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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!

Snowmobile Trail and Ski Trail Report







 Cross Country Cruisers Snowmobile Club Report

We received 4" to 5" of new snow out of the 6” to 10" that was forecasted, but every little bit helps. This will help us rebuild after last weekend’s melt down. All of our groomers were out last night manly panning to help build our base back up, and there are some light snows in the forecast for the upcoming days along with some colder temps.  Most of Cross Country Cruisers trails are in GOOD condition. Everything north of Hwy 70 in Vilas co is in good condition to some areas very good. The 47 trail in Oneida county is in good condition, the 70 trail in town is fair. The Bearskin is in good condition. You will find thin snow conditions in and around town but conditions do improve once you travel a mile or two out.  We will be grooming nightly through the weekend and with some more light snows I expect things to improve. All of our neighboring clubs are doing the same thing so I expect some pretty good riding conditions for the weekend. As always ride right ride safe!!


Minocqua Forest Riders Snowmobile Club

Trail Report February 4th, 2016

The four to six inches of snow that fell Tuesday Night and into Wednesday was a welcome sight after last weekend’s meltdown. Granted, it would have been nice to get the ten inches that was predicted, but something is better than nothing. With that being said, the new snow has provided Good to Excellent trail conditions for 85% of our trails!

Poor to Good Condition: The east section of Club Trail D (The Kobart Trail).
Fair Condition: Club Trail 5A.
Good Condition: Club Trail 5B.
Good to Very Good Condition: Corridor Trail 10E & 12E. Club Trails C, D (the west section), J, P & 9.
Very Good to Excellent Condition: Corridor Trails 10W & 12W and Club Trails 7 & 11.
Special Notes:
The Kobart Trail: The east and west ends of the trail are being groomed once a week. The middle section that has low lying areas, in-between steep hills, is not being groomed at this time and is in poor condition. Watch out for possible open water in the low lying area.

Corridor Trail 12W: Slow down, stay to the right of the road construction barrels and ride with caution between TIN-676 & TIN-658. This section of trail is shared with motor vehicle traffic.

Lakes: Watch out for ruts and sometimes jagged ice conditions under the snow cover. There are also some slushy areas in spots. Slow Down


 Cross Country Ski Trails- NHAL


Escanaba Trail – 2/7/16 – All loops tracked.  Very good conditions.


Madeline Trail – 2/7/16 – All loops tracked. Very good conditions.


McNaughton Trail – 2/8/16 – Skaters loop groomed. All other loops tracked. Very good conditions.


Raven Trail  - 2/8/16 – All loops tracked.  Good conditions.


Tony Martinez

Trails Coordinator

Northern Highland American Legion State Forest


Fishing Report


Hey, the fishing has been pretty good, above average! The bad news is colder weather is coming in over the next week. After enjoying a week where I hardly wore gloves and heavy clothes I guess we'll get back to buying propane for those shelter heaters. But the good news is the fishing usually picks up during colder spells like this. So if you can stand the wind and cold you'll probably be cleaning more fish in the upcoming days.

Crappies, perch, bluegills and the such have been biting pretty good. Minnows, bugs, wigglers on the smallest jigs you can use are the ticket to some really nice fish lately. Be flexible with your presentation. Sometimes they want it jigged fast, sometimes still and sometimes in-between. Waxies, spikes and mousees have been working but not on the same day. Bring all with you and experiment.

Underwater video cameras are helping right now as the bite is slow and light. The camera, focused on your presentation, will tell you what the fish are doing when approaching your bait. If they are investigating but then ignoring, change your bait and/or presentation.

Walleye have been really finicky and their catchable windows have mostly been limited to low light periods. Reports have come in telling of hardships of not being able to catch fish under 14" on those 14" lakes, but in the evening. One guy caught a nice 32 incher with a big shiner five feet off the bottom in 12 feet of water, early morning. Shiners and nice walleye suckers on tip ups are the bait of choice.

Northerns and bass are still active everywhere they live. Big shiners and suckers are hard for them to resist. I caught more than a few of them this week on Kastmasters and Jig-a-Whoppers tipped with spikes or rosie reds. That's fun when they smack one of those.

I see an empty bucket coming into the shop so I better go fill it. Later!

Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How

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