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The Walleyes are running at the Walleye Days in Nekoosa, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Walleye Days in Nekoosa

A rite of spring for adventure travelers in the Midwest is the is the running of the walleyes.  Nekoosa, Wisconsin is the epicenter for this phenomenon as they host  Walleye Days with a contest for biggest fish.  This year the event went from March 19 through April 17.

Walleye Days in Nekoosa, Wisconsin

Walleye Days in Nekoosa, Wisconsin

Nekoosa, Wisconsin is on the Wisconsin River just north of the Dells.  Each spring walleyes swim up the river and spawn in front of the dam in Nekoosa.

Read the 2015 recap of the event here

The DNR ranger informed us that the fishing is excellent from just below the dam all the way down a mile.  He said the fishing is equally good from the shore as it is from the boats as the lunkers like to hang out in the slack water near shore.  The preferred bait is a black jig with a minnow.

Walleye Days

Nekoosa, Wisconsin welcomes visiting anglers for Walleye Days

Walleye Days are over for this year, but this does not mean walleye fishing is over.  In fact, the best fishing is most likely in the future as cold weather has really hampered the activity.  This does not mean that fish cannot be caught in cold weather (see video for proof of this), but it does slow the action down.

Be sure to know your Wisconsin angling rules

If you come to Nekoosa to fish the Wisconsin River make sure that you are legal in everything you do.  Many places you will never see a warden or a policeman while fishing and if you did they will not bother you.  This is not the case in Nekoosa as I have been checked for fishing licenses almost every year.  Also, be sure to know the limit and size allowance as $150.00 is too much to pay for a fish that is one inch too short.

Fishing licenses, tackle, and minnows can be purchased just a couple of blocks from the river at Sunrise Bait shop.  Bob will help you get licensed and provide information on fishing regulations.  Anglers are allowed five fish between 15-20 inches per day and one fish over 28 inches per day, but be sure to check at Sunrise for current regulations as they are subject to change.

In order to get to Nekoosa take I-39 north from Portage, Wisconsin to exit 136 and then turn west on Wisconsin 73 and go 21 miles to Nekoosa.  Take a left after crossing the river into town and then take a left on Pointe Bass Avenue.  Park anywhere along the road where there is room below the dam and start angling.


One of the hot spots just off of Pointe Basse Avenue below the Nekoosa Dam

After fishing it is time to hit Nita’s Brew

After the fishing is over then take a break in town.  There is a bar next to the Party Connection liquor store on Market Street called Foley’s Nita Brew that serves local Point beer, incredible half pound burgers, and some great local color.  The people and staff are incredibly friendly and will warm both the body temperatures of the cold fisherman and will also warm their hearts with their genuine kindness.

Walleye Days Nita Brew

Hanging out with the crew at Foleys during Walleye Days

Walleye Days Nekoosa

Our bartender Karen joins us and one of the reason we love to come back to Walleye Days

Central Wisconsin and Wood County is an often overlooked area of the state as visitors tend to head farther north, to the Dells, or to Door County.  Nekoosa is a really pretty area with great fishing and lightly visited thanks to its more popular neighbors.

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8 Responses to The Walleyes are running at the Walleye Days in Nekoosa, Wisconsin

  1. Jay Gordon April 20, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    You always seem to be having the time of your life. What an inspiration to those of us who spend most of our time sittin’ on our butts!
    Jay Gordon recently posted..Cowboy poetry in Willits- Mendocino County

  2. santafetravelers April 21, 2011 at 3:14 am #

    My husband used to catch wall-eyes in MN (NM backwards) and says they’re very tasty.

  3. Charles Higgins April 21, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    Neat fishin story…and a unique hat you’re sporting in the photo..

    Charles Higgins recently posted..Las Vegas Strip helicopter tour &amp dinner deal – 99 – National Las Vegas Examinercom

  4. LeslieTravel April 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Looks like you were hanging out with quite the cast of characters in Nekoosa! I love the video– you are hardcore to be fishing in the snow.

  5. Personalized Hotel Booking May 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Love fishing in Wisconsin! Brings me great memories of summer vacations in Wisconsin!

  6. Jayson kleifgen April 2, 2012 at 12:39 am #

    I hope every one has a safe day for Nekoosa walleye days

  7. Jayson kleifgen April 2, 2012 at 12:43 am #

    I hope every one has a safe day for Nekoosa walleye days Be safe take out the USSA kids pleasa


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