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Minocqua Area Fishing Report

July 23, 2019

Last week’s hot weather finally broke thanks to some storms.  The heat helped some, while others on the water struggled to find certain species.

 

Crappie:  Very Good – Staging in the upper portions of tall cabbage.  Small jigs (Bunny Butts, Gapen Freshwater Shrimp, VMC Boot Tails and Charlie Bees), small beetle spins or 1/32 oz jig tipped with small minnows.  Work these upper portions of the weed beds, Crappies come up from below their prey most times. 

Note:  Some anglers find Crappies to be “soft” in summer.  Important to keep Crappies you intend to keep alive or on ice to help combat this in hot weather.

 

Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – Loving the Wacky Worms!  Great action in cabbage flats working Wacky Worms.  Jig and creature, as well as Flukes, also working well.  Top-water bite best at the end of the hot days.  Whopper Ploppers, Pompadours, Torpedos and Pocket Frogs all working well for top-water/evening action, besides being the most fun way to catch Bass.

 

Smallmouth Bass:  Very Good – Working tubes, Ned rigs and drop-shots along coontail edges of 14-18’ best.  Rock reefs topping at 18-26’, use heavier jig to work TRD worms or craws!

 

Bluegill:  Very Good – In and along cabbage flats and even some coontail beds.  Gills being found suspending taking small leeches, worms, Crappie minnows and Mini-mite jigs tipped with waxies.

 

Northern Pike:  Fair-Good – Action improved with the cooling off this past weekend.  Spinner baits, chatter baitsa and 4” swim baits.  Jig and chub/sucker on wire leader good choice in 6-10’ cabbage.

 

Yellow Perch:  Good – ½ crawlers, medium leeches.  Nice Perch of 8-10”+ along weed edges of 8-12’.

 

Musky:  Good-Fair – A little slower with cool down.  Top-water baits, as well as #7 bucktails best.  Big spinner baits such as CJ’s, Boonies and Bucher Slop Masters also moving fish.

 

Walleye:  Fair – Some good reports from larger lakes from anglers fishing early or late along outside weed edges using big leeches, crawlers or chubs on jigs or below slip-floats.  A few fish being caught by anglers casting #6-#7 Shad Raps parallel to 12-14’ contain edges towards dusk.

 

Surface temps still in mid-70’s, but morning temps in mid-50’s slowing early bite.  Stable weather (forecasted) should help anglers figure out patterns.

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