Just because winter has come doesn’t mean that you have to pack it in. In fact, you don’t even have to slow your roll if you’re in Wisconsin. When winter hits Wisconsin, the fun is just beginning. While there are all sorts of fun activities to enjoy in Wisconsin during the winter, perhaps two of the best are skiing and ice fishing.
If you want to go skiing, pack up the RV and head out to some of the best places for skiing in Wisconsin.
Alpine Valley Resort
Alpine Valley is located in White Lake and it features 90 skiable acres. This ski area features 14 lifts; and its longest run is 3,000 feet. The vertical is 388 feet. Night skiing is available seven days. The terrain mix is 40-40-20. Rentals and lessons are also available.
Bruce Mound is located in Black River Falls and it features 40 skiable acres, a 375-foot vertical, three lifts and a 29-29-42 terrain mix. The longest run is 3,000 feet. Night skiing is available on Fridays. Rentals and lessons are available.
This ski area is located in Portage. The summit is 1,280 feet and the base is 820 feet. Cascade Mountain features 10 lifts, a terrain mix of 37-19-44 and its longest run is 1,800 feet. Night skiing is available seven days.
Christie Mountain is located in Bruce and features 20 skiable acres with a 350-foot vertical. The summit is 1,650 feet and the base elevation is 1,300 feet. Christie Mountain features five lifts and a 40-25-35 terrain mix. The longest run is 4,000 feet and night skiing is available from Wednesday through Saturday. Rentals and lessons are also available.
If you don’t have a fish house or ice house yet, it’s time to stop by our showroom to check a couple floor plans out so you can fish comfortably. Once you do that, you have to find a great spot to fish and, if you’ve never ice fished before, learn that skill.
Places to Ice Fish
The Madison Chain, located in Dane County, features 9,800 acres of ice to fish on. You’ll get perch, bluegill, northern pike and more. Lake Koshkonong, located in Jefferson County, features 10,400 acres of fishing for walleye. Lakes Delavan and Geneva are great for walleye, bluegill and crappie. Pioneer Lake, located north of Eagle River, is good for panfish and pike. Thunder Lake, just south of Eagle River is great for crappie and northern pike.
Ice Fishing Tips
Rig a flasher with a downward-pointing transducer to find the fish in the winter. LCD displays are not reliable during cold weather. Drill several holes in an area the size of a football field and check them with the fish finder. If you don’t see any fish, move to another part of the lake and repeat. Once you find the fish, drill several holes in an area about the size of a tennis court for jigging. Jig until you find fish that are biting.
Look for sticky bottoms – these are parts of the lake that aren’t too hard or too soft, thus allowing insects to burrow. They attract hungry fish and are found in lake areas from about 15 to 30 feet deep. You may have to drill a lot of holes to find fish, but you’ll also find the biggest fish in the lake. Find sticky bottoms by clipping a weight to the jig and letting drop to the bottom. It should not bounce or dig in too deep. It should just cling to the bottom temporarily. You can also use a sonar unit or underwater cameras to find sticky bottoms.
Visit Link RV Center
If you need to gear up for winter RVing in Wisconsin, there’s no better place than Link RV Center in Minong, Rice Lake, or Chippewa Falls. Stop by Link RV Center today for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories.