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Minocqua Wisconsin Area Fishing Report
 Minocqua area fishing report 7.15.14

Lake surface temps remain cool for this time of year. (Aug. 68-69 deg.) yet seem to be holding out despite some cooler nights and daytime temps. Due to the cooler water, in many cases live bait is out producing artificials as of now. With the return of some summer like weather come this weekend (forcast in the 80's) fish should become more active.

Crappies: Good. Setting up in bays of the larger lakes (deep wood in flowages), crappies actively taking small minnows under small floats fished 2-21/2' down over 8-10' weed flats. A 1/32 - 1/16 jig with a 1 or 2" twister tail in yellow or chartreuse or white, fished over the same weed beds to locate active fish. On flowages a 1/16oz jig tipped with a 1/2 crawler or medium fat and worked around 12-16' drowned wood has been working well.

Northern Pike: Good. Liking the cool weather, pike anglers doing well on 5-7" suckers on jigs or worked behind a safety pin style spinner bait rig.

Walleyes: Fair-Good. Fishing improving. While not as deep as usual for mid- July. Working 12-14' weeds using big leeches or whole crawlers on windward edges producing decent catches of 18-22" fish. Releases of 24-28" this past week.

Largemouth Bass: Fair-Good. Picking up a bit, look for improvement as weather warms. Best on wacky worms or live big leeches in heavy weed cover.

Yellow Perch: Fair. Drag 1/2 crawler or better yet, frozen softshell on weedless jig through 7-10' weeds for nice eater of 8-11".

Musky: Fair. Still best on bucktails. Later part (warmest) of the day.

Bluegill: Fair. Small leeches, waxies and leafworms best.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Disappointing season as smallies yet to set up on deep gravel humps. Shallower humps with some mixed gravel / weeds producing on tubes. Crawlers / leeches on 1/8oz jigs also catching some fish.

Hopefully this weekends weather will stick and bring water temps and action back up to par.

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