Ice Fishing

Get hooked on Ice Fishing in Phelps!

As the chill steadies in the air, it's time to shift your passion for fishing to the hard water.

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 right on the shore that welcome fishermen and families year-round.

Take Advantage of Free Fishing Weekend!

If ice fishing tournaments aren’t your thing, or you are just testing the waters of this winter activity, visit Phelps on the third full weekend in January. This is Wisconsin’s free ice fishing weekend every year with no license required. Find great fishing activity with amazing scenery at the following lakes
 in Phelps:

  • North Twin Lake
  • South Twin Lake
  • Big Sand Lake
  • Long Lake
  • Lac Vieux Desert
  • Smoky Lake

As if these frozen waters don’t present enough fishing opportunities, Phelps is located in Vilas County, which is home to 1300 lakes of all sizes, shapes and possibilities!

Remember to be safe on the ice! Read Ice Safety for safety and tips from the Wisconsin DNR. Always be aware that ice thickness can vary on the same body of water and follow all recommended safety precautions. And watch for fun tournaments.

Know Before You Go Links & Resources

Compete in Fantastic Ice Fishing Tournaments!

Phelps is home to two ice fishing tournaments every year, one each on Big Sand Lake, and North Twin Lake. These tournaments are a fun way to get out on the ice and get to know your fellow fishermen better. Visit our Events Calendar for all of the details!

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