice fishing allows walleye anglers to pinpoint active fish and carefully present lures and baits—the same careful approach would be difficult from a rocking boat. When an ice angler finds a group of active fish, he can quickly catch his limit. And, there’s nothing like the sight of a big, fat walleye coming up through the ice.

This winter, experience the thrill of catching walleye through the ice. Here are eight of the very best Wisconsin winter walleye waters.

Oshkosh – Lake Winnebago

At 138,000 acres, Lake Winnebago is the king of all Wisconsin walleye destinations. The Lake Winnebago System, which includes the Wolf and Fox rivers, has unmatched natural reproduction. The result is a fishery with numerous walleye and good numbers of big fish. During the winter, the area around Oshkosh offers some of the giant lake’s best walleye fishing.

Rusk County – Lake Holcombe

Few Wisconsin lakes offer such a diverse, high-quality fishery as Lake Holcombe. This 4,000-acre lake is a flowage on the Chippewa River. Lake Holcombe boasts more than 120 miles of shoreline. Walleye anglers will find good fishing throughout the winter.

Stevens Point – Lake Du Bay

The sprawling Lake Du Bay is a nearly 7,000-acre flowage on the Wisconsin River. The lake is known for its musky, pike, smallmouth bass, panfish and walleye. Anglers should look for sunken trees and other structure along the old river channel. Some of the deeper backwaters can also hold fish.

Oneida County – Lake Tomahawk

This classic Northwoods lake provides great walleye fishing during the winter. It is one of the biggest lakes in northern Wisconsin, weighing in at 3,392 acres. The lake is famous for its fishery, which includes a healthy population of walleye.

Boulder Junction – Trout Lake

Deep and cold, Trout Lake is stands out as one of Wisconsin’s best fishing lakes. The crystal-clear waters hold not only the usual selection of warm-water gamefish, but also lake trout and whitefish. The walleye on Trout Lake grow big and fat on the healthy forage base. Be ready to tie into a hefty fish.

Rhinelander Area – Boom Lake

This flowage on the Wisconsin River is one of the most popular fishing destinations in Wisconsin—and for good reason. Walleye anglers will find good action here throughout the winter.

Onalaska – Lake Onalaska

The Mississippi River is one of the best walleye fisheries in the country. Lake Onalaska, a 7,700-acre pool on the Mississippi River, is an outstanding walleye destination. In addition to walleye, Lake Onalaska offers great fishing for northern pike and panfish.

Black River Falls – Lake Arbutus

Lake Arbutus is a multifaceted destination. In addition to northern pike, musky, bass and crappie, you’ll find good numbers of walleye. It’s a great place to set out some tip-ups. You never know what you’re going to catch here.


August 12, 2013

Panfish A-plenty: Top Lakes for Fall Panfishing

Fall is a great time to go fishing for bluegill, crappie and perch. Collectively known as “panfish,” these three types of fish can be caught on nearly every lake in the state. Wisconsin boasts some of the best panfishing in the Midwest. There are thousands of lakes to choose from, but here are some of the very best.

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Lake Onalaska – If you want to catch a big bluegill, head to Onalaska and fish 7,700-acre Lake Onalaska. The great bluegill fishing here is no secret – the lake carries the moniker, “Sunfish Capital of the World.”

Lake DuBay – This vast flowage north of Stevens Point is crappie heaven. Loaded with sunken timber and other underwater structure, crappie thrive here.

Lake Holcombe – Located at the south end of Rusk County, Lake Holcombe might be one of the most complete fishing destinations in the state. Fish for panfish, as well as bass, musky, walleye and catfish. You might even catch a glimpse of a giant lake sturgeon swimming under your boat.

Lake Winnebago – Perch reign supreme on Lake Winnebago. The best place to launch your boat on this 138,000-acre mega lake is Oshkosh. Perch can be caught by jigging, slip bobbers, worm harnesses – just about any technique will work.

Van Vliet Lake – This small lake near Presque Isle in Vilas County is great for panfish. It features a fishing pier, making it a good place to take the kids.

Squirrel Lake – Located in Oneida County, this lake boasts excellent fishing for panfish. The bluegills on this lake are numerous, as are the bass.

Lake Arbutus – This Black River Falls area lake is best known for its musky and walleye fishing, but it also boasts great fishing for panfish, particularly crappie.

Lake Mendota – Launch your boat at Mendota County Park in Middleton and fish this huge lake for bluegill and perch. The bluegill here are huge and the perch are enormous, plus you might hook into one of the lake’s dinner-plate-sized crappie.