New to 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. Second, it’s part of one of the largest concentrations of freshwater lakes in the world, so this is your best fishing option in the region. Third, the big fun starts the first weekend of May, when the general fishing season opens. Spring is a great time to cast a line. 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 in Vilas County. 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, Little Horsehead Lake in Presque Isle and Allequash Lake in Boulder Junction. But the fishing in Vilas County is good enough that you don’t even a boat; you can cast your line from several accessible piers and shore fishing spots, including Lake Minocqua, Moss Lake (Lac du Flambeau), Silver Lake (Eagle River) and Spectacle Lake (Phelps).