Seasoned anglers and novices alike enjoy testing their skills in the Minocqua area’s lakes, rivers and streams. Most support a variety of fish, such as Northern Pike, Muskellunge, Large and Smallmouth Bass, Trout and Walleye, and most have public access.
Popular Fishing Lakes
Some of the more popular fishing lakes favored by visitors and locals include, Big Arbor Vitae, Clear Carrol, Madeline, Squirrel and Squaw. Bassmaster recently named the Minocqua chain one of the 25 best bass lakes in America’s central region and one of the top 100 in the nation. There are numerous wilderness sites for a quiet escape. Some good bets are the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area and the many lakes dimpling the Northern Highlands-American Legion State Forest.
Mid Lake, which has shallow water that warms quickly, is the place to be in spring, when Musky and Northern swim here to spawn.
To better your chances of snagging some fish, sign on with one of the local guide services, which typically set up half-day or full-day outings. Biggs Guide Service takes experienced anglers as well as novices and kids, and provides equipment if needed.
Greg Biggs has been guiding visitors on more than 100 area lakes since 1985 and specializes in helping you find trophy musky. He also runs free weekly fishing seminars at the Beacons of Minocqua resort.