FISHING LIMITS ON CEDAR LAKE (per person) with Sportsman License

  • WALLEYE:  4 in possession at any time, anything over 18" is catch & release only!​
  • NORTHERN:  4 in possession at any time, one of which can be greater then 35.5". There is a no keeper slot of 27.5" to 35.5".​
  • MUSKY:  1 in possession at any time, 54" min. length for keepers.​
  • SMALLMOUTH BASS:  4 in possession after July 1st, with no size limit.
    • Before July 1st, possession is 2 with none over 13.75".
  • PERCH: 50 in possession at any time, with no size limit.
  • CRAPPIE: 15 in possession at any time, with no size limit.

The above possession and length limits on Cedar Lake have been instrumental in improving and sustaining a quality fishery. The release of many larger reproducing fish is the key to this success. Keeping the eater size fish is encouraged for your fish fries while catch and release of the trophies with a photo take for a replica mount is becoming the norm.
Fishing tackle and methods for the above species on Cedar Lake are identical to the way you would fish at home.
For those who are not familiar with the species or have not fished Cedar Lake before, we have a map in our tackle shop that is marked with pins for likely locations of each species.
WALLEYE: fishing methods include jigging, drifting or slow trolling with 6-10 lb test line. Jigs can be dressed with minnows, leeches or crawlers. Popular artificial lures are Rapallas, flatfish, Mepps, Little Joe and plastic grub on jighead. Prominent colors are: chartreuse, white, pearl, orange, black, brown and grey.

NORTHERN:  can be best fished by casting weedbeds and trolling with 10-20 lb test line. Live bait would included large minnows, chubs or suckers. Trusted artificial lures are: Suick, buss baits, large spoons, Rapallas, flatfish and spinner baits in any of the following colors: orange, red, silver, black, white, chartreuse and blue.

MUSKY:  casting in weedbeds, rocky shoals and points in the proven method for success. 30 lb plus test line and 12"-16" steel leaders are a must. Popular lures are jerk baits (especially surface), Top Raiders, Bucktails, Suicks and Rapallas. Colors range from black, orange, perch, chartreuse to white and brown.

SMALLMOUTH BASS:  action is best by casting or jigging on rocky points and shallow structure with 4-8 lb test line. Leeches work best for live bait, although, minnows and crawlers are also used. Mepps, Roostertail, Rapallas, Jitterbug, small crank baits, tube jigs, Little Cleo and imitation crawded lures have been successful for many of our guests. Flashy colors such as fire tiger, chartreuse, perch, silver and white are best for attracting these fighters.
PERCH: tend to travel together with walleye and can be fished with similar methods such as jigging, while some prefer using a jig or hook and sinker with a slip bobber. 4-6 lb test line is sufficient. A small piece of nightcrawler, leech or small minnow are typical live baits. Chief colors are chartreuse, white, yellow and pink.