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1/17/20 @ 5:05 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE
Last Quarter
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13

There's a bit of good news concerning the ice conditions question in the Minocqua, Lac du Flambeau and St Germain Wisconsin areas.  With the colder weather and lack of snow we have been experiencing lately the ice conditions have improved.  For the most part there is very little slush and ATVs and Snowmobiles have been getting around pretty well.  There are still many layers of ice and slushy ice. Now, I'm not saying it is completely safe everywhere but folks are fishing almost everywhere now.  I still wouldn't even consider driving a car or truck out there yet.  The ice is probably thick enough but with the layers that exist you have a good chance of breaking through one of them and getting stuck.  That's no fun either.  So stick with the lighter transportation for now and you should be able to get to most of your favorite spots.  YEAH!

The fishing for the most park has been below average as of late.  There are still fish coming up thru the holes but the windows can be painfully small.  We were out a couple of days ago and we caught fish but there were a lot more that sniffed our baits and took a pass.  It's inevitable this time of year.  I normally think of January as the August of the winter months.  Small windows during the transition to the pre-spawn bite.  Aw, who cares, let's go!

Most of the action seems to be still green weed related.  No hot baits as usual but many are working if you put in your time.  The low light of late afternoon and evening seems to be the best window of the day.  Spend your time before that looking for fish that may not be active but then return to those spots for that evening bite.  It can be amazing.  To illustrate how lake bites can be different but the same, I had two guys come into the shop today, at different times, one saying he got crappie in weeds of less than 8' and the other mentioned he got his at 28'.  But both bite windows were at the same part of the day.  Different lakes, different depths but same bite window.  Wouldn't it be nice to know why that is and be able to predict it?

Time to hit the ice.  If you see me out there make sure you say hi and tell me ALL about your hot spots and secrets!  Yeah, right.
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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]>
 - Friday, January 17, 2020

1/14/20 @ 3:13 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (80%)
Waning Gibbous
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

The Lakeland area was spared the snow storm that hit the southern part of the state this past Saturday!  Held off by a very high-pressure system that also seemed to put the bite at bay.

Those high barometer readings Fri/Sat took their toll as anglers reported a near shut down of action.  By Monday (1/13) things appeared to pick back up as clouds moved in and barometric pressure started falling.  Two nights of light snow have put a new cover on the lakes that have been getting firmer thanks to last week’s cold.

Northern Pike:   Poor-Good – Once conditions improved by late Sunday afternoon, Pike action picked up through Monday.  Typical tip-ups with big shiners or suckers in 8-13’ of water.

Crappies:  Poor-Good – Following the weekend of tough fishing, this species popped back into action taking Fairy jigs, Little Cecils and Rembrandts on the drop tipped with waxies or Beaver Tail.  Minnows on tip-downs were also effective as Crappies seemed to finally find an appetite.

Yellow Perch:  Poor-Good – Following suit, Perch action improved, anglers using Z-vibes and K-Raps and Northland Forage Minnows in the small panfish shapes, tipped with waxies doing well on numbers of 9-11” Perch over mud or sparse weeds in 10-15’.

Bluegills:  Poor-Good – As bite improved, Gills actively taking Flirty Girtys, Clam Dingle Drops and Fiska Tungsten to deliver dark plastics, mousses or spikes to Gills holding 1-2’ off bottom in 8-14’.

Walleye:  Poor-Good – Bite went from zero to hero by Sunday night, (though most of us were chewing on our fingernails at home while watching the Packers!)  Suckers along outside weed edges 1 hour before dusk.   Jigging Slab Raps and Rippin Raps also picking up Walleyes Monday night as bite improved.

Never a fan of full moon daytime fishing, but this past weekend was very tough.  Hopefully, as this week progresses and small fronts seem to move through, the bite will improve and stay better.

Ice thickness and firmness seemed to improve, the cold and wind last week let things dry out and slush conditions have improved.  12-15” of “assorted” ice (6-7” grey, 1-2” water, 6-7” solid) but holding ATV’s and snowmobiles up well.  Even some areas of Rainbow improving thanks to cold.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
1/9/20 @ 5:23 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (99%)
Waxing Gibbous
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13

For Minocqua, St Germain & Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, area lakes the question is still "How's the ice?"  I tell ya, it's like a certain Clint Eastwood movie.  It's good, bad and ugly but like the whole movie it's great.  There are a ton of places out there to fish.  The inconsistent job mother nature did of building the ice this year commands us to stay in spots we know and fish in areas that are well used.  Don't be venturing out into areas you're not sure about otherwise you might be unpleasantly surprised.  The overall slush conditions are much better now and travel is easier than even a few days ago.  Many ATV and snowmobiles are out pulling the gear around.  Be smart and have a great time out there.

The fishing continues to be average to better than average.  The success of fisherpeople varies greatly from lake to lake and from day to day and from hour to hour.  I'm going out with clients tomorrow and I know we'll catch fish but I have not too much of an idea of when, how or where the fish will be.  But we'll figure it out once we get out there.  After all, that's the fun part. We'll start by drilling holes to find the green weed edges next to mud flats or rock bars.  Then we'll set tip-ups inside and outside of that weedline.  Then we'll jig for action fish while we keep an eye out for flags flying!  That's all good.  When jigging for action fish I'll start with spoons like the Kastmaster, Leech Flutter Spoon and Rippin' Raps.  Sometimes I tip them with bugs and minnow heads while sometimes I fish'em naked.  The fish will let me know  what they want.  If those draw the fish in but doesn't get them to bite then I'll go to a tungsten small fly jig, punch jig, waxie jig or nymph jig.  I usually tip these with spikes or mousees.  I'm sure wax worms would work too but I'm allergenic to those guys.  As soon as I see a fish on my locator that comes up to the bait and then swims away, I change it.  If they don't want it why should I keep it down there.

Time to go check my lines and sharpen my hooks for tomorrow.  You do this every time, right?  Shame on you!  Have fun out there!

One more thing.  Don't be like the guy that came in here today and said that he paid $20 more for an auger at a big box store than he would have paid here.  Remember, we will match and usually beat anybody else's price on in stock items.
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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, January 09, 2020

1/7/20 @ 2:24 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (89%)
Waxing Gibbous
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Accidents and tragedy put a pall over ice fishing and outdoor activities this past week as reports of two ATV’s and three snowmobiles broke through the ice.  Two of the snowmobilers did not survive which had effects from where it happened (Lake Nokomis in Tomahawk) to up here and to the families and hometowns of those who passed.

To clarify, the snowmobiles broke through over a channel of current, not the main lake itself.   One of the ATV’s hit a current pocket that created thin ice in that particular spot.  Still, caution is advised anywhere you go.  Walking and pre-drilling or chipping with a spud bar by all means before traveling with a motorized vehicle on the ice.

Northern Pike:   Good – Less action than previous week.  Still nice Pike to 36” reported.  As usual, big shiners and suckers best for larger fish.

Bluegills:   Good – Very early mornings in and around 8-10’ cabbage for the biggest Gills (measured an 11 ¼” at shop Saturday), tungsten jigs in green, black, purple and red tipped with waxies, mousees or piece of beaver tail.

Crappies:  Good – Bites come in windows, sometimes for an hour or less.  Late afternoons still best.  In and around tall, narrow leaf cabbage in 8-12’ use a gold or white #8 rocker tipped with a yellow, white or pink plastic or piece of beaver tail.

Walleye:  Good-Fair – Bite from previous week slowed.  Varied reports with most anglers finding better bites late (9-10 pm).  As bite less aggressive, better on live bait (suckers) than artificials.

Yellow Perch:   Good-Fair – Not getting much for deeper reports as mid-lakes still off limits to most anglers.  Those finding Perch over mud flats doing well with wigglers on Clam bomb style jigs or Halis in 15-18’.

Largemouth Bass:   Good-Fair – Tip-ups with medium shiners in cabbage of 6-10’ best.

Ice fishing is taking place, and safely, in many areas.  The access (or lack of) due to inconsistent ice or slush has been the biggest draw back.   Areas of current (flowages, inlets, etc.) should be avoided or used with caution.  Areas near marshy shorelines should also be used with caution, as these areas hold heat and don’t freeze as well as more solid bottomed areas. 

All said, we want to encourage anglers to use the ice, but with caution.  There is plenty of fishable ice, but due to the strange way it has frozen, its not the same everywhere.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
1/2/20 @ 2:38 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE
First Quarter
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Lakeland area fishing has been good of late, the traveling? Eh, not so good.


Rain on Sunday helped knock down the snow and slush that had been on the lakes, if only it had stayed rain till the cold came back. As the rain turned to snow, first heavy and wet, then lighter yet still insulating, what could have been great conditions just got somewhat difficult again.  Mild temps (high teens to low 30's) through the weekend won't be the challenge. Figuring out the wheres and hows to access the ice will be.  Actually, ice thickness is good at 6-12+" on most lakes, it's the new slush that could be a hindrance.

Walleye:  Very Good – Probably due to the cloudy conditions, good reports of nice fish coming in during the day time. most reports from tip-up anglers finding Walleyes taking medium shiners up on weedy fingers of cabbage covered flats midday.Evening bites (get started early, by 3;30-4) on tip ups baited with suckers on\r jigging Rattlin Raps along 9-12' weed edges. Lots of good reports along with some very nice walleyes of 24-29" being caught and released (thank you anglers0 over the weekend.

Northern Pike:   Very Good – Best on big lively shiners or suckers under tip-ups. the biggest pike being caught along outside weed edges of 8-14'. Also, anglers hanging big shiners "high" above cabbage tops reporting good results.  Fish to 38" reported again this week with plenty of 25-30" fish being caught.

Crappies:  Good-Very Good - Can be off at times in the bays, but the fish are there, just need to be ready when they go on the feed! Slow dropping bright rockers with plastics tops! Some crappie minnow action on tip-downs. Towards mid-day anglers setting up along transition areas of mud to hard bottom are catching fish coming out of deep water using minnows or glow jigs tipped with waxies.

Bluegills:  Good – Most action in weeds of 7-12' using small dark jigs tipped with moussee's or waxies. A sliver of beaver tail bait worked on a #10 black rocker scored a nice catch for one angler working the jig 1' off the bottom in 9-10' of cabbage.

Largemouth Bass:  Good – While few anglers target Largemouths, action on warmer days (typically above 20 degrees), good on tip-ups baited with medium shiners.

Yellow Perch:  Good-Fair – Fair only because while the action has been good, it's been a lot of smaller perch. With some patience some eaters being caught. Tear drop jigs baited with a load of waxies working well.

While the ice conditions themselves are probably better here in the Northwoods area than farther south (little to no ice), or to the north (too much snow) caution is still advised. With the snow cover of the last 24hrs. slush and areas of thinner ice will be difficult to detect. While ice thickness in some areas safe enough for snowmobile and or A.T.V. travel, best advice is to walk and check before going out. Take your spud bar and wear your tall boots! And HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
12/31/19 @ 1:54 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (28%)
Waxing Crescent
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS: 

For Minocqua, Lac du Flambeau and St Germain areas. This is a tough report to put together.  Everybody wants to know the ice conditions and if the fish are biting.

The easier question to answer is, "are the fish biting?"  Yes they are.  And when I say 'they' I mean fish in general.  Bite windows are small but during a day long fishing expedition you should be able to catch fish as long as you aren't too particular about what you're going to catch.  My advice is to go after all species and catch the ones that bend your pole or flip your flag.  I myself am always happy with that.  The usual bugs and meat are working along with a myriad of other methods.  There is NO one way or hot bait.

Now for the ice question.  Arrg. We just got another 6-12" of wet snow in the area.  This fell on top of the almost 1" of rain we got the two days before.  Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.  The ice at the bottom of all this hasn't changed.  Don't ask me how much ice there is cuz there is no firm answer.  There are A LOT of places to fish.  And there are a bunch places that could be dangerous.  Be very cautious as if it is first ice.  A couple of guys came in the shop this morning and as they were spudding yesterday one of the guys went thru.  Only waste deep so they got him out.  But there was 8" of ice 10 feet away from where he went in.  Another group that are fishing on another larger lake, just down the road from where the guy went in, said they were all over the lake with four-wheelers and saw 8" everywhere.  Go figure.

Bottom line, fishing is good, conditions are a crap shoot.  Fish where everyone else is and be safe.  There are plenty of those places.  Put a halt on the 'exploring new ice' expeditions until we get the cold weather that is coming.

Well, that's it for 2019.  We at Dewey Catchem and How have a lot to be thankful for and it's all because of you, our clients and followers.  You are the reason we do this.  It's our love and passion. We pray that you can count your blessing as well as endure your trials.  Here's to an even better 2020 for all of us!
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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]>
 - Tuesday, December 31, 2019

12/31/19 @ 7:53 AM
Crappie & Eye Chaser
User since 1/26/10

Bassin, nice fish! Haagar and Phelps thanx for the fun. Shish is a Great Lake Phelps, and it's big... Allowing it to freeze over better with this crazy winter. Some of the best lakes are actually in the Phelps Area that I luv to fish...

Regarding the open water... No doubt, no questions, these lakes were wide open. Confirmed by walking within 100 yards of it and I post this because these lakes - of any should be iced over. The difference between northern Wisco and southern is all the snow we received after the warm up. Down in southern Wisco there wasn't any measurable snow to insulate the ice from forming. 

We just got dumped on by 7-10"'s yesterday and up north I heard more. With the slush, water on the ice, and too many unknowns with all this fresh snow.... I will be picking my way out no matter what lake I'm on. Talk to local baitshops (best option), and talk to other L.L.ers... Happy New Year & Be safe to all!

C&E Chaser

12/30/19 @ 6:08 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (20%)
Waxing Crescent
BassinBill
User since 5/9/02

Just got in from fishing a large flowage. Tons of slush compared to yesterday. Almost got sled stuck. Fish were still biting, but not as well as yesterday.  Hopefully the cold snap will tighten things up. 

12/30/19 @ 6:07 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (20%)
Waxing Crescent
BassinBill
User since 5/9/02

Just got in from fishing a large flowage. Tons of slush compared to yesterday. Almost got sled stuck. Fish were still biting, but not as well as yesterday.  Hopefully the cold snap will tighten things up. 

12/30/19 @ 5:50 PM
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MOON PHASE (20%)
Waxing Crescent
PutEmInTheBoat
User since 12/13/18

I fished Cranberry Lake near Eagle River this past weekend. Saturday was great, most of the slush was sti crusty and frozen. We caught a bunch of perch, i got my mom and my girlfriend on their first fish thru the ice ever. Then it started raining, and made things a lot sloppier. I got 3 walleye before sun up with the lighted tip ups and they shut off. Made a bit of a gamble and decided to try a different part of the lake Sunday, looked really good on the map and had a few guys on LL say the area was good. Half a mile walk to the spot, with all the gear, thru the snow slush wasnt easy. Fishing wasnt nearly as good. Lots of marks but could only get about 10-20% of them to bite. Mainly small fish too. Looked like 4-6" of good ice, with the same amount of slush/snow/water on top.
Ended with 7 or 8 walleyes, and close to 40 perch. Over all a fun trip.
On a side note, I got some Baffin Titan (boots) for christmas and they are incredible. Comfortable even with the longer walk thru slush. Warm as hell. And completely water proof. Highly recommend them to anyone in the market for a new pair.

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