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Kurt's Island SportShop
824 Hwy 51 North
P.O. Box 1144
Minocqua, WI 54548

Minocqua Area Fishing Report

April 10, 2018

What can be said???  Our mild(ish) winter keeps flexing its muscle, putting cold and snow all over our spring and hopes for a good opener!


Temps below zero (it’s April ?!) and a fresh blanket of snow have slowed fishing.  Signs of stress on our smaller lakes due to lack of sunlight has hampered angler success.


Bluegill:  Fair – To be fair, few anglers were venturing out due to weather.  Stay clear of the smaller lakes (low oxygen?)  while larger lakes and mid-sized lakes with access to depth or moving water best.


Yellow Perch:  Fair – Snow cover pushing most perch back out a bit deeper for now (10-15’+).  Wigglers, rosies best.


Crappie:  Fair-Poor (for this time of year) – Bite lethargic.  Tip-downs with minnows typical, but when fish tight lipped, work small #10 rockers tipped with small plastics to pry open some lips.


A warm up by mid-week (4/11) should knock snow down some, but more cooler weather by weekend will hold up the ice melt.


Average ice reports are running anywhere from 24-34”, we need the snow cover to leave to address the ice melt.


No one knows for sure, but as of right now, don’t bury your tip-ups for opener, you might need them.

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