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Weekly Rhinelander Area Outdoor Report from Mitch Mode of Mel's Trading Post:
June 20, 2012
Musky action is picking up this week. Witness the Curt Ebert
Boom Lake Tournament held
this past weekend where nearly 20 fish were
registered including one in the 47" range.
Musky fishing has been slow
but if that 2-day tourney is any indication it's picking up.
combination of steady weather and lack of cold fronts is probably the reason
whatever the cause this is good news for area anglers.
Musky fishing in summer is often very good under overcast
skies and that was the case
for the tournament. Look for similar conditions in
the days ahead. We really like those
days of heavy cloud, rising humidity and
westerly or southerly winds and we've seen a
few of them this week.
Muskies can be very active during daylight hours on those days
worth the effort to get out on the water. One cautions needs to be noted, that
being the possibility of heavy storms in late afternoons. Keep an eye on the
(weather usually moves in from the west or south) and if things look ugly
get to shore.
Heavy rains and strong winds can hit in a very short time.
We are seeing muskies take a variety of lures with top water
lures doing well,
especially on cloudy days or evenings.
Walleyes remain on the slow end of the spectrum and have
been that way most of the
season. We'd work the typical June areas of
deeper weedbeds and use jigs tipped with
leeches or crawlers worked along the
edges of the thicker cover. Evenings are usually
best but on a day of thick
clouds we'll see fish boated at all hours.
Bass season, the catch-and-keep season, opened last Saturday
and early reports were
good. Largemouth should be coming on strong in this
warmer weather and the past
days have confirmed that with decent fishing coming
in the evening hours but also during
the day on some of those cloudy days that
are good for musky fishing as well. We saw
largemouth taking some basic minnow
imitations and that's always a good idea. Work the
Rapala or similar
along the edges of lily pads or toss a weedless frog lure into the thick stuff.
Smallmouth bass have been in deeper water and we did not see
as many this weekend as
we did largemouth. In this hot weather fishing for
them in the Wisconsin River down from
Rhinelander is always an option. Wading
the shallow stretches below Hat Rapids Dam and
tossing a swimming jig is often
Panfish action has slowed some with the one exception being
some hot action on bluegills.
There are still some big bluegills acting pretty
aggressive and there have been some good
catches on them. We've heard of
anything from small jigs and minnows to Beetle Spins
and Mepps Spinners taking 'gills. We would expect some good fishing for bluegills to
Mel's Trading Post
105 South Brown Street
Rhinelander, WI 54501
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