Minocqua Area Fishing Report

Twelve days, from the time of this writing, until our inland lakes Walleye opener on May 1st.


Cold weather came back, hard to believe we had 80 degree temps 1st week of April and have mid 20 degree nights now!


Warmer temps look to be moving in by the end of the week. The cold has delayed some of the Walleye spawn, but for the most part, it’s over. Be prepared to target post-spawn, recovering Walleyes for the opener. Soft bottom bays with newly emerging green plant growth. Watch your temperature gauge as a 1-2 degree difference in water temp can mean a lot to location and activity.


Til then, panfish has been good, but erratic. Temps moving up and down has put locations at times from very shallow on warm days (as panfish seek to warm themselves-Crappies and Gills for egg production, Perch to recover and feed up from spawn). The cold nights have pushed these fish back into deeper waters of 8-10’ where the temperature doesn’t fluctuate as quickly, but they will still bite in these areas.


Bass anglers (it is catch and release this year in April), casting jerk baits (Husky Jerks, X-Raps) in shallow, dark bottom bays has been productive for Largemouth Bass.


Water temps varying, but holding in the 40’s (low-high). Next week we should see temps climbing fast into 50’s (again).


Remember to key on the post spawn.