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Where, When, and What

The water

Just a few brief descriptions of some of the lakes and rivers that you may choose to fish with Fish Bones Guide Service. Also the Seasons and a description of what you may catch.

Where the Fish are

Wisconsin River backwater.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

The Wisconsin River System

  1. Petenwell dam, downriver into Castle Rock Lake: The Petenwell Dam is a hotspot for a multitude of species. The Walleye run in the spring is not to be missed. Starting in late Feb. into early March, (depending on the spring) limits of eater walleye can be caught and always the chance of trophy 30+ inch fish. Later spring comes the White Bass run (time of run depends on water temps). If you want your arms to get tired from catching fish, the White Bass run is for you! April is post spawn Walleye action. After the spawn, the Walleye action heats up once again as they try to regain body fat lost from spawning. Summer means Channel cats, Smallmouth Bass, Muskie, and also a few Walleye. During Fall (late Sept. into Nov.), the Walleye action heats up once again as they put on the feedbag in preparation for winter. 
  2. Castle Rock Dam and downriver waters: Castle Rock Dam is another Spring Walleye gem. Starting again in late Feb. into March, limits of eater Walleye can be caught. Summer is Smallmouth and Muskie with a mixed bag of catfish and panfish to be expected as well. During Fall (late Sept. into Nov.), the Walleye action heats up once again as they put on the feed in preparation for winter. 
  3.  Wisconsin Dells Dam aka Kilbourn Dam and downriver: Spring Walleye and Sauger action can be hot. Starting in late Feb. the Walleye and Sauger start migrating upstream. Limits of eater Walleye and Sauger can be caught and the occasional 30+ inch 10 lb fish are caught every spring. Spring catches also include the occasional Pike, Muskie and Sturgeon. Summer is dominated by Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, Flathead Catfish and Pike. Starting the first Saturday in Sept. is the Wisconsin Sturgeon Season. Both day and night trips available with trips producing 30+ fish per trip trips and fish of 50 inches or more caught on a regular basis. Late Sept. into Nov. the Walleye and Sauger action heats up once again as they feed heavily in preparation for winter.

Mirror Lake and Mirror Lake State Park

Mirror Lake is a 139 acre lake located just outside of the Wisconsin Dells. This lake is always "slow no wake" so no need to worry about water skiers and jet skies. Late April, May and even early June the Bluegills go onto their spawning beds and that means fast action for kids and adults alike. Throw in the occasional Perch and Crappie,  and a fine meal can be caught in a matter of hours. Summer means top water Bass and Pike action as well. Mirror Lake is a personal favorite of Captain Owen.

Devils Lake Fishing

Devils lake is a 368 acre lake located just South of Baraboo. The lake has a maximum depth of about 50 feet. Devils Lake is a non-motorized lake so no motorboats or jet skies. Trout, Bass and Panfish can be caught from Spring into winter. Devils Lake currently has special regulations in place so that Bass less than 14 inches and 1 fish greater than 18 inches may be kept. Trout dominate Devils Lake, however. If you are looking for a tasty meal for the grill or frying pan, I suggest the trout of Devils Lake. Averaging around 13 inches, the meat is orange from the clean water. 

Lake Redstone and Dutch Hollow Lakes

  1. Lake Redstone is a 650 acre lake located 23 miles West of Wisconsin Dells. Spring is Crappie time! Lake Redstone is also home to a healthy Bass and Walleye population and is very popular with the locals from Spring to Fall. Lake Redstone is also a premier local Muskie lake.
  2. Dutch Hollow Lake is a 172 acre lake located 26 miles to the West of Wisconsin Dells. Dutch Hollow Lake is loaded with Panfish and Bass and is another favorite of the locals. In Spring, the panfish hit the beds and fast action can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Dutch Hollow Lake also holds an abundance of Largemouth Bass and many hours can be spent casting the shorelines at a variety of Bass-holding structures. Throw in the occasional Pike and Walleye and Dutch Hollow seldom disappoints.

Fog rising over a early morning on the Wisconsin River.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Lake Camelot

Lake Camelot is a 393 acre lake located 42 miles North of Wisconsin Dells. This Lake holds Largemouth Bass Walleye, Panfish, and Pike, but is a favorite of mine for fast-action Spring Bass. This lake holds loads of 12 to 16 inch Bass with always the possibility of a trophy. 

Delton Lake, Lake Delton

Delton Lake is a 249 acre lake located in the heart of the Dells. Delton Lake holds Pike, Bass, Panfish and Walleye. Although not as popular with the locals due to boat traffic, this lake holds a few monster Pike and Walleye as well as a healthy Panfish population

Lake Mason

Lake Mason is a 882 acre lake located 10 miles East of Wisconsin Dells. Lake Mason offers an awesome spring Panfish bite and in the summer offers excellent Bass and Pike fishing as well as an occasional Muskie! 

Cranberry Bogs

If you want a truly unique fishing experience, one that only Wisconsin can offer, hit up the Warren area Cranberry Bogs.  The Warrens area offers Cranberry Bog fishing for Largemouth Bass and Panfish. True trophy Largemouth inhabit these backwater haunts.. Topwater action available in the Summer with the occasional monster Pike making a toothy appearance. Panfishing can be phenomenal as well.  

Trout fishing on the local Creeks and rivers

If you want to brave the wilds of Wisconsin after truly wild Trout, this is the trip for you! Fisherman will experience true Trout fishing the way I was taught by my Grandfather over 30 years ago. I warn you that this type of fishing is not for the lazy fisherperson. You will earn your catch, and at the end the day, be ready for a hearty meal and a comfortable bed. Inquire for additional details!

Jordan Lake

Jordan Lake is a 233 acre lake located 15 miles Northeast of Wisconsin Dells. Jordan Lake has a maximum depth of 92 feet and has a healthy population of Bass, Pike and Panfish as well as Trout and Walleye. Sight fishing is a popular technique on this lake during Spring and Summer since the water is exceptionally clear.