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!
Its Monday. It's Memorial Day. It's 6am and raining. But it's not cold and so far no lightning. So I'm sure a few hearty souls will don their Frogg Toggs and chase the fishies today. Yep, here comes one now...
The weekend so far has had mixed results. The weather was fantastic but the fish were not cooperating like they had been late in the week. Water temps are in the 64 degree range on smaller lakes and 59-61 on the larger ones. Weed growth in on a normal pace, just coming up on the clear lakes and pretty bushy on the darker ones. The rest of this week's weather promises to be great with some days getting into the 80's!
WALLEYE: They aren't as active right now as they were at the end of the week. But even when they were active a lot of small fish were being caught. I am guessing that females are recovering from the spawn and will soon be putting on the feed bag. You better take everything with you, good sized minnows, crawlers, leeches and your favorite medium crank baits. They should be in the greening weeds chasing perch and other prey. Walleyes don't like the light so the clearer the water the deeper you should go when the sun is high and then shallower during low light periods.
CRAPPIES: The smaller the lake and darker the water the farther along the spawn is. For example, on the small dark lakes the spawn is over and the Crappie are in the post spawn feed. On the larger clearer lakes the spawn hasn't started yet. On those lakes a pre spawn bite is prevalent. I was on a large clear lake yesterday and we marked fish and also saw them on the Aqua-View outside the weeds in 10-12 FOW but there was no way they were biting. Reports I get from customers who are targeting the smaller dark lakes, it's hammer time. I expect the bite to continue to get better over the next 7-10 days.
BLUE GILLS: Gills are searching the spawning areas looking for good spots and marking out their territory. The actively feeding fish a tight to wood and are taking waxies, worms and mini-mite styled baits. The flowages are yielding some very nice fish right now.
NORTHERN PIKE: The Pike are still very active. Not much magic involved in catching them right now. They'll hit just about anything. But if want to catch thew big one you need to go big. Northern Suckers drug threw the weeds or under slip bobbers above the weeds can be deadly. And of course my favorite bait, the spinner bait tipped with a twister tail, is always the best way to cover a lot of water and experience some heckacious hits! The bigger pike will be active as long as the water stays cool. Pike do not like warm water.
I'll be doing one of my favorite things the next few days, hitting smaller no motor lakes looking for everything. I'll keep you up to date, without giving away too many secrets!
Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
Reports at www.UpNorthFishing.com