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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, yellow perch, musky and northern pike at Pewaukee Lake in Wisconsin.

Pewaukee Lake, WI

Giant musky, quality largemouth bass and plentiful walleye attract fishing enthusiasts to Pewaukee Lake, a 2,400-acre lake in southeast WI, 5 miles north of Waukesha. Other fish species residing here include crappie, northern pike, perch and sunfish.

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Pewaukee Lake is located in southeastern Wisconsin, in Waukesha County. It is a popular fishing destination known for its diverse range of fish species and excellent angling opportunities.

Walleye fishing on Pewaukee Lake is highly regarded, attracting both local and visiting anglers. The lake's structure, including points, weed beds, and drop-offs, provides ideal habitat for walleye. Anglers can target walleye using techniques such as trolling with crankbaits or live bait rigs, casting with jigs or swimbaits, or jigging with minnows.

Muskie, the apex predator of Pewaukee Lake, is another prized fish species that draws anglers seeking a thrilling challenge. The lake is known for producing trophy-sized muskie. Casting large jerkbaits, bucktail spinners, or topwater lures are popular methods used to entice these powerful fish.

Largemouth and smallmouth bass are abundant in Pewaukee Lake, offering anglers the opportunity to catch quality fish. Largemouth bass are often found near weed beds, submerged structures, and shoreline cover, while smallmouth bass tend to relate to rocky areas and drop-offs. Anglers can target these bass species using techniques such as casting plastic worms, crankbaits, or topwater lures.

Sauger, a close relative of walleye, can also be found in Pewaukee Lake. Anglers can employ similar techniques used for walleye fishing to target sauger successfully, particularly near river channels or areas with moderate current.

Flathead and channel catfish are popular fish species for those seeking a catfishing adventure on Pewaukee Lake. These catfish species can be targeted using live bait such as cut bait, live minnows, or nightcrawlers. Fishing near submerged structures, deep holes, or along the channel edges can yield success in landing these strong fighters.

Black and white crappie, northern pike, yellow perch, and bluegill are other popular fish species found in Pewaukee Lake. Anglers can target these species using various techniques, including jigging with small jigs or minnows, casting with spinners or crankbaits, or using live bait rigs. These fish can often be found near weed beds, submerged structures, or drop-offs.

Pewaukee Lake in southeastern Wisconsin is a popular fishing destination offering excellent opportunities to catch a variety of fish species, including walleye, muskie, largemouth bass, sauger, flathead catfish, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, northern pike, yellow perch, and bluegill. With its scenic beauty, diverse fishing options, and opportunities for boating and camping, Pewaukee Lake attracts anglers and outdoor enthusiasts looking for a memorable fishing experience in Wisconsin.

Launch your boat at one of the two the public boat ramp to go water skiing, boating, sightseeing or fishing. Cruise over 10 miles of shoreline enjoying the view or fishing for shallow fish.

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Primary fish species residing in Pewaukee Lake

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Largemouth bass Black crappie White Crappie Walleye Bluegill Green Sunfish Pumpkinseed Sunfish Rock Bass Yellow Perch Muskie Northern Pike

Pewaukee Lake Amenities

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

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Pewaukee Lake is a favorite destination for boating and camping. It offers ample opportunities for recreational activities on the water, including water skiing, tubing, and cruising. There are boat ramps and marinas available for easy access, as well as campgrounds and resorts nearby for those looking to spend more time in the area.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Lakeview Blvd Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the southeast side of the lake, off Lakeview Blvd, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.

Pewaukee Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off Maple Avenue, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Naga-Waukee Park Campground - 262 646-3555

Pewaukee Lake WI Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Pewaukee Lake
Naga-Waukee Park
651 WI-83
Hartland, WI 53029
262 646-3555


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Fishing for musky, bass and walleye in southeast WI.

Pewaukee Lake, in Wisconsin.