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.
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.
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Experience luxury log cabin comfort at the Timberline Inn in downtown Manitowish Waters. The Timberline Inn is a great place to relax and take in the peace and quiet of the Northwoods.
On the shores of Big Lake in St. Germain, you’ll find Lynn Ann’s Campground. The wooded campsites are clean and scenic. And, Big Lake offers some of the best fishing in the Northwoods for musky, walleye, bass, northern pike and panfish.
Sunrise Lodge on the shores of Lac Vieux Desert in Land O’ Lakes can accommodate parties ranging from one to 25. You’ll find a variety of units featuring fireplaces, full kitchens and an array of amenities. But the best feature of Sunrise Lodge might be the lake. Lac Vieux Desert is an enormous lake – 4,200 acres – and boasts great fishing for walleye, northern pike, musky, perch and crappie.
The Gateway Lodge in Land O’ Lakes has been serving vacationers and outdoorsmen for more than 100 years. Located right on the boundary that separates Wisconsin from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, it is the epitome of a Northwoods lodge.
At Edgewater Inn & Cottages in Eagle River, you can choose from the cozy comfort of a knotty pine room at the inn or the rustic charm of a cottage. Located on the waterfront of the Eagle River Chain of Lakes, it’s the perfect place to stay if you want to enjoy fishing, boating or just relaxing by the water.
Try your luck at Lake of the Torches Resort Casino in Lac du Flambeau. In addition to slot machines, blackjack tables, bingo and a poker room, you’ll find a fantastic buffet and great entertainment.
Fun for the whole family, Eagle Falls Adventure Golf in downtown Eagle River offers 18 holes of top-notch mini-golf. Waterfalls, rivers and fountains highlight this course, which is based on a 1950s fishing camp theme.
You’ve made the decision to hit the open road and visit one (or all) of our dozen unique destinations. So what are you going to do once you get there? Here are three local highlights to help you plan your trip.
1. Bicycling/hiking/snowmobiling/skiing trails. More than 50 hiking, bicycling and skiing trails – as well as 600 miles of groomed snowmobile trails – wind through the 12 communities of Vilas County, one of the most popular travel destinations in the Midwest. From bicycling to bird watching, there are endless opportunities to explore Vilas County’s 240,000 acres of public land and take in its scenic vistas along the well-established trail system. And be sure to bring your camera, too, as you might catch sight of the area’s abundant wildlife. www.vilaswi.com/outdoor-fun
2. Little Bohemia Lodge, Manitowish Waters. When you think about Wisconsin’s Northwoods, you think of pristine forests and crystal-clear lakes, not 1930s gangsters. But, in April 1934, Little Bohemia Lodge in Manitowish Waters was the site of a famous shootout between FBI agents and infamous gangster John Dillinger. Little Bohemia was built five years earlier, and the resort is proud of its history – including the famous shootout, which was recreated on site for the 2009 Johnny Depp movie “Public Enemies.” The resort’s website puts it best: “Remember … Dillinger only left because he had to!” 142 Highway 51 South, Manitowish Waters; (715) 543-8433; www.littlebohemialodge.com
3. George W. Brown Jr. Ojibwe Museum & Cultural Center, Lac du Flambeau. Native American culture has played a role in Wisconsin’s Northwoods for centuries. Lac du Flambeau’s George W. Brown Museum celebrates that culture’s impact with unique displays and historical artifacts. Visitors can see a 24-foot Ojibwe dugout canoe, examples of Ojibwe arts and crafts, a replica of a French fur-trading post, and a world-record sturgeon taken from one of Lac du Flambeau’s lakes. Something to note: from November through April, the museum is open only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 603 Peace Pipe, Lac du Flambeau; (715) 588-333