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5/7/21 @ 8:59 AM
FISHING REPORT
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13
FISHING REPORTS:
Well the 2021 Opener is in the books.  Mixed reports for sure.  As far as the shop went we were even busier this year than last year but as far as lake traffic, most told me than is was way less than last year.  I chalk this up to pent up demand. Last year folks were getting out to avoid the you know what and this year we had ice out quite a bit earlier than last year.  My clients cancelled for the weekend so I'm going by what others have told me.  

The catch seemed to be very average at best.  The Walleye spawn is not as far along as we had thought.  Blame all the cold temps and lack of sun over the past few weeks for that.  But surprisingly the weed growth isn't too bad.  I got out a few times the past week and each lake we were on had a healthy amount of greening weeds.  We might just have a normal year for a change!  I'm glad the weeds aren't too developed as this will keep the Walleye post spawn bite going longer into May. A few of my river and flowage guys said they did very well in the current and current fed bays.

Poor crappie.  They are still waiting for some sun to make their move.  With the right electronics you can see them schooled up all over the place but none seem to be in the attack mode.  But that could change any day now, any minute even.  So you gotta keep trying and stay on them until they are ready.  The guys that are catching a few are fishing the warmest parts of the day close to their spawning areas in the warmest water they can find.

Not a lot of great catches of northern reported.  But again, we need sun and warmer water to get the rest of the fish going so the northern will turn on and chase them.  Then the northern will become the normal pain in the butt we all love them for.

Perch have no MO right now.  You will catch them along side of everything else.  Look for wood and greening weeds in where they may be chasing minnows or bugs and throw minnows and bugs at them.

Largemouth and smallmouth bass are all over the charts right now as well.  Put bluegill into that same category.  We have some warmer temps and sunnier days in the forecast.  If we actually get those you'll see the fishing take off, all species.  My suggestion?  Get out there so you're ready when they are!

No big DNR changes this year.  The Minocqua chain is still catch and release on walleyes.  But remember, on the Minocqua chain, you can keep 5 of any size largemouth bass and 5 of any size northern pike and in my opinion they are much better table fare than a walleye any day.

Good luck and be safe.  Our store hours are M-T-W-Th 6am to 7pm, Fr 6am to 10pm, Sat 6am to 7pm and Sunday (MOTHER'S DAY) 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, Redtail chubs, Blacktail chubs, River Shiners, Mud Minnows, Northern minnows and Walleye Suckers.  Remember your first scoop of crappie minnows is always only $2 with a purchase of anything else in the store.  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.
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]>
 - Friday, 5/7/2021

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5/5/21 @ 11:25 AM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
nophish
USER SINCE 2/16/12

Found fish Saturday in 8-10' with new weed growth. Did run into spawning fish despite reports of spawning being completely done. Went out at 630pm and returned at 8pm with 3 fish limit. Pic below is of filleted male with full sperm sacks. Found in 6' on gravel in current area.  Might be nearing the end but like the whitetail rut, seems there is a front and back that is less popular to the animals and humans alike.

5/4/21 @ 9:07 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

“A Nice Opener”, that’s pretty much what the opinion has been about the start to the 2021 season.  Overall good weather (sort of cool in the early AM, a bit windy) but warmed up and well attended!

Lakes out performed Flowages to start the season.   The very early ice out caused the Walleye spawn to finish early, with most of those who targeted spawning beds disappointed.  On the subject of disappointment, despite the month of open water, weed growth is still sparse, Bad News/Good News – the Good News…it has a way to go, so lots of good May Walleye fishing still to come.

Walleye:  Good-Very Good – As earlier stated, some bodies of water, notably the Flowages, were poor.  Anglers working lakes had very good success working 6-8’ depths with any type of new weed growth (as hard as it was to find).  Using 1/16 oz weedless jigs tipped with Dace, large Fats and large Leeches action never seemed fast, but good catches brough in.  On some larger lakes, a rock gravel bite was still going on.  A bit larger minnow, black chubs or Walleye suckers were more effective.

Crappies:  Good – With air temps hitting upper 70’s, Crappie fishing got better and shallower by the afternoon/evening.  Wind made afternoons a bit tough, but those out on the water able to hold did well in 3-5’ depths.

Northern Pike:  Good – Active bite on spinner baits, swim baits and jig and chubs.  Not a lot of anglers targeting, but as Pike tend to do, they were willing to bite.

Largemouth Bass:  Good – Spinner baits worked well as water temps were on the rise Saturday.  Still effective on Sunday, but a better bite on plastics such as Wacky Worms and jig/Sweet Beaver combos.

Surface temps moved into the low to mid 50’s with Saturday’s temp.  Forecast for more nights in the 30’s, highs in 50’s means temps will probably hover in the upper 40’s – low 50’s, delaying more weed growth, but spreading the bite out this month.

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(715) 356-4797
5/3/21 @ 8:46 PM
Bluetail Fly
USER SINCE 4/11/07

Lost cell phone found at Willow Flowage dam landing Monday May 3 around 3 pm. If it is yours, or perhaps you know someone that lost theirs, message me. I'd like to see the proper owner get it back.

4/29/21 @ 10:47 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

It’s the cusp of the 2021 Walleye opener here in the Northwoods!   As usual, nothing ever seems the same from one opener to the next.

A very early ice out back in late March followed by temps in the 80’s in early April shot water temps up quickly.  Walley spawning started early and is all finished this year, even with the cold snap we’ve experienced dragging things out.  So…what to expect?

Lake temps that hit the high 50’s back in early April fell back in to the 40’s for most of the rest of this month.  The cold mornings and warming afternoons could be helping opening day anglers by dragging out the slow warm up, keeping the post spawn bite active as minnows, insects and leeches start to fill the shallow, newly emergent weeds with food and warmth.

Working those newly greening weed beds with the customary jig/minnow, jig/leech or jig and plastic combinations should be all most angers need to do well this weekend.  Finding those patches of green weeds and areas with slightly warmer water will be key.   A temperature difference of just 2-3 degrees from one part of the lakes shallows to another can make all the difference.

Watch as water temps rise in the afternoons as Crappies, Pike, Largemouth Bass and Bluegills move to the shallows to warm and feed.   Long cast with weighted floats (so as not to spook the fish) will be key for panfish anglers.  Casting stick baits (Husky Jerks, X-Raps, Rattlin Rouges) has been effective as early season catch and release Bass anglers have been finding out.

Looks to be great weather for our opener, we’ve missed the pre-spawn and spawn bite, but that happens more often than not and gives those Walleyes less pressure as they work to repopulate our waters.

Bait supplies look good for this opener with only Redtails and Dace in short supply.  With water temps looking to get into the 50’s by the weekend, don’t be shy about adding some leeches or crawlers to your arsenal.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
4/28/21 @ 10:23 AM
FISHING REPORT
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13


FISHING REPORTS:


Well, we got the early ice out but didn't really get to take advantage of it.  One cold front after another with rain and/or snow pretty much put a damper on the fishing.  The poor crappies got cramps from moving out and then moving back in and then out again.  But the good news is it looks like all that nasty stuff might be behind us.  The forecast keeps getting better every time i look at it.  As of now we're suppose to be in the 70's on Saturday with a nice night beforehand for those that like to hit the water at midnight.

The crappies are getting ready to pop.  Water temps are slowing nudging the 50 degree mark and the sun is starting to show itself again.  Each lake will have it's own combination in unlocking the crappie bite but most should be starting to turn on now.  Minnows and your favorite plastics swum in the water or jigged under a bobber will work right now.  There are SOOOO many ways to catch crappie that I would be ridiculous to try and tell you how in this report.  But look for greening weeds and wood on the north ends of the lake to start.  North ends usually have the warmest water in the lake.  They could be anywhere between the shoreline and the deeper edge of the weeds or wood.

Walleye are going to be post spawn.  How 'post spawn' they will be will depend on the lake.  Crawlers, leeches and your favorite minnows should do the trick either under a bobber of swum through the water column.  Plastics and stick baits should work as well, maybe even better, used the same way.  And don't be afraid to go big.  Those big mamas are looking for a meal not a snack right now.  And with the warming water they will be in a chasing mood/.

Northern pike will be active as they always are at this time of year.  Just about any bait is going to get them to bite.  Again, don't be afraid to go big with your minnow or artificial bait.  They can be very aggressive and the larger the bait you use the less chance they'll bite you off.

Perch should be in the greening weeds anywhere from the deeps edges to the inside edges.  Little minnows and crawler chunks seem to work the best as normally they are on the bottom foraging for bait.

Gills are deep and not very active right now.  We were out a couple of days ago and marked tons of them but in the 15-20 FOW range.  As the water warms they will start coming ashore and then aboard.

This is the funnest time of the year as you can go out and throw a crankbait and catch anything.  Find a big weedbed and tie on a Firetiger Ratt'l Trap, work it just above the weeds and prove me wrong.  

No big DNR changes this year.  The Minocqua chain is still catch and release on walleyes.  But remember, on the Minocqua chain, you can keep 5 of any size largemouth bass and 5 of any size northern pike and in my opinion they are much better table fare than a walleye any day.

Good luck and be safe.  Our special hours for the Opener are Thursday 7am to 10pm, Friday from 7am to 12 midnight, Saturday from 4am to 6pm and Sunday from 6am to 5pm.  We will then begin our regular spring hours of M-Th 6am to 7pm, Friday 6am to 8pm, Saturday 6am to 7pm and Sunday from 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, Redtail chubs, Blacktail chubs, River Shiners, Mud Minnows, Northern minnows and Walleye Suckers.  Remember your first scoop of crappie minnows is always only $2 with a purchase of anything else in the store.  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.
 
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]>
 - Wednesday, 4/28/2021

4/20/21 @ 12:20 PM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Twelve days, from the time of this writing, until our inland lakes Walleye opener on May 1st.

Cold weather came back, hard to believe we had 80 degree temps 1st week of April and have mid 20 degree nights now!

Warmer temps look to be moving in by the end of the week.   The cold has delayed some of the Walleye spawn, but for the most part, it’s over.  Be prepared to target post-spawn, recovering Walleyes for the opener.  Soft bottom bays with newly emerging green plant growth.  Watch your temperature gauge as a 1-2 degree difference in water temp can mean a lot to location and activity.

Til then, panfish has been good, but erratic.  Temps moving up and down has put locations at times from very shallow on warm days (as panfish seek to warm themselves-Crappies and Gills for egg production, Perch to recover and feed up from spawn).  The cold nights have pushed these fish back into deeper waters of 8-10’ where the temperature doesn’t fluctuate as quickly, but they will still bite in these areas.

Bass anglers (it is catch and release this year in April), casting jerk baits (Husky Jerks, X-Raps) in shallow, dark bottom bays has been productive for Largemouth Bass.

Water temps varying, but holding in the 40’s (low-high).   Next week we should see temps climbing fast into 50’s (again).

Remember to key on the post spawn.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
4/13/21 @ 8:50 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Weather more typical of April, has moved in!   Following a week of unseasonably warm weather, when temps peaked at 80 degrees, cooler weather has arrived.   Temps forecasted to hit upper 40’s to low 50’s (still not bad for April).  Water temps that shot into upper 50’s on some bodies are now back into low-mid 40’s.

The good panfish bite also slowed, though maybe more from lack of participation than from weather.  Some of those warm day patterns from last week changed as the shallows cooled.

Crappie:  Good-Fair – Still the most targeted panfish in our area at this time.  Most indications have them moved out to 10-12’ depths with the cool weather.  While working fyke nets this past week we are seeing a lot of Crappies that are moving to the shallows after dark!

Yellow Perch:  Good-Fair – Perch up in pre-spawn and spawning mode.  Very shallow, 2-5’, small minnows, worms and tiny jigs working.

Bluegill:  Fair – Anglers catching some big Gills on Flowages in wood along channels.  Lakes were seeing some shallow, sunning fish, gone with rain.

As our chapter of Walleye for Tomorrow has been working with GLIFWC to get a population estimate on Minocqua and Kawaguesaga Lakes, it’s been very interesting to see the process as the location and timing of the spawn varies from night to night and lake to lake (even on these two connected lakes).

Spawning Walleyes, while starting early due to the warm early April, are now seen dragging things out a bit as the water cooled down and fewer fish are coming in to spawn.  While this is not unusual, continue to prep for a post spawn opener.  Still 2½ weeks away.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
4/9/21 @ 12:23 PM
FISHING REPORT
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13


FISHING REPORTS:

ICE IS GONE!  Even on the big clear lakes it has disappeared.  Funny how a few 80 degree days in a row will do that.  Water temps are creeping up rather fast also.  Dark-water bodies are in the 50's already with most others in the mid to upper 40s.  We want those temps to gradually rise.  Any sudden spikes one way or another is not conducive to spawning activities.  

Since gamefish season is closed on most waters until the first weekend in May most of the anglers are targeting panfish.  You can fish for bass but it's catch and release.  The regulations for this year have not been finalized by the DNR yet.  We don't have any books yet either.  There's a lot of talk on changing limits on a lot of lakes.  We'll have to wait to see how that shakes out.

Are far as the panfish go, Crappies are doing pretty well right now.  Every lake has it's own personality but for the most part find the green weeds and the warmest water and you probably find them in the deeper water close by.  Spawning is a long way off for them.  Right now they are feeding and looking for as warm as water as they can find (normally the north end of the lake) to help with their egg production.  Throw everything at them, live bait and all sorts of plastics.  They'll let you know what they want.

Bluegill are rather stingy right now.  Some guys have been getting them but not many.  The key right now is being stealth.  That means very small ice jigs and small diameter fluorocarbon line.  Waxies, chunks of crawlers and hair jigs are productive.

Perch are doing ok right now.  Same MO as the bluegills.  Each lake has it's own personality on where they my be right now.  In most lakes they are gonna be in the weed edges avoiding the northern pike which are feeding heavily after just finishing their spawning activities.

Walleyes are pretty much done with the spawn right now.  The last few years we were able to catch them right after ice out in post-spawn but this year the tactics will have to change cuz they'll be way post-spawn by the Opener.

Get out there kids and enjoy this bonus fishing month we are getting.  We don't get a lot of Aprils so enjoy them when you can.  If I can find a break in checking in the boxes and boxes of summer inventory I'll be out there for sure!
Our minnow supply reflects the fish available this time of year.  As always, they all come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. Right now we just have crappie minnows and fatheads.  Remember your first scoop of crappie minnows is always only $2 with a purchase of anything else in the store.  We also took our first delivery of jumbo night crawlers from Canada this past week.  Normally crawlers this time of year are smaller but these are awesome.  As always, they are available in 1dz, 2dz, 100ct and by the flat in dirt or bedding.  And we sell waxies in bulk tubs, too.
 
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]>
 - Friday, 4/9/2021


4/6/21 @ 10:56 PM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
Bobber fishing
USER SINCE 12/5/06

Spotted northern pike spawning in shallow bays today while kayaking. Multiple species staged near new growth lily pads in 2 ft and under. Water levels were down 12-15” on several lakes. Storms this week should raise water and continue to warm up typical spawning areas very early this spring. 

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