Get ready for some of the best fishing in the Northwoods—Minocqua is an outstanding destination for your next fishing trip, whether you’re casually casting for bluegill from shore or searching for a guide to help you track down that elusive musky. Here’s what you need to know about fishing in the Minocqua Area.

Where can I fish in the Minocqua Area?

The Minocqua Area is filled with popular fishing lakes—many of which offer public access—so there’s no shortage of places to cast your line. Notable area lakes with public access include Big Arbor Vitae Lake, Madeline Lake, Clear Lake, and Squirrel Lake.

Of course, there’s also the Minocqua Chain of Lakes, which covers nearly 6,000 acres in Oneida County and includes Kawaguesaga, Minocqua, Jerome, Mid, Tomahawk, Little Tomahawk, and Mud lakes. Bassmaster has named the chain one of the top 25 bass lakes in the Midwest (and one of the top 100 in the country).

What kind of fish are in Minocqua’s lakes?

Anglers will find lots of fish-filled waters in Minocqua. Depending on where you go and what time of year you visit, you can catch everything from walleye and musky to bass (largemouth and smallmouth) and crappie.

Where can I get fishing gear?

Gear up for your fishing trip at Minocqua’s outfitters and sports shops. Kurt’s Island Sport Shop has the area’s widest selection of fishing supplies, including live bait, rods, reels, lures, jigs and more. BJ’s Sportshop and Coontail offer outdoor equipment and clothing to help you stay warm and dry out on the lake (BJ’s Sportshop also offers boat rentals through Your Boat Club).

If you’re looking for a boat to rent, head to Lakeside Rentals & Storage, Minocqua Sport Rental, or Watercraft Sales, Inc. Many of Minocqua’s lakeside lodging properties also offer boat rentals for free use for guests.

Where can I find a fishing guide?

Looking for something to put your fishing trip over the top? Consider hiring one of the area’s knowledgeable, experienced fishing guides. They’ll set you up with everything you need (including gear) and make sure you have a fun day out on the water.

Local guides in the Minocqua Area include Anglers Choice Guide Service, Kurt’s Island Sport Shop, Captain Hooks Fishing Adventures, and Greg Biggs Musky & Walleye Guide Service.