The smallmouth bass is our go to species to fish for in the area around Presque Isle, Boulder Junction, Manitowsh, and Sayner.  You would be hard pressed to find an area in North America that offered such a variety of bodies of water to fish.  Many of these bodies of waters are small and often overlooked by anglers targeting smallies via boat.  Our stealthy kayaks are the perfect way to explore and target trophy smallmouth bass.  Keep in mind that the average smallmouth bass will run in the 12-inch to 15-inch range.  We consider anything over 18-inches from the kayak to be a great trophy!  


Below you can read about special regulations in place to keep the trophy smallmouth fishery alive in Wisconsin’s Northwoods.

Please Note:  We practice catch and release on all smallmouth bass.


  • In Vilas County, the State has implemented an 18-inch minimum on smallmouth and largemouth bass. See the list of lakes below.
  • The State has special rules in the Northern zones to help promote catch and release fishing for trophy bass.  Smallmouth bass can not be kept until June 20th.
  • Big Muskellunge Lake
  • Ellerson Lake, East
  • Ellerson Lake, Middle
  • Gunlock Lake
  • Little Bass Lake ~ S15, T40N, R8E
  • Papoose Lake
  • Plum Lake
  • Salsich Lake
  • Sparkling Lake
  • Trout Lake
  • Wabasso Lake
  • West Plum Lake
  • Whitney Lake
  • White Sand Lake – Hwy K ~ T42N, R7E, S27