I can't believe it's the 4th of July holiday already. Where the heck did June go! With nothing much else to do fishing has taken over the northwoods. Lots of new people to the sport are trying their hand at something many of us already love. It's a lot of fun setting a child, or an adult for that matter, up with their very first fishing rig and baits or taking them out for their first guided trip in my boat. It's how a lifetime of memories are made. A rod and reel, jig and a piece of crawler with a fishing biting will bring a smile to anybody's face!
So how's the fishing? Well the weed growth has really surged in the last few weeks. Water temps are in the 80's in some places. With the warm weather and all the sun we have experienced the weeds have made up for their slow growth start. With the sun being so high in the sky for so much of the time lately the fish are buried deep in those weeds. Find yourself a good weedless jig, there are many to choose from, and throw your leech, worm, plastic right in that thick patch. Work your bait very slowly and gently work it through those weeds. All of a sudden you'll feel something different and that most likely will be a fish grabbing your bait. SET THE HOOK! Even if it turns out that it was only weeds, so what. Better to hooks weeds than to not hook a fish. A guiding legend of the Northwoods, Tommy Zinda, used to say, "if you're not picking weeds off your jig you aren't where the fish are at."
The other place to find your quarry now a days is on deep mud flats. Usually the deepest part of the lake. Fish will be beating the bottom kicking up bugs to eat. Especially where the sand or gravel transitions into mud. Get down there with drop shots, bottom bouncers and your favorite bait rig. Vertical jigging will work too but obviously you can cover a lot more ground moving around.
Bluegills seem to be right in the middle or end of the spawn on most lakes. Crawler pieces, panfish leeches and small plastics will produce. Depending on the lake, don't be afraid to fish 15-25' deep in the weeds for them. They like the nice cool oxygen filled deep water too.
Hey everybody, have a happy and safe 4th. Be smart, safe and slow down. And one more thing. Please remember boat launches are for launching and loading your boat to or from its trailer. Loading or unloading your boat with gear should be done in the parking lot. If someone offers to help you cuz you're holding up the show, let them. They probably know what they're doing and maybe you could learn something.
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, The Lac du Flambeau reservation is open to visitors again.
FYI 3 We have plenty of fresh leeches and jumbo crawlers in. To order your bulk leeches or flats of crawlers 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. Our minnows come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. Right now we have crappie minnows, fatheads, XL fatheads (tuffys), Walleye Suckers, Northern Bait Minnows, Redtail Chubs and Blacktail Chubs. No middleman! Fresher and lower priced.
Jeff Bolander, owner of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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- Thursday, July 02, 2020