Fall is musky time. As temperatures drop, these enormous fish get hungry. Ravenously hungry. If you want to catch a trophy, you better be out fishing when the leaves start falling off the trees. These four fishing hotspots are your best bets for catching a once-in-a-lifetime fish this fall.
Trout Lake – Located just south of Boulder Junction, Trout Lake is one of Wisconsin’s deepest, clearest lakes. In November, when the mercury falls, Trout Lake muskies follow fat ciscoes up into the shallows, giving anglers a rare opportunity to catch some of the lunkers that stay in deep water through most of the year.
Eagle River Chain – Vilas County’s Eagle River Chain of Lakes is a musky hunter’s heaven. Not only does the chain offer dozens of lakes, it’s loaded with muskies. While the chain might be a popular fishing destination, anglers will find that the fish are still plentiful.
Boom Lake – Boom Lake is probably the best-known lake in the Rhinelander Area – and for good reason. This lake not only offers great fishing for walleye, smallmouth bass and panfish, it’s an outstanding musky lake. Throughout the fall, Boom Lake produces some big fish.
Willow Flowage – Located in western Oneida County, the Willow Flowage is a gem. It isn’t a renowned musky destination, but it really should be. While most musky anglers are focusing on other lakes around the Northwoods, the muskies of the Willow Flowage are growing big and fat. And, fishing the Willow Flowage is pure pleasure. Undeveloped and highly scenic, there’s no better place to spend a fall afternoon casting bucktails and taking in the view.