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Top Ice Fishing Charters in Wisconsin

Ice Fishing in Wisconsin


Just ask any two anglers about the best spot for ice fishing Wisconsin and you’ll get at least five different answers. The Dairy State has legendary freshwater fishing, with 25% of the adult population enjoying the angling here every year. It’s estimated that a quarter of the annual catch in Wisconsin comes from ice fishing. Come on down and see why so many “bucketsitters” can’t wait for the first snow!

Where to fish

Big Green Lake

The deepest freshwater lake of the state is home to many trophy-sized Lake Trout, with reliable Walleye and Pike fisheries, too. Since it’s the deepest lake, it’s one of the last waters in the state to freeze. The plus side is that when the other lakes are completely frozen over and the fish can’t be found anywhere, Big Green Lake is the place to be.

Mississippi River

The Old Man River has some of the most diverse fishing in the state of Wisconsin. You can find Walleyes and panfish in De Soto Bay. Anglers looking to hook up Northern Pike should hit the backwaters of Lake Lawrence. The waters west of Stoddard hold thousands of Bluegills just waiting for the right bait to hold on to. Just be very careful about the thickness of the ice – no Walleye is worth dying for.

Green Bay

The best place in the state to go after Walleye, Green Bay may be frozen during the winter but under the surface the action is glowing red hot! The state ice fishing record for Walleye was caught in the Bay, west of the aptly named Fish Creek. Jumbo Perch can also be hooked up in the Bay.

Other waters

With thousands upon thousands of lakes and streams in Wisconsin, picking the right spot for epic ice fishing is less a matter of where the fish is and more a matter of where you are. Depending on the right weather conditions and the temperature of the year any lake you find yourself on could be the one with the new state record catch, and the angler could be you!


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What People Are Saying About Ice Fishing in Wisconsin

"Good Captian"

Joe Ward fished with Green Bay Outfitters on November 5, 2019

Good and knowledgeable captain. We caught a couple smaller ones, unfortunately the big ones were not munching but cap worked his butt off in the cold to try and get them for us. I would recommend him and will fish with him again. I’ll get my 50 next year! Here is the bigger of the 2 my dad caught. Having trouble uploading 2 Photos.

"Half day trip with Captain Dennis"

Martin Kaczor fished with Lure-In Fishing Guide – Sturgeon Bay on October 21, 2019

We had a great time. We caught 7 or 8 perch and a norther pike. Dennis was very knowledgeable and he was great with my 8yo son and his 1001 questions:) I would definitely recommend going out with him for a great fishing trip!

"Half day trip with Captain Dave"

Dwight Wells fished with Fish Minocqua on October 9, 2019

Dave was great. We accomplished exactly what he said we would. Each of us caught our limit while having a great time. Dave worked tirelessly to find and then keep us on the fish. Dave is pleasant, knowledgeable and easy company. Would highly recommend Dave's services,

"Trip with Joe."

Cody Seibel fished with Let's Joe Fishing Salmon Charters on October 7, 2019

We didnt catch much but joe was amazing. It was great learning how to troll fish. He did an amazing job teaching and explaining the ins and outs. We are already planning our next trip. We just need better weather! Thanks again Joe!

"Half day trip with captain Nick"

Ants Viira fished with Milwaukee Offshore Fishing Charters, Llc. on September 23, 2019

Excellent experience. Booked an afternoon trip. Caught two king salmon (22lbs and 18lbs). Will definitely go back next year!

"Capt Frank half day"

Wiliam Ramsey fished with Twenty Four VII Charters on September 22, 2019

Great time with Capt Frank and 1st Mate Jerry. They worked hard and kept us busy. Great boat!!!

Top Targeted Ice Fishing Species in Wisconsin


Muskellunge (Musky)

Lake Trout

Perch (Yellow)

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