Fishing/Outdoor Report

This week the water temps have ceased to rise, as cooler weather has moved into the area. This seems to be the norm for the last number of springs as cold fronts drive down the water temps. We will have to hope that we get warmer weather before the opening weekend. The long range forecast has temperature rising back into the 60’s by opening day with a chance of rain. Cool nights (40’s) and warmer day time highs (60’S).

Water temps had been in the low 50’s to high 40’s on some of the area lakes. They are a little cooler now and much lower on the big lakes, but will not drop much in the event of further cold. These temps were high enough to bring in the perch to spawn and there was some of that going on in shallower lakes. Northern pike also spawn very early and you will find them in the shallower weeds also.

Perch fishing was going fairly well in the backs of bays in shallow water where the temperatures were in the 50’s. This was enough to get the perch in and starting the spawn. There were some reports of good action. Best baits for these fish seemed to be minnows. Anglers reported getting fish in 2 feet of water. Very light tackle is important in the shallow water with 4 to 6 pound (max.) line and very small bobbers.

After the perch spawn, we will get crappies in for their spawn. They are staging on most lakes and have, or started to, move into the weeds where they are going to spawn. They too will be hitting minnows or small plastics as they move in. In the spring light tackle for shallow water fishing is best.

There are some new regulations for this coming years, so please check with the resort people, local bait and tackle dealers or at the landings for the particulars on the lake you intend to fish. People fishing the Quiet Lakes will note that the regulations for Lost Land, Teal and the Teal River flowage is listed under Sawyer County as the Quiet Lake Chain. Ghost Lake is the exception and does not have those regulations. Some of the changes for the Quiet Lakes Chain are:

• 25/10 on panfish, with no more than 10 of any one species.
• Largemouth Bass season opens May 7th and any length may be kept.
• The walleye limits remains the same as last year – Daily limit of 3, 15” minimum, 20” to 24” must be released and 1 fish over 24” may be kept.

The next three weeks will be great for all anglers with the walleye opener only less than eight days away. Still plenty of time to purchase your license to avoid the rush. Remember spring shallow water fishing means light tackle.

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.