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Types of Fish in Wisconsin

American Eel
Atlantic Salmon
Bigmouth Buffalo
Black Bullhead
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Chinook Salmon
Coho Salmon
Crappie
Drum
Flathead Catfish
Gar
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Muskie
Northern Pike
Paddlefish
Pickerel
Pink Salmon
Pumpkinseed
Rainbow Trout
Rock Bass
Sauger
Shovelnose Sturgeon
Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
Striped Bass
Walleye
Warmouth
White Bass
Whitefish
Yellow Bass
Yellow Perch

Wisconsin is blessed with access to the Great Lakes and the nation’s best walleye fishing. It also hosts some premiere ice fishing in the winter. With waterways comprising over fifteen percent of Wisconsin the state slogan should be fish it like you mean it!

Walleye are the most popular fish in Wisconsin. High Lake is responsible for the state walleye record, weighing in at a whopping eighteen pounds! For a large inland walleye experience Lake Winnebago is not to be missed, where you can also catch a variety of bass, muskellunge, and lake sturgeon. The Mississippi River is a good walleye locale worthy of mention, and it teams with bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie, and bigmouth buffalo.

Lake Wisconsin is a very effective fishing spot for not just walleye, but trophy sized muskellunge, along with healthy bass, crappie, and bluegill. Walleye pulling in at eight or nine pounds swim just below the waters of Yellow Lake. The fairly shallow Yellow Lake is home not only to impressive walleye, but also to trophy muskellunge.

In fact, Wisconsin appreciates the walleye so much that the state has what is called the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, which improves habitats, expands fish hatcheries, and funds summer programs. Stocking of larger walleye (between six and eight inches) is now more widespread than ever in Wisconsin.

Salmon are favored game fish in Wisconsin. Coho and chinook salmon are stocked within the state. Lake Michigan is a popular salmon site, boasting the state records for coho, chinook and pink salmon catches. Lake Superior is a great salmon location for both coho and chinook, as well as the splake (lake trout and brook trout hybrid).

Wisconsin takes no exception to the ever popular trout! Brown, brook, rainbow and lake trout are stocked throughout the year. Trout are great along Wisconsin streams, but be careful where you fish from as many streams carry over into private property.

If one goes solely by visitor number, then Lake Michigan is the most popular lake in Wisconsin. Home to sought after species like the salmon, trout, bass, walleye, and sturgeon, it is no wonder Michigan is a popular sport fishing lake. Sturgeon Bay within the lake is a great spot for large sized smallmouth bass, and of course, lake sturgeon! Lake Michigan is stocked with an impressive average total of fifteen million fish a year.

Ice fishing can be a great way to get outside in the slower winter months. Wisconsin has excellent ice fishing for walleye, panfish, bluegill, and northern pike. Remember to check thickness carefully and keep safety in the forefront of your mind!

Wisconsin has many differing licenses that are organized by age (senior and youth), duration of fishing (one and two day, and annual for residents, one, two, four, fifteen and annual for non-residents), groups (a couple for residents, and non-residents are offered family packages). Different locations and species (such as trout and sturgeon) need additional licenses or stamps. Licenses can be purchsed online and at state agencies. To encourage new fisherpersons to get out there and test the waters they offer a first time buyer licenses at a cheaper rate.
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Abel Lake


Abel Lake, just 3 miles from Harrison, Wisconsin, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Abel Lake include Enterprise, Parrish and Crescent. If Abel Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Little Pine Creek, Smallpox Creek, Camp Six Creek, Lassig Creek, Carlson Creek, Noisy Creek, Squaw Creek, Crescent Creek, North Branch Pine Creek and Pickerel Creek.
Closest Cities : Harrison 3miles, Enterprise 5miles, Parrish 6miles, Crescent 7miles, Pelican 7miles


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Ace-In-The-Hole Lake


Ace-In-The-Hole Lake, just 1 miles from Sampson, Wisconsin, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Ace-In-The-Hole Lake include Bloomer, Big Bend and Cleveland. If Ace-In-The-Hole Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Cedar Creek, Cedar Creek, Foster Creek, Willow Creek, Swift Creek, McDermott Creek, Tealey Creek, Rice Creek, Mud Creek and Potato Creek.
Closest Cities : Sampson 1miles, Bloomer 5miles, Big Bend 7miles, Cleveland 7miles, New Auburn 7miles


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Ackerman Lake


Ackerman Lake, just 3 miles from Merrill, Wisconsin, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Ackerman Lake include Birch, Rock Falls and Schley. If Ackerman Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Spring Creek, Black Alder Creek, Big Hay Meadow Creek, Little Hay Meadow Creek, Manacke Creek, North Branch Prairie River, Barnes Creek, Berry Creek, Alery Creek and Rajek Creek.
Closest Cities : Merrill 3miles, Birch 3miles, Rock Falls 5miles, Schley 6miles, Merrill 7miles


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Ada Lake


Ada Lake, just 3 miles from Freedom, Wisconsin, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Ada Lake include Townsend, Langlade and Wolf River. If Ada Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Sasacat Creek, Bog Brook, Campbell Creek, East Branch Lily River, Range Line Creek, Richardson Creek, Round Creek, Lily River, Torpee Creek and Indian Creek.
Closest Cities : Freedom 3miles, Townsend 6miles, Langlade 8miles, Wolf River 9miles, Wabeno 10miles


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Adams Lake


Adams Lake, just 3 miles from Amherst Junction, Wisconsin, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Adams Lake include Stockton, Amherst and Amherst. If Adams Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Tomorrow River, Bear Creek, Spring Creek, Poncho Creek, Little Plover River, Sannes Creek, Plover River, Lost Creek, Peterson Creek and Allen Creek.
Closest Cities : Amherst Junction 3miles, Stockton 4miles, Amherst 4miles, Amherst 4miles, Nelsonville 5miles


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