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7/10/18 @ 9:18 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (9%)
Waning Crescent
Running into a hot summer at this point.  Daytime highs in the mid to upper 80’s pushing lake surface temps from mid 70’s to low 80’s (Ouch!) 
 
Patterns are starting to develop for many species, with the stable (but hot) weather helping things along. 
 
Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – Pick your style, these Bass are more than happy to cooperate.  Early morning twitch stickbaits such as Rattlin Rouges, Thundersticks or X-Raps between shore and inside weed edges.  Mid-morning through mid-afternoon hit the weeds with Wacky worms, Ned rigs and Neko Rigs.  At dusk, go to top-water using Whopper Ploppers, Spooks, and plastic frogs (Lunker Hunt, BOOYAH, and Keara Frogs)!  Big Bass (for our area) over 22” this past week!  
 
Bluegill:  Very Good – Best to use small leeches as they stay tough on the hook.  Evening anglers having fun on poppers.  Depending on lake depth, most of the better daytime Gills are being caught in deeper cabbage of 8-12’. 
 
Yellow Perch:  Good-Very Good – Better fish (9-11”+) found in deeper weeds.  Deep wood is also favored as these fish love to eat crayfish.  ½ crawlers, frozen soft shells, medium leeches and medium fatheads all working well.  Preference has been on brown, orange jigs. 
 
Northern Pike:  Good – Best casting weed flats using chatterbaits, spinnerbaits.  Chubs and suckers working along deep weed edges for the larger Pike (30-38” reported this week).   
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Good – Drop shot Jackall Crosstail shad, 3” Senkos and 3” Gulp Power Minnows over gravel humps of 18-30’, sandgrass flats of 17-25’ and deep coontail edges of 14-18’.  XL leeches and frozen soft shells for the live baiters.   
 
Crappie:  Fair-Good – Search out tall narrow leaf cabbage.  Work tops using Charlie Bees, Beetle Spins, VMC Boottail jigs or Gapen Freshwater Shrimp.  1 ½” tubes and Mini Mites also working.  If fish not up high on weeds, go deeper using 1/32 oz jigs to get scented plastics like Impulse or Power Bait Nymphs down to suspended fish 4-6’ off bottom in 12-18’. 
 
Musky:  Fair+ – Best bets on bucktails and larger spinnerbaits.  Top water producing and should be doing much better.  Later, towards evening, best. 
 
Walleye:  Fair+ - Some of the standards not producing like we would like them to.  Still, anglers jigging and slip-bobber fishing with XL leeches and crawlers finding Walleyes in weeds early in morning and late evenings to after dark.  Some deep rock bites occurring mid-day in 22-30’.  Casting 3-4” swimbaits (Keitechs, 360GT) producing early and late in weeds of 7-10’. 
 
With the stable weather and new moon coming up, should be a good week ahead.  Mid-day temps may be too much to fish, so pick your early and late times to stay out of heat and away from traffic. 

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7/3/18 @ 10:28 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (75%)
Waning Gibbous

Minocqua Area Fishing Report:

7/3/2018

Settling in on our summer patterns! To start July, water temps in the low 70's to 80's mark, with mid-day air temps in the 80's, have put the best fishing early and late.

High pressure, hot weather, and lots of boat traffic kept some lakes off for anglers. Moving away from the full moon should help day time anglers.

Largemouth Bass: Very Good. Spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and swimbaits over and through cabbage of 6-10'. Evenings top water hot on plastic frogs, jitterbugs, and whopper ploppers. During the day, neko, ned, and wacky style worm fishing producing bulk of catches.

Bluegills: Very Good. Anglers using small leeches, worms, and thunderbugs reporting good catches of gills (7-9") in 6-10'. Towards dusk use popper on a fly rod of small flys behind clear floats on ultralight spinning equipment.

Norther Pike: Good. Fast moving swimbaits, spinnerbaits, and chatterbaits. Cabbage flats in 4-10'. Some nicer pike up to 39" this week, using chubs and suckers on slip-bobbers.

Smallmouth Bass: Good. Drop shotting 3" Gulp Alive minnows, Senkos, and Jackall Crosstail Shads over 22-30' rock/gravel humps mid-day. Early a.m. work X-raps, Shadow Raps along shallow rocky slopes.

Yellow Perch: Good. Like the heat! Medium fatheads, leeches, in weedy or woody locales. Work sand-grass flats using Lindy rigs to find larger perch (9-12") using frozen softshell crayfish.

Musky: Fair. Good time for evening top water action. Bucktails and large spinnerbaits during the day.

Crappie: Fair. A few good reports from anglers on large water over narrow leaf cabbage on tinsel jigs. In flowages over deep wood using medium fatheads.

Walleye: Fair. Best on leeches and crawlers along 12-14' weed edges early in morning. Then again on lighted slip-bobbers with big leeches after dusk.

Actually all reports are starting to improve after lull of weekend. Air temps not fluctuating as much, this helps water temps stabilize.

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6/26/18 @ 9:59 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waxing Gibbous
My friend Noah is talking to me again.  Last week, during our torrential rains that filled our lakes and Flowages to the brim, he was so busy building some giant contraption in his back yard he didn’t have the time to say a word to me, what a Nut! 
 
The high water has thrown a curve to our local angling endeavors, as has the inconsistent hexagenia, Mayfly hatches.  Water temps at the surface of our lakes run about 75 degrees, while I saw Flowage surface temps to 80 degrees over the weekend. 
 
Northern Pike:  Very Good-Good – Not as affected by the hatches, Pike have been good sports hammering Spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits and shallow Crankbaits. Work these lures over cabbage tops in 6-10’.  Chubs and suckers in the 4-6” range working, but very difficult to come by, as are all wild minnows this season. 
 
Largemouth Bass:  Very Good-Good - Also somewhat immune to Mayflys.  Green Bass actively hitting Spinnerbaits and 3 ½” Swimbaits.  Wacky Worms and Ned Rigs, pre-rigged plastic worms and jointed Cranks.  Top water action picking up with the old stand-bys, Jitter Bugs and Hula Poppers, as well as last years hot top water bait, the Whopper Plopper! 
 
Bluegill:  Good -  Use small leeches, as they stay on the hook well, to find Gills in 6-10’ weeds.  Thunderbugs, worms and 1” Twister tails on 1/64 oz jigs also work. 
 
Yellow Perch:  Good – Lots of reports of schools of 3-5” Perch being seen, good to see as these are great forage for our Walley, Pike and Musky.  Better sized Perch on medium Fatheads or leeches.  Frozen soft shells a favorite where available. 
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Fair-Good – Somewhat inconsistent reports.  Not set up firmly on deep gravel humps yet.  Drop-shotting 2 ½” minnow imitations preferred.  Tubes and 3” Wackys also producing. 
 
Crappie:  Fair – Catching good, it’s locating schools not as easy.  Cast small Spinners, Beetle spins over 8-14’ weeds to locate.  Then settle in with slip-bobbers and small minnows. 
 
Musky:  Fair – Bucktails at average speeds over weed tops, should see some better top water soon. 
 
Walleye:  Fair – Been a struggle of late.  Fish seem scattered and uninterested (Full?).  Leeches and crawlers been best of late. 
 
High temps for coming weekend mean anglers should concentrate early and late.  As Mayfly hatches pass, angling should improve for Walleye anglers.  Others just look to stabilizing conditions. 

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6/25/18 @ 8:10 PM
Brenden87
Brenden87
USER since 5/10/17

I was just curious, didn't mean to point fingers about the hole in it's side, their is a smaller hole next to it so it could be prop damage, or a bite mark...

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6/25/18 @ 6:42 PM
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Mountain
Mountain
USER since 1/7/02

MOON PHASE (94%)
Waxing Gibbous

Dan-


Great pictures!

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6/25/18 @ 6:22 PM
Danthepikeman
Danthepikeman
USER since 7/2/10
Musky Ben is correct. I only posted three photos. Photo number 9 was posted by a guide service. All my fish are caught with spinning tackle. I would kill myself with a spear gun.

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6/25/18 @ 1:50 PM
Musky Ben
Musky Ben
USER since 3/13/02

Brenden:

How does he know, its not his pic, and do we know its a spearing hole???

Musky Ben

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6/24/18 @ 7:18 PM
Brenden87
Brenden87
USER since 5/10/17

Whats up with the spear hole in picture #9 Danthepikeman?

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6/24/18 @ 7:59 AM
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Danthepikeman
Danthepikeman
USER since 7/2/10

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waxing Gibbous
Family fishing vacation from June 13-22 in the books.Lots of nice fish from lakes in the Lake Tomahawk area. Pike were hitting early and late in the deep grass beds. Bass were hitting surface baits early and deep on plastic worms throughout the day.

Edited on 6/24/18 8:04 AM
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6/21/18 @ 4:18 PM
LGS 3Lakes
LGS 3Lakes
USER since 6/21/18

Fished one of the smaller lakes on the chain w/a few buddies in small windows (1-2.5 hrs) between all the storms (thur 6-14 thru sat 6-16). To our amazement we caught fish every window out and pert near every cast. Mainly targeting perch w/crappie minnows & slip bobbers. Ended up w/mostly Gills & crappies, did manage about 20 each of perch,bass & pike all on same method. About 1 in 4 of each species was a keeper or legal size. All in 5'-8' of water just outside surface weed lines. All released


LGS

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