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7/2/20 @ 12:41 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (92%)
Waxing Gibbous
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS: 

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.
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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, July 02, 2020

6/30/20 @ 10:21 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (76%)
Waxing Gibbous
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

As June is coming to a close, most variables for fisher people are behind us also.  Should be a steady time during July to pattern fish.  Most all hexogenia (Mayfly species) have hatched, most bedding concluded or finishing up, and water temps typically have a slow, warming incline from here on out.  Despite that, God gave fish fins, so they swim about and don’t always stay put.  Personally, a hot bite I had on Thursday was nonexistent Friday so I had to go searching again!

Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – Inside weed lines, pockets in cabbage.  Pitching creature baits, Wacky worms and 7” Power worms Texas style.  Chatter baits and pre-rigged plastic worms over cabbage tops.  It’s the right time for top water action using Hula Poppers, Jitterbugs, Plastic Frogs, Spiders and tail baits such as Whopper Ploppers!   Surface temps in the low 70’s and climbing should provide lots of early and late top water action.

Walleye:  Good – Hard to pin down day to day, gotta keep moving to stay on….  Mornings, afternoons using leeches on 1/16 oz weedless jigs in 7-10’ cabbage and coontail edges.  Flowage Eyes in 14-17’ wood.  Evenings on off shore humps taking XL leeches, crawlers or chubs – after dark bite good on XL leeches below lighted slip-floats.

Crappie:  Good – Work weed tops of 8-12’ depth using Gapen Freshwater Shrimp, 1” Twister tails or Mini Mites below small floats or just “twitching” or “shivering” in place.   Same with a 1/32 oz jig and minnow.

Northern Pike:  Good – Action on bladed baits (bucktails or spinner baits) chatter baits and 4” swim baits.  When morning action slows, soak a sucker or chub late morning.  39 ½” C&R this past week, more reports of low 30” fish being caught.

Bluegill:  Good – Small leeches, thunderbugs, worms in shallows.  Fly fishermen doing very well with poppers in the evenings

Smallmouth Bass:  Good – Anglers twitching X-Raps, Husky Jerks in 10-14’ finding active, suspended fish.  Evening around docks and trees in water on top water.  Coontail edges of 12-18’ using Z-Man Ned Rigs or drop shotting 3” Gulp Minnows.

Yellow Perch:  Good – Most Perch caught while fishing other species in weeds of 8-12’ using minnows, leeches, crawlers.

Musky:  Good – Good reports coming from anglers using top water baits and large spinner baits.   Still a few catching Skies on suckers (guide Jake Smith with 2 last week), but with water temps rising, keeping sucker alive may get tough!

Looks to be a hot 4th of July weekend coming up, as well as dry (If forecasters can be believed…my girlfriend still believes in weathermen…how cute!)  Temps almost to 90 degrees will probably require very early and very late prime time due to heat, sun and boaters.

Have a Great & Happy 4th of July America!!

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
6/27/20 @ 7:20 AM
iceman1973
User since 6/30/14

to all that fish lk julie south of rhinelander,the parking has changed  u cant park to the right of landing cause of the business opening up it will be 2 to 3 weeks before it kicks in i heard

6/27/20 @ 1:14 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (43%)
Waxing Crescent
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F
Medicfishersp
Medicfishersp
User since 8/15/07

Started the day fishing Lower Kaubashine.  Hit the water around the crack of 12 noon and fished it till 6.  A new body of water for me.  Idled the lake a quick tour and didn’t  see much for any offshore structure.  

I threw a jig, drop shot, swimbait, crank, Ned rig, Neko rig, wacky, just about everything and could only manage 8-14 inch fish, most were 10 inches.  I caught 20 largemouth or so.  I did not catch any pike, walleye, smallmouth, or rockbass.  Just small largies.  I tried shallow under docks, along docks, in timber, weeds, the deep and shallow weed edges and just dinks.  

The gf threw a slip with crawler on a 1/16 and 1/32 oz jig and caught a ton of gills.  Maybe 1 out of 10-15 were over 7 inches.  Not a single crappie, sunfish, perch, or rockbass. 

I did have something nice on while throwing a swimbait in the narrows on the deep weed edge but it got hung up in weeds and came unbuttoned...who knows what it was. 

I did mark a lot of fish in 12-20 FOW, scattered and suspended.  Not really holding to anything. 

Slow day on this lake for us as far as size but definitely a fun lake for kids. I was really hoping to get into a few nice bass,  but obviously I didn’t know what I was doing out there ?? I’m guessing there are a few nice ones in there, somewhere.  

We headed to Bolger for a nightcap. I got  6 smallies, biggest 15 inches, a short largie, and a rockbass.  Gf got about 15 or so gills on a slip n crawler, a few decent ones.  

Water was 72 on lower Kaubashine Lake.  73 on Bolger.  Any information for these lakes would be greatly appreciated! 

6/23/20 @ 10:10 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (7%)
Waxing Crescent
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Despite a few set backs from cold fronts, small storms and…dunnnnn dunn dunnn dunnn…Mayfly hatches, fishing not bad overall.

Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – Cold kept many Bass out in weeds, still feeding up before bedding.   Tubes, Wacky Worms, 4” worms on jig heads, XL leeches and mud minnows for the bait pitchers.  Best action in cabbage of 6-10’.  Evenings, top-water action good on Frogs, Spiders and Jitterbugs.

Bluegill:  Good – Small live bait (leeches, worms, thunderbugs) and tiny jigs with tinsel or plastic.  Nice Gills on poppers on the warming evenings.

Musky:  Good – Smaller bucktails, gliders and twitch baits.  Top-water baits early and late in the day.

Walleye:  Good – Some down turns with super low pressure, and the presences of the dreaded Mayfly hatch on certain lakes.  But leeches in deeper cabbage and along coontail edges doing the trick.  Just check for skins before launching.

Northern Pike:  Good – Cover large weed flats using spinner baits, chatter baits and #3:#4 Mepps spinners.  If not moving Pike doing this, switch to 1/16th oz slo-poke jig on a thin wire leader with a 4-6” chub or sucker to fish lower and slower into 6-10’ cabbage.

Crappie:  Good – Shaking Gapen Freshwater Shrimp jigs, Mini Mites or 1” twister tails on 1/32 oz jigs through weed tops in 8-12’ best.  Crappie minnows should be fished high in weeds also.

Yellow Perch:  Good – Medium leeches, ½ crawlers in weed pockets.  Warming mornings best, try slip-floats in these pockets.

Smallmouth Bass:  Good – Cruising outside coontail edges on Ned rigs and drop-shotting 3” minnow baits.  Drowned wood also good choice using craw imitations.

Water temps that were cresting into the low 70’s last week dropped into the upper 60’s after fronts.  Probably won’t see huge shifts due to highs forecasted in the 70’s this week.

But these same forecasters didn’t forecast the storm I got hit with Sunday aft, so what do they know!  ??

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
6/22/20 @ 1:19 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (2%)
Waxing Crescent
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F
Medicfishersp
Medicfishersp
User since 8/15/07

Fished 6-21-20 on a Oneida County lake from 2pm till 630-7pm ish  when the storms rolled in.  It started out hot, 85 and sunny.  The wind started to pick up and the front rolled in fast.  Overcast, super windy, and it cooled off about 15 degrees pretty fast.  But the fishing stayed hot! Water temps were 72-74  

Ended up keeping 17 panfish mixed and a 26 inch walleye.   The walleye was on the big size but after catching several slot walleyes this year I needed to keep just one.  

I targeted bass, mainly smallies...But I struck out.  I did catch  about 20 pike and 7or 8 largemouth, a walleye, and 4 crappies while smallmouth fishing.  Most fish came on 3 and 4 inch swimbaits on the deep weed edge.  Just before we left I switched to a 5 inch swimbait and caught the walleye.  I did catch 2 largemouth flipping jigs, but I couldn’t keep the 12-18 inch pike off it. 

I threw several drop shot baits as well and only managed a small crappie. 

My son and gf caught close to 60 pannies and a half dozen small bass in the shallows on crawlers and leeches. Kept mixed bag of a few to eat.  

Overall, a great day to be out!  Interestingly, while cleaning the walleye, I noticed a very hard larger lump in its stomach.  As I investigated, I found another item. They appeared to be the carcasses of bullheads, and about 6-7 inches long.  This hungry walleye also ate my 5 inch swimbait.  

6/18/20 @ 2:02 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (7%)
Waning Crescent
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS: 

More good news.  We are just starting to see the bite pick up after the spawns.  

Our weather has been up and down like a 6 Flags roller coaster.  Temps in the 90's then only in the 40's in a few days.  And then back up again and then down again and back up, well, you get the picture.  Because of this wild temp fluctuation I'm afraid a bunch of bass and crappie have missed their chance at renewing their seed.  Of course it depends on the lake but an awful lot of crappie, bass and even northern pike have had spawn in them when they hit the filet board.  Too bad.  But on the good side the gills, walleye and musky seemed to have done real well in that department.  

The past few days have brought the first normal bite for fish off the spawn.  Bass, crappie and walleye seem to be feeding pretty well right now.  Most seem to be on the deep weedlines.  Find the green weeds and minnow clouds and you'll find fish below them.  We caught some really nice ones in 15-20 feet of water today.  Of course it was a pretty clear water lake.  Including a nice 23.5" walleye caught by 5 year old Orli.  That fish was probably older than she was.  

The bite has definitely turned to crawlers and leeches.  Minnows are fine but for most of the waters i fish the crawler and leech are king.  Plus they are much easier to manage this time of year.  Water temps are inching towards the 70 mark, slowly this time, which should bring a sustained bite.

Get out there and enjoy some of the best fishing of the years.  Lots of finned fiends to yank your line right now are active.

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 again to non-residents.  

FYI 3, 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. And these are JUMBO! 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.  We have the lowest leech prices around which come direct from Minnesota.  We now have panfish 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, Redtail Chubs and Blacktail Chubs and Musky suckers. 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, June 18, 2020

6/16/20 @ 11:36 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (20%)
Waning Crescent
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Despite some cold temps over the weekend, fishing action has remained strong – though not in the early hours when air temps dropped into mid-upper 30’s and water temps fell into low 60’s.  But it’s June and fish got active by mid-mornings as temps rose and fish wanted to feed.

Bluegill:  Very Good – Pods of bedding Gills in the shallows, eagerly taking poppers, flys, thunderbugs, tiny jigs, small leeches and worms.  Biologist are now telling us that those big bull males are just as, if not more, important as the big girls.  They protect the genetics of those larger fish to hatch and survive the first few days of life.  Have fun, but be selective, save some for future fun.

Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – Bedding has started on some lakes.  Top-water action a blast using Torpedos, Chug Bugs, Skitter Pops, Zara Puppys and Phantom Spiders.  Tube jigs, 3 & 4” Wacky Worms and ZMan Ticklerz, Crawz and Finesse worms also hot!

Smallmouth Bass:  Very Good – While most bedding is over, Great action on tube jigs, 3” swim baits and X-Raps outside of previous spawning areas.  Set slip-floats with large leeches in similar location 6-10’ down for fun light tackle action.

Musky:  Very Good-Good – Smaller, fast moving bucktails (or tube tails) twitch baits and 6” gliders, hot!  Top-water lures will make big splash (pun intended) as waters warm by week’s end.

Crappie:  Good – Work tall weeds in 7-12’ using small twister tails, Mini Mites or crappie minnows on 1/32 oz jigs.  Fan cast weed beds, working small beetle spins through weed tops to locate fish first.

Northern Pike:  Good – Bladed baits such as spinner baits, chatter baits and #3 & #4 Mepps spinners.  4” swim baits and Daredevils also good choice just at weed top level.  Jigging or soaking suckers and chubs working very well with the cool (below 70 degree) water temps.

Walleye:  Good – Bite had been best in 5-8’ weeds, but fish moved deeper (10-14’) with colder weather.   Large-Xlarge leeches best on jigs or under slip-floats.  Casting long, minnow style cranks at night into shallows of 4-6’ scoring nicer Walleyes (most in the release slot of 20-24”)!

Yellow Perch:  Good – Not a lot of attention, but nice “eater” Perch (9-10+) being caught on lakes in 6-10’ weeds and on Flowages in 14-18’ drowned wood on medium fatheads and medium leeches.

The LacDuFlambeau Tribe is set to open the tribal landings starting June 17th at midnight for those wishing to fish those waters.

Temps in the low 80’s should make for a great Father’s Day Weekend.  Get DAD out and take him fishing!

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
6/14/20 @ 9:58 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (37%)
Waning Crescent
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
King Daddio
User since 8/4/15

Fished this past week with mixed results. Bass were active and we caught some trophy smallmouth. They were hitting spinners, topwater and paddle tails. This 19.5 incher hit a hog wobble off shallow rocks! Musky were shut down and only had a mid 30's swipe at my top water. I saw a few porpoising and couldn't get them to hit. The mid week cold front and storms seemed to shut musky down. Good luck, fish hard!!

- KD

6/13/20 @ 10:21 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE
Last Quarter
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F
pik3n3y3z
pik3n3y3z
User since 10/20/07

Fished this morning 7 AM until 11 or so... caught 35 fish. Most fish in 2-4FOW, plastics. Smallies, rock bass, and gills primarily. Few LMB in the mix. Was a fun outing, water temp solid at 68. Weeds are comin in decently, but most fish caught around trees and rock. 


Fished tonight 5pm until 830 or so, tried a new lake and caught nothing but pike all evening. Had a small muskie shake off, and another follow up. Caught fish in 4-10FOW, heavy weeded areas, faster moving presentation. Pike ranged 18"-26"... We'll give it another go sometime, was a learning experience. Water was 69-70.

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