By Mark Crawford
Special to TravelWisconsin.com
One of the best ways to spend quality time with your father is fishing—even if not many words are spoken. A day on the water, drinks in the cooler, time to reminisce and reflect, scenery and wildlife passing by—they all make for a memorable outing on Father's Day. However, the experience is even better if Dad catches the kind of fish he likes—and lots of them. Depending on his preferences, here are some great choices for a Father's Day on the water in Wisconsin.
Big St. Germain Lake – Vilas County
When most folks think of big fish, they think "Up North." Northern lakes are loaded with big game fish. This lake in Vilas County consistently delivers good action and trophy sizes—especially for muskie, northern pike, walleye, trout and largemouth bass.
Lake Tomahawk – Oneida County
This 3,392-acre lake in one of the Northwoods' finest, especially for catching smallmouth bass. Other fish include pike, perch, bluegills, walleye and lake whitefish. Muskies lurk in the deeper sections (up to 84 feet) of the lake.
Beaver Dam Lake – Dodge County
Loaded with scrappy bluegills and crappies, Beaver Dam Lake is well known for its hot panfish action. Although a spacious 6,718 acres on the surface, the lake only has a maximum depth of seven feet. Other fish species are bass, pike and walleye.
Green Lake – Green Lake County
Some of the best largemouth bass fishing in Wisconsin happens at Green Lake. At 236 feet, it is also the deepest natural inland lake in Wisconsin. These cool, dark waters shelter impressive species such as lake sturgeon, lake trout, rainbow trout and muskie.
Lake Geneva – Walworth County
You never know what will be at the end of the line in Lake Geneva. Thanks to its excellent bottom structure and abundant food and nutrients, the lake supports one of the greatest varieties of fish in the state—especially walleye, pike, bluegill and crappie.
Fishing can take a lot of preparation—assembling gear and tackle, hauling or renting a boat, and buying and storing food. And if you're boat-less, casting off from shore can be limiting. If you want to eliminate the work and hassle and maximize time with Dad, consider booking a fishing charter on the two Great Lakes Wisconsin has to offer: Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.
All you have to do is climb aboard—they do all the rest and take you to the hottest fishing spots. You get to hang shoulder to shoulder with dad, telling stories, watching the water, holding a cool drink, and (hopefully) reeling in big fish. It doesn't get much better than that (well, actually it does—they clean the fish, too).
Have a wonderful Father's Day on the water.