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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, white bass, yellow perch, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout and northern pike at Geneva Lake in Wisconsin.

Geneva Lake, WI

Offering both warm-water and coldwater fish species, Geneva Lake provides an exciting array of fishing opportunities. Over 20 miles of shoreline surround this 5,300-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Lake Geneva, WI.

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Located in southeastern Wisconsin, Geneva Lake is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts. Nestled in the picturesque town of Lake Geneva, this lake offers a diverse range of fishing opportunities for anglers of all skill levels.

One of the prized catches in Geneva Lake is the trout species. Anglers can target rainbow trout, brown trout, and lake trout, which are regularly stocked in the lake. These trout species provide exciting challenges for anglers, with their cunning nature and propensity for putting up a fight. Trolling with spoons or spinners, fly fishing with streamers or nymphs, or using live bait are common techniques employed to entice these trout.

Both largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are abundant in Geneva Lake. The lake's structure, including rocky shorelines, submerged vegetation, and drop-offs, provide excellent habitats for these bass species. Anglers can try their luck with a variety of lures and baits, such as plastic worms, crankbaits, or topwater lures, to target these bass and experience the thrill of a successful catch.

Walleye and channel catfish are also popular gamefish in Geneva Lake. These species can be found near submerged structures, weed edges, and deep holes. Anglers often employ techniques such as jigging, live bait rigging, or trolling with crankbaits to entice these fish.

Black crappie, white crappie, northern pike, yellow perch, and bluegill are also common catches in Geneva Lake. These species can be targeted near weed beds, submerged trees, and other underwater structures. Anglers can use a variety of baits and lures, including jigs, minnows, or small spinners, to entice these panfish and enjoy a productive day of fishing.

Geneva Lake in southeastern Wisconsin offers a wide array of fishing opportunities. With popular fish species such as rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, channel catfish, crappie, pike, perch, and bluegill, anglers can enjoy a diverse and rewarding fishing experience. The presence of boating and camping facilities further enhances the appeal of Geneva Lake, making it a favorite destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

During the cold of winter, when there is safe ice, locals do plenty of ice fishing. Late spring, summer and fall offer some of the best boating and fishing in the area. Anglers can fish for bass, trout, walleye, northern pike, crappie and sunfish. Big Foot Beach State Park offers access to the shoreline for fishing from the bank as well as launching of canoes and kayaks. Marinas and boat rental outlets offer pontoons, pleasure boats, jet skis, water ski boats and numerous varieties of fishing boats for rent. The Lake Geneva Shore Path also provides access for bank fishing. There are several boat ramps available to the public, located around the lake.

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Primary fish species residing in Geneva Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish White Bass Yellow Perch Rainbow trout Brown trout Lake trout Northern pike

Geneva Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NO
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: YES

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Geneva Lake is not only a great fishing spot but also offers excellent opportunities for boating and camping. Anglers can explore the expansive lake, access various fishing spots, and enjoy the scenic views from their boats. The lake's shoreline provides camping facilities, allowing anglers to extend their fishing trips and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Clear Water Outdoor Kayak Rental
Rentals: Kayaks
262 203-1510

Jerry's Majestic Marine Rentals
Rentals: Pontoon boats
262 275-5222

Marina Bay Boat Rentals
Rentals: Pontoon boats
262 248-4477

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Flat Iron Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off Wrigley Drive, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and no parking.

Fontana Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, west side, off Lake Street, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Linn Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Linn Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Williams Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off E Geneva Street, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.


Abbey Marina
271 Fontana Blvd
Fontana-On-Geneva Lake, WI 53125
262 394-5544

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Campgrounds & RV Parks

Big Foot Beach State Park - 888 947-2757

Geneva Lake WI Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Geneva Lake
Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce
201 Wrigley Dr
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
262 248-4416


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Bass, trout, walleye, northern pike, crappie and sunfish all await anglers at Geneva Lake in southeast Wisconsin.

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