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Minocqua Area Fishing Report

Working with a below average June, as far as temperature is concerned, has actually helped some anglers (Walleye, Smallmouth, Pike), but slowed some others (Largemouth, Bluegill)

Walleye: Excellent-Very Good – The water’s temps, holding in the low 60’s, seemed to have really helped the weed Walleye bite. Anglers working curly leaf cabbage in depth from 6-14’ catching limits of Walleyes using 1/16 oz weedless jigs tipped with leeches or crawlers.

Smallmouth Bass: Very Good – Bedding nearly all finished, but larger lakes still seeing fish up shallow. Tube jigs hot choice to work these shallow fish. X-Raps, 3” swim baits also working well.

Northern Pike: Very Good-Good – Swim baits, spinner baits, jointed stick baits have been the ticket. Many Pike being caught by Walleye anglers on jig and minnow combos as well.

Largemouth Bass: Good-Very Good – Cool temps have held Largemouth out of the shallows some. On warm afternoons, Bass moving into shallows searching out spawning areas. Creature baits, swim jigs and tubes working. Nice Largemouth in the upper teens to 20” reported this week.

Yellow Perch: Good – Weedy flats of 5-8’. Small-medium leeches, thunder bugs, medium fatheads.

Musky: Fair-Good – Best towards evening as water warms. 7” twitch baits, jointed shallow cranks best.

Bluegill: Fair-Good – Bedding on some lakes, cool nights stretching out spawning process. Thunder bugs, small leeches best.

Crappie: Fair-Good – Scattered throughout tall weed beds in 8-14’. Small minnows best.

Stable temps this week should help fishing patterns develop. No drastic changes in water temps – slow rise into mid 60’s this week

Thanks to you for all of your support, the Walleyes for Tomorrow Dinner Fundraiser is sold out. Should be a great time, see you Thursday.

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