Little Arbor Vitae, Vilas County

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12/31/13 @ 7:16 AM
Montiho
Montiho
USER since 1/9/03
Ill be up here in a few weeks (18th) can anyone let me know how deep the ice is? Thanks!

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8/18/13 @ 8:34 PM
Jeff Van Remortel
WI Duck Guide
USER since 3/15/11
There several resorts left on Big Arb... The two I have experience with are Ladwigs and Hess' though there are others. Ladwig's is a great stop and if your looking for a smaller single cabin feel, Hess' Lot-of-Pines is worth checking out for sure. My family stayed at Ladwigs this spring and the accommodations were great. Bill Hess is my old neighbor and his place is nice as well. Also, there are plenty of muskies in both of those lakes.

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8/18/13 @ 7:18 PM
jkb
jkb
USER since 6/25/02
The days of the family resorts are dwindling. Many former resorts are sectioned off and sold as condos. The only lakes that really have an abundance of resorts are the larger lakes or chains of smaller lakes. If you are really interested in catching fish don't limit yourself to one lake on a vacation. That is the beauty of the North woods, so many lakes to explore and discover your own hot spots. You can reduce your learning curve by hiring a guide or at least doing a little research. The fishing the northwoods series of lake maps is an outstanding resource.

BTW Big Arbor Vitae doesn't have many resorts either. Your closest lake with good resorts is probably Big St. Germain.

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8/18/13 @ 2:43 PM
Walleye Musky Man
Walleye Musky Man
USER since 4/29/13
Thanks for the info, seems like a good body of water. Maybe Walkers Walleye initiatives will get this baby back to what it used to be, lol. Will have to fish next time we are up and maybe stay for a week next summer. I am surprised there aren't more places to staton the lake then Blue Island as it does seem kind of run down. Possibly stay at a place on Big Arb or something close I am thinking. Not much development on the lake with so much is state owned so that makes sense that there isn't much in the way of rentals.

Edited on 8/18/13 2:46 PM
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8/16/13 @ 11:08 AM
iTan
iTan
USER since 5/11/12
aaaaaaand they were speared Lips Sealed

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8/16/13 @ 7:34 AM
barryr
barryr
USER since 6/20/01
Walleye Musky Man, We've stayed at Blue Island Resort for our week-long summer vacation for many years now. It's a bit dated in some areas but is very nice and quiet - we like it a lot. It's at the back of a very shallow, muddy and weedy bay, so there's no swimming off the pier and fishing off it is limited mainly to gills, pumpkinseeds and small perch (and occasional dogfish and pike).

As far as the fishing... We spend most of our time chasing muskies and have had a very good week in some years, but it's been terrible for us the last three years. Some of that is due to the timing of our trips those years (mid-late summer) but it's also clear that the population of "action-sized" muskies in the 20-32" range has plummeted in LAV. Walleye numbers are also currently poor compared to the past. On the other hand, the LM and SM bass fishing has been very good the past few years.

As far the "summer with the family" stuff... Not sure how to put this gently, but one of the great things about fishing LAV is the *lack* of waterskiers and tubers. When there are people out doing that it's hard for them to stay away from the anglers and boaters who are trying to enjoy the eagles, loons, osprey and general peace and quiet that comes by not having skiers/tubers buzzing around.

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8/15/13 @ 3:31 PM
Walleye Musky Man
Walleye Musky Man
USER since 4/29/13
Looking for a place to stay on Little Arbor Vitae? Can't seem to find any but would like to fish this body of water. Thinking about taking a vacation up next summer with the family and seems like it could be a great lake. Seems like good enough size to tube, ski with the family during the day and get some quality fishing in at night and in the morning.

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5/21/13 @ 10:43 PM
FISHING REPORT
GoPackGo12
GoPackGo12
USER since 1/24/12

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F
Just got back fishing from Friday thru Monday up at my grandparents cottage and boy did I have a great time. Sad to say no walleye this time around but boy did we find the crappie. Average size 10"-13" and thick. Over my time there we caught around 30 crappie and a couple perch and bass. We ended up keeping around 10 crappie for a nice meal and thru the rest back to live another day and be caught by fellow fisherman another time. It seemed as though if you weren't casted right next to a tree you werent getting a bite. Water depth that worked best was 4-6 feet. And fished in temps from 56 degrees up to 60. Seemed like crappie minnows were the key for the most part but also medium walleye minnows worked great. Overall a great time on the lake and cant wait to get out. Also Muskee have definitely started to spawn. Had two pairs swim right under the boat. Quite a site! But good luck to all that go out on the lake!

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5/7/13 @ 7:39 PM
Chiltonhead
Chiltonhead
USER since 6/27/11
This lake has a special place in my heart. Many years I rented from Charlie when he ran The Little Arb resort. A GREAT friend (God rest his soul) Don Baertche & I use to fish this lake alot. Don was great guide out of St.Germain & taught me every rock pile. I'm so proud to say i still use his old Jiffy auger he sold me in 2004. There's still good fishing here...you'll find them if your willing to put in time...best wishes & happy hooking

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5/7/13 @ 7:05 PM
GoPackGo12
GoPackGo12
USER since 1/24/12
Musky Ben Thanks for the info much appreciated! Hopefully the bite is better than the last couple of years!

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