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trophy smallmouth lake in northern Wisconsin

8/7/17 @ 7:47 PM
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wrg668
User since 2/11/02

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

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8/14/19 @ 8:22 PM
buckhound
buckhound
User since 4/18/06

Don't know why that got under lined.

8/14/19 @ 8:21 PM
buckhound
buckhound
User since 4/18/06

I agree with snakester, there are a lot of lakes that  have trophies.  I never fish for them and have caught quite a few over 20"

8/14/19 @ 8:18 PM
Tuffy2
MEMBER since 7/7/04

Being from Iowa I would think your best chance would be in Northern Minnesota. Look up the Major League Fishing episode up there.

8/14/19 @ 5:41 PM
fishrman
User since 7/5/05

As I have recently retired and still in search of that 6 lb. smallie, this subject is very interesting to me. I enjoy fishing the smaller waters too. I know my chances of getting a big one would be much greater on the Great Lake somewhere but I also enjoy the pine trees and loons etc. I feel a little safer on the smaller waters too. I am strictly a CPR fisherman. Any more thoughts are appreciated.


1/17/19 @ 7:23 AM
SnakeSter
SnakeSter
MEMBER since 7/9/12

Seems like most lakes up north have trophy Smallies. Not all for sure but most. Fishing is great!!!

12/19/18 @ 1:33 PM
Snorkel
Snorkel
User since 7/30/16

I know you didn't mention rivers, but the boundary waters between the U.P. and Wisconsin can be outstanding for smallmouth, i.e. the Menominee/Brule and Paint rivers.  You can even fish/launch boat from either side of the boarder.  

The bigger rivers like the Menominee you can launch a bigger boat and the other ones you can Kayak fish and maybe a bigger boat in the flowages.

Bassman Strikes

12/11/18 @ 1:21 PM
Buzzbear
User since 2/6/18

My personal preference is crappie, but I have caught some very nice smallmouth on lake Owen.  My biggest smallmouth ever was caught on Drummond Lake.  (21") 

11/11/18 @ 10:57 AM
grizwald
grizwald
User since 2/6/09

Sawyer county lakes, round grindstone, and big lco all have huge smallies.

11/5/18 @ 1:02 AM
Buckman
MEMBER since 6/17/01

I have had very good success on Red Cedar Lake in Barron county over the years. Best day we caught 50 Smallies in just under 4 hours. With a 19.5” fish and several over 18”. Not true giants, but any 4.5 lb Smallie gets my attention. I will say my personal best @ 5 lb 13oz came out of the Suamico River by Green Bay. 

I am currently still fishing Smallies in Southern WI on Lake Geneva and have caught several 3-4lb fish in recent weeks. Still looking for that late season Giant. Had her boat side but she pulled off! Hope to get out a few more times before I put the boat away.

This is the only recent photo from Oct. 21st. It was 23 degree air temp that morning brrrrr. Water temp was 53-55 degrees. Caught on a jerkbait in 12 fow.

Good luck finding that trophy lake!

Buckman

4/18/18 @ 10:33 AM
hockeyguy39
User since 8/24/07

True, Door County has a tremendous population of big bass, but weather will nearly always play a factor up there. It's BIG water, and even the bays can be really rough at times depending on the wind. Certainly a destination to try, but OP is asking about inland lakes in the (I'm assuming) traditional "northern" Wisconsin...defined as north of 29, 64 or 8 depending on who you talk to lol.

I will say the two biggest smallies I caught in that area were both around 18-19". One from Diamond Lake just north of Trout and one where the Manitowish River flows next to 51. I think the river would be a great option to try. Looked very fishy!

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