Whether you want to tease a trout with a tied fly or lure a lunker bass, walleye or northern pike, Marquette County offers first class fishing. Most species native to Wisconsin can be found in the county's 60+ lakes, five rivers and 15 trout streams. Public access and boat launching facilities are available on most county lakes and rivers, and there are plenty of private accesses at resorts and campgrounds as well.
Don't have a boat no problem, some lodging facilities on the water have rentals like Lake Arrowhead and Wilderness Campground or if you are staying in a cabin without a boat or you are not on the water Pontoon & Fishing Boat RENTALSare available, Johnson's Boats & Motors delivers the pontoon rental to any lake here in Marquette County for a day or a week! They also offer docks to keep it overnight on Buffalo and Puckaway if you are not staying on the water. If you are on vacation and having running problems with your boat take it to Johnson's Boats & Motors for the best customer service, located right in Montello.
Tackle, live bait, fishing supplies, & fishing license can be purchased at the Holiday Shopping Center (BP gas station on Hwy 22)
As you can see, the Montello area offers everything you need for an enjoyable day of fishing: plenty of lakes, rivers, and streams, with more than enough fish to go around.
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lake chart to view
all Marquette Co. lake info. and to enlarge the map below.
From early times to present, Marquette County has had a rich tradition of hunting. Blessed with thousands of acres of wetlands and lakes, this area is a waterfowler's dream; mallard, teal, woodduck, gadwall, pintail, scaup and ringbill are common residents and transients each fall. And, with more than 350,000 Canada geese stopping off at Grand River, Germania and other area marshes, there's more than ennough to go around for the hunters.
Deer, of course, remain the most sought-after game Marquette County has to offer. Hunters enjoy great success when pursuing the wary whitetail, so plentiful in this area.
For the upland gamebird hunter - Marquette County offers a mixed bag of ruffed grouse, woodcock, pheasant, and bob-white quail.
Cottontail rabbit, red and gray squirrel are always plentiful. Red and gray foxes, and their cousins - the coyotes - are also common in the county, and are often hunted in the winter months using a predator call. Raccoon populations are soaring as well, and are a favorite quarry for nighttime hunters and their dogs.
Although much of Marquette County is private land, many landowners will give permission to hunt, if the hunter
only asks. Public hunting areas also provide land
and water to pursue most of the huntable species
found in this county.
With so much game, and so many places to hunt,
it's easy to see why Marquette County has always
been called "a Sportsman's Paradise"!
DNR Field Office / Ranger Station
Hwy 22 North
P.O. Box 430
Montello, WI 53949
Phone: (608) 297-2888 www.dnr.state.wi