Travel Wisconsin: Fishing

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Wisconsin ranks No. 1 in outdoor recreation among its Midwest competitors, according to our research. Fishing is among the outdoor recreation experiences that attracts visitors to Wisconsin. With 2 Great Lakes, more than 200 miles of the mighty Mississippi River, 15,000 inland lakes and more than 42,000 miles of streams and rivers, Wisconsin has water to support all kinds of fishing. 

Bois Brule River

The Bois Brule River in Douglas County is famous for its trout fishing, scenery and exciting rapids. It’s often referred to as the “River of Presidents” because five United States Presidents have visited and fished the river – Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Dwight Eisenhower.

- In addition to trout fishing, the river is a great place to catch salmon. Fly fishing is also popular on the Bois Brule River.

- The river is well-known by canoers and kayakers because it is made up of intense rapids and slow meandering streams. 
  - The upper portion of the river is spring-fed and gentle, but it begins to fall 328 feet as it feeds into Lake Superior, making it an exciting spot of kayakers looking to paddle on a class II rapid. 

Lake Michigan

For fishing on the Great Lakes, try a charter fishing experience. Fishing Charters of Racine have been providing charter fishing opportunities for 40 years. 

- The boats range in size from 27 feet to 43 feet, and the team provides the fishing equipment you’ll need depending on your skill level. 

- The lake bottom outside the Racine harbor has three different reefs, making it a good feeding ground for salmon and trout. 

Time your visit to Racine during the annual Salmon-A-Rama on July 13-22. The nine-day tournament begins on July 14 and takes place on Racine’s lakefront with a cash prize of $25,000 for the biggest fish.  

- Visitors can enjoy live music, a pig roast, smelt fry and a fish boil during the Salmon-A-Rama festival. 

Fishing Has No Boundaries 

- Fishing Has No Boundaries provides recreational fishing opportunities for all anglers with disabilities. The organization was founded by a local fishing guide from Hayward and it has since expanded to include 27 chapters in 13 states. 
  - Fishing Has No Boundaries hosts several events each month and provides adaptive equipment for people of all abilities, including rods, reel grippers and holders that attach to your arm or wheelchair. 

- Upcoming events will take place at Governor Nelson State Park in Madison on July 14-15 or Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac on August 25-26. Be sure to call ahead to register for each event. 

- More information can be found on the Fishing Has No Boundaries website.    

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