Where To Go Ice Fishing In Wisconsin...


The chilly winters and abundance of lakes makes Wisconsin the ideal state for a spot of ice fishing. The cities and towns making up Wisconsin is somewhat an ice fishing paradise. This guide will help to point you in the right direction when choosing the best place to fish throughout the winter months.

Black Oak Lake


Nearby Places: Land o’ Lakes
Known Types of Fish: Northern pike, trout, walleye, largemouth & smallmouth bass
Lake Details: This special 564 acre lake is located in Vilas County. It has a mean depth of around 34 feet. This lake is a popular spot for ice fishing during the winter months. The lake is ready for ice fishing around mid-December and has lasted until early May in recent years.

Lake Winnebago


Nearby Places: Oshkosh, Neenah, Fond du Lac
Known Types of Fish: Walleye, yellow perch, pike, crappie & bass
Lake Details: This beautiful lake in the heart of Wisconsin is considered a shallow lake with a depth of only 21ft. As winter progresses, many of the Winnebago lakes fish will begin to roam the lakes basin. Those ice anglers who put the effort in and drill a number of holes will be rewarded with bags of fish. Don’t be afraid to venture away (1/2 – 1 mile) from other anglers. The lake's main basin is huge. A good place to start is 2-3 miles off the east or west coast shore.

Mississippi River Pool 8


Nearby Places: Onalaska
Known Types of Fish: Perch, walleye, black crappie, white bass, & bluegill
River Details: This is a great spot and has become very popular for ice fishing over recent years. Mississippi river pool 8 is located right by the point of the Mississippi where Iowa, Minnisota, and Wisconsin nearly meet. I have fished here several times over the past few years. I have found that Stoddard islands have been the best perch producer. My little tip is that the best bite is at the crack of dawn, and just before dark. A variety of baits have worked but the larger fish were caught on minnows.

Fox Lake


Nearby Places: Fox Lake, Lyndon Dale
Known Types of Fish: Muskie, panfish, walleye & largemouth bass
Lake Details: This 2,700 acre lake with a maximum depth of 19 feet is one of the best and most popular ice fisheries in Wisconsin. The fox lake has been known as the best place to fish for walleye in the area.
Local Fox Lake property owners have been stocking the lake for more than 30 years. In 1970 an aeration system was added to the lake. This adds extra oxygen to the water thus preventing the lake from freezing completely. This helps to protect the fish and their numbers. Since then, ice fishing has increased in popularity, and dedicated anglers can catch fish during every season.

Boom Lake


Nearby Places: Rhinelander (between highways 17 & 47)
Known Types of Fish: Musky, northern pike, largemouth bass, panfish (crappie perch bluegills), walleye, smallmouth bass
Lake Details: Book lake has a surface water area of 1700 acres and a maximum depth of 30 feet. They’re a wide range of fish (see above) that can be caught all year round, the most popular being musky and crappie. Musky’s in the 50’s have been seen and caught at boom lake. Some of the biggest fish have been known to be caught around the wooden structures and are definitely the place to fish.

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