Cisco Chain, Vilas County

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7/18/16 @ 7:10 PM
waltereye sr.
waltereye sr.
USER since 6/25/01

Unfortunately not Sir

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7/18/16 @ 4:09 PM
Oconto Stewy
Oconto Stewy
USER since 7/18/13

I'm heading up to Jay's resort July 31st for a week a of vacation. I understand Cisco Bar is closed, other than Bents Camp is there a little hole in the wall bar we can get to by boat?

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6/13/16 @ 3:28 PM
FISHING REPORT
Pael
Pael
USER since 5/16/11

MOON PHASE (63%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Just spent a week on the chain 6/4 through 6/11. Water temps were 68 (in Thousand Island) when we arrived and dropped to 63 after some cold and rain, then were back up to 68 when we left. I would say weeds are further along than normal for this time of year (some even to the surface already). Pads are coming along but about average I would say. The channel from Thousand Island to Big Africa was about average with a fair amount of pads grown in.

Water was a little less clear than we were used to. Thousand Island was fairly dark and, even on Big and Morely, where we find it's usually very clear, it was a little cloudy. We saw a lot of pollen and seeds on the surface in these lakes, which must be contributing to the cloudiness.

FYI for anyone regarding bait - Jay's Resort on Thousand Island sells bait. Crappie minnows were $2/dozen and they had leeches, crawlers, wigglers (which I suspect are done by now), and whatever else you might need. They also sell fishing licenses for anyone needing that. I'm surprised they don't advertise this fact more since they're basically the only game in town for this stuff on the Michigan side of the chain.

As far as fishing goes, we did OK but not great. We missed the bite by about 2 weeks we figure, based on fishing reports we were able to find. Crappie and perch were done spawning. Some bass were spawning but they weren't terribly active. The mayfly hatch was starting so things were turning off and I suspect have turned off perhaps even more now. We did see the usual ton of people on Cisco fishing for perch everyday so I suspect they were still fairly active (we didn't target perch so I'm not sure).

Mosquitoes weren't terrible nor were the biting flies. Once night fell the mosquitoes got a little worse but definitely not as bad as we've seen in the past.


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5/29/16 @ 3:38 PM
yojake
yojake
USER since 4/22/12

Anyone catching perch on Big Lake?

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5/17/16 @ 8:05 AM
Pael
Pael
USER since 5/16/11
Anyone out there know what the water temps are now, in general, on the chain?

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5/5/16 @ 7:08 PM
tomsocal2000
tomsocal2000
USER since 9/21/09

It is not surprising that Wilderness went bust.  They were not dependable.  I am sorry to hear it, but resort customer service is #1 and they did not always have it.  I had to wake him up to get bait.


So Bents is the only option that I know of.  They were open 7 to 7.  I am going to be there on 5/14 and we make it a priority to get over there by closing to pick up bait.

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4/25/16 @ 10:45 AM
Pael
Pael
USER since 5/16/11
Thanks Palmer. We stay on Thousand Island so Bent's is definitely not the most convenient for us. If Wilderness isn't open while we're there this year we'll definitely have to plan ahead. Hopefully they'll have the bait shop open in time.

As far as conditions go - I did read recently that the ice is out on Thousand Island at least so things should start progressing.

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4/21/16 @ 3:02 PM
PalmerTenderfoot
PalmerTenderfoot
USER since 3/7/16
"the only other place I know of anywhere on the chain that has bait is Bent's. Is that right?"

As far as I know, yes. Bent's is it. I get bait from Bent's at least 12x a year and have to say it's not bad.

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4/21/16 @ 2:06 PM
Pael
Pael
USER since 5/16/11
Thanks for the update brookie, that's good news. They are the only place with bait on the northern side of the chain aren't they? For that matter, the only other place I know of anywhere on the chain that has bait is Bent's. Is that right?

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4/17/16 @ 7:23 AM
JEJ
JEJ
USER since 3/25/06
That's good news Brookie! Hope it works out!

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