Fishing Report - Mid June

Anonymous Tue, 06/11/2013 - 09:39

June 11, 2013 - Lakeland Area Fishing Report

Weather has been the biggest problem the past ten days in the Minocqua area. Lots of rain, Thunder, cold nights, and East winds have made fishing in general slower than usual. Crappies are spawning on many of the area lakes and these can be fun to catch and great to eat. Look in bays with 4 to 8 feet of water that have good weeds growing, reed areas or downed wood . You can use crappie minnows under a small bobber, small plastics like 1” tube jigs on a 1/32 oz jig head, or even artificial bait like small Gulp Minnows to entice these fish. Walleyes can be found in 16 to 20 feet of water in areas that have new weeds emerging. They are starting to move to humps and bars down to 25 feet in some lakes. Minnows have been best the past few weeks, but look for Leeches and Nightcrawlers to kick in this week as the water warms. The warm up will also allow you to use slip bobbers near dusk and after dark.
Musky action is picking up now that they are done spawning. Stay with smaller bucktails, and slow moving jerkbaits in 4 to 8 feet weed edge areas. As you see many of the baby ducks starting to hatch on various lakes, this is your signal that surface baits will work as well. Smallmouth Bass are staging just outside of their spawning spots in 6 to 15 feet of water. They will be moving up into the shallows and making beds this week.
This coming week will bring a huge increase in fish activity. Forecasts of ten days of 70 degree highs with consistent winds will bring stability and a nice warm up to the current upper 50 to mid 60 degree water temps.


Catching Walleye and Musky is not always that easy to do – Go for a Crappie dinner on the grill. Crappies are fairly easy to catch right now and the whole family can get in on the action, look for those weedy bays, or a fallen tree. Fillet 2 or 3 fish for each person eating. Make a tin foil tray about 12 inches square with 1 inch walls. Place on the grill and chunk up ½ stick of butter to start melting in the tray. Now place the fillets in and season the up side with Lemmon Pepper, grind some Sea Salt over them and then sprinkle Cayenne Pepper to your heat level. When the fish is looking half cooked carefully flip over with a spatula and season the other side while cooking. Add more butter if needed. When they look cooked take a knife and poke several holes through the tin foil boat. This will let the butter run out and ignite it. The burning butter will give you a nice charred coating on you Crappie fillets. Slide the tin foil tray off when they look crispy enough. ENJOY !

Good Luck this week

Pat & Bob
Captain Hooks Guide Service

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