824 Hwy 51 North

P.O. Box 1144
Minocqua, WI 54548






While the rain still arrives from time to time, at least temperatures have warmed up enough to get us back closer to normal.


Largemouth Bass:  Fair-Good – Warmer temps bringing back some good top-water action.  Lipless crankbaits over weed tops scoring well.  Jig and creature baits during the clear days.  Fishing plastic worms, either Texas Rigged or Wacky Style, won’t disappoint.


Bluegill:  Fair-Good – Improving as weather warms.  Evening producing nice action on poppers.  Wet flys, Mini Mite jigs and tiny jigs tipped with Gulp Alive or small leeches also good choice.


Yellow Perch:  Fair-Good – These fish love to eat crayfish.  While illegal to have live crayfish on board, frozen/dead softshells (when available) hard to beat.  When not, a ½ crawler on a jig will do nicely.


Northern Pike:  Fair-Good – Spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits, 4-5” Swimbaits and 4-5” Stickbaits all producing.  Pike holding in 6-10’ cabbage flats.


Musky:  Fair-Good – Improving as water warms.  Top-water action picking up with tail baits (Pace Makers, Whopper Ploppers and Tally Wackers) doing their thing.  Swimbaits, as well as  bucktails, also effective.


Smallmouth Bass:  Fair-Good – Early morning cast X-Raps, Husky Jerks along inside weed lines for cruisers.  Later, drop shot craw imitations along coontail edges.  Tubes also doing well, actually versatile enough (but weight change required) to fish both locations.


Walleye:  Fair-Good  – Still going through a mayfly hangover it seems.  In most bodies of water relating to mud bottoms or suspended where trollers working small cranks through remaining clouds of emerging bugs, suspended 7-14’ down are scoring.  Past due, but soon this gravy train for Walleyes will slow and the weed bite will return.


Crappie:  Fair – Not many strong reports except from anglers fishing along pilings and boat houses, flipping tiny plastic tubes or small minnows.


Bullheads:  Very Good – On flowages in 14-18’ using night crawlers or mud minnows – catch’em while they’re hot!


Hopefully we’ve seen the last of the overnight lows in the 40’s that drug the water temps down into the 60’s.  As water temps climb and remain in the 70’s, typical summer patterns will emerge and make fishing more predictable.


Kurt Justice

Kurt’s Island Sport Shop


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