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

Minocqua Area Fishing Report

August 21, 2018

Could be the smoky haze from Canada fires or maybe the fish just a little hungrier.  Either way, fishing has improved across the board in the Lakeland area, though some species more so than others.

 

Smallmouth Bass:  Very Good – Rock/gravel humps of 18-28’ and even some isolated humps with sparse weeds in 10-14’ holding nice Smallies.  Drop-shotting 3” Senkos, 2 ½ - 3” Gulp Minnows, 3 ½” Jackall Dartshogs and 3” Crosstails as well as 4” Chompers drop-shot worms over the gravel.  Ned rig TDR’s, Wacky worming (4”) and swimming 3” Keitech worms around weeds.  Lots of nice 14-18” fish with a few pushing 20”.

 

Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – Warm, flat water has made for great top-water action.  Whopper Ploppers, Matzou Tornado Tails, Pompador Jrs., Zara Spooks and Lunker Frogs early and late in day.  In between, casting spinnerbaits, lipless cranks, square billed cranks and pre-rigged plastic worms worked over weed flats.  Wacky worming Senko’s and Yum Dingers and swimming 4” power worms behind 1/8 oz mushroom jig heads also popping lots of Bass fish to 22 ½” this week.

 

Bluegill:  Very Good – Work the deepest weeds available for the largest Gills!  Thunderbugs, leeches, worms or small 1” plastic tails on light 1/32 – 1/80 oz jigs.  Good #’s of 7-8 ½” Gills, some 9+” mixed in.  Larger, deep clear lakes best.

 

Northern Pike:  Very Good – Baits with blades (spinnerbaits, chatter, Mepps style) all good.  Fast moving swimbaits in 4” sizes or plastic Bluegill imitation best.  A 41 ½” was caught and released this week.

 

Crappie:  Fair-improving – Showing up more in tall, narrow leafed cabbage beds of 8-14’.  Cast tiny tinsel jigs on small beetle spins to locate.  Then cast small minnows under bobbers.

 

Musky:  Fair – Better action on top-water this week, bucktails, spinnerbaits also working well.  Cloud, (smoke?) seem to be improving day time action.

 

Yellow Perch:  Fair-Good – Sandgrass flats of 18-28’ using frozen soft shells (yes, they are legal) or ½ crawlers on Lindy style rigs or under slip-floats.  On Flowages, key on drowned wood using same baits but more stationary to stay in feeding zone.

 

Walleye:  Fair-Improving – Cloud cover helped the day time bite as anglers using crawlers or leeches over sandgrass in 18-26’ found fish.  On deeper lakes, redtailed chubs or crawlers drew bites on rock/gravel humps of 22-34’.

 

Very little wind most days, but cloudy/hazy skies helping.  Water temps running about 77-79 degrees on average, bit warm for this time in August.  Typically, a few cooler nights would have turned a Sugar Maple here and there by now, but everything green.

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