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2/18/21 @ 4:53 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (40%)
Waxing Crescent
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS:

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
 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, 2/18/2021

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2/16/21 @ 1:25 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (23%)
Waxing Crescent
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

This has been a very long cold stretch, even by Northwoods standards!  Nearly two weeks of sub-zero (-10 to -30 without wind chill factored in), is finally starting to break.  Today’s (2/16) highs in teens, weekend in 20’s, low 30’s by early next week will allow anglers to bust out. 

Very few anglers have been fishing and those that have, have been struggling.  A few reports of Walleyes on off shore humps taking suckers or large fatheads on tip-ups.

The few decent (relative to condition) reports have been from anglers fishing deep water Crappies and Perch and mud flats in 22-30’ of water.  Even for these anglers, 4-8 fish on a trip has been tops.  Very slow presentations using as small of spoon or tungsten jigs to present red spikes or wigglers have proved best.  When using Crappie minnows choose the smallest from your bucket.

While the super cold has built ice thickness (truck travel not a concern anymore) there are many concerns of slush.  Not for trucks, but snowmobiles and quad users reporting finding 6-7” of slush on some lakes making travel difficult.

Ice thickness ranging 20” to over 30” depending on lake, snow and slush levels.  Extensions are needed on some lakes.

Game fish season ends when the clock strikes midnight on Sunday, March 7th!  Three weekends left.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
2/13/21 @ 5:13 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (4%)
Waxing Crescent
Pjnaturboy
USER SINCE 1/2/21

Just went out and checked and there is still slush under the snow. I got stuck out there a few days ago on a snowmobile. I guess it’ll be snowshoes. 

2/11/21 @ 12:46 PM
basslake3d
USER SINCE 12/15/15
Unless you've got trax, an ATV won't cut it on most lakes that don't have a packed snowmobile trail.

2/11/21 @ 12:21 PM
DuckSlayin88
USER SINCE 9/13/11

How much snow did you guys end up with last week? Was hoping to get the ATV out next weekend, but previous report looks like snow is getting deep?

2/9/21 @ 10:48 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (5%)
Waning Crescent
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Severe cold weather (temps negative mid-teens to negative mid 20’s) has all but shut down most ice fishing in our area.  The few anglers who have ventured out (bravely/foolishly…you pick) have had very little success.

With so few participants and such poor reports all we can really do is hunker down and wait for the cold to break, not worth risking frostbite or broken equipment.

I’ll just rate everything as “Poor” for now.  The one positive is this cold should be building more ice, giving us a longer season into March.  With ice thickness last reported at 17-20”, expect lots more once you get back out there.  Truck travel should be very good.  Snow depth may require tracked ATV/UTV or snowmobiles over wheeled ATV/UTV.

Deep basin bites for Crappie and Perch will improve as the thickening ice pushes fish out of the bays for a while.

Looks like we don’t get much of a break until Sunday (2/14) then highs back into the 20’s and better fishing ahead.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
2/4/21 @ 3:02 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE
Last Quarter
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS:

Hey whatdayaknow.  It's winter in the northwoods.  Snow falling right now (up to 8" they say) and the cold is following close behind.  Highs below zero are coming.  Snowmobilers are jumping up and down and so are the folks that make a living plowing driveways.  And for us fisherpeople it's still good news cuz the snow is fluffy and light so it won't weigh down the ice too much to cause a bunch of slush out there.  There will be a little slush but not enough to put a damper on the great season we've experienced so far to date.  The ice is plenty thick enough so that heavy duty trucks are driving on the ice in some places.  MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING!

The fishing has been pretty good all winter.  Minus a few slow days, for the most park folks have be putting some nice catches on the ice.  This time of year those windows start to shrink some, though.  If I go out it's early morning and late afternoon.  Not that you can't pop some nice ones at other times during the day but low light transitions are normally the best.

There is no so called 'hot bite' right now. (Y'all know how I hate that term)  Everything is average.  Same MO as always.  Find those green weed edges next to deep water and you find fish.  Be there when they are ready to feed and there you go.  Jigging, tip-ups, tip-downs, finicky-foolers and just about everything else is working at some time or another.  Stay light, stay small, be lively and the fish will come to you.  GET OUT THERE!

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
 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, 2/4/2021

2/3/21 @ 10:12 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (61%)
Waning Gibbous
ICE DEPTH
14 inches
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
AIR TEMP
16° - 20° F
Boly outdoors
USER SINCE 12/22/20

2/2/21 @ 12:18 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (72%)
Waning Gibbous
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

As we head into February, with just five weeks of the gamefish season left (closes at the end of the night, March 7th), conditions for ice fishing just keep improving.  Not quite so much for the fishing, but that is somewhat expected for mid-winter.

Crappies:  Fair-Good – Some tough days on the usual spots – weed beds and Flowages, but anglers plying the deep mud flats of 22-30’ finding willing biters using #5 mm tungsten jigs in glow tipped with waxies or wigglers.  Tip-downs with rosies also working.  Keep close eye on locator for depths, many times Crappies cruising 3-8’+ off bottom.

Northern Pike:  Fair-Good – A few tougher days, probably due to full moon/high pressure.   Some big fish were caught (and released!) including a whopping 42 1/2” er.  Big shiners and suckers – nothing from the hotdog clan this week!

Yellow Perch:  Fair – As with the Crappie anglers, best bites over deep mud flats using wigglers as bait on Venom Core spoons, Clam Bombs and Hali jigs.  Mud of 18-28’ has been best.  Mid-morning through mid-afternoon.

Bluegill:  Fair – Best action in weeds, but best fish out over deep water.  Mixing with Perch and Crappies.  If you can find deep wood to hold some fish it will up your odds.   Tungsten jigs in black, red, purples tipped with mousses or wigglers.

Walleye:  Poor-Fair – Best later in evening for short windows.  Walleye suckers, lake shiners and river shiners best.  Moon phase and high barometer biggest suspect for slowing down bite.

Largemouth Bass:  Poor – Very few reports.

While we received a little snow this past week, not enough to hinder travel or ice production.  Many lakes sporting 14-20” of ice (good truck travel) and with artic blast forecasted for weekend, should build more. 

This coming weekend looks rough but if things warm towards the end of the following week, with a new moon and Valentines, could be worth waiting to take your Sweety fishing.  

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
1/28/21 @ 9:41 PM
Pjnaturboy
USER SINCE 1/2/21

Ok thanks for responding. I’ll just try lakes with short walks. 

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