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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, walleye and more in WI.

Castle Rock Lake, Lake DuBay, Lake Mendota, Lake Onalaska, Lake Winnebago, Lake Wisconsin, Petenwell Lake and Turtle Flambeau Flowage are the most popular places for fishing in Wisconsin, offering anglers the chance to pursue a variety of fish species, some while ice fishing in winter.

  • Beaver Dam Lake, WI
  • Big Eau Pleine Reservoir, WI
  • Big Green Lake, WI
  • Castle Rock Lake, WI
  • Fence Lake, WI
  • Geneva Lake, WI
  • Gile Flowage Lake, WI
  • Grindstone Lake, WI
  • Holcombe Flowage, WI
  • Lac Courte Oreilles, WI
  • Lac Vieux Desert, WI
  • Lake Butte des Morts, WI
  • Lake Chippewa, WI
  • Lake DuBay, WI
  • Lake Kegonsa, WI
  • Lake Koshkonong, WI
  • Lake Mendota, WI
  • Lake Monona, WI
  • Lake Namekagon, WI
  • Lake Onalaska, WI
  • Lake Pepin, WI
  • Lake Poygan, WI
  • Lake Puckaway, WI
  • Lake Winnebago, WI
  • Lake Winneconne, WI
  • Lake Wisconsin, WI
  • Lake Wissota, WI
  • Long Lake, WI
  • Pelican Lake, WI
  • Petenwell Lake, WI
  • Pewaukee Lake, WI
  • Rainbow Flowage, WI
  • Shawano Lake, WI
  • Shell Lake, WI
  • Tomahawk Lake, WI
  • Trout Lake, WI
  • Turtle Flambeau Flowage, WI
  • Willow Reservoir, WI
Bass Lakes

Big Green Lake, Castle Rock Lake, Fence Lake, Grindstone Lake, Holcombe Flowage, Lac Courte Oreilles, Lac Vieux Desert, Lake Chippewa, Lake du Bay, Lake Kegonsa, Lake Koshkonong, Lake Michigan, Lake Monona, Lake Mendota, Lake Namekagon, Lake Onalaska, Lake Pepin, Lake Puckaway, Lake Winnebago, Petenwell Lake, Pewaukee Lake and Shell Lake are considered the best options for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. More...

Catfish Lakes

Big Green Lake, Castle Rock Lake, Lake du Bay, Lake Monona, Lake Mendota, Lake Onalaska, Lake Winnebago, Lake Wisconsin and Turtle Flambeau Flowage are favorite options for channel, blue, white and flathead catfish. More...

Crappie Lakes

Castle Rock Lake, Geneva Lake, Lake du Bay, Lake Kegonsa, Lake Namekagon, Lake Onalaska, Lake Winnebago, Lake Wisconsin, Pelican Lake, Rainbow Flowage, Shawano Lake, Shell Lake, Tomahawk Lake and Turtle Flambeau Flowage are the most popular for black and white crappie. More...

Sunfish & Panfish Lakes

Beaver Dam Lake, Castle Rock Lake, Lac Vieux Desert, Lake Butte des Morts, Lake du Bay, Lake Kegonsa, Lake Koshkonong, Lake Mendota, Lake Onalaska, Lake Pepin, Lake Poygan, Lake Winnebago, Lake Winneconne, Lake Wisconsin, Rainbow Flowage and Willow Reservoir are popular spots to fish for bluegill, bream, perch and other sunfish. More...

Walleye Lakes

Beaver Dam Lake, Big Eau Pleine Reservoir, Big Green Lake, Fence Lake, Geneva Lake, Gile Flowage Lake, Grindstone Lake, Holcombe Flowage, Lake Butte des Morts, Lake Chippewa, Lake du Bay, Lake Kegonsa, Lake Koshkonong, Lake Mendota, Lake Namekagon, Lake Pepin, Lake Poygan, Lake Superior, Lake Winnebago, Lake Wisconsin, Long Lake, Pelican Lake, Petenwell Lake, Shawano Lake, Trout Lake and Turtle Flambeau Flowage are considered the top locations for walleye fishing. More...

Trout Lakes

Green Lake, Lake Geneva, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior are the favorite options for rainbow, brook, brown and lake trout. More...

Musky & Northern Pike

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 Namekagon, Lake Onalaska, Lake Pepin, Lake Poygan, Lake Puckaway, Lake Superior, Lake Winnebago, Lake Wisconsin, Lake Wissota, Long Lake, Pelican Lake, Petenwell Lake, Pewaukee Lake, Rainbow Flowage, Shawano Lake, Shell Lake, Tomahawk Lake, Trout Lake, Turtle Flambeau Flowage and Willow Reservoir.

Visit the Wisconsin fishing page for links to information covering a wide variety of fish species and destinations in the state. Visit the Wisconsin map to identify your best route to these top fishing locations. Look to our sister site for additional information about boating in WI at many of the most popular destinations in the state.

 

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