Minocqua Area Fishing Report

The heat wave has finally broke with cooler temps and less humidity. That’s been a plus for angler comfort. The down side is, especially for Walleye anglers, we have to contend with Mayfly hatches.


Smallmouth Bass: Very Good – Reports of good sized fish coming in, many 4 and 5 pound fish being caught. Ned Rigs, tubes, drop shotting have all been effective. Look for the larger fish to come on the first breaks.


Walleye: Good – Pick your lakes, if you see Mayflies try a different lake. Lakes where Mayflies haven’t been an issue, fishing has been fairly good. Leeches seem to be producing the most fish. Fishing the weed beds, 8-15’ is a good area to target fish right now.


Largemouth Bass: Good – A lot of action being reported, Waxy worms, creature baits and tubes have all been producing. Look for the majority of fish to come on inside weed edges. Top-water action is starting to get better as well, pick your times to throw them though, mid-afternoon to sundown is when it has been best.


Musky: Good – Have been hearing quite a few fish being caught, most fish in the 30” range. Bucktails & swim baits have been producing, while top-water has been productive late in the day.


Northern Pike: Good – French spinners, spinner baits, and chatter baits fished above the weeds has been good as of late.


Crappies: Good – Plastics seem to be producing fairly well as of late. Crappie scrubs, twister tails, tubes worked over weeds in 8-12’ of water has been taking fish.


Bluegills: Good – Spawning is pretty much over, fishing remains good though, pick your bait of choice, leeches, worms, waxies are all working. For a little added fun, try a popper with a fly rod or a casting bubble.


Yellow Perch: Fair – Not many reports again, weed flats in the 10’ range has been getting fish, leeches and pieces of crawlers have been working.


Looks to be some cooler, more stable weather in the coming week, which will be a nice break from the 90 degree temps and strong storms. Remember Smallmouth Bass is still catch and release until June 19th.