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5/19/22 @ 12:52 PM
FISHING REPORT
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13

The fishing has been pretty good this May.  I'd say spring but when the temps are knocking the dust offa 90 you gotta think we're in the summer months already.  Water temps have risin faster than gas prices and the fish are confused to say the least.  It's still no problem to catch them but most of the rules we go by this time of year are mute.  Just fish.

Well, that's ending right now.  Our forecasts are more normal now, highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s and 40s.  That means we'll finally start to develop some fishing patterns we are familiar with.  The longer daylight hours will green up the weeds even more and that's where we are gonna find those critters.

I fish all over the place, not just 3 or 4 lakes, so I gotta admit getting a good handle on a particular lake can be challenging.  But the more I do this the more I see similarities in the lakes, as long as they of the same type (size, water clarity, etc).  Our best walleye bites lately have been in the noon to 4pm period.  Weird, huh?  But it is what it is.  The water temps shot up so fast ALL the species figured it was time to make hay.  At a time of the year when most fish would not be any closer than the first break away from the spawning areas, they were right in the spawning areas.  Some lakes they are done, for others, it was a false alarm.  They are gonna start over.  Which is good.  A spread out spawn is a healthy and fruitful one.

The live bait of choice has been minnows, minnows, minnows.  Crawlers and leeches have not been producing very well.  Well, they're gonna start any day now.  Be ready,  Plastics have enjoyed early success because of the warmer weather and later bites.

As far as individual species right now the crappie fire is just starting to burn.  Look out.  Where last week they were cruising the beds, the last few days I have seen them bunching up outside of the spawning areas on the Livescope at around 10' of water.  Not very active feeding yet but getting ready.  Same with bluegill.  A few on the beds but most in deep water waiting to hit the shorelines.  I can always tell they are getting ready by watching them approach a bait, any bait, and then swim away with out biting on the Livescope.  

The walleyes seem to all be on the first break and just out side the green weed line.  They are moving quickly looking for food.  We've had no problem catching them but finding them was a challenge.  One day we couldn't keep up with them so we decided to put the spot lock on and wait for them to come back.  They did.

This is the last weekend before Memorial Day.  Can you believe it? Get out there and enjoy it before the crowds descend on your favorite spots.  Good luck out there!

 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 some 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. 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 6am 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, walleye suckers, Mud Minnows and Northern minnows. We have plenty of waxies right now and leeches.  It's been a tough year for leeches so far.  We have plenty of them but they are on the smaller side.  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]>
- Thursday, 5/19/2022

5/19/22 @ 12:45 PM
GBTrout
USER SINCE 9/25/18

Walleye closed for catch and release? (I should have mentioned C&R )

5/19/22 @ 12:18 PM
FISHING REPORT
FishChip
USER SINCE 2/2/17

Walleye is still closed on Minocqua. Smallies should be staging. Good luck.

5/19/22 @ 12:11 PM
GBTrout
USER SINCE 9/25/18

Coming up this weekend and staying on Minocqua with the kiddo ~ first year I'm bringing him up and hoping to get him on some good fish... looks like we are gonna have our work cut out for us with the weather  cold front sliding in this weekend.

I'll hit the local shops for tips and ideas to try and make it a good trip but any tips in would be greatly appreciated! (mostly chasing bass and 'eyes but thinking the pike bite will be good)

Tight lines!!!

5/17/22 @ 1:11 PM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Well, that was nice!  Didn’t have a spring, had a great summer last week (though kinda stormy) and back to fall by the weekend!

Water temps on most lakes shot right through the 50’s into the low 60’s over the weekend.  Shallows got active, fish utilizing the warmth of the shallows for egg development and to find food.  That could change by the end of this week.  Lows forecasted in the low 30’s with highs of upper 50’s to upper 40’s will “slow the roll” of this fast temp rise.  Good sun should help with weed growth, and maybe the continuation of bug hatches.

Crappie:  Good-Very Good – Crappies moving up to warm up on north shores provided good action for anglers.  Casting small, but heavy floats to get range, baiting small #10 aberdeen hooks with a tail-hooked minnow allowed to swim freely under 14-16” of line.  Anglers also finding Crappies staging in 8-12’ cabbage hanging 2-4’ off bottom taking Kalin Crappie Scrubs and Mini Mites doing well.

Northern Pike:  Good – Spinner baits, stick baits and swim baits in warming cabbage flats of 4-8’ good for Pike.  Relaxing with a float and 5-7” chub or sucker under a float good way to enjoy the nicer days.

Largemouth Bass:  Good – Dark bottom areas picking up sun and heat holding Largemouth in 3-7’ depth.  Wacky Worming and working dark hair jigs tipped with 3” trailers also effective.

Smallmouth Bass:  Fair-Good – Season closed until June 18th, but nice, heavy Smallies being caught and released while targeting Walleyes in the shallows.

Walleye:  Fair – Hot bite slowed.  Oddly, some of the best action is late morning through mid-day.  Dace, large fats, muds and leeches worked through cabbage and grasses in 6-10’ of water best.  Pattern may still hold with cold mornings forecasted.

Yellow Perch:  Fair – Not a lot of effort being put into Perch right now, but some nice, post spawn fish being caught in shallows using medium fatheads.

The cool outlook for the following week will probably bring surfaces, temps back down into the 50’s where they should stay for a while.  By bringing temps back in line, we should see patterns redevelop where they should be by next week’s end.  That shot of warm weather should have Crappies thinking spawn and gamefish feeding up once shock of recent cold nights diffuse.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
5/14/22 @ 11:37 AM
FISHING REPORT
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13

Sorry for the lateness of this report.  It was a busy week guiding and keeping up with all the folks in the shop.  Thursday just kinda zipped by without notice.

The Opener was very subdued.  There weren't near as many folks out and about as in previous years.  Places where you would normally have to walk miles to a boat landing after parking didn't have much of an overflow.  Guys were telling me that it was the first time they were ever able to park in the parking lots on opening day.  I don't normally fish on Opening day, as I'm too busy in the shop, but I did get out for a few hours on Sunday on a lake that normally has 10-20 boats on it.  There were only three!  It seemed that most of the locals sat this one out to get a chance to get the yard cleaned up after our storms and to spend a little more time with Mom on her weekend.

For those that did get out it was surprising how fast the water temps have ballooned.  On Sunday I found 64 degree water in one bay,  Amazing.  And the same story has continued throughout the week.  Most fish are shallow(er), of course that's lake dependent.  One day we found crappie, bass and walleye mainly in 3 feet of water.  Another day I found walleye off a thick weed edge in 9' of water in the afternoon.  Yesterday we found bass and walleye in 3-5' for water and crappie and walleye in 20' of water.

Each day is different at this time of year.  Ya gotta look fer em.  Leave no stone unturned.  Don't think, 'well they should be here" cuz maybe they aren't.  Be flexible, Use different presentations.  Try something new.  You wouldn't believe how many folks tell me they didn't catch a thing all day and upon further questioning I found they were doing the same thing all day--cuz that's what worked before.  With the water temps rising faster than gas prices the fish gotta be wondering what's going on.  So look everywhere and use everything.

Hey, I gotta brag a little.  Fishing some sandy shorelines I caught a pig of a small mouth near where they bed.  Almost 21" and maybe close to 7 pounds.  Biggest one I have ever caught.  I don't ask my clients to take a picture of me often but I did for that one!

Get out there and enjoy this weather.  We deserve it.

 We hope you can find the time to come in to the shop during your time here in the northwoods.  We are at the tail end of switching the inventory over to open water items so we hope you'll excuse the mess. The number one comment we get is our guests can't believe the size of our selection. I put some 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.  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 6am to 7pm
Friday from 5am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday from 5am to 7pm.  

Our minnows all come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. Right now we have crappie minnows, regular fats, Tuffys (XL large fats), Blacktail chubs, walleye suckers, Dace, Mud Minnows and Northern minnows. We have plenty of waxies right now but no leeches.  Our trappers have not been able to get any good ones yet if any at all.  Next week we're hoping that will change for the better.  The crawlers are awesome right now.  Best I've seen over the last couple of years.  We sell them by the dozen, 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]>
- Saturday, 5/14/2022


5/10/22 @ 8:22 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Opening weekend happened!  Beautiful weather on opening day allowed for lots of participation as anglers got to let their pent-up open water angling out.  Those who got out were met with some surprisingly warm water (avg 48 – 50 degrees) considering ice just left many of our lakes just days (some lakes hours) before.

Burdened with carrying eggs somewhat longer (couple weeks) than usual, female Walleyes dumped their eggs quickly as water temps raced through the “preferred” spawning temps of 38 to 42 degrees leaving lots of males still working the shallows looking for love!

Walleye:  Excellent-Good – Opening morning started out hot at day break (and even hotter for those starting at midnight).  Lots of action from lingering males, with several “spent” female being caught and released as anglers reported personal bests (PB).  While jig and minnow (Dace, fats, chubs) accounted for most, shallow stick baits (Rattlin Rouges, #7 Countdowns, #9 Floating Rapalas and Jr. Thundersticks) as well as jig and plastics produced on bodies with aggressive fish.  In some cases, a slow, drag and light wiggle was needed to entice on jig and minnows.

Northern Pike:  Good – Not as prominent as expected and rarely targeted at this time, some nice Pike were boated by anglers targeting Walleyes in the shallows (3-5’) using jigs with minnows.  Largest this week a 40” caught by a Lucky Lady using 6# test!

Smallmouth Bass:  Good – As with Pike, we received no reports from anglers targeting but some nice incidentals in the 16-18” range were C&R by Walleye anglers.

 Crappie:   Good-Fair – Leading up to the gamefish opener, anglers found Crappies “staging” in 8-12’ taking small minnows.  On the flat, warm sunny afternoons Crappies were seen in less than a foot and a half of water sunning.  They are not spawning at this time, just warming their bodies and helping egg production for the time to come.  Those fish, when found, are very spooky yet with long cast can be caught.

Yellow Perch, Bluegill and Largemouth Bass were caught, but rarely targeted, not enough for a report.

With water temps shooting up into upper 40’s to low 50’s before settling down by Sunday/Monday (5/8-5/9) it’s taking a little searching from opening morning onward to stay on fish.  The forecast of highs in upper 70’s to low 80’s by week’s end will play havoc on the fisher people as minnow and insect hatches will have to be competed with, and on some smaller lakes our favored post spawn preferred surface temps of the 50’s may just shoot into the 60’s by the weekend.

Also of note, lake levels are high and due to late ice out, many lakes don’t have piers in at launches as DNR crews are scrambling to get to the landings and get set up.


Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
5/5/22 @ 12:56 PM
FISHING REPORT
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13

Can you believe it!  It's here!  The Opener!

What are the ice conditions?  While most lakes are wide open including the flowages, some of the bigger and deeper ones will still have a little cover.  But not much.  Fence and Trout are always the last to lose their ice hats but there will be plenty of water on even those lake to explore.  But watch the wind and don't get pinned against the shoreline by a barge of ice.  The water will be cold but open for the most part. (yeah!)

Where are the Walleye gonna be?  Of course each lake has it's own personality but in general the walleye are gonna be in the middle of the spawn.  Some lakes they are done while others they are getting ready.  Low light conditions against those northern shorelines will give you a great opportunity for a big mama.  I'd be casting some type of stick bait or rattling lure, firetiger, along those flats next to the deeper water.  Green weeds being present would make your chances even better.  Stay far away from the shoreline and cast right up to it even into 6 inches of water.  Of course moving a live minnow on a light jig slowly thru the green weeds is also a go to presentation.  The sunnier it is the more protected they position themselves from the sun.

Where will the Northern Pike be?  Fricken everywhere.  Just fish for something and you will catch one or get bit off.  They are the best eatin' fish this time of year for sure.

Where will the perch be?  Perch have basically the same MO as the walleye.  Crawlers, worms, small twister tails, small stick baits in the shallower green weeds will catch fish.

How about bluegills?  Look for shallow warm water that that the gills can sun themselves in.  Small minnows, worms and bugs under a bobber are always a great presentation.  On some deeper lakes they will be in 15-20 FOW where the green weeds are.  Or on shallow rocks that have been warmed by the sun.

And the Crappies?  Very lake dependent for sure.  They aren't going to spawn for a long time yet but they are in a pre spawn feed.  Find baitfish and you'll find crappie.  I usually start looking in the deeper water out from where they usually spawn.  I throw small twister tails, beetle spins and tubs and let them tell me what they want.  Again, like the other species, they want the warmest oxygenated water they can find.  So you find it, too.

That's it for prognostications now.  The weather outlook looks fantastic for the fisherman.  We'll see if the fish like it as well.  And one more thing.  I ain't preaching but could you please THROW BACK THOSE PRE-SPAWN MAMAS and come back and catch them in another week or two after they do their thing?

 We hope you can find the time to come in to the shop during your time here in the northwoods.  We are at the tail end of switching the inventory over to open water items so we hope you'll excuse the mess. The number one comment we get is our guests can't believe the size of our selection. I'll get some 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.  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.

On Opening Weekend we will be open:
Friday from 7am to midnight
Saturday from 4am to 7pm
Sunday from 5am to 6pm.  

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

Our minnows all come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. Right now we have crappie minnows, regular fats, Tuffys (XL large fats), Blacktail chubs, walleye suckers, Dace, Mud Minnows and Northern minnows. We have plenty of waxies right now but no leeches.  Our trappers have not been able to get any good ones yet if any at all.  Next week we're hoping that will change for the better.  The crawlers are awesome right now.  Best I've seen over the last couple of years.  We sell them by the dozen, 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]>
- Thursday, 5/5/2022


5/2/22 @ 2:27 PM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Here we are (5/2), days from our opener (5/7), and most lakes of any size (800 acres plus) still have ice on more than half their surface area!  But don’t despair…Forecasted highs for Wed, Thurs, Fri are in the mid to high 60’s.  The ice that is covering our lakes is in very bad shape, most less than 6” and honey-combed and falling apart.  Wind shifts are helping to move rafts of ice from shoreline to shoreline, furthering the demise of the ice!

With ice, for the most part, being gone by the opener (Trout, Fence could still be iced).  Walleye, Pike and Perch will be in spawning modes.  Target warm shallows (at this time of year, temperature of water by just a couple degrees can make all the difference).  High skies with a lot of sun will warm temps, but best bites in these conditions are typically low light times of early mornings and at dusk.

If the sun is shining, as forecasted, check the lee side of the lakes with the most sun for Gills and Crappies warming in the shallows.  Long cast, so as not to spook these fish, with rocket bobbers and small crappie minnows, tiny tubes or leaf worms could bring some mid-day life to what might be a lull in the Walleye action.

Pond raised minnows (fatheads, suckers etc.) will be in good supply.  Wild minnows (redtails, blacks, dace and muds) not running well yet, but could be in better supply come Friday (5/6).  Looks like leeches are slowly coming in and crawlers and worms should be in good supply.

Watch our Facebook page for mid-week ice updates.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
4/29/22 @ 8:33 AM
Stlheadr
USER SINCE 6/5/09

I just checked a web cam for Long Lake in Washburn/Barron county and it was all open. Yesterday it was open for about 20' out then all ice.

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