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Bucknut.... Below the Mosinee dam and also below Big Eau Pleine dam are good spots for cats. Better chance of catching them if you have a boat to find the deeper holes. Sucker minnows work best. There is a boat landing below each dam.
Hey guys, ive lived up here for a few years now and really miss the catfishing i used to enjoy in southern wis. Anybody know anywhere i can go to get some cats up here? Im willing to travel a bit, i live in rhinelander. PM me if you want. Thanks for any help!!!
MOON PHASE (98%)
MOON PHASE (77%)
The fishing continues to get better in the northwoods as the sun has been shining more and the weeds are starting to come in nicely. Everyday we have been out is an improvement over the previous day. There are a few bugs hatches in the area so keep an eye out for those. If you see a bunch of dead bugs on the top of the water it would be well advised to go to another lake as the fishy's bellies are probably already full.
One of the of the ways we are blessed in the northwoods is an abundance of lakes to choose from. No matter the lightness, temperature, wind or bug hatches there seems to always be a lake that's willing to give up her quarry. For example, I had clients out on the Lac du Flambeau chain a few times this past week and one of my favorite lakes on that chain was coated on top with a bug hatch. The fish weren't active. We headed over to another lake on the chain and immediately got into a bunch of active fish. Crappie, perch, smallies and others were coming into the boat quite regularly. Each day this week I've taken clients to a different lake because of the wind and sunshine and in all cases it's worked out pretty well. Match your lake to the conditions.
Sometimes the difference between drowning bait and catching fish could be fishing the right shoreline on the lake you are on. Rule number one is fish the shoreline that the wind is blowing into, if you can. Yesterday we were out on a Woodruff lake and we started on a few normally hot spots. The fish weren't cooperating at all. The wind had not come up yet. I moved us to the other end of the lake into a shaded area and boom, we caught fish. That lake was pretty clear and since no wind, we needed to find somewhere that had shade, weeds and wood for shelter for the fish. After a few hours the wind picked up, clients took a potty break and we headed back to the original spots where we were not successful. With the wind now blowing, we caught fish. Match your lake location with your conditions.
A few notes, water temps are in the high 60s or low 70s, crappie are done spawning, perch are still active, bass and bluegill are heading to the beds and walleyes are still on deep weeds. As far as live bait goes, the bite is still evenly spread out between leeches, crawlers and minnows but the leeches and crawlers are coming on strong. As far as artificial baits, the ones that are working are too numerous to mention. Anybody that tells you they are using the only thing that works is right as far as they are concerned but favorite baits are like rear ends, everyone has one. I gotta tell ya, I love trying out new baits. I think it's fun learning new techniques.
That's it for now. Thanks again for all your positive feedback. Even the negative stuff is educational. We all live and learn. And as usual remember we have 2 dz jumbo crawlers for $5, your 1st scoop of crappie minnows for $2 with any purchase, and the lowest leech prices around. Our jumbo crawlers are directly from Canada, leeches directly from Minnesota and our minnows are direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. We also sell bulk 500 ct crawler flats for $45, and 100 ct flats for $15, and leeches by the pound. No middleman! Fresher and lower priced. To order your crawler flats please call ahead at the Minocqua shop at 715-358-5130. If you don't get a response, as they are usually very busy, you can always call be at 715-892-2751.
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- Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 10:59:59 (PDT)
MOON PHASE (77%)
Fished Monday evening after the storm blew through with fair success. Fished 11' of water on the edge of a weed bed. caught quite a few 9 - 10" perch, 2 small eyes with tags from the LDF and also a nice 23" eye. Mostly on slip bobbers and crawlers or leeches.
MOON PHASE (66%)
What would be the best lake in the area right now to just catch fish? I don’t care what species it is at this point. I’ve been staying on big stone lake on the chain since Friday morning with the family, I’ve been running around the lakes like crazy trying to find fish. I like to consider myself a pretty good angler, I can usually break down and figure out a lake in a few hours but not this lake. I’ve tried fishing for a little bit of everything too, I think I’ve caught 5 perch, 1 smallmouth, and 6 tiny snake pike. Please pm me with any information you’re willing to give me, I’m willing to pull the Lund out and try some different lakes in the area that might have more to offer.
The Musky Season is off to a strong start here in Northern Wisconsin. The late ice out and cool air temps early on contributed to delayed weed growth and a drawn out spawning period, however, things are beginning to settle into summer patterns. Though the sunny skies and summer temps of the last several days have helped get things back on track, they created some very tough musky fishing conditions by most accounts. We had a fair amount of action given the conditions over the weekend and hooked a few fish (hooked 5 raised 11 between full day Saturday and half day AM Sunday), but Saturday was the first day without a musky in my boat since the Opener on Memorial Day Weekend.
The keys to success so far this Season can best be described as identifying tight, fall-like feeding windows and using small/downsized baits. Small blades (Marvin 700, Mepps Marabou, Rizzo Whiz Bucher 500/700), dive rise jerk baits (Suicks, SRJ) gliders (Phantoms) and small minnow baits have been the best producers as a whole. A few bites have come on large baits the past few days, but all have been reaction strikes from fish using heavy cover.
The big winds yesterday and today will give a much needed mixing to the water column that will level off temperatures. Current main lake temps range from 63-68 on large to very large lakes and 70-75 on smaller or shallower systems.
We had some incredible pre-spawn bass bites up until a week ago, however, the bass have been on beds for awhile on many systems and should be finishing up on many of the faster warming systems very soon if not already.
Crappies have finished spawning many places but some systems still have fish on beds. Bluegills have moved in on most systems and I have seen some bedding activity as well. However, I would not be shocked to still see bluegills on beds at the end of June in some of the colder, deeper systems based on the current forecast.
Walleye bite leveled off by all accounts with the tough weather over the weekend. I ran a few recent half day walleye trips, but my focus has been mostly musky. One walleye trip was fantastic with limits of eaters in an hour and plenty released. One half day walleye trip was decent and we managed a limit and some smallies but not much more, and one walleye trip was a slow start with flat calm sunny skies, so we switched to smallmouth after an hour and caught a nice bunch of bronzebacks. All fish were taken on jigs/minnows and plastic swimbaits in emerging weeds. A mix of weedless jigs from Jack's Jigs have been producing well for us on the live bait side, and the stand-up oddball jigs from Bait Rigs have been great producers when paired with paddle tail swimbaits and flukes.
Summer has finally arrived in the Northwoods (even though forecast is a high of 58 on Wednesday) and there is some great fishing ahead!
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