There’s no meal more relaxing and delicious than a traditional Wisconsin fish fry. Maybe you’re a Wisconsin native who has been dining on fried walleye since you were in short pants, or maybe you’re new to the party. But we have a little secret that can make your fish taste even better: tee up your fish fry with a little Wisconsin outdoor fun. Some of Wisconsin’s best spots for a fish fry happen to sit in the heart of the state’s best vacation destinations. Make plans now to visit these spots – you’ll have a great time and the fish will taste fantastic.
What to do: Drop a line in Rhinelander
The Rhinelander Area is known as the Ice Fishing Capital of the World. However, the fishing in the Rhinelander Area is spectacular year-round. You’ll find lakes perfect for fishing and boating right in the heart of Rhinelander and hundreds more Northwoods lakes within a short drive.
Where to eat: Cross Country Bar & Grill in Rhinelander
After working up an appetite on the lake, head to this Northwoods classic that’s located right on a snowmobile trail. It has a fabulous fish fry that serves haddock, Lake Michigan perch, jumbo shrimp and Cajun catfish.
What to do: Hit the trails in Sayner-Star Lake
Razorback Ridges in Sayner-Star Lake provides year-round fun. In the winter, the trails are groomed for cross-country skiing and also open to hikers. In warmer months, you’ll find miles of single-track that will challenge any mountain biker.
Where to eat: Hintz’s North Star Lodge in Star Lake
This historic restaurant, located in a beautiful 1894 lodge, offers one of the best dining experiences in the Northwoods. Enjoy the sunset view while savoring a delicious fish fry. Owner Bill Hintz is an expert chef who offers delectable menu items such as stuffed walleye, roasted duck and black Angus ribeye.
What to do: Explore the Flambeau River in Rusk County
Rusk County is home to four beautiful rivers – the Jump, Chippewa, Flambeau and Thornapple. The Flambeau is one of the county’s most well-known rivers. It’s a perfect place to paddle in warmer months, and the Flambeau Flowage offers four seasons of great fishing.
Where to eat: Fireside Bar & Grill in New Auburn
This New Auburn restaurant is popular with fishermen and snowmobilers. On Thursday and Friday nights, it offers a great fish fry – select from baked or deep-fried haddock. You can also mix your meal up and include some delicious fried shrimp.
What to do: Go waterfall hunting in Land O’ Lakes
Land O’ Lakes is a great place to launch a waterfall adventure. Just across the border in Michigan, you’ll find some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Midwest. They are beautiful throughout the year – in the winter, the frozen ice forms dramatic sculptures. One hauntingly beautiful spot is the iconic Bond Falls, where water freezes into delicate pillars of ice.
Where to eat: Gateway Lodge in Land O’ Lakes
The lodge serves up beer-battered and broiled North Atlantic cod, along with Great Lakes perch, salmon and walleye. A bowl of their Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup is a great addition! Come early and grab a cocktail next to their massive stone fireplace and toast to an unforgettable vacation.