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

Minocqua Area Fishing Report

July 24, 2018

Summer has settled in, patterns have taken place and not a lot of new activity (for the plus or minus) this past week.  The hottest part of the summer seems to have passed.  Lake surface temps are averaging mid 70’s.  A few cooler nights, but warm afternoons and fairly mild/consistent weather.

 

Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – On cooler mornings, work down into weeds to extract Bass using drop-shots to plunge plastic worms and craws.  Heavy jigs work for this also.  Afternoons have seen Bass getting more active on pre-rigged plastic worms, 3” swimbaits and shallow square billed cranks over weed tops.  As the sun settles and the water temps rise, top-water commotion baits such as Whopper Ploppers, Jitterbugs, Buzzbaits and plastic frogs have been HOT!

 

Bluegill:  Very Good – Out along deep weed edges for the largest Gills.  Use small jigs tipped with plastic nymph/craw imitations.

 

Northern Pike:  Good – Spinnerbaits and 4 ½” swimbaits.  Warm water will mean chase is on, but key on deeper weed edges for the larger Pike. 

 

Smallmouth Bass:  Good – Offshore gravel/rock humps topping at 18-28’.  Drop-shot craws or 3” minnow imitations.  Tube jigs and Carolina rigging creature baits.

 

Yellow Perch:  Good – Best along deeper cabbage edges and over sandgrass flats.  Use soft shell frozen craws or ½ crawlers.  Any drowned wood is a magnet for small crayfish – Perch favorite.

 

Crappie:  Fair – Scattered reports.  Best deeper over wood or along coontail edges.

 

Musky:  Fair – Bucktails, rubber baits over deep weeds.  Some top-water evening action.

 

Walleye:  Fair-Poor – Best after dark, lighted slip-bobbers/leeches.

 

Tough to judge what we will see this week.  Will the lunar eclipse bring about a hot bite?  Walleye have been difficult this summer, even trollers finding bites tough.  At least the Largemouth Bass and Gills have kept up their end of the bargain.

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