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9/24/20 @ 3:02 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (57%)
Waxing Gibbous
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS: 

The colors are freakin' awesome guys.  I know the last couple of years were crappy but this year, ka-boom.  Even if you can't fish you may just wanna take a drive down one of the many colorful roadways here in the northwoods.  And the fishing has been pretty good too, although not ka-boom.

As the water temps continue to try and make it into the 50s, the musky sucker bite continues to get better.  Guys are taking out medium, large and extra large suckers every day now.  I've heard that some places have a shortage and are selling them for up to $13 and more.  Not us.  We got plenty of wild caught suckers and they are $8, $9 and $11 for the M, L and XL respectively.

As the lakes painfully inch towards turnover the livebait bite will start to go to the minnow from the crawler.  It might be a while though as we just had a few days with sun, calm winds and highs knocking the dust off of 80!  So deeper the fish go.  I was on a flat the other day where there is one spot that is 2 feet deeper than the rest of the flat.  And sure enough, a pile of fish were hunkered down there.  Just 2 feet mind you.  But when the weeds start dying and the oxygen starts to diminish you gotta go where you can breathe.  Once turnover takes place then the oxygen gets dispersed again and the fish get a little more spread out.

My guess is we got about two more weeks of the good crawler bite we been having.  As the water temps start to get into the mid to low 50's range the minnows will be king again.  But light jigs, the same ones you used with the crawlers, will still be the ticket.  Unless of course you need to get into the 40-50 foot depths.

Top water presentations are still hot right now.  To me this is the most exciting type of fishing there is.  Watching that bait twitch or wabble or splash across the surface and then see it explode -- really cool.  But remember to wait for the weight.  Don't set the hook on the splash or too many times you will come up with an empty plate.

On a personal note Linda and I would like to thank you for a fantastic summer.  We love seeing old friends and making new ones as we work the shop.  You all know Linda.  She's the nice one that no one can figure out how she could have gotten hooked up with me.  But anyways, thank you.  We are both looking forward to a great fall heading into the stiff water season with you in mind.

Our jumbo crawlers come directly from Canada. We are doing our best to keep the prices low.  We do have 100 count crawlers for only $21 and bulk crawler flats for only $60. To order your flats in dirt or bedding please call ahead at the Minocqua shop at 715-358-5130.  If you don't get a response, as they are very busy, you can always call back or call me at 715-892-2751.  Also remember your 1st scoop of crappie minnows is always only $2 with any purchase.  Leeches are done this year.  The warm weather we got in June ended the trapping season then and we finally ran out last week.  Our minnows come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin.  Right now we have crappie minnows, fatheads, XL fatheads (tuffys), Mud Minnows, Walleye Suckers, Northern Bait Minnows, Redtail Chubs, & Blacktail Chubs. We also have a good selection of medium ($8),large ($9) & XL ($11) wild musky suckers.  There will be a musky sucker shortage again this year but we will do our best to keep you informed and well supplied.  All our suckers are wild caught. No middleman!  Fresher and lower priced.
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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, September 24, 2020

9/22/20 @ 12:04 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (35%)
Waxing Crescent
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Colder than usual morning temps (lows of 30-38 degrees) the past week and more wind, but offset by sun (through the haze) have lake surface temps hovering in the 58-62 degree range.

Musky:  Good-Very Good – With many lakes at pre-turn over, top-water action has ben hot.  Pick your time and weather, early-late-cloud (haze) and work shallow weeds (3-8’) with Flap tails, Hawg Wobblers, Creepers.   Faster moving top-water tail baits also effective such as Whopper Ploppers and Top Raiders.  Working jerks and glider above weeds also effective.   With water temps averaging around 60 degrees, suckers producing very well also.

Northern Pike:  Good – Twitch baits, buck tails (#4:#5 MEPPS Comets, Wizards) and spinner baits.  Pike like this cool weather.  Jig or float and a chub a nice, relaxing way to spend a fall afternoon.

Walleye:  Good – Seems to be a lot of movement from day to day.  Deep transitions of hard to mud using vertical jigging techniques (Shiver Minnows, Jigging Raps, 1/4-3/8 oz jigs and 1/2 crawler or large fats).  On flowages, river channel edges using chubs or 3-4” suckers.

Crappie:  Good-Fair – Reports of Crappies not as bunched up yet, but big slabs in the 12-14” range being caught.  Fish suspending 2-6’ off bottom along coontail edges or near sunken wood/cribs.   Vertical jig a 1/16 oz jig with yellow, white or mylar body.

Largemouth Bass:  Good-Fair – Outside weed edges using jig and creature and Tokyo rigs.   Wacky worms also working.  Where Musky not as much as issue, work inside weeds with pre-rigged worms, spinner baits.

Smallmouth Bass:  Good-Fair – Deep humps, drop-shotting minnow imitations best.  A few BIG Smallies hitting shallow top-water meant for Musky.

Yellow Perch:  Good-Fair – Few anglers targeting in wind, best fishing has been for larger Perch in heavy cabbage on jig/minnow combo.

Bluegill:  Good-Fair – Few anglers due to wind.  Big Gills coming from deep wood of cribs, pilings on 1/2 crawlers or beaver tails under slip-floats.

Colors of fall coming in, cold mornings, but late morning through afternoons are beautiful.  Fishing overall good, wind has been biggest drawback.  Early sucker bite for Musky bodes well for the rest of this month and the next.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
9/15/20 @ 1:34 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (5%)
Waning Crescent
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Following what seemed like late October weather in early September, morning temps in the 30’s at launch time on several days, temps warming up mid-week, though mornings can still be downright cold.

The yo-yoing temps have made for inconsistent fishing on many days with afternoons better than mornings as the difference between water and air temps shrink.

Crappie:  Good+ – Deep wood holding Crappies in Flowages.  Slip-bobber medium fatheads for slabs of 12-14”.  On natural lakes anglers finding Crappies along deep coontail edges of 14-18’, suspended 3-4’ off bottom, and around deep cribs of 18-28’.

Bluegill:  Good – Not for action but big Gills taking ½ crawlers beneath slip-floats in and around same areas as Crappies, deep!

Northern Pike:  Good – Casting swim baits, spinner baits and #4 Mepps Comets above cabbage.   Also jig and chubs.  Windy days providing best action.

Musky:  Good – Reports have been mostly of anglers using fast moving glide baits, twitch baits or bucktails.  Some top-water.  Suckers on bladed quick-set rigs as surface temps in low 60’s already.

Walleye:  Good-Fair – Deep lakes vertical fishing gravel/med transitions using Shiver minnows/Jigging Raps or ¼ oz jig w/ large fathead or ½ crawler.  If trouble finding in this area, drift mud flats with Lindy rig and crawlers in 18-30’.

Largemouth Bass:  Fair – Weather has kept Bass anglers off water.  Plunging weeds with heavy jigs and creature baits best to draw reluctant fish.  Afternoon warmth improving fishing.

Smallmouth Bass:  Fair – Same as above.  Sandgrass flats giving up a few fish on drop-shot rigs, gravel humps of 20-28’ holding some Smallies feeding on crayfish and sculpin!

Yellow Perch:  Fair – Few reports, probably due to wind.

Mid-September already and not a typical one, cool, wet and windy.  Water temps down, water levels up from typical average this time of year.

So Far Musky suckers look to be getting hard to get.   Pond suckers due to past two winters in Minnesota, wild suckers due to high river levels.  Cool down of lakes from nights in 30’s should get the Musky bite going this week.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
9/8/20 @ 8:53 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (66%)
Waning Gibbous
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Cool weather and lots of wind made for a quieter than normal Labor Day weekend on the water.  The wind was probably the biggest factor, making boat control and any type of finesse fishing difficult.  Water temps, thanks to an unusually cool early September, have dropped this past week from low 70’s to low-mid 60’s.

Musky:  Good – Shallow water action tops as anglers surprised to find some fish in 2-3’ depths.   Spoons, spinner baits and top-water baits working well.  Fast moving gliders with tails, as well as 7” twitch baits.  From here until turn-over, top-water a very good choice.

Largemouth Bass:  Good – With Musky moving into inside weeds, look out a bit deeper into beds to find fish.  Jig and craw, Wacky worming and Texas Rigging 4-7” worms.  On quieter nights/evenings, top-water action good.

Northern Pike:  Good – Reports best from anglers casting (due to wind making live bait presentations difficult).  Spinner baits, swim baits and spoons getting best attention, cabbage beds of 7-12’.

Smallmouth Bass:  Good-Fair – Wind was biggest hindrance.  Anglers finding some fish over rocks or along deep coontail edges.   Reports of big fish (4#+) up in shallows hitting top-water (Whopper Ploppers)

Walleye:  Fair-Good – The deeper bite best on larger lakes where anglers working Shiver Minnows and Jigging Raps scoring along gravel humps of 18-25’.  Also drifting crawler harness over mud flats effective outside weed edges in 13-20’.

Crappie:  Fair – Spotty reports, but large fish (12-14”) from weed beds of 8-12’.  Wind a problem, 1/16 oz jigs to hold 2” twister tails down.   Some deep wood fish (18-25’) but not any large numbers.  This cool weather will probably start to concentrate.

Yellow Perch:  Fair – Not many reports, few targeting due to wind.

Bluegill:  Fair – Same as Perch.

This early cool down should help spur Musky and Pike activity, as well as get the early fall patterns going for Walley and Crappies.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
9/4/20 @ 7:32 AM
river_chaser
User since 10/3/12

Nice write up Thank you

9/3/20 @ 4:50 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (98%)
Waning Gibbous
WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS: 

The fishing is still pretty good.  The weatherman has made conditions a little tougher but them gilled critters are still coming over the side of the boat.  Water temps are dropping fast.  For those of you that hoped we might be able to fish in 70 degree water until January you be disappointed.  It always gets cold in the northwoods and we can wish all we want but it ain't happening. (darn)

But that's a good thing.  As the water cools the fish start to realize that winter is a comin.  The worst the weather is out the better the bite will become.  That's natures law.  What we are seeing now are fish heading even deeper, if they have that option.  They are getting more active and aggressive in places.  Crawlers are still king but minnows are starting to work a little too.  Of course leeches have been off the table for a few weeks now but that crawler bite remains strong.  Half a crawler on a light jig produces many many species.  I sat with a client the other day and we popped 6 species in one spot in a half an hour.  All on the aforementioned crawler and jig worked slowly thru the weeds or over the rocks.

I've been asked many times if I only use live bait.  Of course not but when something is working why change.  But when something is not working, move on to something else.  That happens a lot.  This time of year I start to migrate over to large plastics.  Rib worms, jerk baits, sticks, senco, and all kinds of grub tails pulled thru, over and around the weeds. And the latest fad is snap jigging.  But they all work kind of the same way.  A larger profile that gets the fish's attention or curiosity up.  Then while working the bait the fish will usually hit it on the drop of some kind.  That's why the snap jerk works so well.  Keep your line tight on the drop as that's where you'll feel the bite 90% of the time.

As the weather morphs into fall so will the fishing pick up even more.  If you have deep water on your lake of choice that's where you want to fish.  If you don't then find the greenest weed edges you can find.  And if what your doing ain't working, for goodness sake, try something else.

Oh, and what are those big fish called?  Oh yeah, Musky.  The musky fisherpeople are starting to come out of the woodwork now.  And they should be in for a great fall.  The summer was a banner year for Musky.  Numerous reports of multifish days filled the social media.  Right now they seem to be along or just inside the weed edges.  Any bait that will put you in that strike zone is the choice du jor.  And don't forget to drag a musky sucker on a quick strike rig.  I think you're crazy if you don't. And remember, Musky season goes up until 'Ice-Out' this year, whenever it may be.

Have a great Labor Day and please be safe.  We want to see you year after year after year!

FYI.  Two major DNR regs to be aware of are that they extended the walleye no harvest rules on the Minocqua chain and changed the Manitowish Chain from a size exempt water to the normal state 15" rules.

FYI 2, our jumbo crawlers come directly from Canada. Crawlers went up this year for a myriad of reasons.  We are doing our best to keep the prices low.  We do have 100 count crawlers for only $21 and bulk crawler flats for only $60. To order your flats in dirt or bedding please call ahead at the Minocqua shop at 715-358-5130.  If you don't get a response, as they are very busy, you can always call back or call me at 715-892-2751.  Also remember your 1st scoop of crappie minnows is always only $2 with any purchase.  Leeches are done this year.  The warm weather we got in June ended the trapping season then and we finally ran out last week.  Our minnows come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin.  Right now we have crappie minnows, fatheads, XL fatheads (tuffys), Mud Minnows, Walleye Suckers, Northern Bait Minnows, Redtail Chubs and Blacktail Chubs. We also have a good selection of medium and large musky suckers.  There will be a musky sucker shortage again this year but we will do our best to keep you informed and supplied.  All our suckers are wild caught. No middleman!  Fresher and lower priced.
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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, September 03, 2020

9/2/20 @ 8:41 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE
Full Moon
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
John Andrew
User since 8/10/09

NO FISH NO PAY. (GUARANTEED) !

 09-02-2020.

Big Gills.

As the water temps continue to drop rapidly our patterns are changing quickly. On this day we were still shallow and all fish again, on plastics.

These shallow fish are moving deeper. Cooler water temps are changing things quickly, for us. 

Awesome job every body and special thanks to the North Woods Get Away, a new home rental on Van Vliet Lake located in Vilas County WI..

As always, stay positive, think clearly, do not listen to negative talk and do not listen to negative people.

God Bless

John Andrew

9/1/20 @ 1:32 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (100%)
Waxing Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
John Andrew
User since 8/10/09


(NO FISH NO PAY. (GUARANTEED) !

 09-01-2020.

Bass and Gills again on this day.

As the water temps continue to drop rapidly our patterns are going to change very quickly for most species of fish. On this day we were still shallow and all fish on plastics.

The several Bass we boated were from deeper water.

This day we again fished in Onedia County WI.. Again, uncountable number of Gills boated some over 10 inches. All fish were casting.

As always, stay positive, think clearly, do not listen to negative talk and do not listen to negative people.

God Bless

John Andrew

9/1/20 @ 12:36 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (100%)
Waxing Gibbous
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Leading up to a late Labor Day weekend, a windy and wet weekend kept participation down on the water this past week.  Good fishing was had by those finding the place and times.

Largemouth Bass:  Good-Very Good – Look to thicker cabbage flats and wok with jig/creature combos, Wacky Worms or Neko rigs.  Swimming a 4” worm or swim bait also working when Bass “in the mood” to chase.   Top-water action remains good on the warmer, calmer evenings.

Bluegill:  Good-Very Good – Where and when possible (due to wind and rain) nice Gills of 8-9” (with a few honest 10” ers) reported in weedy bays on Mini-mites, small jigs and even small crappie minnows.  Best in the lee sides of lakes where sun warmed water a few extra degrees.

Northern Pike:  Good – Still best on spinner baits and chatter baits over cabbage beds of 6-10’.   Live chubs or suckers on cooler mornings, snake through heavy weeds on weedless jigs and light wire leaders.

Smallmouth Bass:  Good – Most relating to coontail edges, though reed edges also pulling off some good action as well.  Drop-shotting 3” minnow/worms, as well as Ned rigs.  Also action on lipless cranks (Rattle Traps/Rattlin Raps) along same edges.   Some rock bites, but not hot.

Musky:  Fair-Good – Most action past week in shallower water on bucktails, spinner baits and gliders with “tails”.  Should see action pick up as waters start to slowly cool off.

Crappie:  Fair-Good – While not being found “bunched up”, some anglers finding fish in thick, narrow leaf cabbage of 8-12’.  Slip-floats and small minnows best for neutral fish, but twitching small, tinsel tailed jigs through tops of same weeds fastest way to produce once fish on feed.

Yellow Perch:  Fair – Not a lot of reports.  Most from anglers finding Perch in heavy cabbage picking off small crayfish, this is where ½ crawlers on orange or brown 1/32 oz jigs shine.

Walleye:  Fair – Mixed reports from deep wood, some on rock to #’s of small fish up in weed edges.   Crawlers and redtails top choices, a few row trollers reporting fish starting to drop down in water column for those after suspended fish.

Week’s forecast looks good for Friday and Saturday, clouds and light rain should mean good Sunday until evening.  Drop in temps for Monday could be start of next stage into early fall, anglers can’t wait!!

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
8/30/20 @ 5:53 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (94%)
Waxing Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
John Andrew
User since 8/10/09


(NO FISH NO PAY. (GUARANTEED) !

 08-30-2020.

The pattern is staying the same for now but, this will change quickly as the cool weather is moving in. The Gills will vacate certain areas as the water temps continue to drop.

Big Blue Gill again. As more and more people request Pan Fish the last 2 years, these clients get to enjoy the non stop, hard fighting action Big Gills offer and not to mention the good table fair they provide. 

Today we again fished in Onedia County WI.. Again, uncountable number of Gills boated some over 10 inches. All fish were casting. All on plastics.

As always, stay positive, think clearly, do not listen to negative talk and do not listen to negative people.

God Bless

John Andrew


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