It’s about as classic as Wisconsin winter fun gets: ice fishing for northern pike. Pike are plentiful, fun to catch and a great excuse to spend some time on a beautiful Wisconsin lake. The northern pike lurks in lakes across Wisconsin, just tempting anglers to drop a line. When they do, the northern can put up a spirited fight. It’s a good fish to go after when you’re on a getaway. Northern are active all day – you can relax and wait for the sun to come up, grab breakfast with friends and family before setting your tip-ups. Don’t forget the cooler to bring your catch home; while they take some care to fillet, northern pike are delicious. So where’s the best place to hook a northern?
Here are some of Wisconsin’s best bets for catching a northern pike.
Enjoy all the ingredients of a perfect fishing getaway in this beautiful Vilas County Community. You’ll find outstanding fishing lakes filled with gamefish and local stores stocked with food, supplies and advice that will ensure you have a great and successful time on the water. Check out the action on Plum Lake, Star Lake and Razorback Lake.
A little north of Sayner, you’ll find a fishing destination where adventure has no limits. Land O’ Lakes is home to the Cisco Chain of Lakes, a 15-lake chain that crosses the border into Michigan, Black Oak Lake (known as the clearest in Wisconsin) and Lac Vieux Desert, the headwaters of the Wisconsin River.
Rusk County is home to more than 250 lakes and flowages of all sizes, as well as four beautiful rivers. During the winter, Rusk County offers first-class ice fishing. Check out the Big Falls, Flambeau and Ladysmith flowages. For a little healthy competition, try your luck at the annual Fun on the Frozen Flambeau ice fishing contest. You’ll get a chance to win big prizes.
If you’re looking for great ice fishing, look no further than the place that’s called the Ice Fishing Capital of the World. You’ll find outstanding ice fishing right in the heart of Rhinelander and hundreds more productive lakes within a short drive. Check out Boom Lake, Lake George, Lake Julia and the Willow Flowage.