Northwoods 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 2,000 acres.

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.

Corey Henne holding musky caught on Lac Vieux Desert
Source: Phelps Chamber

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:

  • 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!

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

Up for a little competition?

Be sure to check out all of the fishing tournaments taking place in Phelps this year!

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