Fishing Report

This week in the Quiet Lakes area it appears the fishing has been put on idle. Somewhat due to the weather earlier in the week, as we had high winds and rain, but more so due to the upcoming gun deer season, which opens Saturday morning (Nov. 15th). Hunters/anglers are in the woods checking out the trails, checking their trail cameras and setting up their stands/blinds. Opening day hunters will find the coldest weather of the year as the forecast calls for daytime highs in the 20’s and nighttime lows in the teens. My advice, be prepared for cold.

Last week anglers were having success fishing for musky and walleye. Musky angler using medium to large suckers on quick set rigs were having to most angling success, but there was some successes using artificial baits, like top water, jerkbaits and larger crankbaits. Run the suckers off the drop-offs of the weed edges in 6 to10 feet of water (lake dependent). Cast a big jerkbaits, or a big double 10 spinner bait, while dragging the sucker off the weeds. Remember to always do a figure 8 as your bait nears the boat. There is no particular feeding windows and the bite has been good. Some northern action was experienced while casting for musky.

The walleyes are tight to bottom in deep water 15 to 30 feet of water. Use a 1/8th ounce jig, or if it’s windy, go to a 1/4 ounce , tipped with a walleye sucker up to 4 inches, or the largest fathead you can find for the best action. Find the depressions or holes a that is where the walleyes will be locating.

There were no participants angling for panfish so there is nothing to report.

As of last Monday the water temperatures was still is the low 40’s, but I suspect that with this weather change we will see a drop into the 30’s and maybe a little crust of ice in the shallower bays. Water levels are high due the amounts of rain we have had in the last couple of weeks. Whatever your outdoor plans are for this weekend, dress warm and be safe.

Let’s Go Fishing

Let Fishing Reel You In! You arrived at the Quiet Lakes ready to start your vacation. You made a trip to the local bait store and stocked up on the best baits and lures to reel in that catch of a lifetime. You headed to the lake, cast your line and felt that first tug of a bite. What did you reel in? Our Lakes just might offer the best multi-species, freshwater fishing in Sawyer County! With an amazing variety of fish in a diversity of lakes, the Quiet Lakes are a top-rated fishing destination for anglers of any experience level. Whether you want to spend a quiet day by yourself on the water, rent a pontoon and take the entire family, or hire a guide to help you land the best catch, you will find it all 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 is 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. PERCH 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 lakes that offer untapped largemouth fishing, and several area lakes that offer numbers to trophy fishing for smallmouth. NOTE: the season for smallmouth does not 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.