The Howard Lake area has a multitude of good fishing lakes, with Howard Lake, located north of Highway 12; Dutch Lake, Lake Mary, Lake Ann, Lake Emma, and Round Lake, located southeast of Howard Lake; and Smith Lake, located east of Howard Lake.
“The fishing is excellent here,” Joe’s Sports Shop owner Joe Drusch said. “We really have great lakes for it.”
Area lakes are treated for invasive species, such as Eurasian millfoil, annually.
Multiple fishing contests take place each year, including the Howard Lake Ice Fishing Derby in January, the Dutch Lake Ice Fishing Contest in February, and the Good Neighbor Days Fishing contest in June.