Rhinelander Ice Fishing Guide

Ice fishing season is fast approaching! Hodag Country is known as the Ice Fishing Capital of the World for good reason–we have iconic fishing lakes, we’re home to popular, long-running tournaments and you’ll find great lodging and amenities to make an ice fishing getaway comfortable and affordable. Here’s a quick guide to experiencing world-class ice fishing in Rhinelander.

Where can I go ice fishing in Rhinelander?

Rhinelander has some great ice fishing lakes. In the heart of Rhinelander, you’ll find Boom Lake, a flowage on the Wisconsin River that offers reliably productive fishing. Other good bets: Lake George (southeast of Rhinelander), Lake Julia (south of Rhinelander) and the Willow Flowage (west of Rhinelander). Visitors have access to all these lakes via public landings.

Are there ice fishing tournaments in Rhinelander?

Mark your calendar: here are three tournaments you won’t want to miss. On Feb. 3 the United Way Ice Fishing Jamboree takes place on Lake Minocqua. The event kicks off at 8 am and all proceeds benefit the Northwoods and Tri-City Area United Way.

On Feb. 10-11 the Lions Club Fisheree & Winter Festival takes place in Hodag Park on Boom Lake. Fishing happens from 7am-3pm both days, and there will be an assortment of activities for the whole family.

On Feb. 17 Forsyth Sunlite Resort on Lake George hosts the 22nd Annual Ice Fishing Derby. The event kicks off at 10am Saturday with a shotgun start. Cash and door prizes will be awarded at 5pm.

Where can I stay in Rhinelander?

We have plenty of lodging options, and they are all warm and comfortable! Rhinelanders winter accommodations basically fall into two categories: hotels/motels and resorts. Our hotels and motels offer convenience, value and are close to downtown restaurants and attractions. Our resorts provide additional amenities like expanded living spaces and offer the chance to stay right on the water. In the morning, you’ll be steps from a fishing spot!



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