Fishing Report:

Warm temperatures are making it more comfortable to be in the water rather than in a boat.  Fish early mornings and in the later afternoon when the temperatures start to drop.  During the heat of the day do your site seeing, swimming, shopping or just relaxing.  The other bad thing about this time of year is the bugs.  Ample rain in recent months has lead to lots of bug hatches, including mosquitoes, black flies, horse flies and deer flies.  These days we find ourselves cheering for the dragonflies hoping they eat all the other bugs.   I know I have said it before, but remember sunscreen, bug spray and water for hydration. 

As August advances, look for cooler nights to bring some relief from the hot days and humidity.  Water temperatures around the area are staying consistent in the mid to upper 70s.  In some hallower, darker waters, we are seeing water temps into the 80s. 

Area lakes has produced some decent catches although not consistent nor what is being targeted.   There has been some action with anglers  targeting northern pike and even some walleye has been taken.  Northern pike are still is the mid depth weeds and weed edges and have been taken on spinnerbaits,  top water lures and plastic baits.  Walleye anglers have been trolling the deep waters around the lake humps and holes with night crawler rigs or deeper diving crankbaits and vertical jigging using crawler and minnows during the day with moderate success.   Best times are always early morning or late afternoon into dark.

Musky anglers have been throwing some bigger baits near vegetation and have had moderate success, but the ones being caught are small.  Larger fish remain elusive or just not aggressive yet.  That will change when cooler weather sets in.  Late afternoon and evenings appears to be the best time for musky fishing.  Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, bucktails, swim baits and top water baits all have been used.  

Bass fishing has been provided the best action this past week.  Largemouth remains in the shallow vegetation and structure like docks or downed trees.  Anglers are  using weed less top water baits like frogs and worms.  Best time is as the sun is going down.   Some nice smallmouth were caught this week by anglers fishing off their docks in the deeper rocky areas.   

Smaller panfish continue to be an easy target using floats over crawler chunks or leaf worms.  Larger fish are located in the deep waters around vegetation.  Crappie continue to come using just plain hook, line, sinker and small minnow.  Anglers are finding them in 10 to 18 feet of water.  If you find them remember to fish above them as they look up not down.   

Remember at this time of year, with very warm water, careful fish handling is crucial for releasing fish alive and well.


Directions To New Temporary Landing On Lost Land Lake

Attention: Public (DNR) Landing Closing On Lost Land Lake

Directions to Temporary Public Boat Landing at The Retreat at Lost Land Lake (while DNR’s) boat ramp in Landing Camp Bay is closed for renovation from Sunday, August 5 through Friday, August 31, 2018)

Approaching from the west (Hayward) while traveling east on State Highway 77: Turn North (left) off Hwy 77 onto Upper A at “Dow’s Corner.” Travel North 0.7 mile to Brandt Road (just past the Happy Hooker Bait Shop). Turn East (right) off Upper A onto Brandt Road. Travel East 2.1 miles to intersection of Brandt and Morgan roads. (Note large sign at intersection for Lost Land Lake Lodge to the North.) From intersection, continue East 0.6 mile on Brandt Road to The Retreat’s driveway. (Note large sign on left for The Retreat just before driveway.) Turn North (left) onto gravel drive into The Retreat at 9216 West Brandt Road.
Travel North past Office and cabins 0.2 mile on gravel and asphalt to access. Follow small directional signs to boat ramp. Do not park in large, grassy turnaround area near the lake.After launching boat, travel back up entrance road ~100 yards to parking area. Back vehicle and trailer into designated (signed) parking area. If parking area is full, try overflow parking further uphill across drive from cabins. Do not park along driveway
Approaching from the east (Park Falls) while traveling west on State Highway 77: Turn North (right) off Hwy 77 onto Morgan Road. Travel North 2.6 miles to stop sign intersection with Brandt Road. Turn East (right) and travel 0.6 mile on Brandt Road to The Retreat’s driveway. From this point, follow same directions as above. Launching and parking are FREE during the DNR ramp renovation period, courtesy of Ralph and Helen Hlavin and Samantha Smith at The Retreat. Temporary signs will be removed and a private launch fee may be charged after the DNR access renovation is completed in
late August.

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.