Wisconsin’s Hot on Ice Fishing

While ice fishing may require cold weather, it couldn’t be a hotter activity this time of year. If you’re ready to drop that pole into the ice, we have a list of events for you to head to.

Die-hard fishers often spend cold winter days in ice shanties ranging from luxurious retreats with carpeting, heat and televisions to more humble homemade shelters.  No matter what the accommodations, hardy anglers drill holes in the ice and tap into winter’s cold weather catch. And with 15,000 lakes and over 160 species of fish, there are plenty of options. Plus, with the annual free fishing weekend on January 18-19, amateur and seasoned anglers alike can enjoy the waters at no cost. 

If you're thinking about joining in on the fun, check out these events across the state. Just be sure to bring the auger and heated shanty.

Wisconsin ice fishing is a winter tradition | Photo Credit: RJ & Linda Miller
Wisconsin ice fishing is a winter tradition | Photo Credit: RJ & Linda Miller


Otter Street Fisheree
in Oshkosh - February 1, 2014
This annual ice-fishing tournament takes place on Lake Winnebago. Wisconsin’s largest inland lake offers plenty of fish to go around – and the event keeps the live music playing and the food cooking all day long. If you’re having an unlucky day on the ice, take a break and check out the event’s motorcycle and off-road racing.

Ice Fishing Jamboree in Spirit - February 8, 2014
The Ice Fishing Jamboree in Spirit awards competitors cash prizes in several categories – and they don’t even charge an entry fee. Guests can participate in a raffle drawing and warm up from the chilly weather in a heated tent while enjoying brats, chili and some pretty impressive “fish tales.” 

Lion’s Club Fisheree & Winter Festival in Rhinelander
February 8-9, 2014
Head to Hodag Park for family fun for all ages. Cash prizes for the ice fishing competition include $500 for the longest northern, $200 for second place and $100 for third place, each day. Participants will enjoy food, raffles, and prizes for kids. In addition to the ice fishing tournament, the winter festival events include a broomball tournament, showshoe race, snowshoe demos and more.

Pig in the Ice Winter Festival in Elkhart Lake - February 15, 2014
Each year, Sheboygan County Marsh Park hosts an annual winter festival complete with a pig roast, ice fishing tournament, snowmobile races, ice cube hunt and fireworks. This family friendly event is the perfect way to avoid the winter hibernation blues and enjoy Wisconsin’s outdoors. After all, winter only comes once a year!

Frozen Tozen Winter Fest in Boulder Junction - February 22, 2014
From an ice fishing tournament and ice golf to snowshoeing activities, there’s something for the whole family on Boulder Lake. Food and beverages will be available. Awards and raffle prizes will be given at 5:30 at Boulder Beer Bar. Proceeds benefit the Boulder Junction Area Boat Landing Improvement Fund.

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