Rib Lake Fish and Game Association is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1945. Our mission is to stock and protect Taylor County lakes so fishing and water activities are available to future generations. For all of our Lake activities, from stocking to building docks to clean up, we achieve them with the cooperation of DNR. We support other local activities through club time and donations, also. Scholarships, youth activities, local youth sports teams, local fireworks and local building projects make it on our yearly support accomplishments.
110 paid member dues in 2018 for Rib Lake Area Fish & Game Association
Every year the Rib Lake Area Fish and Game Association raise walleye fry to fingerling size walleye 6” to 8”. This is done in cooperation with the Spirit Lake Improvement Association and the Wisconsin DNR. These walleye fingerlings are then planted in all Taylor county lakes that the DNR has identified as stockable lakes. Our yearly goal is to raise sufficient walleye to stock all approved lakes. The DNR approves us planting 5 walleye per acre.
In 2016, we stocked all approved lakes with maximum amount of fish, while a few key lakes received above maximum amount. This was approved because we had an excellent walleye survival rate in our rearing ponds. We were able to reach these high achievements due to our member’s dedication and hardwork along with fundraising. The club spent roughly $5000.00 just to feed the walleye stock. To protect our investment and insure natural spawning of the walleyes, Rib Lake Fish and Game does an annual Spring Walleye watch on Copper Creek on Rib Lake. Please contact us if you would like to help us protect this natural phenomenon. Another great way to support our fundraising is to get involved in any of our Fishing Contests.
The Rib Lake Fish & Game Association and Spirit Lake Improvement Association planted the following 6″ to 8″ walleye fingerlings in these area lakes in October 2018
Lake Name | # Requested | # Stocked | 10,738 Total Walleyes Planted
Little Spirit 630 | 663
Big Spirit 1065 | 2,465
Rib Lake 1620 | 3,360
Diamond Lake 245 | 245
Chelsea Lake 300 | 575
Sackett Lake 315 | 325
Richter Lake 225 | 225
Kathryn Lake 310 | 325
Shearer Lake 115 | 115
Wellington Lake 215 | 490
South Harper Lake 400 | 950
Esadore Lake 230 | 250
Stone Lake 395 | 400
10,738 Total Walleyes Planted
For more information contact Jeff at 715.427.3136 or any of our Fish and Game member.
Our club has a free youth cabin on South Harper Lake. This cabin can be used by any youth group/organization that wants to expose youth (16 and under) to a great outdoor experience. Your group can fish from the property shore and access a swimming beach ¼ mile away.
The cabin site amenities include an outdoor toilet and campfire site. Note there is no electricity or electric hookup; this is a true outdoor camping experience. Cub Scouts, Boy/Girl Scouts, Big Brothers/Big sisters, and Church groups are examples of past youth groups who have enjoyed our cabin. Any youth group is welcome. Please contact us to get your youth out exploring!
Please contact Bob at 715.427.0217 or any of our Fish and Game member.
On Rib Lake every spring we take out bullheads to keep population down and create a healthier Lake environment. The club uses Fyke nets with DNR approval to remove the bullheads. Last year alone, 9 tons were removed which equates to over 50,000.00 bullheads. This was started in the early 80’s so bullhead removal has been a club focus for over 30 plus years. We put together 5 teams with 5 to 6 members who go out each day to check the nets and collect the bullheads. This becomes a fun social activity and volunteers are welcome to help with this project.
Please contact Gary for more information at 715.427.3410 or any fish and game member.