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6/25/19 @ 7:44 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter
Fishing slowed the past week, constantly changing weather, some bug hatches and the challenge of the moon! 
 
While fishing for some species fell off, others moved up the charts to keep anglers with open minds catching fish 
 
Northern Pike:  Very Good – Best on spinner baits over weed flats of 6-10’.  Anglers also scoring on chatter baits and 4” swim baits.  Mepps #4’s and ¾ oz Daredevils working also.  No monsters, but plenty of action. 
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Good – Bedding done, most Smallies have moved out past fisrt break.  Tubes still best.  Lots of action on fall.  Jerk baits worked as suspending baits 5-6’ down over 8-14’ breaks.  (X-raps, etc.) 
 
Bluegill:  Good – Better in deeper weeds.  Need some sun to get water into low 70’s to bring Gills back up to bed.  Thunderbugs, small leeches best. 
 
Yellow Perch:  Fair-Good – Scattered around cabbage flats of 6-10’.  Medium leeches, thunderbugs, medium fats below small floats 8-12” off bottom. 
 
Musky:  Fair – Best on smaller bucktails – 500 Series Bucher Tails, #5 Mepps, Rizzo Tails. 
 
Largemouth Bass:  Fair – Oddly scattered.  Should be bedding but cold nights have hampered on some lakes.  Wacky Worms and jig/creature-craw combos best. 
 
Crappie:  Fair-Poor – Tough find overall.  Small minnows best bet. 
 
Walleye:  Fair-Poor – Went from first to worst.  Could be start of hatches (March Browns so far, Hex’s next), best on leeches or crawlers on smaller bodies of water. 
 
Just a mixed-up week.  Thought stable weather would help, but weather that arrived not stable.  Forecst of temps in 80’s rest of week into next, should push surface temps into 70’s, helping Largemouth and Bluegill anglers, as well as Musky Fishermen. 

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6/20/19 @ 9:47 PM
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The Rod Father
The Rod Father
USER since 8/17/17

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waning Gibbous

Bucknut.... Below the Mosinee dam and also below Big Eau Pleine dam are good spots for cats. Better chance of catching them if you have a boat to find the deeper holes. Sucker minnows work best. There is a boat landing below each dam.

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6/20/19 @ 9:10 PM
SteveFrench
SteveFrench
USER since 9/25/18

I do believe you have to go down under stevens point before you would run into any cats

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6/20/19 @ 6:57 PM
Bucknut17
Bucknut17
USER since 10/6/13

Hey guys, ive lived up here for a few years now and really miss the catfishing i used to enjoy in southern wis. Anybody know anywhere i can go to get some cats up here? Im willing to travel a bit, i live in rhinelander. PM me if you want. Thanks for any help!!!

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6/18/19 @ 10:49 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waning Gibbous
Working with a below average June, as far as temperature is concerned, has actually helped some anglers (Walleye, Smallmouth, Pike), but slowed some others (Largemouth, Bluegill) 
 
Walleye:  Excellent-Very Good – The water’s temps, holding in the low 60’s, seemed to have really helped the weed Walleye bite.  Anglers working curly leaf cabbage in depth from 6-14’ catching limits of Walleyes using 1/16 oz weedless jigs tipped with leeches or crawlers. 
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Very Good – Bedding nearly all finished, but larger lakes still seeing fish up shallow.  Tube jigs hot choice to work these shallow fish.  X-Raps, 3” swim baits also working well. 
 
Northern Pike:  Very Good-Good – Swim baits, spinner baits, jointed stick baits have been the ticket.  Many Pike being caught by Walleye anglers on jig and minnow combos as well. 
 
Largemouth Bass:  Good-Very Good – Cool temps have held Largemouth out of the shallows some.  On warm afternoons, Bass moving into shallows searching out spawning areas.  Creature baits, swim jigs and tubes working.  Nice Largemouth in the upper teens to 20” reported this week. 
 
Yellow Perch:  Good – Weedy flats of 5-8’.  Small-medium leeches, thunder bugs, medium fatheads. 
 
Musky:  Fair-Good – Best towards evening as water warms.  7” twitch baits, jointed shallow cranks best. 
 
Bluegill:  Fair-Good – Bedding on some lakes, cool nights stretching out spawning process.  Thunder bugs, small leeches best. 
 
Crappie:  Fair-Good – Scattered throughout tall weed beds in 8-14’.  Small minnows best. 
 
Stable temps this week should help fishing patterns develop.  No drastic changes in water temps – slow rise into mid 60’s this week 
 
Thanks to you for all of your support, the Walleyes for Tomorrow Dinner Fundraiser is sold out.  Should be a great time, see you Thursday. 

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6/12/19 @ 1:06 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Bolander
JeffTCG
USER since 8/25/13

MOON PHASE (77%)
Waxing Gibbous

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The fishing continues to get better in the northwoods as the sun has been shining more and the weeds are starting to come in nicely. Everyday we have been out is an improvement over the previous day. There are a few bugs hatches in the area so keep an eye out for those. If you see a bunch of dead bugs on the top of the water it would be well advised to go to another lake as the fishy's bellies are probably already full.

One of the of the ways we are blessed in the northwoods is an abundance of lakes to choose from. No matter the lightness, temperature, wind or bug hatches there seems to always be a lake that's willing to give up her quarry. For example, I had clients out on the Lac du Flambeau chain a few times this past week and one of my favorite lakes on that chain was coated on top with a bug hatch. The fish weren't active. We headed over to another lake on the chain and immediately got into a bunch of active fish. Crappie, perch, smallies and others were coming into the boat quite regularly. Each day this week I've taken clients to a different lake because of the wind and sunshine and in all cases it's worked out pretty well. Match your lake to the conditions.

Sometimes the difference between drowning bait and catching fish could be fishing the right shoreline on the lake you are on. Rule number one is fish the shoreline that the wind is blowing into, if you can. Yesterday we were out on a Woodruff lake and we started on a few normally hot spots. The fish weren't cooperating at all. The wind had not come up yet. I moved us to the other end of the lake into a shaded area and boom, we caught fish. That lake was pretty clear and since no wind, we needed to find somewhere that had shade, weeds and wood for shelter for the fish. After a few hours the wind picked up, clients took a potty break and we headed back to the original spots where we were not successful. With the wind now blowing, we caught fish. Match your lake location with your conditions.

A few notes, water temps are in the high 60s or low 70s, crappie are done spawning, perch are still active, bass and bluegill are heading to the beds and walleyes are still on deep weeds. As far as live bait goes, the bite is still evenly spread out between leeches, crawlers and minnows but the leeches and crawlers are coming on strong. As far as artificial baits, the ones that are working are too numerous to mention. Anybody that tells you they are using the only thing that works is right as far as they are concerned but favorite baits are like rear ends, everyone has one. I gotta tell ya, I love trying out new baits. I think it's fun learning new techniques.

That's it for now. Thanks again for all your positive feedback. Even the negative stuff is educational. We all live and learn. And as usual remember we have 2 dz jumbo crawlers for $5, your 1st scoop of crappie minnows for $2 with any purchase, and the lowest leech prices around. Our jumbo crawlers are directly from Canada, leeches directly from Minnesota and our minnows are direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. We also sell bulk 500 ct crawler flats for $45, and 100 ct flats for $15, and leeches by the pound. No middleman! Fresher and lower priced. To order your crawler flats please call ahead at the Minocqua shop at 715-358-5130. If you don't get a response, as they are usually very busy, you can always call be at 715-892-2751.
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Jeff Bolander, owner of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 10:59:59 (PDT)

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6/12/19 @ 8:48 AM
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quivering hills
quivering hills
USER since 5/13/06

MOON PHASE (77%)
Waxing Gibbous

Fished Monday evening after the storm blew through with fair success. Fished 11' of water on the edge of a weed bed. caught quite a few 9 - 10" perch, 2 small eyes with tags from the LDF and also a nice 23" eye. Mostly on slip bobbers and crawlers or leeches.

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6/11/19 @ 9:06 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (66%)
Waxing Gibbous
What was building into a great week of fishing slowed by Sun/Mon as the area got hit with a couple cooler fronts.  Overall though, fishing was very good, and should return again by week’s end. 
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Very Good-Excellent – Season is ALL catch and release, but lots of great reports as Smallies are bedded up all over with lots of reports of 20””+ fish being caught on Chug Bugs, Creatures and Spooks 
 
Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – While not ready to bed, Largemouth are moving up into shallows to warm themselves and feed up in preparation for spawn.  Jig and Creature combos, as well as, smaller swim baits are working well. Twitching shallow stick baits (Rattlin’ Rouges, X-Raps) also effective. 
 
Northern Pike:  Good – Lots of smaller Pike in shallow weeds.  Larger Pike requiring a bit more depth, 6-12’.  Use chatter baits, spinner baits and swim baits. 
 
Musky:  Good – Fish relatively shallow on smaller buck tails, twitch baits.  Some surface action starting as water warms. 
 
Walleye:  Good – A good weed bite finally starting to develop.  Jig and minnow, crawler and leeches, in water as shallow as 3’ to as deep as 14’ depending on lake type and clarity.  Casting shallow stick baits and 3” swim baits also working. 
 
Bluegill:  Good – Staging in shallows.  Tiny jigs tipped with waxies, or aberdeen hooks baited with thunderbugs under small floats best. 
 
Yellow Perch:  Good – Feeding heavily on thunderbugs (dragon fly larvae), this could end soon as dragonflies are starting to hatch.  Switch over to medium leeches, ½ crawler. 
 
Crappie:  Good-Fair – Moved out over tall standing cabbage in 8-12’.  Cast small spinners or beetle spins to locate, then come back with Crappie minnows 
 
Water temps climbed into low 70’s by Saturday (6/8) but fell back into mid-60’s by start of week.  Forecast for highs in upper 60’s won’t change that much, but at least stability in temperature (if not weather overall) should help bring about consistent patterns. 
 
Want to help support the rebuilding of the Walleye population in the area lakes?  The Walleyes for Tomorrow Dinner Fundraiser is set for next week, Thursday June 20th, at the Whitetail Inn in St. Germain.  Great food, great door prizes and a great cause.  Limited number of tickets for sale ($90.00 each).  We have some here at the shop.  Stop in or give us a call (715-356-4797) for more details. 

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6/10/19 @ 9:18 PM
bigbassmaster
bigbassmaster
USER since 4/19/15

What would be the best lake in the area right now to just catch fish? I don’t care what species it is at this point. I’ve been staying on big stone lake on the chain since Friday morning with the family, I’ve been running around the lakes like crazy trying to find fish. I like to consider myself a pretty good angler, I can usually break down and figure out a lake in a few hours but not this lake. I’ve tried fishing for a little bit of everything too, I think I’ve caught 5 perch, 1 smallmouth, and 6 tiny snake pike. Please pm me with any information you’re willing to give me, I’m willing to pull the Lund out and try some different lakes in the area that might have more to offer. 

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6/10/19 @ 2:19 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Van Remortel
WI Duck Guide
USER since 3/15/11

MOON PHASE
First Quarter

The Musky Season is off to a strong start here in Northern Wisconsin. The late ice out and cool air temps early on contributed to delayed weed growth and a drawn out spawning period, however, things are beginning to settle into summer patterns. Though the sunny skies and summer temps of the last several days have helped get things back on track, they created some very tough musky fishing conditions by most accounts. We had a fair amount of action given the conditions over the weekend and hooked a few fish (hooked 5 raised 11 between full day Saturday and half day AM Sunday), but Saturday was the first day without a musky in my boat since the Opener on Memorial Day Weekend. 

The keys to success so far this Season can best be described as identifying tight, fall-like feeding windows and using small/downsized baits. Small blades (Marvin 700, Mepps Marabou, Rizzo Whiz Bucher 500/700), dive rise jerk baits (Suicks, SRJ) gliders (Phantoms) and small minnow baits have been the best producers as a whole. A few bites have come on large baits the past few days, but all have been reaction strikes from fish using heavy cover. 

The big winds yesterday and today will give a much needed mixing to the water column that will level off temperatures. Current main lake temps range from 63-68 on large to very large lakes and 70-75 on smaller or shallower systems.

We had some incredible pre-spawn bass bites up until a week ago, however, the bass have been on beds for awhile on many systems and should be finishing up on many of the faster warming systems very soon if not already. 

Crappies have finished spawning many places but some systems still have fish on beds. Bluegills have moved in on most systems and I have seen some bedding activity as well. However, I would not be shocked to still see bluegills on beds at the end of June in some of the colder, deeper systems based on the current forecast.

Walleye bite leveled off by all accounts with the tough weather over the weekend. I ran a few recent half day walleye trips, but my focus has been mostly musky. One walleye trip was fantastic with limits of eaters in an hour and plenty released. One half day walleye trip was decent and we managed a limit and some smallies but not much more, and one walleye trip was a slow start with flat calm sunny skies, so we switched to smallmouth after an hour and caught a nice bunch of bronzebacks. All fish were taken on jigs/minnows and plastic swimbaits in emerging weeds. A mix of weedless jigs from Jack's Jigs have been producing well for us on the live bait side, and the stand-up oddball jigs from Bait Rigs have been great producers when paired with paddle tail swimbaits and flukes.

Summer has finally arrived in the Northwoods (even though forecast is a high of 58 on Wednesday) and there is some great fishing ahead!

JVR

WDH Guide Service, LLC

920-639-6286

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