Vilas County Lakes, Vilas County

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TODAY @ 10:09 AM
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Jeff Van Remortel
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USER since 3/15/11

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Waxing Crescent

The bite through the warm up and up to the storm last night has been great. Snow accumulations last night are around 10-12"+ with lots of blowing and drifting. Snowmobile trails will be prime, however, expect travel on the ice for anything with wheels to be difficult to nearly impossible on many lakes. The good news is, there is plenty of ice (18-20"+) on most lakes. Watch out for pockets of slush with the added weight of snow on the ice.


The walleye bite has been one of the best in recent years for us for both numbers and quality. Rock bars and hard bottom points have provided steady action, and the sandgrass bite has been great all winter.


Bluegills have been active in thick weeds 4-8fow and in a few cases, suspended over mud flats. Jigs or spoons with waxies or plastics have been the usual producers both in hand and on the Gill-o-tines.


Crappies have been mostly suspended, though we did have a good bite on some cribs (largest fish) as well. Finding a few mixed in deep weeds in the evening as well. Jigging with waxies or using minnows and/or jigs tipped with waxies on Gill-o-tines have both been extremely effective.


Perch have been roaming the mudflats in good numbers or occasionally coming mixed in with bluegills or crappies. Minnows on Gill-o-tines have been deadly.


A few incidental bass and pike have also been part of our bag but I have spent minimal time targeting them.


Tight Lines





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TODAY @ 9:56 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

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Waxing Crescent
Warm weather plus a free fishing weekend put lots of anglers on the ice! Popular areas got covered with anglers taking advantage of the conditions. Even some less frequented areas had visitors as travel was (get back to that later) excellent!
Yellow Perch: Good-Very Good – Best over mud flats in water of 18-28’. Fast dropping spoons (Pimple, Halis, Flash Champs) tipped with wigglers, red spikes. Nice temps of 20+ degrees allowing for good tip-down use baiting with #14 or #16 trebles and small rosies.
Crappie: Good-Very Good – Overall deep mud and transition degrees in 14-30’ best using tip-downs with rosies or Clam Caviar Drops tipped with waxies. In shallower water, with good cabbage in 7-12’ anglers picking up Crappies slow dropping #8 rockers of white or gold tipped with white or sliver plastic. Euro Tackles Z-Vibe also been a hit in water less than 14’.
Northern Pike: Good-Very Good – Nice catches with anglers scoring well on tip-ups baited with shiners. Suckers also doing well in some areas, but reports of preference in shiners of late. Tip-up rigs with wire and small blade above hook getting best results.
Bluegill: Good – Fiskas and Dudes tipped with moussies, spikes, waxies and dark plastics picking up good action. A few anglers fishing out of the way lakes finding some big Gills, up to 10+”!
Walleye: Fair – Action overall has slowed. But some anglers finding pockets of success using jigging Raps (#5, #7) along transition zones of gravel to mud between 4-5:30 pm. Suckers have been preferred tip-up bait.
Largemouth Bass: Fair-Poor – Despite warm temps, not a lot of Bass reports. Some action on tip-ups with medium shiners, others on small to medium slender spoons targeting Perch in 8-12”.
Following a great weekend, 8+” of snow fell on the area Monday (1/22). This new snow will probably have anglers leaving their ATV’s at home, requiring travel from trucks and snowmobiles. It’s too early to get a report on the ice conditions.
Check our website and/or Facebook page by Thursday for update on travel.

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TODAY @ 9:39 AM
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Jeff Van Remortel
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TODAY @ 9:36 AM
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Jeff Van Remortel
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TODAY @ 9:32 AM
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Jeff Van Remortel
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1/22/18 @ 8:04 PM
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barker_ryan
barker_ryan
USER since 1/31/14

MOON PHASE (28%)
Waxing Crescent

Last weekend was amazing weather to have out on the ice. At times there were very productive windows catching fish to boot. High caliber crappies and gills came over deeper mud. I can't stress enough how staying mobile and efficient on the water may be the difference from catching a few fish and catching a lot of fish. To end the weekend,  we chased walleyes for an evening and got to watch some flags pop up. 

Ice conditions have been perfect! Good thicknesses of ice with modest amounts of snow cover. However, after tonight things will become interesting with snow/slush. 

As always use caution around current and other hazardous areas. Good luck out there and be safe.

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1/22/18 @ 11:13 AM
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Batman1
Batman1
USER since 1/23/09

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Waxing Crescent

11:00 a.m. Monday morning.....the big snow just started in Woodruff/Minocqua and few fishermen on the local lakes this morning. Weekend was good but we'll see how this storm affects things.

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1/19/18 @ 11:33 AM
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PikePro33
PikePro33
USER since 2/8/10

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Waxing Crescent

Just wondering how much snow an average is on the lakes.   Trying to decide on sxs or snowmobile Tomorrow.   Thanks for any help 

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1/17/18 @ 6:38 PM
lastcall34
lastcall34
USER since 1/24/13

Im coming up this weekend. Going to be fishing LVD. Can anyone give me fishing reports out there. Maybe meet up gave some beers on the ice

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1/17/18 @ 4:00 PM
GeoffMT
GeoffMT
USER since 9/25/17
Check out Lac Vieux Desert some awesome musky fishing,big tigers!!! As for musky tournaments   Check out MuskyTournaments web page  they list all events in Wisconsin. Good luck!!!

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