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6/18/24 @ 10:41 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04
Heading into the first day of summer and it continues to be a wet, windy season so far.  Lots of fronts moving through keeping anglers off the water or making it tough to stay with the winds we keep getting. Those able to wet some lines doing well with good reports from gamefish anglers.
 
Musky:  Good-Very Good – Keep in mind the “bite” window for these long fish is sometimes short.   Some very nice fish over the past week, topping 50” have been boated.  Bucktails over deep weedlines along big drops.  Double bladed to push water and rubber baits were key.  Muggy, warm evenings have been hot for top-water action.  Smaller bucktails such as #500, #700 Buchertails and Wizards doing best in mornings over shallower weeds producing mid-30” to low-40” fish.
 
Largemouth Bass:  Good-Very Good – No reports of bedding to our knowledge, yet good reports of nice LMB in 6-10’ weeds on Wacky Worms, jig/creature, pre-rigged worms and top-water baits (evenings).  Casting big weed flats with chatterbaits and spinnerbaits also effective.
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Good-Very Good – First move off the beds has been out in 8-14’ weeds.  Ned rigs and Wacky Worms best.  As waters warm up, we should see more movement out to rock bars.
 
Walleye:  Good – Signs of Mayfly (hexagenia) hatches moving up the water columns over the weekend and now actual reports of hatches reaching the surface has slowed those waters.   Yet on waters not ready, nice fish being caught using redtails or full crawlers along coontail edges of 14-16’ on larger lakes.  Lots of reports of protected “slot” fish and those larger being caught and released.
 Northern Pike:  Good – Best on 4-5” swimbaits over cabbage flats of 6-12’.   Nice averages of 25-30” fish with two over 36” this past weekend.
 Bluegills:  Good – Lots of reports of staging Gills, lots of heavy egg laden fish in 6-9’ outside shallow spawning areas.  Most on worms with floats on tiny jigs.  Wind making small/light presentations tough.
 
Yellow Perch:  Good-Fair – Wind biggest factor as fishing pockets in shallow flats tough.   Beavertails, medium fatheads or leeches under weighted floats best.  No concentrations, but some very respectable (9-11”) fish scattered about.
 
Crappies:  Fair – As with other panfish, tough to sit on productive spots and use viable presentations.   Live Crappie minnows or small tubes under weighted floats in 8-14’ narrow leaf cabbage best.
 
More weather expected through this weekend, coming in small waves.  The following week looks to get very summer-like with highs in the upper 70s to mid-80’s should get the summer patterns locked in.  Mosquitos have been heavy, especially on the calm, humid spells.   Out away from shore, no skeeters – just some flies.
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6/14/24 @ 4:00 PM
Timmothy A
User since 5/17/09
What is the cause of the explosion of milfoil on Pickerel Lake?  We just fished there a week for our annual trip and there are giant areas of it in about 5 feet of water.  
6/12/24 @ 5:52 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Bolander
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13
Wednesday 6/12/24

If not for the dodging of rain drops in the cold wind the fishing would be a 9 outa 10.  But, that ain't bad.  As far as the spawn goes, Walleye, Musky, Perch and Crappie are done. Smallmouth bass are mostly done and largemouth are mostly in the tail end.  Rock bass are doing their thing right now and the bluegill are just starting. Water temps are mostly in the upper 60's but that's going to rise pretty quickly with the weather we have coming up.

Green weed edges with the wind blowing into them are still the best bet right now.  If that situation doesn't exist the deeper weeds, wood and rock in dark water has been productive.  We were on a lake a couple of days ago that doesn't have must green weeds nest to deeper water so we spent some time throwing rattle traps over the top of the weeds in 8-10 fow.  worked pretty good with a fair amount of action.
The dark water flowages for the most part have been on fire.  Again, search for the structure and then let the fish tell you how they want your offerings. I haven't been out on the flowages lately but my little birds tell me that it's pretty good as long as you don't get stuck on one MO.  Lok around, change it up, cast outside of the box and you'll be successful.  Every bait is working right now at one time or another used correctly.

Get out there!  Celebrate your life with Dad.  The fishing is just gonna get better all the way though June.  Again, I love this time of year.  You wanna make some memories and see some giant smiles?  Take a kid or two out to some shallow warm water with the above mentioned baits.  It's the reason we all fish. Did Dad teach you?

And, PLEASE TAKE TIME TO REFLECT ON WHO WE ARE CELEBRATING THIS WEEKEND... And have a safe one.

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I've started taking a few reservations for guiding this summer.  That always warms my bones.  Give a call and we'll get out and have some fun.  All the info is on the website at https://deweycatchemandhow.com/pages/northwoods-fishing-guide-service

The shop is set up for open water tactics now.  A few new items and a whole bunch of your favorite tried and true weapons are hanging on the hooks waiting for you to pick up.

Right now for live bait we have Jumbo Panfish worms, Crawlers, Small Crawlers, Wax worms, White, Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, Pink & Multi-colored Spikes, Crappie Minnows, Regular Fatheads, XL Fatheads, Walleye Suckers, Dave Minnows, Blacktail Chubs, Northern Bait, Medium Musky Suckers, Large Musky Suckers.

As far as leeches go we have to fantastic batch of M/L and L/J.  As always we sell them by the dozen, 1/4. 1/2 and full pound.  Prices are on the website.

And since we only deal with trappers and growers, our prices are the lowest around, by a lot!

HOURS:
Monday thru Thursday - 5am to 7pm
Friday - 5am to 8pm
Saturday - 5am to 6pm
Sunday - 5am to 5pm

We have to continue to squelch a few rumors.  The shop is still for sale.  Business is great but Linda and I are ready to ease into retirement.  WE ARE NOT GOING OUT OF BUSINESS!  If you have an interest in owning and operating the largest non-franchised bait shop in Wisconsin, call Jim Cheshire, Realtor, at 715-892-4223.

Jeff BolanderDewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post
715-892-2751 cell
715-358-5130 shop
www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com

6/10/24 @ 12:00 PM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04
Lots of North by Northeast wind made for cooler temps and tough fishing conditions this past weekend.  The rain didn’t add to the fun, but it did add to lake and flowage levels that rose.  Water temps stayed down in the low 60’s, stalling any movement from Largemouth Bass and Gills from setting up beds.
 
Largemouth Bass:  Good-Fair – Holding in heavy weeds, laying low.  Requiring getting down and working slow using jig/creature, Ned rigs, weighted Wackys.  Not as much activity or chasing in cold wind, action much slower but should pick up with warmer temps moving in.
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Good-Fair – No signs of beds, Smallies have moved off the shallows hard bottoms and are being caught in weeds using Ned rigs and drop-shotting weedless craw rigs.   This bite will get better as the post spawn winds down.
 
Musky:  Good-Fair – Start with shallow weeds using Wizards, #5 Mepps and 500 Buchertails early mornings.   Move to deeper 10-12’ weed lines by late mornings/early afternoons using small gliders, jerks.  Cold front and North winds slowed action.  Slow working small jerks with long pauses worked best during this time.
 
Walleye:  Good-Fair – Boat control in high wind key to holding along weed edges to present 1/8-1/4 oz jigs with redtails or crawlers in 8 to 14’ (depending on edge depth).   Cooler water temps should keep Walleye bite going in these areas for a while.
 Northern Pike:  Good-Fair – Not a lot of anglers targeted, but some nice fish of 24-30” caught while jigging chubs for Walleye.  Wind made casting tough unless anglers stuck to the lee side of lakes using spinnerbaits and #3 Mepps
 Bluegills, Crappie, Perch:  Fair – Tough conditions for panfish anglers.  Getting out of the wind crucial to be able to fish weeds using small tubes, Mini-Mites under floats with any consistency.
 
Looks like by Wednesday (6/12), warmer weather will return and more comfortable fishing conditions along with it.  Nicer weekend ahead!  We have seen a lot of rain and some more in the future.  Mosquitos at landings will be an issue once winds die down, so be prepared. 
 
Largemouth Bass and Bluegills will be up next (spawning) with Pumpkinseeds and Rock Bass following.  Hexogenia (Mayfly) hatch will most likely hold off until waters warm.
 
Have a great Father’s Day weekend!!
6/4/24 @ 1:28 PM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04
Another off spring!  Aren’t they all lately?  Early ice out you’d think would equate to ahead of schedule weed growth, but it doesn’t seem to be on many lakes.  Water temps hovered in the upper 50’s for a long time, finally moving into the 60’s but likely falling again with the forecast for the end of the week.  Some species of fish bedded early this year (Crappies, Smallmouth) and were done before what anglers were used to seeing.   Probably a good way to protect these fish while they are so vulnerable to harvest (Crappies) and harassment (Smallies).  Either way it all adds up to anglers having to adjust methods and locations while chasing their preferred fish!
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Very Good – Nice reports of high number, high quality fish (18-20”+).  Lots of this action fishing Wacky worms and Ned rigs around first drop wood or rocks.  Top-water in evenings and early mornings and twitching slash style baits (X-Raps, Husky Jerks) over 6-10’ of same types of water.

Largemouth Bass:  Good-Very Good – Staging, no reports of bedding yet, but if temps hold in mid-60’s and up they will be in.  Wacky worming and drop shotting in 6-10’ cabbage.  Evening top-water (Whopper Ploppers) and swimbaits such as Kietechs Swinging Impacts on 1/8 oz swim heads during late mornings thru mid-day.
 
Bluegills:  Good-Very Good – Very shallow on warm days, some signs of bedding colonies.  Tiny tubes, grubs (1-1 ½”) Mini-mites and small leeches.  Fish 2-6’.

Crappies:  Good – Confusion with the Crappie catchers as some anglers are finding eggs in the females they’ve filleted.  These fish missed their chance and they won’t get another this year!   These Crappies will slowly reabsorb these eggs, so don’t be surprised to find egg filled Crappies come August (soft, squishy, greenish eggs).  Casting small jig/twister, swim or under spin (Charlie Bees) effective, 6-12’ weeds.

Northern Pike:  Good – Swimbaits, spinnerbaits over thickest weeds you can find.   Stickbaits and 4-6” glidebaits as well as jigs with chubs or suckers a good bet.

Yellow Perch:  Good-Fair – Those seeking Perch finding in spread out cabbage flats of 5-10’.  Small floats baited with medium fatheads cast into pockets within weed beds best. 

Walleye:  Fair-Good – Mornings, especially early, have been tough.  Windows of opportunity seem to arise for jig anglers starting mid-morning and again late afternoon/early evening.  Still a decent minnow bite, but leeches under slip-floats have been effective.  Casting stickbaits over 8-12’ weeds (when you can find) producing nice, but mostly slot fish (20-24’).  Overcast with rain forecast could help throughout the week until things clear up on weekend.

Musky:  Fair–Good – Most reports of smaller fish hitting 6” Cranes and #5 Mepps.   Small Smity Jerks and similar glidebaits.  Most action in water less than 10’!
 
As always weather dictates fish and anglers alike.  Lots of wind shifts this past week with either high clear skies or rainy, stormy weather.  Lots of rain in a short period (6/3) saw some lake and Flowage levels rise.  Water temps fluctuating from 58-64 degree averages.   As said, some lakes behind on weed growth (others fine).  Mosquitos liking rain, but luckily dragon fly hatches showing up.  Despite call for rain (6/5 – 6/7), and cooler temps, fishing during new moon usually very good.  Just keep an eye on the sky for electricity!
5/28/24 @ 10:46 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04
Weather could have been kinder for the Memorial Weekend, we just had winds on Saturday that made for some challenging fishing.  Wind shifts and threats of rain along with some advancement on the fish spawning calendar disappointed some anglers. While giving rise to others up for the holiday weekend. 
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Very Good-Excellent - Somewhat earlier than usual, Smallies are up and bedding on many lakes. Season not open, all catch and release, but reports of hot fishing in the shallows using Wacky Worms, Ned Rigs, and Tubes.  If you only could find the Lee side of the lake, top-water action is a blast.  Lots of reports from anglers experiencing 30 to 40, and 50 fish days.

Walleye:  Very Good - Weeds being key, depth varies.  Finding Walleyes along 22' breaks in sandgrass, taking black chubs and red tails.  Working into weeds (tall, narrow leaf cabbage) of 10-14' also producing.  Jigging chubs or setting up slip floats with large fatheads or large leeches.  Casting stickbaits over weed tops of 10-14' just along breaks into deeper water producing well using Rattlin Rouge Perfect 10's.

Crappies:  Very Good-Good - Most spawning is done, though some lakes still have bedding fish.  Most consistent bite using small plastic, swimbait twister tails on 1/32oz jigs, through 6-10' weeds.  Mini Mites or Crappie minnows under small floats, rocking in the wind also producing.

Largemouth Bass:  Good-Very Good - Action in 6-10' weeds using wacky worms, tube jigs and #8 Husky Jerks.  Pre-rigged plastic worms slowly retrieved through some areas and a real "do nothing" approach that’s been deadly.

Northern Pike:  Good - Most reports came from Walleye anglers jigging chubs or Musky anglers working swimbaits and smaller musky bucktails.  A couple of reports from anglers targeting using #3 and #4 Mepps.

Yellow Perch:  Good-Fair - Prior to wind, anglers finding Perch taking medium fatheads in green cabbage of 6-8'.  Slip bobbers in pockets working best. Worms and leeches always seem to work when Perch are around.

Bluegills:  Good-Fair - Probably more due to wind and rain than anything.  Many Bluegill anglers prefer nicer weather.  Gills found from 2-8' of water, not bedding yet, but taking advantage of warmer waters and shallow bug hatches.

Musky:  Fair–Poor - Wind on opening day was brutal for boat control, and seeing what reports I could gather (my boat struck out!).  Few fish seen and even fewer caught. I’m sure I will hear (and see) more as this week progresses.

Water temps that had been into the mid-60s, (64–65 degrees) early last week dropped into the upper 50s (58 average).  May have been the rain and hail, yet Smallies have moved in and Largemouth won’t be far behind if temps get back into the mid-60s.  Forecast for cool mornings mid-week but nice days with temp pushing 70 degrees.  Unfortunately, rain is forecasted for the weekend, but I'll believe it when I see it.  Rain forecasts have been unreliable as far as the intensity the past week.
5/23/24 @ 12:10 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Bolander
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13
Thursday 5/23/24

Let's summarize fishing lately.  "What a Blast!"  It's why this time of year is my favorite.  It's almost impossible to go out on the water and not catch a fish.  In fact, if you're not catching a bunch you need to come into the bait shop for a quick "how to" lesson.  I'll give you some quick hints today but I'm going to stay away from mentioning fake baits that work cuz there are just too darn many.  If you come into the shop we can explain how to use each of these fake baits to help make you more of a killer on the water.

With Memorial Day weekend on the horizon, let's get ready by rehashing a few simple techniques.  Normally this weekend is the start of the crappie deluge.  This year it started about a week ago so it's a little early this year.  But depending on the lake most crappie are gonna be in pre-, mid-, or post-spawn.  Mid spawn is when they will bit the least as the females are exhausted and the males are busy protecting the nest.  But pre- and post- are the real feeding periods, especially post-spawn.  Start looking for them on the outside of the warm water green weed line and work your way towards the shallows.  Once you find them they should be active.  If thy are not they are probably in mid-spawn so go somewhere else or fish for something else.  It is also very important to use light jigs, 1/80 to 1/32 oz.  Your catch rate will diminish greatly if go any heavier than that.  The bait doesn't matter too much, whether it's plastic or meat, keep in small.

For every other specie of fish the MO is the same.  Start deep and work shallow in green weeds residing in warmer water.  Northern pike are everywhere.  Small mouth bass and large mouth bass are somewhere in the spawn.  Bluegill are mostly in pre-spawn and walleye are done spawning.

The main mistakes I believe that most fisherman make when they are not having the best of luck is they are fishing with too big of baits, fishing too fast and using too heavy of jigs.  I had guys out a couple of days ago in 25mph winds and still the only fish were caught on 1/32 oz jigs.  I know every fisherman has their favorite way of fishing but I'm telling you mine without saying "it's the only way".  It's hard to cover every aspect of fishing in these reports but the basics never change.  Small, slow and light is right, unless the fish disagree.

Get out there!  The fishing is just gonna get better all the way though June.  Again, I love this time of year.  You wanna make some memories and see some giant smiles?  Take a kid or two out to some shallow warm water with the above mentioned baits.  It's the reason we all fish.

And, PLEASE TAKE TIME TO REFLECT ON WHAT THIS WEEKEND MEANS... And have a safe one.
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I've started taking a few reservations for guiding this summer.  That always warms my bones.  Give a call and we'll get out and have some fun.  All the info is on the website at https://deweycatchemandhow.com/pages/northwoods-fishing-guide-service

The shop is set up for open water tactics now.  A few new items and a whole bunch of your favorite tried and true weapons are hanging on the hooks waiting for you to pick up.

Right now for live bait we have Jumbo Panfish worms, Crawlers, Small Crawlers, Wax worms, White, Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, Pink & Multi-colored Spikes, Crappie Minnows, Regular Fatheads, XL Fatheads, Walleye Suckers, Dave Minnows, Blacktail Chubs, Northern Bait!  
As far as leeches go we have to fantastic batch of M/L and L/J.  As always we sell them by the dozen, 1/4. 1/2 and full pound.  Prices are on the website.

And since we only deal with trappers and growers, our prices are the lowest around, by a lot!

HOURS:
Monday thru Thursday - 5am to 7pm
Friday - 5am to 8pm
Saturday - 5am to 6pm
Sunday - 5am to 5pm

We have to continue to squelch a few rumors.  The shop is still for sale.  Business is great but Linda and I are ready to ease into retirement.  WE ARE NOT GOING OUT OF BUSINESS!  If you have an interest in owning and operating the largest non-franchised bait shop in Wisconsin, call Jim Cheshire, Realtor, at 715-892-4223.

Jeff BolanderDewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post
715-892-2751 cel
lwww.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com


5/21/24 @ 11:16 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04
Fishing has picked up as we move into the later part of May.  For some species, the season seems to have charged ahead of schedule.  Water temps range from 54 degrees on larger lakes to 65 degrees on smaller lakes and the dark water of Flowages.  Overall averages about 58-62 degrees.  With the Memorial holiday weekend and the Musky opener coming up, expect lots of anglers to be out enjoying the good fishing!
 
Crappie:  Excellent – Lots of reports from anglers finding staging, bedding and post spawn Crappies depending on the size and average surface temperature of the lakes.   Small plastics such as tubes and Mini-mites fished below floats or without, small grub/spinner combos (beetle spins, Charlie Bees) and the good ol’ Crappie minnow and bobber.  Nice catches reported with lots of fish in the 10-12”+ range with slabs up to 15” being caught.  Good to see some anglers not pushing the bedded fish and releasing those big slabs.
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Very Good-Excellent – Reports of fish bedding on certain lakes already!   Lots of action on staging fish in 8-14’ using swimbaits (Keitech Swing Impact, Berkley Ripple Shads), Wacky worms, Ned rigs, tubes and jerkbaits.  Nice fish of 18-20” reported this past weekend.  Catch and Release only on Smallies.  
 
Bluegill:  Very Good – Not bedding as some would think (temps need to get higher) but good numbers of nice fish in the shallow weeds of 4-8’.  Tiny tubes, Mini-mites, small leeches and leaf worms.  Nice fish in the 7 ½-9” range with some honest 10”+ to make things very interesting.
 
Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – LMB roaming shallows, target using swimbaits, jerkbaits, Carolina rigs with sweet beavers or creature baits.  Or do like Ryan Deitz, 16 yrs old from Wisconsin Rapids using a wacky worm in 5’ of water to catch the biggest Largemouth I’ve seen in a longtime up here, 23”- 6 ½#’s!
 
Walleye:  Very Good-Good – Working tall cabbage in 8-12’ using 1/16 oz weedless jigs tipped with Dace, fatheads or large leeches.  Slip-bobbers also effective, especially towards dusk along the edges of these weed beds.  Casting Rattlin Rouges over 10-14’ edges/breaks has been scoring nice catches for anglers working large lakes where temps run in the mid-50’s still.
 
Northern Pike:  Very Good-Good – Casting swimbaits of 4-5”, Mepps #3’s : #4’s, chatterbaits and even Daredevils working over green cabbage beds.  Big minnows (chubs, suckers) on a jig or under floats with a wide gap hook and wire leader also effective.  Some nice fish in the upper 20” to low 30” range this week.  Action and size very good.
 
Yellow Perch:  Not as many people targeting, but nice catches in shallow weeds.  Fish of 8-10”+ from 5-8’ weeds taking medium fatheads and leeches.
 
Musky have been active in shallows, chasing hooked Bass and Crappies.  Should be a good opener to use shallow twitchbaits, smaller bucktails and swimbaits.
 
Following some rain midweek through Friday, looks like a good fisherman weekend for the holiday.  
 
Mosquitoes are starting to show, not bad on the water, but better cover up at the landings.
5/13/24 @ 12:31 PM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04
Things are looking up for fishing in the Lakeland Area.  Following a slow week at times last week (magnetic storm in outer space, how’s that sound?), the forecasted lows seem to be rising, so mornings should get better.   Prior it has been afternoons that were better fishing as lake temps would rise, then fall again with the morning’s air temps dropping into the 30’s.
 
Crappie:  Good-Very Good – Good reports from Crappie anglers finding pre-spawn (many VERY pre-spawn) Crappies in 7-10’ weeds and shallower at times.  Kalin Crappie Scrubs, Charlie Bee’s, Garland Itty Bits and small tube jigs as well as small minnows on slip-floats.  Very reliable source also reported Crappies bedding already on a few smaller lakes.  Once they’ve committed, these bedders won’t leave.  With forecast, expect a lot more similar situations.
 
Largemouth Bass:  Good-Very Good – Most activity in shallows with dark bottoms on warming afternoons.  Wacky Worms, light weighted Ned rigs, 4” plastic worms producing action with nice fish of 18-20” reported.
 
Bluegill:  Good – With no report last week, readers let me know they did in fact find Gills and its only getting better!  Mostly in 5-8’ using leafworms, Mini-Mites tipped with waxies or the tiniest of tube jigs.   Not warm enough for top-water popper fishing, but one good report from an angler using wet flies.
 
Northern Pike:  Good – As weeds slowly green and grow, anglers finding more opportunities in 6-10’.  Spinners (#3-#4 Mepps) spinnerbaits, swimbaits and chub/jig combos.  Good action and nice size of 24-30” fish reported.
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Good – Not as many targeting (still only catch and release) but some very nice Smallies being caught by anglers using tube jigs, Ned rigs and Jigging Raps/Shiver Minnows along breaks outside of spawning areas.  Twitching X-Raps and Husky Jerks working just at the areas where the shallows fall to deep also.
 
Walleye:  Fair-Good – Had a lull last week it seemed.  Mornings were toughest with action improving in afternoons.  Water temps playing big roll, but that looks to level off.  Green weeds, jig and bait time.  Dace, fats, smaller chubs and even leeches working well.  Anglers casting stickbaits (Rapalas, Thundersticks, Rattlin Rouges) also picking up nice catches towards dusk in shallower weeds (7’ less).
 
Surface temps ranging 52-58 degrees on most lakes.   It’s been either windy or flat most days (both on some days).  Small fronts moving through bring rain and temperature changes.  Look forward to a nice consistent week with lows in the 40’s and highs mid to upper 60’s bringing some consistency.  Great time to get out on the water as fishing good, temps nice and bugs low.
5/9/24 @ 5:55 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Bolander
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13
Thursday 5/9/24

If you haven't heard by now the walleye fishing is open to all on the MInocqua chain.  You are allowed to keep one fish over 18" but nothing over 22".  Remember you can still keep 5 largemouth bass and 5 northern pike with no size limitations.  Small mouth season will open on Father's Day weekend.
 
The Opener weekend was great.  But who cares.  We need to catch fish now, right!

Walleye didn't end up being as far into the spawn as we had thought.  But they are pretty much done now.  A few exceptions but now's a good time to go after them.  I would head to the shorelines near their pawning grounds and throw minnow bait plastics and crankbaits.  The males are on the feed now and will hit those baits aggressively.  Give those big females another few days before they go on the feed.  I fish a good hour and a half after sundown.  Same MO for the morning,  Get out there early.  During the day I'm on the warmest water with the greenest weeds giving off that fresh oxygen.  Weeds are ahead of schedule this year for a change so they shouldn't be too hard to find.  Fish the deep edges of them. The more sunlight the more the fish will be in the weeds where with less sunshine they will be outside of the weeds.

The other favorite fish this time of the year is Crappie.  They are in warm water enjoying the heat and chasing the little minnows that share their love of that warmth.  There are so many ways to catch them it's almost impossible to list them all.  The main thing is to use the lightest presentation you can and still feel the bite.  Start with a 1/64 oz jig and go from there.  Beetle spins, mister twisters, trout size spinner baits, a plain gold hook tipped with a minnow or crawler or leech or small plastic and a sinker under a slip boober.  My favorite plastics are Gulp! 1 1/2" minnows, Berkley Power Grubs (1 1/2") and Kalin Crappie Scrubs.  And sometimes color matters so don't be afraid to put a few different ones in your tackle box.

Me and a sales buddy fished a local lake last night and got about 50 crappie, 10 bluegills, 2 perch and 2 walleyes fishing with those lightly presented plastics.  All were released to fight again.  Proving again there is no one way to catch a fish.

Get out there!  The fishing is just gonna get better all the way though June.  I love this time of year.  You wanna make some memories and see some giant smiles?  Take a kid or two out to some shallow warm water with the above mentioned baits.  It's the reason we all fish.

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I've started taking a few reservations for guiding this summer.  That always warms my bones.  Give a call and we'll get out and have some fun.  All the info is on the website at https://deweycatchemandhow.com/pages/northwoods-fishing-guide-service


The shop is set up for open water tactics now.  A few new items and a whole bunch of your favorite tried and true weapons are hanging on the hooks waiting for you to pick up.

Right now for live bait we have Jumbo Panfish worms, Crawlers, Wax worms, White, Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, Pink & Multi-colored Spikes, Crappie Minnows, Regular Fatheads, XL Fatheads, Walleye Suckers, Dave Minnows, Mud Minnows, Blacktail Chubs, Northern Bait, Mousees!  

As far as leeches go we have to great batch of M/L and L/J.  As always we sell them by the dozen, 1/4. 1/2 and full pound.  Prices are on the website.

HOURS:
Monday thru Thursday - 5am to 6pm
Friday - 5am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday - 5am to 6pm

We have to continue to squelch a few rumors.  The shop is still for sale.  Business is great but Linda and I are ready to ease into retirement.  WE ARE NOT GOING OUT OF BUSINESS!  If you have an interest in owning and operating the largest non-franchised bait shop in Wisconsin, call Jim Cheshire, Realtor, at 715-892-4223.

Jeff Bolander
Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post
715-892-2751 cell
www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com

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