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6/2/20 @ 9:24 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (87%)
Waxing Gibbous
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Late May cold front put the brakes on the area fishing this past weekend.  Temps into the low 30’s with frost warnings can do that.  Fishing that was great for many anglers Wed/Thur took a turn by Sat/Sun.   Good news is warm weather already coming back.

Bluegill:  Very Good-Fair – Gills flocked into shallows, but pulled out with cold.  Best on small leeches, worms, Mini-Mites and waxies.   Gills moved back out to 4-6’ depth with chill, but expect to find them back in shallows by mid-week.

Smallmouth Bass:  Very Good-Fair – Bedding starting on some lakes.  Where committed, males guarding nest hitting 3 & 4” Wacky Worms and Ned Rigs as well as muds and large – XL leeches.   Others still at staging hitting lipless cranks and X-Raps.

Yellow Perch:  Good-Fair – Schools of Perch were being found in relatively shallow water (3-6’) taking thunderbugs, medium leeches and medium fatheads until cold broke up schools and pushed them out.  Check shallows again as water warms.

Largemouth Bass:  Good-Fair – Slowed with cold.  Prior to, fish warming shallows using floating Rapalas, TRD Ticklers and 3” swim baits on light jig heads.

Northern Pike:  Good-Fair – Bite best on live chubs or suckers as fish got neutral.  Some action on 4” swim baits.

Walleye:  Fair – Colder temps slowed weed bite.  Leeches best in 8-12’ cabbage over weekend.  Prior to, same fish in 3-5’ cabbage.

Crappie:  Good-Fair – Spawn over.  Anglers were finding some shallow males in places, but gone by weekend.  Use minnows when bite tough.  Back to swimming small jigs with tails as water warms.

Musky:  Fair After such a great opening weekend, time for these fish to rest a little I guess.   Not as much action, but still some high 30” to low 40” fish reported on wizards and small twitch baits.

Big, fast storm blew in mid-day (6/1) followed by warmer air.   Surface temps that fell 10-12 degrees over weekend should start to get back into the low/mid 70’s from the low 60’s they fell to.  

Smallmouth Bass will be going strong this weekend.  Remember to let these fighters go – besides season doesn’t open until the 20th!

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
5/29/20 @ 2:18 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE
First Quarter
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13

Well, this past week went pretty much as predicted.  The Crappie in the Minocqua, Lac du Flambeau, and St. Germain areas were very catchable.  But the best is yet to come.  Most lakes were giving up Crappie in the northern shorelines near wood or green weeds.  Some of the larger deeper lakes are just getting started.  But stage 5 of the spawning process is right around the corner.  

Remember, as with any spawn there are basically 5 stages.  
Stage 1, a few weeks before they actually drop eggs, is a heavy feed time and fish are suspended in deeper water near their spawning areas.  
Stage 2, heading to the beds, a few days before dropping eggs, is when the males and females are making and scouting beds, light feeding.  
State 3, the spawn, the days when they are dropping eggs, the males are in light feed while the females aren't normally feeding at all.  
Stage 4, post spawn, a few days after dropping the eggs, the females are starting to recover and the males are protecting the beds, feeding is light but the males are protecting the beds by attacking anything that he perceives will threaten the hatch.  
Stage 5, post spawn staging is a week or so after dropping the eggs, the females are recovered and feeding heavily and the males start to leave the beds and put on the feed bag, too.  

It's like this for most species.  Most crappies are in stage 3-4 right now.  The bluegills seem to be mostly in stage 2 right now.  Bass are in stage 2-3 and northerns are confusing.  So depending on your lake there should be a species you can catch.  And individual fish can be in different stages even on the same lake.

Now I said Northerns are confusing.  I said that because a bunch of the Northerns we boated this past week or so have been full of spawn, milk and eggs.  Not sure why?  Maybe just a bunch of non-conformists?

The walleye, mostly, seem to still be in stage 4.  Still not a heavy feed.  I saw some caught walleye a couple of days ago and they looked like snakes, not a thing in their belly.  But, that will change.

As an illustration on how presentation matters, I was out with a father and son last night and they normally fish with heavier jigs.  As always, I started with 1/32 oz jigs tipped with plastics.  We caught fish all over the place.  Not hot and heavy but steady.  After a couple of hours I switched the father to a 1/16 oz jig (unintentionally) after a break-off.  His pole went silent until he noticed the jig change and we switched him back to a 1/32 after which his pole got very noisy again.  It matters folks.  Some days it could be the opposite.  If you ain't catching nothing try something different.  

Here comes another empty minnow bucket.  Gotta go!

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 2 dz jumbo crawlers for $6.75 and bulk crawler flats for $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 only $2 with any purchase.  We have the lowest leech prices around which come direct from Minnesota.  We now have panfish, medium/large mix and  large/jumbo mix leeches that we sell by the dozen, 1/4#, 1/2# and full pound.  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, and Blacktail Chubs. 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]>
 - Friday, May 29, 2020

5/27/20 @ 9:23 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (24%)
Waxing Crescent
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Memorial weekend provided lots of great fishing opportunities for those that got outside to spend some time on the water.  The early weekend this year coincided with an important warm up in water temperature, which got fishing interesting.

Musky:  Very Good – The season opened up on Saturday with lots of action as anglers reported multiple fish days of 4, 5, 6, and even 7 Skie days!  Small bucktails with the Rizzo Wizz (Now Wizard), #5 Mepps, 500 series Buchertails, 5 and 6” Cranes and small Smity jerks accounting for a lot of fish.  Even small and medium sized suckers produced well. Reports of lots of 36-42” being boated with the largest C&R a 49” by a Walleye angler.  Its rare that Musky takes top billing in our multi-species report in May, but this weekend was exceptional!

Crappie:  Very Good – Timing is everything and the Memorial Weekend anglers hit it just right!   Crappies moved in to pair up and bed and provided great action for anglers.  Gapen Fresh Water Shrimp below tiny floats and small minnows on a small thin wire Aberdeen hook with no weight below the float scored lots of action.   Small leeches also worked well when fishing snaggy areas as they stay on the hook better.  Casting tiny tubes, Mini Mites and Pinkys for those who prefer to fish bobberless did their share of catching.

Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – Cruising the warm shallows.  LMB taking 3-4” Wacky worms, square bill cranks and spinner baits.  Some top-water action reported on the warm afternoons.  Lots of Bass taking baits meant for Crappies.

Northern Pike:  Very Good – Swim baits, #3 Mepps, spinner baits, and chatter baits all producing.   Jig and chub combos worked through 5-9’ cabbage a great start.

Smallmouth Bass:  Good-Very Good – Still staging, but up next as water temps climb.  Lipless cranks and suspending twitch baits best over 10-14’ staging areas, just off the spawning sites.  Leeches on a 1/16 – 1/8 oz jig working well.  Just remember, its catch and release only until June 20th.

Walleye:  Good – Post spawn feeding going on.  Target green cabbage using light jigs to offer leeches or dace.  Casting stick baits over and through same areas at dusk very productive.

Bluegill:  Good – Lots of Gills warming in shallows.  Thunderbugs, small leeches and worms, but also small plastics effective on these active fish.  Use small, but weighted bobber to make long cast into 2’ shallows.

Yellow Perch:  Good-Fair – Most reports from anglers picking up incidental catches while Walleye, Bluegill or Crappie fishing.  Medium fatheads and leeches best.

Lots of anglers on the lakes this weekend, boat landings were over flowing and fish biting.  Remember to practice selective harvest!  It’s been a difficult past couple of months, but not the end of the world!  Look towards the future and release fish to ensure good fishing for the next time up.


Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
5/25/20 @ 4:46 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (9%)
Waxing Crescent
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
BugleTrout
BugleTrout
User since 9/27/01

Fish were not very active for us on Saturday when we got up to the cabin. That changed Sunday when it was like shooting fish in a barrel. Crappies and nice gills were cooperative along with a very nice smallmouth. Plastics out-fished live bait. A 2” white twister tail on a 1/16 Northland whistler jig was the top bait. I even caught a painted turtle in the mouth with that rig. I’ve snagged snappers but never had a turtle go after a bait. We kept enough crappies and gills for two fish fries and released everything else including the turtle. Great weekend and it was great to be back up north with friends who we socially distanced with.

5/22/20 @ 11:14 AM
The Rod Father
User since 8/17/17

Wishinfishin69 check your Private Messages.

5/21/20 @ 9:25 AM
Wishinandfishin69
User since 12/30/16

I use to vacation here what seems like eons ago and there use to be public use islands that one could camp on. My question is do they still exist in the eagle river chain? I’m trying to plan a vacation and am looking for a roughing it kinda trip. Hoping to catch some decent fish while we are there as well. Any suggestions for lakes that have decent perch or a nice small island would be greatly appreciated. I’m not looking for hotspots just a little info. Tight Lines

5/19/20 @ 12:10 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (9%)
Waning Crescent
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

The promised (forecasted) warm up is coming at a crawl.  Cool, clouds and lots of wind are raising water temps ever so slightly.   What should have been “a Crappie weekend” was decent, but not fantastic, maybe this coming one?

Crappie:  Very Good-Good – Been hard to get an overall fix on the bite.  As always, different sized lakes warm at different rates.  Reports of Crappies in 2’ of pencil reeds as well as staging in 5-8’ of cabbage and even been found in 14’ breaks.  Minnows the best bet when Crappies are being reluctant.  Small leeches stay on hooks better.  With water temps slowly making their way into the upper 50’s by late week (we hope) tiny tubes, Mini-Mites and small twister tails will start working better.

Walleye:  Good – Post spawn action in weeds of 6-10’.   Jig and minnow/leech combos, as well as, shallow running stick baits (Jr. Thundersticks, Rattlin Rouges) and 1/8 oz jig and twister or snap jigging 3” swim baits.

Northern Pike:   Good – Artificial bite a little slower at times.  If you can’t get hit on spinner baits or #3 Mepps, switch to a weedless jig and chub to coax light biters.  Use a light wire leader to prevent bite offs of jigs and a jaw spreader and pliers to prevent bite offs of fingers! (tip-o-the-week!)

Smallmouth Bass:   Good – Staging outside spawning areas, Smallies hitting lipless cranks banged on rocks in 6-12’ of water.   X-Raps suspended over same areas also effective as is Ned rigging along same spots.  Some dandy fish of over 5#’s reported.  Catch & Release only until June 20th!

Largemouth Bass:   Good – Cruising shallows on warming days.  Pitch 3” Wacky worms unweighted or twitch #5 or #7 Floating Rapalas.  Large leeches on a light wire hook around any trees/brush in water.

Yellow Perch:  Good – Shallow weeds of 4-8’. Thunderbugs, small leeches, minnows under small floats.

Bluegill:   Fair-Good – Not being targeted with all the wind, but work extreme shallows of 1-5’ as Gills cruising looking for bugs and warmest water.

A good # of incidental reports of Musky cruising the shallows and being hooked by anglers targeting other species.  With surface temps probably moving to upper 50’s, low 60’s watch for more of this. 

Looks to be a good weekend, maybe some evening clouds/rain, but temps should be good and the Crappie spawn should stretch out on most of the large lakes to give anglers plenty of opportunity.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
5/12/20 @ 11:19 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (69%)
Waning Gibbous
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Snow (not as much as south of us, but any snow in May is too much), cold, and most of all wind has made the week following the opener rather tough.  Lake surface temps are lower now (40-48 degrees) than a week ago (44-55 degrees) thanks to below freezing nights.  The shallows cool off every morning making late morning through dusk the best times to fish.

Walleye:  Good-Fair – Spawn over, the good post spawn bite is starting, but not really ramped up yet due to the cold weather.  Casting minnow style baits (floating Rapalas, Rattlin Rouges) over weed tops in the evening.  Jigs and minnows best when worked slowly through cabbage beds.   Walleyes scattered, but as water warms, actions should really pick up by this weekend.

Northern Pike:   Good-Fair – Probably a better source of action than Walleyes.  Live bait or swim baits worked slowly through 4-7’ cabbage.  Looking, but not actively hitting spinner baits.

Crappie:  Fair-Poor – The cold has held this species out away from the shallows, best to work 10-12’ outside woody shorelines.  Live bait best this week as water temps falling.  This action will shoot up this weekend as water temps rise and fish move in to warm themselves and prepare for the spawn.

Largemouth Bass:   Fair – Few targeted during cold spell.   Twitch baits and working Ned rigs in old weed beds where water may be 2-3 degrees warmer than rest of lake best.

Yellow Perch:  Fair-Poor – Few targeting with conditions.  Try wigglers, small leeches or pieces of crawler in shallow, weedy flats.

Smallmouth Bass:   Fair-Poor – Few reports.  Best in 10-14’ on X-Raps off points or bars.

A nice warm up by the end of the week should really improve the action all around.  Rising water temps, along with clouds and some rain will draw the Crappies into the shallows and entice the post spawn Walleyes to start feeding.  Looks to be a good, if wet, weekend to fish!

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
5/5/20 @ 9:44 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (95%)
Waxing Gibbous
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

The 2020 Opener is in the books and while not a great opener, it could be deemed pretty darn good, all things considered.  While the Covid issue kept some people away, and the closing of the Lac Du Flambeau Reservation landings sent anglers to other bodies of water, we didn’t have to face ice for the first time in three openers and the weather wasn’t too cold, though somewhat windy.

Walleye:   Good-Very Good – Depending on lake type and time of day.  Walleyes on small to mid-sized lakes (1,000 acres or less) and flowages were either completely done with the spawn or just finishing up.  Jig and minnow combos ruled the daytime bites; while casting shallow running stick baits (Rattlin Rouges, Floating Rapalas and Jr. Thundersticks) was the best for nighttime anglers wading the shores.  On the larger lakes, spawning just kicking in over the weekend, but will probably run its course quickly.  Cast 4-6” chubs along gravel reefs of 6-12’; early mornings, evening and after dark best.  Forecast for cold nights (upper 20’s) and highs of 40-50 degrees will stretch the post spawn bite out for a while.  Great time to work emerging weeds with weedless jigs and large fats best.

Crappie:  Good – The cold nights have kept the Crappies at bay (literally) until afternoons when they move into warming shallows to help with egg production.  AM anglers finding Crappies in 8-12’ soaking small minnows or Mini-mites under slip-floats.   In the afternoons, tail hook small minnows under float with not split shot to allow minnow to slowly struggle against hook in and around shallow wood.  Some real trophy Crappies of 15-15¾“ were caught AND released using this method.

Northern Pike:   Good – Not many anglers targeting, but Pike working weedy flats feeding on Perch recovering from spawn.  Black chub on a weedless jig tied to a light wire leader best in morning.  As surface temps increase in afternoon, cover more water with shallow stick bait or 4” swim bait.

Largemouth Bass:   Good – anglers have been working shallow bays with dark bottoms that hold the heat from the afternoon sun.   Jig and subtle trailer best, though 3-4” stick baits (X-Raps, Husky Jerks and Thunder sticks) producing also.   3” swim baits and smaller plastics (Wacky worms, Ned rigs) also producing.

Yellow Perch:   Good – Not much being targeted, but nice Perch working shallow weed flats looking to fill their bellies after the spawn.  Medium fats or medium leeches on a 1/32 – 1/16 oz jig has been working well.

Smallmouth Bass:   Good – Catch and Release only until June 20th, but nice Smallies hitting X-Raps over 10-14’ off breaks leading to what, in a couple weeks, will be spawning areas of gravel and rock in 2-4’.

Bluegill:   Fair? – Not many reports as anglers have set their sights on larger game.  Some reports of Gills warming themselves in shallow on sunny afternoons.

Water temps running upper 30's-low 40's (TROUT) to low-mid 50's most other bodies.

With the Covid could still looming over us, it was good to see people getting outside and enjoying fishing and the outdoors in general.  Please use precautions and good judgement to remain safe and healthy.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
4/30/20 @ 3:08 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE
First Quarter
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS: 

Ok.  Let's talk Opener.  It's a little more exciting this year than most, I think.  With the tough winter bite and crappy ice conditionsmost of the winter and that virus thing we won't dwell on, it's been a long winter season.  But we got a bunch of stuff going for us this year.  With the tough winter the normal pressure on fish was not as great which means a lot more are available for us now.  We've got some real steady weather we've been experiencing which always helps the bite.  The weather for Opening Day is forecast to be great, maybe up into the 70s and south winds from 5-10 mph.  And all the ice is gone already and a lot of the piers are in.  Nothing closed that I know of around here.

What will be baiting?  WHO CARES!  Something will be.  Crappies have been fairly active, bluegills a little less and perch not too bad.  Northerns have been pestering the heck out of folks and the bass are starting to come on.  Walleyes are being caught by accident too which is a good sign. All of this depending on which lake or flowage you are on.

What bait should you use?  Which ever one you feel comfortable with.  Crawlers, leeches and minnows are always popular.  Stick baits, small plastics and hair jigs are also very popular this time of year.  One young fella that was in here this morning has been drop-shotting and he said he's been tearing them up.  So there is a cornucopia of methods that are working out there right now.  Use your tried and true and then for kicks and giggles try something new.  It might become you new tried and true.

Where should I fish?  That formula is pretty consistent with all lakes.  Find the warmest water with the greenest weeds with the most bait available and there will be your quarry.  The warmest water on any lake is normally gonna be the north end which gets most of the sun.  The only exception might be is if you have a heavy north wind for a few days in a row where that warm water might be blown south.  Other spots are where creeks and rivers come into a lake as they will be carrying oxygen and bait as well.  But green weed edges in the 10' feet of water range is probably gonna be where you should start.  Another popular and productive thing to do at this time of year in the evening is to throw minnow type stick baits and plastics in the shallows where those big girls and boys are working on the beds or chasing forage.

So many options this year.  I love it.  First time in a few years where we aren't dealing with ice conditions.  So get out there, make some memories and enjoy what nature has given us.  Be safe, be smart, be healthy and catch a big one.

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 myiad of reasons.  We are doing our best to keep the prices low.  We do have 2 dz jumbo crawlers for $6.75 and bulk crawler flats for $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 only $2 with any purchase.  We have the lowest leech prices around which come direct from Minnesota.  We now have medium to jumbo leeches that we sell by the dozen, 1/4#, 1/2# and full pound.  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 and Blacktail Chubs. No middleman!  Fresher and lower priced.

FYI3, we will be open Thursday till 8pm, Friday until Midnight and reopen on Saturday at 4am.
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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, April 30, 2020

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