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Typical Wisconsin Fishing Lake In Autumn

The state of Wisconsin offers plenty of bass fishing, walleye, crappie, perch, catfish and some ice fishing in the winter. And, you have all kinds of water to fish including ponds, streams, rivers, lakes and access to both Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, white perch, yellow bass, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, chinook salmon, coho salmon, kokanee salmon, pink salmon, stripers, bowfin, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike, sauger, saugeye, sturgeon and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major Wisconsin Lakes

Wisconsin major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Wisconsin, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Wisconsin, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Wisconsin Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Fishing lake in northern Wisconsin

Beaver Dam Lake is a 6,500-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Beaver Dam, WI.

Big Eau Pleine Reservoir is a 6,800-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Stratford, WI.

Castle Rock Lake is a 14,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Necedah, WI.

Fence Lake is a 3,500-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Lac du Flambeau, WI.

Gile Flowage is a 3,400-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Montreal, WI.

Green Lake is a 7,300-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Green Lake, WI.

Grindstone Lake is a 3,100-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Hayward, WI.

Holcombe Flowage is a 3,900-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Holcombe, WI.

Lac Vieux Desert is a 4,300-acre lake on the northeastern border of the state, at Land O Lakes, WI.

Lake Butte des Morts is an 8,800-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Oshkosh, WI.

Lake Chippewa is a 15,300-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 10 miles east of Hayward, WI.

Lake Chetac is a 1,900-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Birchwood, WI.

Lake du Bay is a 6,700-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Knowlton, WI.

Lake Geneva is a 5,300-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Lake Geneva, WI.

Lake Kegonsa is a 3,200-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Stoughton, WI.

Lake Koshkonong is a 10,500-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Fort Atkinson, WI.

Lake Michigan is a 22,400 square-mile lake running along the eastern border of Wisconsin.

Lake Monona is a 9,800-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Madison, WI.

Lake Mendota is a 10,000-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Madison, WI.

Lake Pepin is a 25,000-acre lake on the western border of the state, at Stockholm, WI.

Lake Poygan is a 14,000-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Winneconne, WI.

Lake Puckaway is a 5,000-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Marquette, WI.

Lake Superior is a 31,820 square-mile lake running along the northern western border of Wisconsin.

Lake Winnebago is a 135,000-acre lake in the southeastern part of the state, at Fon Du Lac, WI.

Lake Wisconsin is a 9,500-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Merrimac, WI.

Lake Wissota is a 6,300-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Chippewa Falls, WI.

Long Lake is a 3,300-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Madge, WI.

Namekagon Lake is a 3,200-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Namekagon, WI.

Pelican Lake is a 3,600-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Pelican Lake, WI.

Petenwell Lake is a 23,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Necedah, WI.

Rainbow Flowage is a 2,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Germain, WI.

Shawano Lake is a 6,100-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Shawano, WI.

Shell Lake is a 2,600-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Shell Lake, WI.

Tomahawk Lake is a 3,400-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Lake Tomahawk, WI.

Turtle Flambeau Flowage is a 19,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Mercer, WI.

Willow Reservoir is a 6,400-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 6 miles southwest of Hazelhurst, WI.

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State of WI Fishing Information

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For additional information about fishing in WI visit the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources website.

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Fish for big bass in Wisconsin

Excellent smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in WI.

Fish Species in Wisconsin

Fishing for bass in Wisconsin

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

WI State Record: 11 lbs 3 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

WI State Record: 9 lbs 1 oz

Fishing for catfish in Wisconsin

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

WI State Record: 44 lbs 0 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

WI State Record: 74 lbs 5 oz

Fishing for crappie in Wisconsin

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

WI State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

WI State Record: 3 lbs 13 oz

Fishing for walleye in Wisconsin

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

WI State Record: 18 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for trout in Wisconsin

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

WI State Record: 12 lbs 3 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

WI State Record: 9 lbs 15 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

WI State Record: 18 lbs 6 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

WI State Record: 35 lbs 4 oz

Fishing for panfish in Wisconsin

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

WI State Record: 2 lbs 10 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

WI State Record: 1 lbs 9 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

WI State Record: 1 lbs 2 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

WI State Record: 2 lbs 15 oz

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

WI State Record: 1 lbs 1 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

WI State Record: 4 lbs 6 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

WI State Record: 1 lbs 1 oz

Yellow Bass

Yellow bass

World record: 2 lbs 15 oz

WI State Record: 2 lbs 12 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

WI State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz

Fishing for salmon in Wisconsin

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

WI State Record: 23 lbs 15 oz

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

WI State Record: 44 lbs 15 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

WI State Record: 26 lbs 2 oz

Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee salmon

World record: 9 lbs 10 oz

WI State Record: 2 lbs 8 oz

Pink Salmon

Pink salmon

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

WI State Record: 6 lbs 2 oz

Fishing for striped bass in Wisconsin

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

WI State Record: 13 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for other species in Wisconsin

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

WI State Record: 13 lbs 1 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

WI State Record: 21 lbs 4 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

WI State Record: 69 lbs 11 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

WI State Record: 38 lbs 0 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

WI State Record: 6 lbs 6.7 oz

Saugeye

Saugeye

World record: 15 lbs 6 oz

WI State Record: 8 lbs 14.7 oz

Sturgeon

Sturgeon

Estimated world record: 1,100 lbs

WI State Record: 170 lbs 10 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

WI State Record: 51 lbs 3 oz

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