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Fishing

Forest County is rich in fishing opportunities. It offers 824 lakes and 82 trout streams, some of which are described below. The chart below (which is also printed in our visitor's guide) lists lakes and streams in Forest County. It indicates which lakes have public access. Size in acreage and depth of lakes; length of streams; and fish species present are also listed here.

Lakes and Trout Streams Chart
 
Forest County Fishing Calender

  • Panfish including Bluegill, Crappie, Pumpkinseed, Sunfish, Warmouth & Yellow Perch have continuous harvest seasons in Forest County in general inland waters.
  • Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass: Catch & Release: First Saturday in May through the Friday proceeding the third Saturday in June. Harvest: Third Saturday in June through the first Sunday in March of the following year.
  • Northern Pike: Harvest: First Saturday in May through the first Sunday in March of the following year.
  • Trout: Catch & Release: 5 AM on the first Saturday in March to the Sunday proceeding the first Saturday in May. Harvest: 5 AM on the first Saturday in May through September 30th.
  • Walleye: Harvest: The first Saturday in May through the first Sunday in March of the following year.

* You must also consult the current fishing regulations for information concerning bag limits and minimum length requirements for each species.