Winter in Wisconsin unlocks a whole new dimension of fishing — ice fishing. Whether you ice fish in shanties or adventure in the open air, bring your best fishing buddies to spend days making memories on the frozen lakes here.
Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin’s largest inland lake, has prime ice fishing for walleye, bass and even sturgeon. For the competitive-spirited, join the Battle on Bago, Wisconsin’s largest ice fishing tournament. The proceeds of the event go to youth charities. The lake is also home to one of the continent’s largest lake sturgeon populations, and sturgeon spearing season comes every February. Spear fishers, both new and experienced, try their hand at landing these giant, prehistoric creatures. In true Wisconsin fashion, we celebrate the sturgeon and the spearfishing season each year at the 3-day Sturgeon Spectacular in Fond du Lac.
Whenever fishing in Wisconsin, be sure to stay up-to-date with the DNR’s rules, regulations and licenses.