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2/17/20 @ 5:11 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (31%)
Waning Crescent
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Two weekends of the gamefish season left.  If the results from the past few weeks are any indication, there should be plenty of Walleye and Pike left!

Actually, fishing seemed to improve as we got into the weekend, until Saturday evening when conditions changed and the bite shut down through Sunday.

Yellow Perch:  Good-Poor (Sunday) – Deep bite using wigglers on fast dropping spoons to get down and pound the mud.  Shallow weed bite very slow.

Crappies:   Good-Fair – Deep, suspended fish (5-7’ off bottom) in 18-27’.  Glow jigs (Venom Glo Demons, Glow spoons) tipped with waxies or tip-downs with rosies best

Northern Pike:   Good-Fair – Bite fell off on Sunday.  Signs of low oxygen in shallow weedy lakes as shiners on tip-ups dying quickly.  Bring shiners to weed tops or above for best results.

Bluegills:  Fair – As with Pike, fish higher in water column as Gills seem to be suspending.  Moussees, waxies best, don’t be afraid to try just under ice.

Walleye:  Fair-Poor – Evenings and after dark using Walleye suckers in 12-15’ weed lines.

What started off good, slowed to a halt (could be the barometer, SSE wind or any number of excuses).   Thanks to sub zero cold (-23 degrees Friday am) ice building, many reports of 20-22”, but slush still occurring in spots.  Not enough to bother snowmobiles or tracked vehicles, but wheeled ATV’s should chain up and keep a sharp eye out!

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2/13/20 @ 5:17 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (74%)
Waning Gibbous
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS: 

Yea, good news!  The lakes are really firming up in the northwoods thanks to very little snow and some really cold weather.  It was -9 this morning and it's gonna be colder tomorrow morning but very quickly jumping back up into the 20s.  Love it.  I will finally get to fish some my favorite spots starting tomorrow.  Again, yea!  There are still some slushy spots out there and still don't let thoughts of driving cars and trucks out there enter your mind.  But the amount of decent spots there are to fish now have tripled.  Snowmobiles are traveling well and some ATVs and side-by-sides are starting to get out now, too.

Ok, the bite.  It's still getting better from the frustrating one it was over the past few weeks.  I was out a couple of days ago and I still caught more panfish on the Crappie Fire Balls than I did live bait.  They still want to nip at the worms where as the Fire Balls get sucked right on.  I put them on the smallest Tungsten jig I can.  If that bluegill takes any breath at all I want him sucking in that jig.  I did also try some Beaver Tails and they got nipped at like the worms did, but more often it seemed.  I'm going to experiment with them more.  One guy told me he cuts them short and then cuts the end up the middle to create a little forked tail that will wave at the fish.  The Beaver Tail is buoyant so that should work just fine.  I was on a Minocqua Chain lake and boy did I slam the Walleyes.  I was just dropping down a small jig with a large fathead on it.  It was exciting watching that walleye come in from 15' away on my Livescope to get that minnow.  Still, like the panfish, most walleye would come in quick, look for a short time, and then leave.  On the Livescope I could actually see their fins when they turned and swam away.

Well that's it for today.  I think the bite is about ready to turn on.  I can feel it in my bones.  Of course, I am an optimist.  But still, they gotta start soon.

Hey our END OF THE SEASON CLEARANCE is going on right now.  Lots and lots of mark downs on everything.  Even if you don't need it for this year, buy at the lowest prices of the year for next season.  Some of the hotter deals we have on our NEWLY REDESIGNED web site.  We have a shopping cart on there now so you can buy what you want and we'll ship it to you.  The pricing of most of the items on the site includes the shipping.  Check it out and let us know what you think!  Thanks again for all your support!
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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
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, February 13, 2020 

2/11/20 @ 3:19 PM
henrythebest
User since 2/11/20

Anyone have a lake that has good perch and northern the high-school state tournament is this weekend we can fish any lake but would like to keep it closer to the sugarcamp Rhinelander area crappies are also a plus thank you 

2/10/20 @ 1:05 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (97%)
Waning Gibbous
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Clear skies brought cold nights this past week, freezing up hard the mess from the previous weekend.  Travel good for snowmobiles and all ATV and UTV travel.  Despite ice thickness to 18”+ in some areas, quality of ice (not all solid, 40-50% or more grey ice) keeps us from recommending any truck or car travel

Bluegills:  Good-Fair – Slowed as the week progressed.   Could have been the pressure of new ice being formed, or higher barometric readings.  Whatever the case, early week bite good using VMC Tungsten fly Jigs tipped with mousses or waxies.  Some Gills in as shallow as 4-5’, but most anglers working 7-12’ depths.

Northern Pike:   Good-Fair – Best on big shiners or suckers.  Action slowed as week progressed.

Crappies:  Good-Fair – While mid-winter is deep water time for this species, some anglers finding Crappies in shallower weeds of 7-12’.  Glow jigs tipped with waxies or rosies over mud in 17-24’.  For weed fish, plastics in yellow, pink, white and chartreuse on #8 rockers.

Yellow Perch:  Fair-Good – The cold snap has actually opened up areas to fish Perch that had been tough to reach previously.  Mud Flats of 18-30’ using Hali rigs, pimples, Perch Talkers to get wigglers down quickly.  Red spikes a good second choice for bait as Perch feeding on mayfly larvae as well as midge larvae.

Walleye:  Fair – Action relegated to evening bite mostly, well after dark on our full moon weekend.  Suckers top choice for tip-up bait.  A few anglers caught fish while jigging slender spoons tipped with minnow head.

Largemouth Bass:   Fair – A few reports of mid-teen Bass on medium shiners.

With only three weeks remaining to the inland lake’s gamefish season, time to catch Walleye and Pike through the ice is coming quickly to an end.


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2/10/20 @ 8:01 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (97%)
Waning Gibbous
ICE DEPTH
13 inches
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
AIR TEMP
11° - 15° F
pik3n3y3z
pik3n3y3z
User since 10/20/07

Was in the area all weekend, fished 3 lakes, conditions seemed close to the same lake to lake but overall wasn’t bad. Untracked areas you sink walking, hardened tracks you could stay on top of pretty easily. Had found a lake with less snow and slush on it because it was spring fed and had a small open hole at the mouth of it, guessing all the water went that way. That lake was very easy to walk clear across on and had minimum 12-13” of ice anywhere we drilled. 


Fishing wise we caught fish mostly in 2 of the 3 lakes. Lots of perch, handful of gills and a good pike bite. I hardly catch pike up here in the summer but through the ice we probably landed 20 of’m ranging 18” -28”. We did nab a walleye here and there but nothing size wise. 


Thanks everyone that keeps these reports accurate and helpful and I hope to be back next year for a longer stay with more manageable ice. Still better than in the south where I’m from, we would kill for those conditions right now ??

2/6/20 @ 1:46 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (91%)
Waxing Gibbous
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13

The warm weather we had a few days ago dropped the snow levels on the lakes.  The cold weather the past few days has firmed up the slush in a lot of areas.  The ice situation is the same as it has been for the past few months.  All the areas that are frequented with fisherfolks are firmed up.  But those areas are now a bit treacherous on foot because of the frozen foot and tire tracks.  The areas that are unused are still full of slush.  It's not going away folks.  We checked the boat landing on Lake Tomahawk in Lake Tomahawk and it was slush almost to the knees.  There are a few tracks out from the landing but not many.  Well, it is what it is.

The bite has been average at best.  Different species on different days in different depths on different baits.  Me and clients were on a well known bay yesterday and marked hundreds of fish.  99% of them just ignored our efforts.  But what did work were crappie balls.  No, no, no, not those.  These are Crappie Fire Balls in different scents that are shaped like and have the consistency of fish eggs.  They are a real pain in the a** to put on but they out fished the grubs and worms 10-1.  And while the fish just gently nibbled the live bait they popped the crappies balls pretty good.

It is the same MO as always.  Look for green weeds, especially ones next to mud flats, and you'll find fish.  You may have to throw everything at them right now to entice them to bite but bite they will.  Windows are small but exist.  Most northerns, bass and walleye we've caught have been during low light periods.  Get out there and enjoy yourself!

As far as store specials go, our "END OF SEASON CLEARANCE SALE" begins today and runs through the end of February.  Lots of deals on the stuff you use.  Keep checking our Facebook page for more details and short-lived hot buys.  It's all while supplies last.
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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
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, February 06, 2020

2/3/20 @ 4:17 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (66%)
Waxing Gibbous
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Warm weather (for the end of January) made for comfortable conditions temperature wise, but more slush and added frustration for anglers, mobility wise

With truck travel, and now ATV travel, out of the equation this past weekend (and snowmobile/tracked vehicle use limited), walking was the best way to get around.  Tall boots were required as slush was deep in areas.

Northern Pike:   Good-Very Good – Good reports from anglers using the standard tip-ups baited with large shiners or suckers.  Did not get reports of any larger Pike, but plenty in 23-28” range.

Walleye:  Good – Best from 4 pm thru 6 pm.  Get set up prior to prime time with suckers along weed edges, depths varying from 6-14’ depending on lake.  Short windows of action, so jigging Slab Raps, Chubby Darters and Z-Vibes working as fish move in.

Bluegills:  Good – Reports of Gills riding “high” under the ice, most likely due to warm temps, had anglers catching in 5-6’ of water over the weekend.  Lead jigs such as Moon Glos, Shad Darts, Snickers, small Marmooskas tipped with waxies, spikes, mousses or red plastics worked well as once anglers found fish, the bite was good!

Crappies:  Fair-Good – Access and the ability to move around once on the ice were the biggest factors to the bite.  Once located, a fairly good bite on minnows with tip-downs, Lethal Cecils tipped with waxies and Shrimpos, Rembrandts and light plastics working well.

Yellow Perch:  Fair – Access to deep mud flats due to slush biggest hindrance.  Those who were out found success using wigglers on Kastmasters, Pimples, Inferno spoons and Flash Champs over mud in 18-24’.

Largemouth Bass:   Fair – Incidental catches on jigs meant for other species or tip-ups baited with medium shiners.

The warm spell made things messy for sure, but it did knock down the snow depth.  Starting Tuesday (2/4), lows in the single digits to below zero with no highs forecasted the coming week above freezing, hopefully we should see better travel come this weekend!


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1/27/20 @ 4:01 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (8%)
Waxing Crescent
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Two and a half days of continuous, light, warm snow (yes, it was), have added a new layer of messy slush to our lakes, making travel not so fun!

With some lakes experiencing 4-8”+ of water to the ice surface, slush is causing issues for snowmobiles, ATV’s and UTV’s.  Looks like any hope of enough good ice for truck travel will be out of the question this year.

Northern Pike:   Good-Very Good – Nice fish up to 34”+ caught over the weekend as Pike action picked up.  Big shiners or suckers as the usual, anglers say lots of “full bellies” on the Pike they caught proving that the “feed” was on!

Walleye:  Good-Very Good – Not everywhere and all the time, but when the window opened up, good reports of anglers icing lots of Walleyes to 28” using suckers on tip-ups on the top of ledges.  Bites lasting only 45 minutes to an hour, by most accounts from 4:30 pm-5:30pm had flags flying.   One group reporting fish in as little as 7’ using Slender Spoons and minnow heads.

Crappies:  Good-Very Good – Like the Walleye bite, very time and location oriented.  Tip-downs with minnow best as warm temps seemed to “heat up” bite.  Rockers tipped with Beaver Tail or white or silver plastics working.  Some areas in 8-12’ tall weeds while others (even on the same lakes) were found over mud in 18-22’.

Bluegills:  Good-Very Good – Some reports of anglers limiting in 1 ½ - 2 hours.  Small dark tungsten jigs tipped with red plastics, spikes or pink Beaver tail.   Other times, bite slower, drop in size to entice bites.

Yellow Perch:  Fair-Good – Lots of little “dinks” being caught around weeds and mud flats of 12-15’.  Better fish over deeper mud of 16-22’ on Halis, Flasch Champs and Pimples tipped with wigglers.

Largemouth Bass:   Fair – Oddly quiet considering warm temps.  Medium shiners on tip-ups in 8-12’ weeds meant for Walleyes or Pike best.

With the coming week seeing temps in the upper 20’s to  mid 30’s, don’t see any relief from slush.  We need very warm (mid 40’s+) or very cold (-20 or below) and neither is on the horizon.  Be prepared to have to walk to most areas, though lighter snowmobiles and tracked ATV’s/UTV’s still getting around.   It was definitely worse in February last year, but not nearly as nice as conditions just last week.

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(715) 356-4797
1/23/20 @ 4:40 PM
2bigwalleye69
User since 3/30/11

Not a report, rather a question to how much snow to expect on the lake near harshaw/minocqua area.


thanks

1/21/20 @ 1:45 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (10%)
Waning Crescent
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Wind, cold and snow kept fishing pressure down this past week.  With those who did venture out, fair catches were reported.   Downsizing and finesse fishing were the key for getting fish on the ice.  There is good news though, with temperatures rising to the 30’s and overcast, this coming week should make for improved and comfortable fishing conditions.

Northern Pike:   Fair – Nothing new here, tip-ups with big suckers, golden shiners or river shiners will do the trick.  Just pick your flavor of choice for the toothy critters, 8-14’ of water seems to be the preferred depths.

Walleye:  Fair – The last hour before dusk and there on after seems to be producing fish more than morning times.  Get out on a deeper weed edge and scatter some tip-ups with suckers or shiners.   Jig fishermen were picking up fish using jigging spoons like pimples, flyer spoons, or slender spoons tipped with a minnow head, as well as, Slab Raps, Jigging Rapalas and Rippin Raps.   No overcast the past days made for tougher fishing, but look for it to improve as the weather changes.

Crappies:  Fair – Those who set-up in a shack last week caught some decent Crappies.  Fishing would have been better if one could set tip-downs out, but Mother Nature wouldn’t let it happen.  This week’s weather will allow it so make sure you bring them.  Small #14, #16 trebles tipped with rosies or small fatheads for the set-up.  As for jigging, Little Cecils, Flash Champs, and Leech Flutter Spoons produced well tipped with a minnow head or 2-3 waxies.  Small single hook jigs like Tubby Jigs or Pug Bugs tipped with a small plastic like a wedge and also Beavertail caught fish as well

Yellow Perch:  Fair As the ice improves, anglers are venturing out more finding Perch over mud flats.  Mobility is the key to keeping up with the schools of Perch.  Fish have also been showing up if you can find deep sparse weeds in that 10-15’ range.  Wigglers, waxies, spikes have been all taking fish, but larger fatheads and rosies have been catching the larger Perch.  If you don’t want to mess with live bait, K-Rips have also been taking some decent fish of late.

Bluegills:  Fair – Gills continue to be caught in that 8-14’ range.  Small tungsten jigs, Flirty Girtys and moon jigs tipped with mousees or spikes are all producing.  Plastics and beavertails are helping in catching the larger fish though

Ice conditions are staying stable.  We did have 5-8” of snow on Saturday, the good new is we had a lot of wind to help blow some of it off the larger lakes.  ATV’s and snowmobiles are going out on some lakes.  Just use caution, I did hear of some slushy spots popping up on smaller lakes.   As of now, no vehicle traffic on lakes yet.

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