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Big St. Germain, Vilas County

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12/17/18 @ 11:20 PM
Ice_King_92
User since 12/9/03

I am just wondering if anyone has been fishing on Big St. Germain. I am wondering about ice conditions and thickness. Thank you in advance!!

7/28/18 @ 9:53 AM
Pheskin
User since 7/28/18

Heading up for the week today and was wondering what the report is like.  We have a pontoon boat with kids and want them to catch some fish.

5/30/18 @ 5:05 PM
gray fox
gray fox
MEMBER since 2/22/08

How has the fishing been?

12/2/05 @ 11:11 AM
Beyer_5587
User since 12/6/04
Hi Im coming up the 15th of dec. just wondering how much ice is out there, and if the walleye action is producing

10/14/05 @ 10:53 AM
Da Chimp
User since 8/1/01
Try 8-15 feet of water on the far eastern shore of the lake. Also 4-10 feet of water between the "bar signs" on the north shore. Try fluorescent (yellow/orange) bucktails. Let me know how you did. Good luck.

10/11/05 @ 10:02 AM
Fishon!!
User since 10/11/05
My buddy and I are coming up to Big St. for a few days next weekend and want to tie into a few muskies. Any suggestions on locations and/or what to use? Any info would help. Thanks and tight lines!!

8/24/05 @ 7:00 PM
dvlauth
User since 12/21/03
Was out on and off for four days last weekend. One 13.5" walleye, one 15" smallmouth, 2 northerns (about 15" and 22"), and around 30 perch. Only one perch was big enough to keep. All fish caught on nightcrawlers on the bottom. Northerns in weeds, perch everywhere, eye and smallmouth on deep rocks. Went back after the cold front and didn't mark a thing arond the rocks.

Ray told me about an ice fisheree he's going to run in the early part of February. This doesn't sound right, but I thought he told me it was $5 to enter, and everyone wins at least a $10 prize. Something like 150 spots, which will sell out early.

8/14/05 @ 11:58 PM
Naomi K. Shapiro
User since 10/17/01
St. Germain, Wis. (VILAS/ONEIDA COUNTIES) -- as of 8-14-05: Anglers still getting consistent fishing action in the St. Germain area. The fish are starting to "sense" the oncoming fall season in the St. Germain area, and moving to stoke up on food. That translates into action for anglers. Musky are putting on an average bite -- but there is some improvement, albeit, slow at times. The best action is towards evening in the shallower weed areas, which can mean going for musky in water which runs a foot deep. During the day, anglers are getting some hits fishing deeper weedlines and structure breaks -- depth will definitely vary by lake. Bigger plastic baits, classic bucktails, and topwaters are working.

Fish walleye from early evening into the night hours. Anglers are targeting weedlines, structure bars, and sand flats. While many are still using leeches, that bait is starting to fade. Crawlers on a harness or even a fathead minnow are beginning to move up on the production column. There is a daytime walleye bite, but it's deep. Some hardy anglers are having success row trolling (a dying art) over deep water. Rapalas or spinnerbaits are working. Largemouth are along stumps, heavy weeds and around piers, where there is cover -- in shallow water. Plastic worms in a variety of colors, running from browns to blues, purples and blacks are working; and the rig that is being used doesn't seem to matter. Morning bite for the largemouth seems best. Smallies are off weeds adjacent to deeper water -- 15 feet plus. Find hardbottom and look for rocks and boulders. Live crawlers and big leeches are working, and some anglers are having luck using a crayfish-pattern tube jig. Lots of smaller bluegills biting around the weeds. They're moving at various depths, going from 4 to 12 feet, and even more. A simple presentation is needed. Try a slipbobber with a garden worm, waxie or leech. Good action. Northern are off the shallower weeds (northern tend to be in closer to the weeds than musky). Fish 4 to 8 feet, and use a spinnerbait, or shiny spoon (can be tipped with a piece of pork rind).

All anglers are urged to maintain the great fishing in the St. Germain area by releasing almost everything caught -- especially muskies. Help maintain our area for yourself and future anglers by practicing good and sensible conservation and respect for the resource. (This report for the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, based on Creative Brilliance interview with St. Germain Sport Marine).

8/7/05 @ 7:59 PM
Naomi K. Shapiro
User since 10/17/01
as of 8-7-05: Anglers continue their success in the St. Germain area. The water temps are dropping slowly, but just enough to turn on a getting-nearer-to-fall, bite in the St. Germain area. The fish have an inner clock which is telling them it's time to start feeding more heavily. Musky action is OK -- anglers are getting bites, "but they're not jumping in the boat." Fish off the weedlines in 6 to 9 feet of water, and use a topwater or a top-running spinnerbait. Bigger musky will hang out off the same weedlines, but somewhat deeper. Go to 12 to 15 feet, and use either a bucktail or a deep-diving crank. Largemouth are hitting well on topwaters, or a jig, tipped with pork rind, or a big leech, off the weeds in 8 feet of water. You can also target cover, such as around piers, brush, lily pads or drowned timber, where the largemouth will be quite shallow. Use a Carolina Rig with a lizard/salamander, or you can try a Texas Rig hooked up with a Senko or big live crawler. Smallies are over hardbottom (rocks and boulders), in depths from 10 to 20 plus feet. Use a tube in a natural pattern like a crayfish, or a big chunk of crawler. Decent smallie bite. Northern are in the weeds in 6 to 10 feet of water. Run a Mepps, yellow spinnerbait over the tops of the weeds, or a colorful spoon, along the weed edges. Plenty of action for SMALL panfish in the weeds in depths that will vary by lake. The panfish can go from 6 to 15 feet. For gills use a waxie, leaf worm, or a Mini-Mite. Nothing fancy. Just fish vertically. Make sure any jig you use is very small. You'll probably find some crappie in the same areas, or around deeper cribs. The crappie will suspend at varying depths. Use a slipbobber rig, with a small minnow, waxie, or try a tube jig. Perch will be on, or very near the bottom in weed areas, from 8 to 12 feet or so. Use a chunk of crawler, small leech, or minnow. Perch action is not quite as productive this season as in the past. All anglers are urged to maintain the great fishing in the St. Germain area by releasing almost everything caught -- especially muskies. Help maintain our area for yourself and future anglers by practicing good and sensible conservation and respect for the resource. (This report for the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, based on Creative Brilliance interview with St. Germain Sport Marine).

7/31/05 @ 12:58 PM
Naomi K. Shapiro
User since 10/17/01
This is a geneeral report for the St. Germain area and may not be limited to Lake Big St. Germain: as of 7-31-05, Largemouth chomping hard, with good catches of gills and perch in the St. Germain area.

Largemouth are hitting very well around structure -- weedlines, cribs, sunken timber and drop-offs in 8 to 10 feet of water. Purple plastic worms and big live crawlers, jigged or hooked up to a Texas Rig working well, along with jumbo leeches and poppers. Very good action for perch and gills -- along with some crappies -- along the weeds in 10 to 12 feet of water; perch will be somewhat deeper than the gills and crappie. Mini-Mites are working very well, or you can try a chunk of crawler, garden worm or small leech. Some average-sized northern biting in and around the weeds and sunken timber areas in 8 to 10 feet of water. Use a Mepps spinnerbait in firetiger or yellow/chartreuse, a spoon, or try a big northern sucker. Musky are "snappin". Lots of fish being seen; there are more follows and short strikes than hard bites -- but the action is steadily improving as the stress levels from the recent heat wave lessen. Use a bucktail, spinner or topwater, and fish around weeds and off of structure, in 6 to 8 feet of water. Walleye are OK -- nothing special. Use leeches, although their effectiveness is just now starting to taper off. Make sure you use a jumbo- or extra-large leech. Fish the weed or structure edges at low light hours in 6 to 10 feet of water. Smallies are locating over hardbottom areas in a normal seasonal pattern --7 to 15 feet of water -- deeper on some lakes. Use a crawler, big leech, or a tube jig in a crayfish or salamander pattern.

All anglers are urged to maintain the great fishing in the St. Germain area by releasing almost everything caught -- especially muskies. Help maintain our area for yourself and future anglers by practicing good and sensible conservation and respect for the resource. (This report for the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, based on Creative Brilliance interview with St. Germain Sport Marine). Connie at St. Germain Sport Marine reminds all kids about their weekly fishing contest for kids -- panfish and gamefish categories, great prizes -- sponsored by St. Germain Sport Marine. Call 715-479-4930, or come in and see any member of the staff and they'll be happy to provide kids with the simple rules. Don't miss this fun and exciting weekly event exclusively for kids. Largemouth chomping hard, with good catches of gills and perch in the St. Germain area.

Largemouth are hitting very well around structure -- weedlines, cribs, sunken timber and drop-offs in 8 to 10 feet of water. Purple plastic worms and big live crawlers, jigged or hooked up to a Texas Rig working well, along with jumbo leeches and poppers. Very good action for perch and gills -- along with some crappies -- along the weeds in 10 to 12 feet of water; perch will be somewhat deeper than the gills and crappie. Mini-Mites are working very well, or you can try a chunk of crawler, garden worm or small leech. Some average-sized northern biting in and around the weeds and sunken timber areas in 8 to 10 feet of water. Use a Mepps spinnerbait in firetiger or yellow/chartreuse, a spoon, or try a big northern sucker. Musky are "snappin". Lots of fish being seen; there are more follows and short strikes than hard bites -- but the action is steadily improving as the stress levels from the recent heat wave lessen. Use a bucktail, spinner or topwater, and fish around weeds and off of structure, in 6 to 8 feet of water. Walleye are OK -- nothing special. Use leeches, although their effectiveness is just now starting to taper off. Make sure you use a jumbo- or extra-large leech. Fish the weed or structure edges at low light hours in 6 to 10 feet of water. Smallies are locating over hardbottom areas in a normal seasonal pattern --7 to 15 feet of water -- deeper on some lakes. Use a crawler, big leech, or a tube jig in a crayfish or salamander pattern.

All anglers are urged to maintain the great fishing in the St. Germain area by releasing almost everything caught -- especially muskies. Help maintain our area for yourself and future anglers by practicing good and sensible conservation and respect for the resource. (This report for the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, based on Creative Brilliance interview with St. Germain Sport Marine). Connie at St. Germain Sport Marine reminds all kids about their weekly fishing contest for kids -- panfish and gamefish categories, great prizes -- sponsored by St. Germain Sport Marine. Call 715-479-4930, or come in and see any member of the staff and they'll be happy to provide kids with the simple rules. Don't miss this fun and exciting weekly event exclusively for kids.

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