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8/13/18 @ 1:44 PM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (8%)
Waxing Crescent
Mid-August, warmer than usual and not a lot of change on the fishing front in the Lakeland area. 
 
Water temps have been rising due to heat, Bass action and Bluegill activity is up.  Musky, Pike action is timing.  Crappies and Perch catches flat.  Walleyes?? 
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Very Good – #’s and size as heat bringing up great action over Sandgrass flats and some gravel humps.  Drop-shotting crayfish imitations, tubes creature baits and minnow imitations best.  Some hawgs this week in 19-21” range, feeding heavily on softshells! 
 
Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – Wacky worming can’t be beat!  Spinnerbaits, chatters and some hot top-water towards evening and early morning producing.  Frogs, Jitterbugs, Whopper Ploppers – fun fishing. 
 
Bluegill:  Very Good – Small-medium leeches (if you can find any), worms and thunderbugs.  Poppers and wet flys behind clear floats during evenings. 
 
Northern Pike:  Good – Cloud cover or wind (haven’t had much of either) have helped anglers casting spinnerbaits (Boonies, BOOYAH) over cabbage flats in 6-10’. 
 
Crappie:  Fair – Some nice slabs over deep wood, but numbers lacking. 
 
Musky:  Fair – Fast moving bucktails, spinnerbaits and top-water baits.  Evening and early morning-flat, clear, days been tough. 
 
Yellow Perch:  Fair – Few reports.  Softshells over Sandgrass flats best. 
 
Walleye:  Poor-Fair – Not great conditions.  A few fish here and there on crawlers, leeches (where available). 
 
Been a tough season for wild bait.  Redtails have been scarce, also black chubs, mud minnows, dace, wild suckers – late snow in April put a hurt on a lot of our smaller, bait supplying waters.  Now leeches are coming off the menu early as supplies are drying up.  Good time to try some artificials for those of us so used to live bait. 

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8/8/18 @ 3:20 PM
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Dave Musch
Walleye Only Guide Service
USER since 5/2/08

MOON PHASE (11%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Had John Davidson of Heatland Wisconsin and 3 of his granddaughters fishing for walleyes today. Yes that's the john Davidson who formally ran Harley Davidson Motor Sports. We caught walleyes and bass and way too many bluegills who wanted our leeches. These girls know how to fish and reel with their left hand. 

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8/8/18 @ 10:31 AM
Musky Ben
Musky Ben
USER since 3/13/02

craftski:

There was talk of fish kills happening in the area.  The lakes you mention west of Minocqua are candidates for that event quite frequently.  There has been some discussion regarding whether that happened or how widespread it might have been but it has died down quite a bit since spring.  Spring fishing was so fantastic until the first cold front that I think in general fish kill talk fell from the topic table.  

Musky Ben

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8/7/18 @ 8:25 AM
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King Daddio
King Daddio
USER since 8/4/15

MOON PHASE (19%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Fished this past weekend (Friday - Sunday) for muskie and smallies and it was tough overall. Caught a 23 inch and 38 in muskie within a 30 minute window on Sat. morning and a few smallies (small) on worms and spinners. Crankbaits and spinners produced, nothing on top water lures. Big storm came through on Sunday night with 60 mph winds and lots of damage. Maybe this will shake things up this week.

Good luck and Fish Hard!!

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8/6/18 @ 1:11 PM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (29%)
Waning Crescent
Moving into the second week of August, nothing too out of the ordinary.  Some rain and storms over the past weekend, but weather stabilizing as the week moves on. 
 
Bass and Bluegills have been the main stay, but a slight uptick in some of the other species this week should give anglers a little more promise. 
 
Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – Plying the weeds with Wacky worms, Ned rigs and creature baits best.  Later in week, as air temps hit 80’s, look for top-water action to return on frogs, Whopper Ploppers and spooks!  Moss Boss and Jaw Breakers in the heavy slop. 
 
Bluegill:  Very Good – Due to rain and clouds, little top-water (should return at week’s end).  Best on small leeches, worms along deep edges. 
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Good – Working gravel humps in 20-28’ using drop-shot rigs best.  Tubes, Carolina Rigging some Hula Grubs. 
 
Northern Pike:  Good – Spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and paddle tailed swimbaits on ¼ oz heads.  Cabbage first, deep Coontail edges for fewer, larger fish.   
 
Yellow Perch:  Good-Fair – Weed pockets on the natural lakes, wood on flowages.  Use pieces of frozen soft shell on light jigs.  ½ Crawlers next best. 
 
Crappie:  Fair – Reports of anglers finding Crappies high up on 10-14’ beds of Narrow Leaf Cabbage.  Swim tiny jigs (1/32 oz w/ 1” Twister, Mini-Mites or Gapen Freshwater Shrimp).  Work small minnows 1 foot down into weed tops using light floats. 
 
Musky:  Fair – Action picking up.  Bucktails and spinnerbaits best.  Loud top-water baits in evenings. 
 
Walleye:  Poor-Fair - The clouds and rain opened up some opportunities on the clear lakes.  Leeches and Crawlers in 12-16’ weeds when light levels low. 
 
With New Moon coming up, should be a good weekend ahead.  Water temps running mid-70’s. 

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7/30/18 @ 2:04 PM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (93%)
Waning Gibbous
Its Summertime…..but the fishin’ ain’t easy! 
 
Several species seem tight lipped this summer, but a few are staying right in line. 
 
Bluegill:  Good – Moving deeper on the large lakes.  Anglers surprised to find Gills in as deep as 25’, yet most hovering in the 12-18’ range.  Small leeches and worms, even small minnows.  Mini-mites and small tubes.  Warm evenings bringing good top-water action for anglers using poppers in the shallows. 
 
Largemouth Bass:  Good – Best buried in weeds.  Use Ned rigs or Wacky Worms to pull fish out.  Nice Largemouth of 15-18”, a few larger.  Creature baits and jig/creature combos also working.  Evenings bringing top-water action on plastic frogs in slop.  Tail baits (Whopper Ploppers, Tatsumakis) working well on warm evenings along or over top weeds. 
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Good-Fair – Deep gravel humps or over Sandgrass beds.  Drop shotting 3” craw imitations.  Tube jigs also producing as are Football jigs/creature dressing.  For live bait anglers, leeches, crawlers and frozen softshells working. 
 
Northern Pike:  Good-fair – Could be the recent high skies, but the chase isn’t on!  Spinnerbaits, swimbaits and  1/8-1/4 oz jigs with 3-4” twisters working best.   
 
Crappie:  Fair – Not a lot of reports this week.  A few scattered nice slabs (12-13”) over deep wood.  2” twister tails or med Fatheads on slip-floats. 
 
Yellow Perch:  Fair – Best fish deeper over Sandgrass or along weed edges.  Frozen softshells best choice followed by ½ Crawlers or medium Fatheads. 
 
Musky:  Fair – Big spinnerbaits worked over cabbage flats.  Some top-water action early and late.  More lookers than takers. 
 
Walleye:  Poor (at least by my accounts) – Picking the right lake at the right time (I can hear the collective “Duh!”).  Windows small and very early or after dark.  Leeches best. 
 
Maybe the full moon (or the Eclipse?) but action off a bit.  If action is your goal – target Bass and Gills this week. 

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7/24/18 @ 9:56 AM
craftski
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USER since 12/17/06

I have heard reports of a fish kill on Clear lake west of Minocqua between Squaw lake and Buckskin lake. Can anyone verify this? has anyone noted any kills on any other lakes close by? The reports say it was mostly panfish but I am not sure how it might have effected the predator population.

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7/24/18 @ 9:44 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (91%)
Waxing Gibbous
Summer has settled in, patterns have taken place and not a lot of new activity (for the plus or minus) this past week.  The hottest part of the summer seems to have passed.  Lake surface temps are averaging mid 70’s.  A few cooler nights, but warm afternoons and fairly mild/consistent weather. 
 
Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – On cooler mornings, work down into weeds to extract Bass using drop-shots to plunge plastic worms and craws.  Heavy jigs work for this also.  Afternoons have seen Bass getting more active on pre-rigged plastic worms, 3” swimbaits and shallow square billed cranks over weed tops.  As the sun settles and the water temps rise, top-water commotion baits such as Whopper Ploppers, Jitterbugs, Buzzbaits and plastic frogs have been HOT! 
 
Bluegill:  Very Good – Out along deep weed edges for the largest Gills.  Use small jigs tipped with plastic nymph/craw imitations. 
 
Northern Pike:  Good – Spinnerbaits and 4 ½” swimbaits.  Warm water will mean chase is on, but key on deeper weed edges for the larger Pike.   
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Good – Offshore gravel/rock humps topping at 18-28’.  Drop-shot craws or 3” minnow imitations.  Tube jigs and Carolina rigging creature baits. 
 
Yellow Perch:  Good – Best along deeper cabbage edges and over sandgrass flats.  Use soft shell frozen craws or ½ crawlers.  Any drowned wood is a magnet for small crayfish – Perch favorite. 
 
Crappie:  Fair – Scattered reports.  Best deeper over wood or along coontail edges. 
 
Musky:  Fair – Bucktails, rubber baits over deep weeds.  Some top-water evening action. 
 
Walleye:  Fair-Poor – Best after dark, lighted slip-bobbers/leeches. 
 
Tough to judge what we will see this week.  Will the lunar eclipse bring about a hot bite?  Walleye have been difficult this summer, even trollers finding bites tough.  At least the Largemouth Bass and Gills have kept up their end of the bargain. 

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7/20/18 @ 8:31 PM
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Jeff Van Remortel
WI Duck Guide
USER since 3/15/11

MOON PHASE (59%)
Waxing Gibbous

The summer has been flying by and the musky bite has been great. We have been fortunate enough to put 85 muskies in the boat so far since Opener and there is a lot of season left. The musky bite has been consistent with fish taken on a variety of presentations. The weather conditions have been typical of the dog days of summer with warm daytime temps, stable weather and often heavy wind or no wind at all. Very little in the way of storms, rain or major weather events has made for some predictable windows around moon and minor waerher changes. On days with heavy wind, Bucktails have been solid producers with a mix of suicks, SRJ, shallow raiders, medussas, x-toads and bulldawgs picking up the slack. A few good topwater bites have emerged over the past week but have been mostly limited to low light conditions. Expect that to change this weekend with the current forecast. Lake X topwaters and the suick night walker have both had some good action. Weedlines are a standard producer, but some good rock bites have emerged in these classic summer conditions, especially when wind is present or extreme. The most under fished pattern this time of year for big fish is the night bite. If your big fish are lazy or not moving during the prime times of daylight hours, it's a solid bet they have switched to the night shift. Try fishing well into the night or getting out an hour or more before day break to take advantage of this pattern. Good luck out there!


JVR

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7/20/18 @ 8:29 PM
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Jeff Van Remortel
WI Duck Guide
USER since 3/15/11

MOON PHASE (59%)
Waxing Gibbous

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