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There are 15,074 documented lakes in Wisconsin. Of these, about 40 percent have been named. They range in size from small one-and two-acre ponds to 137,708-acre Lake Winnebago. They range in depth from a few feet to 350 feet for Wazee Lake. Lake Winnebago is the largest lake by volume and the lake with the longest shoreline. The largest man-made lake is Petenwell Lake, which was created by damming the Wisconsin River. Vilas County has the most lakes (1,318) and Brown and Outagamie counties the fewest (4). Many lakes have the same names, with 116 named Mud Lake.
In Wisconsin there are many, many Fishing Guides, Resorts, Hotels, Motels, Bait Shops and other means to help you enjoy your stay and be a successful fisherman in the Badger State. The 4 seasons of Wisconsin are some of the most beautiful around. Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter are all good times to be on the water fishing somewhere in the state.
The Spring Walleye runs on the major river systems are always a good bet for you to hook that big 8 pound trophy walleye. The peak times for the Walleye runs are actually determined by water temperature, but typically during a "normal" spring, late March thru Mid May are the best times to catch the elusive trophy walleye. The Wisconsin, Mississippi, Fox and Wolf rivers are some of the best rivers in the state to find not only walleye, but Sauger, whitebass, smallmouth bass, crappie, jumbo perch, bluegill and catfish.