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Old 09-08-2019, 01:25 PM
tylerreid1234 tylerreid1234 is offline
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Going up to WI for a week, going on a guided smallmouth trip one day but then on my own rest of the week.. any of you fished up there? Staying on Lake Minocqua Sep 22-29th, pulling my boat up there. Any advice would be appreciated, seems like there's a thousand lakes in the area.
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Old 09-09-2019, 03:17 PM
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Yes, there are a thousand lakes in the area. I travel to Rhinelander and Tomahawk for work quire a bit and the guys at our manufacturing facility all hunt, fish and trap around there and always talk about the great fishing.
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Old 09-09-2019, 05:59 PM
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Going up to WI for a week, going on a guided smallmouth trip one day but then on my own rest of the week.. any of you fished up there? Staying on Lake Minocqua Sep 22-29th, pulling my boat up there. Any advice would be appreciated, seems like there's a thousand lakes in the area.


Iím from up there. What would you like to know?


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Old 09-10-2019, 12:52 PM
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Iím from up there. What would you like to know?


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What are people fishing for late September? Are the smallmouth still biting? I'm primarily a smallmouth fisherman, it's about the only thing I fish for but I'd like to catch a nice musky while I'm up there. I'm staying on Lake Minocqua the whole week, I plan on fishing there mostly but would like to branch out to some other lakes in the area.
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Old 09-10-2019, 12:54 PM
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Yes, there are a thousand lakes in the area. I travel to Rhinelander and Tomahawk for work quire a bit and the guys at our manufacturing facility all hunt, fish and trap around there and always talk about the great fishing.
Thanks! Neither of those cities are far from Minocqua so I might have to check them out.
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:37 PM
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What are people fishing for late September? Are the smallmouth still biting? I'm primarily a smallmouth fisherman, it's about the only thing I fish for but I'd like to catch a nice musky while I'm up there. I'm staying on Lake Minocqua the whole week, I plan on fishing there mostly but would like to branch out to some other lakes in the area.


They always bite. It will be cold. Leech patterns work very well. Black jig and black mister twister casted and let it hit the bottom. Reel and jig it bouncing off the bottom. Thatís my go to. J9 Rapalas work very well. Use a steel leader because puke and musky are always hungry.

Get a topraider and a double cowgirl for musky.


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Old 09-11-2019, 09:01 PM
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Also I dont really see a need to branch off unless you want to fish some really nice native brook trout. That would be near Presque Isle.
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Old 09-12-2019, 01:33 PM
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They always bite. It will be cold. Leech patterns work very well. Black jig and black mister twister casted and let it hit the bottom. Reel and jig it bouncing off the bottom. Thatís my go to. J9 Rapalas work very well. Use a steel leader because puke and musky are always hungry.

Get a topraider and a double cowgirl for musky.


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Thanks for the advice, I'm a jig fisherman so it'll be right up my alley. Hopefully I can catch some nice fish.
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Old 09-16-2019, 07:51 AM
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Thanks for the advice, I'm a jig fisherman so it'll be right up my alley. Hopefully I can catch some nice fish.


Donít fish it like a pig and jig. You probably werenít but I want to let you know. The jig should come 2-3 off the bottom with every jig. I highly highly recommend using braid or fire line. 4lb diameter. If you have a baitcaster use a scum frog near all Lilyís and reeds.

Five of diamonds, silver and blue and rainbow trout spoons will crush pike.

If you go for musky use the most stout rod you have and ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS figure 8 three or four times boatside. That is non negotiable


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Old 09-27-2019, 01:13 PM
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Been fishing those lakes for many years.

Don't forget to update this thread when you get back.

How many northerns/muskies? Walleye.
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Old 09-30-2019, 04:37 PM
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Just got back yesterday, fished a total of 4 days... weather was kind've weird, it rained half the time we were up there. Took the advice of the bait shops when I was up there for musky, only really fished for musky one day never had any luck, did catch one northern off of our dock that was real small. Fished Minocqua, Katherine, Fence, White Sand, and Crawling Stone... caught all smallmouth in about 5-10' FOW, few on ned rigs, few on tubes, but all the big ones came on paddle tail swimbaits... most fish were on flats, some were hanging around rocky points. The wind had a huge effect on the fishing, seemed like the more wind the more fish. I went with a guide named Andrew Ragas, who owns Northwoods Bass Fishing Adventures... he is primarily a smallmouth guide which is what I went up there to catch, I have followed him on social media for over a year and he put us on some nice fish. I had 4 fish over 20", my girlfriend had 2 over 20"... my biggest was probably in the 5-6lb range, which came extremely close or might've surpassed my PB smallmouth from last year. Here's some pics!
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Old 09-30-2019, 04:41 PM
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Old 09-30-2019, 05:40 PM
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So awesome


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Old 09-30-2019, 10:15 PM
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So awesome


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It was a great trip, besides the rain it was beautiful weather. Stayed in the 60's-70's all week, water temp was anywhere from 63-68 at all the lakes I fished... and then we get back to 100 degrees here lol makes you want to go right back!
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Old 10-13-2019, 12:17 AM
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Looks like you guys had some good fishing. I don't remember you talking about fishing Dale Hollow on the forum. I know everyone talks a lot about it being the Mecca of Smallmouth fishing around here and that's because it really is. I spend a lot of time up there especially in the fall, winter, and spring. This past spring it was the best fishing I've ever personally had. I can just feel the passion you have through your posts on this site for catching smallmouth. If your not familiar with the lake and want to take a few trips with me then you are certainly welcome. I was up there a couple weeks ago and the water temps were still high but the fish had already started moving up. I caught a few and never fished more than 5 feet deep. With the weather breaking, the fishing should get really really good soon if it hasn't already
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