Northern Wisconsin Fishing Resorts: Planning Your Next Trip

Did you know that Northern Wisconsin is one of the best regions to fish in the entire Midwest? Trout-filled rivers and bass-filled lakes abound in the Badger state, with ample opportunity to experience true solitude in the woods while reeling in fish after fish.

And everyone knows that fishing is way more fun when you can do it all day, for multiple days at a time. That’s why booking a trip to one of the finest Northern Wisconsin fishing resorts should be on your agenda this year. 

When you book a stay at Heartwood Resort, opportunities for excellent fishing will be all around you, including a lake directly on our property. You can walk out of your room in the morning and be casting just a few moments later.

Sound like the kind of trip you need? Keep reading to find out why you need to come fish in Northern Wisconsin as soon as possible. 

Why Visit One of the Finest Northern Wisconsin Fishing Resorts

The Namekagon River in Northern Wisconsin

Northern Wisconsin is made up of classic Northwoods forest. With over 2,500 lakes in this region alone, the best way to enjoy the great outdoors is with a pole in hand, casting a lure to a hungry muskie, either from a boat or from the shore.

Heartwood Resort is located right in the middle of it all. Located just a couple of hours away from the Twin Cities, Heartwood Resort is surrounded by many places to fish.

Right on our property is Hoinville Lake, which is perfect for catch and release fishing. In the spring, summer, and fall, you can take a canoe or kayak out into the lake for a serene day of fishing on the water.

Are you interested in renting fishing boats? Canoe and kayak rentals are free for Heartwood Resort guests. 

And the best part about Hoinville Lake? You can fish it year-round! The fish never stop biting. Once the snow falls and the lake freezes, it’s time for some ice fishing

And did we mention that some of our cottages are situated right on the shore of the lake? Talk about a true fishing vacation.

Heartwood Resort is close to one of the most beautiful rivers in the state; the Namekagon River. This river is a tributary of the protected St. Croix National Scenic River. 

The river is undeveloped and as natural as possible. It’s known as Wisconsin’s “moving national park.”

You can float down in a kayak or wade into the shallows for some fantastic fly fishing. You are likely to see plenty of deer, muskrats, beavers, and osprey in the area. We’ll even shuttle you to the river for free. 

What to Catch in Northern Wisconsin

Someone holding a fresh caught walleye

There is plenty of fun game fish to catch in Northern Wisconsin. Most of the lakes, such as our own Hoinville Lake, are full of large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, muskie, yellow perch, northern pike, and walleye. 

You can also fish for these species in the nearby Matthews Lake, Pear Lake, or other lakes in Washburn County.

In the Namekagon River, you can also catch walleye, bass, muskie, northern pike, and panfish. But in addition to these types of fish, the Namekagon River is known as the ideal place to fish for native brown and brook trout.

In fact, the river has received national recognition due to its natural reproduction of brookies and browns. 

Thanks to the river’s protected status, access is easy. Finding spots to fish from the shore or wading into the river is simple. If you’d like access to the very best spots, you can also hire a reputable guide who specializes in fishing the Namekagon. 

Are you looking to chase brook trout in smaller water? Mackenzie Creek is Class I trout water that flows into the Namekagon River.

Fishing Regulations in Wisconsin

Wherever you choose to fish in Wisconsin, whether it’s Hoinville Lake directly from the resort property or any other body of water nearby, you’ll need a Wisconsin fishing license.

There are different types of licenses available, depending on if you are a state resident and how long you plan to fish. 

Why Heartwood Resort is the Perfect Fishing Destination

A couple fishing at Heartwood Resort in Northern Wisconsin

So how can you make fishing even more enjoyable? By making it as easy as possible.

When you stay at Heartwood Resort, whether it’s just one night or an entire week, the fish will be waiting just outside your door. We offer many different lodging options, from hotel rooms at our lakeside lodge or private cabins on the shore of Hoinville Lake.

The perfect accommodation is available, whether you are traveling alone to get some rest and relaxation, or if you bring the whole family for a fishing adventure.

Aside from the lakeside cottages, families also love our single-family homes. They offer all of the comforts and luxuries of home with the added benefit of being located just a few steps from top-notch fishing. 

Want to travel with extended family or friends? Four of our lakeside cottages are located next to each other, making it easy for everyone in your group to enjoy the scenery together. Plus, we offer an on-site restaurant, so no cooking is necessary, even though many of our cabins offer full-sized kitchens. 

And don’t worry, fishing isn’t the only activity available at Heartwood Resort. If someone in your family doesn’t feel like spending a day chasing fish, they can hike or bike along any trails that cross our property.

There’s also a professionally built disc golf course on the property that’s open year-round. Tennis, volleyball, and basketball are also available.

Book Your Perfect Trip Today at

One of the Best Northern Wisconsin Fishing Resorts

Dock Fishing

Ready to book the fishing trip that your soul needs? There’s no need to wait. Heartwood Resort, one of the best Northern Wisconsin fishing resorts, offers excellent fishing and beautiful scenery year-round.

Fall offers excellent colors as the leaves change, while winter provides the peace and quiet of a landscape covered in a blanket of snow. There’s no bad time to visit Northern Wisconsin.

Book your stay at Heartwood Resort today so that you can spend your days fishing and your nights relaxing in luxury.