Get Hooked on Fishing

Whether you’re a serious fisherman angling for trophy muskie, bass and walleye, or a family looking for a meal of freshly caught panfish, there’s a lake for you in Manitowish Waters.

Angling opportunities abound almost anywhere you look in this popular recreational hub! Scores of lakes, rivers and streams await you -- 4,265 acres of water to be exact, including our “Legendary 10 Lake Chain.” Most lakes have either state or town-owned public fishing piers and landings for easy access. Or if you desire remote bodies of water with carry-ins only, we’ve got those too!

It’s an all-season sport, drawing thousands to fish our pristine waters, chasing monster muskie, scoping out where the walleyes are hitting, and hunkering down over an 8-inch hole drilled in the lake ice, teasing perch and crappies that you can see suspended 10 feet down in that clear water to bite on a jig and waxie. Nor can we forget our trout anglers tiptoeing along the stream banks in order to not spook the brooks or browns.

Need tackle, supplies and advice on where to go and what bait to use? Our bait shops can help you with all your fishing needs. Need a guide? Our guides are among the best in the state! In fact, when Wisconsin started requiring guide licenses, our guides were among the first to sign up. Their skills were, and still are, as legendary as our lakes.

Don’t forget to share a photo of your fish with us. Use #MW10LakeChain in your next social media post for us to see. Each month we will be doing a drawing for best photo.


Winter Rendezvous

The Manitowish Waters Sno-Skeeters Snowmobile Club’s Winter Rendezvous is one event you don’t want to miss! This event is held every year the Saturday of President’s Day weekend in February on Rest Lake. Access to the festival grounds is at Rest Lake Park on County Hwy. W.

As the area’s biggest ice fishing contest, prizes are awarded in eight categories for both fishing teams and the solo angler. This family fun event is designed for all, even those who are not fishing that day. Enjoy games on the ice, free rides in their Tucker groomer, raffles – including a brand-new snowmobile! Live music, food and beverages inside the heated tent all day long.

The celebration concludes with a spectacular fireworks show on the ice! Visit for more information, and we’ll see you at Winter Rendezvous!


Fishing Report

May 6th, 2019 Fishing the Northwoods 2019 Trip #1

Today, May the 6th was my first day on the water for the season. It was a beautiful day with sun shine and a light breeze. I could not help noticing as I went to pick up a fishing client the spring shining thought the woods. It was great to see. Spring again in the Northwoods.

Today was going to be a maiden voyage for the boat and both of the fisherman so we decided to go easy and just fish for crappies and perch. The first time I put the boat in the water each year I seem to forget something to put back into the boat. This year was true to form. I forgot a rag to wipe hands and water in the cooler. Neither of these items deterred from the trip but it would have been nice to have. I did have a container of antiseptic wipes so we could clean our hands of the fish odor.

I launched the boat in a Boulder Jct. area lake with ease even though I had not done the backing for a while. We had to get in the boat from the bow because most of the docks were not in yet do to our late winter. But no problem, and I did remember to put the plug in the boat!  Yea!! The water temperature was almost 48 degrees and warmed to over 50 as we fished.

The fishing was slow but productive as we fished for about 4 hours. We caught some early spawn crappies near the shore in scructure. We caught about a dozen but only kept a couple for supper. We did manage to catch 3 crappies that were real nice and fat and 13 inches plus but we put these back so could spawn later. Along with the crappies we caught 4 Northern Pike and a nice perch. I kept the perch also for my wife since it is her favorite fish to eat. Everything was caught on a small jig and bobber tipped with a crappie minnow. It was a fun day and nice to get out on the water again.

I plan on fishing a lot starting this next weekend. I look forward to see you on the lakes this spring and summer. The open water fishing has begun in the Northwoods.

Reported by, Bob Manitowish Guide Service