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Gaze at the sight of a musky lurking far below your boat, and you’ll know you picked the right place for a fishing trip. The impossibly clear water might be reason enough to plan a fishing trip to Land O’ Lakes. The spectacular hardwood and coniferous background scenery is another good excuse to launch a boat. The range of fishing possibilities, from wild backcountry lakes to expansive chains and rivers is also something that tempts any serious fisherman.
But, of course, there’s really one reason why people fish Land O’ Lakes, and it’s as obvious as the firm tug on your line. This is a place with a lot of fish. Land O’ Lakes is surrounded by hundreds of glacial lakes and wild rivers that are home to trophy musky and walleye, smallmouth and largemouth bass, lake and stream trout, northern pike and panfish. In the winter, you’ll see familiar shanties dot the lakes as devoted ice fishermen brave the elements for their next big catch.
One popular fishing spot is the Cisco Chain of Lakes, a 15-lake chain that crosses the border into Michigan. It offers great fishing for walleye, musky, northern pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass and panfish. You’ll find more than 40 fishing lakes in the Land O’ Lakes area including Lac Vieux Desert, one of the largest lakes in the area, at 4,260 acres. The lake is the headwaters of the Wisconsin River and musky, walleye, bass and panfish are common. Forest, Palmer, Black Oak, Big Portage and High Lakes all have nice aluminum piers that make launching your boat easy.
You can also find some good shore fishing near town. The Land O’ Lakes Public Fishing Pier is a good bet for casting a line. To find the dock, head west of town 7.5 miles on County B. Turn north on Wood Lake Road and you’ll find the pier about 200 yards off the highway. It’s a small lake filled with panfish. All the bait and gear you need is available locally.
Scores of other fishing options can be found in the lakes and rivers that create beautiful breaks in the expansive wilderness that surrounds Land O’ Lakes. Fish these waters and you’ll likely come up with a few of your own reasons why the fishing here is so fantastic. Just remember to mind your line.
Land O’ Lakes Fishing Guides