Minocqua Area and Northern Wisconsin
Welcome to the Minocqua Area - Nature's Original Water Park. We call it that because it's located in the middle of Northern Wisconsin's Lake Country. Here there are thousands of lakes, rivers and streams that literally saturate the geography. And vacationers have long been visiting the Minocqua Area to enjoy all this water by boating, swimming, fishing, snowmobiling and more. There's no admission fees and we're open year round!
Well the fishing continues to be good across the northwoods. Consistent weather has kept the fish active. We had one cold front come thru but it only slowed the bite for a day. With the warmer temps I suspect the fish that are being caught shallow right now to start heading deeper to their normal haunts this time of year.
Walleye, musky and even northern have been caught shallower than normal so far but a trip with a friend to a Hazelhurst lake yesterday found the Musky and Small Mouth Bass being deeper than they have been. Sure you can still catch small bass shallow but the bigger ones are deeper now. All our smallies came in 15-20' of water next to 30' flats, in rocks. They were spitting up crawlers as they hit the surface. For a while we were filling our plastic cups with bait instead of emptying them! Pretty wild.
On a trip to a Boulder Junction area lake we found Walleye everywhere as usual but instead of them being in 5-10' they were in 15-20' of water. And again the larger fish were deeper.
The bait of choice continues to be crawlers and leeches. There are still quite a few fishermen stating good reports of catches with fathead minnows though. One guy, fishing a smaller lake in Arbor Vitae, bought 4 scoops of medium fatheads in the morning and came back in the afternoon and bought 5 more scoops. He was giggling like a little kid as he was catching so many fish. He assured me he did not accidentally kick his bucket over! He was catching bass and walleye with those fatheads. That's why I always say "take it all with you!"
I see boats trolling all over the place now. Some nice Musky, Walleye, Panfish, yes Panfish, and Bass are being boated. I've done a little trolling when the bite has gotten slow and the results are good. I still like pitching a bait out there and feeling the hit while I'm working that bait better than trolling though. A couple of reminders about trolling. When trolling you are in essence covering more water while the boat is moving but you need to keep the presentation similar to the casting presentation. For example, if you are catching Small mouth bass 3' off the bottom jigging then you need to find a way to troll your bait for smallies 3' off the bottom.
Hey it's time to get out there and practice what I preach. Here comes someone with an empty bucket!
Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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- Monday, July 20, 2015 at 05:27:49 (PDT)
Jeff Bolander of Dewey Catch'em and How Fishing Guides and Bait Shop
PO Box 2089
Woodruff, WI 54568-2089