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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 10/16/2014

Fall is definitely into full swing now. Lakes have turned over, (maybe a couple of largest haven't), but where I have been everything is done. Lake temps range from 48 to 53 for me over the past several days.

Suckers are in decent supply, with both Ray and The St. Germain Sport Marine have full tanks.

As with the past report, I am only guiding muskies right now, so any other species report or tips can be found out by emailing me directly.


I've been averaging 3 to 5 bites a day over the past 2 weeks. Some days it's all live bait, some days it's all lures, and some days a mix of both. There has been a couple days where only 2 bites have happened, but that's fishing.

After the last cold snap I found a pile of muskies deep. Between myself and guests at the resort, one area gave up 13 muskies in 3 days (all live bait). This was a steep rock break leading to a hole in 22' to 35' feet of water. It was an awesome couple of days, however a slight warm up changed that in a hurry and pushed the muskies back to weed edges.

Depending upon the day, I start where I left off the day prior. Meaning if deep weed edges produced fish, go there, otherwise, rock. Battling the wind has been the worst nightmare, now today it is supposed to be quiet again(nice).

Depth Raiders, DDD's, Grandmas, Jakes, Red October Tubes, and Bulldawgs are my go to lure selection right now. We did have a 45 incher eat a Fuzzy Duzzit Tuesday afternoon in 30' of water, so vertical presentations aren't out of the question.

There has been a strong bite around the moon attention to overhead, underfoot, rise, of the slowest days ended with 2 bites....both happened at set and underfoot....also don't give up one hour before dark, this can be go time. A lot of times, if the whole day is slow, the last hour is magical....stay out until dark.

So far the days that I have guided in October have only resulted in one fishless day.....15 of 16 days with fish in the boat. I think this is going to be an excellent Fall much like the one of 2010.


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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