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.