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Where to find the best late-fall fishing in Rusk County

Don't worry, anglers: There's still plenty of time to track down trophy fish on Rusk County's lakes and rivers. Here's what you need to know when you're planning your fall fishing getaway to northwestern Wisconsin.

Ladysmith Flowage

This 270-acre fishery runs through the heart of downtown Ladysmith and contains healthy populations of panfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, and musky. Cast from shore at Memorial Park or launch your boat at the public access point off Everett Avenue.

Lake Flambeau

Located just east of Ladysmith, this 1,900-acre waterway (also known as the Dairyland Flowage) is a popular place to find panfish, bass, pike, walleye, musky, sturgeon, and catfish. It's also easy to get on Lake Flambeau, as there are five public boat landings available to anglers and boaters.

Rusk County's rivers

Rusk County is home to four wild rivers that offer a wide variety of fishing options for anglers. The Flambeau River in northeastern Rusk County offers outstanding smallmouth and walleye fishing and is a popular spot for musky fishing. The Chippewa River in western Rusk County is well-known for its walleye and musky, the little-fished Jump River contains musky and some walleye and smallmouth, and the Thornapple River is one of the most important sturgeon spawning areas in the region.

Learn more about Rusk County's four wild rivers.

Equipment and guides

Rusk County is home to plenty of helpful guides that will help you make the most of your next fishing trip, whether you're looking to bag your limit of walleye or seeking out the elusive musky. Jerry Gunn Guide Service, headquartered in Bruce, specializes in musky and bass and "Musky" Joe Flater offers fishing float trips on the Flambeau and Chippewa rivers out of Flater's Resort in Holcombe.

If you're looking for gear, stop by Ace Home Center & Sportsland or Flambeau River Outfitters, which both sell fishing tackle, bait, and other sports supplies. Chippewa River Custom Rods in Holcombe manufactures custom fishing gear and offers guided fishing trips.

Many of Rusk County's lodging properties offer easy access to the region's rivers and lakes.

See more lodging information here.