I'm turning 40 tomorrow. I figure, I'm not going to get better at anything athletically, but I still want to have some goals in life. I like fishing, but I don't get out there as much as I'd like. To motivate myself and to keep it interesting, I decided to set a goal of catching 50 different species of fish here in my home state of Wisconsin. And to add to the difficulty, I have to catch each as I'm filming it. I'm going to post each video to this thread, and I'm also going to need help as I go. Any tips on how to catch different species of fish would be greatly appreciated. Here's the first fish I caught on video, the Bigmouth Buffalo by the Hustisford Dam.
Quest to catch 50 different fish species in Wisconsin
You’ll know when you catch a Warmouth because they are vicious little fish. They will do everything to poke you with their gillspikes. They have red eyes too. They are mean little suckers. Caught a lot of them on Phantom using leaches. That’s the only thing I use while panfishing because bass love them too.
Tried for 44, the stupid Warmouth, and didn't catch it. Still had a good morning out on Phantom Lake with my son, though.
Thanks JayBeeTurtleAnd, I got one, a Yellow Bass that is on Lac La Belle. I bought a boat (used, but it has a fish finder which helped a lot), and I took it out to Oconomowoc with my oldest son. That's 43. Seven to go!!!
I think I'm going to head over to the Wisconsin River next and try for shovel nose sturgeon. I have the stuff to catch gar, too. I'm not going to bring my boat though. The Lower Wisconsin looks sketchy for boats. Or maybe I'll take my boat to Green Lake and try for Cisco. One or the other is my next mission. Any tips for targeting Cisco in Green Lake in the summer? I bought some blade lures to try and get deeper in the water.
By far the easiest fish to get would be a yellow bass on Labelle. I catch em everytime there
Congrats on 41/42! Like u said, Only 8 more to go!!!! This is getting exciting!!!! Lol
Thanks for all the tips on where to target different species. I was lucky enough to knock two more off of my list on one trip. Lake Trout and Coho Salmon when I was fishing in Lake Michigan.
Try Redstone for white crappie. They’re abundant there, and it’s a gorgeous lake to fish.
I’ve never caught a burbot on Bago in the summer, but guys catch them below the dams on the Fox in the spring.
I’ve caught yellow bass in the Wolf during the spring whitebass run. They are there, but you may have to catch 500 whitebass before you find one.
congrats on the boat, and good luck, enjoy your project, and so push all the good stuff, haha
Wind lake has a good pop of gar, Pine lake also.. never targeted them, so your on your own there, but have seen most in evening with lantern ( Wind lake north side of grass island), come cruising by, attracted to minnows as mentioned
Rockland lake in Burlington for pickerel. Catch them all the time on minnows and small shiners ice fishing.Those little things are aggressive. Beulah has a lot of warmouth as well. Also there is another lake somewhere in S/E Wisconsin that a lake association stocks stripped bass. Someone posts pictures on the S/E Wisconsin fishing reports thread all the time. Name of lake or private lake has yet to be revealed.
Cool deal Tiefsa. Good luck with your boat- I know you don’t want to start out on Lake Michigan, but once you’re comfortable there is good Lake Trout fishing just around the harbor in Milwaukee (should be able to find old episodes of Gillespie’s show, they catch them quite frequently when they fish there).