Welcome to Our Vilas County, WI Fishing Home Page

Vilas County, Wisconsin is home to some of the best fishing opportunities in the state as well as some of the best fishing vacation destinations in the Midwest. Come here to experience the beautiful lakes and rivers, shops, restaurants, awesome resorts and the excellent fishing too. Whether you come here to target smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, muskie or panfish, there is something here for everyone to enjoy.

Primary Species of Fish

Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Muskie & Walleye

The primary species of fish that anglers target in this area are smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, muskie and walleye.  Many people come to this area to target walleye and muskie, but the bass fishing has gotten so good up here that many anglers are now planning trips here to target both species of bass.

Secondary Species of Fish

Northern Pike, Crappie, Perch, Bluegill

Depending on where you are fishing and when, you may do very well with some of the secondary species of fish here.  You are going to find panfish throughout the area lakes, however, they big fish can be hit or miss depending on the year.  Some lakes in this area do have some very good crappie fishing though.  For the northern pike anglers, you can catch them in many different lakes throughout the county, however, you don’t hear about too many big pike being caught here.  The muskie fishing is better than the pike fishing, but you can definitely go out and catch plenty of pike if that’s what you want to do.

Vilas County, WI Fishing Tips

We have plenty of fishing tips in the following sections:

Area Waters

The Fish

Fishing Calendar

Towns of Vilas County

Vilas County, WI Fishing Regulations

Our area waters page will give you links to the specific lakes in the area so you can view their DNR pages directly.