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Have fished the Minocqua Chain including Kawaguesaga for many years. The lake has a bit of everything. A lot of bass mainly largemouth, a good crappie population, as well, and plenty of bluegill. Perch are present, but they tend to run small. I usually fish with a slip bobber set-up and fat head minnows, or 1-1/2 to 2 inch tube jigs tipped with a small leech of crawler bit. My best luck has been in 9 - 12 feet of water although the largemouth are probably shallower. Have reasonably good success for bass with Senko worms rigged wacky style. Best spots for me have been on the West and Northwest side of the lake in the bays. Early morning with overcast skies the best. Haven't done too much late evening fishing there but I'm sure that's a good bet too. Good luck. Let us know how you do.
I will be up here and staying on Kawaguesaga lake next week. Wondering what I should fish for on this lake? I like fishing for just about anything except musky. How's the perch fishing this time of year? Any smallmouth bass? Those would be my top two preferences. Also love catching crappie, but not so much of a fan of eating them. Feel free to send me a private message. Thanks!
Did the Arbor Vitae loop this morning.
Big Arb is mostly open except Milkie Bay which is still pretty locked up. But the piers are in.
Little Arb is open but no piers.
Clear Lake is open from what i could see and the water is very high, over the beach even. No piers in.
Carrol Lake is open but no piers.
Madeline is open and the pier is in.
Stacks Bay on Minocqua is open but no piers.
That's it. More in a couple of days.
Jeff Bolander <[email protected]>
- Tuesday, April 28, 2020
The DNR did extent the catch and release on Walleye this year for the Minocqua Chain. As for the rest of the game fish the chain is pretty liberal compared to the state regulations. Northern Pike are 5 per person any length. Large mouth bass are 5 per person, any length after May 1. You may now catch and release bass before the Opener.
It is open water under the bridge, how far to the NE under the fishing pier, I'm not sure. I know it's reaching to the Yacht Club though. Call any of the bait shops, I'm pretty sure they are doing curbside for the shiners...
Sorry I haven't been on the page for a few days and missed your post. Something you mentioned that I hadn't checked was the water levels and I was interested to see where they were, so I'm posting an updated look as well.
Buckneged was on the right track. I was unable to see the lake the day I was there (fog), but could fully see that there was no water being released downstream into the river.
Newood report makes some sense and if I get over there based on your 2.94 and my closer to 2' low it should be quite a bit higher. Last time I looked pool levels, it was 6' down and that was just after an ice fishing trip in late March.
Kurt's pond on Sat. had reformed ice and was prior to the refreeze was 1/2 open. I've also heard that several other bodies of water had opened in the Eagle River area, but wasn't able to get lake names.
Finally there is a report from the Rainbow thread that it was open in the upper reaches.
Thanks for the update. Figured it must be open when we didn’t get a report from Kurt this week.
Kurt’s pond is wide open - and across 51, that opened up in the middle on Wednesday but froze back over with the cold as of Thursday morning. Mid lake is 80 percent open. As Ben said, with the snow and cold it may prolong things now. I’ll be on the water for the opener regardless of any order.
Stay safe and healthy
A friend who lives by the Rainbow said the dam was closed this week so thats why the conflicting reports.