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Just got back after 10 days in the Northwoods. What a great week weather wise and a spotty week fishing. Started out slow with algae blooms on the 2 smaller, stained lakes that we fish. Picked up a couple of small smallies and a total of 4 musky in the boat (36, 33, 33, and 28 inch). Muskies all hit during the moon cycle on Monday and Tuesday and also had a couple of nice follows (all caught on top water and bucktails in weeds). Then the fishing shut down and I couldn't even get a walleye or smally dragging worms and leeches. Pulled boat and went to a 600 acre clear lake on Thursday and boated 12 fish in 4 hours. Most of them were largemouth, with 2 smallies and a 30 inch pike. The bloom is at least 2 weeks earlier than last year and sure seemed to effect the bass and walleye. After talking to others, it did not seem to effect the musky too much. I have gotten mixed opinions on how algae blooms effect the fishing but I would say they shut down. I'd love to hear others thoughts or experiences on summer blooms. Tight lines..Fish Hard!
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Cooler than forecasted mornings and more rain greeted anglers on a less than spectacular week of fishing. Lake surface temps dipped to the 69-71 degree mark. The few warm afternoons were replaced by mornings down in the upper 40’s again.
Yellow Perch: Good – Relating to weeds, mostly cabbage in 8-12’. ½ crawlers, medium fatheads and medium leeches under slip-bobbers. Nice 9-11” fish.
Largemouth Bass: Good – Working heavy weeds best. Using plastics such as Creature baits (Sweet Beavers, CHOMPERS, Skirted Grubs) to work deep in cabbage beds. Wacky worming along 8-12’ edges. Some good lipless crank action on warmer afternoons.
Bluegill: Good – Lots of suspending Gills off Coontail edges. Small leeches best, they stay on the hook so you catch multiple fish on one leech.
Northern Pike: Good – Spinner baits, Chatter baits and 4-5” Swim baits over cabbage flats in 6-10’. Shallow running Stick baits such as Rattlin Rouges also producing.
Smallmouth Bass: Good-Fair – Some very nice Smallies this past week in the 17-20” range over deep gravel/rock humps. Drop slotting 3” minnows, Wacky worms and craw imitations. Big leeches and crawlers for the live bait crowd. Check all isolated humps of hard substrate in 14-28’.
Crappie: Good-Fair – Fewer reports. Best over deep wood on Flowages using medium fatheads.
Musky: Fair – Few reports. Bucktails best choice as cooler temps have slowed top-water action
Walleye: Fair – Changing water temps and levels seem to be having negative affect on Eyes. Night anglers having best results using slip-bobbers and large leeches or Red-tailed chubs
The mid-August cool down is here. As the waters cool, watch for certain weeds to start to pull back. Crappies, Smallies and Pike should start to pick up. Keep watch for a three day span of warming weather to lift Largemouth action.
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Summer is flying by and early fall patterns are only a few weeks away. The big cool down last week has water temps back in the 70-73 degree range. Prior to that they were 78-80. The bucktail bite has gained steam following the drop in water temps, especially around lunar periods and weather changes that create feeding windows. Double 8 Buchertails, Kramers and Showgirls have all produced action for us. Top water has also yielded a few fish. Lake X lures and hawg wobblers being the weapons of choice. In the best conditions, double 10s have produced a few good fish over heavy weed cover. In between windows, rubber baits such as Medussas, Kermit's and bull dawgs have all produced some big bites. The cooler water temps have also seen a resurgence in the glide bait and jerk bait bite on some waters, especially for fish in heavy cover. Crane baits, phantoms, Suicks and Double Ds have been great producers for stubborn fish. The cool nights and warm days have the most aggressive fish in shallow weeds on most lakes. Outside edges always hold fish, but some of the best action can be found deep in the slop.
Have not been spending too much time pursuing walleyes but ran several trips since the last report and all resulted in full bag limits. Found some nice pods of fish over deep mud and adjacent to deep weed lines. Have been seeing good numbers of walleyes in the weeds all season. The late summer early fall period with current conditions/temps will continue to keep them concentrated there. Jig and a crawler or leech has been a great producer for eaters but larger minnows and chubs will often get attention from larger fish.
MOON PHASE (91%)
You can fish for walleyes on the Minocqua Chain, but you must release them. There is a sign at the launches that it is catch and release. That includes Minocqua, Tomahawk, Kawaguesaga, Mid , Mud and Little Tomahawk. Tried walleyes, smallies and trolled and cast for muskies yesterday. Only 2 smallies on a drop shot leech. One in 18 feet off a weed edge and another on a rock hump in 17 feet.