Spring fishing opener

On Saturday, May 5, you’ll see people heading to Oneida County lakes at sunrise. The official kickoff to the main Wisconsin fishing season happens at 5am that day, when anglers will again test their skill (and luck) in some of the best fishing waters in the Northwoods. Here’s a quick guide to spring fishing in Oneida County and what you need to plan a getaway that’s off the hook.

Land the perfect lake

Oneida County has 1,100 lakes, so the fishing options are almost endless. This bounty of lakes ranges from large and easily accessible waters to lakes that provide adventurous anglers with a backcountry fishing experience. Some of Oneida County’s popular fishing lakes include Boom Lake, Lake Nokomis, Lake Tomahawk, the Rainbow Flowage and Lake Minocqua. 

Count your catch

Walleye and northern pike will be prime targets for anglers in May, but they are just the start of the action on the water. The musky season kicks off May 26, and the summer harvest season for bass starts June 16 (the catch and release season for bass is May 5-June 15). See the state’s key fishing dates and license information here.

Stay on the water

There’s nothing like waking up to a view of an Oneida County lake. Oneida County’s communities have numerous lodging options that will get to close to—or on—the water. Your options include traditional fishing cabins with facilities to clean your fish to classic resorts and hotels and motels. Need trailer parking? No problem. Most Oneida County accommodations will have plenty of room for your boat.

Hook a great meal

After spending a day on a beautiful lake, you’ll probably work up a whale of an appetite. Take a look at some of the great dining establishments you’ll find throughout Oneida County.