Marl Lake

Waupaca - Wisconsin


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Marl Lake is a 14 acre waterway in Waupaca County, Wisconsin. It has a maximum depth of 59 feet. Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye can be found here. Visitors have access to public lands or parks. The water clarity is Very Clear.

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  1. Went back home this weekend to do some bass fishing and was not disappointed! Water was 45 degrees and the air temp never got above freezing but the bass didn't ...more care one bit. I lost track of how many fish I caught. No big ones (except for a 4-5 pounder I lost at the boat...) but the insane action made up for it. Can't wait to go back home in a week and do it again, and hopefully get a shot at breaking my PB!

    18 in. Largemouth Bass with a Ned Rig

    1. Jimbo Harwood 0
      Nice catch jacob!! sweet pic
    2. Jacob Anderson 0
      Thanks Rich! Yeah that was an issue for me too, but the action was so good I didn't mind too much lol
    3. Rich Pardy 0
      Nice bass Jacob, man I tried fishing in that weather to but my eyes on my pole kept freezing up, I gave up after my second lure went flying into the deep abyss ...more :)
    4. Jacob Anderson 0
      Haha thanks Chris, they weren't very long but they sure were chunky!
    5. Christopher Pereira 0
      nice piglet!
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  2. It seems like the colder the water gets, the hotter the bite is. I had some of the fastest action on this lake that I've had all year. November might be my new ...more favorite month for bass fishing!

    Largemouth Bass with a Jackall Shakey Head

    1. Noah Shapiro 0
      I need to come down there
    2. Jacob Anderson 0
      Thanks Rich!!
    3. Rich Pardy 0
      Nice one Jacob and cool pic!!
    4. Noah Shapiro 0
      Hopefully
    5. Jacob Anderson 0
      This lake is weird; all summer long, it can be one of the hardest lakes to fish, but once fall hits the bass are everywhere. Keep fishing man, it will happen!
    6. Noah Shapiro 0
      That lake is one in one thousand.", I've been fishing all day and didn't get a bite.
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  3. First Hudd bass! I went two for three on the swimbait, and lost one that was close to 20 inches.

    19 in. Largemouth Bass with a Huddleston Weedless Bluegill

    1. carl schulze 0
      Yes,thank you sir
    2. Jacob Anderson 0
      Thanks guys! Carl, I posted a picture of the lure a few days ago. I got mine for about $32, including shipping costs.
    3. carl schulze 0
      send me a pic of lure,please. cost?
    4. Capt Morris Campbell 0
      Pretty bass!!
    5. Kenneth Olivo 0
      Wow nice fish!
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  4. Worked on my jig skills tonight. I got two decent bass and a surprise pike.

    Largemouth Bass with a Jig / YUM craw

  5. Action is starting to heat up! I'm starting to get good numbers of fish now as the average daytime temperature is falling. I can't wait for fall!

    Largemouth Bass with a Jackall Shakey Head

    1. Tim Steinmetz 0
      Very nice bass!
  6. With this relatively warm fall we've had, I decided to give kayak fishing one more shot over Thanksgiving break. Ice is forming on all the shallow ponds but ...more the larger, deeper lakes are still open. I stumbled upon the best bass fishing I've had all year; most were small, but I did manage to stick this fat 19 incher on a jerkbait, along with a surprise 26 inch pike. It definitely put my new St. Croix spinning rod to the test!

    19 in. Largemouth Bass with a Shadow Rap

    1. Tim Steinmetz 0
      Awesome bass!
    2. David Walsh 0
      Nice day Jacob, have to love the crazy action on the shadow rap!
    3. Jacob Anderson 0
      Thanks guys! I just bought the Shadow Rap last week and used it for the first time yesterday, and it's already scratched up from all the fish hitting it haha! ...more It's one of my new favorite lures.
    4. Ed Hesse 0
      shadow rap baby!
    5. Rich Pardy 0
      Nice job and nice bass!!
    6. Christopher Pereira 0
      Nice, love that lur
    7. Rick Hunt 0
      Nice Porker!
    8. Jon Giacalone 0
      Sounds like an awesome day, we'll done!
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  7. I'm really glad to see more of these good sized smallies in the Waupaca River again, they put up an incredible fight for their size!

    15 in. Smallmouth Bass with a Hook and worm

    1. Jacob Anderson 0
      Thank you! Yeah it is, I go back in a few days. This was my last kayak fishing trip in Wisconsin for the year.
    2. Tim Steinmetz 0
      Gorgeous smallmouth! Almost time for you to go back to school! ;)
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  8. I battled the high winds and unseasonably cold weather in my kayak today and managed to find some decent bass action, along with a couple of bonus pike.

    15 in. Largemouth Bass with a Texas Rigged YUM Worm

    1. Jacob Anderson 0
      Thanks! I spent most of the summer trying to figure out this lake for bass, and I didn't do too badly on them.
    2. Tim Steinmetz 0
      You really nailed the bass from the looks of it! Nice work!
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  9. I went out with my kayak today for bass and caught this 2 pounder on my first cast towards some old dock pilings.

    2 lb. 16 in. Largemouth Bass with a Texas Rigged YUM Worm

    1. Jacob Anderson 0
      I'll pick some up and give them a shot; I think active fish would be quick to hit one of those. Thanks so much for the tips, I can't wait to get back on ...more the ice again!
    2. Tim Steinmetz 0
      The blade bait I did well with last winter was a Heddon Sonar in the largest size. And I would agree totally on the lipless crankbaits you named being possible pike ...more killers. I wanted to give them a try last winter, but didn't get around to it.
    3. Jacob Anderson 0
      I've fished Chassel Bay but I've never gone onto the main lake. I've heard that was a good spot to try but I didn't learn about it until the ice ...more was unsafe. For blade baits, do you just go with the larger open water ones? I would think that baits like Rattlin' Rapalas and Clackin' Raps would work as well.
    4. Tim Steinmetz 0
      I had a canoe with me in the summer and fall, so I got around a lot more then. Through the ice I mostly fished the narrows north of Chassell. The dropoffs on both ...more sides of the narrows held pike. I also caught some right in the channel. The 40 inch pike that won the winter carnival tournament this year was caught right in the middle of the channel on one of my tip ups (set by a friend who was fishing with me). I imagine the same weed beds in the main lake that I was catching them from with my canoe would also be worth a try in the winter. For bait, the pike seemed to prefer large suckers under tip ups over golden shiners, dead smelt, and various jigging options. On my tip ups I use 30 lb test tip up line with a home made 20 lb steel leader and a single size 4 or 2 treble hook. I also caught a few nice fish jigging with blade baits. For that I use a Revo S baitcaster spooled with 30 lb Power Pro and a steel leader on a 32 inch heavy action St. Croix jigging rod.
    5. Jacob Anderson 0
      Hey, thanks a lot for the info! I'd love to give that a shot, but I don't have all the right open water gear yet. Do the pike stay in those same spots over ...more the winter, or do they move to other parts of the lake? And what kind of gear (i.e. tipups, jig rods) do you use to catch them? I know that the line that I'm using on my tipups right now wouldn't be enough to bring one of those through the hole, and I'm looking to upgrade my equipment to catch bigger pike.
    6. Tim Steinmetz 0
      I will post this on Portage Lake also . . .
    7. Tim Steinmetz 0
      Catching nice pike from Portage Lake is actually more simple than you might think. Find weeds, and you'll find pike. Find weeds with access to deep water and ...more main lake basins, and you'll find big pike. As far as tackle, I caught most of my open water pike on musky sized spinner baits. Don't be afraid to go big. Musky spinners are actually pretty puny compared to some stuff I fish pike with on Bay de Noc. Today the pike didn't want anything to do with those spinners because they were just too small. I had to start throwing a 16 inch Bull Dawg in order to catch fish. For a rod and reel, I use an Abu Garcia Ambassadeur with 80 lb Power Pro and a Musky Innovations Predator Series rod as my primary rig.
    8. Jacob Anderson 0
      I can't either, hopefully I get on some nice ones! I definitely will, Fishidy is a really great resource, I'm glad I found out about this. Thanks a lot, ...more I might have to take you up on that offer! I'd love to get out onto Portage Lake and see if I can find some of those big pike you were catching haha!
    9. Tim Steinmetz 0
      Well, I can't wait to see what you catch from the Houghton area next year! Tell some of the other members in the club about Fishidy too. I'd love to see ...more more of you guys on here. Also, if you need any tips about fishing around Houghton, I'll try my best to provide them. Granted, I didn't have time to do as much fishing as I would have liked while I was there, so I don't know a whole lot.
    10. Jacob Anderson 0
      Oh okay; I graduated from high school in 2014 so last year was my first one at Tech. I didn't do too much in the way of tournaments but I hope to fish a few ...more next year. I hear ya, college really is like having a full time job, it keeps you pretty busy. It is a great group to be in, everyone is really friendly and willing to share knowledge and tips, I'm glad I joined and I'm looking forward to this upcoming year.
    11. Tim Steinmetz 0
      I only went two years to Tech. I was a lot more involved with the club my first year. I went on several trips with the club and even fished a tournament in Copper ...more Harbor. This past year senior design killed me. I would have liked to be more involved, but I just didn't have the time. A couple of guys (mainly Quinten) were pulling for me to run for E-board in my last year, but I knew how busy I was going to be and decided not to. It really is a great club and a great bunch of guys though.
    12. Jacob Anderson 0
      Thanks! Yeah, I went to pretty much all of the meetings and went on several outings with other club members. I knew you were involved with the club but I'm not ...more sure if I ever saw you. Would have loved to have gone on a club trip with you, you really know how to catch them up there!
    13. Tim Steinmetz 0
      Awesome bass and nice shirt! Were you very involved with the fishing club this past year? If I wasn't so busy with senior design I probably would know you. I ...more think I only made it to two or three meetings last semester.
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