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5/31/22 @ 12:49 PM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

As this report is being written (5/30/22), it’s 85 degrees outside in the Lakeland Area!  Bright, sunny and a little wind.  Weather can’t make up its mind causing some confusion for both anglers and anglees (fish)!  Water temps started out the holiday weekend in the mid to upper 50’s, but are shooting up into the mid 60’s + just today.  Uptick in water temp was good for fish activity and should progress the rest of this week.

Walleye:  Very Good – Nice weed bite developing any place new green weed growth can be found.   Dace, large fatheads and large leeches on 1/16 oz Invasion jigs in 6-9’ weeds very productive.  Slip-bobber fishing large leeches in same areas also producing.

Northern Pike:  Very Good – Casting across new weed growth using spinnerbaits and 5” swimbaits hard to beat.  Jig or slip float with chub or sucker using light wire leader also working very well.

Crappie:  Good – In most cases only found out away from spawning areas, cold last week may have pushed them out for last time.  Lots of Crappies caught in weeds of 5-12’.  Some females carrying spawn, but I believe they are past viable stage.  Don’t be surprised if you find eggs in July/August Crappies being reabsorbed.  Some just plain missed their chance.  Small minnows on tiny hair jigs below slip floats suspended 2-4’ off bottom best.

Smallmouth Bass:  Good – Look for this bite to get even better.  Smallies bedding on many lakes.  Light Ned rigs, creatures and tubes good.  On calmer days working top-water over shallows hot!  Season not open, so get those fish back quickly, but have fun!

Bluegill:  Good – Very shallow, soaking up what ever warm weather we have.  Anglers report casting up into 2’ of water with poppers, flys and tiny mni-mintes catching lots of Gills.  Not bedding yet, just warming up.

Largemouth Bass:  Good – With Monday’s heat, don’t be surprised to find LMB getting ready to bed.   So far Wacky worms, 3.5” swimbaits, flukes and tubes good choice.  Top-water action also good.  Early mornings using Zara Spooks producing nice 1 ½ - 2 ½ # Bass.

Musky:  Good-Fair – It was the opener.  It is also smack in the middle of the spawn on many lakes (as witnessed by many anglers) yet a few fish did get caught.  Seems top-water and small twitchbaits proved tops.  Smaller bucktails tagged a few, but most reports were of smaller males.

Yellow Perch:  Fair-Good – Improving as Perch being found in greening weeds feeding heavily on insects (dragonfly larvae).  Try using ½ a crawler or medium leech in 4-6’ of weeds.  A small float to suspend bait a foot off of the bottom.  Some respectable catches (10-15) of eaters (8-10”) reported by those targeting.  A lot also caught by Walleye anglers.

Our hot spell of Monday/Tuesday (5/30-5/31) will cool off the rest of the week to settle in for highs in upper 60’s.  Smallmouth and some Largemouth should be found committing to beds. The Walleye and Pike fishing should continue to be good while Musky may need to recover a bit from spawn.  Will need another warm up for Largemouth Bass and Gills to fire up spawning activity full force.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
5/27/22 @ 3:09 PM
FISHING REPORT
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13

I have never seen lakes so different.  This goofy-weathered May has really got the fish confused.  Remember in the movie A LEAGUE OF OUR OWN and Geena Davis and Tom Hanks are giving the batter opposite Bunt/Don't Bunt signs and the batter keeps stepping into and outa the batter's box, well the fish are the batter and the weather keeps flashing the Bunt/Don't bunt signs. But it looks like it's finally ending (knock on wood).

Here's the Reader's Digest version of what's happening out there: Crappie are hot, hot, hot.  Bluegill are getting hot. Bass are staging.  Walleye are plentiful with small windows.  Northern are everywhere.  Perch are quiet.  Water temps are around 55-59 degrees.  Crawlers are starting to out produce minnows.  The sun came out.

Memorial Weekend is here and the Muskie fisherpersons have giddy with excitement.  Midnight tonight the Muskie fever begins.  They should be plentiful as we've been seeing them chasing our catch almost every time out in the past week.

And please, while you're fishing, remember what this weekend is all about, what we are memorializing.  We are sooooo lucky.  Now deserve it.

 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. 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, Mud Minnows and Northern minnows. We have plenty of waxies right now and smaller 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]>
- Friday, 5/27/2022

5/26/22 @ 9:41 AM
FISHING REPORT
GBTrout
USER SINCE 9/25/18
Was up this past weekend through last night and wow ~ that weather is swinging all over the place right now... we had rain, a brief hailstorm and temps in the low 30's swing all the way up and almost hit 70 on Tuesday before dropping back down... the swings made the bite really tough but did manage to find a few smallies and had a great time with the kid on the water and in town.



5/24/22 @ 9:18 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Morning temps back in the low 30’s the past couple mornings (frost on 5/23).  Thank goodness for Global Warming or the lakes would have refrozen by Memorial Weekend!

The drop in temperature, wind, sleet, has caused lake surface temps to drop into the mid to upper 50’s from the low to mid 60’s.   This will extend the good shallow water post spawn Walleye bite, but may put the Crappie spawn off for a bit on some lakes, here it goes…

Crappie:  Good-Fair – It’s what the majority of phone calls have been about!  Have they?  Did they?   Will they?...  It’s tough to pinpoint with so many types of lakes, with water temps that vary from lake to lake.  There have been signs of bedding Crappies.  There has also been a lot of sign of Crappies staging (mostly females) waiting in the weeds just outside the spawning areas.  Crappies typically like temps to run 64-66 degrees to spawn.  We had that, whether or not they set up beds before the temps fell back into the 50’s is the question.  With most lakes, once they commit, they stay (unlike my first two ex-wives), also with a warming trend coming, expect very good Crappie fishing this weekend be it pre-spawn or spawn.  Be conscious of the lakes with 10 fish limits for Crappies and have fun.  Small minnows, small floats and a handful of tiny tubes, mites or hair jigs should do the trick.

Smallmouth Bass:  Good-Fair – Some sign of bedding Smallies on certain lakes.  Others finding shallow cruisers in the AM.  Tubes, swim baits and smaller flukes.  The recent cold mornings has pushed the better bite to late mornings through mid-afternoons.

Walleye:  Good-Fair – Action picked up after fall off early last week.  Post spawn feeding in shallows.  A lot of the best reports from 4-6’ with newly emergent weeds and soft mud bottoms.  Jig and minnow and jig and leech combos as Walleyes feeding on midge larvae and emerging leeches in mud.  More of the larger females showing up now.  As with other bites, late mornings better than early.

Northern Pike:  Good-Fair – Most reports from anglers working jigs and chubs for Walleye.   Targeting Pike has been good using spinner baits in the ¼ oz size with plastic trailers.

Largemouth Bass:  Good-Fair – Cruising dark bottoms, Largemouth Bass anglers getting action on jig/creature combos, as well as, wacky worming 4” worms in 3-6’ of water.

Bluegill:  Fair – Just not prime Bluegill chasing weather.  A few nice Gills eating small minnows meant for Crappies.  Need warmer temps to improve this bite again.

Yellow Perch:  Fair – Not many anglers targeting.  Those that do catching nice Perch using medium fatheads or dace minnows around 4-6’ newly greening cabbage

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
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


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