Holy crap was I wrong! A couple of weeks ago I said the snow was coming down and so were the temps but don't worry cuz the cold will be short lived and the warmer weather was coming. Scheesh. The next day I looked at the extended forecast and they removed all that warmer weather that I spoke of and changed it to brutally cold temps. We had a few days that never got above 0 over the past week. But, BUT, now the warmer temps are coming. Maybe even 40s by early next week. So I was only 7-10 days off. The slush is starting to recede, too. But watch for slush sections that could put your vehicle in a world of hurt. Most of the well traveled areas are great but it could be dicey off the frozen trail.
The fishing has been really good through the icy cold. The biggest problems have been keeping yourself warm and your holes open. But that's what makes the adventure worthwhile.
This time of year the fishing slows, literally. The thick ice and snow cover has blocked a lot of that natural sun light that keeps the green weeds green and thus producing oxygen. So now that the oxygen levels are lowering the fish become more lethargic, just as you would be if your weren't getting enough oxygen. So you need to slow those presentations down and be patient for those ever shrinking bite windows. Every method still catches fish but those methods must be slowed down. Same baits as before but with a slower presentation.
There is only about three weeks of game fish season left and it should be getting better each day as long as the snow falls remain few and far between.
If you'd like to go fishing with us go to https://deweycatchemandhow.com/pages/northwoods-fishing-guide-service for details. We are having a ball this year. Come on and be a part of it. You'll be glad you did!
Our minnow supply is great which come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. Right now we have crappie minnows, fatheads, XL fatheads, Walleye Suckers, Northern Bait Minnows, Blacktail Chubs, River Shiners, Golden Shiners, Rosie Reds, Emerald Shiners, and Redtail Chubs. 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
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Check out my Up North fishing and resort web sites at www.UpNorth.info
Jeff Bolander <[email protected]>
- Thursday, 2/18/2021