Have you ever encountered the Hodag, the elusive beast that prowls the woods near Rhinelander in northern Wisconsin? We want to see the proof!
North of Highway 10, the musky fishing season opens on May 24. This northern Wisconsin musky zone offers some of the best musky lakes on the planet. Anglers can choose from thousands of musky lakes, ranging from a few hundred acres to more than ten thousand.
Where’s an angler to begin? Here are five of Wisconsin’s top musky lakes, in no particular order.
Boulder Junction – Boulder Lake
At just 524 acres, Boulder Lake isn’t the biggest lake in Vilas County. However, this gem of a lake produces some big muskies every year. When the northern Wisconsin musky fishing season opens on May 24, this is a great lake to launch your fishing boat. Learn more about fishing in the Boulder Junction area.
Vilas County – Big St. Germain
Another lake to fish on the May 24 musky season opener is Big St. Germain. This lake is legendary for it’s great fishing for musky as well as smallmouth bass and walleye. The 1,617-acre lake is 42 feet deep and provides consistent fishing action throughout the summer. Get Vilas County fishing info.
Oneida County – Rainbow Flowage
This 3,153-acre impoundment of the Wisconsin River is one of the largest bodies of water in northern Wisconsin. Its musky fishery matches its size. The dark-stained water tends to warm earlier than some other area lakes, making it a great place to fish during the early musky season. Find out more about fishing in Oneida County.
Rhinelander Area – Boom Lake
Boom Lake is another impoundment of the Wisconsin River. Located just downstream from Rainbow Flowage, Boom Lake has a strong reputation as a musky producer. A number of annual musky tournaments are held on this lake in the heart of Rhinelander. Get Rhinelander Area fishing info.
Stevens Point – Lake DuBay
A 10-minute drive north of Stevens Point takes you to one of the best fishing spots in the state. Lake DuBay is another impoundment of the Wisconsin River and covers 6,830 acres. The lake is home to walleye, smallmouth bass, panfish and, of course, musky. Learn more about Lake DuBay.