By Jon Giacalone
Located in Sheboygan County, Long Lake is a 423-acre lake with moderately clear water conditions and a maximum depth of 47 feet. Fish found here include bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, walleye, and northern pike.
Visitors have access to the lake from a public boat landing, as well as public beaches on the east side contained within the Long Lake Recreation Area, a campground with 16 campsites offering electrical hookups, toilets and shower facilities, picnic areas and an open-air shelter.
The summer months can be very busy in this area due to the numerous recreational opportunities that abound including camping, hiking, swimming, biking and of course, fishing. Be sure to plan your on-the-water adventures accordingly.
Interactive Lake Map
For a more detailed lake map and up-to-the-minute fishing reports, follow the Long Lake waterway page on Fishidy.
Here are some tips for locating and catching fish on Long Lake:
- During summer, night fishing for largemouth bass with large (3/8 to 1/2 ounce) single bladed spinnerbaits or topwater baits is suggested. Hit both the inside and outside weed edges, weed pockets and inside turns.
- During summer and early fall, look to the deep weed edges to provide the most consistent action. Skip Texas rigged plastic worms under docks and swimming platforms for largemouth bass. Blue, grape or black plastic worms in the 4-inch size are recommended.
- In spring, slip bobber rigs and live bait take walleye from the shallow green weeds at the north end of the lake.
- During spring, northern pike, largemouth bass and panfish relate to the weed growth at the mouth of the channel to Tittle Lake.
- Crappie and bluegill move into boating channels and shallow bays in early spring. After spawning, the larger fish suspend in deep water adjacent to the weed edge. A depthfinder is helpful in locating suspended fish and determining the correct depths to fish. Vertical presentations with small jigs tipped with live bait and slip bobber rigs are effective.
- The quick drop-off around the small, midlake hump toward the southern end of the lake attracts northern pike and walleye. The best action occurs during mid-summer, early or late in the day.