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1/31/22 @ 12:20 PM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Finally, a reprieve from the sub-zero cold of the past few weeks.  Wind let up over the weekend and the thermometer finally read into upper teens and low 20’s.  Anglers got out and enjoyed some more comfortable time on the ice and reports improved.

Northern Pike:  Fair-Very Good – As the weekend hit (1/28 – 1/30) Pike went on the prowl and flags started poppin!  Tip-ups and Jaw Jackers baited with golden shiners, river shiners and suckers took a lot of abuse as the warm spell seemed to be a dinner bell to Pike.  Lots of fish in the mid 20” to low 30” range reported.

Yellow Perch:  Fair-Very Good – Flats just outside heavy weeds with some scattered vegetation in 7–11’ of water is a good place to find lots of “action” Perch right now.   Unfortunately, a lot of “sorting” needs to be done to “weed” out some keepers.  Better to target deeper mud if a meal is your plan.  Work Pinhead, Hali or Pimples tipped with wigglers or red spikes.    Tip-downs with small rosies help 12-16” off bottom in 18-28’ also working.

Crappie:  Fair-Good – Best over deep basins.  Anglers finding suspended schools 4-15’ off the bottom in 18-40’ of water.  Tip-downs action good when wind and temps allow.

Largemouth Bass:  Fair-Good – Liking the warm up, Bass actively taking medium shiners on tip-ups.

Bluegill:  Fair-Good – Getting more attention this weekend.  Weed Gills require sorting through to get eaters.  Waxies and mousees best.  Look outside coontail edges of 12-16’ to find nicer Gills suspended 2-4’ off bottom taking tungsten jigs tipped with waxies

Walleye:  Poor – A few anglers catching Walleye after dark, but as far as catching where you can keep (NOT the Lake Tomahawk/Minocqua Chain) Walleye fishing remains slow.

Ice conditions fairly good throughout.  Most lakes have an average of 15-18”.  There are areas of slush, some as deep as 10” on top of 14-16” of ice, so try to be aware.  Watch for slightly darker patches of snow.  Despite all the sub-teen temperatures we’ve had, snow drifts have insulated some areas from building more ice and freezing up slush.

Forecast for 1/31 and 2/1 looks good before more cold mid-week.  Looks like a warming trend, not much, but back into teens and low 20’s for weekend.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
1/25/22 @ 11:31 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Sub-zero temps, winds and wind chills pushing from -20’s into -30’s has curtailed a lot of fishing activity this past week.   Saturday (1/22) may have been the warmest, but winds were very high adding difficulty to angler’s attempts.

Despite the weather, reports from the Lakeland High School Invitational weren’t’ bad.  Those anglers competing in the tournament found some fish and made a good showing.

Crappie:  Good-Fair – Deep water bites best with anglers finding suspended fish in 18-28’.   Tough to chase with high winds, but once found anglers jigging glow spoons tipped with waxies scoring.  Been rather windy for tip-downs.

Northern Pike:  Fair – Typical mid-winter windows of activity with anglers catching Pike on shiners where standing weeds found in 6-12’.

Yellow Perch:  Fair – Work the mud flats at this time of year using fast dropping spoons (Halis, Pimples, Pinheads) to get wigglers or red spikes down to mud.   Pound mud to create a disturbance, like other Perch working for Mayfly larvae or blood worms to get interest.

Bluegill:  Fair – Weed flat Gills running small according to reports.  Better Gills working outside weed edges and over mud where Crappies and Perch working for invertebrates.

Largemouth Bass:  Fair – Some decent reports from High School tourney, but overall few other reports.  Small to medium shiners best.

Walleye:  Poor – Few reports.  Those that have caught Walleyes reporting low numbers and small in size.  Suckers best bait.

Forecast for Saturday morning (01/29) to be the last sub-zero morning.  Things look to improve temperature wise by late Saturday morning with temps in low 30’s by Tuesday (2/1).  Hopefully warm up will bring renewed interest from anglers and fish during the New Moon period.

We are finding ice thickness averages of 14-15”.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
1/20/22 @ 1:54 PM
FISHING REPORT
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS:

Its colder than a witches patooty out there.  But bundle up, put up the shelter, turn on the propane heater and get out there.  The fishing is still pretty good.  Windows are shrinking a bit but the bite is still worth it.  Walleyes are in the 6 to 10ft of water on GREEN weed lines.  There's also a good perch bite in the 10 to 12 foot GREEN weed edge.  If you can find 12 to 18 foot of water without too much slush you should find some nice gills.  If you drive out you need to be careful.  Not much more ice than 11 inches on the flowages and 15" or so on most lakes.  Chains are becoming a must because of the slush.  Not so much slush that you can't fish but enough to make travel a little difficult.  There just hasn't been a lot of ice manufactured lately.

Fatheads and suckers have been working well for walleye on the flowages with shiners working well on the lakes.  And larger minnows in thick weeds have produced some real nice northern pike.  

The best times are still late and early.  The 'overnight' guys are still doing well but smaller windows are prevalent.  But I always try to at least stay past the red zone.  When the sky turns red after the sun goes down and you can barely see your flags, that's the red zone.  Most of the time the bite will last 30 to 60 minutes after that, then cool down for a while and then pick back up again.  We've found the best places to be are inside weed lines next to big basins.  We feel the fish hang out in the basin and then come up into the weeds to feed on the bait hiding in there.  Gotta be green weeds though.  Jigging spoons, tip-ups, tip-downs and all manner of jackers will let you fish more holes.

Speaking of holes, they tend to freeze up pretty quickly this time of year.  Joey and I have a generator that we fire up at night and put the hose tips into the holes to keep them open.  And for the holes that we can't reach we put CLAM's lithium ion aerator in the hole.  Not the aerator, the hose tip.  Since it is LI it is rechargeable via a wall socket or a USB port.  Now your not spending a fortune on batteries.  It's only $39.99, too.  And of course the ICE STOPPER system works real well too.  Com'on in and we'll show you how to use it.

We hope you can find the time to come in during your time in the northwoods.  Although dwindling fast, we still have almost all the shacks and hubs from CLAM and Otter and they're all being marked down a bit.. The number one comment we get is our guests can't believe the size of our selection. If you've had your eye on something but missed out on it last year, get it now.  We've already sold out of a couple of Clam and Otter  Flip-overs and Hubs. Almost all of the vendor factories like Strikemaster, CLAM, Otter and others are sold out already.  What that means is once we're out there ain't gonna be no more.  The 24v Strikemasters are again a hot item this year.  We still have plenty but and few go out the door everyday.  We are building an additional warehouse to handle all the inventory we will have.  They've promised me it would be done next week.  I won't hold my breath... It's not finished yet so we are a little crowded inside. If you can't make it in you can always order from our website, www.deweycatchemandhow.com and we'll ship your order to you.  Also, keep checking our Facebook page and the website for new arrivals.  For example, we just got a bunch of Humminbird Mega 360 and Mega Live Ice kits, the C-890 hubs and another load of Livescope Ice Bundles.  All are discounted and ready to go.

Our store hours are now M-F 6am to 7pm, Sat and Sun 6am to 6pm..  Our minnows all come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. Right now we have crappie minnows, large fatheads, Rosie Reds, Redtail chubs, XL fatheads (Tuffys), Blacktail chubs, Northern minnows, S-M-L Golden shiners, M-L River Shiners and Walleye Suckers. We still have Jumbo panfish worms, spikes and wax worms. As always, we sell waxies and spikes in bulk tubs, too.


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

 
Jeff Bolander <[email protected]>
- Thursday, 1/20/2021

1/18/22 @ 1:58 PM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Hard to believe the extreme cold from the weekend before last did not improve our travel conditions.  Temps in the sup teens did not build ice as expected on many area lakes, in fact slush has become present on a lot of our frozen waters.

Odd, some lakes see truck traffic with 14-15” of ice and good travel.  Others, smaller lakes report only 10-12” with slush.  Does not seem like too much snow on the lakes.  It was dry and windy.  But too much for these lakes to take?  Springs?   Pressure Cracks?  One thing for sure, caution still advisable if you’re thinking of taking full sized trucks on the ice, do some scouting first.

Northern Pike:  Good – Windows during very early morning and again early afternoon had anglers chasing flags once things warmed up mid-week (1/12).  As always, weed related, though some reports of anglers starting to push out into deeper weed lines for larger (28-34”) Pike.  Big shiners and suckers best.

Yellow Perch:  Good – The mid-winter mud flat bite is improving.  Anglers venturing out to mud just outside weed flats in 18-26’ finding active Perch taking waxies, spikes and wigglers depending on their daily mood.  Lots of sorting, but enough eaters (8”+) to make effort worth while.

Bluegill:  Good-Fair – On weedy flats of 6-10’ schools “pass through” at intervals making it worth the wait.   Waxies and mousses on #10 teardrops and 3mm Fiskas in reds, purples, black.  Also anglers finding Gills relating to deeper mud, usually larger average Gills.  Halis, Pinheads and tungsten with hair tipped with spikes best.

Crappie:  Fair – Unless you choose the warmest day to fish, head out to deeper water for early and late bites using glow jigs tipped with waxies or tip-downs with minnows (if not too cold).  Keep moving until you locate Crappies hanging 3-10’ off bottom in 20-30’ of water.

Walleye:  Fair – Best at low light, pre-dawn or hour preceding and just after dusk.  High barometer and full moon probably did not help, but better action than previous weekend.  Deeper sandgrass with chubs or suckers best.

Largemouth Bass:  Poor – Not many reports, though warmer days best.  Target using small to medium shiners on tip-ups if small Perch not a nuisance.

Forecast looks to remain cold next seven days with lows below zero degrees and only two days over teens for highs.  As much as we all want truck travel everywhere, still can’t advise, be cautious!

Mid-winter typically sees slow down and sup-zero cold won’t help.  Work deeper to find fish if your favorite spot isn’t producing.  Punch a lot of holes (weather permitting) and search before you hunker down.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
1/16/22 @ 10:15 PM
nophish
USER SINCE 2/16/12

Fishing nut, best bet is to look into the Washburn and Ashland areas for guided trips. There are a several guides with couple that offer sleds, equipment and bait so you just have to show up. They will work for the fish if they don't land right on them. Some days are a blank but whitefish is a good consultation prize.

1/16/22 @ 1:39 PM
cycleguy
USER SINCE 2/8/05

Late info from last Wed/Thursday..... fished a couple lakes in Vilas and Onieda County close to Minocqua.  Wed was really slow but Thursday early AM for crappies was much better.  Fish were suspended and eager early then as they dropped to the bottom they didn't even want to chase a bait.  I personally did better on smaller lakes that still had water 25' deep.... vs bigger bodies of water.

Snow pack was light enough I got around with my small ATV.  Some slush but again, it wasn't deep enough to be of concern.  On the small lakes plenty of people walking out.

This was my first trip up to the area, and what a treasure it is.  Biggest challenge is picking a lake from so many choices.  Just having my ATV, I think until the snow really comes down the window is open for a lot of people to get out and fish here where most years you need a snow machine to do so.

I can't say enough about Kurt Justice and the employees he has at Kurt's Island Sports in Minocqua.  Without their guidance I may not have pulled the trigger and made the four plus hour trip up to experience it all.  I've wanted to see the area for years but was always intimidated by the huge number of lakes.  I worked through the DNR list of lakes, printed off several lake maps using the mapping here on Lake Link and with their guidance picked a few to go fish.  Again, the low snow fall is an opportunity for others like me.... while it last.  Being from Racine, we don't have a real independent quality bait shop, and his is really well stocked and everyone was super helpful.  

I also caught a room next door to the shop at the Aqua Aire Motel.  Very basic, but clean, warm and perfect for the fisherman looking for an affordable and convenient place to stay.  A suggestion that also came from the bait shop.

Point of all this... if you are looking to see a really beautiful area, these lakes feel remote, and while out I think I saw more eagles than people.  It was a treat... and a real good fisherman probably would have caught more.  I enjoyed being there and seeing it as much as anything ... and would tell ya to do some homework and get out and see it for yourself.  I'll be back this summer with the kayak for sure.

1/15/22 @ 4:08 PM
Hard_Water_Nut
USER SINCE 2/19/16

Does anyone know of a guide service that does trout ice fishing?  My son desperately wants to catch trout through the ice.  We've been trying but haven't had any success yet.  Last ditch effort is to hire a guide service.  Any suggestions are appreciated.  Thanks

1/11/22 @ 8:55 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

For those too far south to enjoy this past weekend in the Northwoods, here’s a little update…

Okay already!  It’s winter, I get it!  Don’t need to be slapped in the face with temps of 17 below and wind chill of 35 below to make a point, I got a calendar.

Bitter cold and high winds kept a lot of anglers indoors and probably glued to their TVs this past weekend.  Those hardy (?) souls that ventured out were not well compensated for their efforts.  Unless tied to a contest (derby) or a permanent shack available little effort and even less results were reported.

Yellow Perch:  Fair – Thanks to one tough couple that reported some “eater” (8-9”) Perch on Sunday (1/9).  This remains the brightest of a poor bite.  Not talking much (lip frost bite?), but seemed satisfied with what they did find.  Prior to cold snap anglers fishing mud in 17-28’ producing some Perch.

Crappie:  Poor – Fair at mid-week, but not good conditions for hole hopping.  As with Perch, signs of Crappies being more active over deeper water for now.  Be prepared to probe same mud flats as Perch being found.

Bluegill:  Poor

Northern Pike:  Poor – A few fair reports prior to wind and cold making it tough to keep homes from freezing.

Walleye:  Poor – Just not much talk this weekend.

The one good thing about this sub-zero cold and high wind is snow cover not bad on lakes and ice conditions to thicken.  Average reports are of 12-14”+.  Can’t recommend truck travel, but you will see some out and likely to see a bunch by week’s end.  Forecast of highs in mid-20’s and decrease of wind makes coming weekend look promising.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
1/7/22 @ 5:33 PM
FISHING REPORT
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS:

We went from "OMG, we aren't gonna be able to ice fish this year!" to "This is some awesome ice conditions guys!".  We are making ice everyday and the snow that has fallen is light and fluffy and not hindering the ice production.  Easy to get  around by walking or by snowmobile or ATV.  There are a few vehicles out there running around but a buddy of mine put his thru three days ago.  Still gotta be careful out there.  I'd tell you who he is but he begged for my silence.  It's nice to have something in your back pocket though. :-)

The fishing has been pretty good.  Pretty much catching them slow, medium or fast all day long.  The best times are still late and early.  The 'overnight' guys are still kicking butt.  But I always try to at least stay past the red zone.  When the sky turns red after the sun goes down and you can barely see your flags, that's the red zone.  Most of the time the bite will last 30 to 60 minutes after that, then cool down for a while and then pick back up again.  We've found the best places to be are inside weed lines next to big basins.  We feel the fish hang out in the basin and then come up into the weeds to feed on the bait hiding in there.  Gotta be green weeds though.  Jigging spoons, tip-ups, tip-downs and all manner of jackers will let you fish more holes.

Speaking of holes, they tend to freeze up pretty quickly this time of year.  Joey and I have a generator that we fire up at night and put the hose tips into the holes to keep them open.  And for the holes that we can't reach we put CLAM's lithium ion aerator in the hole.  Not the aerator, the hose tip.  Since it is LI it is rechargeable via a wall socket or a USB port.  Now your not spending a fortune on batteries.  It's only $39.99, too.

We hope you can find the time to come in during your time in the northwoods.  Although dwindling fast, we still have almost all the shacks and hubs from CLAM and Otter. The number one comment we get is our guests can't believe the size of our selection. If you've had your eye on something but missed out on it last year, get it now.  We've already sold out of a couple of Clam and Otter  Flip-overs and Hubs. Almost all of the vendor factories like Strikemaster, CLAM, Otter and others are sold out already.  What that means is once we're out there ain't gonna be no more.  The 24v Strikemasters are again a hot item this year.  We still have plenty but and few go out the door everyday.  We are building an additional warehouse to handle all the inventory we will have.  They've promised me it would be done next week.  I won't hold my breath... It's not finished yet so we are a little crowded inside. If you can't make it in you can always order from our website, www.deweycatchemandhow.com and we'll ship your order to you.  Also, keep checking our Facebook page and the website for new arrivals.  For example, we just got a bunch of Humminbird Mega 360 and Mega Live Ice kits, the C-890 hubs and another load of Livescope Ice Bundles.  All are discounted and ready to go.

Our store hours are now M-F 6am to 7pm, Sat and Sun 6am to 6pm..  Our minnows all come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. Right now we have crappie minnows, large fatheads, Rosie Reds, Redtail chubs, XL fatheads (Tuffys), Blacktail chubs, Northern minnows, S-M-L Golden shiners, M-L River Shiners and Walleye Suckers. We still have Jumbo panfish worms, spikes and wax worms. As always, we sell waxies and spikes in bulk tubs, too.


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
 
Jeff Bolander <[email protected]>
- Friday, 1/7/2021

1/3/22 @ 1:04 PM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

As typical for a Christmas/New Year’s Week, pressure (from anglers) increased, weather got colder and fishing, while still good, got tougher.  Some good fishing taking place here in the Northwoods, but at times it’s windows of activity or getting off the beaten path to discover better bites.

Walleye:  Good – As stated, mostly windows of opportunity, as well as dusk, have been key.   By moving out a bit deeper during mid-afternoons and fishing new areas, anglers reporting finding Walleyes on points and bars extending out into main lake basins taking 3-4” suckers or hitting jigging lures (Raps, Tikkas).

Northern Pike:  Good – This one really seemed to show those “windows” of opportunity, several reports of flags flyin’ for 1-2 hour periods during late mornings followed by dead periods until just before dusk.  Big shiners and suckers best.

Crappie:  Good – Moving out over 15-25’ of water to find suspended Crappies has been the most consistent producer.  Weed Crappies seem to only turn on for small windows of activity.  Open water fish, when you can locate, have been easier to get action from.  Tip-downs with rosies and Pin head jigs tipped with waxies best.

Bluegill:  Good – While most reports coming from anglers working weed beds of 5-10’, anglers targeting Crappies in 15-20’ reporting nice Gills mixed in with suspended Crappies

Yellow Perch:  Good-Fair – Shallow weeds producing action in 6-10’ of water, but a move to deeper mud has already begun with anglers finding “eaters” (9-11”) using wigglers and red spikes on Hali jigs and pimples.

Largemouth Bass:  Fair-Poor – Not a lot of reports, don’t seem to bite as much during periods of 0 degree temps.

Travel on the ice is very good.  No slush and not enough snow to be cumbersome.  ATV and snowmobile travel excellent.  Can’t in good conscious recommend truck travel (though some have been spotted).  Ice thickness ranging 9-14” and building, should be a good season as ice is getting a chance to thicken enough to support weight of any snow to come.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
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