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Minocqua Area Fishing Report

Lots of east and south east winds, unusual for our area. That, and some high barometer days have made for less than stellar fishing the last part of this past week. Still, fishing not bad, just not as good as expected.

Bluegill: Very Good-Good - Small leeches and thunderbugs best in shallows as Gills that had set-up when water was warmer are still hanging on beds. Be kind on these fish, their success at spawning will lead to your success for years down the road!

Yellow Perch: Good – Cruising in loose schools in cabbage flats of 6-9’. Medium fatheads, leeches beaver tails on 1/16 oz jigs or under slip-floats.

Northern Pike: Good – Jig and minnow, spinner baits, #3 Mepps, 3 ½” swim baits

Largemouth Bass: Good – Some still bedding, others in 6-10’ weds. Wacky worming, Ned rigs and Carolina rigging creature baits.

Smallmouth Bass: Good-Fair – Some beauties this week up to 20”. Wacky worming and similar subtle presentations to entice reluctant fish.

Walleye: Good-Fair – High skies and east wind not our friend. Leeches, ½ crawlers and chubs in and along weed edges of 6-12’.

Musky: Fair – Not a lot of reports of movement. Smaller bucktails, 6-7” twitch baits, 6-7” jointed cranks.

Crappie: – Scattered weed fish.

Once this weather pattern leaves our area and we get some warmer temps and west wind, look for things to get back to normal for June.

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