Regional Reports-Midwest

Shawano Lake

Lunker largemouth bass, huge walleyes and northern pike, plus plenty of bluegills, perch and crappies, may fill your cooler when you follow eastern Wisconsin's Highway 29 to the very productive 6,200-acre Shawano Lake. Here you'll find bass and bluegills in shallow water during the early spawn. "Jigs work well in 20 feet of water, and everything works in shallow water," says fisheries biologist Ross Langhurst. "Early in the season use crawlers first, then switch to leeches in July. Working the reed edges in the evening is the best tactic." Bring your boat because fishing from shore is virtually impossible. Nonresident fishing licenses include annual, 4-day, 15-day and family licenses. Regulations include a statewide 14-inch largemouth bass minimum and a 15-inch minimum for walleyes. Anglers are allowed five bass, walleyes and northern pike, along with 25 panfish. Contact: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (715-526-4227).