Bayfield County is a fisherman’s paradise with its abundance of lakes, rivers, and streams offering a diverse range of fishing experiences–not to mention the Big Lake itself!  From fly fishing to ice fishing, there’s something for every angler in the Northland.  The area is known for its variety of fish species including walleye, northern pike, and bass, while Lake Superior is known for its hearty population of sturgeon and trout and is considered one of the top spots in the state.  The nearby Sioux River is a premier destination for steelhead trout–the options are endless as long as you have a sense of adventure and exploration!

Immerse yourself in nature and enjoy the peace and serenity of the great outdoors, or seek adventure in the waves, rivers, and rapids.  Seasoned anglers and beginners both will love Northern Wisconsin as the perfect destination for a fishing trip.

Visit the Washburn Area Chamber to request information on local fishing, our marinas, and boat registration, or stop by:

  • Washburn Area Chamber

100 W Bayfield Street

Washburn, WI


Various resident and non-resident fishing passes are required for anyone over the age of 15.  Passes can be purchased at the following locations:

137 W Bayfield Street

Washburn, WI 54806

For more information on fishing regulations and licensing visit the Wisconsin DNR.

Check here for fishing tips on Chequamegon Bay or create an account to view an interactive fishing map of the area.

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