Best Places to go Ice Fishing in Wisconsin: Lake Minocqua
Last Updated: 2/11/2014
The Minocqua area has been known for a number of years as a top destination spot for much of Wisconsin. Because of this, a lot of development has occurred, especially on the Minocqua Chain, to accommodate tourists. Since there is an intense interest in this area, there is a lot of heavy boating traffic from pleasure boaters, jet skis and water skiers. Most fisherman in the area choose to fish at night when boating has calmed down. Another alternative, offering even less pressure is to ice fish. Despite heavy fishing pressure, the Minocqua Chain continues to support an outstanding fishery that is known for its muskie, walleye and bass populations.
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Here are some tips for locating and catching fish through the ice on Lake Minocqua:
- From late fall into early winter walleye move to spots where they frequented in the spring. Drill holes near areas of gravel and rock adjacent to steep drop-offs. If you come upon any areas of remaining green weed growth, you’re likely to find action there as well. Concentrate on 5-7 foot depths with jig and minnow combinations.
- For crappie, remember to use an extremely slow presentation during the cold water period of winter months. Small fluorescent green ice jigs tipped with waxworms or spikes can be most effective. Crappie will continue to relate to weed edges and most of the action is found in depths of less than 15 feet.
- Stacks Bay is one of the most popular and productive areas on Lake Minocqua. During the winter season, bluegill, crappie and northern pike are the primary quarry. A small 15-foot deep hole just south of the boat landing can be difficult to locate, but can yield good catches of walleye.
- Just south of the small island at the northern end of Lake Minocqua, ice anglers will concentrate their efforts on the weed flat and the deep weed edge for walleye, northern pike and crappie, with the best action occurring during first and last ice.
- During the late ice period, work the south end of Mid Lake for slab crappie.