Minocqua Area Fishing Report

February 17, 2020

02/17/2020

Two weekends of the gamefish season left.  If the results from the past few weeks are any indication, there should be plenty of Walleye and Pike left!

 

Actually, fishing seemed to improve as we got into the weekend, until Saturday evening when conditions changed and the bite shut down through Sunday.

 

Yellow Perch:  Good-Poor (Sunday) – Deep bite using wigglers on fast dropping spoons to get down and pound the mud.  Shallow weed bite very slow.

 

Crappies:  Good-Fair – Deep, suspended fish (5-7’ off bottom) in 18-27’.  Glow jigs (Venom Glo Demons, Glow spoons) tipped with waxies or tip-downs with rosies best

 

Northern Pike:  Good-Fair – Bite fell off on Sunday.  Signs of low oxygen in shallow weedy lakes as shiners on tip-ups dying quickly.  Bring shiners to weed tops or above for best results.

 

Bluegills:  Fair – As with Pike, fish higher in water column as Gills seem to be suspending.  Moussees, waxies best, don’t be afraid to try just under ice.

 

Walleye:  Fair-Poor – Evenings and after dark using Walleye suckers in 12-15’ weed lines.

 

What started off good, slowed to a halt (could be the barometer, SSE wind or any number of excuses).  Thanks to sub zero cold (-23 degrees Friday am) ice building, many reports of 20-22”, but slush still occurring in spots.  Not enough to bother snowmobiles or tracked vehicles, but wheeled ATV’s should chain up and keep a sharp eye out!

 

Ice Fishing Events

Feb 22nd – Lake Tomahawk Family Fisheree – Lake Tomahawk Town Bay

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