Lake Wissota Wisconsin


Over the past forty years, I have fished this lake many times. I have stayed in cabins, motels and the state campgrounds. There are several boat launches on the lake, and most are free. The surrounding towns are close and have many places to eat and shop. As far as the fishing goes, this lake is indeed a “Fish Hatchery!” It’s loaded with Walleye, Musky, Smallmouth Bass and all species of pan fish. Trolling is allowed on the lake and is a super productive method to limit out on walleye! Although I have never caught a Musky over twenty pounds on the lake, it’s not difficult to catch them in the 36 to 45 inch range. Fact is, if you are still looking for your first legal Musky, I can’t think of a better lake to nail one.

Don’t expect to catch walleyes above ten pounds, as most will range from 2 t0 4 pounds. Most of the time there is no problem limiting out. In addition, if fishing for catfish is your bag,  there are plenty of big flat-heads just about anywhere on the lake…..A fishing buddy of mine caught one about 26 pounds  on a jig and minnow fishing for Walleye.

Trolling a jointed size 7 or 9 Rapala in all colors with flat lines and planer boards are a sure fire way to catch your limit in  a short period of time in the Spring…..Keeping the lures just above the weeds. Don’t be surprised if you tie into a good sized Small Mouth, Musky or Northern.

 Driving from Chicago to Lake Wissota takes about 5 1/2 hours  and is about 280 miles as the crow flies.

Lake Wissota is located 5 miles east of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin on off of County Road X. Exits for Lake Wissota are also accessible from Highway 29, east of Chippewa Falls.

The lake was formed in 1915 from a small pond into a 6,024 acre lake with a depth of 72 feet by the Wisconsin Minnesota Power Company as a tool in producing hydroelectric power.

Lake Wissota is a popular destination for many activities. Home of Lake Wissota State Park, many campgrounds, hiking, biking and snowmobile trials, fine restaurants, and bed and breakfasts. The state park is located off of County Highway O, on the north side of Lake Wissota. There is a decent beach for the kids and a free boat ramp just off the camp grounds for boaters.

If you have a family and you like camping, this lake is the place to go…..The kids will have no problem catching fish, and who knows, you might even catch a wall hanger. My cousin once lived on this lake and caught an 18 pound walleye back in the day.

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