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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, walleye, bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, yellow perch, musky and northern pike at Pelican Lake in Wisconsin.

Pelican Lake, WI

Accessed via US Route 45, Pelican Lake is a 3,600-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at the town of the same name. This fishery has 13 miles of shoreline and features smallmouth bass, crappie and musky.

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Pelican Lake is located in the northern part of Wisconsin, near the town of Pelican Lake. This 3,585-acre lake offers excellent fishing opportunities for anglers of all skill levels.

Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are popular game fish in Pelican Lake. Anglers can target them using a variety of techniques such as casting spinnerbaits, crankbaits, or plastic worms around weed beds, submerged structures, or rocky shorelines. Both species provide thrilling fights and can reach impressive sizes.

Walleye is another highly sought-after species in Pelican Lake. Anglers can find walleye near drop-offs, points, and areas with submerged structures. Trolling with crankbaits or worm harnesses, jigging with minnows or artificial baits, or fishing with live bait rigs are common techniques for targeting walleye. They offer a challenge and reward anglers with their delicious flesh.

Muskie can be found in Pelican Lake. Anglers who target this apex predator often employ large, flashy lures such as bucktails, jerkbaits, or topwater plugs. Muskie fishing requires patience and persistence, but the thrill of landing a trophy-sized muskie is well worth the effort.

Channel catfish, black crappie, northern pike, yellow perch, and bluegill are also popular fish species in Pelican Lake. Anglers can target channel catfish using stinkbaits, cut baits, or live bait such as nightcrawlers or chicken liver. Black crappie can be caught using small jigs or minnows around submerged structures. Northern pike can be targeted using spoons, spinners, or large jerkbaits. Yellow perch and bluegill can be caught using small jigs, worms, or live bait near weed beds or structures.

Pelican Lake in northern Wisconsin provides abundant fishing opportunities for popular fish species such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, muskie, channel catfish, black crappie, northern pike, yellow perch, and bluegill. With its scenic beauty, accessible boat ramps, and camping facilities, Pelican Lake is a favorite destination for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts looking to experience the thrill of fishing and the joys of the great outdoors.

Several beaches around the lake provide parking, options for swimming and limited access for fishing from the bank. Resorts, cabins, hotels, boat ramps and campgrounds are located at the lake.

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Primary fish species residing in Pelican Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Black crappie Walleye BluegillGreen SunfishPumpkinseed Sunfish Rock Bass Yellow Perch Muskie Northern Pike

Pelican Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Pelican Lake is not only a fantastic fishing spot but also offers opportunities for boating and camping. Boaters can explore the lake's various bays and coves, while campers can enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding area. There are public boat ramps and camping facilities available, allowing anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to fully enjoy their time on and off the water.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Pelican Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off County Road G, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Pelican Lake West Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Roothouse Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Pelican Lake Campground - 715 487-4600

Weaver's Resort & Campground - 715 487-5217

Pelican Lake WI Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Pelican Lake
Weaver's Resort & Campground
1001 Weaver Rd
Pelican Lake, WI 54463
715 487-5217


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Pelican Lake in WI

Fishing for smallmouth bass, crappie and musky in northeast WI.

Pelican Lake, in Wisconsin.