Hey guys, Im in search of a trophy smallie inland lake or lakes to try in northern Wisconsin as i retire in 2 yrs and wanna spend my time fishing for them on inland lakes. thanks for your replies
trophy smallmouth lake in northern Wisconsin
Several lakes come to mind , Witches lake near Boulder Jct , both upper and lower . My wife caught our families biggest on a top water , 21.5" . Lake Owen is a good body as is Chequamegan Bay .
Just curious , if no live bait catch and release works until the opener in June , why does the season close at all ?
There are literally hundreds of trophy caliber brown fish waters in northern Wisconsin. I spend a lot of time up there searching for virtually untouched smallie populations and find new ones every year. Just utilize your resources such as Google maps and charts an start launching your boat and fishing. You're not getting trophies until you're pulling multiple 5.5 to 6lb+ brown fish. They are easier to find than many think up that way and don't underestimate small rivers.........
I'm convinced the next State record is swimming around in Plum.
Years ago Plum had a huge rusty crayfish problem. The kids would catch 100 a night with the butterfly net, and we'd have a crayfish boil any night we wanted one.
The DNR stocked a bunch of Smallies, and they definitely took care of the crayfish issue. We can't even catch enough crayfish for a boil anymore.
The Smallies gorge themselves on crayfish and grow, grow, grow...
Many times when you catch a Smallie, they have a crayfish hanging out of their mouth - they don't go hungry.