Franklin Lake

Franklin Lake is a 839 acre lake located in the Nicolet National Forest of Forest County.  It has a maximum depth of 46 feet.  Visitors have access to the lake from a public boat landing.  Fish include panfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike and walleye.  The Wisconsin DNR lists smallmouth bass, panfish and walleye as common on this lake, but many anglers report it is also a good northern pike lake even though the DNR has pike listed only as “present” for this lake.  The water is very clear on this lake.

There is a campground on this lake, so while it is fairly remote, there are a decent amount of anglers that will be fishing this lake throughout the open water fishing season.  Smallmouth bass are the main target for most anglers with good numbers of them to go along with some quality fish too.  Smallmouth in the 2 to 3 pound range are fairly common with some fish up to and above 4 pounds being a real possibility here.

WI DNR Lake Information Report