Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge employee during a fishing event

Fishing is a great way to spend time outdoors. Rough fish (carp and buffalo) and bullheads are the dominant species in the refuge pools. Most anglers fish for bullheads from shore. Limited numbers of northern pike are taken each year. Other game fish include bass, bluegill, crappie and yellow perch can be caught but are not common.

  • Refuge pools are open to boat fishing (electric motors only) via the ramp at Kiep’s Island boat landing.
  • Ice fishing is permitted in season.
  • Wisconsin’s inland waters fishing regulations apply.
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