Northern Wisconsin Fishing

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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.


Guide Services

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.

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Fishing Report 



Finally we are in some true fall patterns. The weather shows we are looking at highs near 60 most days with some true frosty temps in the next week or two. And as usual with the cooler water temps the fishing improves. 

The bite is still on crawlers but that is also changing quickly. Three days ago me and clients caught as many fish on minnows as we did crawlers. Yesterday we only caught one Smallie on a minnow and the limit of walleye and the rest of the smallies and crappie were caught on crawlers. Picky devils...

The walleye bite has been very good for us. I've been fishing lakes from Lac du Flambeau to Arbor Vitae and most have been caught in more that 20' of water. Yesterday we got them in 28'. We did catch some small walleye in 10' next to weed lines but the big ones were in the deeper water near rock ridges near mud lines. 

Those of you that have fished with me know I like the slow drag. The one day we fished it was so windy that when we pitched our jigs out we couldn't feel the bottom but knew we were there just because of the amount of time we let them sink. We were using 1/16 oz jigs. The good part was that when we worked the bait back in slow we knew anything we felt was a fish. We caught some nice walleyes in the 20's that day with that method. Of course we had the advantage of knowing we were fishing on a sand bottom so we didn't have to worry about snags.

The Small Mouth Bass we have been catching have been good sized. Again, the bigger fish came from deeper water. They are definitely spread out as we never "got into them" -- it was one here, one there.

The big gills are starting to become active. Again, crawlers have worked the best in 15' of water or more. When those bulldevils hit and turn sideways you think you popped a big walleye until you see your line going in circles. They are great table fare. I gotta get out by myself and get a bunch of those. I just bought a fish scaler tumbler that I'm anxious to try out! I love fillets with the skin still on them.

Haven't seen a lot of perch or northern lately but that will change with the cooler temps too. I might head out for my yearly trip to Escanaba Lake to grab about 40 or so perch. They will taste great this winter after being in my tumbler and then filleted. That's extree good!

Crappie are starting to come around a little better now, still not the big bite yet. They are getting deeper also and relating to wood piles as they normally do this time of year. That's more great table fare. I actually did better with Gulp! micro minnows than real minnows the other day on 1/32 oz jigs, orange or lime.

Client story of the week. His five year old daughter was shore fishing with him a few days after a "put and take" lake was filled with trout. It wasn't quite as crowed a few days after the opening day but there were still a few guys trying to fill their coolers. So she catches a nice one on her Barbie pole, very excited and decides after much inspection that she is going to let it go. She cradles the fish with two hands and starts to lower it to the waters edge when a guy not to far from her asks her "what are you doing?" She tells him she is letting it go! He tells her "I'll take it if you don't want it!" She calmly turns her head towards him and says with 5 year old innocence, "catch your own..." Oh I wish I could have seen that!!!!

Well here comes someone with a bucket. Later!
Jeff Bolander, guide and owner of Dewey, Catchem and How at
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Bass Fishing in Minocqua

The bass factory works overtime in the Minocqua area, with both the largemouth and the smallmouth fisheries kicking out many stellar-sized fish in plentiful numbers.

The more abundant largemouth bass comes with a pedigree that boasts airborne leaps during the fight. Headshakes are commonplace and sore wrists are often the result of encounters with these brutes. Anglers will without a doubt pay their respects with the largemouth bass anywhere in the Minocqua chain of lakes, and pretty much any of the nearby lakes. They’re everywhere.

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Musky Fishing in Minocqua

A ‘trophy’ fish means different things to different anglers, but nearly all will agree that every musky caught is worthy of some special recognition. You’ve seen the big fish in your friend’s home; you’ve seen the giant muskies hanging high on the wall at the resorts, and you’ve heard the stories of the ferocious battles out on the lake with the red-eyed monsters of the deep.

You want one.  You want your own stories. You need one.

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Walleye Fishing in Minocqua

One of the most sought after fish in the Minocqua area is the walleye.

Obviously, the walleye gets its name from the marble-sized eyes that sit atop its head. These eyes are designed to take in as much light as possible, giving it an advantage over the prey it seeks when the waters are dark and dirty. Typically anglers will find the best fishing for walleyes in the morning and in the evenings, when these predators are feeding on bait fish.

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Northern-Wisconsin Fishing Guides

Minocqua-Area Fishing Guides and Bait Shops

The Minocqua Area has long been one of the top fishing destinations in the Mid West. To get the most out of your Northern-Wisconsin fishing vacation, you may want to enlist the services of one our professional fishing guides. Also, consider one of our bait shops to equip yourself with everything from a fishing license to the right gear needed for a successful day on the water.

Fishing Tips for Northern Wisconsin Lakes

It's a good idea to know what kind of fish you are hoping to catch so that you are better prepared when your line hits the water. Here are a few tips and tricks for catching Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, and Lake Trout.

Fishing Techniques to use in Minocqua Area Lakes

There are many different ways to go about catching fish.  There is more to it than dropping your line in the water and waiting for a fish to bite.  Here you will find an assortment of methods and techniques.

Fishing Knots

This is a collection of videos (found on You Tube) of how to tie different fishing knots.  This is only a small collection.  There are lots of different knots out there for tying lures and rigs, for joining knots, and for making loops.


There are a few things every fisher needs before heading out on the lake and catching that fish everyone will rave about.  Let us help you get started and to find the perfect tackle, rigs, and lures so that fish will surely to be a good one.


Shopping for lures can be a bit overwhelming. There are a lot of companies that make a lot of lures in a lot of sizes, shapes and colors. But that's part of the fun, and most lures are priced about the same.


Rig is a word used to talk about the way you tie together bait, lures, hook, swivels, leaders, sinkers, bobbers, flashers, dodgers, cheese doodles and anything else you can attach to a piece of fishing line.

Do's and Don'ts

It's always a good idea to keep in mind things you should do and things you shouldn't do to keep you and those around you safe.

Preparing Fish

Need some help figuring out how to clean your fish once you have caught them?  Here you will find some great information including tips and how-to steps on Cleaning, Scaling, Skinning, Filleting, and Steaking.

Fish Recipes

The fish are caught.  They are all cleaned and ready for cooking.  Now, how are you going to prepare them?  What will you use to compliment the flavors of the fish?  Here are some tasty ideas for Trout, Crappie, Perch, Northern Pike, and Whitefish that will make your mouth water.