Musky Fishing in Northwestern Wisconsin

Whether you’re looking for a laid-back day of shoreline fishing, some active fly fishing in a rushing river, or even hoping to catch a trophy musky, you’ll find plenty of fantastic fishing opportunities around the Cable, WI area and throughout Northwestern Wisconsin.

Here’s what you need to know about fishing in Cable.

The Musky is Our State Fish

fishing for musky in northwestern wisconsin

The muskellunge (musky) is such a valued catch that we’ve named it our state fish! More world records have been landed right here than anywhere else, and the current record (69 pounds 11 ounces) was caught at the Chippewa Flowage.

Musky fishing is considered fairly challenging, thanks to the musky’s size, moodiness, and explosive strikes, which also makes it an alluring catch and draws anglers to the Northwestern Wisconsin area from across the state and country.

Where to Catch a Musky

musky fishing on a big lake in northwestern wisconsin

Northwestern Wisconsin has a tremendous number of lakes, rivers, and streams, many of which offer outstanding musky hunting. We’ve actually divided up our lakes into fishing classes based on their ability to yield trophy musky. Typically, large, deep, clear-water lakes are better for bigger (prize) musky, where smaller, shallower lakes with more vegetation often have more, but smaller, fish.

If you’re in search of a prize musky, you’ll want to head for a Class A1 lake, like Namekagon, Eau Claire Lakes, Grindstone, Lac Courte Oreilles, or the Chippewa Flowage. If you’re looking for a more consistent but maybe smaller catch, you’ll probably want to visit a Class A2 lake like Spider Lake or Diamond Lake, or even a Class B.

When to Drop a Line

musky fishing at sunset in northwestern wisconsin

We fish here year-round, spring and summer, fall and winter. However, we do have specific fishing seasons per fish, and for the musky, open season begins the first Saturday in May in the “Southern Zone” and the Saturday nearest Memorial Day in the “Northern Zone.” The “Northern Zone” season ends on November 30, and on December 31 in the “Southern Zone.”

The most productive musky fishing tends to be in the summer, when the water is at its warmest and the fish are active. However, since the water stays warm into the fall, this can also be a great time for musky fishing.

The Best Weather for Musky Fishing

fishing on an overcast day

Musky fishing tends to be best when the weather isn’t; good musky fishing days are often rainy or windy, or perhaps muggy and overcast. Changing conditions ahead of a storm are also often quite productive. Especially on larger lakes that see a lot of traffic, early mornings and later at night can also be good fishing times, since the lakes are quieter.

Where to Find a Musky

When you head out to a lake to fish, you might never land a catch if you’re looking in the wrong spot! Musky tend to be found around weed beds, over rock bars and dropoffs, and near shorelines with submerged wood or other protection. That being said, it’s possible to find musky just about anywhere in a lake!

Ready to Land Your Trophy Catch in Northwestern Wisconsin?

If you’re dreaming of musky fishing the beautiful lakes of Northwestern Wisconsin, then it’s time to contact McKinney Realty. We’re here to help you explore the area, discover its beautiful communities and lakes, and find the perfect home for your unique needs.

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