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Chippewa Flowage
15,300 acres of premier fishing in Sawyer County.
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway
over 92 miles of natural and scenic roverway.
Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area
scenic beauty and wild character in Iron County.
Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area
an island studded reservoir with truly wild flavor.
Wild Rivers
protected free-flowing rivers.
location in Wisconsin
Contact information
For information on the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area, contact:
Property Manager
Dept of Natural Resources
5291 N. Statehouse Circle
Mercer, Wisconsin 54547
715-476-7846 (office)
715-614-5120 (cell)

Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters AreaFishing

The Flowage provides the best of north woods fishing experiences. The Flowage supports a diversity of native warm water fish species including walleye, muskellunge, northern pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass, lake sturgeon, and various panfish species.


The Flowage is best known for its superb walleye fishery. Walleye are by far the most abundant gamefish and provide the majority of sport fish harvest. Natural reproduction and abundance of catchable size walleye are outstanding.

Black crappie has proven to provide some exceptional panfishing during the early summer months and through the ice. Like all crappie populations they are cyclic and when numbers are up fishing is tremendous.

Muskies provide outstanding trophy angling. In the past muskies in excess of 50 pounds have been caught. Annual stocking is used to supplement the limited natural reproduction.

Smallmouth bass provide quality fishing when action is slow for other species. "Smallies" in the Flowage are exceptionally heavy fish for their length.

Special regulations DNR PUB-LF-020 2020 [PDF] are used to protect and enhance certain fish species in the Flowage. Because of its unique character and outstanding fishery special size and bag limits help to assure its continued status as one of the best fisheries in the State. Consult the Wisconsin fishing regulations for complete regulations and watch for special regulations posted at the landings.

Last revised: Monday May 18 2020