Boulder Junction ice fishing guide

February 8, 2018

When you sink an auger in Boulder Junction, you’re on to something special. Boulder Junction is surrounded by nearly 200 lakes that collectively provide world-class ice fishing grounds. We’re the Musky Capital of the World®, but anglers who have explored these waters will attest that there are plenty of bluegill, crappie and perch lurking beneath the ice as well. Now is the ideal time to embark on a Boulder Junction ice fishing getaway. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Stay warm

New to the ice? Start by dressing warm. Wear layers of clothes and have a place to warm up – a heated tent or ice house is great, but a nearby car works too. Here are some additional tips for those who are just stepping foot on the ice, courtesy of guide Bob Bertch.

Perfect your technique

It’s a good idea to drill your holes early in the day—there’s a theory that the noise of an auger will drive the fish away for hours. Start your day early and enjoy great fishing in the afternoon. Bertch has some more tips he’s picked up here.

Get the gear

You can find everything you need for a day on the ice right in Boulder Junction. Head to Northern Highland Sports for warm clothes, fishing gear, lake maps, bait and more. Coontail is another good bet to find warm jackets and other items to keep you comfortable on the ice.

Pick a lake

With 194 lakes that are within 10 miles of downtown Boulder Junction, you have a lot of ice fishing options. You’ll find developed lakes with easy access as well as secluded lakes that are deep in the forest. Here are some classic ice fishing lakes around Boulder Junction.