Fishing & Boating

Get hooked on Rice Lake area fishing!

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Our resources will provide you with all that you need to launch your boat and catch your limit. If you’re into local advice — Professional guide services are available any time.

Rice Lake Wisconsin area is a multi-specie fishing destination! Are you dreaming of a lunker or filling your stringer? We’ve got it all! Catch premier muskie, outstanding bass, walleye, northern pike, and exceptional crappie and bluegill. Our area merchants can get you set for fly fishing, angling, and spearing.

Plus, winter fishing doesn’t have to be just a bucket, auger and a hole any more! If you don’t own an ice house, one of our resorts or equipment rental services can get you ready to fish in the warmth and comfort of a furnished fish house – some with sleeping accommodations for that night time angling! Read on below for more information.


Boat Landings:

Whether you are looking to access Rice Lake from the South, West of or East ends to find the best fishing spot; Rice Lake has several different boat launches you can access.

East Shore Lake Access:

  • Off of Zabel Road
  • Near 20 ¼ Ave

West Shore Lake Access:

  • End of 20 ½ and 20 ¼ Street
  • Stein St (Located at the Lumbering Hall of Fame)

South Shore Lake Access:

  • Off of East Orchard Beach Lane


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Make sure you have all the gear you need before heading out on the Rice Lake! Dunham Sports has an assortment of rods and reels for you to choose from, and Blain’s Farm & Fleet is home to all the lures and fishing accessories you could dream of!

Blain’s Farm & Fleet and Dunham Sports are both located on Main Street toward the South end of Rice Lake. Purchase the latest rod, reels, tackle and lures to ensure you’ll catch the biggest fish of the day!


Boating can be a leisure soul-renewing ride on the waves.

We offer that and more! Try water skiing, wake-boarding, kite-surfing, kayaking, canoeing or diving off the boat for a refreshing swim! Whether paddling in tranquil waters to refresh your spirit or testing yourself with an exhilarating challenge of sporting skill, our area waters will provide. Bring your own equipment or our hospitable merchants will outfit you for your personal adventure! Your experience on our area waters will be unforgettable!


Need a fishing lodge or resort to call home-base? We’ve got you covered with many quality, comfortable resorts, hotels, and campgrounds in the Rice Lake area.

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Fish to Catch:

On Rice Lake, you can catch muskies, bluegill, largemouth large and smallmouth bass, northern pike, crappie, and walleye. Here’s a few tips to make sure you reel in the fish you are looking for!


Muskies: More world records for catching muskies have happened in Wisconsin than anywhere else in the world! Summer is a great time to catch muskies as the water is warm and the fish are most active, and some of the best muskie fishing on Rice Lake occurs during the fall months. Many trophy fish are caught and released on Rice Lake every fishing season; many local anglers will be found throwing baits around the edges of vegetation and around the islands. Today, many muskie fishers prefer a stiffer rod of 6.5 to 7 feet or longer.

Bluegill: Rice Lake has a great population of bluegill. You will see numerous ice houses out in the winter months as the lake provides ample opportunity to catch numbers of fish, as well as a meal for the angler looking for a fish fry. In the warm waters of the summer months, fisherman have the best luck catching Bluegill in waters that are 6 to 15 feet deep.There are many weed beds around the lake that hold these fish all summer long. Worms are most commonly used for bait.

Largemouth Bass: The best time to catch Largemouth Bass is from early May to late-June and then early September to mid-October. Rice Lake has some submerged timber and stump fields that attract and hold bass during the summer. The edges of the vegetation also hold many fish throughout the summer months as well. Spinnerbaits, topwater, live bait, plugs, and streamers will attract a Largemouth Bass.

Northern Pike: The best place to find Northern Pike is in cooler waters. Late spring, early summer and late summer, and early fall are the best times of the year to catch Northern Pike. Search around the islands, and the river inlet to find pike.There are a wide variety of size classes when it comes to catching pike on Rice Lake. Little close, daredevils, spinnerbaits, and streamer flies work well to hook a Northern Pike. While very popular in the summer to catch, many ice fisherman spend time on Rice Lake in the winter chasing pike under tip ups. Use a large shiner or a large sucker minnow in 5-15 feet of water.

Crappie: On the same note as the bluegill, the crappie are very plentiful on Rice Lake. They will suspend in the deeper water in the summertime, as well as hanging around the submerged stumps, and hanging inside the weeds. You can catch them on a jig and plastic, or a jig and small minnow below a small bobber. In the winter months, the crappie will congregate in the deeper holes of the lake. Fishing at sundown, and into the night, these fish are a great way to spend a winter day while catching fish. Tip a small jig with a wax worm or crappie minnow and you will find crappies suspended 2-6 feet off of the bottom.

Walleye: Walleye can be found in shallow water during the night, and are often found in cloudy waters. They feed primarily on minnows, but leeches and night crawlers work well for bait also!