Opening Weekend Coming Right Up

Are You Ready to Fish Opening Weekend?

Opening weekend of fishing season is going to be here before we know it. Now is the time to book your stay, pack up your poles, and plan your trip to Phelps! But first, here’s a little prep advice from local guide Colin Crawford…

Open Water Has Returned!

It’s that time of year again, when ice fishing is over. So get your flashers charged up and put away, and ice augers filled with fresh fuel with some stabilizer added for the summer. Strip any old fishing line off your reels and back your drags off so that they don’t get stuck over the off season for them. Also, check all your rod guides for nicks to be replaced and give them all a good washing with soap and water.

With all that done, get your open water rods and reels ready for the next round of fishing. Get your Perch and Crappie rods done first.  A couple of things here – you can line them with 6# mono or some super braid for slip bobber fishing early season fish; I don’t use fluorocarbon on slip bobber rods, because it sinks and doesn’t keep your bobber where it needs to be for some of those lite biters.

Perch and Crappies: Set up slip bobber rigs either with split shots and Aberdeen hooks or small jigs tipped with small minnows or your favorite plastic fished in the shallows around any structure in the water around sand bottoms.

Happy fishing!  Selective harvest is the way to go.  Colin Crawford’s Guide Service, (715)891-2715.  Website is or you can also find Phelps Outdoors on Facebook.

Is this the Year You’ll Catch the Big One in Phelps?

We know you’ve been dreaming about opening weekend all winter. And it’s almost here. This is a great weekend to head North as many local lodging facilities and restaurants have opener specials. Browse local businesses to find a place to stay for your weekend of fun.

Can’t make it up for opening weekend? The fishing is good all summer in Vilas County! Whether you strictly fish one lake or move around to enjoy them all, we encourage you to remember to keep your boats clean for the sake of our lakes. Have a question about your upcoming visit? Give the Phelps Chamber a call at 715-545-3800 and we would be happy to help!

Good Luck on the Lake!

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