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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.

 

Fishing Report

 

Before any trip out onto the water, check out the latest Fishing Report.  

Want an even further insider experience?  Meet our local area guides to schedule your next fishing adventure. 

 

 

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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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.

Tackle

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.

Lures

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.

Rigs

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.