Bayfield County is one of the most scenic fishing destinations in the country. Fishing the Big Lake is certainly a draw, but many anglers are surprised and happy to realize that within an hour drive of Superior’s shores, there is some of the finest inland lake fishing Northern Wisconsin has to offer on lakes like Namekagon, Owen, the Pike Chain, Eau Claire Chain, and many smaller waters. Fly anglers can fish any of the Big Lake’s tributaries, including the world famous Brule, or try an inland trout stream such as the White or Namekagon rivers.

Bayfield County is the perfect place to come for an abundance of fishing opportunities throughout the year:


Early ice on Lake Superior offers great shallow-water fishing for a multitude of species. By late January, deepwater “bobbing” for Lake Trout out in the Apostle Islands begins.


Peak opportunities for spring fishing are in May. Inland fishing also heats up with the spawning seasons and relatively easy fishing close to shore.


Summertime is Lake Trout time on Superior. Trollers head out into the Apostle Islands, South Shore, and the flats east of Madeline Island. Inland lakes are fun to explore and fish all summer long.


Fall is one of the best times to fish –the lakes are less crowded and fish start feeding well in preparation for winter. Stream fishing gets good for big, mature fish.