With over 2500 lakes, the Vilas and Oneida counties of Wisconsin offers a fishing adventure for all anglers. Musky, walleye, trout, panfish, smallmouth and largemouth bass are all common in its waters. Located in north central Wisconsin bordering Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin’s beautiful Northwoods offers over 3200 lakes, streams and rivers; and over 1/2 million acres of public forest for your enjoyment.
Vilas and Oneida counties cover several hundred square miles of lakes and rivers, enough to last a lifetime. These two counties include the communities of Minocqua, Woodruff, Hazelhurst, Arbor Vitae, Eagle River, St. Germain, Three Lakes, Rhinelander, Land O’Lakes, Boulder Junction, Phelps, Manitowish Waters, Presque Isle, and a small portion of the Lac du Flambeau Indian reservation. There are roughly 3,000 different lakes to fish from in the area. Many of the more famous waters include the Manitowish Chain, Lac Du Flambeau Chain, Minocqua Chain, Rhinelander Flowage, Rainbow Flowage, Eagle River Chain, Three Lakes Chain, North and South Twin, and Big and Little Saint Germain…… and hundreds more.
Many Vilas and Oneida county lakes contain diversified fisheries, and each are unique in terms of habitat, topography, acreage, and fish population densities and dynamics. More than 75% of these lakes all contain some form of public access whether it’s a paved boat launch, logging road access, or primitive access. These accesses range from highly developed Type 1 facilities to difficult to find subdivision or wilderness sites. The area possesses several true wilderness lakes south of the Upper Michigan border, along with popular fishing lakes in the southern and western portions of the region. Fishing pressure area and success varies tremendously from lake to lake within area.
Captain Jolly guides the lakes and rivers of Northern Wisconsin where excellent musky and walleye action can be found.
Primary Fish Species of Interest:
- Northern Pike
- Smallmouth Bass
- Largemouth Bass
- Lake Trout
- Rainbow Trout & Brook Trout (streams)
Northwoods Fishing Regions of Interest:
- Three Lakes
- St. Germain
- Manitowish Waters
- Lac Du Flambeau
- Boulder Junction