Vacation Itinerary


Fishing on one of Rusk County's many lakes

Rusk County is an incredible fishing destination. More than 250 lakes and over 140 miles of rivers, streams and creeks provide anglers with an endless variety of fishing options. Lake Holcombe, just 20 minutes south of Ladysmith, offers 4,000 acres of open water and 120 miles of shoreline.

Rusk County's lakes and waterways are noted for their walleye, smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike and musky. Anglers will also find excellent panfish opportunities, including excellent bluegill and crappie fishing. Lake maps are available for many of Rusk County's largest lakes.

Rusk County also offers fantastic fishing for walleye, smallmouth bass and musky on the county's four wild rivers. The Flambeau River, in particular, is becoming widely known as one of the best smallmouth bass fishing destinations in the Midwest. The Chippewa River is also known for its smallmouth bass, as well as large muskies that inhabit the river's deeper pools.

Many of the small tributaries that flow in Rusk County's larger rivers offer excellent fishing for trout. Brook trout are the native species in the area, providing excellent fishing for anglers of all ability levels. Brown trout are also present in some creeks. Anglers looking to fish remote waters for wild fish will love Rusk County.

Fishing Guides

Joe Flater - Flater's Resort
N270 County Rd. E.
(715) 595-4771 - Website

"Musky" Joe Flater, fishing float trips on the Flambeau and Chippewa Rivers.  Musky and bass.

Sporting Goods & Outfitters

Chippewa River Custom Rods
N615 Chippewa River Ave., Holcombe, WI 54745
(715) 312-0509 - Website

Custom fishing rods manufacturer, guide service also available.

Flambeau River Outfitters
304 Miner Ave, Ladysmith, WI 54848
(715) 532-0485

Sporting goods store featuring archery range, archery supplies, fishing tackle, hunting and fishing accessories, and bait. 

Ladysmith Ace Home Center & Sporting Goods
503 Lake Ave., Ladysmith, WI 54848
(715) 532-3351

Homecenter along with big sporting goods area.  Full selection of hunting and fishing accessories, licenses, baits, guns and ammo, fishing and tackle, clothing, etc.



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