Minocqua Area Fishing Report 8/24/2021
Odd to be moving into the second half of August and seeing water temps rise and no sign of signals of Fall yet. Some patterns have not set up as usual for this time of year.
Bullheads: Very Good – On bodies of water with good numbers and size, surprisingly showing up on slip-bobber rigs baited with medium fatheads being fished for crappies. Fish of 11 – 14” being caught.
Smallmouth Bass: Good – Smallies beat action coming along coontail edges and off shore rock humps using Ned rigs and drop-shot rigs. Some very nice fish reported this week topped by a 6 ½# caught be an 11 year old working a crawler harness!
Largemouth Bass: Good – Top-water action during the last two hours before dark best using Whopper Ploppers and Choppers. Wacky Worming and jig/creatures combo in green weed patches for daytime!
Bluegills: Good – Best outside deep coontail edges using small leeches. Some popper action towards dusk on the warm evenings.
Northern Pike: Good – Spinner baits and chatter baits on cloudy/windy days, but with most days sunny, live chubs and suckers on jigs or under floats producing better.
Yellow Perch: Good - Fair– Some nice perch (9-11”) along breaks in 10 – 12’ where wood is present is best. ½ crawlers or medium fatheads.
Crappies: Fair -Good– Off and on action, but some big slabs recorded including a verified 17” SLAB caught (8/23). Fish not bunched but all seem to be found in 12-17’ near wood or deep coontail.
Walleye: Fair – Need to pick your battles. High skies with little wind tough. Opportunities on mornings with fog or evenings best. Retails and crawlers best.
Musky: Fair – Poor – Not getting many good reports and most from anglers catching mid-30” fish over weeds in 12’ of water or less.
We’ll see what the upcoming week brings. Overcast and chance of rain will made walleye anglers happier.