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Vilas County Lakes, Vilas County

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6/17/22 @ 12:00 PM
FISHING REPORT
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13

This goofy year continues.  Just when you think you got it figured out, BAM, you better figure out something else.  And we have.  We have been boating a lot of walleyes, crappie and bass lately.  And I haven't even been able to hit some of my go to lakes yet.  As you know I fish normally where the client wants to go, not necessarily where I would like to go.  So sometimes it takes a little time to dial in the lake we are on.  But the way we do it is always the same, no matter the lake.  Find the greenest weeds you can next to deep water and start off those weeds and slowly work shallower until you find the bite.  What if there aren't any weeds to speak of? Find bottom changes, mud to rock, rock to sand, sand to mud, etc.  If you did this everyday on the same lake you would notice that the fish, depending on the species, slowly migrate to deeper water.

For example, in the past ten days, fishing similar lakes, we found the walleye at 8' on the first days and at the end of the period they were at 16'.  And the bait du jour is moving slowly towards crawlers and leeches vs minnows.  The deeper you have to go the better the leech is gonna be for you.

On most of the larger lakes the bass, largemouth and smallmouth, are at or near their beds.  That can be a different type of location depending on the lake.  One of the lakes we fished last week had the smallmouth and rock bass up on 5' mid lake rock humps next to 30' of water.  We covered those rocks and the adjacent drop offs with 1/32 oz jigs tipped with 1/2 crawlers.  Again, 1/16 oz just did not work as well, too fast a drop.  The one day the smallmouth bass, and I mean 3-5 pounders,  and the rock bass up to 2 pounds, were right on top of the hump where as the next day they were caught just off the edge of the hump in 20' of water.  And for all of you right now saying 'yuk' to the rock bass, you're nuts.  Rock bass fillets next to bluegill fillets are indistinguishable in taste.

The crappie in mast areas are done spawning but in most areas they haven't started to move deep yet either.  Small minnows and small plastics in the less than 10' of water areas will still afford plenty of action.  Use 1/32 oz jigs or smaller.

Bluegills are on the beds or just finishing.  Any kind of small plastics or dead meat will work.  Again, 1/32oz  jigs are key!

I can't believe its the middle of June already.  Get on the water and make some memories.  So far this is one of the best bites we have experienced in the northwoods.

 We hope you can find the time to come in to the shop during your time here in the northwoods.  We have switched the inventory over to open water items. The number one comment we get is our guests can't believe the size of our selection. I put the photos up on the Facebook page.  Our selection is second to none anywhere in the northwoods. Our additional warehouse is finished now to help handle all the inventory we will have.   If you can't make it in you can always order from our website, www.deweycatchemandhow.com and we'll ship your order to you.  Lots of SPECIALS on Livescope right now and the Livescope Plus is in stock! Also, keep checking our Facebook page and the website for new arrivals.  The newest offerings from Garmin, Humminbird, Blackfish and others are just starting to trickle in.

After that our normal weekly hours will be:
Monday thru Thursday from 5am to 7pm
Friday from 5am to 8pm
Saturday from 5am to 7pm
Sunday from 5am to 6pm.  

Our minnows all come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. Right now we have crappie minnows, regular fats, Tuffys (XL large fats), Blacktail chubs, redtail chubs, walleye suckers, morthern minnows and some Musky suckers. We have plenty of waxies right now and all sizes of leeches.  It's been a tough year for leeches so far but the trappers are finally getting some super nice ones and they are in our tanks waiting for you by the dozen, 1/4, 1/2 and full pound.  The crawlers are awesome right now.  Best I've seen over the last couple of years.  We sell them by the 12 ct, 24 ct, 100 ct and flat.  All come in bedding while flats come in dirt or bedding.  If you want a flat please call ahead so we can have it ready for you when you come, especially if you want the crawlers in bedding.  We also have great jumbo panfish worms.

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, 6/17/2022


6/16/22 @ 8:17 PM
FISHING REPORT
John Andrew
USER SINCE 8/10/09

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These people are absolutely the some of the best, Always laughing, asking questions about fishing and very hard working family people.

All fish caught on live bait and hard hitting during the very high winds of today.

The Mosquitos continue to be  brutal. They will tare your arm off this spring, the worst in years, depending on your location. (Flying Sharks.)

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

God Bless John Andrew

6/16/22 @ 6:01 PM
UPfish
USER SINCE 7/5/10

Anyone have water temps for some of the lakes up there?

6/15/22 @ 3:14 PM
FISHING REPORT
John Andrew
USER SINCE 8/10/09

THE ANGLERS CHOICE GUIDE SERVICE.COM

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This is one of the most dedicated fathers I have had the pleasure to work with.

Very hard working and a dedicated husband and father to his family. My hat goes off to this man.    All fish on plastics. Dozens of fish caught as reported on many, many lakes.

Heavy storms quickly approaching for late this afternoon and night.

The Mosquitos continue to be  brutal. They will tare your arm off this spring, the worst in years, depending on your location. (Flying Sharks.)

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

God Bless John Andrew

6/15/22 @ 3:10 PM
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John Andrew
USER SINCE 8/10/09

THE ANGLERS CHOICE GUIDE SERVICE.COM

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1-715-892-3020

This is one of the most dedicated fathers I have had the pleasure to work with.

Very hard working and a dedicated husband and father to his family. My hat goes off to this man.    All fish on plastics. Dozens of fish caught as reported on many, many lakes.

Heavy storms quickly approaching for late this afternoon and night.

The Mosquitos continue to be  brutal. They will tare your arm off this spring, the worst in years, depending on your location. (Flying Sharks.)

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

God Bless John Andrew

THE ANGLERS CHOICE GUIDE SERVICE.COM

(NO FISH NO PAY, GUARANTEED)

1-715-892-3020

This is one of the most dedicated fathers I have had the pleasure to work with.

Very hard working and a dedicated husband and father to his family. My hat goes off to this man.    All fish on plastics. Dozens of fish caught as reported on many, many lakes.

Heavy storms quickly approaching for late this afternoon and night.

The Mosquitos continue to be  brutal. They will tare your arm off this spring, the worst in years, depending on your location. (Flying Sharks.)

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

God Bless John Andrew

6/15/22 @ 4:22 AM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F
TeamExtreme
TeamExtreme
USER SINCE 3/11/18

We tried a new lake this past weekend near Boulder Junction. Mayfly hatch seemed to help the bite. All fish caught on breaks in 19 to 21ft.  On walleye suckers, crawlers, and leeches.

6/14/22 @ 5:06 PM
FISHING REPORT
John Andrew
USER SINCE 8/10/09

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More special clients.

These clients are some of the best of the best. Always wanting to learn. I am happy to provide this.

I know, your thinking these are the same fish but there not. This lake produces multiple Smallies the same size. 

Many Small mouth Bass and a couple of Walleye for this half day. All fish on live bait. Be sure to pull your front troller up before leaving your current location as I have seen several fishermen accidently  forget to do this including myself. 

 The Mosquitos continue to be  brutal. They will tare your arm off this spring, the worst in years, depending on your location. (Flying Sharks.)

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

God Bless John Andrew

6/13/22 @ 9:15 PM
FISHING REPORT
John Andrew
USER SINCE 8/10/09

(NO FISH NO PAY, GUARANTEED)

More special clients. 

All fish were hard strikes. Live bait is best for us, now.

From 8 to 30 ft and on the bottom. Others may provide a different report but, this is what is working for us.

 The Mosquitos continue to be  brutal. They will tare your arm off this spring, the worst in years, depending on your location. (Flying Sharks.)

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

God Bless John Andrew

6/13/22 @ 9:04 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

A consistent weather pattern the past week has helped anglers pattern the fish as well.  The gradual rising of the area’s lake surface temps, while relatively cool, has continued the good weed bites for those species utilizing the new growth.

Walleye:  Very Good – Bite swinging more towards leeches, but minnows still producing.   Fish scattered throughout cabbage beds, so spend the time to sift through with a quality weedless jig such as the Invasion or Jacks weedless.  3” paddle takes on a 1/8 oz jig ripped through cabbage flats of 5-8’ also effective.   Stomach contents of some Walleyes showed soft shelled crayfish, a tip to use orange, brown or red jigs.  Slip float rigs to fish leeches scoring nicely worked a foot off bottom.

Smallmouth Bass:  Very Good-Good – Some bedding fish deep, but most signs say they are finishing up.   Still, tube jigs, Ned rigs and Wacky Worms accounting for lots of action.  Twitching Husky Jerks and X-Raps also tops in 6-12’ breaks outside spawning areas.

Northern Pike:  Very Good-Good – Pike active in same weed beds as Walleye.  Use larger suckers or chubs under floats or on jigs with leaders.  Spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and 4” swimbaits all working well during the past week also.

Bluegill:  Very Good-Good - Reports of “colonies” (beds) on smaller lakes with other reports of suspended fish in 15-18’ in the larger lakes (bug hatches may be contributing to the suspending fish).  Small leeches are tops, they stay on the hook well and are usually good for multiple fish.   Worms, tiny jigs and even small Crappie minnows working as well as flys, we hear from the “purists”.  One thing you won’t find up here this season is thunderbugs (dragonfly larvae), a Bluegill and Perch favorite.  Seems there is a lack of collectors for these panfish staples.

Largemouth Bass:  Good – Most anglers targeting Smallies, but Largemouth are cruising the shallows.  With forecast for heat this week (breaking 90 degrees 6/14 and 6/19) watch for bedding to take off!  Wacky Worming and jig with creatures tops!

Crappie:  Good – With spawn over, target tall, narrow leaf cabbage in 7-12’.  Fan cast small spinners, 2” twister tails or Kalin Crappie Scrubs to locate fish.  Target by counting down and slowly “flicking” lures or suspend small minnows under floats.   Don’t be surprised to find females with eggs.  The eggs will be very mushy as the cold snaps a month ago messed up the spawn.  These fish will reabsorb these eggs.

Musky:  Good – Cool water temps has given way for many anglers to have success with live suckers.   Casting twitchbaits, 500 series bucktails and small rubber over new cabbage working well.

Yellow Perch:  Good – As with most fish right now, the 6-12’ greenest weeds is best.   Medium fatheads and leeches good bets.

Forecasted highs could change things soon, especially for Walleye anglers as reports of some mayfly hatches have started.  As more insects and minnows fill the water, it will make for some more competition for anglers offering.


Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
6/12/22 @ 9:57 PM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
Slumpbuster
USER SINCE 6/12/22

Fished The Presque Isle and Boulder Junction areas Friday, Saturday and Sunday for Muskies. Fish were neutral at best. Fished a mix of waters from from shallow and weedy to deep and clear. Water temps ranged from 64-67. Colder nights didn’t help the morning bite. Had a few lazy followers and one small fish boated between 4 guys. Every fish seemed to come from very shallow weeds or shallow timber. Hopefully warmer temps get things moving.

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