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BoulderJunction vs Hayward vs Minocqua vs Eagle river

7/25/17 @ 1:37 PM
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mr.easygoing
User since 8/28/08

Planning in a fishing trip to Northern wis in Aug. These are my 4 choices. Ive been to Hayward to fish but never to the other towns.

Any thoughts? Suggested stays? Boat rental would be required.

Fishing trip only.


Thanks for any suggestions.

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7/27/17 @ 6:11 AM
Fishlovme
Fishlovme
MEMBER since 6/22/01

I went to the Hayward area for 20 years, and my dad for almost 40 years before that, until the resort we stayed at closed a few years ago 

So many lakes up there, and just about all of them have good fishing!  Plenty to do in the town including the freshwater fishing hall of fame and if you're into gambling, a small casino is just outside of town as well.  Some of the lakes I loved fishing up there included Sissabagma (Little and Big, but we stayed on Little, which now that lodge was sold and converted to private cottages), Chetac, and Round Lake.

We're actually staying on a small lake just south of Minocqua at the end of August. Last year the family and I took a mini vacation to Minocqua and I looked at resorts all over one day and found a couple that I liked. There's a lot to do in Minocqua as well.  We loved the ski show, and the fishing up there looked really good.

Another spot my family stayed at when I was still in college was Presque Isle.  There wasn't much to do in that town, but there was a lot of lakes to choose from.  We caught lots of smallmouth bass and perch up there, and there were lots of lakes that held muskies.  The lodge owner took us one Crab Lake one day and that's definitely one lake I wouldn't fish without a guide! I've never seen so many unmarked rock bars in my life!  But lots of structure equals lots of fish!

7/27/17 @ 5:03 AM
SnakeSter
SnakeSter
MEMBER since 7/9/12

I should have said fishing is great, but you just have to put up with the tourist element. Lots of lakes, big and small. 

7/26/17 @ 10:08 PM
jkb
User since 6/25/02

St. Germain is between Minocqua and Eagle River and Boulder Junction is to the north.  It is not as busy as Minocqua or Eagle River.  IMO Boulder Junction has become less of a fishing destination and more of a "cultural" hangout.  That doesn't mean there aren't great lakes in the area.  I would suggest St. Germain lodge on Big Saint Germain.  The walleye fishing has been good on Big Saint this summer and Rob and Kaye Manthei are great hosts.  Rob is one of the best guides in northern Wisconsin.  They have nice apartment rooms to rent for a long weekend .  You will have a difficult time finding lodging for a weekend during the summer for less than a week.  


7/26/17 @ 10:04 PM
jkb
User since 6/25/02

St. Germain is between Minocqua and Eagle River and Boulder Junction is to the north.  It is not as busy as Minocqua or Eagle River.  IMO Boulder Junction has become less of a fishing destination and more of a "cultural" hangout.  That doesn't mean there aren't great lakes in the area.  I would suggest St. Germain lodge on Big Saint Germain.  The walleye fishing has been good on Big Saint this summer and Rob and Kaye Manthei are great hosts.  Rob is one of the best guides in northern Wisconsin.  They have nice apartment rooms to rent for a long weekend .  You will have a difficult time finding lodging for a weekend during the summer for less than a week.  


12/23/18 @ 11:04 PM
SnakeSter
SnakeSter
MEMBER since 7/9/12

As Vegas says, "Minocqua is touristy". That's the understatement of the year! LOL Go anywhere but Minocqua, unless you're a tourist! Crowds and crowds, and traffic, and people who think they are better than everyone. I do have to go there on occasion to go to their Hardware store or Trigs, but other than that, I stay clear of little Chicago!

7/25/17 @ 4:21 PM
Wicasa
Wicasa
User since 11/11/15

Not trying to be snarky, but flip a coin.  Like Vegas said, it's all good

7/25/17 @ 3:08 PM
vegas492
vegas492
User since 5/21/03

You seriously cannot go wrong with any of those areas.  I'm thinking that if you want a little more remote feeling, well, then Hayward may be the spot.  The others are a little more touristy and busy.

I'm partial to staying around Eagle River, that's just where I was raised.  I like jumping lakes from Land O, to ER to Boulder Junction.  They are all good.  MInocqua is the one I haven't fished much by, but it is a fun touritsty area.

7/25/17 @ 2:37 PM
Turtle-Flambeau Flwg Assn
Turtle Flambeau Flowage Association
MEMBER since 12/23/11

Though not on your list, please consider the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage located in Mercer, WI.  Species include Musky, walleye, smallmouth bass, perch, crappie and gills.  Click our signature below to go to our website for info on lodging, boat rentals, restaurants, guides and to order a free map.

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