Fishing/Outdoor Report

“Beware Of the Ice Of March!”

Welcome to the official end of winter (Monday). This is the time of year when ice conditions will start to deteriorate rapidly. Cars and trucks on the ice are a no-go from here on, and ATVs should be the only vehicle traffic, if ice conditions are still stable. Very soon, it will be walking only, as shorelines will start open up. To be clear, ice will become very dangerous and start to disappear on area waters. We advise anglers to use extreme caution.

The Quiet Lakes and surrounding lakes continue to be the best opportunity in the area. Area waters continue to see anglers frequenting popular panfishing spots. Crappies are being caught on small minnows under a float and while jigging. The middle to lower part of the water column has been ideal for suspended fish. The same holds true for bluegills. Using small jig or mini spoon tipped with larvae or waxies has been best. If fish are being marked on the graph, but are not biting, it is a good idea to relocate to find a more aggressive school.

 As angling pressure is slowing down, maybe it is time to plan ahead for the open water season. Time to repair and/or replace equipment, checking, cleaning out the tackle boxes and throw out all the bad stuff accumulated over the years. Purchase you license for the upcoming season early to avoid the last minute rush. Just note to anglers, the old license expire March 31st.
Checked the new regulations for the Quiet Lakes and nothing has changed. Walleye limits are still the same, but be aware of size to keep and what to release. Panfish remains the same, 25 panfish, but only 10 of one species. Largemouth bass opens with the new season and any size may be kept.

 Hopefully all the snow and ice will be gone and we can once again enjoy a good open water season. Maybe then we can report some good outdoor activity.

Let’s Go Fishing

Here are the species of fish available to catch in the “QUIET LAKES”


The king of freshwater fish. They are the top predator and least populated fish in our lakes. Catch and release is the common practice these days. It’s known as the fish of 10,000 casts, but hiring a guide will cut those odds.


Wisconsin’s second largest predator fish, second only to their relative the Musky. Pike are typically very aggressive and will feed anytime the opportunity allows. They prefer weed flats and other ambush points.


The walleye is the largest member of the perch family and is often targeted for its table fare. Walleyes can be tough to find, but when they are located, they typically cooperate and bite. Bait secret: minnows, nightcrawlers and leeches, and back to minnows as the season starts and finishes.


A small fish that most anglers seek more for the taste than the tug. Adults average 7 to 10 inches which make it a good fish for all ages to catch. Perch have a tendency to congregate in large schools making it a one-stop spot to catch your dinner.


Large and smallmouth bass are brothers, but like family they do take separate paths. We have several small backwoods lakes that offer untapped largemouth fishing, and several area lakes that offer numbers to trophy fishing for smallmouth. NOTE: the season for smallmouth isn’t open to harvest until the 3rd Saturday of June. Regulations for harvest of largemouth are different from lake to lake.


These fish are probably one of the most popular sport and eating fish in Wisconsin. Crappies, bluegills, and sunfish are our most common “panfish”. Probably the most targeted fish in the spring, and often over harvested. Remember to take only enough for a meal and leave some for another day.