Fish Pewaukee Lake
As the area’s largest, Pewaukee Lake is a hub of activity for the community during the spring and summer months. The Potawatomi gave this beautiful, spring-fed lake its original name, Pewaukee-wee-ning, meaning “Lake of Shells,” because of the large quantities of shells along her shores. Today, the bounty of fish in Pewaukee makes it a celebrated fishing destination, and its 2,500 acres a recreational playground for sailing, power boating, jet skiing and water skiing.
Bluegill, Northern Pike, Walleye and Perch are abundant on Pewaukee Lake, but the big trophy is Musky, which became the official state fish in 1955. More 50+-inch Musky have been caught in Pewaukee than on any other lake in the state.
Musky season starts Saturday, May 2, if you are fishing the Southern Zone of the lake and Saturday, May 23 in the Northern Zone. In this early part of the season, Musky can be found in and around weed beds, rock bars and drop-offs and shorelines with submerged wood or other cover. They tend to migrate to the deeper parts of the lake as the summer heats up. Fall is also an ideal Musky fishing time with the cooler weather, musky can be found in deep or shallow parts of the lake.
Part of the lure of Musky fishing is the elusiveness of the fish. Many fishermen rely on the local expertise of fishing guide Mike Koepp to increase their chances of catching the big one. Mike has been fishing for Musky for decades, and still finds the experience thrilling.
During summer Good Time Rentals is the premiere spot for renting personal watercraft, speed boats and pontoons. Their season begins May 1 and runs through September 30. Half- and full-day rentals are available, and include safety equipment, instruction and a full tank of gas.
Prefer to keep your feet on the ground? The wide, sandy beach at Lakefront Park is located in the heart of Pewaukee’s downtown and is perfect for swimming, sunbathing or sandcastle building. There are also free concerts and water ski shows all summer long as part of Waukesha Pewaukee’s ongoing summer events.
At the end of a great day of fishing, boating or swimming, what better way to relax than to visit some of the local establishments for cocktails and a bite to eat along the shore? We’ve made it easy for you to maximize your pleasure senses with a listing of some of our favorite spots for lakeside dining.