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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

Pete Stoltman Report ~ Updated 06/03/2014

Summer is finally catching up in the Northwoods and here’s the latest fishing info for the St. Germain area.

Crappies have been the featured species for the last week or so and continue to be a willing target. Many of the crappies have completed spawning and are starting to move (but not far) from their spawning areas. Some fish are still in quite shallow so be sure to check them but if you’re not locating fish then move to the closest emerging weeds. Deep edges of downed timber and cribs are also prime locations to locate these fish. A crappie minnow under a slip bobber is probably the most reliable presentation but if fish are aggressive they will go for small plastics like Gulp minnows or Mini-Mites too. On sunny days the crappies tend to hold tight to cover so be sure to get as close to those hiding spots as you can with your presentation. During low light periods and cloudy days the crappies are a bit more willing to move about.

Walleye fishing has been improving. We are finding fish in the emerging weeds mostly from 3-6 feet deep. I’m also starting to find fish relating to rock bars or submerged humps during prime feeding times. A large fathead minnow, chubs, nightcrawlers, and leeches are all catching fish at any given time. Jigging plastic grubs or those soft plastic minnow imitators is also working as well as crankbaits and stickbaits. Revised walleye bag limits are now in place so it’s best to check at the boat landing where you’re fishing to get the correct size and bag limits for that particular waterbody.

Bass and Pike seem to be running hand in hand. Both pike and largemouth bass are cruising the shallow newly emerging weeds. Don’t overlook those lilypads that are just springing to life. Try using something relatively weedless like a Johnson Silver Minnow spoon, Mepps Timberdoodle, or bass sized spinnerbaits to get the attention of these fish.  Smallmouth bass are currently in the spawning process on their beds. Please remember that smallies are still in the catch and release category for the time being. I encourage anglers to use barbless hooks or smash down the barbs on their hooks with a pliers while these fish are so vulnerable. Some smallies are being caught multiple times a day and they can get very beat up by mishandling. Please help protect this world class fishery by handling these fish carefully.

Muskies are starting to turn on. They have completed spawning for the most part although you may still see some fish cruising or resting in very shallow water. Last week it was mostly only post spawn males that were showing up. This week however, we are starting to get reports of bigger females being caught. Shallow dark water lakes are turning on faster than the deeper clear water lakes. They won’t be far behind. Small crankbaits like 6” Jakes or Bucher Shallowraiders are working. Also try small jerkbaits like the Smity Tracertail, Phantoms, and 7” Suick Muskie Thrillers. If you’re a bucktail fan then a Mepps Musky Killer, Rizzo Wiz, or Bucher 500 are tough to beat right now. Watch for musky action to be occurring in the shallow weeds and on primary drop-offs. Warming water temperatures will get these fish moving as they begin to establish summer home ranges.

Speaking of muskies, I’d like to encourage you to check out the Northwoods Muskies Inc. chapter first Musky tournament. This tournament is intended to be very inclusive and inexpensive to open opportunities to a wide range of fishermen. The tourney will be held on 6 different lake “groups” in the area on June 28. For complete information or to register please visit the Northwoods Muskies Inc. website.

Thanks for visiting St. Germain and good luck fishing!

Pete Stoltman

Regular Fishin' for Regular Guys Guide Service


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

Rob Manthei's Fishing Guide Service



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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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