Activities

Fishing the Natural Rivers & Lakes Around the Dells

Outdoor fishing is a great activity for any age. Some people like to catch and release, whereas others like to cook up their fish for a delicious dinner. Whether you like tranquility and peace or the satisfaction of catching your own fish, the Wisconsin Dells area is surrounded by many places to cast a line, sit back, and enjoy some quality Wisconsin fishing!

Lake Delton offers 254 acres of Northern Pike, Bass, Walleye, and Panfish. Rent yourself a pontoon on the south end of Lake Delton at Dells Watersports or on the north end of the lake at Schleef’s Pontoon Rentals. Spend the day fishing as you watch Duck boat tours in the distance. There’s a lot of activity in the summertime on Lake Delton, so the fish are active and biting!

North of the Kilbourn Dam in Wisconsin Dells is know as the Upper Wisconsin River. On the Upper Wisconsin River just north of the Dells, you’ll find Holiday Shores Watersports. Enjoy pontoon rentals and pleasure boat rentals for your fishing trip as well as other recreational rentals for summer fun on the river. Across the river is River Bay Resort. Enjoy a day on the water in a row boat or pontoon for your fishing excursion. At that point on the Upper Wisconsin River, the river widens to over a half mile wide, making plenty of room for catching fish swimming upstream and downstream.

On the Lower Wisconsin River, south of the Dam is River’s Edge Resort. They offer fishing boats, motorized fishing boats, as well as a full bait shop. On the river, the most popular fish to catch are Walleye, Pike, Muskie, Smallmouth Bass, White Striper Bass, and panfish. After your day on the water, enjoy a delicious meal at River’s Edge Pub & Grub.

At Mirror Lake State Park Rentals, enjoy great fishing from a 14’ aluminum row boat or your own rented pontoon. Mirror Lake is home to many different types of fish and the State Park features many different hiking trails, cross-country ski trails, off-road biking trails, and other activities for the nature enthusiast.

For those of you who are beginners at fishing, checkout B&H Trout Fishing and Bait Shop or Beaver Springs Fishing Park. Try your luck at their family-friendly ponds. Enjoy the thrill of catching fish and pay for what you catch by inch. No fishing license is required at either spot. 

Wisconsin Law requires all fisherman to carry an up to date fishing license. If you’re driving a motorized boat, either a Temporary Boaters Certificate or Boating License is required. Check with each business for particular rules and regulations.

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