Fishing Report

We are suppose to be into the days of heat and humidity, days when the temperature  can top 80 and the humidity can top out higher than that.  Nights that can be pleasant and daybreak absolutely wonderful for its cool freshness.   That has not happened yet, but we are hopeful it will come and bring some consistent weather.  Recent rains have been bringing lake levels up, though many lakes remain a little low.  Those same rains have also contributed to the arrival of mosquitoes, but not near a bad as last year if you can recall. 

What does that mean for fishing?  Typically July and August bring a slowdown as the heat rises, but that is not always the case.  Fish still feed under the high sun of summer and the key is to finding them. 

Musky fishing has been slow, but steady of late.  The key to summer musky is the weather.  A hot, sunny day is generally not worth going out on, but if the clouds build up on a muggy day musky will move during daylight hours.  On those days work along weedy areas with bucktails with black tails and gold blades  that has always been the first choice on darker waters.  Smaller crankbaits will work also and try working topwater lures in the early mornings and late evenings on calm days.  If the day is sunny the best time out is at sundown or, for early risers, dawn.  Top water lures work well then, big, splashy lures that draw fish from a distance. 

That same strategy is true with largemouth bass.  For the bass you should always like to work the edges of lily pads and other thick cover, using a frog imitation in the pads, a fake minnow or plastic worm.   All those lures will produce bass on a summer evening or at daybreak. 

Smallmouth bass have moved to deeper water on most lakes.  Look for rock bars or gravel beds in deeper water and use deep running crankbaits or crayfish imitations to take them.  

Walleyes are also deeper these days.  Location is the key to walleyes in the summertime, they do not like to move out very far from deep weeds.  If you can place your jigs near to the edge where the submerged weeds meet some open areas you can take walleyes during the heat.  Jigs tipped with crawlers or leeches or a good scented artificial will do well.   More anglers are using artificial leeches these days as they are tougher, easier to handle and are very effective. 

Panfish will usually be in deeper water now, at least those panfish worth taking.  Smaller fish will be evident in shallower waters, but do not be deceived by them, work deeper water for bigger fish.  Small fish in the shallows provides excellent entertainment for the children.

 As it will be all summer, fishing is keyed to weather, when fish might feed and where they will be located.  Avoid easterly winds or high sun afternoons.   Use the high sun days to fish for northern pike, they always bite.  Be watchful for storms that may blow up in a short time.  If you are in a boat keep an eye on the sky and if you see dark clouds start to rise it is time to get off the water.

Let’s Go Fishing

Let Fishing Reel You In! You arrived at the Quiet Lakes ready to start your vacation. You made a trip to the local bait store and stocked up on the best baits and lures to reel in that catch of a lifetime. You headed to the lake, cast your line and felt that first tug of a bite. What did you reel in? Our Lakes just might offer the best multi-species, freshwater fishing in Sawyer County! With an amazing variety of fish in a diversity of lakes, the Quiet Lakes are a top-rated fishing destination for anglers of any experience level. Whether you want to spend a quiet day by yourself on the water, rent a pontoon and take the entire family, or hire a guide to help you land the best catch, you will find it all in the Quiet Lakes.

MUSKY

The king of freshwater fish. They are the top predator and least populated fish in our lakes. Catch and release is the common practice these days. It is known as the fish of 10,000 casts, but hiring a guide will cut those odds.

NORTHERN PIKE

Wisconsin’s second largest predator fish, second only to their relative the Musky. Pike are typically very aggressive and will feed anytime the opportunity allows. They prefer weed flats and other ambush points.

WALLEYE

The walleye is the largest member of the perch family and is often targeted for its table fare. Walleyes can be tough to find, but when they are located, they typically cooperate and bite. Bait secret: minnows, nightcrawlers and leeches, and back to minnows as the season starts and finishes. PERCH A small fish that most anglers seek more for the taste than the tug. Adults average 7 to 10 inches which make it a good fish for all ages to catch. Perch have a tendency to congregate in large schools making it a one-stop spot to catch your dinner.

BASS 

Large and smallmouth bass are brothers, but like family they do take separate paths. We have several lakes that offer untapped largemouth fishing, and several area lakes that offer numbers to trophy fishing for smallmouth. NOTE: the season for smallmouth does not open to harvest until the 3rd Saturday of June. Regulations for harvest of largemouth are different from lake to lake.

PANFISH

These fish are probably one of the most popular sport and eating fish in Wisconsin. Crappies, bluegills, and sunfish are our most common “panfish”. Probably the most targeted fish in the spring, and often over harvested. Remember to take only enough for a meal and leave some for another day.