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Shortly after the ice melts on area lakes, fishermen head to St. Germain for panfishing. Crappies, bluegill and perch are all common in St. Germain’s lakes. In spring, look for shallow, warm water, particularly in protected bays, and fish with small jigs and baits. As spring moves on, catch & release bass fishing becomes popular. For the earliest bass action, target shallow, structure-rich lakes with stained waters and dark bottoms.

Summer is the quintessential Northwoods fishing seasons for many anglers. Panfishing gets increasingly better as the year progresses. Muskies become active shortly after their spawn in late spring. Early in the season, target areas just off prominent points and mid-lake humps adjacent to deeper water and fish smaller baits. As the summer progresses, increase the speed of your retrieves and the size of your baits.

St. Germain’s lakes are full of walleyes. Your chances of locating walleyes are greatly increased when you keep an eye on weather conditions, water temperatures and light conditions. Walleye tend to be shallower in low-light periods—such as sunrise, sunset and under cloudy skies—and move deeper during the day. Target mid-lake humps and deep weedlines.

Smallmouth and largemouth bass action is excellent on St. Germain’s lakes. Largemouth bass tend to hold tight to thick weed cover and structure for most of the summer and provide excellent action. Smallmouth are found deeper, generally around deep rocks and deep weedlines. Often when the walleye aren't cooperating, there’s great bass fishing to be had, so be prepared for both species and you'll improve your chances of getting into some great fishing action.

As the days grow shorter towards fall, many of St. Germain's fish species increase their feeding—which makes for great angling. Fall is the best time of year for catching behemoth trophy musky in St. Germain, with really tremendous-sized fish being caught right up until the lakes freeze over. Walleye action often increases as well, as does smallmouth fishing in the early part of fall.

For many fishermen, the real fishing starts when the lakes freeze over. St. Germain is a favorite destination for ice fishermen. Some of the best walleye and northern pike fishing can be had through the ice. The most popular technique for winter walleyes is jigging or using tip-ups with small to medium sized minnows. By far the most popular technique in St. Germain for winter pike is using a tip-up baited with large shiners or other live minnows. Crappies, bluegill and perch are also ice fishing favorites. If you’re looking for a great ice fishing getaway, check out the St. Germain resorts that specially cater to ice fishermen, with shanties and amenities ready when you arrive.


St. Germain Fishing Report

Rob Manthei Report ~ Updated 09/03/2014


The bite has been good when the conditions are good. We've had a lot of flat sunny days over the past few weeks so the bite was early and late which is typical.

I've been finding walleyes in sandgrass, deeper sand bars, and weed edges (all dependent on the lake). One thing that is weird is the lack of rock bar fish.

I have 3 walleye trips on the books for the next 2 months, so here are the best tips that I can provide. Water temps are sitting around 68 to 70 on most lakes, which is making for a great crawler bite. As the temps start dropping into the lower 60's, minnows are going to start playing a roll. Look for fish to move back to weed edges as the water cools, and also to move to mud flats near deeper holes. There is always the exception to every rule, but this is our typical trend in Vilas County. Go with the lightest jig possible for the conditions, and only go heavier if you are having trouble feeling bottom.


The bite has been very good the past 10 days. All of my fish have been coming from shallow weed flats and edges. Blades (anything from double 8's to 10's) are getting the most attention, with some large spinnerbaits and topwaters mixed in. This bite will continue to get better as we get closer to turnover. The best topwater action is right around the corner (pre-turnover). I have been averaging around 3 bites a trip, but some days the muskies are nipping and the slightest error during battle results in lost fish. 3 days in a row, we lost quality fish (45 plus) at boatside due to muskies that nipped and were barely beak hooked.....too bad.

Hopefully Mother Nature will provide us with a real Fall. No more warm ups, just a nice cool down and a speedy turnover. Bring on the sucker bite!!!


These guys are providing some action in the evenings along weed edges suspended 1/2 way down. Very soon they will start moving to deeper holes and suspend just above the mud bottom. Small plastics and minnows will treat you well vertically presented on top of the fish.


Rob Manthei

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Help control VHS in Wisconsin waters

The Department of Natural Resources has detected a virus affecting fish in the Lake Winnebago system called viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS for short.

The DNR reported that this virus is not harmful to humans and that it is completely safe to handle and eat fish caught in Wisconsin waters. It is important to note that VHS is a deadly virus to fish and spreads easily among a variety of fish populations. The DNR is actively responding to contain this threat and has issued the following recommendations that should be practiced on all Wisconsin waterways:

  • Put your catch on ice and do not move live fish and unused bait minnows away from the landing or shore.
  • Drain all water from bilges, bait buckets, live wells and other containers when leaving the landing or shore.
  • Use live minnows purchased only from registered bait dealers in Wisconsin or catch it yourself in the same water you fish.
  • Clean plants and debris from your boat before leaving the landing.

To learn more about VHS, visit the DNR VHS page or the DNR Preventing VHS page.

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