Looking for panfish on the Minocqua Chain? My best advice, fish early particularly on overcast days. Minnows under a slip bobber work well for perch and crappie if you can find them. Small jigs with tubes will also work for just about all species of panfish. Bluegill best caught on crawlers, worms, even leeches. Tubes jigs also work well especially tipped with a piece of crawler. Look for weed edges in 8 t0 12 feet of water. Fish near bottom for perch especially. Crappie will probably be suspended and might be found above deeper weeds. Lots of panfish in the Chain, but size can be an issue.
As an addendum to my previous post, just a few further comments about the scarcity of smallmouth action we experienced. I reralize that we may have been fishing too shallow, but I have previously caught good numbers of smallmouth at the spots were we had no success on this trip. I talked to a "professional" bass fisherman who had brought his two sons to Minocqua to participate in the weekend's bass contest. He was very famliar with the Minocqua Chain and had fished Tomahawk for many years. He brought up the smallmouth issue before I could even tell him of my experience, and he stated the smallmouth fishery had declined markedly. The following were his comments (NOT MINE, so please don't jump on me.) He believes that over fishing and keeping smallmouth rather than releasing them, were among the factors. Surprisingly, he was very critical of local guides who he claims heavily fished Tomahawk targeting smallmouth. I am curious what others may think and what their recent experience has been.
MOON PHASE (2%)
71° - 75° F
71° - 75° F
Fished the Minocqua chain August 12 through 19, focusing on Lake Tomahawk. Mainly fished large fat heads below a slip bobber set up and small tube jigs. Did try leeches as well. Fished humps, bars, weed edges, etc. generally in 10 to 15 feet. Caught a fair number of largemouth -- a few in the 12 to 14 inch range, and many smaller ones as well. However, very few smallmouth to be had, and those that we did catch were very small. Disappointing! Also, caught a few stray walleye in the 16 - 18 inch range. Caught two more in that size range on Kawauga. (All released without harm.) Caught numerous perch some of good size, a few crappie (largest 12 inches). Wound up with enough sizable panfish for a family fish fry on Friday.
Going to be staying on the chain for a few days with the kids. Looking for some helpful hints to put some crappie, perch or gills in the frying pan. The girls are new to fishing and I'd like to put them on some. Any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated....thanks!
Heading up Friday morning for a week, wondering how the pan fishing is? Still in shallower waters or a bit deeper? Also anything else biting? Smallies, northern, musky, walleye? I've never fished lake tomahawk so anything will help. Thanks.
Headed up friday from stevens point. Going to fish hard all day Saturday and Sunday. I am prepared for all species. I'm even bringing my fly rod for gills hopefully kissing the water surface. I know that nobody seems to reply to posts in regards to the bite which is why I'm prepared for all species. Good luck to all others. If you happen to read this until this point, hit me up with a hint if you have one. Thanks in advance
Just wondering whats going on right now with the lake. Are fish in their usual spots? Will be up next week, mid-week. Dont need any specifics, just looking for some general info as we are driving from just south of the Madison area.
Thanks for any help, and TIGHT LINES