Guide To Fishing At Lake Pepin
AKA: Pepin Lake
Straddling the state border with Minnesota, Lake Pepin is a 25,000-acre section of the Mississippi River running from Red Wing to Reads Landing. Anglers from both states, and visitors, fish these 50 miles of shoreline in search of smallmouth bass, northern pike and white bass.
Lake Pepin is a natural widening of the Mississippi River located in the western part of Wisconsin, between the towns of Lake City, Minnesota and Pepin, Wisconsin. It offers a diverse fishing experience and is known for its abundance of popular fish species.
Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are among the sought-after game fish in Lake Pepin. Anglers can target these bass species along the rocky shorelines, submerged structures, and around the numerous backwaters and bays of the lake. Techniques such as casting crankbaits, spinnerbaits, or plastic worms can yield success in landing these spirited fighters.
Walleye and sauger are also popular species in Lake Pepin. Anglers target these fish using a variety of techniques such as trolling with crankbaits or live bait rigs, jigging with minnows or artificial baits, or drift fishing with jigs and plastics. The lake's structure, including deep holes, points, and drop-offs, provide ideal habitats for these species.
Saugeye, a hybrid between walleye and sauger, can also be found in Lake Pepin. These aggressive fish provide exciting angling opportunities and can be targeted using similar techniques as walleye and sauger.
Flathead catfish and channel catfish are popular among catfish enthusiasts. Lake Pepin provides excellent habitat for these bottom-dwelling species. Anglers often use live bait such as cut bait or stinkbaits to entice these catfish.
Black crappie, northern pike, yellow perch, and bluegill are other popular fish species in Lake Pepin. Anglers can find black crappie around submerged structures and can target them using small jigs or minnows. Northern pike can be caught using spoons, spinners, or large jerkbaits, while yellow perch and bluegill are commonly targeted using small jigs, worms, or live bait near weed beds and structures.
Lake Pepin offers ample opportunities for boating and camping. Its expansive waters provide plenty of space for boaters to explore, fish, and enjoy various water activities. Campers can find campgrounds and recreational facilities along the lake, allowing them to experience the beauty of the surroundings and enjoy a peaceful camping experience.
Lake Pepin in western Wisconsin offers a diverse fishing experience with popular fish species including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, sauger, saugeye, flathead catfish, channel catfish, black crappie, northern pike, yellow perch, and bluegill. With its scenic beauty, abundant fishing opportunities, and boating and camping facilities, Lake Pepin is a favorite destination for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts seeking an enjoyable and memorable fishing adventure.
Marinas and boat landings are open to the boating public, and rental boats, bait, tackle, camping and lodging are available at the lake. Colvill Park, Frontenac State Park and Hok-Si-La Municipal Park and Campground afford access for fishing from the bank.
What to fish for...
Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, sauger, saugeye, bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, spotted sunfish, white bass, yellow perch and northern pike at Lake Pepin in Wisconsin.
Primary fish species residing in Lake Pepin
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Lake Pepin Amenities
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
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Fishing Boat Rentals
Red Wing Marina & Boat Rental
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoons
River Valley Marina and Boat Rentals
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings
Bay City Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Park Street, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.
Lake Pepin Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Lakeshore Drive, at Roschen Park, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.
Lake Pepin Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, north side, off Prarie Street, this is a six-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.
303 1st St
Pepin, WI 54759
Red Wing Marina
918 Levee Road
Red Wing, MN 55066
Click here for a Wisconsin Fishing License.
Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby
Lake Pepin Campgrounds - 651 345-2909
Hok-Si-La Campground - 651 345-3855
Lake Pepin WI Map - Fishing & Camping Areas
Hok-Si-La Municipal Park and Campground
2500 U.S. Hwy 61
Lake City, MN 55041
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Lake Pepin in WI
General Fishing Info
Fishing for smallmouth bass, northern pike and white bass in western WI.