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.

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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!