This report on Escanaba Lake appears on page 7 as part of the Northern Wisconsin Regional Fishing Forecast.
VILAS COUNTY Escanaba LakeâIf you are looking for a wilderness fishing experience without having to go too far off the beaten path then you may want to visit Escanaba Lake. This 293-acre lake located near Boulder Junction is part of the Northern Highland Fishery Research Area. A free permit must be obtained at the research station located at the landing before you can fish any of the lakes in the research area. The lake has a long history as an excellent walleye fishery. A 28-inch minimum length limit and a bag limit of one walleye has been in place on Escanaba Lake since 2003. This regulation has resulted in a high density (2011 = 12.9/acre) fishery with high catch rates. Fish over the length limit are scarce but it provides a good action fishery. In addition to the walleye the lake provides a good muskellunge fishery and opportunities for smallmouth bass and northern pike.