Where are the best fishing spots in Northwoods Wisconsin?

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Maggie Ginsberg-Schutz

Every angler’s got his favorites, so what constitutes the best fishing spots in Northwoods Wisconsin is highly subjective. Luckily, Wisconsin, with its 15,000 lakes, ponds and streams, provides no shortage of options, and Northwoods Wisconsin is no exception. The Willow Flowage southeast of Minocqua is one of the best walleye lakes in the state. Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay is one of the only places in the world you can snag salmon and trout in the same spot as smallmouth bass and walleye. The Manitowish Chain is famous for Musky (as well as John Dillinger’s famous shootout with the FBI at Little Bohemia Lodge in Little Star Lake), as is Boulder Junction. Chippewa Flowage (you’d better pronounce it “CHIP-wuh” if you don’t want to stick out as a tourist) is Wisconsin’s third largest lake at 15,000 acres, with 200 miles of undeveloped shoreline and more than 100 islands; find Musky, walleye, crappie, smallmouth and largemouth bass, perch, panfish lurking there. Don’t forget that fishing in Wisconsin is year-round; grab a guide, find a warm shanty and drill a hole through the thick ice for fresh catch any season.

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