Wisconsin Bait and Tackle Shops

The early angler gets the worms… minnows, bobbers and hooks. Bait shops across Wisconsin are all geared up for the season. So before you put the boat in the lake and motor to your favorite (or secret) fishing hole – be sure to stop at one of these not-so-ordinary bait shops to get that lucky lure, line, license and a whole lot more.

River Rock Inn and Bait ShopAshland

This is definitely one of the more unique full-service bait shops around. They carry tackle, artificial lures and all sorts of live bait; you can get your fishing line put on your reel and purchase your fishing licenses. And, in case it just wasn’t your day, they carry freshly caught local fish. They’re conveniently connected to a cozy and clean inn that overlooks Lake Superior’s gorgeous Chequamegon Bay and the Apostle Islands – a perfect angler’s retreat. If big water isn’t your thing, head to one of the nearby inland lakes and rivers including the highly fishable Pike Lake Chain.

Aquatic Arts Fishing Pro Shop ­– Tomahawk

From crawlers and flatheads to an extensive selection of accessories, this bait shop will lure you back in time and time again. They even have a 24-hour live bait vending machine for your late night fishing needs. Interested in a fishing guide? Aquatic Arts has the area’s largest staff of professional guides. And if you’re looking for a place to stay, there is a motel right next door. But don’t get caught up by the name  – the Baits Motel is fishing themed.

D & S Bait, Tackle & ArcheryMadison

Talk about a keeper – D & S has been helping outfit the Madison area for over 20 years! In addition to all the standard supplies, D & S offers guide services and provides all the equipment and bait. During the spring and summer season, (April – July), they host free fishing seminars at 7:00pm on Thursday evenings. Listen to local experts talk about their tactics and offer recommendations and thoughts on Madison area lakes and rivers. If you can’t make a seminar, be sure to ask about the local fishing report and key feeding times before launching your boat.

Schafer's Boats & Bait LLCOnalaska

Find a complete line of tackle, a wide variety of live bait and purchase your fishing license from this lakeside shop. They have a fish-cleaning house is located onsite so you can fillet your freshly caught fish and leave the mess behind. Schafer’s also offers boat rentals and has a fleet of different styles to choose from: fish the lake in comfort or paddle for pan fish.

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