Minocqua Area Fishing Report 8/2/21

Fishing action has slowed to a crawl for many species. Cold nights (into upper 40’s) has put a kabash on the early morning bite and not helped out much for afternoons either.


Northern Pike: Very Good-Fair – What WAS a good action bite on spinner baits mid-week, died as cold and high pressure came in. Previously great action working weed tops, now slow dragging chubs or sucker along base of plants on weedless jigs.


Largemouth Bass: Very Good-Fair – Lipless cranks, spinner baits and square billed cranks (shallow runners) were good day choices, with top-water for evenings. Now bites are relegated to slowly working Wacky Worms and Ned rigs.


Smallmouth Bass: Very Good-Fair – Best drop-shotting breaks in 12-18’. A few very nice fish (C&R) to 5 ½ #’s, action has slowed


Bluegills: Very Good-Fair – Deeper cabbage flats are producing largest Gills using small-medium leeches on slip-floats.


Musky: Good-Fair – Last week some good reports of active fish (low-mid 30’s) on Wizards and Boonie Baits over cabbage beds. Top-water action slowed with cooler temps.


Crappies: Good-Fair – Flowages giving up some fish over deep wood, but even this bite slowed.


Yellow Perch: Fair-Good – Few reports


Walleye: Good-Poor – Morning bites very scattered following decent action mid-week. Less extreme temps and some cloud cover would help. Redtails, crawlers in heavy cover were working on Walleyes feeding on young of the year (YOY) Perch.


Can’t stay this slow, fish gotta eat. Watch for improvement by week’s end.