Minocqua Area Fishing Report - 11/9/21

First full week of November under our belt and things on the water seem to be slowing down. With most lakes having surface temps of 46 degrees to as low as 41 degrees, and forecast of rain, then snow through the weekend, lakes will see even less pressure this week. Most lakes and launch sites were pretty empty as it was.


Musky: Good-Fair – Action best on live bait this week (suckers/trout), but fish not aggressive. Reports of Musky just holding on to back end of bait, not committing. Set back hook further back or use a 3-hook rig to combat. Is it possible they’ve seen these rigs too often come fall? Seems like a common scenario late season. Slow working large swim baits and jerks moving fish, but not many hits.


Yellow Perch: Good-Fair – Not lots of action, but quality Perch (9-12”) fishing medium fat heads or ½ crawlers around drowned wood. Following last weeks “non” report, reader submitted report…and I confirmed. Thanks!


Smallmouth Bass: Good-Fair – Few targeting, but those fishing Walleyes along transition breaks of 22-26’ finding some big Smallies on chubs fished on Lindy style rigs.


Walleye: Good-Fair – Deep water anglers catching Eyes in 24-40’ using suckers and chubs. Deep clear lakes best with fish hovering along breaks to mud from gravel.


Crappies: Good-Fair – Warming afternoons best with anglers finding scattered fish 2-3’ off mud bottoms. Deeper wood and breaks best.


Northern Pike: Fair – Few targeting. Anglers fishing Musky with suckers being “bothered” and those targeting Walleyes and Crappies on flowages catching some using minnows.


With forecasted lows in the 20’s and nothing higher than 37 degrees forecasted after Friday (11/12) expect water temps to fall further.


Deer hunters: Rut going on right now!!


Kurt Justice

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