Turn on the television on a Saturday morning and you’ll likely run into a glut of infomercials, cooking shows and political talk shows. You’ll also land on a few big game hunting shows. All quality entertainment—but all of them have nothing on the fishing show.
If you surf around and spot a jovial older gentleman reeling in a monster catch, stay on the channel. That’s Roland Martin, and it’s no secret that he is a genuine superstar angler. He has televised his fishing exploits for more than 20 years. He’s caught all sorts of fish all over the U.S. and the entire world. And the fact that he doesn’t have a program dedicated solely to Wisconsin bass fishing is a crying shame.
Wisconsin, you say? Yes. The state was recently ranked among the top 10 states in the country for bass fishing. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Large-mouths are practically jumping into angler’s boats if they even touch a body of water.
Here are the top “basseries” in Wisconsin. If you’re planning on making a vacation out of Wisconsin bass fishing, check out hotels around Wisconsin Dells to find the best HQ for your bassing experience.
This portion of Lake Superior should be your first stop. There is so much dirt, muck and sediment flowing into Chequamegon that the bass eat it up with a spoon. Speaking of spoons, feel free to try one on your line. Anything will work as far as lures go. If you want to dig in for a little more adventure, fly fishing is the way to go. Slip on your waders and cast.
Chequamegon Bay is 12 miles long and just over three miles wide, so you won’t have to worry about bumping elbows with another angler…or worry about him snagging your seven-pound beauty. In the early fishing season, Chequamegon Bay features a catch and release ruling. Once healthily into the season though, you can keep a 22-incher. Don’t worry. You’ll catch one, as the bass are abundant.
White Sand Lake: Dillman’s Bay Resort
Though the word “resort” is featured, you’re not going to find umbrella drinks and flip-flops here. What you will find is a large collection of mouth-watering bass.
Dillman’s Bay is a 15-acre large peninsula that is that has featured the biggest large and small mothers since the early 1930s. Also, for history buff anglers, Baby Face Nelson hid out here for a time.
There are a large number of lakes in the Madison area. Lake Waubesa should be your primary target. Lake Waubesa is 38-feet deep and more 2,000 acres around. You can barely see through the water, so you know Waubesa has some keepers.
Here’s a tip from the locals: Stay away from Waubesa in early June. Lake Waubesa plays host to several fishing competitions and tournaments during the early summer. If you want to compete, then feel free to cast your lure. But if you’re looking for that serene fishing experience, go before or after June. After June will allow the fish time to repopulate. Angling in May in Waubesa might earn you the trophy fish you want.