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Minocqua Area Fishing Report - 1/24/23

Things changed some in the Northwoods as 8-10” of new snow last Thursday (1/19) slowed travel on lakes. The slush seems to be getting worse each day, most lakes that don’t get a lot of traffic are the worst as the snow has insulated the slush from freezing. Stick to well-traveled trails and away from the fluffy stuff.


Bluegill: Good-Fair – Once on, not a bad bite, it was the moving from spot to spot that kept catches down. Fishing 8-12’ weeds, 1-2’ up off bottom using #3 tungsten jigs tipped with waxies or spikes. Larger Gills biting best early morning and late afternoons.


Crappie: Good-Fair – Deep water Crappies in 24-35’, 6-12’ off bottom. Schools roaming! Rattle jigs (Kastmasters) tipped with spikes or tip-downs with small rosies. Bites vary as effects of new snow and varying barometer seems to have dictated willingness to bite. Weed Crappies of 8-12’, tall weeds moving up and down water column, (barometer) holding 4-6’ up off bottom to tight. Use Lethal Cecils tipped with waxies or rocker jigs tipped with plastics.


Yellow Perch: Good-Fair – Basin Perch over mud flats in 20-30’. Use wigglers or red spikes on #2 pimples or #25 Hali jigs. Check just outside weed edges of 10-14’ also for small schools of roamers.


Northern Pike: Fair – Action slowed from previous week. Tip-ups with shiners best. Very little other techniques reported on.


Walleye: Fair-Poor – Dusk along weed edges of 8-14’ using 3” suckers or redtails. The good jigging rap bite of last week seemed to have stopped following snow. Getting out on bars and humps of 16-24’ where surrounding water is 30-40’ deep is best.


Forecast looks to be changing temperature wise as our incredibly mild January seems to be fading away into the reality of a real Northwoods winter. Over night temps in the negative degrees come weekend hopefully will dry and freeze things up, making travel easier. Maybe even opening up some of our lakes to truck travel (fingers crossed!)


Shout out of congratulations to our local High School ice fishing team on winning last Saturdays Ice Tournament on Lake Minocqua. Great Job Team!

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