New to fall fishing in Vilas County? Here’s a quick primer on what you need to know. First, you’re in the right place. Vilas County is home to more than 1,300 lakes and 73 rivers and streams. In fact, it’s part of one of the largest concentrations of freshwater lakes in the world. Fall is one of the best times to go fishing in Vilas County. The fish bite with vigor and the colors offer a dramatic backdrop to the lakes. To get started, 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. Find a sales location here. You can find all the tackle, gear and bait you need at Vilas County’s sport and bait shops. Also, consider hiring a guide. Guides can drastically improve your chances of success, and they can also share lessons you’ll use for a lifetime of fishing. Also, guides are a bargain when you factor in the great value of being able to use their boat and equipment. Some great places to start your fishing adventure: Upper Buckatabon Lake in Conover, Big Sand Lakes in Phelps and Little Horsehead Lake in Presque Isle. All hold plenty of panfish. Plus, there’s plenty of shoreline spots and piers to cast from even if you don’t have a boat, like the pier at Mud Lake (south of Presque Isle), Van Vliet Lake (southeast of Presque Isle) and the pier at Wilderness Park on Presque Isle Lake.