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HELP!!! Fishing on Private Lakes

6/4/19 @ 1:07 PM
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262 Fishing
262 Fishing
USER since 8/10/18

Hi all!  I've had a YouTube channel for about a year, and recently transitioned it to being geared towards catching a fish in every lake in Waukesha County.  Obviously, not all of these lakes have public access.  Herein lies the issue...

I was wondering about fishing on private lakes when I don't actually know anybody that lives on it.  Is it as simple as knocking on somebody's door, asking permission, and hoping they'll say yes? I'm not referring to private lakes with a small stream I can get to with wet feet, but a totally land-locked lake completely surrounded by houses.

If you're reading this and you live on such a lake, please PM me.  I'd love to get permission to fish there.  I just want to catch a fish, and am happy to follow whatever guidelines you set for me.  Have a great bass lake you don't want ruined?  I'll target panfish.  Catch and release only?  That's pretty much all I do anyway.  Want to see my video before it's released to the public to ensure you're happy and I respected your area?  By all means.  The goal is just to get in, get a fish or two on film, and get out.  

And while this post is not meant to be a shameless plug for my channel, I'd appreciate people checking it out and giving me feedback.  Just search 262 Fishing or click the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKrkloJ17bpO9z4Qq4dP9yQ

Thanks.

Edited on 6/4/19 1:11 PM
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7/18/19 @ 10:04 PM
Middleton1
Middleton1
USER since 6/19/01

Hey 262, every county has a GIS website that shows maps with parcel boundries and links for names of owners most of the time. Waukesha's is :https://prd1.waukcogeo.com/HTML5Viewer/?viewer=html_viewer_ext

or start here: https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/interactivemap/

That should help you also find public access points

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6/29/19 @ 4:16 PM
wiscoarborist
wiscoarborist
USER since 11/6/18

262 - I think you might get a couple "yes's" if you explain your quest.

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6/26/19 @ 12:09 PM
machoprogrammer
machoprogrammer
USER since 1/19/07

Graceonpoint, in WI, the water is public property. So if you are wading in a creek, you are legal

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6/26/19 @ 11:23 AM
Junkie4Ice
Junkie4Ice
USER since 12/19/11
Have you fished Cornell? I'm not sure if it is truly private, but if water is high enough you might be able to jump the guard rail across from the landing on Pine and get a yak in the water without trespassing, I believe it is state property on that side. Otherwise there is a small creek that runs into it. Fished it early ice when Pine wasn't quite ready probably 6 years ago now and caught some dandy bass, pike and bluegill. There were only 2 or 3 houses on it from what I remember.

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6/26/19 @ 9:21 AM
Graceonpoint
Graceonpoint
USER since 10/24/17

FYI- might want to check WI trespass laws, if you are wadding creeks to get to some lakes.  I live in KY half the year and in KY the water is considered property of the state but private property ownership includes the creek or river bed,  so you need permission if your standing on the bottom but don't need permission if you are in a canoe or boat.   Most owners don't have an issue with folks wade fishing but every now I have been confronted by landowners.   Everyone of them is basically tired of trash and stuff left behind be irresponsible folks. 

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6/26/19 @ 7:30 AM
SnakeSter
SnakeSter
MEMBER since 7/9/12

I’m not talking about 262, but people living on lakes have experienced jerks in the past which makes them want to keep them off the lake. There is definitely not a shortage of jerks. Like I said, I wish 262 all the luck Zi can in his quest.

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6/25/19 @ 1:55 PM
machoprogrammer
machoprogrammer
USER since 1/19/07

" I'd like to think the fishing community is more honorable than that."

It's not, unfortunately. A lot of selfish jerks out there

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6/25/19 @ 12:46 PM
262 Fishing
262 Fishing
USER since 8/10/18

Bugle, My post wasn't directed at you, just a response to it.  If your lake has canoe/kayak access and is in Waukesha County, I'm sure I'll be on it eventually.  If you see a leaky jon boat with a very amateur angler wearing a gopro on a chest mount that acts more like a manzier (or a bro, depending on your side of the debate), come on over and say hi!

Edited on 6/25/19 12:46 PM
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6/25/19 @ 9:43 AM
BugleTrout
BugleTrout
USER since 9/27/01

262, sorry if my post upset you. I have simply posted behavior that I have seen or heard of when it comes to people protecting "their" private lake. For the record, I do not condone and would never lower myself to those activities. The lake we're on has a public ramp and a public easement for canoes and kayaks so if folks want to fish the lake, more power to them.

Good luck on your endeavors. 

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6/25/19 @ 9:27 AM
262 Fishing
262 Fishing
USER since 8/10/18

My goal to catch fish in every lake is not an "all or nothing" proposition... I'm just doing it as a hobby that I enjoy. If I need to tailor it to fit with what I can and can't access, I'm OK with that. The point of this thread was to find out about asking permission, and the vibe I've gotten is not to bother trying. Maybe that's just from people trying to protect their own lakes, and I understand that.

So far this thread has accounts of slashed tires and theft of government property... I'd like to think the fishing community is more honorable than that.  I get wanting to keep your honey hole a secret, but with the internet, maps, etc, it seems nothing is really a secret anymore anyway.  If somebody really doesn't belong where they are, call the cops.  If somebody is fishing where they are allowed to, people shouldn't be trying to take matters into their own hands.

Public access is public access, whether it's marked or not (or was marked with the signs removed).  I work hard to make sure I'm staying legal.  I spend a lot of time looking at google maps to find access within the law, and will often drive from lake to lake without even bringing a pole just to get a first-hand look at certain lakes to see if it is even possible.  I'd like to think that if I'm fishing legally, people would at least have the courtesy of leaving my truck the way I left it.  If I make a mistake and the cops are there waiting for me, I'll own up to it and deal with it myself.

So let me repeat my original question with the answered caveat included...  Knowing that the answer is likely to be no, is it as simple as knocking on somebody's door, asking permission, and hoping they'll say yes?

Edited on 6/25/19 9:30 AM
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