Woman fishing for musky in Boulder Junction Wisconsin

What kinds of fish can you catch in Boulder Junction?

March 6, 2024

Grab your fishing gear and hit the lakes—there are nearly 200 lakes within 10 miles of downtown Boulder Junction, so you’re sure to find the outstanding fishing that northern Wisconsin is known for wherever you decide to go. Here’s a closer look at some of the species you can find in Boulder Junction and throughout Vilas County.

  • Musky: We’re the Musky Capital of the World®, so this makes sense. Anglers can cast for this trophy fish on more than 50 Class A musky lakes in the Boulder Junction area, and local guides can help you pursue this elusive beast that can top 4 feet in length.
  • Bass: Many of Boulder Junction’s lakes are home to largemouth and smallmouth bass—going after these hard-fighting fish will make for a fun day on the water.
  • Trout: Trout anglers will find good opportunities in Boulder Junction’s waterways, whether you’re looking for lake trout in deeper waters or brook trout in streams and rivers in the area.
  • Northern pike: Hit weed beds and other shallow areas to go after this iconic Northwoods fish—use crank baits and buzz baits and enjoy the show when these fish go after your bait on the surface of the water.
  • Perch: This common Wisconsin fish can be found throughout lakes in Boulder Junction and Vilas County.
  • Walleye: A member of the perch family, walleye are a popular target for anglers in the Northwoods—use jigs to reach the fish where they congregate in deeper areas of the lake.
  • Panfish: Pumpkinseed, bluegill, and sunfish can all be found in Boulder Junction’s lakes.
  • Crappie: These game fish, which typically range from 7 to 10 inches long, can be caught on light tackle throughout the Northwoods.

Learn more about fishing in Boulder Junction here.