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March 4, 2014

Spring Getaway Giveaway

Enter the Spring Getaway Giveaway at www.exploreblackriverfalls.com or www.facebook.com/BlackRiverFalls for a chance to win one of two overnight stays in picturesque Black River Country’s Comfort Inn & Suites and Super 8 Hotel. The contest runs from March 5 to April 18.

Spring is an ideal time to getaway to Black River Country. Ride some of the best ATV trails in the Midwest. Bike outstanding mountain biking trails in the Black River State Forest and Jackson County Forest. Spot white-tailed deer, wild turkey and ruffed grouse along the more than 100 miles of hiking trails in the area. Fish for musky, crappie, walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass on the Black River and Lake Arbutus. Treasure hunt unique shops and antiques dealers. Swing the clubs at the Skyline Golf Course. However you choose to explore, you’re sure to love spring in Black River Country.

Black River Falls, in Jackson County, is conveniently located on I-94, just two hours from Minneapolis, two hours from Madison and five hours from Chicago, with many different lodging options. To start planning your spring getaway, visit www.exploreblackriverfalls.com  and www.facebook.com/BlackRiverFalls.



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 14, 2013

The Season of Giants – Late-season Musky Fishing

There’s a fish for every season. Shortly after the ice leaves Wisconsin’s lakes, crappie begin their feeding frenzy. On many river systems, the spring walleye run can be action-packed. Late spring brings great fishing for bluegill on lakes all over the state. As the water begins to warm in early summer, the bass fishing in Wisconsin can be incredible. And, as the mercury begins to drop down toward freezing, the musky fishing can be downright unbelievable.

Fall fishing

In general, a musky doesn’t feed during the winter. To make it through those long, cold months, these huge predators must pack on the pounds during the fall. By late fall, muskies will be eating voraciously. Musky anglers who want to catch a trophy fish will spend as many hours on the water as they can during this period.

During late fall, big lures are the rule. Musky baits should be between 12 and 18 inches – or more. Successful musky anglers know that they need to spend a lot of time hunting as muskies can be spread out across the entire lake. In fact, fall is the only time of the year that certain monster-size muskies will make an appearance in the shallows. These huge fish leave their deepwater lairs in pursuit of baitfish, particularly ciscoes. Put a lure in front of one of these ravenous predators and you might experience the fight of your life.

Wisconsin offers some of the best musky fishing in the nation, regardless of the season. Here are some of the state’s very best late-fall musky destinations.

Boom Lake Chain, Rhinelander

Part of the Wisconsin River, this 2,231-acre impoundment is one of the best musky fishing destinations in the Northwoods.

Lake Arbutus, Black River Falls area

The Black River is home to a healthy population of musky, and Lake Arbutus holds some of the biggest specimens.

Three Lakes Chain, Oneida County

Try your luck on one – or all – of this chain’s 28 lakes. You’ll find plentiful fish and lots of room to explore.

Eagle River Chain, Vilas County

If you’re looking for variety, fish the Eagle River Chain of Lakes. This chain has one of the highest concentrations of musky in the state.

Trout Lake, Boulder Junction

The musky fishing in this deep, clear lake really turns on in the late fall. The musky here grow to enormous sizes.

Lake DuBay, Stevens Point area

This sprawling impoundment of the Wisconsin River offers miles of channels, numerous islands and lots of musky.


August 12, 2013

Panfish A-plenty: Top Lakes for Fall Panfishing

Fall is a great time to go fishing for bluegill, crappie and perch. Collectively known as “panfish,” these three types of fish can be caught on nearly every lake in the state. Wisconsin boasts some of the best panfishing in the Midwest. There are thousands of lakes to choose from, but here are some of the very best.

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Lake Onalaska – If you want to catch a big bluegill, head to Onalaska and fish 7,700-acre Lake Onalaska. The great bluegill fishing here is no secret – the lake carries the moniker, “Sunfish Capital of the World.”

Lake DuBay – This vast flowage north of Stevens Point is crappie heaven. Loaded with sunken timber and other underwater structure, crappie thrive here.

Lake Holcombe – Located at the south end of Rusk County, Lake Holcombe might be one of the most complete fishing destinations in the state. Fish for panfish, as well as bass, musky, walleye and catfish. You might even catch a glimpse of a giant lake sturgeon swimming under your boat.

Lake Winnebago – Perch reign supreme on Lake Winnebago. The best place to launch your boat on this 138,000-acre mega lake is Oshkosh. Perch can be caught by jigging, slip bobbers, worm harnesses – just about any technique will work.

Van Vliet Lake – This small lake near Presque Isle in Vilas County is great for panfish. It features a fishing pier, making it a good place to take the kids.

Squirrel Lake – Located in Oneida County, this lake boasts excellent fishing for panfish. The bluegills on this lake are numerous, as are the bass.

Lake Arbutus – This Black River Falls area lake is best known for its musky and walleye fishing, but it also boasts great fishing for panfish, particularly crappie.

Lake Mendota – Launch your boat at Mendota County Park in Middleton and fish this huge lake for bluegill and perch. The bluegill here are huge and the perch are enormous, plus you might hook into one of the lake’s dinner-plate-sized crappie.


June 3, 2013

Your Best Bets for Bluegills, Crappies and Perch

Summertime is the perfect time to fish for panfish. Whether you like casting for crappies, watching bobbers for bluegills or jigging for jumbo perch, you’ll find a lake that fits your style of fishing in Wisconsin. Here are three of the state’s best panfish opportunities.

Onalaska Bluegill

Lake Onalaska Bluegills – Onalaska

At 7,700 acres, Lake Onalaska offers anglers a huge expanse of open water. The lake is actually a wide pool on the Mississippi River. Panfish can be found throughout this multifaceted lake. Lake Onalaska is most famous for its bluegill fishing. In fact, the bluegill fishing is so renowned that the lake is called the “Sunfish Capital of the World.” Look for the best bluegill fishing on the edges of emerging weeds in some of the lake’s many backwater channels and sloughs. There’s a lot of water to explore.

Lake Arbutus Crappie – Black River Country

This 770-acre lake located north of Black River Falls is an outstanding fishery. The dark-stained waters hold good numbers of panfish and gamefish. The lake’s great musky fishing is famous. But the discerning panfish angler knows that the real attraction is the lake’s plentiful crappie. Anglers targeting Lake Arbutus crappie will find good fishing throughout the summer. Don’t miss this great little lake.

Lake Winnebago Yellow Perch – Oshkosh

Wisconsin’s largest inland lake is one of the best places in the country to catch yellow perch. This 138,000-acre lake has offered up some monster perch over the years, some reaching lengths of 16 inches or more. Locals jig for perch and often use slip bobbers. In the waters around Oshkosh, look for weed beds. Sunken islands and other bumps and humps in the lake bottom are worth checking out. Once you find a school of perch, look out!

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