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Oxbow Lake, Vilas County

Oxbow Lake, Vilas County
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1/8/19 @ 11:26 AM
hoyemp
User since 1/8/19

Heading up there in a few weeks to ice fish.  Renting a vrbo on the SE finger of the lake.  It looks like that whole finger has decent structure, but relatively shallow (no deeper than 19 feet).  Do people ice fish that southern finger?  Or would I be better off trying to find deeper water.  Targeting whatever bites, but mainly walleye.  

9/17/16 @ 2:47 AM
latecatchr
MEMBER since 10/7/12

I am going to Oxbow on the 22nd for 5 days for eyes and a try at a Musky. Any suggestions on where to go.

7/22/16 @ 11:50 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (91%)
Waning Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Raining
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F
Lund54
User since 7/20/16

Fished Oxbow for the first time all of last week while staying at a local resort. I was a bit skeptical when I hadn't seen a recent fishing report. The lake looks great. Good structure and the water clarity looked very good. However, the week was a bust. Granted there were some nasty fronts moving through all week, but there were no numbers of fish located where they should be. I watched some locals moving around the lake all week, but I did not see any fishing coming to the boats. When talking with the resort owner later in the week, he told me that many of the fishermen that come to his place just stay there, but travel to other lakes to fish.  I wish I would have known that earlier.

I know that the lake has been good in past years. So what happened to it? I don't think it was just me. Did I just have a bad week of fishing, or is there more to the story? Just curious.

8/11/14 @ 11:35 AM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
crappyhunter
User since 12/23/08
Fished Oxbow from 8-2-2014 thru 8-8-2014. This is a weedless lake for the most part. It has endless amounts of structure and a lot of fish!

Day one. Spent most of the day mapping out all of the random rock points and rock bars in the lake. Looked for what I thought would be good fishing spots. Did manage a few smallmouth and some small walleyes.

Day 2-4. Fished sides of the big island in 15-30 ft of water and caught a lot of small walleye and a few smallmouth there during the day. Also fished a few bays and found submerged trees and logs that held a lot of small walleye. Night fishing proved to be the better time for the bigger walleyes, nothing huge but 20 inch fish were caught and there were much bigger ones being marked with the down image.

Day 5-8. Did more of the same caught a bunch of small walleye during the day. I targeted smallmouth most of the day and did very good. Caught numerous fish in the 3-4 lb range! Night was all walleye, again nothing huge but really nice fish.

I think if I spent some more time on this lake I would be able to target and catch bigger walleye. I heard from some of the locals that this lake is good right after the spawn for some bigger fish. I used only jumbo leaches and night crawlers on a 1/16 ounce jig.

7/16/14 @ 8:15 AM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
gzstix
gzstix
User since 7/2/10
The fishing was kind of slow, but better than last time I was there, no coincidence the weather was also much better. I caught 3 really nice walleye, about 10 to 15 ft off the shoreline near some downed trees in what I would guess to be about 5 to 8 ft depth. Got them all in the exact same spot, using 1/4 oz. jighead and 3" gulp minnow. That was really the best of it, we did get a few small smallies, and one small largemouth, and one small pike. No Musky this trip, but we will go back and try again. The lake being relatively small, but there are just SO many spots to explore, and everywhere you look, it looks like there should be fish there.

6/28/14 @ 7:05 AM
gzstix
gzstix
User since 7/2/10
Breitna... please post a report of how you did, good or bad as we are headed to Oxbow next week and would love to see a report that is posted from a recent trip. Finally get to take my daughter on a REAL fishing trip... would love it if we actually caught some fish! Smile Thanks in advance!!

6/26/14 @ 12:29 PM
The Muskie Kid
User since 12/11/02
Anyone please give the straight scoop for crappie fishing on Oxbow? Kind of scared off by the reviews for walleye too here on Lake-Link!

I'm sure it's beautiful, sure sounds like it, but we didn't join the Corps to sing songs, if you catch my drift! Is it worth a trip? Don't want to just go to drowned crawlers and minnows, you know! Been there done that too many times?

How steep and how far is the pier from the large cabin on the hill? Old guys, bad knees!

Thanks so much if you can help, appreciate it!

6/25/14 @ 7:35 AM
gzstix
gzstix
User since 7/2/10
I am giving this lake another shot. I was up on my honeymoon a couple years ago, I wrote the bad fishing off as time of year and weather. It was cold and rainy most of the week, and as it was my honeymoon, we had other things to do during that kind of weather... Big Smile Anyway, we are headed back up again the week after the 4th, and would LOVE to hear from some folks on how the fishing has been, and maybe get some tips. Targeting 'eyes, smallies, and Musky. Thanks!!!!

6/24/14 @ 3:29 PM
breitna
User since 6/1/11
Coming up for a week on Saturday. Can anyone give me some hints to fishing this lake? I was up a couple years ago and did ok one night. Pm if you would like.

Thanks

N8

9/5/12 @ 10:38 AM
gzstix
gzstix
User since 7/2/10
Planned a trip to Oxbow for mid October for my honeymoon. Reading some of the reports on here has me a bit nervous... can anyone give me a current overview of this lake? Targeting Smallies, 'Eyes, and Musky.. but will take anything, just dont wanna get skunked! Lol I appreciate any help, or tips! I will be sure to post a report upon return, and will post photo's if warranted... (I hope they are!)Thanks!

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