Minocqua Area Fishing Report - 11/1/21

As October exits (one of the warmest most of us can remember), and we move into November, our weather seems to be getting back on track. Saturday (10/30) was a warm (55 degrees) flat calm, sunny day – looks like about it for the rest of the week.


Musky: Good – With water temps ranging 48-55 degrees, working gliders, jerks and medium sized rubber baits moving and catching fish along first breaks in 10-14’ of water (deeper (14-24’)) on large lakes. Suckers and trout on quick strikes picking up the slack when follows don’t take.


Walleye: Good – Locations depending on lake type. Shallower lakes and mid-sized lakes with green cabbage seeing a good bite developing on windward weed lines and at dusk. Daytime concentrate on outside edges of weeds in 12-14’. On larger lakes the deep-water bite in 22-40’ using appropriate weight jigs (1/8 – 1/2 oz) to work chubs, suckers and even 1/2 crawlers, as well as, jigging Raps and Shiver Minnows to score Walleyes.


Crappies: Good-Fair – Best over deep wood and along coontail edges of 14-18’. Medium fatheads under slip-floats best. A few reports early in week of Crappies holding over cabbage flats in 8-12’.


Northern Pike: Good-Fair – Most anglers targeting using jig and chubs as water cools. A few incidentals by Musky anglers.


Bluegills, Yellow Perch – Few reports, most from anglers Walleye or Crappie fishing.


Angler participation has been dropping off, as expected. With the warm October, expect open water to remain for a while. This week’s temps, lows forecasted for low to mid-20’s with mid-week highs in mid-30’s turning to mid to upper 40’s by weekend. Still, plenty of open water opportunities.