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January 14, 2014

Wisconsin’s Winter Walleye Waters

Ice Fishing

Photo Credit: RJ & Linda Miller

Winter is a great time to target what might be Wisconsin’s tastiest gamefish. Walleye bite throughout the winter, and ice fishing is the ideal way to target this elusive predator. Best of all, Wisconsin is home to some of the top walleye fisheries on the planet.

Ice fishing allows walleye anglers to pinpoint active fish and carefully present lures and baits—the same careful approach would be difficult from a rocking boat. When an ice angler finds a group of active fish, he can quickly catch his limit. And, there’s nothing like the sight of a big, fat walleye coming up through the ice.

This winter, experience the thrill of catching walleye through the ice. Here are eight of the very best Wisconsin winter walleye waters.

Oshkosh – Lake Winnebago

At 138,000 acres, Lake Winnebago is the king of all Wisconsin walleye destinations. The Lake Winnebago System, which includes the Wolf and Fox rivers, has unmatched natural reproduction. The result is a fishery with numerous walleye and good numbers of big fish. During the winter, the area around Oshkosh offers some of the giant lake’s best walleye fishing.

Rusk County – Lake Holcombe

Few Wisconsin lakes offer such a diverse, high-quality fishery as Lake Holcombe. This 4,000-acre lake is a flowage on the Chippewa River. Lake Holcombe boasts more than 120 miles of shoreline. Walleye anglers will find good fishing throughout the winter.

Stevens Point – Lake Du Bay

The sprawling Lake Du Bay is a nearly 7,000-acre flowage on the Wisconsin River. The lake is known for its musky, pike, smallmouth bass, panfish and walleye. Anglers should look for sunken trees and other structure along the old river channel. Some of the deeper backwaters can also hold fish.

Oneida County – Lake Tomahawk

This classic Northwoods lake provides great walleye fishing during the winter. It is one of the biggest lakes in northern Wisconsin, weighing in at 3,392 acres. The lake is famous for its fishery, which includes a healthy population of walleye.

Boulder Junction – Trout Lake

Deep and cold, Trout Lake is stands out as one of Wisconsin’s best fishing lakes. The crystal-clear waters hold not only the usual selection of warm-water gamefish, but also lake trout and whitefish. The walleye on Trout Lake grow big and fat on the healthy forage base. Be ready to tie into a hefty fish.

Rhinelander Area – Boom Lake

This flowage on the Wisconsin River is one of the most popular fishing destinations in Wisconsin—and for good reason. Walleye anglers will find good action here throughout the winter.

Onalaska – Lake Onalaska

The Mississippi River is one of the best walleye fisheries in the country. Lake Onalaska, a 7,700-acre pool on the Mississippi River, is an outstanding walleye destination. In addition to walleye, Lake Onalaska offers great fishing for northern pike and panfish.

Black River Falls – Lake Arbutus

Lake Arbutus is a multifaceted destination. In addition to northern pike, musky, bass and crappie, you’ll find good numbers of walleye. It’s a great place to set out some tip-ups. You never know what you’re going to catch here.


October 17, 2012

A Season of Monsters: Wisconsin’s Late Fall Musky Fishing

Here are four places to cast your line for big musky in November

When the leaves have fallen and all the trees are left bare, most people feel a twinge of sadness. Not musky hunters. November is the season when musky fishing hits its peak. The biggest fish get ferociously hungry in the late fall, throwing caution to the wind and becoming more vulnerable to the savvy angler.

Musky Fishing in Boulder Junction

If you’re a musky hunter, you’re heart is beating a little bit faster at the thought of those behemoth fish getting ready for their late fall feast. Here are four Wisconsin musky hotspots you should fish this November.

Lake DuBay in the Stevens Point area is a 6,830 acre flowage on the Wisconsin River. Its winding channels, secluded bays and large areas of open water all combine to create ideal musky habitat. During the late fall in Lake DuBay, a musky gets a healthy appetite. Look for fish in the transition zone between deep and shallow water, particularly near the river channels. Musky can be spread out in this system, so be prepared to hunt for fish. For the persistent angler, the rewards can be an amazing catch.

With more than 50 Class-A musky lakes in Boulder Junction, finding a great place to fish isn’t very difficult. One of the very best musky lakes in the area is White Sand Lake. This small lake has a healthy population of cisco, a musky’s favorite meal. White Sand Lake’s musky grow plump feeding on cisco. In the fall when the water temperatures plummet, ciscoes head into the shallows to spawn. The lake’s big muskies follow them and you have a once-a-year opportunity at some true trophy fish. Take advantage of this fantastic fall fishing pattern.

Fence Lake in Lac du Flambeau in Vilas County is famous for its huge musky. Each fall, the 3,500-acre lake gives up some enormous fish. During most of the year, the deep, clear lake can be a challenging place to fish. But when cold weather rolls around, the lake’s monsters come into shallower water, making them vulnerable to the musky hunter’s lures. Look for the musky action to increase as water temperatures fall. By late November, the fishing should be hot.

Boom Lake in the Rhinelander Area is famous as a musky lake. And for good reason: each fall, Boom Lake produces hundreds of huge fish. Boom Lake is one of the most popular fishing lakes in the Northwoods. But by November, musky anglers have the lake all to themselves. Cast giant jerkbaits and hefty crankbaits. Multi-fish outings are not uncommon in the late fall on Boom Lake. Get out there and enjoy one of the best fishing lakes in the Northwoods.

Other musky hotspots include Lake Holcombe in Rusk County and Lake Nokomis in Oneida County.


September 12, 2012

Fall Musky Hotspots

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.

Musky fishing in Boulder JunctionTrout 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 ChainVilas 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.