Dane County offers some of the best and most diverse fishing opportunities in Wisconsin.
In the southwestern Driftless Area of the county, multiple coldwater streams provide excellent trout fishing. The Yahara chain of lakes, Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa, provide great fishing for a variety of species throughout the year. In particular, all are well known for their fantastic panfishing. Lake Waubesa, Lake Monona and Lake Wingra are all excellent muskellunge fishing lakes. In the far northwest corner of the county, Crystal and Fish Lakes provide exceptional panfish and largemouth bass action. The Jenni & Kyle Preserve offers great shore fishing opportunities for kids under the age of 16 and persons with permanent disabilities. Fish Camp, Lake Farm, Riley-Deppe, Salmo Pond, Stewart Lake, and Token Creek County Parks also offer accessible fishing piers. Dane County also has acquired nearly 18 miles of streambank easements that provide public access for trout fishing (see maps below). Note that public access is by foot travel only.
Accessible Fishing & Boating Improvements
Dane County Parks and the Foundation for Dane County Parks are partnering with local organizations to develop system-wide improvements to enhance fishing and boating access for all ages and abilities. More information about the program is available on the Accessible Fishing & Boating Improvements webpage.
Lake Maps for the Yahara Lakes
The Yahara River chain of lakes offers anglers, whether they fish from shore or from a boat, some of the best fishing opportunities in Dane County. The Yahara River chain of lake maps provide information on free and fee-required boat launches, canoe put-ins, walk-in fishing access, accessible fishing piers, lake depths and contours, and much more. Maps are available for the following lakes: Kegonsa, Mendota, Monona (with Wingra), and Waubesa (with Upper Mud). Please note these maps are not intended for navigational use.
Dane County Trout Stream Maps
Below are maps of public fishing lands and access easements for Dane County trout streams in western Dane County. Fishing access easements are on private property. Please respect the landowner's property and carry out any trash. Public access is by foot travel only. Easements are along the stream banks and vary in width. Anglers should try to keep as close to the river as possible to avoid encroaching on adjacent private property.