Fishing Report:

With the warm and humid weather and generally windy conditions of the past week fishing pressure slowed a bit.  Anglers, people in general, were spending more time in the water than on it.  With the passing of a cold front we have lost the humidity making daytime temperatures warm and nights very comfortable. 

Largemouth and smallmouth bass have been the species of interest for a lot of summer anglers lately and action could be termed very good. The largemouth seem to have taken up residence near firm overhead cover such as logs, reed beds or docks edges and fewer fish have been found cruising the submerged weed beds.  As such, top-water baits have become less successful, with jigs and soft plastics getting most of the action.  Smallmouth have also gotten into their typical summer pattern and have been retreating close to mid-depth rocky/gravel areas.  The best action has been on the larger flowages, with small plastics and spinner baits catching most of the fish. 

Walleye action has become erratic, with variable success being reported at all different times of the day.  A few small and medium size walleye have been caught along the weed edges and the mid-depth break lines in 8 to 10 feet of water.  A small weedless jig tipped with a leech or nightcrawler half has been the most product bait for the walleye.  

Northern fishing continues to be good.  Larger pike were found in 12 to 20 feet of water near baitfish.  A walleye sucker fished on a slip bobber rig with a  heavy fluorocarbon leader will work best.  Vertical jigging a 3/8 ounce hair jig baited with a sucker also worked.  Trolling crankbaits was also effective.  Many smaller, more aggressive pike were caught casting chatterbaits, buzzbaits, spinners, swim baits, or shallow running crankbaits over weeds.  

Some of the musky anglers have been taking a break from fishing with the warmer water temperatures, but action has continued to be generally good and most anglers still reporting quite a few sightings and follows. Top-water lures, bucktails and Bull Dawg type baits have produced the best success.  

Panfish action has gotten a bit inconsistent, some anglers have been able to find some nice bluegill and crappie suspended near mid-depth cover, but decent perch have been getting a bit tougher to find.  Weed densities on the northern lakes have been variable, with some area waters showing thicker densities than normal and other lakes areas seeing much lower densities than past years.  Many stained-waters lakes are also darker than normal this year and, combined with relatively high water levels, has resulted in less weed growth on these waters.  

All outdoor enthusiasts are warmed to watch out for the bugs. The earlier rains have brought out a fresh hatch of mosquitoes, deer flies and “ankle-biters” and all have been a nuisance to everyone. 

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.

MUSKY

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.

NORTHERN PIKE

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.

WALLEYE

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.

BASS 

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.

PANFISH

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.