Little Arbor Vitae, Vilas County

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12/28/15 @ 11:27 AM
Musky Ben
Musky Ben
USER since 3/13/02
eat, sleep, fish:

Depends on what side of the lake your place is at... You could be fishing no prob in front of your house, you might not...

Musky Ben

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12/25/15 @ 9:57 PM
eat_slp_fish
eat_slp_fish
USER since 3/27/05
I know conditions change by the day but I'm wondering if little arb is frozen? I Have a place on the lake and plan on coming next week but wondering if I'm going to have to fish a different lake.

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9/18/15 @ 9:38 PM
bigpaul83
bigpaul83
USER since 4/28/13
Thanks for all the tips! Spent the majority of the day on the water, with no real luck once again. My father had hooked into something large in the deepest part of the lake, but lost it under the boat. I worked center bar for smallies, but nothing. Moved back and worked the south shore, and our friend got on some beautiful smallies. Still, I had nothing. Decided to work top water, and managed to salvage my week by boating a gorgeous 33 1/2" tiger musky. She was really fat too, took two of us to bring her in with the net. Put her back and had a 40+" musky follow up to the boat. It was worth all the effort to boat my first musky.

Thanks again for all the tips. What a beautiful lake! I'll be making a trip up here in spring when things aren't quite so slow.

Sorry for the bad photo. She was a fighter and I couldn't get her to calm down. Took a treble hook in the leg trying to get her out of the net.

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9/16/15 @ 3:13 PM
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barryr
barryr
USER since 6/20/01

MOON PHASE (10%)
Waxing Crescent
The northern population in LAV seems to fluctuate widely. About ten(?) years ago we caught close to 20 pike during our one week stay even though we weren't specifically targeting them. We also used to catch some tiger muskies around that time because of the pike and muskies interbreeding (if that's the correct word).

But in recent years we've caught between 0 and 2 pike per week and, not coincidentally, we haven't caught any tiger muskies. Now it's the SM bass population that's taken off in LAV.

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9/16/15 @ 3:02 PM
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gusgus
gusgus
USER since 6/24/09

MOON PHASE (10%)
Waxing Crescent
Barryr, You are right about the middle of West Bay. I have raised 50" + fish out there. Don't forget surface lures. I have caught several large fish on them. Never saw a northern in LAV but some large bass in the bay by the inlet. Wish I could get up there again. Gus-Gus

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9/16/15 @ 1:47 PM
BassinBill
BassinBill
USER since 5/9/02
I have fished this lake quite a bit, and would try the following: Mepps#5 in hot colors (orange/chartruse) and fast retrieve. Just cover tons of water. I have seen musky in nearly every area of this lake. Keep moving and you will encounter fish.

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9/16/15 @ 8:12 AM
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barryr
barryr
USER since 6/20/01

MOON PHASE (10%)
Waxing Crescent
Yes, bowfin are definitely in LAV and put up a battle. They actually will hit artificials, and most of the ones we've had are along shorelines in shallow, muddy, areas like Blue Island Bay and the NW corner of West Bay.

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9/15/15 @ 9:16 PM
bigpaul83
bigpaul83
USER since 4/28/13
Thanks for the tips! Went for a few hours this morning, and an hour at about 5pm, with no luck once again. I was tossing larger spinners, but lost my biggest tonight due to a snapped line.

I'll downsize my tackle and give those spots a try. I'm also hoping to be lucky enough to catch a bowfin. Didn't realize they were in here, but always wanted to catch one. I hear they put up a hell of a fight! Thanks again!

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9/15/15 @ 9:22 AM
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barryr
barryr
USER since 6/20/01

MOON PHASE (5%)
Waxing Crescent
Those are good tips from gusgus. I would also add that even the middle of West Bay (not just the shorelines) can be productive.

We also have generally done better with smaller baits (smaller bucktails, bass spinnerbaits, 5-7" crankbaits) on LAV than we have with the bigger, classic, musky baits. And when you use those smaller baits you also enhance your chances of catching walleye, SM bass, LM bass and northerns.

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9/15/15 @ 8:16 AM
gusgus
gusgus
USER since 6/24/09
I used to fish this lake years ago with great results. Try the center bar early A.M or P.M. Also big bar which extends out from the south shore before entering west bay. Also the shoreline by the inlet from Big Arbor Vitae where Little Arbor Vitae resort used to be. Fish this bay all the way out to center bar. We did well drifting the shoreline of west bay too. Hope that helps.

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