Minocqua Area Fishing Report

January 16, 2018

Cold and clear skies met weekend anglers, slowing what had been a very good ice fishing season so far.

 

Yellow Perch:  Good-Fair - Best chance for a meal is to work mud flats of 18-28' using VMC Flash Champs, Halis and Pimples tipped with wigglers or Red Spikes.  Warm forecast for weekend would allow for tip-down use with small rosies.

 

Walleye:  Good-Fair – Definite slow down over weekend.  Bite more sporadic, probably due to barometer (though Flowages not affected same as lakes).  Suckers in the 2 1/2 - 3 1/2" range best.

 

Crappie:  Good-Fair – As with Walleyes, flowages better option on high sky days.  Warmer weather this weekend should improve tip-down bite.

 

Northern Pike:  Fair – Bite slowed, some deeper water fish over sand grass should improve with warm up.

 

Bluegill:  Fair – Tighter lipped fish need to be finessed with smaller darker jigs tipped with dark (red, black, purple, brown) plastic and red spikes or mousses.

 

Largemouth Bass:  Poor – Look for bass action to pick up over weekend with warm up. Use medium shiners.

 

A definite drop off in action over past weekend can be attributed to high pressure and cold (-28 degrees Sunday, Jan 14th).  This week things should improve as temps slowly rise by weeks end, mid-week clouds should help till then.

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