Lake Name: Moen Chain
(Moen Lake, Second Lake, Third Lake, Fourth & Fifth Lakes)
Location: Oneida County / West of Rhinelander Wisconsin on Highway C
Accessibility: Boat landing with parking on west shore
Accommodations: Resorts & Campgrounds
Surface Water Area: 1152 Acres
Shoreline: 12.9 Miles
Maximum Depth: 14 Feet
Water Color: Dark Brown
Lake Type: Drainage
Littoral Bottom Structure: 75% Sand 15% Gravel 10% Muck
Primary Game Fish Species: Musky, Walleye, Panfish ( Crappie Perch Bluegills)
Secondary Game Fish Species: Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass
Multi Specie tips from Scott Biscobing of Hodag Guide Service
The Moens chain consists of five interconnected bodies of water.
The chain has good numbers and size on the crappies. Late ice is a good time to get some nice slabs right into the spawn. When they come shallow, I would concentrate on the reeds and the downed wood in the water. This is dark water so these fish may be in a foot of water or less. As the summer roles in they will congregate on the many man made cribs that inhabit the chain. On the Moens chain, the cribs will always hold fish of all species.
Walleye are also abundant here with the size again a little on the small size. In the chain, there is current, which will vary at times. These current areas can be key for walleye as well as the cribs. Jigs and live bait work the best in the open rocks and weeds, but once cribs are located, slip bobbers would be my choice. Bright colored jigs in the 1/16th to 1/8th ounce are sufficient.
Northern pike are common in the shallow weeds. They tend to run in the 20″-low 30″ range being the most common. Use small bucktails and spinner baits in white or bright colors with gold or brass blades and you can have a great deal of fun catching them.
Muskies are also common here. This is a shallow fishery with the weed edges usually in the 5-7′ range. Bucktails and top water work well here and in the fall cranks and jerk baits are the favorites again in bright colors. In the last 3 years some nice tigers have been showing up in the mid to upper 40’s. This lake can be a good action lake at times for muskies but it definitely has trophy potential.
There are both Large and Smallmouth here but in relatively small numbers, most of which are caught by accident.
The chain is all one system, but at times the upper part being Moens, Second and Third Lake and the lower being Fourth and Fifth Lake can be very different. Do not be afraid if you are fishing one section and not doing well move to the other section and you may see substantial difference in the action. Remember current is the key.
Musky tips from John Stellflue of Oneida Esox Guide Service
If you like dark shallow water then the Moens Chain is for you! This is the darkest body of water that I fish. That being said, chartreuse and orange really excel out here.
This five lake chain is made up of 5 fairly small lakes. This is another body of water that is hard to make a bad cast in. Virtually the entire shoreline will hold fish. There are also a few rock bars on this lake that produce some very nice fish every year.
Because the water is so dark I keep my presentation very simple. I really like bucktails out here. Whenever I am fishing the Moens chain someone in the boat is always throwing a bucktail. I like a bigger profile tail out here and the Mepps Marabou really seems to excel. If the fish are not interested in bucktails then try topwaters. I like Topraiders and Hawg Wobblers. My 3rd choice would be shallow running crank baits. Flat sided baits that give off a LOT of flash seem to work the best out here. Shallow Raiders in bright colors are my number one choice.