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Wisconsin Trout Fishing

All about fishing for rainbow, brook, brown and lake trout in Wisconsin lakes and streams.

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Trout fishing in Wisconsin

WI Trout Fishing Waters

Most trout fishing in Wisconsin is conducted on the banks of rivers and streams. Some ponds, parks and small lakes have natural or stocked populations of trout. A few of the major lakes in the state have significant trout populations, they are Green Lake, Lake Geneva, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.

Visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website for schedules and details regarding trout stocking in Wisconsin.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

Wisconsin Trout Records

Rainbow trout

The Wisconsin state record rainbow trout was caught from Big Green Lake. The Prairie River was home to the WI state record brook trout. Lake Geneva delivered the record brown trout. Green Lake served up the state record lake trout.

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

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Additional trout fishing information

Brown Trout
Brown trout being released.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Trout Conservation

Trout fishing waters and information, by state.


The habits of trout.

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Wisconsin waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.

Fishing boats and boat rentals

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