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9/24/20 @ 5:02 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (57%)
Waxing Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
John Andrew
User since 8/10/09
09-23-2020.
 
This years fall colors are some of the best in years, across northern Vilas County. Awesome, get out and see, Beautiful.

 Sunny again this day and minnows were best, for us. We went to the rock bars and produced well. Super Big Smallies and a few Eyes were biting well. Low 70's for tomorrow but then the cold front will be rolling in by Sunday night and then colder for the days after. 

 I am “completely booked for my ice fishing season” as I am only, as of now, Guiding 30 days a winter and as said, I am completely booked for this ice season.

 Awesome job every body and special thanks to the North Woods Get Away, a new home rental on Van Vliet Lake located in Vilas County WI.

As always, stay positive, think clearly, do not listen to negative talk and do not listen to negative people.
 
God Bless
John Andrew


9/24/20 @ 3:01 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (57%)
Waxing Gibbous
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS: 

The colors are freakin' awesome guys.  I know the last couple of years were crappy but this year, ka-boom.  Even if you can't fish you may just wanna take a drive down one of the many colorful roadways here in the northwoods.  And the fishing has been pretty good too, although not ka-boom.

As the water temps continue to try and make it into the 50s, the musky sucker bite continues to get better.  Guys are taking out medium, large and extra large suckers every day now.  I've heard that some places have a shortage and are selling them for up to $13 and more.  Not us.  We got plenty of wild caught suckers and they are $8, $9 and $11 for the M, L and XL respectively.

As the lakes painfully inch towards turnover the livebait bite will start to go to the minnow from the crawler.  It might be a while though as we just had a few days with sun, calm winds and highs knocking the dust off of 80!  So deeper the fish go.  I was on a flat the other day where there is one spot that is 2 feet deeper than the rest of the flat.  And sure enough, a pile of fish were hunkered down there.  Just 2 feet mind you.  But when the weeds start dying and the oxygen starts to diminish you gotta go where you can breathe.  Once turnover takes place then the oxygen gets dispersed again and the fish get a little more spread out.

My guess is we got about two more weeks of the good crawler bite we been having.  As the water temps start to get into the mid to low 50's range the minnows will be king again.  But light jigs, the same ones you used with the crawlers, will still be the ticket.  Unless of course you need to get into the 40-50 foot depths.

Top water presentations are still hot right now.  To me this is the most exciting type of fishing there is.  Watching that bait twitch or wabble or splash across the surface and then see it explode -- really cool.  But remember to wait for the weight.  Don't set the hook on the splash or too many times you will come up with an empty plate.

On a personal note Linda and I would like to thank you for a fantastic summer.  We love seeing old friends and making new ones as we work the shop.  You all know Linda.  She's the nice one that no one can figure out how she could have gotten hooked up with me.  But anyways, thank you.  We are both looking forward to a great fall heading into the stiff water season with you in mind.

Our jumbo crawlers come directly from Canada. We are doing our best to keep the prices low.  We do have 100 count crawlers for only $21 and bulk crawler flats for only $60. To order your flats in dirt or bedding please call ahead at the Minocqua shop at 715-358-5130.  If you don't get a response, as they are very busy, you can always call back or call me at 715-892-2751.  Also remember your 1st scoop of crappie minnows is always only $2 with any purchase.  Leeches are done this year.  The warm weather we got in June ended the trapping season then and we finally ran out last week.  Our minnows come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin.  Right now we have crappie minnows, fatheads, XL fatheads (tuffys), Mud Minnows, Walleye Suckers, Northern Bait Minnows, Redtail Chubs, & Blacktail Chubs. We also have a good selection of medium ($8),large ($9) & XL ($11) wild musky suckers.  There will be a musky sucker shortage again this year but we will do our best to keep you informed and well supplied.  All our suckers are wild caught. No middleman!  Fresher and lower priced.
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Jeff Bolander, owner of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
Reports at www.UpNorthFishing.com
Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DeweyCatchemAndHow
Check out my Up North fishing and resort web sites at www.UpNorth.info

Jeff Bolander <[email protected]>
 - Thursday, September 24, 2020

9/23/20 @ 9:00 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE
First Quarter
CONDITIONS
Cloudy
WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
Fv.screaming drags.com
User since 3/29/20

Good night on the water before thunder and lightning chased us off tonight was a crappie night with 18 boated between two of us averaging around 10 inches with the biggest being around 13 inches and a few small walleye also was using slip bobbers and crappie minnows on a small gold hook in around lily pads in 5 feet of water 

 

9/23/20 @ 3:33 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE
First Quarter
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
John Andrew
User since 8/10/09

 09-22-2020.

I am sure its not just me but, this years fall colors are some of the best in years, all across northern Vilas County. Awesome, get out and see, Beautiful. Still fishing the deeps weed lines and flats.

Sunny this day and the fish are biting. Minnows, a little hard work and the results are shown above. Fantastic clients, always laughing, asking about our fishing and more loving family Grand Parents. Some of the best and my hat goes off to this couple.

 I am “completely booked for my ice fishing season” as I am only, as of now, Guiding 30 days a winter and as said, I am completely booked for this ice season. NO FISH NO PAY (GUARANTEED!) 

 As always, stay positive, think clearly, do not listen to negative talk and do not listen to negative people.

 
God Bless
John Andrew


9/22/20 @ 8:27 PM
Musky Ben
User since 3/13/02

To answer the question of the crawler on the jig...  I usually start with a whole one and see how agressive the fish are, are the smaller fish pulling the bait off, etc.  Then if it seems to make sense I will switch to a part of the crawler.

Musky Ben 

9/22/20 @ 5:18 PM
Fv.screaming drags.com
User since 3/29/20

I usually go with half a crawler otherwise in my experience there's too much trailing behind the jig and they bite it off without eating the hook 

9/22/20 @ 4:51 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (35%)
Waxing Crescent
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F
John Andrew
User since 8/10/09

 09-18-2020.

Getting caught up.

On this day these clients caught nice eyes with minnows. We were getting very light bites and missed many strikes although some quality fish were boated.

Slip bobbers are working. We continued to work the flats and drifting.

I am “completely booked for my ice fishing season” as I am only, as of now, Guiding 30 days a winter and as said, I am completely booked for this ice season.

As always, stay positive, think clearly, do not listen to negative talk and do not listen to negative people.
 
God Bless
John Andrew





9/22/20 @ 3:16 PM
bobs1961
User since 9/22/01

Just a quick question  When using a jig and crawler this time of year do you use a 1/2 a crawler or the whole crawler? Thank you in tight lines.

9/22/20 @ 11:59 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (35%)
Waxing Crescent
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Colder than usual morning temps (lows of 30-38 degrees) the past week and more wind, but offset by sun (through the haze) have lake surface temps hovering in the 58-62 degree range.

Musky:  Good-Very Good – With many lakes at pre-turn over, top-water action has ben hot.  Pick your time and weather, early-late-cloud (haze) and work shallow weeds (3-8’) with Flap tails, Hawg Wobblers, Creepers.   Faster moving top-water tail baits also effective such as Whopper Ploppers and Top Raiders.  Working jerks and glider above weeds also effective.   With water temps averaging around 60 degrees, suckers producing very well also.

Northern Pike:  Good – Twitch baits, buck tails (#4:#5 MEPPS Comets, Wizards) and spinner baits.  Pike like this cool weather.  Jig or float and a chub a nice, relaxing way to spend a fall afternoon.

Walleye:  Good – Seems to be a lot of movement from day to day.  Deep transitions of hard to mud using vertical jigging techniques (Shiver Minnows, Jigging Raps, 1/4-3/8 oz jigs and 1/2 crawler or large fats).  On flowages, river channel edges using chubs or 3-4” suckers.

Crappie:  Good-Fair – Reports of Crappies not as bunched up yet, but big slabs in the 12-14” range being caught.  Fish suspending 2-6’ off bottom along coontail edges or near sunken wood/cribs.   Vertical jig a 1/16 oz jig with yellow, white or mylar body.

Largemouth Bass:  Good-Fair – Outside weed edges using jig and creature and Tokyo rigs.   Wacky worms also working.  Where Musky not as much as issue, work inside weeds with pre-rigged worms, spinner baits.

Smallmouth Bass:  Good-Fair – Deep humps, drop-shotting minnow imitations best.  A few BIG Smallies hitting shallow top-water meant for Musky.

Yellow Perch:  Good-Fair – Few anglers targeting in wind, best fishing has been for larger Perch in heavy cabbage on jig/minnow combo.

Bluegill:  Good-Fair – Few anglers due to wind.  Big Gills coming from deep wood of cribs, pilings on 1/2 crawlers or beaver tails under slip-floats.

Colors of fall coming in, cold mornings, but late morning through afternoons are beautiful.  Fishing overall good, wind has been biggest drawback.  Early sucker bite for Musky bodes well for the rest of this month and the next.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
9/21/20 @ 9:21 AM
Fin Bender
Fin Bender
User since 9/16/11

According to a study done by the MN DNR and summarized on the attached chart, somewhere between 1-in-3 to 1-in-5 walleye will die if caught in 40 feet in water. They will die due to depth mortality which is a delayed occurrence, you will not see it happen. Please consider conservation when deciding where to target Vilas County walleye. Please consider fishing at depths of 30 or less to help preserve the fishery. 

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