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

Minocqua Area Fishing Report

July 30, 2019

Summer patterns holding up well. Surface temps remaining consistent at 74-77 degree average.  Highs and lows most days not affecting temps yet.  Biggest effects are sunny days vs. cloudy.


Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – Daytime working cabbage flats of 8-12’.  Wacky worms hard to beat!  Sweet Beavers Texas style and Yum Chunks on 3/16 Strike King Bitsy Bugs also scoring.  For evening bites use #90 Whopper Ploppers, Zare Puppys and weedless spoons such as Silver Minnows : Jawbreakers tipped with 4” Twister tails.


Smallmouth Bass:  Very Good – Best fish over gravel/rock humps topping at 16-22’ surrounded by 30-40’ of water.  Ned rigging TRD worms and drop shotting JackALL Yammy Fish, (3”) Crosstail shads and 3” Gulp!  Minnows, HOT!  Jig craws/creature baits as well as live leeches and crawlers also effective.


Crappie:  Very Good-Good – Look for 10-12’ narrow leaf cabbage and even the invasive curly leaf pond weed.  Fish top two feet of weeds using small beetle spins, Crappie Thumpers or Boottail jigs.  Big slabs of 13-14” being caught, but plenty of eaters of 10-12” also.


Bluegill:  Very Good-Good – For fun in evenings poppers best on fly rods or behind clear casting floats.  Daytime find the largest Gills outside weed edges of 12-14’ using small leeches, leaf worms on small 1/32 oz jigs or under slip-floats.  Small plastics also working well.


Yellow Perch:  Good – Best using ½ crawler or medium leech in 6-10’ cabbage.  Some anglers finding large Perch on deep lakes over sandgrass flats using Lindy rigs with ½ crawler.


Northern Pike:  Good – Swim baits (360 GT, Rhythm Waves) run on ¼ oz swimheads in 8-12’ of cabbage.  Spinner baits and chatter baits still go.  Jigging or soaking chubs and suckers effective, but these live baits hard to get this year.


Musky:  Good – For the health of the fish, best to fish early or late!  Top-water baits such as Pace Makers, Whopper Ploppers, Top Raiders and Topper Stoppers best.  Bucktails and large spinner baits also effective.


Walleye:  Fair – Target Walleyes early AM or late evenings using full crawlers or the biggest leeches you can find.  On larger lakes, deep, off shore humps, of 14-18’ with weed edges.  Smaller lakes work outside weeds of 8-12’.


Hopefully the stable weather (temp wise) will last a few more weeks before cooling August nights affect our fishing.

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