Whether you are a hard-core musky angler or an aspiring bass-master, a fly-fishing trout enthusiast or a parent taking the kids out for their first fishing adventure, the Minocqua area remains a premiere Midwest fishing destination.
The OPENER is over and on to my favorite time of year, mid-May to mid-June. This time of year it seems that every species is with every species and you don't know what fish you hooked until you get it to the boat. What fun!
I went out yesterday for my second self taught lesson in learning my new electronics. Along with the usual GPS I now have Side Imaging, SI and Down Imaging, DI. Very interesting stuff. I was able to put a way point on a crib 40 feet away from me and then have my trolling motor take me to it. Very cool but more importantly very practical. I did do a little fishing along with the lesson and did pretty good until a cold front with rain came thru. I caught a few walleye, northern and bass in 24-28 FOW. They were holding pretty tight to wood which I found with the SI.
My guess is this weekend is going to be dynamite if the forecast holds true. Highs near and past 70 and slight breezes should put most if not all species on the feed. Crappie, Walleye and Northern will be my target with clients this weekend and I'm looking forward to it. I will also start searching for those smallies in those northern sandy shores for some good fighting fun. To many opportunities to list for this weekend.
Our thought for the day. Time after time folks come into the shop and lament that they didn't catch much. When queried how they are fishing it's always the same thing, one way and one way alone. Fisherpeople, if they ain't bitin' yer way try somewhere and someway else! Just sayin'...
Take advantage of Mother's Day weekend and take her fishing, bait her hook, and then fix her a fish fry. And DON'T make her clean up afterwards!!!
Jeff Bolander, guide and owner of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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The bass factory works overtime in the Minocqua area, with both the largemouth and the smallmouth fisheries kicking out many stellar-sized fish in plentiful numbers.
The more abundant largemouth bass comes with a pedigree that boasts airborne leaps during the fight. Headshakes are commonplace and sore wrists are often the result of encounters with these brutes. Anglers will without a doubt pay their respects with the largemouth bass anywhere in the Minocqua chain of lakes, and pretty much any of the nearby lakes. They’re everywhere.
A ‘trophy’ fish means different things to different anglers, but nearly all will agree that every musky caught is worthy of some special recognition. You’ve seen the big fish in your friend’s home; you’ve seen the giant muskies hanging high on the wall at the resorts, and you’ve heard the stories of the ferocious battles out on the lake with the red-eyed monsters of the deep.
You want one. You want your own stories. You need one.
One of the most sought after fish in the Minocqua area is the walleye.
Obviously, the walleye gets its name from the marble-sized eyes that sit atop its head. These eyes are designed to take in as much light as possible, giving it an advantage over the prey it seeks when the waters are dark and dirty. Typically anglers will find the best fishing for walleyes in the morning and in the evenings, when these predators are feeding on bait fish.
Minocqua-Area Fishing Guides and Bait Shops
The Minocqua Area has long been one of the top fishing destinations in the Mid West. To get the most out of your Northern-Wisconsin fishing vacation, you may want to enlist the services of one our professional fishing guides. Also, consider one of our bait shops to equip yourself with everything from a fishing licesnse to the right gear needed for a successful day on the water.
It's a good idea to know what kind of fish you are hoping to catch so that you are better prepared when your line hits the water. Here are a few tips and tricks for catching Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, and Lake Trout.
There are many different ways to go about catching fish. There is more to it than dropping your line in the water and waiting for a fish to bite. Here you will find an assortment of methods and techniques.
This is a collection of videos (found on You Tube) of how to tie different fishing knots. This is only a small collection. There are lots of different knots out there for tying lures and rigs, for joining knots, and for making loops.
There are a few things every fisher needs before heading out on the lake and catching that fish everyone will rave about. Let us help you get started and to find the perfect tackle, rigs, and lures so that fish will surely to be a good one.
Shopping for lures can be a bit overwhelming. There are a lot of companies that make a lot of lures in a lot of sizes, shapes and colors. But that's part of the fun, and most lures are priced about the same.
Rig is a word used to talk about the way you tie together bait, lures, hook, swivels, leaders, sinkers, bobbers, flashers, dodgers, cheese doodles and anything else you can attach to a piece of fishing line.
It's always a good idea to keep in mind things you should do and things you shouldn't do to keep you and those around you safe.
Need some help figuring out how to clean your fish once you have caught them? Here you will find some great information including tips and how-to steps on Cleaning, Scaling, Skinning, Filleting, and Steaking.
The fish are caught. They are all cleaned and ready for cooking. Now, how are you going to prepare them? What will you use to compliment the flavors of the fish? Here are some tasty ideas for Trout, Crappie, Perch, Northern Pike, and Whitefish that will make your mouth water.
The Northwoods area offers some of the finest hunting in Wisconsin, with hundreds of acres of public forest lands available for gun and archery hunting and trapping. Ruffed grouse, snowshoe hare, white-tailed deer, woodcock and wild turkey are the primary game species. Trappers can find beaver, muskrat, otter, raccoon, fisher and mink, as well.