Northern Wisconsin

Northern Wisconsin Trophy Smallmouth

Annually -  August 15th  - October 1st

Northern Wisconsin showcases some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers in the USA. With Hundreds of lakes to choice from, Capt Rick's experience of fishing the area narrows your search for the smallmouth of a lifetime. Many smallies are in the 3-5 pound range, but we catch some between 5-7 pounds and a couple 8+ were caught in the past several years. Thank you for considering my services hope to hear from you soon.

Our Host Resort

The Birches Resort on Boot Lake in Springstead, Wisconsin is where we headquarter our trips out of. You come and meet us in the morning and we take you to various lakes in the surrounding counties. The many years of experience will put you on the big ones! Most of all the beauty of Northern Wisconsin in the fall, commonly called the North Woods will take your breath away. Loons, eagles, deer, turkey, wolves, bears and maybe moose are seen.

Angler Package

3 Days Fishing
  • 4 Nights Lodging – Log Cabin or Motel Unit
  • 3 Full Days Fishing – Guided Trophy Smallmouth Fishing or Musky Fishing
  • 1 Night Fish Fry
  • 1-2 Person Included
  • $125.00 per day for each additional person

Pro Angler Package

4 Days Fishing
  • 5 Nights Lodging – Log Cabin or Motel Unit
  • 4 Full Days Fishing – Guided Trophy Smallmouth Fishing or Musky Fishing
  • 1 Night Fish Fry
  • 1-2 Person Included
  • $125.00 per day for each additional person

Expert Angler Package

5 Days Fishing
  • 6 Nights Lodging – Log Cabin or Motel Unit
  • 5 Full Days Fishing – Guided Trophy Smallmouth Fishing or Musky Fishing
  • 1 Night Fish Fry
  • 1-2 Person Included
  • $125.00 per day for each additional person

Upgrade to a Modern Cabin

You can request an upgrade to a new Cabin – A,G,H,J,K,L.
If available they are an additional $40 per night.

Available Booked

Vilas County is home to one of the largest concentrations of freshwater lakes on earth. The county boasts some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in North America.  More than 1,300 lakes and 73 rivers and streams provide a fishing variety you’ll find nowhere else. We know where the big ones live.  Vilas County has nearly limitless places to cast a line. We have big lakes with plenty of open water to test as well as small lakes that are rarely fished.  Let us help you land the big one!

What's Included

  • Lodging
  • Northern Wisconsin Fishing Guides
  • Capt Rick Lisek
  • Current Model Z521L Ranger Bassboat
  • Gas and Oil
  • Transportation to other lakes
  • Rods and reels
  • Tackle and Lures
  • Water and Ice
  • Life Vests for all Passengers
  • Digital Pictures of your catch
  • Catch and Release on all Trophy Smallmouth's and Musky's

What’s Not Included

  • Warm Clothes (layers)
  • Rain Gear
  • Footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Towels For Cabin
  • Food for the time stayed
  • Camera

What Clothes to Bring

Dress for the weather. Wear clothing and footwear that is comfortable for your trip. We recommend wearing layers so you can be as warm or as cool as you need to be as well as bringing some additional items in case of rain or inclement weather.

What Gear to Bring

We provide all fishing gear, but if you want to bring your own rods, reels or tackle you are free to do so. We also recommend bringing a sack lunch or snacks while on the lake, a hat, sunglasses, bug spray and sunscreen.

Do I Need a Fishing License?

Yes – you’ll need a fishing license, unless you’re under the age of 16, born before 1927 or are a Wisconsin resident who is on break from active military duty. They are easy to get. You can apply online or find sales locations here. Vilas County also has plenty of shops well-stocked with bait and tackle.

We Do Our Homework

We analyze lake information and fish tendencies before you arrive so you spend your time catching fish, and not looking for fish.  Our guides fish 7 days a week to stay up to date for your angling success.

We Focus On You

Our guides do not fish unless you want us to.  We spend our time insuring you get 100% of our undivided attention.  We focus on proper boat control, baiting lines, untangling lines, and netting fish.  If someone needs help casting or wants to experiment with other lures, we are right there to assist you.  We want you our valued customer to concentrate on having fun and catching fish and let us handle the rest.

Professional Guides

Every guide is U.S. Coast Guard Licensed (Merchant Mariner Officers), CPR Certified,  and commercially insured for your peace of mind.

Newest Boats and Equipment

We operate the largest and newest model boats, motors and fishing equipment for your comfort and safety.

Something For Everyone

We offer instructional fishing trips for individuals, couples, families, corporate groups, large groups, tournament anglers and those needing help due to handicaps or disabilities.  We work with organizations like the DAV, Healing Waters, Wounded Warrior Project and Boys Homes.  We also love children so bring them!  With 2hr, 4hr, 6hr, and 8hr instructional fishing trips, we have a trip for everyone.

Catch Fish Guarantee

We guarantee you will catch lots of fish on your outing. Not just any guide service can give you that promise!  Fishing is made thrilling and fish are easy to catch with our professional guides.  With years of experience and fishing knowledge, we will lead you to the perfect locations to catch the lunker of the day.

Our Fishing Guide Sponsors

Ranger BoatsMercurySproTTI Blakemore
DaiwaLewsTH MarineLowrance
  Eberlin Boats & MotorsBranson West Marine  

Our Fishing Guide Sponsors

Ranger BoatsMercury
SproTTI Blakemore
TH MarineLowrance
Eberlin Boats & MotorsBranson West Marine