Seney Area Hunting & Fishing,
Your Hosts Marc and Julie
The Fox River Motel and Seney are surrounded by thousands of acres of
national refuge, state forest, public lakes and rivers making this area
bountiful for hunting wild game in their natural habitat. Most common to
the area are whitetail deer, black bear, grouse, woodcock, water fowl, bobcat,
coyote, fox, and raccoon.
The Seney area has been a hunter sportsman's secret for many years.
With ample deer roaming in their natural environment you can hunt here
starting in October for archery season, into November for gun season,
all the way through Black powder season in December. Our customers proudly
display their deer on the Fox River Motel Buck Pole established in 1976.
Bird hunting for grouse and woodcock is another popular draw to the area.
Continuous logging provides a good habitat for small game.
Since the lottery license was initiated, the black bear population in this
area has grown. Subsequently, this has increased the success rate for bear
Fox River is known world wide for being Ernest Hemmingway's favorite place to trout fish. His story has been referenced in the National Geographic, June 1997 edition.
"Just 10 miles wide and 26 miles long, the Fox River drainage system is short in length but long on lore. The brook trout that Hemmingway cast for still reach up to three pounds; largely due to a steady supply of ground water that rarely tops 68 degrees".
The main branch of the Fox River is the heart of the Fox River Basin. It breeds mostly brook trout, but browns are also frequently caught. Angler's have success with flies, spinners, minnows, and crawlers. We prefer crawlers and have them for sale at the Motel. Wading or canoeing is the only method of fishing the main branch. You can access the river just a few hundred feet from the motel, at many points along the County Rd. 450 (Fox River Rd), and off M-77. Canoe rental is available here in town.
The East Branch of the Fox River where it crosses M-28 can be accessed with a motor boat of 5hp or less. Because there is no other access to this portion of the river the rustic wilderness has been preserved. This is where the trophy brook trout can be caught. A fishing excursion up the East Branch is an experience comparable to the one journalist write about that Hemmingway enjoyed.
When Mr. Hemmingway traveled north to fish the Fox in 1919, the accommodations were a little more rustic. The Fox River Motel is here to make your fishing excursion a more enjoyable and comfortable experience.
There are also many out of the way lakes in the area some with boat ramps and rustic accesses.
Anglers enjoy fishing for pike, perch, walleye, pan fish, bass, and musky in these lakes where it is less populated. Your hosts can assist you with the details of the lakes you need to plan your day.