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Dick Ellis Blog:
9/5/2019
Mourning Doves serve as door to new seasons Micah and I will walk again into a new hunting season this afternoon like we’ve walked together into eight Septembers before. Mourning doves are calling us now, more as a way to shake the dust off and welcome a new autumn than anything else. Later it will be more “serious” pursuits of pheasant and duck. Almost certainly, my brother John and his lab Dylan will join us again today as th...
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Minocqua Area Fishing Report


Nice change to the weather brought on a nice change in the fishing.
Warm temps and little wind (‘til today 3/21), got anglers out and fish snappin’.  Following tough weather and fishing, a great change.
Crappies:  Very Good – Best results early mornings, towards dusk and after dark.  During warming trends it’s been tip-downs with crappie minnows or small rosies.  Still some anglers finding crappies as deep as 25’ - to even 40’ of water, typically suspended 4-8’ off the bottom.  For the inshore crowd (and in some places they are crowds) setting up a pair of tip-downs while slowly dropping #8 or #10 Rockers tipped with waxies, Chena or light colored plastics best.  Early afternoons slow, but fill in time for gills.
Bluegills:  Very Good – Fish 1-4’ off bottom in 5-10’ of water using Fiska, Skandia or Northland Tungsten jigs to get bait down quickly.  Plastics in red, maroon, purple, black and blue best.  Red spikes, Gulp Alive Waxies in pink and small slivers of Chena all good.  #12 Rockers a good choice in shallower water.
Yellow Perch:  Good-Very Good – Still some deep mud bites using Halis, Pimples, Kastmasters and Flash Champ Spoons to get wigglers or red spikes down quickly.  In shallower water, medium fatheads, large rosies on tip-downs or minnow shaped/profile spoons (the Northland Forage Spoons shaped like little bluegills have been HOT!) baited up with a couple waxies very good.
We actually have more ice (20-24” in places) than we had a month ago.  Can’t and won’t recommend truck travel (but they are out there), but must recommend cleats (it’s slippery).
Fishing overall very good and despite above freezing days, below freezing nights are going to keep us on the ice for a couple more weeks.
Kurt Justice
Kurt’s Island Sport Shop
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