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The fish listed be below can be found in Cranberry Lake, the Minong Flowage, and the Cranberry Lake Flowage.        




he Walleye is one of the most highly prized game fishes in Wisconsin. Thousands are caught each year during their spring spawning runs. Walleyes are primarily minnow feeders, but leeches, small bullheads, nightcrawlers, and various small plugs are favorite baits. In clear waters, walleyes usually stay in deeper areas during the day, moving into the shallows at night. In more turbid waters, they can be caught throughout the day. The large, unusual eyes of the walleye are designed to help them easily find their prey. 


Large Mouth Bass

Largemouth bass will bite on almost anything. They can be caught on minnows, worms, or other live bait, plus poppers or streamers presented with a fly rod, or plugs thrown from a casting or spinning rod. Because the bass is usually associated with weeds, a weedless bait will often be necessary. Best fishing times are early morning and evening during the warm months. Bass like warm water and warm weather. Few bite in the winter.



Small Mouth Bass

Pound for pound the Small Mouth bass is the scrappiest fish of all Wisconsin. It is usually associated with a rocky stream or lake environment where its favorite food, the crayfish, is abundant. Some of the best lake fishing takes place in June during, and just after, the spawning season, and in early fall. Natural baits like hellgrammites, dragonfly larvae and crayfish are especially effective during early morning or late evening. (Note: in Wisconsin it is illegal to possess live crayfish while fishing or while possessing angling equipment on any inland water, except the Mississippi River.) Probably the best artificial baits are those used on the surface. Light tackle is ideal. Fish quietly, casting toward rocks or logs, keeping the rod tip up and the line taut.


The Pumpkinseed is a close relative of the Bluegill with the same narrow body shape as bluegills. Another trait Pumpkinseeds share with bluegills is excellent flavor. Pumpkinseeds are true panfish - delicious when lightly floured and pan fried. Being easily caught from shore, putting up a tough fight at the end of a line, and looking like a jeweled treasure from the watery depths, the pumpkinseed has what it takes to endear itself to children.


Yellow Perch are primarily bottom feeders with a slow deliberate bite. They eat almost anything, but prefer minnows, insect larvae, plankton, and worms. Tackle may range from a simple hand line or a fly rod in summer to a short, whippy, jigging rod in winter. Because perch prefer cooler water, the best fishing is usually in deep water. Perch move about in schools, often numbering in the hundreds. If one spot is unproductive after a few tries, it is best to move to other spots until a school is located.

Northern Pike

Unlike other common species of game fish, Northern pike are most active when the water is cool. The Northern pike is quite accommodating to anglers, biting best during the daylight hours. Being a predator, northerns prefer live fish baits, and wobbling spoons. They are a favorite target of ice fisherman with tip-ups.

Brown Bullhead

Bullheads can be depended upon to bite at almost anything anywhere at almost any time of day, put up a worthy fight on the line, and once caught, make a tasty meal.


Plain garden worms are the favorite bait for bluegills, but they can be caught on a number of different types of lures. The fly fisher can have fun with poppers, especially in spring and early summer, when nests are concentrated in shallow water. Most large bluegills are taken in deep water during the summer months by drifting with the wind using worms. Wintertime jigging in the weed beds with grubs or mousies on ice jigs also produce excellent results.

Black Crappie

The black crappie is considered an excellent game fish when taken on light tackle. Extreme care must be taken in landing these fish because their mouths are very tender. Anglers specializing in catching black crappie know that to be successful the bait must be kept constantly moving. The best baits are small minnows, small maribou-covered jigs, plastic minnows, or small streamer flies cast along the outer edges of weed beds. The crappie lies in weed beds in deep water during the day and bite best in early morning or toward evening. In summer, with the abundance of small fish for feed, they are more difficult to catch. Small minnows are used as bait in winter.


Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout feed on small fish, insects, and crayfish. They wander extensively, moving along the shore. Generally this species require a stream for spawning and early development, and a sea or large lake for maturation. Spawning occurs in the spring, and spending the next 2 years in the parent stream, and then migrate to a large body of water.


Despite the somewhat derogatory name, these prolific members of the catfish family have earned the grudging respect of anglers in Wisconsin and scientists all over the world.

You think you've caught a record fish?

If you think you or someone you know has caught a fish that might be a state record, there are a number of things you should do:

  • don't clean or freeze the fish
  • keep the fish cool - preferably on ice
  • get the fish weighed as soon as possible on a certified scale (found in grocery, hardware stores, etc.) and witnessed by an observer
  • contact the nearest DNR office to get the fish species positively identified and to find out whether the fish is a state record
  • obtain and complete a record fish application [PDF 65KB]

An official record fish application must accompany all prospective record fish entries.

Fishing Wisconsin's waters is enjoyed by many, but only a few anglers apply their skills to the extent that they catch a verified record fish. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recognizes anglers who have legally taken the largest fish on record by hook and line, as well as those fish that have been taken by alternate methods (for example, spearing or bowfishing).




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