Forest County Fishing

John Amato with a 6 lb. 4 oz. giant smallmouth from Forest County, WI. Measuring 21.5" and was my boat's largest from 2016.

John Amato with a 6 lb. 4 oz. giant smallmouth from Forest County, WI. Measuring 21.5″ and was my boat’s largest from 2016.

The smallmouth bass fisheries of Forest County are the poster-children and blueprints for modern day smallmouth bass management on Northern Wisconsin’s inland lakes. Featuring management programs which began in the 1980’s and 1990’s, implementing spring catch and release and 18 and over trophy rules, these select lakes are amongst the healthiest, some of the most pressured, and most popular smallmouth fisheries in all of inland Wisconsin.

Despite being located the furthest away from all the lakes and regions we fish, we occasionally accept requests to fish these waters with guests, and to personally get a change in scenery for a full day of fishing from sunrise to sunset.

Not as heavily populated by lakes as the other counties are, the waters of Forest County are within the borders of the Nicolet National Forest. Quality wilderness fishing experiences amongst the woods and nature of Wisconsin is sure to be available on these larger waters that are managed and maintained for catch & release trophy angling.

Wisconsin Lakes and Destinations

Our region of northern Wisconsin encompasses Iron, Vilas, Oneida and Forest Counties. This 4 county region is the Northwoods Bass fishing jurisdiction, and we have no need to ever travel elsewhere.

Forest County Bass Regions
  • Crandon
  • Laona
  • Butternut



Fishing Reports

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Northwoods Bass Fishing Report – October & End of Year 2017

The fall fishing season has concluded, and winter is now making its arrival. Anglers could be ice fishing any week now. Bass season has ended, and I have been delayed in sending my October/ end of year newsletter. I apologize for writing everything in the past tense, and reporting on old news and events that […]


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