Minocqua Area Fishing Report

Mother Nature has pushed the pause button on fishing the Lakeland Area for a bit. Snow on the ground and ice on ponds and bays, cold and wind have kept all but the fool…I mean hardiest anglers off the water.


Musky: Good – Live baiting has almost been the exclusive way to target Musky as casting has become frustrating with reels and rods freezing so quickly. Spool a reel up with heavy mono to extend your casting duration. A Mr. Heater in the boat couldn’t hurt, otherwise its been suckers and trout on slow trolls in 14-22’ of water from most reports.


Walleye: Good – Few anglers out. While deep rock, transition areas best (28-40’), check out some shallower saddles between deep holes as fish move up to feed. Chubs and suckers on Lindy style rigs best.


With water temps ranging (as of 10/24) from a high of 44 to a low of 39, along with bays of some lakes freezing up the past few days (pond behind shop has been locked up 2 days now) access will be limited on some lakes. A warm up next week should make for easier conditions to fish and softer water to fish on.

Feel free to contact us!

Kurt's Island SportShop
824 Hwy 51 North
P.O. Box 1144
Minocqua, WI 54548

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