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Minocqua Area Fishing Report

December 26, 2017

Dodged the forested big snow last week and while nobody is liking this weather now (-21 below at open this morning), this super cold is making some great ice for the season to come!  Fishing overall had been good , though ice conditions have not. Ice thickness of 3-7 inches of past weekend should improve drastically now that most areas have little snow left on the ice (caution should be used on western shorelines though.).                                                                                                                                                                           Walleyes:     Very Good    Reports through out the weekend had good catches of eaters in the 15-19" range on jigging raps, hyper glides and hyper rattle baits .  This shows good aggressive action by walleyes still responding well to the early / thin ice. Tip-up anglers reporting good results on chubs and suckers. Several big fish of 25-28" this weekend were caught and released. Nicely done!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Bluegills:  Very Good       Still very nice sized average  as is typical for early ice, most action coming in 5-9' of water, but watch for that to change deeper as ice thickens with this cold. Ice fly's by VMC and Northland tipped with spikes or moussee's best. #3 Fiska's tipped with purple, red or black plastic also producing well. Lots of 7 1/2- 81/2" gills with more than a few 9-10"ers reported.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Northern Pike: Very Good  Some very good fish in the 30 + "size .  Big shiners and suckers best.  A few actively jigging large Slender spoons and Pimples. Best in 5-9' range.                   
       Yellow Perch: very good-good.     Not great numbers, but nice sized fish in shallows on medium fatheads or 2-3 waxies bunched on a Northland  forage  minnow jig.
       Largemouth Bass:    good    This species likely to slow down with recent cold. Prior to, lots of fish on medium shiners on tip-ups.
       Crappie:  Fair-Good    Starting to get some reports from anglers venturing out over a little deeper water. Best to use grubs or plastics from reports as not getting very aggressive bites in 12-16' of water.
        This extreme cold should add 1-2 inches of ice easily per day. High forecasted for Friday of 14 will be warmest of week. Great travel conditions should be here by then

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