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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!

Fishing Report

Fishing report 9/6/16

Well this fishing season continues to confound and amaze. Walleyes great one day and the next day you think you forgot how to fish for them. There are spot reports where fishermen are doing well in certain spots and at certain times of the day and with certain jigs and colors. The only thing that has remained consistent is the bait of choice is still crawlers. As always start your search on a deep weed edge hopefully next to deeper water. Look for sand or gravel transitioning into mud in that deeper water. And be patient. I caught one the other day that I swore was the bait dragging over a pebble.

Water temps are still around 67 and the rain continues to keep those water levels up above normal. Many lakes have a heavy algae bloom going but don't let that deter you. I believe it gives the fish more cover.

Crappie are still hitting but still spread out. We are still catching more on crawlers than minnows. Although the few we have caught on minnows have had a more violent strike. Colors have changed each day.

Some nice perch have been coming in the boat lately. Water depth varies but wood and weeds are key. Still a crawler is best but some are being caught on medium fatheads. Same story for the bluegills but use a smaller jig/hook, 1/32 if you can.

Bass have still been aggressive. Smallies and largemouth are still slamming crawlers. You can catch some on cranks too but I hate taking a bait with two treble hooks out of a fish unless I have to. Northerns have also been hitting well. I have a couple who vacations up here a couple times a year and comes into the shop a buys 1 or 2 dozen northern suckers and 1 or 2 dozen chubs every day. Funny thing is they catch most of the pike on the chubs and most of the bass on the bigger suckers. Go figure.

Time to plan my day for tomorrow. Me and three guys looking for a nice multi-species fish fry. Remember, good things come to those who bait!


Jeff Bolander of Dewey Catch'em and How Fishing Guides and Bait Shop
PO Box 2089
Woodruff, WI 54568-2089

715-892-2751 Cell

Our site www.deweycatchemandhow.com

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