Jim Riley

SORRY BUT 2023 will be our final year guiding



Northern Wisconsin Kayak Fishing is a Division of Riley’s Outdoor Consulting LLC. We are fully licensed and insured. I, along with my wife Jane, operate the business. I am the full-time professional guide, and Jane keeps things rolling behind the scenes. Recently, Jane retired from the United States Air Force, which enabled us to spend summers in Wisconsin’s Northwoods.

When it comes to guided kayak fishing in the lakes in and around Vilas and Oneida, counties we are pioneers! I am no stranger to kayak fishing.

I have been kayak fishing from Florida’s Gulf Coast to Alaska since 2008.


Northern Wisconsin Kayak Fishing is located in beautiful Boulder Junction Wisconsin. We operate from May to October. Because of the area’s countless lakes teeming with several species of tackle-busting fish, we can offer you a memorable fishing adventure. Our trips are fully guided and include all necessary gear and professional instruction.

I am looking forward to getting you hooked on kayak fishing!







We are able to access lakes that are not accessible to larger boats.  We get into areas that are rarely fished!




Family Friendly


One child under 18 fishes free with a paying adult.  We believe in getting kids outdoors, away from all the distractions of the modern world.  Be prepared they often out-fish the adults.

Kayaks are Stealthy


Wildlife, including fish, pay us little attention.  We can sneak into prime fishing areas undetected.

Once you try this style of fishing you will be hooked!

Peace & Serenity


Paddle/pedal power gives us the best opportunity to enjoy the sites, sounds, and smells of nature.

Don’t be surprised if we are the only vessel on the water!




Our people-powered kayak fishing adventures are one of the best workouts you will enjoy doing!  Depending on how much you want to explore will determine how much we paddle/pedal.  We cater to each guest’s abilities.



Compare the cost of one of our fully-guided and outfitted kayak fishing adventures and you will quickly see the value.  Normally much less than a guided boat-based trip and not much more than a kayak rental.



Where We Fish

Northern Wisconsin Kayak Fishing Adventures is based out of Boulder Junction, in Vilas County, Wisconsin. We will focus our fishing efforts in Vilas and Oneida county. There are literally dozens of quality fishing lakes in these two counties.  


Our goal will be to focus on some of the more “ off the beaten path” bodies of water. Several of these lakes rarely see much boat traffic.  Most are under two hundred acres in size.  For a special day we can arrange a trip to a no-wake or no motor lake. Not only are these lakes peaceful, they normally are very productive.


For those that want an all day adventure we can fish multiple lakes or head over to the Turtle- Flambeau Flowage.  This is a true multi-species trip.  We will be looking to catch as many species as possible. This is as close to the BWCA as possible in Wisconsin.  Part of the Flowage is a no motor zone.  That is where we will concentrate our efforts.


For those that like to paddle and fish on a river we are blessed to have the Manitowish River. The river is scenic and loaded with fish.  I have specialized kayaks for the river.


Call Today 406-580-4036  * Charters Are 5 Hours *

We Support Our Troops!

  Jim & Jane come from a long history of warriors! In fact, Jane spent 27 years in the Air Force.  Jim’s dad was in the Army and both of his grandpas fought in WWII.  We have so many people to thank that we want to offer all those who served or are serving an invitation to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Northern Wisconsin by extending this offer; all Vets and Active Duty military members receive a 10 percent discount.




Let’s Go Fishing!

May to October

Charter-Time is 5 hours

Now Booking Just One Charter Daily

We base launch time on weather, etc.



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Don’t be shy. Let us know if you have any questions!

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