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Spring fishing in Vilas County


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Looking for a spring fishing getaway? Here's why you should consider Vilas County in northern Wisconsin.

kid fishing off a pier next to a small boat

Generations of anglers have headed to Vilas County for its outstanding fishing. These northern Wisconsin lakes are filled with fish—you’ll find everything from crappie, pike and musky to walleye, perch and bluegill. You’ll also find all the amenities on shore to make a fishing getaway complete. The main fishing season kicks off in early May, so make plans now to hit the water in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

Here are a few reasons to consider Vilas County for your next fishing getaway:

Convenient lodging

Vilas County has all the accommodations an angler would desire, including options to fit every budget. Choose from hotels, motels, resorts and cabins. Many properties are right on the water and some have boats available for guests. All properties welcome anglers and can help you get a restful night’s sleep before you head out on the water. Learn more about your northern Wisconsin lodging options here.

Shore dining

Sure, there’s nothing like cooking up your own catch. But after a long day on the lake, there’s also nothing like leaving the fish on ice and heading to enjoy a hearty meal at one of Vilas County’s many fine restaurants. Choose from pubs, diners, supper clubs and cafes. Most have fish on the menu!

Beautiful lakes

Vilas County has a lot of lakes – 1,327 lakes to be precise. They offer some of the best fishing in the Northwoods. You’ll find 472 bass lakes, 209 walleye lakes, 198 musky lakes and 195 Northern Pike lakes. Learn more about Vilas County’s lakes.

Knowledgeable guides

If you want the secret to a perfect day of fishing in northern Wisconsin, find someone with all the secrets. Vilas County fishing guides happily share knowledge that will improve your chances on the lake every time you go out. Plus, they make fishing even easier and more enjoyable. They supply the boat and the bait, and can provide a lunch on or off the water.

Get more information about Vilas County spring fishing here.