Minocqua Area Fishing Report
Despite one nice, warm, sunny day – Labor Day Sunday, water temps starting to drop. Cooling temps a good thing as we get into fall mode.
Musky: Good – Still best on bucktails and big spinner baits. Seven inch twitch baits, small jerks and top-water still effective. Action down from last week, but still good reports. Fairly shallow, 8-12’ depths best for action. 18-26’ sandgrass for larger fish.
Largemouth Bass: Good – Cooler mornings slowing down bite. Wacky worming and Texas rigging worms; creature baits best. Mid-afternoon showing some life on stick baits (Husky Jerks, X-Raps) and spinner baits.
Bluegill: Good – When weather permitted, good catches of Gills on leafworms, Mini-Mite tipped w/ waxies. Still suspending. Use a 1/16 oz jig tipped with a 2” twister tail to draw schools to your boat, then bait up and game on!
Northern Pike: Good – Chubs and suckers accounted for most reports. Anglers casting Storm Wild Eye, live panfish replicas scoring also
Crappie: Good-Fair – Best over drowned wood in 14-18’. Some anglers finding suspended fish along coontail edges 10-14’ down in 14-18’ water. Night bite around docks picking up using lighted bobbers and small fatheads.
Yellow Perch: Good-Fair – Some impressive catches of 10-12” perch on Flowages using ½ crawlers in weeds.
Smallmouth Bass: Good-Fair – Hot bite on gravel humps slowed for those drop-shotting.
Walleye: Good-Fair – At a time action should be heating up. Reports earlier in week better. Deep wood using fatheads, small chubs. On deeper lakes, mud flats of 19-28’ on brighter days. Jigging Rapalas also effective along with Lindy rigs and minnows.
Changing weather, some rain and lightening didn’t help weekend. Surface temps running 62-66 degrees as of Monday, 9/4.
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