North Woods Fishing

Spectacular Fishing in Phelps, Wisconsin!

Discover a Northwoods fishing secret that few people know about! Did you know that Phelps is located in a region with the highest density of freshwater lakes in the world? In fact, four of the largest lakes in Vilas County are located right here in Phelps. Our lakes vary from small and 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 lake opportunities and more.

Nothing Beats Northwoods Fishing!

This is just one more way to find peace and quiet, enjoy the great outdoors, while making 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 a catch or simply enjoy the relaxation of the cast, you’ll find local lakes filled with a variety of species of fish, including, but not limited to:
Discover Huge Muskies 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 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 even more choices, including the Wisconsin River (outlet of Lac Vieux Desert Lake) and the Deerskin River (outlet of Long Lake). And the best part – you can fish happily all year round!

THE Ice Fishing Destination in the Midwest

Northwoods Ice Fishing
You can’t beat ice fishing in Phelps! This is a very popular local 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! for safety and tips from the Wisconsin DNR. And watch for fun tournaments, including the Lions Club Annual Great Northern Ice Fishing Tournament!


More Links and Information

North Woods Fishing in WisconsinWisconsin Fishing Seasons

Wisconsin Fishing Regulations

Fish Identification (Download a mobile fish ID app.)

Wisconsin Fishing Reports


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