Fishing Report:

After a beautiful weekend last, which brought a lot of people up to the lakes, our weather rapidly deteriorated. This week has been a mixture of rain, cold, snow. freezing rain, ice and then back to snow and still cold.

Next week’s forecast will start out about the same, but later in the week it will improve, just in time for 2017 -2018 game fishing season next Saturday. (let’s hope they are correct)

Last weekend anglers were finding some crappie in 8 to 10 feet of water and water temperatures were approaching 50 degrees. Indicating they were moving towards the shallows to begin the spawn, but with the change in weather I am sure their advance has been halted.

We all are hoping that this is the last of winter and conditions will improve. Saturday May 6th is only a few days away, are you ready?  Hopefully there will be a good report next week.

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.