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6/3/21 @ 2:10 PM
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JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13

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Honestly, the fishing has really picked up.  This is why early to mid June is my favorite time of the year. When you hook a fish you usually don't know what it will be until it gets to the boat.  The Crappie, Bluegill, Large Mouth Bass, Small Mouth Bass and Rock Bass are in some stage of the spawning process.  What stage they are in depends on the lake.  Smaller darker lakes will be weeks ahead of the larger clearer lakes.

Today we were on one of those larger clearer lakes and the fish were right up against the shore line in the bushes.  We caught crappie, bass and bluegill.  We used mini mites and minnows.  We lost a lot of bobbers cuz like i said, we needed the bait to be right up next to or in the wooded brush.  Two feet outside of it... nothing.  But that was that lake. And we didn't know that until we started fishing.  You gotta figure it out, folks.

A couple of days ago we were catching bass and walleye in 10-15 fow on crawlers only.  Luckily the water temperature on that lake was over 60 so when I fell in off the pier getting out of the boat it wasn't too cold.  First time for me.  Pretty funny it was.  Sorry you missed it.

The weeds are greening up nicely.  Stay near their deep edges.  That's where all the action is.  Even if they're not biting that's where they are staging.  Remember the spawning process.  Week before the spawn they are all feeding.  During the spawn on the beds for a week the males are protecting.  After the spawn the females recover and the males feed for a week and then the females feed for a week.  This is not perfect scientific timing but you get the idea.

So the panfish are rocking now and so are the walleye.  Depending on the lake walleye are in 10-20 fow during the day and shallow rocks and weeds during low light period.  Most lakes crawlers are successful while the usual larger deeper lake the minnows still rule.

Its great to see all the folks in the northwoods again.  Lots of smiles and lots of sun tans developing!  Get out there with your family and friends and make some memories...

Our store hours are M-T-W-Th 6am to 7pm, Fr 6am to 10pm, Sat 6am to 7pm and Sunday 6am to 5pm.

Our minnows all come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. Right now we just have crappie minnows, large fatheads, XL fatheads (Tuffys), Dace minnows, Blacktail chubs, River Shiners, Northern minnows and Walleye Suckers.  We have plenty of jumbo night crawlers 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.  And we sell waxies in bulk tubs, too.  And of course we got lbs and lbs of leeches, mostly large and jumbo right now.
 
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, 6/3/2021


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6/3/21 @ 11:14 AM
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schmelme
USER SINCE 12/20/07

From what i have seen smallies are done.  I havent see any lakes that the spawn seemed behind. they went early. 

6/3/21 @ 10:54 AM
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goelke
USER SINCE 1/26/10

We fished Papoose a little this past weekend. The smallies were not in yet. Warm weather may change that. Only saw one bed.

We did find crappies on other area lakes in about 8' of water. Water temp on that lake was 62* on Saturday and 58* on Sunday. Crappies were all caught on minnows.

6/3/21 @ 9:58 AM
Nanook
USER SINCE 4/12/04

Heading up to Papoose and area lakes Friday the 11th for five days in the great Wisconsin north. Never fished the lakes up here but did canoe the Manitowish river to Murrys landing a few times. Great trip if anyone is looking for some Smallie fun. Will have my wife, daughters and their guys looking for Pike / Smallies and maybe Muskie. Anyone have any pointers for us? Have not fished water from what I hear is this clear. Assuming shallows for bass or deep weed edges. thanks all and will report on our return. Nanook out

6/3/21 @ 8:40 AM
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SheriffGareth
USER SINCE 1/28/21

Fished the Manitowish Chain this past weekend for the northern musky opener. Cold temps really put a damper on the bite. Managed just a 37.5" and one other follow but other than that had not much luck locating fish. Caught a bunch of pike with swimbaits up in shallow slop weeds. Mixed in a little bass fishing and found a small handful of smallies and largemouth up in the shallows. Looked like the smallies were just starting to come up and scope out beds but still didn't see a lot up there yet. Warm temps this week should get them going.

6/3/21 @ 8:23 AM
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Mountain
Mountain
USER SINCE 1/7/02

Yes, weather was crazy for sure! Bass were all over the board... Some spawning, some not. On a couple of lakes LMB were shallow and on others, they were deeper. Smallmouth were really strange. Some lakes they were cruising shallows, others they were deeper on wood. What this warm weather will do is a great question. Guessing LMB will be active in the shallows.

We fished, White Sand, Big Muskellunge, Plum, Birch, Wildcat, Presque Isle, Van Vliet and Lynx. Nothing consistent with any of them. Fished wacky worms, spinners, cranks, jerk baits, tubes, Neds, swim jigs with and w/o trailers. So, yeah, got into the tackle box pretty deep. 

Best of luck to everyone that gets a chance to get out fishing this weekend in the northwoods!

Mountain

6/3/21 @ 8:12 AM
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hockeyguy39
USER SINCE 8/24/07

Was up on Little Saint Germain over the weekend. Obviously the weather wasn't great. Memorial Day Weekend and I had a stocking cap on with a fleece and two sweatshirts on Sunday lol. Fishing was pretty slow for the most part. Wound up with a 16" walleye Friday night casting a Mepps spinner off the dock and a keeper crappie on Saturday while fishing solo.  Convinced my wife to deal with the sprinkles in the afternoon on Sunday and after those ended we wound up getting 10 more keeper crappie, all up quite shallow in the bay we were fishing. Others were fishing 10' and getting some. 95% of the crappies came on minnows unlike last year when minnows couldn't buy a nibble and plastics were key. What a difference a year makes!

6/2/21 @ 7:11 PM
CMunyon
USER SINCE 5/12/16

Nice looking fish Mountain,good job .I will be up their all next week,hope to get a couple like yours. 

Are the smallies done? Largemouth starting their spawn?

6/2/21 @ 4:42 PM
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CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F
AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F
Coach Rob
Coach Rob
USER SINCE 1/6/09

Fishing multiple lakes Friday thru Monday. Mostly targeted musky, along with a little time out for crappie and walleye. The cool down definitely affected things. 1` musky, 40" and a couple follows. Deep weed edges or rocks. A few small pike, no walleye.

Water temps were in low 60s on the mid size lakes, mid 50s on the biggest lake I fished.

All the fish that were staging shallow seemed to have backed out deeper.

Almost nothing was up shallow (I fished mid size to large lakes, all 25' or deeper). Fish started moving up Monday, but warmer water or stable temps are needed before things heat up shallow again.

6/2/21 @ 3:25 PM
splashman
USER SINCE 6/26/01

Nice report. What lakes did you end up fishing? I'll be on High and Fishtrap for annual trip next week........


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