Guide To Great Trout Fishing Locations In Wisconsin
All about fishing for rainbow, brook, brown and lake trout in local lakes and streams.
Most trout fishing in Wisconsin is conducted on the banks of rivers and streams. Some ponds, parks and small lakes have natural or stocked populations of trout. A few of the major lakes in the state have significant trout populations - they are Beaver Dam Lake, Big Green Lake, Green Lake, Lake Geneva, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Some of the major lakes, as well as smaller lakes and ponds, are stocked with trout, and many of these offer ice fishing in winter.
Trout Species In The State
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 12 lbs 3 oz
World record: 14 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 9 lbs 15 oz
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 18 lbs 6 oz
World record: 72 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 35 lbs 4 oz
Click the images and links above for species details.
Select the best trout lures and baits
Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.
Wisconsin Trout Records
The state record rainbow trout was caught from Elbow Lake.
The state record brook trout was taken out of the Prairie River.
The state record brown trout came from Lake Geneva.
The state record lake trout was caught in Green Lake.
Visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website for schedules and details regarding trout stocking in Wisconsin.
Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.
Additional trout information
The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.
Trout locations and info, by state.
The habits of trout.
Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Wisconsin waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.