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.
We are in a pretty productive groove right now for catching small mouth bass, bluegill and walleye. The warmer temps last week kicked the surface water temps back up to the low 70s again. Those temps are sure to rise this week as the highs are forecast to be in the 80s! Only in the northwoods, eh?
90% of the fish we are boating are in the 15-25 fow range. Over the weekend I fished with clients in Lac du Flambeau, Minocqua, Woodruff and Arbor Vitae area lakes. The methods we found to be productive were the same on each day. It's still a crawler bite for me. I took minnows out a few times but didn't boat much with them. Mostly for us it has been half a crawler on the lightest jig you could use and still feel it on the bottom. Color didn't matter a lot most of the time although orange, green and chartreuse seemed to be the best at times.
And here's a little tidbit. We caught 90% of our walleyes after 10am. Who says you gotta get up early to catch walleye? They're feeding on small minnows and crayfish. We found them mostly on rock to mud transitions in the deeper water. We boated some in the deeper weeds edges around 15' but the bigger fish came in deeper water.
Same with the smallies. Deep water weed edges, rock ledges, and sandbars in 15' or more. They seem to be gorging themselves right now on crayfish. When they see our worm they just hammer it with a 'no doubt about it' strike telling me that they are schooled up and fighting over the bait. Same with the largemouth although they aren't quite as deep. If you know where some rock humps are that house crayfish next to deep water you will find smallies. Once you start to feel the twang of the crayfish hitting your worm, move on as the crayfish aren't hiding anymore as the smallies are gone.
I fished with a group of guys over the weekend and I proved to them that the deeper water holds large fish. I put the boat in the weeds and they caught tons of little bass and bluegills. I them backed out to the 12' weeds edge and the fish got bigger. Then I backed the boat out to 18' of water with sand grass and all of a sudden all the bluegill were 8-9" and the bass were all over 14".
Well this next week should be a comfortable one as the temps will be above average and not too much wind. I can take a few more days of wearing sandals and shorts! GET OUT THERE!
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.