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Guide to top Bass Fishing Lakes In WI

By Rick Seaman

Fish for largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Typical Wisconsin Fishing Lake In Autumn

Wisconsin is a haven for bass fishing, offering excellent opportunities to catch both largemouth and smallmouth bass. The state is blessed with numerous lakes, rivers, and reservoirs that provide ideal habitats for these popular game fish. The purpose of this page is to share basic information about bass fishing and bass lakes in the state.

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Largemouth bass can be found throughout Wisconsin, thriving in both natural and man-made bodies of water. They are often found in weed beds, around submerged structures, and along the shoreline. Anglers can target largemouth bass using a variety of techniques, including topwater lures, plastic worms, jigs, and crankbaits. The best time to fish for largemouth bass is during the warmer months, particularly in spring and early summer when they are actively feeding and preparing to spawn.

Wisconsin is also renowned for its exceptional smallmouth bass fishing. The state boasts several world-class smallmouth bass fisheries, including the renowned Door County waters, the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior, and the Mississippi River. Smallmouth bass prefer rocky areas, submerged boulders, and drop-offs. Anglers can target them using a range of lures such as jerkbaits, tubes, grubs, and spinnerbaits. The summer months are particularly productive for smallmouth bass fishing in Wisconsin.

Both largemouth and smallmouth bass provide thrilling angling experiences and are highly prized for their aggressive strikes and acrobatic fights. Wisconsin's diverse bass fishing opportunities, coupled with its picturesque landscapes, make it a sought-after destination for bass anglers of all skill levels. Whether you prefer the calm waters of a lake or the flowing currents of a river, Wisconsin offers endless possibilities for a memorable bass fishing adventure.

Visit the Bass Knowledge Center for additional, valuable information about bass and bass fishing. Wisconsin is home to some very good bass fishing, especially smallmouth. You can find both types of bass in most of the warmer waters and smallies in some of the colder waters.

Bass Fishing Lakes in Wisconsin

Major Wisconsin lakes with healthy populations of bass include Beaver Dam Lake, Big Eau Pleine Reservoir, Big Green Lake, Castle Rock Lake, Chetac Lake, Fence Lake, Geneva Lake, Gile Flowage Lake, Grindstone Lake, Holcombe Flowage, Lac Courte Oreilles, Lac Vieux Desert, Lake Butte des Morts, Lake Chippewa, Lake du Bay, Lake Kegonsa, Lake Koshkonong, Lake Michigan, Lake Monona, Lake Mendota, Lake Onalaska, Lake Pepin, Lake Poygan, Lake Puckaway, Lake Superior, Lake Winnebago, Lake Wissota, Long Lake, Namekagon Lake, Pelican Lake, Petenwell Lake, Pewaukee Lake, Rainbow Flowage, Shawano Lake, Shell Lake, Tomahawk Lake, Trout Lake, Turtle Flambeau Flowage and Willow Reservoir. Ponds, rivers, parks and smaller lakes are also likely to produce bass. Many of the lakes that ice over in winter provide ice fishing opportunities.

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Bass In Wisconsin

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 11 lbs 3 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 9 lbs 1 oz

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Top 5 Bass Fishing Lures For Wisconsin

When bass are shallow, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and stickbaits are the most productive. As they move deeper, worms and jigs are among the top producers.

Wisconsin Bass Records

The state record largemouth bass was caught in Ripley Lake.

The state record smallmouth bass came from Indian Lake.

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Bass are one of the most sought after of all the game fish. Its appeal spans cultures, age groups and genders to tap on the heart strings of anglers everywhere. Join us in our endeavor to offer information about bass fishing on your favorite bass lake in Wisconsin.

Understanding the primary seasonal movements of smallmouth bass and largemouth bass is key to locating them on local lakes in the Badger State.

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The lifecycle of bass

The more you know about the seasonal migration of bass, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Wisconsin bass fishing lakes. Visit the bass fishing page for more in-depth information about bass activities.