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3/30/21 @ 9:39 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Ice fishing is pretty much over.  Shorelines are opening up; it won’t be long until open water.  A few people are still taking waders and walking thru water to get to ice but is not recommended.  Most of the fishing is being done down south on the rivers.  A few fishermen are hitting the rivers near by in search of Perch but with limited success.

Strong winds now, and the past few days, along with temps pushing 60’s by next week, smaller to mid-size lakes should be accessible to get the boat out for some spring Crappies.

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3/23/21 @ 12:48 PM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

What a difference one week makes…

Very few ice anglers venturing out due to ice conditions.  Shorelines are breaking up fast and ice is looking honeycombed.  It won’t be long before it’s all gone.  Rain predicted all night and warm temps to follow will eat up more ice fast.  

Very few reports, but the few we’re hearing say it’s been good for Crappies and Gills.

The pond behind the shop is about to open up any day now it looks, normally Minocqua is only a week after to break open.

Not much more else to say but get the boat ready, we’ll have open water very soon I believe.

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3/21/21 @ 12:51 AM
FISHING REPORT
ICE DEPTH
15 inches
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F
Gillespie
USER SINCE 2/6/19

Shoreline holding up surprisingly well where. I was but won't last long with non freezing nights and coming rain.  Crappie snapping Saturday evening in green weeds.  Minnows on tip downs worked for me.

3/16/21 @ 10:59 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

With mild daytime temps and no precipitation for several days, fishing should be very comfortable.  A few vehicles still being spotted on the lakes but not recommended.  Almost all anglers using foot travel to stay safe.  Best to wear your cleats.

Bluegills:  Very Good – Reports of anglers getting nice sized Gills in 6-10’ weeds (a few 10” ers), but some still in 15-16’.  Best using small jigs tipped with spikes or waxies.  Beaver tail and red, blue and darker plastics also effective.

Crappies:  Good – Good action with tip downs in 16-20’ weeds using Crappie minnows and medium fatheads.  Some people using tungsten jigs tipped with glow plastics having success too.  A few finding them mixed with Gills in 6-10’ range with small jig tipped with beaver tail or grubs.  With water running through the holes, there have also been some reports of suspended fish right under the ice.

Yellow Perch:  Very Good – Large numbers being caught in 20’ or so mud flats using tip downs with Crappie minnows or heavy jigs that get down quicker (Halis Pimples & Tungsten jigs).  Wigglers always the go to when available though.

With good ice yet between 18-30” we should still have at least a solid couple of weeks before its over.  Also anglers having very good success in Tomahawk below the dams with big Walleye numbers using large fatheads, medium shiners and suckers.  

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3/9/21 @ 12:51 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (14%)
Waning Crescent
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Finally, a nice send off to the end of the inland gamefish season here in the Northwoods!  Usually, it’s ended with little to get excited about, but this weekend anglers got out for a last chance at Walleye, Northern Pike and Largemouth, all with good results and some nice reports of large fish (Walleye to 28”, Pike to 39” and Largemouth to 19”). 

Now it’s Panfish time!

Bluegills:  Very Good – While some anglers still plying the deeper mud flats with success (as proof, an 11” er brought in over weekend), for the most part the shallower 6-10’ weeds doing best as Gills have been slurping up small dark jigs tipped with waxies, beaver tail or plastics (red, pink, purple, brown top colors).

Crappies:  Very Good – Tip-down action picking up as mild temps keeping holes open and a little water flow into holes seems to encourage bites!  8-12’ tall, standing weeds best, using #8 Rockers, Little Cecils and Shrimpos to present waxies, plastics (white, yellow, silver, chartreuse) and Beaver Tail as tempters.  Deep mud flat Crappies on tip-downs or glow jigs small fatheads (rosies seem to be done for the season).  The deep fish bite, while still good, has slowed as fish filtering back into shallows.

Yellow Perch:  Good-Very Good – Congregations starting to show over mud flats.  Pinhead spoons, Halis and Pimples to get down quickly – wigglers preferred, but very hard to get.  Use red spikes or minnow heads if wigglers not available.   Plastics with scent also viable solution.

With ice thickness ranging 24-32” and little snow cover, coming rain and warm temps could eat into thickness.  Slush problems from early last week are diminishing as warmth is melting snow cover.  Great opportunities for late ice pan fishing in March coming up!

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3/5/21 @ 9:23 PM
Hard_Water_Nut
USER SINCE 2/19/16

We are on the south side of a 200 acre lake just south of Minoqua.  Never see sun due to huge pines and we plow the snow where we fish.  19" is the most I've measured with a tape.

3/4/21 @ 11:35 PM
clueless
USER SINCE 10/24/04

I have fished a lot of lakes in the St germaine area. All Oneida county and I have not measured more than 18” of ice this winter. There is no way you had 36” as mentioned in the last post. We had 2 weeks of cold weather. Besides that it’s been a easy winter.

3/4/21 @ 2:35 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (65%)
Waning Gibbous
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13


FISHING REPORTS:

There is a fair amount of slush on top of the ice right now.  But not everywhere.  There are still plenty of places to fish where there is very little or no slush.  We have a bit of a warm up coming in now.  We have plenty of ice, 24-36" in most places, so it's not like the ice is gonna disappear any time soon.  What you have to watch out for are areas that are worn down by truck or ATV tires that have warm water in them that might accelerate the melting in a crack or hole.  Those warm puddles could have salt in them from the vehicle that made the tracks. So be careful and know where you are going.  We are still plowing roads on some of the spots we fish.

Crappies and especially northern pike have been very active.  We've worn out more that a few kids chasing flags the last week or so.  River shiners half way down the water column are the way to go for the northern.  Remember they always feed looking up so being near the bottom is not a good way to get them.  The crappie are suspended as always so find where they are and put your bait just above them.  They too like to feed up in the water column.  Tip-downs, IFISH tip-ups, Finicky Foolers tipped with crappie minnows or rosies is the way to go.  I like to fish with jigging raps or spoons like kastmasters and leech spoons so i can feel the hit.  Love it.

Perch and bluegills have been towards the bottom feeding on their favorite bugs.  Waxies, mousees and spikes work well on a very small tungsten jig.  Preferably in a glow color or the magic wonderbread colors.

Remember that gamefish season closes at midnight this Sunday night until the first Saturday in May.  And March 15th is the last day you can have a permanent shack on the ice overnight.

It's been a great fishing winter season.  Great ice, good temperatures and relatively light snow falls until this last week or two have afforded us some fantastic ice conditions that I have not seen this much of in quite some time.

But the best is yet to come.  Once the water on top of the ice starts to go back down the holes and cracks in the ice the fish will turn on big time.  That water is taking oxygen with it that has been in short supply down there for the last month or so.  So get ready for 'late ice' and start pounding those panfish.  Take the family and grill out and make some memories.

Our minnow supply is great which come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. Right now we have crappie minnows, fatheads, XL fatheads, Northern Bait Minnows, Blacktail Chubs, River Shiners, Golden Shiners, & Rosie Reds.  We also have white, red and multi-colored spikes, wax worms and mousies in small or bulk containers.

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]>
 - Thursday, 3/4/2021


3/2/21 @ 1:25 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (85%)
Waning Gibbous
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Warm temperatures, followed by 6 inches of wet, heavy snow that fell Sunday morning has made travel a bit difficult as of late.   Warmer temperatures this week will contribute to even more slush on top of the ice.  Still, there is well over 2 feet of ice beneath the slush.  Stick to main paths or venture out on foot to avoid spending all day digging your vehicle out.  With that being said, fishing is improving as we move into late ice season.

Northern Pike:  Good-Very Good – As the days warm up the fishing keeps getting better.   Large golden shiners and large suckers are both still producing fish under tip-ups. 

Walleye:  Good – Anglers are reporting good action in the low light hours of the day.  The jigging bite has been heating up.   Jigging Raps, Tikka Minos, and slender spoons all taking fish.

Largemouth Bass:  Good – Jigging the shallow weed breaks or tip-ups have been putting fish top side.

Bluegills:  Good-Very Good – Tungsten jigs tipped with waxies, spikes or mousees are all working.

Crappies:  Good-Very Good – Tip-down actions is getting better by the day.  We are also getting fish jigging with Swedish Pimples, VMC Flash Champs, and tungsten jigs tipped with wedges.

Yellow Perch:  Good – Mud flats are still the hot bite.  Hali jigs, Kastmasters, and small jigs tipped with red spikes or wigglers are working best.

Just a reminder, game fish season is open thru Sunday, March 7th so get out there for the last week of it.  Weather looks beautiful, just remember to bring rubber boots to avoid wet feet.

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(715) 356-4797
2/23/21 @ 1:02 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (85%)
Waxing Gibbous
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Following two weeks of brutally cold weather, anglers are gearing back up to head onto the ice.  With only two weekends left of the inland gamefish season, its nice to see some good weather and great ice to get out on!

Northern Pike:  Good-Very Good – Warm up has helped get tip-up anglers going, holes not freezing up so fast (not to mention fish pulled from the ice).  Mid mornings to late afternoons on the big baits (shiners, suckers, frozen smelt).  Reports of some nice, heavy fish caught this past weekend to 34”.

Walleye:  Good – As more anglers getting out, more reports.  Fishing off shore humps using suckers (supplies of this bait getting low), river shiners or medium goldens.  Large rosies and large fatheads using #12 trebles also good.  Upswing in action as anglers using jigging Raps, Shiver Minnows, Hyper Rattles and Tikka Minos reporting better action.  Working the 17-28’ depths seem best.

Largemouth Bass:  Good – Jigging spoons tipped with minnow heads in 7-12’ depths.  Tip-ups with medium shiners.

Bluegills:  Good – Action has improved as weather turned and anglers moving about.  Wind of late cause for use of tungsten jigs to hold baits (mousses, waxies, beaver tail) in place.

Crappies:  Good – Best over deep mud flats.  Fish suspended 3-5’ off bottom taking waxies, small minnows on glowing jigs, spoons.   Best action occurring 2 hours prior to and 1 hour after dusk.

Yellow Perch:  Good – Mud flats of 22-34’.  Hali jigs, Clam Pinhead and Kastmaster chained spoons with wigglers (very tough to find) or red spikes best.

Anglers targeting Ciscos and Whitefish having some success on pimples tipped with waxies.

Temps in the 20’s – low 30’s this week will allow for comfort.   Ice of 20-34” great for travel.   Some slush, but not enough to slow down travel on most lakes.

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