In order to fulfill a PE credit, I had the opportunity to take a fishing class this semester. As a born-and-raised Wisconsinite with access to lakes and poles since I was only a foot tall, I thought I knew all there was to know about fishing. However, since I had only ever caught panfish, I was overlooking a conglomerate of other species and techniques that I was never exposed to before! It was an awesome class and the best part was our homework. Big surprise: we had to fish for at least 6 hours during the semester. Man what a tough life I have…
The Red Cedar River and Lake Menomin both a short walk from campus making it super easy to go cast a few lines. We stuck to mostly pan-fishing (because its what we do best), but there is plenty of bass and walleye in the lake that are fair game. Catfish are also present in the Red Cedar, and bite pretty consistently at night.
My favorite place to fish in Lake Menomin is the bay right by Cemetery Island (Yes, we have an island on Menomin that is one big cemetery. Check it out if you have not yet). Its a great place to go if you’re looking to engage in the local fishing community. There are always a ton of fisherman there.
If you do not have a fishing pole, you can get one for really cheap at Walmart. Fishing licenses can be purchased from Bait on Broadway. If you have never fished before, find a friend who knows how, take the fishing class next semester, or read this. There is a fairly large fishing community in Menomonie, and UW Stout even has a fishing club. Its a really great way to get outdoors and relax!