The area has almost too many fishing areas to list; from farm ponds to large flowage's to spring creeks to large rivers, the Holcombe area has it all! Some fun facts about Lake Holcombe:
- 4,320 Acre Lake
- 130 Miles of Shoreline
- 60 Foot Maximum Depth
- 35% of the Lake is Deeper than 20 Feet
- 80% Sand Bottom
- 10% Gravel Bottom
- 10% Muck Bottom
- Flowage is formed from the Holcombe Dam and is sourced by the Chippewa River, Jump River, and Flambeau River
- Fish found in Lake Holcombe include Musky, Northern Pike, Walleye, Crappie, Lake Sturgeon, Small Mouth Bass, Large Mouth Bass, Perch, Bluegill, and Channel Catfish
Small Mouth Bass
If the area has a true fishing gem, it would be its smallmouth fishing. Throughout the year, fishermen reporting 40-50 fish being caught per day is not uncommon. Another plus is the fact that most of the areas waters are in the “southern zone”, giving fisherman the chance to catch huge spawning smallies. 18“-21” fish are commonly caught.
Whether you like fishing in calm lakes , rapid rivers, or just a light current on the flowage, Lake Holcombe provides some of the best walleye fishing in the area.
The true “king of the northern waters” is abundant in the Lake Holcombe area. With many different lakes, as well as the Chippewa and Flambeau Rivers, the Holcombe area offers a diverse range of musky fishing situations. Holcombe is located at the southern boundaries of the Musky's natural distribution range, making the area a haven for this species. The renowned fisherman, Louie Spray, fished here and wrote about the area’s waters.
The Lake Holcombe area offers many wonderful opportunities for family fishing experiences as well as for the serious pan-fisherman. If it is just about a first fish for your child or a 16” crappie for the wall the Lake Holcombe area can accommodate your pan fishing desires.
With over 100 miles of Class One trout steams in the area, it is easy to find solitude and fish. Most steams are self sustaining, so if wild brook, rainbows, or brown trout are what you are looking for, look no further. Whether you like fishing meadow spring creeks or would prefer the beauty of the hills carved out by the by the last ice age to invade Wisconsin, we have the terrain that most suits your needs within a very short drive. Make Lake Holcombe your base camp when you travel to Wisconsin to trout fish.
Like its relative the Muskellunge, the Northern Pike is a hard-muscled, tube-shaped fish with an elongated body and a flat, duckbill snout. The Northern Pike is capable of speeding through the water at speeds of 8-10 miles per hour. The Northern Pike is easily distinguished from the Muskellunge by its bean-shaped markings.
You can find Sturgeon topping seven feet long and weighing nearly 200 pounds, which makes them one of the continents most challenging freshwater fish to catch. They also have long lifespans; males can live up to 55 years and females can reach 150.
There are many types of Catfish, the two most common types found in the Lake Holcombe area are Flathead and Channel Catfish. The Catfish range from 10 to 50 lbs, with lengths from 25 to 50 inches.
To see fishing seasons and regulations go to http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/.