North Woods Fishing

Spectacular Northwoods Fishing in Phelps, Wisconsin!

Discover a Northwoods fishing secret in Wisconsin that few people know about! Did you know that Phelps is located in a region with the highest density of fresh lakes in the world? In fact, four of the largest lakes in Vilas County are located near Phelps. These lakes vary from very small, remote lakes surrounded by public or private lands to large lakes, well over 1,000 acres.

View this Discover Wisconsin video clip Phelps: Wonders of the Northwoods to see the fantastic fishing opportunities and more.

What’s Best about Fishing in the Northwoods?

Fishing in Wisconsin is just one way to find peace and quiet, enjoy the great outdoors, and make the catch of a lifetime! Phelps, a beautiful outdoor paradise surrounded by the Nicolet National Forest, provides year-round outdoor vacation opportunities for people of all ages and interests.

Whether you are serious about fishing or simply enjoy the relaxation of it, you’ll find Northwoods lakes filled with a variety of species of fish, including, but not limited to:
Discover Huge Musky's in Phelps!

      • Lake Trout
      • Brook Trout
      • Walleye
      • Blue Gill
      • Pan Fish
      • Northern Pike
      • Musky or Muskelunge
      • Crappie
      • Perch
      • Large Mouth Bass
      • Small Mouth Bass

Explore some of the best fishing in the world right here in Phelps! Explore lakes in Northern Wisconsin – some of the more popular freshwater lakes include:

      • Big Sand Lake
      • Kentuck Lake
      • Long Lake
      • Lac Vieux Desert Lake
      • North and South Twin Lakes
      • Smokey Lake

There are also several rivers that offer fantastic fishing opportunities, including the Wisconsin River (outlet of Lac Vieux Desert Lake) and the Deerskin River (outlet of Long Lake). And the best part – the fishing is great all year round!

A Popular Destination for Northwoods Ice Fishing

Northwoods Ice Fishing
You can’t beat Northwoods ice fishing in Phelps, Wisconsin! Ice fishing is a very popular sport, one you can enjoy with the whole family. Many of our larger lakes have resorts and restaurants that welcome fishermen and families year-round.

Remember to be safe on the ice! Read Flag up! Ice fishing in Wisconsin for safety and ice fishing tips from the Wisconsin DNR. And watch for fun tournaments, including the Lions Club Annual Great Northern Ice Fishing Tournament!

Fishing in Wisconsin: More Links and Information

North Woods Fishing in WisconsinFind out more about northwoods fishing:

Wisconsin Fishing Seasons

Wisconsin Fishing Regulations

Fish Identification (Download a mobile fish ID app.)

Wisconsin Fishing Reports

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