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TODAY @ 7:01 PM
SleeperMike
Mike Smith
MEMBER SINCE 6/6/09

Fished with Bob and Cally today, going to get married next year and all the luck and happiness in the world I wish them. We were out for 6 hours and in the first 4 hours we caught all are fish on a deep clear water lake. We had 11fish 1 sucker 1 short 5 keepers 3 overs and 1 slot. All on a jig and crawler back trolling slowly. Cally got the most Walleyes but bob got the big fish of the trip 27 1/4'' was a great day for all and was great having you two in the boat. Thanks    I have lots of days open in august still more the last of the month any wants to get out on some really nice Walleyes. 

TODAY @ 4:57 PM
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John Andrew
USER SINCE 8/10/09

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This proud father has every right to be excited for his 2 teenagers. These students do not just study hard they have experienced great outdoor adventures. From Sale Fish, Rooster Fish in Cabo to hiking New Mexico trails, canoeing thru the boundary waters, fishing Wisconsin waters and much more

Our pattern is still the same. All fish on plastics. Wood was again good for us today. 76 degree water temps as yesterday. Suspended fish, brush piles and trees in the water all produce well.

A few openings in September and October. (Walleye – Musky, Fishing.) My 30 days of ice Guiding are now pre booked, no further openings 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 

8/3/21 @ 8:13 PM
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CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
Dave Musch
USER SINCE 5/2/08

Big walleyes today. Wayne and Ken of Minocqua Fished a 9 hour day to catch only 6 walleyes. 22 1/2 smallest to 28 1/4 being the largest. Everything in 20 ft. depths over small rocks. 4 were caught on slip bobbers with leeches and 2 drifting crawlers on jigs. A long day without a lot of action and smelling the smoke from the western and canadian fires. 

8/3/21 @ 6:31 PM
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John Andrew
USER SINCE 8/10/09

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Another  hard working client. This individual is one of the finest. My hat goes off to you sir. Loving father, grand father and extremely hard working family orientated individual.

All fish on plastics. Wood was good for us today. 76 degree water temps where we were. Suspended fish, brush piles and downed timber all produce well.

A few openings in September and October. (Walleye – Musky, Fishing.)

My 30 days of ice Guiding are now pre booked, no further openings 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

8/2/21 @ 8:34 PM
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John Andrew
USER SINCE 8/10/09

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Several groups of fishermen are enjoying the fast action. Another father and son enjoyed there day of Bass and Crappie fishing. Bass released and some Crappie kept for there fish fry and I can hear the oil popping on Lake Crisco right now.

Same locations, no changes as yesterdays post.

Many, many fish boated and released. All fish on plastics. Logs, brush piles, some suspended. Fast action.

Saw 1 more good “Skee” caught on my home lake, trolling from the landing down the middle and down the south east shoreline.

A few openings in September and October. (Walleye – Musky, Fishing.)

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

God Bless
John Andrew



8/2/21 @ 5:13 AM
SleeperMike
Mike Smith
MEMBER SINCE 6/6/09

Fished Saturday with Jeff, Dan and Phil all day for Walleyes on a big clear lake in Vilas co. The fish were in a vary large area in small schools so we covered lots of ground  and caught lots of fish back trolling. We caught lots of bass  and a dozen Walleyes, 6 keepers 3 over 24'' the biggest was 26.5'' and 3 slot fish. Was a good day and had a lot of fun  thanks guys you were great. I have days open still. 

8/1/21 @ 5:32 PM
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John Andrew
USER SINCE 8/10/09

(NO FISH NO PAY, GUARANTEED!)

Several groups of fishermen are enjoying the fast action. This father and son enjoyed there day of Bass and Crappie fish. Many, many fish boated and released. All fish on plastics. Logs, brush piles, some suspended. Fast action.

Saw a couple good Skees caught on my home lake, trolling from the landing down the middle and down the south east shoreline.

A few openings in September and October. (Walleye – Musky, Fishing.)

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

God Bless
John Andrew


8/1/21 @ 3:14 PM
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CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
Dave Musch
USER SINCE 5/2/08

Had 2 fellas from Iowa out yesterday morning. We fished just one spot in 24 to 30 fow on gravel. Most fish came on jig and crawlers with a few bites on slip bobbers and leeches. Was very windy on this large lake and this deep bar was loaded with fish. Picture shows the 3 we kept.

7/30/21 @ 9:05 PM
SleeperMike
Mike Smith
MEMBER SINCE 6/6/09

Fished Wednesday with two buddies of mine Dan and Greg on a big deep clear lake and all we did we back troll for 5 hours with jig and crawler. The Walleyes didn't start biting till the fog lifted but they did bite and we ended with 9 keepers 2 shorts 5 slot fish and a lot of SMB. Was a gooood day and a lot of fun and if you can have fun doing what you love it's not work and never gets old. I have a lot of days open in August.  Thanks guys  

7/30/21 @ 4:02 PM
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JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS:
What a great year it has been so far.  The warm sunny clear days without wind have kinda kicked our butts but the fishing has been really good on most days.  I think we've only had about 2 or 3 days that we didn't whack them pretty good.  Of course I always have the Livescope going so I knew even on those days the fish were there but not active.  

It's been a really good year for bluegills and it continues.  Most days we could catch over a 100 fish over 8 inches if we wanted.  We always only keep a few and never anything under 7.5".  But they've been on fire.  Why?  I don't know but it sure is fun!  Small twister tails, crappie scrubs and other little plastics have been producing as well as the crawler chunks.  And of course the bigger plastics will keep those little guys from stealing your worm.

The walleye have slowed a little.  We still get them but the bite has mostly been in the later morning, not early.  One day we didn't catch a walleye until 11am and then caught a dozen of them in the same spot.  Why?  I don't know.

Clients wanted crappie the other day so that's what we targeted.  One person thru a crappie scrub, another a 2" powerbait grubtail and another (me) fished with a powerbait minnow.  1/32 oz and 1/16 oz jigs of course.  We ended up with a dozen really nice ones but the 1/16 jig caught nothing and most of the rest came on the grubtail.  With the Livescope I can watch my bait and others as they swim thru the water.  That day the bait had to get to 10' below the surface before the crappie would come off the bottom in 17' of water to hit the jig.  Anything less than 10' or more than 12' and they would come after it.  Why?  I don't know.  But that was how they wanted it.  We went out a couple of days later to catch crappie again and this time the crappie scrub was the winner, in fact it was the only bait that caught the crappie.  Why?  I don't know.  Of course we caught a ton of gills and bass on both outings as well.

The weirdness of the year continues as I was on a lake the other day that I fish quite often and I couldn't believe how clear the water was.  Normally this lake algae blooms in May.  And when I went to fish some deep wood and rocks I normally fish there were more weeds surrounding them than I have ever seen before.  Normally there aren't any weeds which keeps the fish congregated around the rocks and wood but not this year.  This year they are all spread out thru all that new weed growth.  Why?  I don't know.  So instead of concentrating on a 20' diameter of water we had to spread out to 60' diameter.  No problem.  A little slower fishing maybe but we still caught plenty.  Again, the Livescope came in handy.

Some movement patterns have lagged quite a bit this year.  A lot of fish we normally fish for in deeper water aren't there yet.  I keep checking but they haven't made that progression yet.  Also normally we are using almost exclusively plastics for everything right now but not this year.  We're still dabbling in the light jig and crawler presentation.  Why?  I don't know.  But it's all starting to change, a little bit.  I got a bunch of different locations to fish over the next few days; Minocqua, Boulder Junction, Lac du Flambeau, Arbor Vitae and Woodruff.  We see where the fish are in those progressions and I'll let you know next week!

A quick note on leeches.  We have very few Large/Jumbo mix available and there won't be anymore.  We still have a good supply of Medium/Large mix but they do tend to be on the Medium side.  Talking to my trapper the other day he said in a normal year he has 4-5000 pounds of leeches in storage.  This year none!  Never had any panfish or many jumbos all year long.  Why?  I don't know.

On a 'you might want to try it note' I found lately that the eye jigs do really well in the deeper water, for all species.  ACME, Northland, Z-Man and VMC all make some great ones.

I do have a few openings in August and September.  Give me a call if you'd like to go out to see what's biting.  Why?  Because it's FUN!

Our store hours are everyday from 6am to 7pm except for Friday when we are open until 10pm.  Our minnows all come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. Right now we have crappie minnows, large fatheads, XL fatheads (Tuffys), Blacktail chubs, Redtail Chubs, Northern minnows, Mud minnows and Walleye Suckers. We have plenty of jumbo night crawlers trucked in directly from Canada, along with Jumbo panfish worms and wax worms. As always, crawlers are available in 1dz, 2dz, 100ct and by the flat (500 ct) in dirt or bedding. With the heat the crawlers are getting very difficult to pick and deliver therefore they are going up in price.  Hopefully those prices will come down before the end of the season.  And we sell waxies in bulk tubs, too. And of course we got lbs and lbs of leeches, most sizes right now but the prices are also heading northward but the supply is better. It's really been hard for the trappers to get their leeches this year therefore prices have gone up as much as 50%.

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

Jeff Bolander <[email protected]>
- Friday, 7/30/2021

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