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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.

4/28/22 @ 2:50 PM
FISHING REPORT
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13

My wife and I decided to take some time off at the end of March and early April.  The idea was to get our mental batteries charged up and skip over the crappy weather normally associated with that time of year.  Well the batteries did get charged from a bunch of wonderful warm weather down south but we didn't get to skip the crap in the northwoods.  This has been the longest stretch of nasty spring weather I can remember.  It just won't let go.  I'll remember this when we finally do warm up and appreciate it more.

As of today I can't see all of the ice being gone for the Opener.  Not to worry though as I'm sure there will be plenty of fishible water available.  The little 25 acre lake I live on is rapidly losing it's icy cover--about 30% open, and the loons have landed.  The bigger lakes don't normally lose their covering until mine has for a week or so afterwards.  We don't have any warmer weather predicted for a while but it's not suppose to get below freezing much anymore.

Crawlers will be coming in next week along with red worms.  I don't expect any increase in price but everything is pretty uncertain out there.  As always we will try to give you the best quality product at the lowest price.  Leeches aren't available right now.  I talked to the trappers yesterday and they said they aren't able to harvest any right now.  Hopefully next week they will get some and then we'll get them the week after.

 We hope you can find the time to come in to the shop during your time here in the northwoods.  We are in the process 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. Our selection is second to none in 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.

Our store hours are now:
M-Sat 7am to 6pm
Sun 7am to 5pm..  

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 5am 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 and large fatheads, and of course our selection will expand greatly for the Opener. As always, we sell waxies and leeches, too.

Enjoy the Draft while you dream of warmer weather!

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, 4/28/2022


4/25/22 @ 1:37 PM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Prognosticating is tough!  Especially with relatively short term “guessing”!  (I’d prefer to be like the Aztecs, predict the end of the world centuries in advance, then not be around to answer “Why are we all still here?”).

But here we are!

Everyone wants to know if we will have soft water in the Northwoods for the Walleye Opener.  With such a late opener (as late as it can be in Wisconsin) we all thought “sure, why not”?   But here we are 13 days away and what do we have?

While I can’t be on every lake to check, I do get reports from customers coming into the shop to update us on “their” lake.  We also do drilling reports of our own out on Lake Minocqua.   This past Saturday morning (4/23) at approx. 10 am, loyal and gullible employee Cole Will drilled four holes out from Torpy Park, each measuring 17” thick.  This ice was porous (punky), but still a lot for the 24th of April.   We had as much in 2020 on the same date and actually 24” in 2018.  Warm temps over the weekend and strong southwest winds opened shorelines and made the ice we were on just a day prior, unapproachable.

Looking good!

But…the forecast for this week…lows at night in the 20’s, Tuesdays (4/26) high of 32 degrees will keep a grip on the ice.  Luckily the seal around most lakes has broken, shorelines pulling away, so wind, rain and sun can get in and open things up.

Fishing right now?  Big Arb’s South end for Crappies, but can’t recommend venturing out anywhere else.  

Watch our Facebook page for more updates.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
4/18/22 @ 11:16 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Ice depth update...

Just sent Mackenzie out to measure ice on Lake Minocqua in front of the shop - She drilled 18", so it is going down.  Hallelujah!!!

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
4/18/22 @ 10:36 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

A month ago, never believed we’d be worried about ice out for the opener, but here we are 20 days prior with 24-26” of ice to go!  Past week did not help with night time temps in upper teens and few daylight hours of temps enough to melt the NEW snows we’ve been getting.  Cold winds and iffy access kept anglers off the ice most days this past week.   Despite having over two feet of ice on the lakes, its getting to the safe ice that can be a limiting factor.

Crappie:  Very Good – Working 7-9’ weed edges with tip-downs tipped with small rosies or Crappie minnows made for quick action despite the wind Saturday.  Slow dropping jigs with plastics or waxies also effective (just difficult with the high winds).  Lots of 10-11” fish reported, plus enough “slabs” (12-14”) to make things interesting!

Bluegill:  Very Good – Tough conditions due to wind most of the week.  But when possible, #3 tungsten jigs tipped with waxies 1-2’ off bottom in 7-9’ of water.  While Crappies were found higher up (2-4’ down) the Gills seemed to prefer hanging just below.

Yellow Perch:  Good – Not as many reports, but nice Perch moving up to weed edges as their time to spawn will be quick once (if) ice goes!

With almost no sub-freezing temps forecasted for this week, highs from upper 30’s to upper 60’s by Saturday and rain four of the next eight days, we could be looking at the last week of ice fishing, mostly due to shoreline ice lost, but I’ll believe it when I see it!

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
4/11/22 @ 11:33 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Still lots of ice to contend with so far.  Mix of rain, sun and some warmth, countered with some cold nights didn’t allow for a great loss of ice, but it’s diminishing!

Bluegill:  Good – Weed Gills biting well in 4-8’ of cabbage.  Waxies or plastics in red, purple, black and motor oil worked sometimes only a foot or two below the ice best.  High fish a sign of low oxygen causing fish to rise higher in water column where parts per million higher making life more active.  Anglers plying 14-18’ depths seeking Perch and Crappies finding suspended Gills (mostly 8”+) 6-10’ off bottom.  On the windy days a #3 or #4 tungsten needed to buck breeze to keep lines taught, bait down.

Yellow Perch:  Good – Best over mud flats 14-18’ using heavy spoons/jigs (Clam Bombs, Pinheads, Venom Inferno Spoons, Tungsten Kastmasters) baited with red spikes or wigglers.  Nice average “eaters” of 9-10 ½” but enough “plus” 11’s to make things interesting.  Perch filling up for spawn, good bite as they slowly migrate into shallower water for ice out.

Crappie:  Good – While some good weed action in 7-10’ slow dropping rockers tipped with white, yellow or pink plastics or waxies, best fish deeper.  Working mud flats and above sandgrass in 14-18’, use tip-downs to hold minnows 2-6’ off bottom.  Action not as fast as previous week, but large Crappies to 14” being caught.   Jigging flashy spoons (Pimples, Vinglas) tipped with waxies also productive.

Questions most asked…

How much ice?  On average 24-28”.  Top layer (6-8”) punky, rest very solid.

Vehicle travel?  ATV and UTV, snowmobile, yes, but be cautious.  Top layer can get messy.

Access?  Mostly good, but check.  Some lakes with steep, black topped launches have lots of water/slush, as much as 14-16” on top of ice, tough to maneuver.

Ice fishing this Easter weekend?  Yes, but could be last on many lakes as forecasted rain could eat up shoreline access.

Will the lakes be ice free by opener, May 7th?   I sure hope so!  Lots of ice to lose (24-28”) in next 26 days.

Forecasted highs in 50’s, yet low in upper teen to low 20’s going to be a see-saw battle to losing ice.

As written earlier, sun, temps, wind and rain, as well as affects of ground warm up, should eat ice from both top and bottom.   Cold nights will halt some melt, but overall safe fishing ice will probably last only two more weeks on some of the last accessible, north facing landings, around.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
4/5/22 @ 11:28 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

A fresh inch and a half of snow on 4/4 and reports of 26-34” of ice on our area lakes may be hard for our “southern” neighbors to believe…but believe it!  This week’s forecast of night time temps in upper 20’s to highs of mid-30’s to mid-40’s won’t do a lot to rid of our ice, but it won’t hurt.

Bluegill:  Very Good – Action good in weeds of 5-8’ using traditional tear drop jigs tipped with waxies or red, purple or motor oil plastics working very well.  Anglers reporting good action in afternoons of warm ups.

Crappie:  Very Good-Good – Daily conditions vary with weather.  Too high on barometer, go deep (14-20’).  With falling barometer stick to 6-10’ weeds when active Crappies will suspend high, 4-6’ up.  Anglers report being able to see fish when light is right.  Slow dropping yellow, white and pink plastics on Rocker spoons and Shrimpos.  Tip-down action good, but most anglers fishing rigs too deep.  Mostly smaller fish holding tight.  Lots of nice 10-12” eaters being caught with 14-15” SLABS reported and released!

Yellow Perch:  Very Good-Good – Over mud flats in 16-26’ using Clam Time Bombs, VMC Chandeliers, Pimples and Hali spoons to get down quick tipped with red spikes or wigglers.  Tip-downs with rosies also good.  In weeds, Kenders Natural Shrimp, Northland Forage Minnow Spoons and Fry tipped with waxies or minnow head doing best!

With this much ice still on the lakes, my “guess” is at least two more weeks of ice fishing.  This coming weekend has temps of 50 degrees forecasted and the 30+ inches of ice we have now does have pockets of “punky” ice.  Overall, we should see two weekends worth at this rate.

But as always, use caution and be safe.

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