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Spring 2017 Castle Rock Lake Fishing

Wisconsin is home to Castle Rock Lake, one of the many beautiful lakes found in the Midwest. It is located just 15 minutes Northeast of Mauston. Castle Rock Lake, technically a flowage, was created in 1951 and claims some of the best fishing found in Wisconsin. In 2016, Travel Wisconsin named Castle Rock Lake one of the best places to fish in the state of Wisconsin.

Fishing on Castle Rock Lake by Travel Wisconsin

This award winning lake spreads well over 16,000 acres of beautiful Wisconsin landscape and is home to Northern Pike, Sturgeon, and other common fish found in the Midwest. As we gear up for opening day of fishing season, Castle Rock Lake should be where avid fishermen and women head starting the first weekend in May.


Castle Rock Lake

Castle Rock Lake is known for so many great recreational activities, a fan favorite being the excellent fishing opportunities. The lake stretches over 16,000 acres and connects to the Wisconsin River and Petenwell Lake. There are twelve different boat landings Castle Rock Lakespread along the lake (find them here) where fishing enthusiasts can begin their adventures with endless opportunities for success. The crystal clear waters of Castle Rock Lake provide fishing enthusiasts with clean waters, a quality that experts say is critical for the natural reproduction of the many fish species found in the lake. Castle Rock Lake is known to have higher growth rates than many other lakes found in Wisconsin, something that can be traced back to the clean and fresh waters of Castle Rock Lake.


What You Need to Know

The massive size of this lake is not only breathtaking but can also lead to rough conditions even on the sunniest of days. For fishing enthusiasts, understanding the conditions of the waters can make or break a successful day of fishing. Lake-Link provides reports of the weather conditions that are pertinent to the safety and success on the water. Lake-Link prepares information such as wind speeds and visibility, two pieces of the puzzle that can be helpful when heading out on the water.     

Castle Rock Lake has a few regulations that should be considered before heading out on the water. The following regulations are specific to Castle Rock Lake:Castle Rock Lake Map

  • There is a daily bag limit of one Northern Pike with a minimum length of 32”
  • There is a minimum length for Walleye and Sauger of 15”
  • Walleye and Sauger between 20-28” may not be kept
  • Only one Walleye or Sauger may be kept over 28” per day
  • Motor trolling is permitted on Castle Rock Lake
  • Upstream from Castle Rock Dam there is a minimum length for Muskellunge of 45”
  • Hook and line fishing is open all year on Castle Rock Lake except for Muskellunge, Lake Sturgeon, Trout, Paddlefish, and any endangered or threatened fish species

For updated regulations please visit Special Regulations on Lake-Link’s website.


Quick Fishing Tips

Ultimate Fishing Site has some great tips to take note of before heading out on the water. Castle Rock Lake covers a large area and has a depth of nearly 36’. Because of this, using electronic fish finders and other forms of technology will be beneficial to the success of your fishing adventures. The Ultimate Fishing Site found that using live bait when fishing Castle Rock Lake will help in landing some of the big fish that rule Castle Rock Lake!  

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