Wisconsin Fishing

If you thought you had to fly to Canada for big-time musky action, or head to the Pacific Northwest to catch coho and Chinook, think again. Both angling experiences can be had in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is home to 165 fish species, and anglers in Wisconsin have 15,000 inland lakes, 42,000 miles of streams and rivers, plus the Great Lakes Shoreline and 260 miles of the Mississippi River to fish. About 1.4 million licenses are sold each year to adult anglers in the Badger state who annually catch 88 million fish and keep 33 million fish of all kinds.

And fishing just got better tin Wisconsin. For the first time, the state is offering a one-day fishing license to those anglers that want to give Wisconsin fishing a try. Choose your water. Choose your friends. Choose your day. It's that simple. The cost of the one-day license is $8 for residents and $10 for non-residents. More information is available on the WI DNR .

Here are a few top fishing events to mark on your fall calendar. And browse our Fish Wisconsin page for information on great fishing destinations, boat access sites and licenses.

Three Lakes Muskie Classic, Three Lakes

September 29-30, 2012

The Northernaire Resort in Three Lakes is host to this catch and release Musky tournament held on the largest inland chain of lakes in the country. Sponsored by the Headwates Chapter (also known as Chapter 12) of Muskies, Inc, this annual fall classic of champions offers a $5,000 first place prize. The Headwaters Chapter has contributed over $800,000 in the last several years to a wide variety of conservation and sustainability educational projects.

Chamber Midwest Musly Classic, Phelps

October 5-7, 2012

The $50.00 entry fee includes a cap, meal, and a chance at the first place prize of $1,000. Also included, a reproduction of the largest fish of the tournament! Register early for a chance at the early bird drawing; winners can fish for free!

Musky Tale Resort's Crappie QuestHayward

October 6-7, 2012

This tournament is a two-person team tournament, billed as "the last hurrah!" tournament of the season.
First place prize is $1,000 and payouts are based on total weight for both days.  As in most all tournaments, catch and release is encouraged.

Greater Wisconsin Musky Tournament, St Germain

October 6-7, 2012

In addition to cash prizes, entrants have the opportunity to win many other door prizes and raffle prizes throughout the weekend.  Ten area lakes are included in this catch and release tournament, sponsored by the St Germain Chamber of Commerce.

Vilas County Musky Marathon, Eagle River

May 26 - Nov 30, /2012

Annual county-wide fishing contest runs the entire length of the Musky fishing season. This contest offers Released Divisions for Men, Women, Junior, and Guide and Kept Divisions for Men, Women and Junior for muskies caught in Vilas County waters. Plaques are awarded to the top three in each of the seven divisions. No registration fee!

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