Mack Prioleau’s top ice fishing spots in Wisconsin

Ice Fishing Spots in Wisconsin Recommended by Mack Prioleau

Ice fishing is an outdoor activity I always look forward to doing every winter. It’s a different kind of fishing experience; one that is definitely an acquired taste.Hello, everyone! It’s Mack Prioleau once more. If you’re thinking about going ice fishing, and you’ve never done it before, I recommend that you also read my ice fishing tips for beginners, which you can also find in this blog.

There are plenty of ice fishing spots scattered all over the country, and choosing one could be quite a challenge especially if you’ve never gone ice fishing before. To help narrow down your search, this post shares with you ice fishing spots in Wisconsin that you might want to check out.

Lake Namakagon in Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest, Namakagon, Northern Wisconsin

If you’re looking to catch a trophy-sized muskie, then this is where you should go come the winter season. It could be quite a challenge to hook this (usually) 40-pound fish, but if you’re patient enough, you might be able to bring home this prized catch. On the other hand, if the muskie aren’t biting, you can always settle for largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, crappie, bluegill, and walleye. Also, if you’d like to get a head start on ice fishing in winter, you should definitely head out here as the lake usually freezes over earlier than other lakes in the state.

Lake Nebagamon, Douglas County

Looking for abundant fish in winter? Lake Nebagamon is where you should go. Considered as one of the best fisheries in Wisconsin, you can expect to find largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, catfish, trout, walleye, bluegill, and perch here. Fish are aplenty at this spot!

Additionally, if you’re up for an ice fishing tournament—whether as a spectator or participant—there’s plenty of them here, held throughout the winter months.

Webb Lake, Burnett County

If what you’re looking for is a fly-fishing hotspot in the winter, then head for Webb Lake. If luck is on your side, you could go home with the freshest catch of largemouth and smallmouth bass, muskie, northern pike, walleye, bluegill, and crappie.

Webb Lake is a popular spot for anglers not only in winter but all throughout the year.

Bone Lake, Polk County

This large 1,781-acre lake in Polk County is a popular fishing spot year-round. During the winter months, you can find bass, bluegill, northern pike, perch, and crappie in abundance here. For a lot of anglers, their take-home fish is usually perch.

Other ice fishing spots you could check out include Balsam Lake in Polk County, Lake Wissota in Chippewa County, Alice Lake in Lincoln County, and Big Sand Lake in Burnett County.

Please be aware of the bag limits per fishing spot, and the fishing regulations of the State of Wisconsin.

Have you been ice fishing in Wisconsin? How was your experience? Please share it with us here. You may reach me, Mack Prioleau, directly through this page.



Mack Prioleau on ice fishing for beginners

Ice Fishing Tips for Beginners from Mack Prioleau

The winter months will soon be upon us. For outdoor lovers like myself, the long winter months could mean forgoing our favorite activities and waiting out the season indoors. Thankfully, I discovered ice fishing, and I’ve been doing it every winter since. Hello, all! This is Mack Prioleau. In this latest blog entry, I thought I’d share with you a few tips to help you have a smooth and enjoyable ice fishing experience.

Wear proper clothing

It cannot be emphasized enough how dangerous it could be for you if you stay under the cold, winter weather for long hours without being properly covered. I recommend that you wear under layer clothing made of polypropylene material—from top to bottom—as this type of material provides you with a moisture barrier. If you find yourself sweating underneath all your layers of clothing, the moisture won’t stay on your skin, preventing hypothermia from cold sweat.

It is always best to use layers and then remove each layer as you see fit. Multiple layers of clothing will keep you protected from the harsh, cold winter air. And when the air gets a little warm for you, you can just remove your top layers—better to have layers to remove than to be lacking in proper warm clothing when you’re out at your ice fishing spot.

For your footwear, thick sock and pack boots are what I would advise.

Ice shanty

Where there are ice-fishing spots, there usually are ice shanties for rent as well. These are typically 6′ x 6′ plastic or wooden shanties that you can easily set up within minutes. To keep the interior warm, you can use a heater or stove. Be sure to practice caution when using such heating devices to avoid accidental burns.

These shanties can also comfortably accommodate two persons so you can fish with your buddy out on the ice.

On another note, you could consider bringing your ice skates with you so you can get up and get moving every now and then to stay warm and stretch your muscles.


First, you will need appropriate equipment for transporting all your fishing gear. A sled or toboggan is commonly used for this purpose. Next, you will need the proper tools for the actual ice fishing. The basic tools that you should bring along are an ice auger for drilling your fishing hole, a skimmer for scooping out slush or ice chips from your hole, an ice spud or chisel, bait bucket, a seat or chair, dip net, and a hook disgorger.

For fishing, you will need a jigging rod, tip-up (that tells you when a fish is on your line), hooks, lures, jigs, line, and leaders (wires that you attach the hooks on).

The ice shanty rental place may have some of these for rent as well so make sure to check first to know which ones you need to bring on your own.

In the coming days, I will share with you ice fishing spots that you can check out so make sure to come back for those! This is Mack Prioleau, and I hope you enjoyed reading this post.



Mack Prioleau shares tips on preparing for a winter hike

Winter Hiking Tips by Mack Prioleau

When I embarked on my first winter hike a few years back, I didn’t expect the trail to be hard. I’ve hiked the trail so many times during the summer that I knew it like the back of my hand. What I didn’t expect was that it could be so challenging in wintertime. Hi, all! Mack Prioleau here. Let me share with you a few tips on winter hiking so you won’t have as hard a time as I did when I tried it for the very first time.

Suit up

You know how temperatures change as you ascend to reach the summit? From the foot of the mountain, the temperature could be at a relatively cool and comfortable level, but as you get higher up, you could feel the air getting colder and colder. Expect these changes in temperature to be magnified during the winter! So my first tip is to suit up. Wear properly insulated clothing to keep warm and dry. And take along an extra pair of insulated pants and jacket for added measure.

For winter hikes, make like an onion and layer up!

Set out early

There are two main reasons why I suggest that you make an early start for your winter hikes. First, the sun generally sets early during winter. The last thing you want is to be stuck in the middle of the trail when the sun goes down. Hiking with only your headlamp as a source of light in snow-covered trails puts your safety at risk.

Second, the trail, as I mentioned above, is going to be far more challenging in winter, which means a trail that you’ve managed to complete within a couple of hours in the summer could take you all day to complete in winter. In other words, make sure to give ample time for hiking the trails in colder, snowy conditions.

Bring safety and emergency gear

When you go out on a hike, you should always be prepared for surprises. This is especially true during winter. Bring a first aid kit, extra warm clothing, a compass, trail map, and headlamp, of course. You’ll never know when heavy snowfall could suddenly occur so be prepared to spend the night, too, even if you only planned (and chose a trail) for a day hike.

Check, double and triple-check the weather

It goes without saying that one of the first things you should do when planning a hike is to check the weather regardless of whether you’re hiking in the summer or winter. But during winter, it is advised that you keep checking the weather until the time you have to start your a hike. Make sure to check for incidents of heavy snowfall and avalanches on the mountain you’re planning to climb. As I’ve said, winter conditions present you with more challenges compared to summer, and it is always prudent to double—even triple—check the weather.

Do you have tips you want to share? Please feel free to let me know. You may reach me, Mack Prioleau, directly through this site.

Trail running camps to kick-start your training

Training Camps for Trail Running: Out of Your Comfort Zone and Into the Wild

Hello, everyone! This is Mack Prioleau. Today I thought about talking a little bit about trail running. As a lover of the outdoors, I spend a great deal of time hiking trails to reach the best summits in the country. I also like trekking the trails of our national parks. I guess you can say that I’m quite experienced when it comes to hiking and trekking. But there’s one thing about the outdoors that I have yet to master—trail running.

There’s no doubt that trail running is very much different from regular running or jogging. Where your feet can easily get accustomed to running on paved paths so much that the only challenge left (most of the time) for regular runners is to beat their last record run; for trail running, it’s a whole different ballgame. Soft, muddy terrain, grass, slopes, twigs, branches, and a multitude of other obstacles challenge your skills and stamina on every trail run.

I know that I have to get the proper training in order for me to be physically and mentally ready for an honest-to-goodness actual trail run. And since I like to travel, I decided to check out trail running camps in the country that are outside of where I currently reside, which is Nashville, Tennessee. I figured, traveling locally to join a trail running camp allows me to still enjoy two of the things I love most: traveling and the outdoors.

Trail Running Camp Locations in the US

1. Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Jackson Hole is a valley that sits between two mountain ranges in Wyoming; Teton Mountain Range and the Gros Ventre Range. As such, you will find running trails of varying degrees in this area. Check out Mountain Running Academy if you’re up for a dose of extensive training. Choose from three courses: Cool Impossible Camp, Ultra X Training, and Peak FX Training Camp.

The camp usually runs for three days but check their official website as well to get the latest updates on length and schedules.

2. Colorado. Colorado is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders during the winter but when the snow has melted and the mountains have unveiled their lush greens once more, the state will have trails perfect for running. Check out Hut Run Hut for trail running that takes you from Aspen to Vail. It’s a 100-mile run that takes you to the amazing trails across the Rockies. If you’re looking for a scenic trail running training camp, then this one’s for you.

There are three six-day camp schedules available. Kindly visit their official website for more details.

3. Flagstaff, Arizona. There are two trail running training camps available here: Rob Krar Ultra Camp and McMillan Running Getaways. Rob Krar Ultra Camp takes you trail running during training days and enjoying your natural surroundings with a picnic lunch in the outdoors during breaks from training. It’s a training session \and vacation rolled into one!

Now, for those who are looking for a more extensive and athletic training, McMillan Running Getaways is for you. Train on trails that some of the country’s most elite trail runners have traversed. Training includes high altitude running along Arizona’s highest peaks, the San Francisco Peaks.

I’m not sure yet which one I’ll do, but I’m more inclined towards training in Flagstaff, Arizona. What about you? Do you have a trail running training camp in your area? Buzz me up! I’d love to check it out. You may reach me, Mack Prioleau, through this site.

Hiking the Trails of Mount Kailash, Tibet: A Spiritual Experience

Mount Kailash Pilgrimage

Mount Kailash, Tibet is part of the Gangdisê Mountain range. It is a sacred place for four religions: Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Bön, an ancient Tibetan religion. Hiking up the mountain itself to reach its summit is prohibited to keep it from being deconsecrated. This is Mack Prioleau, and one of my ultimate goals is to go on a pilgrimage to this sacred mountain.

The mountain goes by different names, depending on religion. For instance, Tibetan Buddhists call it the Precious Snow Mountain, while the Bön religious call it Mountain of Sea Water and also Water’s Flower. Regardless of its name, however, all four religions consider it sacred, and thousands of people from all over the world make the pilgrimage up its paths every year for spiritual cleansing, renewal, and awakening.

There is also a specific ritual for each religion when it comes to traversing the mountain’s sacred trails. For instance, Buddhists and Hindus walk the path in a clockwise direction, while Jains and Bönpos walk in a counterclockwise direction.

It is said that the energy in this place is so strong that you immediately feel its effects on your mind, body, and spirit the minute you arrive at the foot of the mountain to begin your pilgrimage.

A sacred ritual that dates back to thousands of years

Pilgrimage around the mystical mountain of Kailash is said to have started thousands of years ago. The path stretches to about 52 kilometers long, and pilgrims believe that the ritual should be completed in one day. While this is not an easy task, most of the pilgrims that visit the sacred place each year have managed to complete the hike in a single day. Those who are physically fit and have undergone months of conditioning can complete the trek in 15 hours, on average.

For some, accomplishing such a feat isn’t as easy because they have very specific rituals that make it harder to finish in one day. Some pilgrims bend forward, kneel, and then prostate on the ground. Then they get back up on their knees, pray, and then crawl on their hands and knees. The process is repeated every few steps. This ritual usually takes the individual 14 days to complete the pilgrimage.

For anyone who wishes to hike the mountain’s sacred paths, it is advised that you first undergo physical and mental conditioning as the mountain is located in a remote area and there aren’t any modern facilities or amenities nearby. While there are benches and kiosks that sell refreshments, you may find that these are few and far between so it’s best to be mentally and physically prepared for the pilgrimage.

I, for one, know that if I were to go there today, I wouldn’t be able to complete the entire path and might have to give up after a few miles. This is why I know that I should have at least several months of conditioning before I venture to the sacred mountain.

But I will go there for sure. Mount Kailash is on my bucket list now. What about you? Do you wish to go on this pilgrimage, too? Please share your thoughts with us! This is Mack Prioleau, and I’d like to thank you for taking time to read my post.



Mack Prioleau: How Riding a Wave Can Improve Your Life

There are few things more thrilling and enjoyable than riding a wave — an activity that requires both patience and constant practice. However, while you are having fun on your surfboard, your body and mind are simultaneously thanking you; surfing is a win-win-win situation. Here are some of the hugest benefits of going surfing, whether you are a professional or are just starting out in the sport, according to passionate surfer Mack Prioleau.

Flexibility and Balance

One of the biggest benefits of going surfing is that it helps to improve your flexibility. The more flexible you become, the more likely you are to avoid being injured, both on the waves and on dry ground. Surfing also helps you to improve your balance, which is an essential ability as you grow older in order to avoid suffering injuries from fractures and breaks as a result of falls.

Health and Strength

Surfing is inherently good for your body, especially your cardiovascular system. When you strengthen your cardiovascular system — your heart, arteritis, and veins — through surfing, this ultimately helps to reduce fatigue and shortness of breath, and you can also protect yourself from life-threatening heart attacks. The more you participate in activities that stress your heart as well as your accessory organs, the better your cardiovascular system will be able to perform.

In addition to improving your heart, you also improve your muscles when you surf. Paddling a surfboard constantly will lead to a boost in your muscle mass and strengthen your chest, arms, and shoulders. The more muscle mass you have, the more capable you are of completing daily-living activities. A high muscle mass also increases your body’s metabolic rate, which means you burn more calories in a day’s time and therefore can more easily accomplish your weight-loss or weight-maintenance objectives.

Mental Peace

For many surfers, the many mental benefits of surfing seem to outweigh the physical ones. For instance, the act of surfing is indeed challenging and fun, but the feeling a person gets afterward is incomparable. This feeling is a mental peace that is hard to find elsewhere but out on the ocean. In addition, when you are riding a wave, you are fully living in the present. You are not distracted by technology or by other people or situations; all you have is yourself, your surfboard, and the wave beneath you. Your focus is on what is before you at the moment, and this “living in the now” is what makes surfing feel like such an escape from the rest of the world.


The more you master surfing, the more of a self-confidence boost you will experience. You can liken riding a wave to riding a bull: You have no clue how the ocean will behave sometimes. Although this can be unsettling and frightening for many people, surfing gives you the opportunity to practice staying calm, cool, and collected in even the most unpredictable of circumstances — a skill that can help you in all areas of your life.

Mack Prioleau: Why Take a Hike?

Rather than take a cliché beach trip the next time you go on vacation, consider tapping into your adventurous side by going on a hike. Hiking is one of the most rewarding activities you can do for yourself: You get the opportunity to experience nature up close and personal, get plenty of fresh air to clear your head, and get some body-building exercise in the process. Here are a few of the most alluring places to go hiking on the North American continent, according to sportsman Mack Prioleau.


Banff is a perfect destination for those who want to experience what it is like to be in a skiing village in Switzerland without paying the big bucks needed to fly there. Banff is located in the Canadian Rockies and appeals to explorers who love the idea of being in the thick of the great outdoors during the day but would prefer a comfortable hotel at night. However, if you would rather rough it at night as well, then there are plenty of campgrounds that can serve as your home away from home. Here at Banff, you can go biking along Healy Creek, climb the Stoney Squaw Mountain, hike to the Hoodoos — limestone pillars — or going skiing down Mount Norguay. The possibilities are seemingly endless for the adventure lover.


Sedona in Arizona is a must-see for the avid hiker who finds inspiration in landscapes that are colorful and dramatic. In Sedona, you will find jagged buttes and red rocks that meet the blue sky in a stark contrast — the stuff of a photographer’s dream. In fact, these rock formations in the northcentral part of Arizona have been included in movies such as “Midnight Run,” “3:10 to Yuma,” and “Broken Arrow.” In addition to enjoying views of these formations, you can take advantage of some well-deserved spa treatments, ones that have a local touch: for instance, blue-corn body scrubs and red clay wraps.


When it comes to displaying natural beauty, the Adirondacks is second to none. This region of New York is nearly 300 miles away from New York City, to the north, and is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. In the summer, you can easily go hiking along with whitewater rafting, canoeing, fishing, and biking. During the winter, there is still plenty to do outdoors, ranging from skiing to dogsledding, snowshoeing, and bobsledding. You also cannot miss Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, and Saranac Lake — three other gems in this New York area.


The Big Island of Hawaii is one of the most magical hiking hot spots in North America. On this island, can embark on trails and visit the types of state parks that simply cannot be found on the other Hawaiian islands of Kauai, Oahu, and Maui. The black-sand beaches and snow-covered mountain peaks also make this island stand out for adventure seekers. Of course, the Kilauea volcano is also a remarkable part of the island, actually causing the land mass of the island to increase since the 1980s. From Hawaii to New York, no matter where you turn in North America, you are sure to find a unique hiker’s paradise.

Go Hog-Wild for Wild-Hog Hunting

Mack Prioleau: Go Hog-Wild for Wild-Hog Hunting

When deer hunting season is over but you are yearning to be out in nature again, hearing a large game animal trample leaves in the distance, nothing can fill that empty space in your hunting-loving heart than a wild-hog hunt. In fact, in the Golden State, more Californian hunters are actually pursuing wild hogs than they are deer. And in states such as Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida, you can shoot wild hogs in the fall, spring, summer, and winter; there are no seasonal restrictions. These hogs can be found in more than 30 states, as far west as Hawaii and as far east as New Hampshire. Here are a few reasons to go wild-hog hunting, and a few tips for making your hunt a successful one, according hunting aficionado Mack Prioleau.

Wild-Hog Hunting Benefits

As mentioned earlier, wild hogs can be hunted year-round, so no urge to hunt has to go unfulfilled. The Northeast, outside of New Hampshire’s Blue Mountains, does not seem to have any wild hogs. However, no matter your location in the United States, you are just a day’s drive away from your dream wild hog — the kind that will fit perfectly on your grill.

Wild-hog hunting does more than just fill your belly with some scrumptious meat, however. It also gives you the chance to be a little patriotic. This is because wild hogs are considered a nuisance: They dirty clean streams, tear up habits, eat innocent turkey chicks, and compete with native animals for food. When you hunt these hogs down, you essentially do land owners as well as wildlife managers a huge favor.


The best time of the year to go wild-hog hunting is during the spring, when the heat of the summer season has not crept in yet. However, sweltering summer days can lead to your biggest trophy hogs, as you can easily anticipate a wild hog’s patterns on a hot summer day when they will be pursuing critical water sources.


While a wild hog’s sense of smell and smell of hearing are excellent, it has poor eyesight. For this reason, it is common for hunters to stalk a hog after spotting it from a ridgetop or a road in the distance. If you are hunting on an open ranchland, you will have to work on spotting hogs from behind a windshield or via binoculars. Early in the day, check the sources of water that pigs frequent before they move to thicker country as the sun moves higher in the sky.


If you are extremely comfortable with stand hunting during deer season and wish to use a stand for wild-hog hunting as well, you are in good company. Many people have done this effectively. One method that will help to increase your chances of success during stand hunting is to use timed corn feeders to pull a wild hog into an open area, where it can easily be targeted. Also, consider searching for a wet area, as hogs must cool off in wet mud and water since they lack sweat glands. By following these tips, your next big-game catch may occur sooner than you think.

Mack Prioleau: Biggest Largemouth Bass Fishing Myths

Mack Prioleau: Biggest Largemouth Bass Fishing Myths

Largemouth bass fishing is an activity that offers many hidden benefits outside of the thrill that comes with reeling in the biggest catch of the day. It also cultivates patience, an appreciation for the outdoors, and ingenuity. However, admittedly, catching a fish is one of the most rewarding parts of the fishing experience. Unfortunately, there are several myths about largemouth bass fishing that prevent people from experiencing these rewarding moments more often, according to avid fisherman Mack Prioleau. Here are some of the most common myths about bass fishing.

Use Red Hooks

One common bass fishing myth is bass are attracted to red hooks since they look like blood. It is for this reason you will see red reel spools, red line, red blades and sinkers, and even lures featuring red hooks. Some professional fishermen have indicated that the red color simulates crawfish’s gills’ or baitfish’s blood. However, although research has shown that bass fish can spot the color red with ease, no studies show that these fish are instinctively attracted to this color. They essentially do not have the mental processes necessary to conclude that a red object may indeed be prey since bleeding baitfish are red and are vulnerable to being attacked.

All Bass Are the Same

Another common myth is that all bass behave in the same manner no matter where they are found. In reality, any knowledgeable angler would tell you that stark differences exist in largemouth and smallmouth bass’s behaviors, prey choices, and habitats. Largemouth bass include two distinct subspecies, which are the northern largemouth and the Florida largemouth bass. In addition, research shows that even fish from the same state have unique DNA, and differences in cover type, diet, and water color additionally make bass behave differently in different lakes. For instance, topwater lures can be effective in some lakes, while they are ineffective in others. In the same way, night fishing can be productive in some places and useless in others. This is why consulting local fishing guides and experts is wise when you are fishing in a new body of water.

All You Need is a Boat

People often think the presence of a boat can make or break an angler’s fishing experience. In reality, the skill level of the angler plays a much greater role in the angler’s success than his or her watercraft does. However, it can still be helpful to have a small boat. A small boat fits well in small bodies of water, the homes of large bass in states ranging from California to Iowa and Florida. A full-sized bass boat cannot enter shallow zones, and it struggles to navigate through dense vegetation and timber. Even when it can reach these hard-to-reach areas, the boat can end up spooking large fish. Small boats are even helpful in large bodies of water because they force you to go slowly and stay focused on your environment and the fish you are attempting to catch, which is necessary to experience success behind the reel.

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland



In its glory days Interlaken was known as the watch making center of the world. They were known for their watchmaking around the world so there is defintely a lot of history here if you or someone in your family is into history. Tourist have been coming here since the 1800s to breathe in that fresh mountain air (which is probably more appealing now then ever) as well as utilize the spa treatments. Tourist looking for great photo opportunities defintely need to take advantage of the beautiful the Eiger, the Jungfrau and the Monch. If there are any people who are looking for that adrenaline rush, there is also a lot of out door activities to take part in, especially in the winter.



Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city which can very appealing to tourist as it boast over 50 museums and over 100 art galleries looking for people who want to take in the culture. If you ever get tired of shopping for famous Swiss brand name goods (or you just run out of money) you can take part in the beautiful Lake Zurich or go hiking in the nearby mountains. The night life is probably the best here in the whole country with Zurich offering a diverse range of options from night clubs to restaurants. If your group varies a lot this is probably the best place to go as there is something for everyone.



If you are looking for something a little more quaint then Zermatt is the place for you. It is a small town known for its skiing and its mountaineering due to the fact that it is incredibly close to Matterhorn one of the biggest mountains in Switzerland. An interesting fact about Zermatt is that gasoline-driven cars are not allowed in the city so any vehicle must be battery operated.