Ice Fishing in Wisconsin

Ice Fishing Season
Believe it or not, winter fishing makes up nearly 1/4 the annual catch in Wisconsin. People enjoy it for the solitude of being out on a frozen lake and the challenge of the sport. Fishing action can be fast and furious when winter seals the lakes under ice. Typically the season in Price County lasts from December through March. Crappie, bluegill, perch, walleye and northern pike are the most sought after species in winter. Why not try ice fishing and open your senses to an exciting winter activity.

Ice Safety
Thinking of venturing out onto the ice? Remember to use caution and common sense, test the ice thickness before you travel on it, and use the following guidelines for safe ice fishing. Generally speaking, less than 2 inches is considered unsafe; 3 inches is considered OK for a few fishermen, well spread out; 4 inches is fine for general use, but no vehicles; and 5 inches snowmobiles may run safely, provided the ice thickness is uniform.

Other conditions affect ice quality. In addition to the thickness, remember clear ice is better than cloudy ice, be aware of cloudy ice, or ice formed by freezing of slush or under windy conditions. New ice is stronger than old ice, and river ice thickness varies according to strength of current beneath. River ice is 15% weaker than lake ice.

Price County Area 2018 Ice Fishing Tournaments & Events

January 6 ~ Ice Fishing Rumble at Roll-In Point, Solberg Lake, Phillips / 715-339-4585
January 20 ~ Musser Lake Ice Fishing Contest, Phillips / 715-339- 3166 / 4277
January 20 ~ Butternut/Schnur Lake Fisheree, Butternut / 800-717-2008  
January 20 & 21 ~ Free Ice Fishing Weekend, Statewide / 888-936-7463 or 608-266-2272  
January 27 ~ Winter Fest Ice Fishing Contest, Phillips / 715-339-4100 or 888-408-4800  
January 27 ~ Ice Fishing Tournament on Soo Lake, Corner Connection, Phillips / 715-332-5484  
February 3 ~ Ice Fishing Rumble at Roll-In Point, Solberg Lake, Phillips / 715-339-4585  
February 10 ~ Ice Fishing Jamboree on Little Spirit Lake, Rib Lake / 715-748-2724  
March 3 ~ Ice Fishing Rumble at Roll-In Point, Solberg Lake, Phillips / 715-339-4585 

Ice Fishing Guides

Back Forty Guide Service, Phillips / 715-339-2823
Lake X Lures & Guide Service, Park Falls / 715-773-0175
Northland Guide Service, Butternut / 715-762-4381
Ross’s Sport Shop & Guide Service, Phillips / 715-339-3625 or 715-820-0958