Bass Fishing in Vilas County because it is home to one of the largest concentrations of freshwater lakes in the world. Vilas County boasts some of the best inland smallmouth bass the entire upper Midwestern United States has to offer thanks to trophy regulations, a spring catch and release season, and angler ethic. Over 100 quality inland smallmouth bass lakes ranging from 100 to 5,000 acres provide a world class fishing experience you’ll find nowhere else in this part of the country.

While Vilas County lakes range in size from small ponds to  endless chains of lakes, crystal clear oligotrophic and mesotrophic lake types, rock and hard bottom underwater terrain, and wooded shorelines are the norm when it comes to ideal smallmouth bass waters. Vilas County has become the fishing destination of choice for anglers from around the Midwest, and most recently for serious bass anglers across the country. May through September, Vilas County is the place to fish for trophy bass.

Vilas County Bass Fishing with Big Jay

Due to the number of lakes in Vilas County, Big Jays Bassin Guide Service focuses mainly on the smaller, out of the way lakes scattered throughout the county as they provide action, and have potential for trophies bass. Such communities we fish in convenient proximity to are Manitowish Waters, Boulder Junction, Lac du Flambeau, Presque Isle, and Winchester. We visit these communities and their nearby lakes often, and fish them hard May through October. We also support their local economies and establishments too. If you're vacationing in any of these towns, we're just a short drive away from the lakes we will be fishing.

Smallmouth bass are undoubtedly my favorite species of freshwater gamefish. From the sophisticated gear and tackle, to the techniques and pursuit, and angling battles and their sexy looks, nothing tickles my fancy more than these fish.