Few things in life are more relaxing than watching the sun set behind a placid lake, and few towns are as aptly named as Presque Isle.

As our slogan says, it means Almost an Island, and for good reason. Presque Isle is surrounded by more than 1,000 lakes. Add to that the more than 70 rivers and streams than flow through Vilas County, and you’re looking at a lot of water. One could enjoy a different lake or stream every day for three years without ever visiting the same water twice, and that doesn’t even take into consideration the countless bodies of water that await just over the state line in Michigans’s Upper Peninsula.

Musky, walleye, smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, crappie and other panfish—Presque Isle offers a huge a variety of fishing opportunities on a huge variety of lakes. Many of the area’s lakes are completely undeveloped, providing a true wilderness fishing experience. A number of area resorts, lodges and rental cabins cater to anglers, making planning your angling adventure easy and convenient.

Panfishing from Shore

There are a couple of wonderful spots to fish with your little ones from the shore. One is at Sensebrenner Park in downtown Presque Isle (Little Horsehead Lake). Another one a bit more off the beaten path, but well worth the drive is an unnamed lake with parking and a pier, located off Hwy B towards Boulder Junction. Call the chamber for details on how to hit this sweet little hotspot!

Ice Fishing

Try it! The fish taste better out of the ice, so many of us believe. Set up a temporary shack or wait for a nice sunny day and either jig fish or set up your tip-ups. It's an experience worth making happen!

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