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Last Updated October 16, 2005
St. Germain, Wis. (VILAS/ONEIDA COUNTIES) -- as of 10-15-05 (See Events at end of Report).
Musky and panfish hitting best in the St. Germain area.
No turnover yet -- it's late this year. Water still too warm. We'll keep you posted (we need some consistent colder weather to foster turnover).
You'll get action but right now you're going to need patience
and persistence. It's a light bite. Musky are your best bet right
now. Suckers are taking over as the prime attractant. Fish off the
mid-depth to shallower weeds (you should still be able to find green
weeds, which will provide the best areas to locate fish), in 6 to
12 feet of water. Our smaller lakes seem to be producing the best
numbers of musky, but if you want to try for bigger fish (albeit,
with less action), run on a deeper lake, using a deep running crankbait.
Walleye action is just average. You can still get hits, but it's sporadic. Fish late afternoon into evening, and look for green weed areas, where you'll want to fish the edges, or you can work structure like rock or boulders, where there is some current movement. Depth can vary from 6 to 10 feet. Jig and a fathead is your best bait, with some action coming on crawlers.
There's been some surprisingly good smallie action along weeds or deadfalls in 6 to 10 feet of water. The action is coming mainly to walleye anglers who are working these areas. The smallies are hitting the fatheads. Panfish are hitting pretty well. Fish 4 to 8 feet of water, and you'll get crappie and gills. Use a waxie for the gills, and a small minnow for the crappie. You can also try for these same fish in deeper water along crib sides. The depth can go up to 20 feet. So work the shallower areas first, and then move out and find the cribs. Perch are just off the bottom in the weed areas in 10 feet of water. Use a chunk of crawler or a small minnow. (This report for the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, based on Creative Brilliance interview with St. Germain Sport Marine)
Upcoming events of note in St. Germain:
-- Sat., Oct. 29, 2005: OctoBearfest Fall Festival on the grounds of Black Bear Lodge in St. Germain. Cabin craft show, hay rides, pumpkin carving, chain saw carving, German music, beer garden. Proceeds from sales of brats and hotdogs benefit Vilas County Historical Museum. For further information contact Black Bear Lodge. Phone: 715-479-5778 or St. Germain Chamber of Commerce for more information: 800-727-7203; e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.st-germain.com
-- Now until Sat., Nov. 12, 2005: St. Germain Bike Raffle of 4 fabulous TREK bikes. Contact the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce for ticket information: 800-727-7203;e-mail:email@example.com; web: www.st-germain.com
-- Sat., Nov. 12, 2005. November Christmas Bazaar in St. Germain. Arts & crafts show with an emphasis on Christmas in the St. Germain Community Center. Fresh wreaths for sale. Bake sale. Chili cook-off. Children's activities including a visit from Santa. For more information: St. Germain Chamber of Commerce: 800-727-7203 or 715-477-2205. e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.st-germain.com
-- Sat., Nov. 26, 2005. Winter Magic in St. Germain. Hayride and candlelight luminary walk back to the community center. Lighting of the community tree; caroling. Raffle prizes, snacks at the Community Center following the lighting of the tree. For more information: St. Germain Chamber of Commerce; 800-727-7203 or 715-477-2205. e-mail:email@example.com; web: www.st-germain.com
-- Sat., Dec. 3, 2005. Brunch With Santa. Children's activities. St. Germain Community Center. For more information; St. Germain Chamber of Commerce; 800-727-7203 or 715-477-2205. e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.st-germain.com
-- Jan. 7, 2006: Fibber's Fifth Annual Polar Bear Jump, into the icy waters of Lake Big St. Germain at the St. Germain Lodge. For Charity. Fibber's Polar Bear Jump was one of the first events of this type in northern Wisconsin. Grows in popularity every year. St. Germain Chamber of Commerce: 800-727-7203 or 715-477-2205. e-mail:email@example.com; web: www.st-germain.com
-- Now until Jan. 12, 2006: Snowmobile Hall of Fame 2006 Snowmobile Raffle. All proceeds go toward the operation of the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain. First place is a 2006 Arctic Cat Sabercat 500 LX snowmobile. Second place is a vacation package at the St. Germain Lodge. Third place is a vacation package at the Black Bear Lodge or Rustic Manor Lodge in St. Germain. Tickets are $5.00 or 3 for $10.00. St. Germain Chamber of Commerce: 800-727-7203; e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.st-germain.com
September and October are big months in St. Germain, with 46th Annual Colorama on Sat., September 24, and St. Germain's 17th Annual Greater Wisconsin Muskie Tournament on Sat./Sun. October 1-2, 2005. This catch-and-release tournament draws over 350 anglers to ten fantastic musky lakes in the St. Germain area. Prizes for the top three muskies; team trophy for boat with most total inches of muskies; grand prize includes a replica of the largest fish caught; hand-carved trophies; drawings, door prizes, welcome social at the St. Germain Community Center, and raffle of $3,000 muskie woodcarving by St. Germain Chamber member, Gary Frank. (St. Germain Chamber of Commerce: 800-727-7203; e-mail:email@example.com; web: www.st-germain.com