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Door County
Rating 10.0

Rated as one of the top ten vacation destinations in America, Door County has so much to offer.  With hundreds of miles of scenic shoreline, there are numerous recreational opportunities in this area.  From swimming on the beaches, shopping, dining, hiking, sight-seeing, boating or fishing, Door County has something here for everyone.  Door County is known for having a great salmon and trout fishery as well as being one of the top smallmouth bass destinations in the country.

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Eagle River, WI
Rating 9.25

Eagle River, Wisconsin is one of the top places to visit in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Eagle River is very scenic with lots of wildlife.  Numerous fishing lakes combined with miles of trout streams keep visitors coming back every year.  The Eagle River Chain of Lakes is known for its abundant walleye and muskie populations.  The lakes that surround this town are known for their bass, walleye and muskie fishing with some pike available too.

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Rating 9.0

Hayward, Wisconsin is located in northwestern Wisconsin.  Its small hometown atmosphere and unique setting make it a great vacation destination.  The recreational opportunities are endless with over 55,000 acres of lakes.  Fishing is good for muskie, northern pike, walleye, bass, crappie, perch and other panfish.  Hayward is home to the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, where world record catches are registered.

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Chequamegon Bay
Rating 9.0

The Chequamegon Bay is a popular fishing destination in Wisconsin, although, this area doesn’t draw nearly as many visitors as some of the other popular destinations in Wisconsin.  The scenery is beautiful and the fishing is outstanding for a variety of different fish.  This area might have some of the best smallmouth bass fishing for big bass in the entire state of Wisconsin.  You can also catch lake trout, walleye, salmon, brown trout, northern pike and perch.

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Chippewa Falls, WI
9.0 Rating

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin is located in the northwest part of Wisconsin about 90 miles east of St. Paul, Minnesota.  It’s small town atmosphere, beautiful scenery and numerous lakes in Chippewa County make the Chippewa Falls area a great place for a vacation.  Chippewa County has hundreds of lakes and numerous trout streams.  The county has 21,037 acres of lakes and streams and over 310 miles of rivers and streams.   The fishing in the Chippewa Falls area is very good.  Whether you are targeting a trophy muskie, bass, northern pike, trout or panfish, it’s all here in the Chippewa Falls area lakes and streams.

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Boulder Junction, WI
8.75 Rating

Boulder Junction is known for its muskie fishing with its 50 plus “Class A” muskie lakes, but it is just as popular for its outdoor appeal.  Thousands of people love spending their vacations in Boulder Junction because of the quiet waterways, crystal clear lakes, numerous trails and other outdoor recreation that the Northwoods of Wisconsin offers.

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Minocqua, WI
Rating 8.5

Minocqua is one of the most popular areas to visit in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  This area has one of the largest concentration of freshwater lakes in the country.  There are numerous types of lodging, plenty of restaurants and some excellent outdoor opportunities. The fishing in Minocqua is known for its muskie fishing, although, it has some pretty good fishing for walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and panfish also.  Northern pike are also available in many of the lakes.

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Conover & Phelps, WI
8.5 Rating

Conover, Wisconsin is located about 10.5 miles north of Eagle River, Wisconsin.  Conover is a small town, but there are some very good fishing  lakes in the area with North Twin Lake getting the most attention.  Anglers target muskie, northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, panfish and even trout in this area.

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St. Germain, WI
8.5 Rating

St. Germain, Wisconsin is one of the more popular areas to visit in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  There is so much to do here for the outdoorsman with the area lakes and pristine wilderness. The St. Germain area offers some excellent fishing.  Most people spend their time on Big St. Germain Lake and Little St. Germain Lake.  You can catch largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, muskie, crappie, bluegill and perch.  The spring is best for fishing as you can target many species in shallower water.  In the summer, the fishing is still good and the weather is warm enough for a variety of outdoor activities.  This is the perfect time for a family vacation.  If you have some time off in the fall, plan a muskie fishing trip.  The fishing is excellent in the fall for walleye and muskie, but most anglers come up here in the fall to land a trophy muskie.

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Three Lakes, WI
8.5 Rating

Three Lakes, Wisconsin is a small community located just south of Eagle River in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  The town is nestled in the midst of the Nicolet National Forest which offers some excellent scenery. For the water enthusiasts, the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes consists of 28 lakes.  Fishing is very good on the chain for muskie and walleye.  You can also catch smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, crappie, perch and other panfish.

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Rhinelander, WI
8.25 Rating

Rhinelander, Wisconsin is a great place to get away from it all.  Located in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, you will enjoy outdoor activities in the vast forests and numerous lakes.  Rhinelander sits on Boom Lake, which is one of the 1,100 lakes in Oneida County.  The Wisconsin River and Pelican River surround Rhinelander which help to give this area a well-rounded fishery.

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Cable, WI
8.25 Rating

Cable, Wisconsin is a small town just north of Hayward, Wisconsin.  If you enjoy the outdoors, you will find plenty to do here.  The trail system attracts many people here that enjoy hiking, biking, running, snowmobiling, atving and cross country skiing.  The lakes are popular during the open water seasons.  The fishing is very good here with Lake Owen and Namakagon Lake drawing the most interest from anglers.  Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, pike and muskie are all possible here in the area lakes.

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Lac du Flambeau, WI
8.25 Rating

Lac du Flambeau is a small town located near Minocqua, which is one of the more popular vacation destinations in Wisconsin.  You won’t find the crowds in Lac du Flambeau like you will in Minocqua, so you have less crowds on the lakes, but all the amenities a close car ride away.  The Lac du Flambeau chain of lakes gets most of the attention in this area.  The fishing can be very good for a variety of different fish.  Most anglers come here to fish for walleye, smallmouth bass, muskie, northern pike and panfish.  The largemouth bass fishing is pretty good too depending on the lake you are fishing.

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Lake Winnebago
8.0 Rating

Lake Winnebago is the nation’s second largest inland freshwater lake.  It is 28 miles long, 11 miles wide and covers 137,700 acres.  It is so big that it takes up space in 3 different counties including Winnebago, Fond du Lac and Calumet.  The lake covers 85 miles of shoreline and you can find plenty of lighthouses, launch ramps, harbors, parks and restaurants around the water.  The lake is very popular for a variety of outdoor activities.  There is plenty of room on the lake for everyone.  The fishing on Lake Winnebago is excellent.  It is a large lake, but it is not as overwhelming as some would think.

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8.0 Rating

Mercer is home to several smaller lakes and a huge lake called the Turtle Flambeau Flowage.  In the smaller lakes in the area, anglers target bass, walleye, panfish, pike and even muskie in some of the lakes.  The Turtle Flambeau Flowage is what stands out in this area though.  The Flowage consists of nine lakes, three rivers and several creeks.  The flowage offers some beautiful surroundings and plenty of water for the outdoor enthusiasts.  Boating and fishing are very popular on the flowage.  Water skiing and jet skiing are permitted in some areas, but very limited, which makes it nice for the fisherman looking to find some peaceful surroundings.   The Flowage supports a diversity of fish species including walleye, muskie, northern pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass, sturgeon, and a variety of panfish.

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Birchwood, WI
7.5 Rating

The Birchwood, Wisconsin area has so many different lakes to fish.  Long Lake and Lake Chetac get the most attention.  They are good lakes known for good walleye fishing and you can also catch northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and panfish.  Many of the area lakes will have good fishing for walleye, pike, bass and panfish.

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Green Lake
7.5 Rating

Green Lake is a very large, deep lake that covers 7,346 acres with 75% of the lake deeper than 20 feet and a maximum depth of 236 feet.  Green Lake is a beautiful town with a lot to offer the entire family.  Experience the shopping, dining, outdoor recreation, or just relax around the lake.  Green Lake is known for being a crowd-free, accessible lake.  The lake supports a healthy population of northern pike, smallmouth bass, trout, channel catfish and panfish.  Walleye and largemouth bass are also present.

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Iron River, WI
7.5 Rating

The Iron River area is a popular vacation destination.  People come here to enjoy the beautiful lakes and streams that provide excellent fishing and other recreational activities.  The 96 area lakes provide excellent fishing for northern pike, muskie, bass, walleye, and panfish.   The top 12 lakes that anglers target are Deep Lake, Delta Lake, Eagle Lake, Half Moon, Iron Lake, Iron River Flowage, Lake Wanoka, Long Lake, Peterson Lake, Pike Chain of Lakes, Pine Lake, and Ruth Lake.   You can find excellent fishing in the other lakes and you might just stumble upon an area that nobody knows about.  That is what’s great about the Iron River area.  There are so many places to fish.  With Lake Superior only 17 miles north of Iron River, you have the option of fishing the lake and its tributaries.  The area rivers provide some excellent fishing during the spawning runs.  Brule River offers an excellent steelhead run through the month of April and Flag River also heats up for steelhead around the second week of April.

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Land o’ Lakes, WI
7.5 Rating

Land O’ Lakes & Watersmeet are located about 8.5 miles away from each other. You will find dozens of lakes in this part of Northern Wisconsin and Lower Michigan. There are a variety of accommodations nestled amidst the natural beauty of the lakes and forests here. There are so many lakes to fish to go along with some rivers and streams as well. In this area, the most popular lakes to fish are part of the famous Cisco Chain of Lakes, which are 15 interconnected lakes with over 270 miles of scenic shoreline. Walleye and muskie are targeted by most anglers in this area, but you can also catch northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and panfish.

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Manitowish Waters
7.5 Rating

Manitowish Waters is located northwest of Minocqua and close to the border of Wisconsin and the upper peninsula in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Manitowish Waters is a lovely area with pristine lakes and plenty of scenery. The Manitowish Waters chain of lakes includes ten lakes with over 4,200 acres of connected waters to enjoy. Boating, fishing and swimming are very popular on the chain. The chain provides some excellent fishing for walleye, muskie and northern pike. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie and other panfish are also caught in the chain.

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Presque Isle, WI
7.5 Rating

Presque Isle is a quiet town that has been nicknamed “The Last Wilderness.”  Located in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, there is plenty to do here for those of you that like being on the water.  This area has many lakes, streams, pristine forests and plenty of wildlife to help you get away from the daily grind.  The fishing is excellent in Presque Isle.  The lakes don’t get nearly as much fishing pressure up here as some of the other areas in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  Muskie, walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, perch and other panfish are available.

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Tomahawk, WI
7.25 Rating

The Tomahawk, Wisconsin area is home to a variety of waters to fish with numerous lakes, flowages and rivers. Anglers come here to catch walleye, muskie, northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, trout and panfish.

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Lake Pepin
7.25 Rating

Lake Pepin is a 24,550 acre lake that is located on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin. This is a popular lake among anglers. Most fishermen target walleye and sauger here, but you can also catch northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and panfish. There are numerous public boat launches, fishing guide services, marinas and plenty of lodging options to accommodate you on your trip here. Ice fishing is also very popular here during the winter.

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Small Town Destinations

There are some very good small town destinations in Wisconsin.  You may not have all the business services geared towards the fishing community in these towns, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be considered for a fishing trip.  You may have a little more difficulty finding a guide, a boat rental or other type of service compared to the top fishing destinations in Wisconsin, but you will still have some options here for lodging and some awesome fishing is available.

Day Trip Lakes & Destinations

There are many places in Wisconsin that are popular for fishing, however, most people wouldn’t consider them for a fishing vacation.  They would be more like a day trip, half day trip or maybe even a weekend getaway.  Stay for a half day or a week.  We don’t care.  We just know that if you like to fish, you should know about these destinations too.

Southern Wisconsin Central Wisconsin
Lake Michigan & Green Bay
Delavan Lake Castle Rock Lake Green Bay
Kenosha, WI Kewaunee, WI Kenosha, WI
Lake Geneva Manitowoc & Two Rivers, WI Kewaunee, WI
Milwaukee, WI Madison
Racine, WI Petenwell Lake Milwaukee, WI
Sheboygan, WI Racine, WI
Wolf River (Fremont, WI) Sheboygan, WI


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