Minocqua Area Fishing Report - 10/11/22

Cold came and temps have started falling on lakes all across the Northwoods. Readings as low as 53 to 57 degrees surface temps. Full moon, high pressure and wind slowed what should have been a great weekend. Fishing will only get better over the next two weeks.


Musky: Good – Sucker bite picking up using med-large suckers on bladed Smity rigs. Gliders, Jerks and twitch baits as the cooler water temps put almost an end to the top-water bite. As water cooled, bait fish moved off shorelines, meaning a bit deeper for action (most 8-14’). Slower moving baits than September, but not ultra slow yet. This coming week looks good for suckers!


Walleye: Good-Fair – Working deep 22-34’ gravel/mud edges with redtails or black chubs. Jigging Raps and Shiver Minnows for the aggressive bites. 1/2 crawlers on 3/8 oz jigs over mud for less active fish.


Crappie: Good-Fair – Numbers not high, but quality fish (10-15”) working flooded wood in 8-14’. Crappies relating to weeds moving out along coontail edges of 14-18’.


Northern Pike: Good-Fair – Pockets of hot action along wind blown shores. But cooler water pushing small Perch out into 4-8’ weeds.


Yellow Perch: Good-Fair – Following bait out into slightly deeper water. 1/2 crawlers or medium fatheads best.


Unfortunately, no reports from anglers chasing Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass or Bluegills.


Tuesday (10/11) forecasting highs to 71 degrees followed by rain and highs in 40’s for 10/13 through 10/15. Moving away from high pressure will help anglers as the Musky/sucker connection should pick up.