Iron County Fishing

Iron ore mines, tamarack swamps, hilly terrain and dark brown cola colored lakes and streams define the landscape of Iron County. With dairy farms to the west, and wooded forests and lakes along the eastern border with Vilas, Iron County is a real beauty that doesn’t get hit nearly as hard with the angling pressure and summer tourists as other regions too.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe epicenter of our Iron County focus is in the town of Mercer, WI. Quality smallmouth bass fishing experiences aren’t in much abundance here, other than the pristine Gile Flowage located further north in Hurley, the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, and lakes formed by the Turtle River system. However, wilderness opportunities and action fisheries abound on most Iron County bass waters, and many of the smaller lakes dotting the eastern landscape of Iron County.

Due to the shallow dark water environments of most Iron County waters, these lakes warm quicker than most other areas in comparison. With the exception for the TFF as it’s also a great mid-summer and early fall bass fishery for numbers, we fish these places mostly in spring and early summer before water temperatures reach 65 degrees.

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.

Iron County Bass Regions
  • Turtle-Flambeau Flowage
  • Flambeau River
  • Mercer
  • Winchester
  • Springstead




Fishing Reports

Northwoods Bass Fishing Report, Late August thru September 2017

The bite recently has been extraordinary. In the past few weeks, we’ve caught a PB near 7-pounder, a handful of 21’s, and a number of 17-20’s. Great weather can lead to great fishing. The activity and behavior of bass is correlative to the weather and conditions of their environments. When conditions are stable, fish locations […]


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Please contact us by phone or email to inquire about a trip. Full and Half Day bass fishing trips are available upon request from second Saturday of May through second Saturday of October. Thank you very much for considering our services and hopefully we will see you on the water.