New to the ice? Welcome to some of the best ice fishing on the planet. There’s a reason why so many head to the ice every winter in Vilas County – this sport is a ton of fun, and Vilas County is the perfect place to drill a hole. There are more than 1,300 lakes, so there are plenty of fishing opportunities for everyone. To get started, consider hiring a guide. Going out with a guide on your first trip is a great idea. Not only will you learn all about how to get started ice fishing, the guides will share tips and secrets that you’ll be able to carry with you the rest of your life. When you’re fishing, try to remain quiet – fish are easily spooked and quiet anglers often have the best luck. Just take in the fresh air, winter scenery and enjoy your time on the lake. A couple of lakes with an abundance of panfish include Pioneer Lake in Conover and Big Sand Lake in Phelps. North and South Turtle Lakes in Winchester are good for walleye and smallmouth bass fishing.