Try a Northern Wisconsin Combo Trip This Fall Northern Wisconsin is a great place to go this fall if you’re looking for good fishing and hunting. The area that I’m going to concentrate on is in Vilas County and centered in the town of Boulder Junction, Wisconsin. As the official “Musky Capital of the World”, Boulder Junction has always been known for its excellent musky fishing with 194 lakes within a few miles of town and over 50 of these lakes are rated Class A musky lakes by the states Department of Natural Resources. Though, most anglers come to the Boulder area during the fall for trophy musky there is also good fishing for most fish species including walleye, northern pike, large and smallmouth bass, trout, and panfish. There’s a fishing experience for everyone no matter the species. Some years back, Sports Afield magazine called Boulder Junction “one of the best outdoor sports towns in America”.
The fall season is one of the best times of the year to come to this northern Wisconsin town for its fishing, hunting, and beautiful fall colors with trees turning magnificent hues. Though, the ruffed grouse cycle is below its peak, there are still birds around for the upland game hunter, if they put in their time and have a good hunting dog. Just in the immediate Boulder Junction area, there is almost 240,000 acres of state forests, thousands of paper company acres open for hunting, and the Chequamegon National Forest is only a half an hour away. Plus, you have the State Northern Highland State Forest lands which cover thousands of acres just east of Boulder Junction. The best type of cover is the areas that have been logged in the last few years and now have young aspen and popular trees shooting up. Stay away from old growth forest areas because they provide little food for the birds. Forest openings, old logging roads, abandoned orchards, nut and berry trees, shrubs (junipers), and lowlands that aren’t too damp are all places worth checking out for grouse when in the Boulder Junction area. Drive Highway K, just south of Boulder, and head east toward Star Lake and you should find some spots that will hold grouse. Early in the season, you may still find coveys of young birds, while as the season progresses the birds should split up where you’ll find more single birds than coveys. But, the grouse should still be in the locations that supply cover and food. Early season hunting can be tough when the leaves are still on the trees because the birds are hard to see and often all you hear is the bird flushing.
If you head west from Boulder Junction toward Highway 51 and west of the Highway is the Lac Du Flambeau Indian Reservation which encompasses thousands of acres of forests and non-natives are allowed to hunt and fish after getting permission and permits from the tribe. The Lac Du Flambeau Reservation has some great lakes that anyone can fish with trophy muskies, walleyes, northerns, and bass. Some of the better lakes to try on the reservation are; Fence, Crawling Stone, Little Crawling Stone, and Pokegama Lakes. Guides are available those who desire someone who knows the waters and can put you on fish. The tribe has their own fish hatchery for stocking reservation lakes that need help to supplement natural reproduction.
Using Boulder Junction as your base of operations, have Star Lake to the south-east as a boundary and the town of Lac Du Flambeau as your southwestern boundary to form a nice triangle where you can concentrate your fishing and hunting. Within this area, there are hundreds of lakes to fish with many of the states premier musky and walleye waters (Trout, Big Muskellunge, White Sand, Star, and Flambeau Lakes to name a few). Be sure and check the state regulations because they change from lake to lake. The size and bag limits are usually posted at the boat landings, but be sure to pick up a fishing and a hunting rules pamphlet.
Anything that an angler and hunter could want is available in the Boulder Junction area. There are resorts, motels, restaurants, bait shops, guides, boat rentals, and numerous campgrounds to satisfy any need and desire. Check out the contacts below and you’ll be set to have a great stay in northern Wisconsin and the Musky Capital of the World.
Here are some of the distances from some Midwestern cities; Chicago 350 miles, Minneapolis 265 miles, Madison 220 miles, and Milwaukee 260 miles.
Contacts; Guides Russ and Jake Smith (715) 356-5565, Jim Weston , Boulder Junction area (715)-385-2774, Jeff Winters (715) 385-9313.
Resorts; Northern Highland Motor Lodge (715) 385-2150
Wittig’s Point Resort (715) 385-2464
Donna and Walt’s Musky Lodge (715) 385-2328
Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce 1-800-GO-Musky (1-800-466-8759, email@example.com, and their website is www.boulderjct.org