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3/16/20 @ 2:35 PM
FISHING REPORT
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Last Quarter
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

After losing a couple of inches of ice to the warmth of the previous weekend, then to Thursday’s rain, colder temps have locked up the remaining ice well (16-20” on average).   This gives ice anglers reason to keep those jig poles and tip-downs out for a couple more weeks.

Crappies:  Good-Very Good – Deep basin Crappies on glow jigs/spoons (pimples, Kastmasters, Cavier drops) with waxies or minnow heads over 18-24’ mud flats.  Tip-downs with rosie reds also producing well.  On the local flowages, which have seen water levels drop 3 ½’ since the first of March, river channels are key.  Jigs that glow and tip-downs with rosies also key.  For anglers working cabbage beds in bays, #8:#10 rockers tipped with white, pink, yellow or chartreus plastic.  On warm days, with melt, start under ice with presentation.  Tip-downs with Crappie minnows also producing very well when bite is “ON”!

Yellow Perch:  Good – Best #’s over mud flats of 18-28’ using Hali, Venom on Flasch Champs to get wigglers and red spikes over mud.  Lake shiners producing larger fish over sandgrass on large, deep lakes.  In weedy lakes, stick to small Bluegill imitation lures (Forage Minnows or K-Rips) tipped with waxies.

Bluegills:  Good – Best on warmer days with melt.   #3 tungsten Fiskas tipped with piece of Beaver Tail or mousee best.  Dark colored plastics of red, black, purple, motor oil – though one angler reported a nice catch of “eaters” on green.

With forecasted highs for the next week running low 30’s to low 40’s providing nice ice fishing weather, yet overnights of low teens to low 20’s, safe ice fishing should extend for a couple more weeks.  Great activity, outdoors and not overly crowded!

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
3/10/20 @ 7:34 AM
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MOON PHASE (98%)
Waning Gibbous
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Nice, warm weather with plenty of ice to go around greeted anglers this past weekend.   Unfortunately, so did some stiff wind!   Following a very good weekend prior, fishing slowed during mid-week but picked up somewhat by the weekend.  While Crappies are usually the favorite target in March, it was Perch that seemed to provide the most consistent action.

Yellow Perch:  Poor-Good – After a slow mid-week, action over the mud picked up for those in 16-24’ using wigglers or red spikes on Kastmasters, Halis or Pimples.  Tip-downs with rosies also popped some nice Perch.

Crappies:  Poor-Good – Following a frustratingly terrible mid-week, anglers started finding active fish very early (dawn) and again just an hour or so before and after sundown.  K-rips, #2 jigging Raps and #2 Pimples for anglers targeting deep water Crappies (17-28’).  While anglers finding Crappies in weeds of 10-14’ used Lethal Cecils, #8 Rockers or Bullflys to present pink, white or silver plastics or waxies.  Reports of nice slabs to 14”.  Tip-downs doing well, but not hot yet, using rosie reds.

Bluegills:  Poor-Good – Action improved by weekend with anglers scoring using waxies, mousses or beaver tail on Kenders, jig flys and #3 Fiskas.  Wind made slow dropping tough so while plastics normally do well, the live bait out performed due to conditions. 

The warm temps and wind have taken the snow cover off the lakes, holes are staying open, saw a few signs of water running down holes.  Access is still good, 21-24” of ice on average.  There has been truck travel but don’t advise.  With cool temps overnights and a cool down on Fri/Sat we should see good, fishable ice for another 10 days to 2 weeks.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
3/3/20 @ 8:17 PM
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MOON PHASE (59%)
Waxing Gibbous
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Partly Sunny
BugleTrout
BugleTrout
User since 9/27/01

Fishing was great this weekend. In fact, all wildlife was out and about. Crappies were cooperative taking minnows from the middle of the water column on tip downs and minnow heads on 1/32 oz forage minnow spoons. The pike action was great on Sunday. They bit all day but tapered off towards dusk. Gamefish season over for now but I’m stoked that the ice conditions improved enough for a few good weekends of panfishing.

Edit: all fish are still swimming.

3/2/20 @ 1:37 PM
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First Quarter
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Time to pack up the tip-ups.  Inland gamefish season has ended ‘til May 2nd.  Great weather (in like a lamb) for the final weekend with some good Pike and Walleye reports to finish up with.

From here on ‘til ice out, it will be panfish and some whitefish.  Ice conditions are some of the best we’ve seen all winter, with good-excellent travel conditions, 20-24” of ice on average and just a little soft slush from the mild temps of the afternoons making for a wet top.

Crappies:  Very Good – Anglers finding Crappies in varied locations depending on lake or flowages. Bite in narrow leaf cabbage of 10-12’ on 1/32 oz Forage Minnow spoons, Lethal Cecils and rockers tipped with waxies or Beaver tail.  Deeper water (17-28’) and Flowages anglers doing best on tip-downs with rosies or jigging with glow or gold colored jigs tipped with waxies or minnow heads.

Yellow Perch:  Very Good – Most reports of anglers “pounding the mud” in 18-26’ using pimples, Flasch Champs and Leech Flutter spoons to carry wigglers down to the Perch.  Also, surprisingly, anglers reported Perch in 8-11’ weeds taking K-Rips tipped with waxies.

Bluegills:  Good – Small #3 tungsten jigs tipped with single spike or moussee effective worked close to bottom (within 1’) in 8-12’.  On Flowages, big Gills found in 12-17’ suspending 3-4’ off bottom taking Clam Dingle Drops tipped with a waxie.

Without much snow cover the two feet of ice we have may not survive the entire month of March.   Overnight temps below freezing will help firm things up for morning travel, but afternoons of mid 30’s to low 50’s forecasted will soften the top and erode accesses.  Be careful!  While ice thickness is very good, it could go bad quickly.  Great time to be on the ice, enjoy!

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(715) 356-4797
2/24/20 @ 3:55 PM
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MOON PHASE (1%)
Waxing Crescent
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13

Oh man.  You talk about nice weather.  We had a fantastic weekend.  Lots and lots of fisherfolks out.  Sunny warm, not too windy.  There must have been over 100 people at one gathering I saw on stacks bay on Saturday.  I'm not sure catching fish was as important to them as having a good time.  It's the one thing that ice fishing has all over open water fishing.  The social aspect.  Getting a bunch of folks together, young and old, and having a party on the ice is awesomely fun.

I fished three lakes over the weekend.  Not a bit of slush to be found.  Snowmobiles and ATVs are getting around easily and I've even seen more than a few trucks and cars out there.  Although I still would not advise that everywhere, pick your spots wisely.  There's a lot of hard pack out there which makes it quite enjoyable to move around.

How's the fishing?  It's really picking up.  As usual the advice is lake dependent but for the most part if there's deep water that's probably where you are gonna finder the hungry ones right now.  If there isn't any deep ones look for the deepest, greenest weeds you can find.  Most action has taken place at low light periods of the day but you can still pop a few during the brightest parts, just deeper or really buried in the weeds.  On a scale of 1-10 last week was a 5 but the past few days have been 6-7.  We're still waiting for that late ice feed bag but it's not quite here yet.  The bite windows are small but as always there are exceptions.  There were a couple of guys this morning that were popping the crappie pretty good at 11am with clear blue skies in 10' of weeds.  Very small jigs are key right now and something that sparkles or glows will help get their attention.  Notice I haven't mentioned any fish in particular here.  That's cuz in one way or another you can apply all these incredible words of wisdom to all species.  It's like your first 8th grade dance.  If you want that shy cute one to come over and ask you to dance you better stand out from the crowd in some way.  BTW, why was it always the boys job to ask the girls to dance?  Um, I digress.

Get out there kids.  We got until March 1 to fish for the game fish.  Then we'll have to wait until May Opener to do it again.  So you got one more weekend to bag the big one and the weather looks like it's gonna be great again!

We still got the END OF SEASON CLEARANCE SALE going on.  Inventories are small but we still have a few shelters and electronics left at really special pricing.  Check out the web site for examples on how you can save right now.

Later, I'm going fishing!
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Jeff Bolander, owner of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
Reports at www.UpNorthFishing.com
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2/24/20 @ 1:42 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (1%)
Waxing Crescent
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Warm temps (Yes!   40’s is warm up here this time of year) created some great weather to get out on the lakes.  Past cold temps added ice thickness and firmed things up (at least until the warm up).

With more anglers and access comes more reports.  Some areas anglers still struggled for catches, but those who got on, or stayed on, the ice during peak times were rewarded.

Crappies:   Good-Very Good – Deeper bite picked up as anglers using tip-downs and rosies scored well over 18-28’ mud.   Jigging using Z-vibes, Majic-Mans and K-rips tipped with waxies produced some big slabs to 14”.  Anglers slow dropping in weeds of 10-12’ produced catches on Lethal Cecils tipped with waxies or #8 rockers tipped with white, yellow or pink plastics.

Yellow Perch:   Good-Very Good – Mud flat bite using wigglers on Halis, Pimples or Clam Bombs.  Ply the soft mud of 18-28’, Red spikes a decent second choice, but loving the mayfly larvae

Northern Pike:   Good-Very Good – Smaller lakes slow, but bays off of larger lakes produced some big Pike to 38” this weekend.  Go big (shiners, suckers) swing for the bleachers, it’s the final week!

Bluegills:  Good – Best during early morning or late afternoon.  Gills taking mousses, waxies and Beaver Tail on #3:#4 tungsten jigs.  Start low, 1’ off bottom, but watch locator as fish moving up off bottom at times.

Walleye:  Good – Evening best, last hour prior to dark and first hour after.  Suckers preferred by tip-up anglers.  Warm temps helped improve action for jig anglers using Slab Raps, Jigging Raps and Chubby Darters.  While off shore humps preferred, some good bites along weed edges of 10-12’ and even up in heavy weeds of 6-8’ from Walleyes probably feeding on little Perch.

Largemouth Bass:  Fair-Good – Best on medium shiners or large fatheads on tip-ups or tip-downs.  

This coming weekend is the last for the inland gamefish season in the Northwoods.  Cold temps mid-week look to give way to nice warm temps for Sat/Sunday.  While you’ll hear reports of trucks on the lakes (ice thickness avg 20-24”+) be reminded that this is NOT solid ice.  The top 6-12” on many lakes is white ice, very porous.  Still use caution when traveling.  We can’t recommend truck travel, though UTV, ATV and snowmobile travel has been good.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
2/23/20 @ 7:05 AM
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MOON PHASE
New Moon
ICE DEPTH
22 inches
CONDITIONS
Sunny
AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F
phelpsguy
User since 3/1/10

Me and my boys fished the tournament on lake tomahawk yesturday. Was a great time. We caught lots of fish crappies, bluegills ,and perch a couple walleyes too. Lots of ice there was about 10 trucks out there.  Definitely do that tournament again well ran.

2/17/20 @ 11:31 PM
wallywood
User since 1/1/02

How PC of you fish and beer. Yes the tribes will ''take care'' of about 30,000 walleyes in the ceded region.

2/17/20 @ 10:25 PM
fish n beer
User since 1/25/09

Wallywood such an ignorant comment. I highly doubt the tribe is going to “take care of them” 

2/17/20 @ 7:06 PM
wallywood
User since 1/1/02

Plenty of walleyes left. Wait till the Lac Du Flambeau take care of them this spring.

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