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Big Crooked Lake

Vilas County - Wisconsin
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Big Crooked Lake is a 665 acre lake located in Vilas County. It has a maximum depth of 34 feet. Fish include Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Trout and Walleye.

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From the vast water wonderland of the 14,300 acre Turtle Flambeau Flowage to the far-reaching wilderness of the 74,500 acres of public forestland, Mercer offers authentic outdoor adventures that you will remember long after you?ve returned home.

Whether you choose to explore on snowmobile, ATV, car, camper, bike, boat, skis, or by foot, you are sure to discover the unending, unique fascination of the Northwoods.

Every season offers a new way to experience our natural beauty. The quiet of winter snow is broken by the sounds of spring peepers that fade as the loon?s calls fill the lakes in the summer. Finally, the woods explode in a riot of color in autumn and then the cycle begins again. That?s the beauty of Mercer. You can?t go wrong... life is outdoors.

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Welcome to the communities of Minocqua, Arbor Vitae, and Woodruff - Nature's Original Water Park?. We are located in Northern Wisconsin's Lake Country where there are thousands of lakes, rivers, and streams that literally saturate the geography. Vacationers have long been visiting the Minocqua Area to enjoy all this water by boating, swimming, fishing, snowmobiling, hiking, biking, atving, and more. There are no admission fees and we're open year-round!
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Frequently Asked Questions About Big Crooked Lake, WI

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How big is Big Crooked Lake?
Big Crooked Lake is approximately 665 sq acres (2.7 sq km) in size.

How deep is Big Crooked Lake?
Big Crooked Lake is approximately 34 feet (10.4 m) at its deepest point.

What kind of fish can you catch in Big Crooked Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Panfish, Smallmouth Bass and Walleye in Big Crooked Lake.


Are there fishing guides or charters for Big Crooked Lake?
Yes! There are fishing guides and charters for Big Crooked Lake and/or the surrounding area.

Are there places to stay in the Big Crooked Lake area?
Are you craving a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Or maybe you're an avid angler in search of the perfect fishing spot? Look no further! Big Crooked Lake and its surrounding area offer an abundance of options to suit your needs. If you're in need of accommodation, check out our area map which highlights some of the best places to stay. And if you're looking for even more options, head on over to our Travel section. But why settle for a traditional hotel or resort when you can take your adventure to the next level by renting a RV? The open road awaits you!
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about 11 miles away

Big Crooked Lake area businesses:
Please check out these local businesses in the Big Crooked Lake area:
Business Card: White Birch Village
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White Birch Village
Boulder Junction, WI
(715) 385-2182
about 1 miles away
Business Card: Sunrise Resort
Sunrise Resort
Presque Isle, WI
(715) 686-2414
about 7 miles away
Business Card: The Woodlands Resort
The Woodlands Resort
Sayner, WI
(262) 661-3968
about 11 miles away

Are there places to eat and drink near Big Crooked Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

What are the fishing regulations for Big Crooked Lake?
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources There are specific fishing regulations Big Crooked Lake that you need to know. For complete fishing regulations visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. To report a violation call (800) 847-9367 or cell #367. Need a Wisconsin fishing license?

General Restrictions
  • Motor Trolling is allowed with 1 hook, bait, or lure per angler, and 3 hooks, baits, or lures maximum per boat.
  • Catch and release fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass is open year round unless otherwise noted.

What is the bottom composition of Big Crooked Lake?
Big Crooked Lake's bottom composition is comprised of sand (60%), gravel (35%) and rock (15%).

Explore the Big Crooked Lake area in a RV
Are you looking for an adventurous vacation option that won't break the bank? Look no further than renting an RV! Contrary to popular belief, the process is much simpler than you might imagine. With just a few easy steps, you'll soon be experiencing the ultimate freedom and convenience of exploring the open road in your very own recreational vehicle. And the best part? RV travel can save you up to 60% compared to other types of vacations! With the money you'll save, you'll be able to travel even more and create unforgettable memories along the way. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today with an RV rental. Learn more about renting a RV.

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What aquatic invasive species are found in Big Crooked Lake?
There are some aquatic invasive species found in Big Crooked Lake including Rusty Crayfish.

Join us in the fight to prevent the spread of invasive species These sneaky creatures can hitch a ride on boats, clinging onto propellers, anchor lines, and trailers. They can even survive in hidden places like bilge water and ballast tanks, or disguise themselves in dirt and sand that sticks to nets, buckets, anchors, and waders. But don't worry, we have the power to stop them in their tracks with just a few simple steps. So let's do our part and protect our waters from these unwanted invaders.


What is the average air temp for Big Crooked Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Big Crooked Lake? Don't forget to plan ahead! Weather can be unpredictable, but we've got you covered. On average, air temperatures during this time of year range from a high around 74°F (23°C) to a low around 53°F (11°C). Of course, these are just historical averages, so be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way. For the most up-to-date weather information, be sure to check out our Weather Bar located at the top of this page.

Big Crooked Lake Reviews
Below is the word on street about Big Crooked Lake.
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eric b.
5 star rating
i used to come up to this lake every year until my aunt sold it... i could fish off the dock and drop a plain hook and catch rock bass.. also some 8-10 inch bluegills. this lake can produce some bigger fish than u can imagine. i loved to catch the smallmouth on this lake. i once caught a 8 pounder out of here!! this lake was an amazing lake to fish at. the fish werent used to anything aritficial when i came up here. so we used live bait and caught some monsters out of here!! usually released the 15-18 inchers but kept anything bigger. which once my cousin caught a 30 inch largemouth out of here no lie!!! great lake to fish on though.. good luck to all!!!
Reviewed Dec 29, 2009
jon l.
5 star rating
A 56 WAS LANDED HERE TWO YEARS AGO AND DNR NETTED A 60 INCH FISH HERE. TOUGH LAKE TO FISH BUT WELL WORTH THE REWARDS. lOCATED IN A BEAUTIFUL SETTING. I WOULD SAY THIS LAKE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE A FUTURE RECORD.
Reviewed Jun 10, 2006
glenn r.
5 star rating
Basically gin clear water with sandy/rocky bottom. Tough to fish muskies here, but if you get one, it's usually a trophy. Slightly less than average muskies per acre, but they more than make up for it in pounds! DNR has studied muskies on this lake and determined they are of a rare trophy strain (much like that of Trout Lake). DNR has fyke netted a 50+ pound female. Muskies stay deep until dusk when you can get them off one of the rock bars or many shoreline dropoffs. There is also deep grass bed off the northern island that has produced nice fish. A couple of scattered rock humps (can be tough to find) often hold monster fish. Smallmouth also run HUGE here, 4-5 pounders are common, several 6 pounders are caught every year. They are very fat from eating rusty crayfish that came through an inlet from Boulder Lake. Can be tough to catch because of huge forage base. Tend to hang around rocks bars and a few man-made cribs. Walleyes are stunted from years of over-stocking dating back to the 30's! A major rehab project is underway but will probably another 7-10 years until walleye fishing is considered excellent again. Up until the mid-80's this was once an exceptional walleye lake for size and numbers. Jumbo perch are also present, 10-15" fish are caught occasionally.
Reviewed May 20, 2004

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
There's more lake's to explore around Big Crooked Lake...
DISTANCE ACRES MAX DEPTH
Boulder Lake 1.2 mi 516 23 ft
Wolf Lake 1.3 mi 403 28 ft
Little Crooked Lake 1.4 mi 154 30 ft
Wool Lake 1.9 mi 32 45 ft
Bear Lake 2.0 mi 76 33 ft
Little Rice Lake 2.5 mi 50 7 ft
Elizabeth Lake 2.5 mi 22 15 ft
Nichols Lake 2.7 mi 37 16 ft
Grassy Lake 2.8 mi 107 4 ft
Maple Lake 2.8 mi 45 14 ft
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