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9/10/18 @ 12:43 PM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (1%)
Waxing Crescent
Cool morning and stable weather the past week have been a nice change from the summer heat and rains.  Fishing has improved too a bit because of it.  Although summer looks to be sticking around still with the forecast calling for upper 70’s – low 80’s this week. 
 
Musky:  Good-Very Good – Top-water continues to produce fish.  Baits that make a lot of noise like the Whopper Plopper or Topper Stopper are good choices.  Spinnerbaits and bucktails have also put fish in in the boat over weed flats.  We’re having more reports of Muskies taking small to medium sized suckers as well. 
 
Northern Pike:  Good-Very Good – Inline spinners, chatterbait and spinnerbaits have all been a good choice for Pike.  Work these baits over weed beds.  Suckers and chubs have also been producing some good size Pike too. 
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Good – Gravel humps and sandgrass flats are good areas to fish right now.  Ned rigging and drop-shotting Chompers worms or 3” Gulp Minnows are good bets for these areas.  Reports of nice Smallies 4 to 5 pounds being reported. 
 
Largemouth Bass:  Good-Fair – Wacky rigging, Ned rigging and Texas rigging are all catching fish.  Just slow down your presentation, cooler nights and mornings are making the Largemouth not as active as they were in August. 
 
Crappie:  Good-Fair – Plastics, such as tubes, twister tails and Crappie thumpers are good choices.  Small fatheads under a slip float will get the job done as well.  Work the top sections of weeds at the deepest point before breaks.  Early morning and evening are best times. 
 
Yellow Perch:  Good-Fair – Worms, small fatheads and frozen softshells are all getting Perch to hit.  Look for cribs 8-14’ of water and drowned wood. 
 
Bluegill:  Good-Fair – Clear weather the past week has helped improve the fishing.  Look for Gills suspended off weed edges in 12-16’ of water. 
 
Walleye:  Fair – Bluebird skies this week has made it tough on fishing.  Though a few Walleye being reported.  Fishing early morning or after dark is your best bet.  Fathead, chubs and crawlers are taking fish.  Drop offs 12-18’ of water and after dark look for the Walleye to be in 8-12’ of water. 
 
Hasn’t cooled enough yet to see significant color change.  A couple of trees here and there for now.  Bring your sun screen if you are headed out this week. 

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8/28/18 @ 5:57 PM
FISHING REPORT
King Daddio
King Daddio
USER since 8/4/15

MOON PHASE (95%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Fished this past weekend and things picked up. Several storms came through Friday and Sunday and  (Friday) we got 3 sm and had a nice muskie blowup at the boat (on suick) in a few hours. Saturday - fished 7 hours and caught a 39 inch muskie, a couple of pike and over 10 sm (3 were 17 inches). Water temps 71-73 and algae bloom starting the 2 lakes we fished. Everything on top water and spinners (muskie killer and mepps #5). 

Good luck and Fish Hard!!

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8/28/18 @ 8:46 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (95%)
Waning Gibbous
Fishing has improved along several fronts as clouds, rain and assorted weather has helped fishing. 
 
Surface temps have cooled a little, many lakes seeing temps of 72-74 degrees, down from the upper 70’s of early last week.  A few signs of a little die off on certain weeds, may be seeing a little transition away from these areas ‘til die off over.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Very Good – Drop-shotting 3” plastic worms, craws and minnows best.  Ned rigs, though heavier jig heads needed, for deep rocks has been hot.  Also, any stand up (Football style) jigs tipped with craws or skirted grubs have been hot. 
 
Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – While storms have quieted bites at times, overall very good action on pre-rigged worms, spinnerbaits and shallow Shad Raps over weed tops.  Wacky worming and Ned rigging TRD worms has been hot.  Try small swimbaits (2 ½ - 3”) or 4” power worms on 1/8 – 1/4 swimming heads or 1/2 moon jig heads over cabbage in 6-10’.  Don’t forget top-water!  Whopper Ploppers, Pompador Jr’s, Tornado tails and Jitterbugs! 
 
Musky:  Good – Action picking up.  Top-water best on tail baits such as Whopper Ploppers, Pacemakers, Tally Wackers.  Good action on large spinnerbaits.  Savage swimbaits in Bluegill and Burbot models and fast moving twitchbaits such as Cranes and jerkbaits with tails.  #’s of fish in mid-30’s to low-mid 40” range. 
 
Northern Pike:  Good – Spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and swimbaits worked over and through existing green weeds of 8-14’. 
 
Bluegill:  Good – Weather took some of the gloss of this species.  Still best outside coontail edges of 12-14’ suspended 4-8’ down.  Try medium/small leeches, thunderbugs and worms.  Small twister tails on 1/32 oz jigs or Mini-mites tipped with waxies. 
 
Walleye:  Fair – Best on overcast days or after dark.  Daytime bite on crawlers, large leeches along 12-16’ weed edges or out over 14-24’ gravel humps.  At night, lighted slip-bobbers suspending red-tailed chubs, black chubs or suckers of 3-5” over off-shore humps best. 
 
Crappie:  Fair – Reports vary.  Best over drowned wood on flowages using medium fatheads.  Try 1-2” white twister tails on 1/32 – 1/16 oz jigs heads twitched over weed tops of 8-12’. 
 
Yellow Perch:  Fair - Mostly incidental catches from anglers using 1/2 crawlers medium fats for Walleyes or Crappies. 
 
May have some weather for early part of Labor Day holiday weekend, but as waters cool ever so slightly and water levels continue to fall on our flowages, early fall fishing should improve. 

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8/13/18 @ 12:44 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 @ 2:20 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 @ 9:31 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 @ 7:25 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 @ 12:11 PM
FISHING REPORT
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 @ 1:04 PM
FISHING REPORT
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 @ 8:56 AM
craftski
craftski
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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