Fishing in Bayfield, Wisconsin

Fishing is a great way to relax while cultivating a bond with people you care about and has become a popular pastime for those celebrating bachelor and bachelorette parties or honeymoons. Whether you and yours are seeking monster lake trout or hoping to limit out on delicious, eater-size walleye, fishing in Bayfield, Wisconsin, is some of the best in the Upper Midwest. From the shores of Chequamegon Bay to the inland lakes and streams of Northern Wisconsin, there are a multitude of angling options available to make your stay at Old Rittenhouse Inn even more memorable. 

Lake Superior Fishing

The most significant advantage of fishing in Bayfield, Wisconsin, is the immediate access anglers have to the world’s largest freshwater body, Lake Superior. Living up to its namesake, Superior has a surface area of 31,700 square miles—about the size of South Carolina—and an average depth of 483 feet, maxing out at 1,333 feet deep. Let’s put it this way; there is enough water in Lake Superior to cover all North and South America with up to a foot of water! With such a massive ecosystem, Superior is home to over 80 species of fish, including highly coveted species of salmon and bass, trout, walleye, northern pike, muskellunge, and smelt.

Chequamegon Bay

Chequamegon Bay—or The Cheque—has become a well-known destination for fishing in Bayfield, Wisconsin, and the surrounding North Shore area. Located just off the south end of Lake Superior, it’s surrounded by the towns of Bayfield, Washburn, and Ashland and is a thriving smallmouth bass fishery. To supplement the excellent bass fishing, the cold-water lends itself to walleye, trout, and salmon too. Multiple public fishing docks and piers are scattered throughout the bay’s towns and villages, making trout, salmon, bass, and walleye commonly caught from shore during the early summer months.

Lake Superior Fishing Charters

There are plenty of Lake Superior fishing charters to choose from if you are looking for a knowledgeable guide to point you in the right direction. 

  • Beyond the Catch with Captain Tommy Hicks offers full and half-day fishing trips for friends, families, couples, and corporations. 
  • Bry the Fish Guy Guide Service with Captain Bryan Altendof has child-friendly fishing trips that include catch cleaning and filleting. 
  • Josh Teigen’s Fishing Guide Service offers multiple inland fishing opportunities and day trips to Lake Superior and Chequamegon Bay. River fish for trout or take your skills to the smaller inland lakes to target musky and other sportfish.

Old Rittenhouse Inn

So, fishing in Bayfield, Wisconsin, might not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning a stay at Old Rittenhouse Inn, but now you know what possibilities to complement your Northern Wisconsin getaway. From gourmet meals to cozy lakefront accommodations, your comfort is our highest priority, as casual elegance and scenic vistas await at this fine establishment. For more information on how we may facilitate your visit, please call 715-779-5111 or contact us online.