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Illinois


Lake Shelbyville


Lake Shelbyville is one of the most popular lakes in Illinois.  It has 11,000 acres of water with an average depth of 16 feet and a maximum depth of 67 feet.  There are 250 miles of shoreline with many creek arms that provide excellent cover for a variety of fish.

This lake is known for producing trophy largemouth bass.  Lake Shelbyville is a popular lake for bass fishing tournaments and many bass are caught in the 4 to 7 pound range every year.  There are also plenty of other fish to catch such as crappie, catfish, white bass, walleye, northern pike, muskie and bluegill.  Anglers report catches of muskie over 40 inches and catfish over 10 pounds to go along with stringers full of crappie and white bass.  Lake Shelbyville is a big lake and it may take some time to learn it, but the fishing can be incredible once you know some of the better spots to fish.


Rend Lake


Rend Lake is a huge lake with 18,900 acres of water and over 20,000 acres of land in Jefferson and Franklin counties.  Rend Lake is one of the few lakes in Illinois where you can find some nice resorts to accommodate you.  Rend Lake is very popular for boating, fishing, hunting and golfing.  Because of the warmer climate in southern Illinois, the fish grow faster in Rend Lake than in the lakes in northern Illinois.

Rend Lake is a good multi-species lake with largemouth bass, crappie, white bass, catfish and bluegill available.  Most anglers come here to target largemouth bass and crappie.  Some very big bass up to and above 7 pounds are caught here every year.


Indiana


Patoka Lake


Patoka Lake is a very large lake located in southern Indiana.  The lake covers 8,800 acres and it is very popular for fishing and boating.  This lake is one of the more popular lakes in Indiana to get away for the weekend.  There are a variety of fish in Patoka Lake.

In this lake, there are good populations of largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, striped bass, catfish and white bass.  Bass fishing tournaments have grown in popularity here over the last few years.  Bass in the 3 to 5 pound range are common and many tournaments will see a big fish that exceeds 5 pounds.  Muskie and pike are here too, but in smaller numbers.


Iowa


Iowa Great Lakes


The Iowa Great Lakes are a group of natural glacial lakes in Dickinson County in northwestern Iowa in the United States. The three principal lakes of the group are Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake, and East Okoboji Lake.  These lakes are extremely popular in this state.  Whether you are looking to do some boating, fishing or just relax on the lake, this is a great destination.

The chain of lakes here gives anglers a lot of options. Anglers target game fish such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike and muskie. It’s a very good fishery with trophy fish possible for a number of species of fish.


Kentucky


Dale Hollow Lake


Dale Hollow Lake is a beautiful lake located on the Kentucky / Tennessee border.  The lake is surrounded by beautiful scenery and miles of shoreline.  It is a wonderful tourism area with plenty of accommodations, houseboats, warm weather, tons of water and some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in the country.

Dale Hollow Lake is home of the world record smallmouth bass that weighed 11 pounds and 15 ounces. Largemouth bass, crappie, muskellunge, walleye, catfish, gar, and trout are also available.  The majority of the fishermen come here for the world class smallmouth bass fishery.


Kentucky Lake


Kentucky Lake is one of the world’s largest man-made lakes.  The lake covers 2,380 miles of shoreline and 160,000 acres of water.  Kentucky Lake is a very popular vacation destination.  Whether you’re coming here for a fishing getaway or a family vacation, there is something to do for everyone.

Kentucky Lake is known for its tremendous crappie fishery.  Spring and fall are the best times to plan a trip for the crappie fishing.  During the spawn, 1 – 1.5 pound crappie are considered common.  Largemouth and smallmouth bass are also plentiful on Kentucky Lake.  There are more largemouth than smallmouth in the lake, but if you target the rocky areas, you can usually find some smallmouth bass.  If you time the spawn right in the spring, you can experience some awesome fishing for largemouth bass with 30 to 50 fish days being possible.  Get away from the crowds and find the pattern and you will catch more fish.  Other species that are available are white bass, sunfish, sauger, catfish and striped bass.


Lake Barkley


Lake Barkley was impounded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1966. The dam impounds the Cumberland River near Grand Rivers, Kentucky, approximately 38 miles up stream from where the Cumberland empties into the Ohio River.  One mile above the dam is a canal connecting Lake Barkley with Kentucky Lake, forming one of the greatest freshwater recreational areas in the country.

There are many opportunities for fishing Lake Barkley.  There is a very healthy population of crappie, largemouth bass, white bass, catfish, sauger and bluegill.  Spring crappie fishing is a favorite for most anglers.  The crappie spawn is an excellent time to fish with fish all over the shallows from 4 to 6 feet deep.  In some areas, you can find them in as shallow as 1 foot of water or less.  Bass fishing is also excellent on this lake.  May and June are excellent times for catching trophy bass.  Anglers also like to target catfish and white bass.


Lake Cumberland


Lake Cumberland is a large lake located in southern Kentucky.  Because of its temperate climate, Lake Cumberland has a very long recreational season that thousands of visitors take advantage of every year.  This lake has become a major tourism destination for people that enjoy boating, swimming, fishing and just relaxing by the lake.

Fishing is very popular for a variety of species, however, most people come here for the tremendous striped bass fishery.  If you know what you’re doing or you decide to fish with a guide, you have a good chance to catch good numbers of striped bass with some big fish mixed in too.


Cave Run Lake


Cave Run Lake is a beautiful lake that covers 8,270 acres.  It is located in the beautiful mountains of eastern Kentucky just south of Morehead and about 60 miles east of Lexington.

Cave Run Lake is known for its muskie fishing, but anglers also can catch largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, white bass and spotted bass.  Whether you come to fish for muskie or other species of fish, it’s a nice lake that a lot of anglers do well on.


Michigan


Alpena, MI


Alpena is a smaller city in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  It’s an important city in this part of the state as it serves as the commercial hub to this part of the state.  Sitting on the shores of Thunder Bay, this area has some fishing charters available and plenty to do if you like getting outside and enjoying the outdoors.


Baraga County, MI


Baraga County, Michigan is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  This area is very scenic and you have the option of spending time on Lake Superior or going inland to spend some time on the area lakes.  If you want to do some fishing, anglers have so many areas to fish.


Bays de Noc


The Bays de Noc area covers over 200 miles of shoreline in the southwestern part of the Upper Peninsula.  There are beautiful sand beaches to go along with many places to stay, good food and excellent fishing.  The area is comprised of three cities and towns, all situated on the shores of Little Bay de Noc – Escanaba, Gladstone and Rapid River.  Little Bay de Noc is known best for its trophy walleye fishing during the fall, but you can catch a variety of fish throughout the year on these waters.  Anglers catch smallmouth bass, northern pike, perch and crappie to go along with the awesome walleye fishing.


Benzie County, MI


Benzie County, at 321 square miles, Benzie County is the smallest of the 83 counties in Michigan.  Here you will find 60 miles of shoreline with 25 miles on Lake Michigan.  This is a very scenic area with its sandy beaches, high bluffs, clean lakes and natural rivers.  You have a lot of options here if you want to fish.  Lake Michigan’s waters offer excellent fishing for salmon, trout and perch and inland you will find plenty of lakes and rivers where you can target other species of fish too.


Burt Lake



Charlevoix, MI


The Charlevoix Area is a gorgeous area with plenty of water as the town of Charlevoix sits on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, Lake Charlevoix and Round Lake.  It has been named one of “America’s Prettiest Towns” by Forbes, the second “Best Yachting Towns in the World” by Yachting magazine and the “Best Area for a Vacation Home” by Detroit Home Magazine.  This is an outstanding destination for planning a vacation or weekend getaway.  The fishing is also very good here for a variety of different fish.


Cheboygan, MI


Cheboygan is a city located at the mouth of the Cheboygan River on Lake Huron.  Where the Cheboygan River and Lake Huron connect sits a community far and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  Located on the picturesque Straits of Mackinac, Cheboygan is the gateway to the famous “Inland Waterway” – a navigable series of waterways encompassing three rivers and three lakes and 42 miles of inland boating pleasure.  From the mouth of the Cheboygan River into Lake Huron, you are a leisurely boat ride away from Bois Blanc Island and Mackinac Island.  It’s a beautiful area known for its outdoor recreation.


Detroit River


The Detroit River is famous for its annual walleye run in the spring.  So many walleye move into this river to spawn that anglers catch lots of walleye to go along with so many trophy-sized fish.  The big females that come in the river to spawn will be some of the biggest fish caught every year for most anglers.  The river also has good fishing for other species of fish too.  Since it is connected to Lake Erie and Lake Saint Clair, you will find a variety of fish here.  Smallmouth bass, muskie, white bass. perch and more can be caught here.


Douglas & Saugatuck, MI


Saugatuck and Douglas are harbor villages that offer its visitors an excellent vacation getaway.  Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, this area has plenty to do such as art galleries, golf, fishing, boating and much more.  This area is a popular fishing vacation destination and there are plenty of fishing charters available to help you fill a limit of salmon and trout.


Drummond Island, MI


Drummond Island is very unique island in the Upper Peninsula.  This island is home to one of the largest closed loop trail systems for off road – ATV / ORV exploration in the United States.  If you like the outdoors, you will find plenty to do around the island.  Combine that with some great food, excellent fishing and numerous places to stay and you can see why people enjoy coming to Drummon Island.  Anglers fish for salmon, trout, perch, northern pike, smallmouth bass, whitefish and other species of fish in the waters that surround Drummond Island.


Glen Arbor, MI


Glen Arbor is home to Big and Little Glen Lakes and miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan.  It’s a beautiful area and there is plenty of outdoor recreation in this small coastal town.  Anglers have a lot of options when it comes to fishing.  Stay on the inland lakes or go fish Lake Michigan.  Either way, the fishing can be very good in this area.


Grand Haven, MI


Grand Haven is located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Grand River, for which it is named.  This area has plenty for its visitors with attractions, festivals & events, parks, beaches, shopping, dining and some excellent fishing.  You will also find plenty of lodging options here as well.


Grand Marais, MI


Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township and it is located on Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  It is the eastern gateway to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and this area is known for its beauty along the lake.  For those of you that like getting outdoors, there is plenty to do here around the lake.


Holland, MI


Holland is a coastal city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  It is home to Hope College and Western Theological Seminary, institutions of the Reformed Church in America.  This area is beautiful with Lake Michigan, Lake Macatawa and Holland State Park.  Outdoor recreation is very popular here with some excellent salmon and trout fishing too.


Houghton Lake Area


Houghton Lake is a town situated on the southwest shore of Houghton Lake, Michigan’s largest inland lake.  Higgins Lake is close by and there are some other smaller lakes located in this area as well.  If you’re looking for some inland lakes to fish in Michigan, this is a good area to visit.  It’s a nice family vacation destination in a beautiful area of Michigan.


Indian River Area


Indian River is an unincorporated community in Cheboygan County.  It’s a small town, but there are a couple of lakes here that make this area so special.  Indian River is named after the river which flows through it and it is nestled between Burt Lake and Mullett Lake.  The lakes are a very popular tourist destination.  If you like to get outdoors, there’s plenty for you to do here.


Iron Mountain, MI


Iron Mountain is located in the state’s Upper Peninsula.  It was named for the valuable iron ore found in the vicinity.  It’s a small city just over the Wisconsin border and this area is popular among people that enjoy the outdoors.  Most of the lakes in the area are smaller lakes, so you can usually get out on the water even if the winds pick up.  The Menominee River is famous for its excellent smallmouth bass fishing and the river runs through the town.


Iron River, MI


Iron River, Michigan is located just northeast of Eagle River, Wisconsin.  The Iron River area doesn’t attract nearly as many people as in Eagle River, Wisconsin, but there are plenty of places to stay in Iron River and there are plenty of lakes that offer good fishing for walleye, northern pike, muskie, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and a variety of panfish.


Keweenaw Peninsula


The Keweenaw Peninsula is the most northern part of Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. Here, you will find some great fishing from inland lakes to the waters of Lake Superior and Keweenaw Bay.  Anglers target a variety of fish in this area.  On inland lakes, they come here mostly for the walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass and perch fishing.  On the waters of Lake Superior, salmon and trout are priority, but other fish are available.  On the spawning streams, steelhead provide exciting action.


Lake Cadillac & Lake Mitchell


Cadillac is a popular vacation destination for people that enjoy the outdoors.  With Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell here, there’s a lot of outdoor recreation available here.  The summers attract a good number of people to the lakes and for the anglers, there is some very good fishing here.


Lake Gogebic


Lake Gogebic is located in the Upper Peninsula and it is Michigan’s largest inland lake. This lake is very popular for fishing, boating and camping.  With over 13,000 acres of water, there is a lot of water here to fish, but with some good electronics and a fishing map, you should be able to narrow down some of the better fishing spots a lot faster.  Lake Gogebic is known as a very good walleye and perch lake, but you can also target northern pike, smallmouth bass and whitefish.


Lake St. Clair


Lake St. Clair is the smallest lake in the Great Lakes system.  It is not considered as one of the “Great Lakes,” however, it is part of the Lake Erie basin.  Lake St. Clair is shallow, with an average depth of around 10 feet and the maximum depth of 21 feet.

Lake St. Clair offers some excellent fishing.  You can catch trophy smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, perch and muskie.  This lake is unique in that so many different species are targeted by anglers.  There are many anglers that target smallmouth and largemouth bass, while others target the great-tasting walleye, and some anglers go crazy over the muskie in these waters.  Local anglers believe that St. Clair is the best smallmouth bass lake in the state.


Les Cheneaux Islands


The Les Cheneaux Islands are home to the villages of Cedarville and Hessel.  Located on the shores of Lake Huron and close to lakes Michigan and Superior, this area has great fishing, miles of beaches, small town charm and much more.  This area gives anglers so many options with all of the water that is here.  Fish the many channels or open water for salmon, trout, perch, northern pike, smallmouth bass, whitefish and other species of fish.


Mackinaw City, MI


Mackinaw City is located on the “Straits of Mackinac.” The Mackinaw Area offers an abundance of things to do for the entire family.  This is a beautiful area and a popular summer vacation destination for many families.


Manistee County, MI


Manistee County is located on Lake Michigan, a part of northwestern Michigan.  Historic Manistee, the Victorian port city, is the county seat, and it features a riverwalk running through downtown to Lake Michigan.  The coastline villages include Onekama, Arcadia, Bear Lake, Copemish, Kaleva, Brethren, and Wellston.  This area offers so much for people that enjoy the being around the water.  Fishing, boating, beaches and plenty of accommodations, restaurants and shops make this a popular tourist destination in Michigan.

Salmon and trout are the primary species of fish in this area for most anglers.  With Lake Michigan here and some very good river fishing available, it’s easy to forget about the other game fish here.  Anglers can also catch walleye, big pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, muskie and a variety of panfish.


Manistique Lakes, MI


The Manistique Lakes Area is a popular vacation destination in Michigan.  With all the lakes here, there is plenty of outdoor recreation for you and your family here.  The six major lakes are: North Manistique Lake at 1,722 acres; Big Manistique Lake at 10,130 acres; South Manistique Lake at 4,001 acres; Milakokia Lake at 1,956 acres; Lake Ann Louise at 311 acres; and Millecoquins Lake at 1,890 acres.


Manistique, MI


Manistique is located in the Upper Peninsula near the Bay de Noc area.  It’s not a large city, but it is located on the shores of Lake Michigan and this area is popular for tourism. This area is home to “The Big Spring” which is the largest in Michigan.  It’s over 40 feet deep and 16,000 gallons of clear water gush per minute.  The water is crystal clear and there are tons of trout that call this area home.  It’s a cool place to see.


Marquette County, MI


Marquette County is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  It’s a good-sized county with tons of recreational opportunities available.  Many people enjoy the miles of trails for walking and biking.  You have Lake Superior here, many inland lakes and some gorgeous waterfalls here too.  It’s a beautiful area and the fishing is very good too.

Marquette County offers some very good fishing opportunities.  The better fishing spots may be spread out throughout the county, however, having the option to go fish on Lake Superior one day, Lake Michigamme for a couple days and then you can even bounce around on some of the smaller inland lakes here too.  Fish for salmon, trout, pike, muskie, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and panfish.


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Munising, MI


Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  With miles of scenic shoreline and trails located within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore area, this area is gorgeous and it offers plenty of outdoor recreation for its visitors.

Lake Superior is popular for targeting salmon and trout.  You also have the option of going inland to fish the many area lakes for walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and panfish.


Muskegon, MI


Muskegon is a decent-sized city that is known as a popular summer tourist destination in Michigan.  Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake, people come here to fish, boat and just enjoy the outdoors.  The Muskegon River is also a huge attraction here since it’s one of the better fishing rivers in the state for salmon, trout and smallmouth bass.


Pentwater, MI


Pentwater is a village in Oceana County.  It’s a small community, but it offers people a nice place to get away and enjoy the outdoors away from the crowds.  Located on the shore of Lake Michigan and Pentwater Lake, there is plenty to do here for those of you that enjoy being out on the water.


Presque Isle County, MI


Presque Isle County is located in the Lower peninsula.  It’s a beautiful area, but not a very popular tourist destination.  There is enough here as far as accommodations, shops and restaurants go to have a nice getaway.  As long as you like the outdoors, you’ll have something to do here.

The fishing can be good on the main lake or inland.  This area has some good fishing for salmon and trout and there are several charters that operate out of this area.  Chinook salmon, lake trout, brown trout and steelhead are the prime species to fish for here.  Lake trout can be very good and walleye are here too.  Thunder Bay has a lot of good structure for walleye and the fish run big here.  There are several inland lakes and rivers that you can fish here also for bass, northern pike, walleye, trout, panfish and more.


Saginaw Bay


Saginaw Bay is a bay within Lake Huron located on the eastern side of Michigan.  It forms the space between Michigan’s Thumb region and the rest of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  Saginaw Bay is a large bay covering 1,143 square miles.  It is one of the most popular places to fish for walleye in the United States.


Saulte Ste. Marie


Sault Ste. Marie is a city that lies on the northeastern end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the Canadian border and it is separated from its twin city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, by the St. Marys River.  The population was 14,144 at the 2010 census, making it the second most populous city in the Upper Peninsula.  This area has a diverse fishery with salmon, trout, walleye, northern pike, muskie, smallmouth bass and other species available too.


South Haven, MI


South Haven is located on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Black River.  This is a popular port city with plenty of outdoor recreation such as boating, fishing, golfing shopping and more.


St. Joseph, MI


St. Joseph lies on the shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the St. Joseph River, which is around 90 miles east-northeast of Chicago.  This is a very popular port for fishing with good numbers of salmon and trout being caught here throughout the fishing season.


Traverse City, MI


Traverse City is located at the bottom of Grand Traverse Bay.  The bay is part of Lake Michigan and it is 32 miles long, 10 miles wide and up to 620 feet deep in some spots.  It is divided into two arms by the Old Mission Peninsula.  Traverse City is the main town on the bay and this is a very popular tourist area.  Plan on finding many restaurants, shops, accommodations and and some awesome scenery around the water.

This area offers some outstanding fishing for lake trout, salmon and smallmouth bass.  Most anglers come here for the smallmouth bass fishing because it is truly amazing.  You will find tons of bass in the 2 to 3 pound range and bass in the 4 to 5 pound range are possible with bigger fish here caught too.  There are also some inland lakes close by which gives you some options when the bay is too rough on windy days.


Watersmeet, MI


Land O’ Lakes & Watersmeet are located about 8.5 miles away from each other.  You will find dozens of lakes in this part of Northern Wisconsin and Lower Michigan.  There are a variety of accommodations nestled amidst the natural beauty of the lakes and forests here. There are so many lakes to fish to go along with some rivers and streams as well.  In this area, the most popular lakes to fish are part of the famous Cisco Chain of Lakes, which are 15 interconnected lakes with over 270 miles of scenic shoreline.

Walleye and muskie are targeted by most anglers in this area, but you can also catch northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and panfish.


Minnesota


Alexandria Lakes, MN


The Alexandria area has a nice blend of lakes, wooded hills and open prairie.  Located in west central Minnesota, this area is very scenic with many recreational opportunities for the outdoors enthusiasts.  Boating and fishing is very popular in the area.

Walleye and northern pike are abundant in many of the lakes.  Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, rock bass and other panfish are also caught in most of the lakes.  There are numerous lakes here to keep you busy as well as local fishing guides and bait shops to help you have a memorable trip.


Bemidji, MN


The Bemidji area lakes provide many recreational opportunities.  With over 400 lakes in a 25 mile radius, there are plenty of options for boaters and fishermen.  There are plenty of resorts and lodges as well as other accommodation for you to choose from.

This area is home to some very good fishing for muskie, walleye, northern pike and largemouth bass.  For many anglers, walleye and muskie would be primary and the pike and bass fishing would be secondary, however, many anglers enjoy fishing for northern pike and largemouth bass.  Bass are under fished by most anglers here and there are a lot of them in the area lakes.

Smallmouth bass aren’t here in big numbers, however, you will find plenty of panfish in the many area lakes.  Perch, crappie and bluegill are all available throughout the area lakes.


Brainerd, MN


The Brainerd Lakes Area is located in northern Minnesota.  With 465 lakes in the area, this area is loaded with recreational opportunities.  There is plenty to do here for every age group.  Have fun boating, fishing, hiking, golfing, shopping or dining.  Numerous resorts and hotels are located in Brainerd giving you many options for either a family trip or a weekend fishing trip with friends.

The fishing is good on most of the lakes in the area.  Most anglers target walleye, northern pike and bass.  There are good numbers of fish as well as some trophies in the Brainerd Lakes Area lakes.


Crane Lake, MN


Crane Lake, MN is located in northern Minnesota near the Minnesota – Canada border. The pristine waters of Crane Lake, Sand Point Lake and Namakan Lake are located in Voyageurs National Park. This area is a wonderful vacation destination to get away from it all. The unspoiled waters, pristine wilderness and outstanding fishing attract thousands of visitors every year.


Detroit Lakes, MN


25 miles of Detroit Lakes, there is plenty of outdoor recreation for friends and family.  The accommodations in Detroit Lakes give you plenty of options with many campgrounds, hotels and motels, resorts and more.

Make sure you bring your fishing rods.  With all of the lakes, there are plenty of fishing opportunities for you.  Walleye, northern pike and bass are the dominant species in most area lakes.  Muskie, trout, perch, crappie and other panfish inhabit these waters as well.


Ely, MN


Ely, Minnesota offers some of the finest outdoor adventures in the United States.  The Boundary Waters Canoe Area provides some of the most spectacular fishing you’ll ever experience.  The opportunities are endless in this region.  The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is the largest wilderness preserve east of the Rocky Mountains.  You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy these waters.   There are many canoe outfitters that can help you with all of the details of planning a trip into the Boundary Waters.  You will also find numerous resorts along the lakes in the Ely area.

This area is known for its tremendous smallmouth bass, walleye and northern pike fisheries.  Some lakes are better than others, but if you take this area as a whole, there are a lot of places where you can fish and do well for smallies, pike and walleye.  Good numbers are possible and trophy fish too.


Grand Rapids, MN


Grand Rapids is a small town in Minnesota that is known for its outdoor recreation.  The area lakes are popular among fishermen and boaters.  Many anglers and families plan trips to the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area every year.

There are so many lakes to fish and a variety of different fish to catch.  Most fishermen target walleye and northern pike, but you can also catch muskie, smallmouth bass, perch, rock bass and even largemouth bass. The types of fish depend on the lake you are fishing.  There are fishing guides in the area to help you learn the area waters and have a more successful fishing trip.


Hackensack, MN


Hackensack, Minnesota is located just south of Leech Lake.  Whether you choose to fish Leech Lake or fish one of the many productive lakes in the Hackensack area, you will have plenty of options with all of the great fishing up here.  There are plenty of nice lakes to get out and do some boating without the crowds that you will find in many of the popular tourist destinations in Minnesota.  While this area may be away from the crowds, there are several fishing resorts in this area to accommodate you.

Some anglers stay on some of the lakes in the Hackensack area even though they may spend a day or 2 fishing on Leech Lake. The smaller lakes give anglers the ability to fish on windy days, while Leech Lake may be too rough for some boats when the wind picks up.  Anglers target muskie, northern pike, walleye, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and panfish in the area lakes.


Kabetogama Lake


Kabetogama Lake is part of Voyageurs National Park on the Minnesota, Ontario border.  This lake has miles of pristine, undeveloped shorelines and 25,000 acres of water.  It is a popular vacation destination for people who love the outdoors.  There are many resorts waiting to accommodate you and most of them have boat rentals available at the resort.

Walleye, sauger, northern pike and perch are the primary species of fish in this lake, however, the smallmouth bass and crappie fishing can be pretty good here too.  Walleye are the preferred target by most anglers.  Good numbers of fish plus some very big fish are possible here.  For pike, it’s one of the better big fish lakes in Minnesota.  Perch are available in big numbers, so expect to catch them while fishing for walleye.  Smallmouth bass and crappie are here too.


Lake Pepin


Lake Pepin is a 24,550 acre lake that is located on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin. This is a popular lake for fishing and boating.  There are numerous public boat launches, fishing guide services, marinas and plenty of lodging options to accommodate you on your trip here.

Lake Pepin is a very good walleye and sauger fishery.  Anglers can catch good numbers of walleye to go along with some big fish too.  Pike are caught throughout the lake as well and there are some big pike here too.  Fish in the 30 inch range are reported frequently on Lake Pepin.

Bass are under fished here due to the walleye, sauger and northern pike fishing.  You can target largemouth bass and smallmouth bass and do fairly well here, but they are definitely a secondary species of fish here.  Catfish are common throughout the lake, but they don’t get a lot of interest from most anglers who fish here.


Lake Vermilion


Are you looking for a big lake with a variety of fish?  Lake Vermilion is an excellent lake that has 40,000 acres of water, 365 islands and 1200 miles of shoreline.  If that wasn’t enough, it stretches 40 miles across the heart of Minnesota’s Arrowhead Region.  This lake is a great place for an outdoor getaway.  There are plenty of resorts along the lake to take care of your accommodations.

Lake Vermilion is a good lake even though some anglers report the fishing can be tough here.  It’s a big lake and there are plenty of fish here.  Once you figure out the patterns, you should be able to catch smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, muskie and crappie if you choose to target them.  Most anglers come here to fish for walleye and muskie, but the pike fishing and smallmouth bass can be very good as well.  This is definitely a trophy fishing lake too as there are many big fish caught every here of smallmouth bass, pike, walleye and muskie.

Largemouth bass and crappie are secondary here.  Good bass anglers can definitely have some success here, however, you have to put some work in and know where to target these fish.  Perch fishing can be good when they are in the shallows in the spring, but they are much harder to find and catch once they go deeper.


Lake Winnibigoshish


Lake Winnie is one of the best, if not the best, walleye lakes in Minnesota.  Visitors love coming to Lake Winnie for the outdoor recreation.  Boating, fishing, hunting, swimming, hiking and biking are very popular in this area.  There are plenty of resorts around the lake to make your trip a comfortable one.

This lake is known as a great walleye fishery.  The perch and pike are here too.  Most anglers come here to target walleye and if they use smaller sized baits, they end up catching walleye and perch.  When they go with bigger minnow-style baits they tend to do well with walleye and northern pike.  It’s a good lake to fish and you can expect to catch all 3 species of fish if you tie on a jig and lively minnow.

While most people come here to fish for walleye, pike and perch, there are some other fish in this lake too.  Crappie are here in low numbers.  You can find some bluegill, rock bass and other sunfish too if you fish for them.  There is a fishable population of largemouth bass here, however, many anglers never fish for them.  Target the reeds and you will have a shot to run into some of these fish too.


LOTW Northwest Angle


The Northwest Angle is a very unique destination.  It is located in the United States, but you have to drive through Canada to get here.  The border crossing is different here, so we recommend a quick online search to see the latest information for crossing the border here.  Most people come here to fish and the fishing is very good in the Northwest Angle.

This area is home to some awesome fishing.  You can find good numbers and trophy smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye and muskie in the Northwest Angle on Lake of the Woods.  Some anglers report the better fishing will be on the Canadian side of the lake, but there is plenty of good fishing available on the Minnesota side as well.  Largemouth bass, perch and crappie area also available here.


LOTW Souh Shore MN


The South Shore of Lake of the Woods is open water fishing.  It is an awesome area, but the winds can definitely blow here and the waves can making fishing difficult.  You will find bigger boats in this area the norm, however, when the waters are calm, smaller boats do fine here too.  This is a very popular walleye destination.

Walleye, sauger and northern pike are definitely the primary species of fish along the south shore of Lake of the Woods.  The walleye fishing is unbelievable in this part of the lake and the pike fishing can be very good as well.  Some very big walleye and pike are caught here every year.  Largemouth bass, perch and crappie area also available here.


Leech Lake


Leech Lake is located mainly within the Leech Lake Indian Reservation and completely within the Chippewa National Forest in north central Minnesota.  The Lake is one of the most popular tourism destinations in all of Minnesota.  There are numerous recreational opportunities here such as fishing, boating, hunting, golfing, hiking, biking and much more.  You will find a variety of accommodations here to fit your needs.

The primary species of fish that most anglers come to Leech Lake are walleye, northern pike and muskie.  All 3 species are here in good enough numbers for anglers to target them and catch them.  There are some trophy-sized fish here too for all 3 species of fish.

This lake has such a diverse fishery.  If you’re just looking for action, you can fish with live bait and catch a little bit of everything.  For those of you looking to target largemouth bass, there is a solid fishery here and most anglers don’t even think about fishing for bass here.  Find the weeds, fish shallow and don’t be shocked when a pike hits your bass lures.


Longville, MN


Longville, Minnesota is located just south of Leech Lake.   The Longville area has several good fishing lakes to fish, but this area is often overlooked because of the outstanding fishing on nearby Leech Lake.

This area has a lot of lakes to fish with northern pike, walleye and largemouth bass being the primary species of fish targeted here.  There are many other types of fish here and plenty of smaller lakes that are always fishable even on windy days.

This area has some good fishing opportunities for a variety of fish.  Walleye, northern pike and largemouth bass get the most attention here among most anglers.  You also have the option of heading over to nearby Leech Lake to target a wide variety of fish.  For the muskie anglers, Leech Lake may be appealing to you.


Marcell, MN


Marcell, Minnesota is located in northern Minnesota in an area called the Edge of the Wilderness.  This area has several resorts and some spectacular fishing on many different lakes.  It’s a beautiful area and you won’t find the crowds in this area.

The area lakes can differ quite a bit as far as what the primary species of fish are in the Marcell, Minnesota area.  However, if you look at this area as a whole, you can find some very good largemouth bass lakes up here.  Northern pike are here as well.  Walleye can be hit or miss, but there are enough good lakes up here for anglers to target them and catch enough for a fish fry on a regular basis.  Smallmouth bass can be hit or miss on many of the lakes, but Big Turtle Lake makes up for the lakes that don’t have good smallmouth bass populations.  This is a very good area for fishing.

You will find panfish in the area lakes and on some lakes the fishing can be very good for panfish.  Each year can vary based on the lake and the most recent spawns for the panfishing to be good or just ok.  Muskie are here in some of the lakes, but this isn’t considered muskie country by any means.  You can find some fish and maybe even catch a fish or two on your trip and there may even be some good sized muskies caught up here, but they are definitely secondary compared to other species in the Marcell area.


Mille Lacs Lake


Mille Lacs Lake is Minnesota’s second-largest lake and it covers 132,000 surface acres.  Mille Lacs is a great lake for outdoor recreation, but it has been known for its outstanding walleye fishery over the years.  There was a walleye collapse and they are hoping to be coming out of that now, however, there are plenty of restrictions on the lake as far as keeping walleye throughout the seasons.  This has been a huge debate on the lake.  Fortunately, the smallmouth bass fishing is off the charts good right now which is helping make up for the walleye issues.

Mille Lacs Lake has been an awesome walleye lake historically.  There have been some issues in recent years and there have been new regulations put in place to try to restore the walleye fishery to its better years.  The smallmouth bass fishery has taken off recently with anglers reporting lots of bass being caught with some absolute huge bass here too.  Smallmouth bass in the 4 to 6 pound range are possible on any given day and on some days, you may catch several fish in this range with lots of 2 to 3 pound fish too.  Pike fishing is good for anglers who go out and target them and some big fish are here too.

This lake has a very diverse fishery.  Some anglers do target muskie and largemouth bass, however, most anglers don’t come here for these fish.  The panfish are a nice addition for anglers looking to catch some perch, crappie and bluegill.


Otter Tail Country, MN


Towns in Otter Tail Country – Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids, Perham

Otter Tail Country is home to over 1,000 lakes and streams.  This is a great area for enjoying the outdoors whether it be fishing, boating, hiking or just getting outside in this beautiful part of Minnesota.

The lakes in this region offer excellent fishing for a variety of fish such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, muskie and panfish.  You have a lot of options and there are so many lakes here that you can usually find a place to get away from the crowds and catch some fish.


Outing, MN


Outing, Minnesota is not a very popular fishing vacation destination, although, it really is a great spot to grab some lodging if you have some time to experience the area.  If you had a week here, you could easily fish the Whitefish Chain of Lakes,  Leech Lake and Mille Lacs Lake.  These lakes all provide some awesome fishing and are with 30 minutes to an hour from Outing, Minnesota.  There a few good lakes worth fishing and there are some fishing resorts in the area to accommodate you.  It’s a great place to visit if you want to get away from the crowds, but still have good fishing close by.  Anglers can target muskie, northern pike, walleye, bass and panfish in the area lakes.


Park Rapids, MN


Park Rapids, Minnesota is just under 30 miles from Walker, Minnesota and the south part of Leech Lake.  This area is a popular tourist destination with tons of lakes, numerous resorts and excellent fishing opportunities.

Anglers target muskie, northern pike, walleye, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and panfish in the area lakes.  There are a lot of lakes in this area to fish and so many places to get away from the crowds and enjoying the fishing.


Rainy Lake


Rainy Lake is located along the border of Minnesota and Canada near International Falls.  A large portion of the lake surrounds Voyageurs National Park.  Rainy Lake is a popular vacation destination for people that enjoy the outdoors.  There aren’t a ton of places to stay here, but there are just enough to service the people who come here for a vacation.

Rainy Lake has some excellent fishing opportunities for northern pike, walleye and smallmouth bass.  All 3 species of fish are here in good numbers and trophy fish are available too.

Some anglers do target crappie and perch on Rainy Lake.  Anglers usually catch some sauger mixed in while fishing for walleye.  These fish are here, but don’t expect to consistently catch them unless you know how to target them.  There have been some very nice reports of some unbelievable crappie fishing here, but you have to do your homework to score big here consistently for crappie.


Rainy River


The Rainy River is a popular fishing river that runs along the border of the United States and Canada.  Anglers usually come here to fish for walleye, pike, smallmouth bass or sturgeon.

The Rainy River is famous for its awesome spring and fall runs of walleye where thousands of fish move into the river and some very big fish are reported every year.  Fish up to and above 30 inches are caught every single year on the Rainy River.  The Sturgeon fishing is also world class and it gets a lot of attention here too.

Northern pike and smallmouth bass can also be found in the river throughout the year.  Late spring and fall are best.  Most anglers don’t come here to fish for pike or smallies, but you can target these fish in the river if you choose to.  Our recommendation is to come here for the walleye fishing when they are running.


Upper Red Lake


Upper Red Lake is known for its excellent walleye and northern pike fishery.  Back in the mid-1990s, the walleye population was nearly crippled because of over harvesting.  The Red Lake Nation control most of Upper Red Lake and Lower Red Lake and only tribal members are allowed to fish these areas that are controlled by Red Lake Nation. Commercial fishing took its toll and depleted a majority of the walleye on the lake.

The lake has recovered because of an extensive stocking program and new regulations.  Don’t let the 8.0 ranking fool you into thinking this isn’t a great fishing destination.  It is way up north and the amenities are limited in this area, however, if you’re looking to catch fish, this lake delivers.  The state-controlled section of the lake is popular among fishermen and there are plenty of lodging options to accommodate you on our trip.


Sault Ste. Marie


Sault Ste. Marie is a city that lies on the northeastern end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the Canadian border and it is separated from its twin city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, by the St. Marys River.  The population was 14,144 at the 2010 census, making it the second most populous city in the Upper Peninsula.  This area has a diverse fishery with salmon, trout, walleye, northern pike, muskie, smallmouth bass and other species available too.


Whitefish Chain, MN


The Whitefish Area of Minnesota features the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, which is a very popular chain of lakes for boating and fishing.  There are many resorts here and plenty of places to find a bite to eat.  This region is located just north of Brainerd, Minnesota.

This area is known for its fast action largemouth bass fishing and some solid fishing for pike and walleye.  You will find some good-sized fish in the Whitefish Chain, but don’t expect to have all the good fishing spots to yourself.  This chain of lakes has a lot of people that fish these waters every summer.  It’s a very good fishing destination if you’re looking to catch some fish and have some fun around the water.


Missouri


Branson, MO


Branson, Missouri has grown to become one of the most popular vacation destinations in the midwest.  There is something to do in Branson for the entire family.  There is plenty of entertainment with tons of live shows in the numerous theatres.  There is plenty of shopping, restaurants and golf courses.  Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo keep boaters and anglers happy.  Branson is one of the best family vacation destinations without the fishing.  Tie in the fishing and this is an awesome destination for a fishing vacation.

For the fishermen, you have the option of fishing Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo or Bull Shoals Lake.  You can catch a variety of fish depending on what lake you decide to fish.  Some of the species to catch are largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, trout, white bass, crappie, catfish and bluegill.  If you want to fish for trout, Lake Taneycomo provides fast action with some trophy potential too.


Bull Shoals Lake


Bull Shoals Lake is located on the border of Missouri and Arkansas.  You can enjoy fishing, boating, hiking or just relaxing around the lake.  This region has plenty of places to stay, boat rentals and restaurants so you can plan a trip here, but don’t expect to find bigger towns with tons of stores.  This is an uncrowded destination, making it a wonderful place to get away from it all.  Just plan accordingly with the things you will need for a week on the lake.  Bull Shoals Lake is an awesome multi-species fishing lake.  Many different species of bass are available to go along with walleye, catfish, trout and panfish.


Lake of the Ozarks


Lake of the Ozarks is an extremely popular vacation destination in Missouri.  It is only about a 3 hour drive from St. Louis, making it a convenient getaway destination for those living in and around the city.  The lake is very popular among fishermen and boaters, but there are plenty of other things to do here such as golfing, shopping, dining and just relaxing around the lake.

Bass fishing tournaments are common throughout the summer months.  Recreational anglers target largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, crappie, bluegill, rock bass and catfish.


North Dakota


Devils Lake


Devils Lake is the largest natural body of water in North Dakota.  It is the premier vacation destination in the state.  You can find some of the finest fishing and hunting here, which will keep you busy for all 4 seasons of the year.  The lake is about 122,000 acres and most of it is not developed.

Fishing is excellent for a number of species.  Walleye, perch, northern pike, and white bass are caught in Devils Lake.  Being a relatively shallow lake with excellent populations of forage, large fish are produced quickly in Devils Lake.  Many pike over 10 pounds are caught every year.  Walleye in the 6 to 8 pound class are common as well as some jumbo yellow perch.  Most people target the pike, perch and walleye, but don’t forget about the white bass.  There are lots of them and many white bass are caught over 3 pounds here.  Devils Lake gives anglers a great place to getaway as well as an opportunity to land the fish of a lifetime.


Lake Sakakawea


Lake Sakakawea is one of the three largest man-made reservoirs in the nation.  The lake has a surface area of about 368,000 acres and is 178 miles long with depths ranging from 70 to 175 feet in the main channel.  The lake offers many opportunities for boating and fishing.

The lake can be a challenge for new fishermen because of its size, but it will definitely reward you once you learn the hot spots.  You can catch rainbow and brown trout, chinook salmon, walleye, sauger, saugeye, giant northern pike, crappie and perch.


Ohio


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Wisconsin


Birchwood, WI


The Birchwood, Wisconsin area is a beautiful lake community.  If you want to get away from the crowds and enjoy some time outdoors and on the water, this may be a nice vacation destination for you and your family.

This area has so many different lakes to fish.  Long Lake and Lake Chetac get the most attention.  They are good lakes known for good walleye fishing and you can also catch northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and panfish.  Many of the area lakes will have good fishing for walleye, pike, bass and panfish.


Boulder Junction, WI


Boulder Junction is known for its muskie fishing with its 50 plus “Class A” muskie lakes, but it is just as popular for its outdoor appeal.  Thousands of people love spending their vacations in Boulder Junction because of the quiet waterways, crystal clear lakes, numerous trails and other outdoor recreation that the Northwoods of Wisconsin offers.

Walleye & muskie are abundant in this area and they are the species of fish that get targeted the most in this area.  Anglers have so many lakes to fish and many of the area lakes will give anglers a good chance to catch walleye and muskie.  Smallmouth bass are here also in good numbers and some very big fish are caught here every year.


Cable, WI


Cable, Wisconsin is a small town just north of Hayward, Wisconsin.  If you enjoy the outdoors, you will find plenty to do here.  The trail system attracts many people here that enjoy hiking, biking, running, snowmobiling, atving and cross country skiing.  The lakes are popular during the open water seasons.

The fishing is very good here with Lake Owen and Namakagon Lake drawing the most interest from anglers.  Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, pike and muskie are all possible here in the area lakes.


Chequamegon Bay, WI


The Chequamegon Bay is a popular fishing destination in Wisconsin, although, this area doesn’t draw nearly as many visitors as some of the other popular destinations in Wisconsin.  The scenery is beautiful and the fishing is outstanding for a variety of different fish.

This area might have some of the best smallmouth bass fishing for big bass in the entire state of Wisconsin.  You can also catch lake trout, walleye, salmon, brown trout, northern pike and perch.


Chippewa Falls, WI


Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin is located in the northwest part of Wisconsin about 90 miles east of St. Paul, Minnesota.  It’s small town atmosphere, beautiful scenery and numerous lakes in Chippewa County make the Chippewa Falls area a great place for a vacation.  Chippewa County has hundreds of lakes and numerous trout streams.  The county has 21,037 acres of lakes and streams and over 310 miles of rivers and streams.

The fishing in the Chippewa Falls area is very good.  Whether you are targeting a trophy muskie, bass, northern pike, trout or panfish, it’s all here in the Chippewa Falls area lakes and streams.


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Door County, WI


Rated as one of the top ten vacation destinations in America, Door County has so much to offer.  With hundreds of miles of scenic shoreline, there are numerous recreational opportunities in this area.  From swimming on the beaches, shopping, dining, hiking, sight-seeing, boating or fishing, Door County has something here for everyone.

Door County is known for having a great salmon and trout fishery as well as being one of the top smallmouth bass destinations in the country.  Walleye, northern pike and perch are also plentiful making this area an unbelievable place for fishing. With all of the different opportunities, you might catch your personal record for a variety of species all in one vacation.


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Eagle River, WI


Eagle River, Wisconsin is one of the top places to visit in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Eagle River is very scenic with lots of wildlife.  Numerous fishing lakes combined with miles of trout streams keep visitors coming back every year.  You also have plenty of accommodations, restaurants and shops to make it a very convenient vacation.

The Eagle River Chain of Lakes is known for its abundant walleye and muskie populations. The lakes that surround this town are known for their bass, walleye and muskie fishing with some pike available too.  You can fish the chain and at times, fish with the crowds or you can get away from it all very easily by driving 15 minutes out of town to fish one of the several lakes in the area.


Green Lake


Green Lake is a very large, deep lake that covers 7,346 acres with 75% of the lake deeper than 20 feet and a maximum depth of 236 feet.  Green Lake is a beautiful town with a lot to offer the entire family.  Experience the shopping, dining, outdoor recreation, or just relax around the lake.  Green Lake is known for being a crowd-free, accessible lake.

The lake supports a healthy population of northern pike, smallmouth bass, trout, channel catfish and panfish.  Walleye and largemouth bass are also present.


Hayward, WI


Hayward is located in northwestern Wisconsin.  Its small hometown atmosphere and unique setting make it a great vacation destination for people that enjoy the outdoors.  The recreational opportunities are endless with over 55,000 acres of lakes.  Fishing, boating and just enjoying the outdoors is popular in this area.

Fishing is good for muskie, northern pike, walleye, bass, crappie, perch and other panfish.  Hayward is home to the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, where world record catches are registered.  We have a large fishing section to help you learn more about the fishing here.


Iron River, WI


The Iron River area is a popular vacation destination.  People come here to enjoy the beautiful lakes and streams that provide excellent fishing and other recreational activities.  The 96 area lakes provide excellent fishing for northern pike, muskie, bass, walleye, and panfish.   The top 12 lakes that anglers target are Deep Lake, Delta Lake, Eagle Lake, Half Moon, Iron Lake, Iron River Flowage, Lake Wanoka, Long Lake, Peterson Lake, Pike Chain of Lakes, Pine Lake, and Ruth Lake.

You can find excellent fishing in the other lakes and you might just stumble upon an area that nobody knows about.  That is what’s great about the Iron River area.  There are so many places to fish.  With Lake Superior only 17 miles north of Iron River, you have the option of fishing the lake and its tributaries.  The area rivers provide some excellent fishing during the spawning runs.  Brule River offers an excellent steelhead run through the month of April and Flag River also heats up for steelhead around the second week of April.


Lac du Flambeau, WI


Lac du Flambeau is a small town located near Minocqua, which is one of the more popular vacation destinations in Wisconsin.  You won’t find the crowds in Lac du Flambeau like you will in Minocqua, so you have less crowds on the lakes, but all the amenities a close car ride away.  There are plenty of lakes here with so many outdoor recreational opportunities here.

The Lac du Flambeau chain of lakes gets most of the attention in this area.  The fishing can be very good for a variety of different fish.  Most anglers come here to fish for walleye, smallmouth bass, muskie, northern pike and panfish.  The largemouth bass fishing is pretty good too depending on the lake you are fishing.


Lake Pepin


Lake Pepin is a 24,550 acre lake that is located on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin. This is a popular lake for fishing and boating.  There are numerous public boat launches, fishing guide services, marinas and plenty of lodging options to accommodate you on your trip here.


Lake Winnebago


Lake Winnebago is the nation’s second largest inland freshwater lake.  It is 28 miles long, 11 miles wide and covers 137,700 acres.  It is so big that it takes up space in 3 different counties including Winnebago, Fond du Lac and Calumet.  The lake covers 85 miles of shoreline and you can find plenty of lighthouses, launch ramps, harbors, parks and restaurants around the water.  The lake is very popular for a variety of outdoor activities.  There is plenty of room on the lake for everyone.

The fishing on Lake Winnebago is excellent.  It is a large lake, but it is not as overwhelming as some would think.  It is known as a great numbers lake for walleye and there are many other species of fish that you can catch here too.


Land O’ Lakes, WI


Land O’ Lakes & Watersmeet are located about 8.5 miles away from each other.  You will find dozens of lakes in this part of Northern Wisconsin and Lower Michigan.  There are a variety of accommodations nestled amidst the natural beauty of the lakes and forests here. There are so many lakes to fish to go along with some rivers and streams as well.  In this area, the most popular lakes to fish are part of the famous Cisco Chain of Lakes, which are 15 interconnected lakes with over 270 miles of scenic shoreline.

Walleye and muskie are targeted by most anglers in this area, but you can also catch northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and panfish.


Manitowish Waters, WI


Manitowish Waters is located northwest of Minocqua and close to the border of Wisconsin and the upper peninsula in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  Manitowish Waters is a lovely area with pristine lakes and plenty of scenery.  The Manitowish Waters chain of lakes includes ten lakes with over 4,200 acres of connected waters to enjoy.  Boating, fishing and swimming are very popular on the chain.

The chain provides some excellent fishing forwalleye, muskie and northern pike.  Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie and other panfish are also caught in the chain.


Mercer, WI


Mercer is home to several smaller lakes and a huge lake called the Turtle Flambeau Flowage.  In the smaller lakes in the area, anglers target bass, walleye, panfish, pike and even muskie in some of the lakes.  The Turtle Flambeau Flowage is what stands out in this area though.  The Flowage consists of nine lakes, three rivers and several creeks.  The flowage offers some beautiful surroundings and plenty of water for the outdoor enthusiasts.  Boating and fishing are very popular on the flowage.  Water skiing and jet skiing are permitted in some areas, but very limited, which makes it nice for the fisherman looking to find some peaceful surroundings.

The flowage gets the most attention here and it should.  The fishing is very good for smallmouth bass, walleye and muskie.  Some very big crappie are caught here too and you will definitely run into some northern pike here as well.  Don’t expect to find too many big pike in these waters though.


Minocqua, WI


Minocqua is one of the most popular areas to visit in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  This area has one of the largest concentration of freshwater lakes in the country.  There are numerous types of lodging, plenty of restaurants and some excellent outdoor opportunities.

The fishing in Minocqua is known for its muskie fishing, although, it has some pretty good fishing for walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and panfish also.  Northern pike are also available in many of the lakes.


Presque Isle, WI


Presque Isle is a quiet town that has been nicknamed “The Last Wilderness.”  Located in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, there is plenty to do here for those of you that like being on the water.  This area has many lakes, streams, pristine forests and plenty of wildlife to help you get away from the daily grind.

The fishing is excellent in Presque Isle.  The lakes don’t get nearly as much fishing pressure up here as some of the other areas in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  Muskie, walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, perch and other panfish are available.


Rhinelander, WI


Rhinelander, Wisconsin is a great place to get away from it all.  Located in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, you will enjoy outdoor activities in the vast forests and numerous lakes.  Rhinelander sits on Boom Lake, which is one of the 1,100 lakes in Oneida County.

The Wisconsin River and Pelican River surround Rhinelander which help to give this area a well-rounded fishery.  Muskie and walleye are abundant in the area lakes.  Most anglers in this area will target walleye or muskie.  If you like fishing for Muskie, this area is home to the Hodag Musky Challenge and it is one of the most prestigious catch and release musky tournaments in the Midwest.  Some very nice fish are caught here every year.  You can also catch northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, perch and other panfish in the area lakes.  Bass are here, but usually under fished by most anglers.


St. Germain, WI


St. Germain, Wisconsin is one of the more popular areas to visit in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  There is so much to do here for the outdoorsman with the area lakes and pristine wilderness.

The St. Germain area offers some excellent fishing.  Most people spend their time on Big St. Germain Lake and Little St. Germain Lake.  You can catch largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, muskie, crappie, bluegill and perch.  The spring is best for fishing as you can target many species in shallower water.  In the summer, the fishing is still good and the weather is warm enough for a variety of outdoor activities.  This is the perfect time for a family vacation.  If you have some time off in the fall, plan a muskie fishing trip.  The fishing is excellent in the fall for walleye and muskie, but most anglers come up here in the fall to land a trophy muskie.


Three Lakes, WI


Three Lakes, Wisconsin is a small community located just south of Eagle River in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  The town is nestled in the midst of the Nicolet National Forest which offers some excellent scenery. For the water enthusiasts, the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes consists of 28 lakes.

Fishing is very good on the chain for muskie and walleye.  You can also catch smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, crappie, perch and other panfish.


Tomahawk, WI


The Tomahawk, Wisconsin area is home to a variety of waters that are popular for fishing and boating.  It’s a small town with beautiful scenery and some awesome lakes.

Anglers can fish numerous lakes, flowages and rivers in this area. Anglers come here to catch walleye, muskie, northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, trout and panfish.  There are plenty of places to get some action and some big fish waters are here too.


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