Fishing the River
Good trout fishing exists on the Namekagon River above Hayward, WI. A variety of warm-water fish are caught in the remaining areas of the Riverway, including smallmouth bass, muskellunge, walleye and catfish. A Wisconsin fishing license is required. The St. Croix is a state boundary river and is referred to specifically in Minnesota and Wisconsin fishing regulations booklets.
The smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent on the river the past few years. Anglers have had luck with jigs and night crawlers as well as small spinners and floating rapalas. Feel free to call or email to find out how the fishing is!
Out of state or haven’t fished before? Enjoy the scenic river way fishing from a canoe for the WI DNR Free weekend. This years free fishing weekend is the first weekend in June. Click here for more details.
You can pick up copies of state fishing regulation booklets at Riverway visitor centers, or download copies from state Department of Natural Resources websites: www.dnr.state.mn.us or www.dnr.state.wi.us.