Hey, what can I say, the fishing bonanza continues. Lots of species in the usual places are coming over the side of the boat. We did 8 species one day! I'll give you a few of the examples.
I had a young newlywed couple in the boat who wanted to catch perch and crappie. Off to the Lac du Flambeau chain we went. We found the perch on mud edges of deep weeds and used 1/32 oz jigs tipped with a half crawler. We caught 50 but only kept about 10 in the range of 9-13". The crappie were in 18-20 feet of water suspended 7-10 down. We caught them on gulp 1" minnows swum thru the aforementioned depth. And to our pleasant surprise the big bluegills were smacking those minnows too! Again, 1/32 oz jig, no larger.
On another day with an older newlywed couple who wanted action we headed to a deep clear lake in Minocqua to get some of those smallies worked up. We popped over 70 of them in our short trip but the bite didn't really start until around 10am. Again, the 1/32 oz jig, orange that day, with a half crawler was the ticket.
One more example. I had another senior newlywed couple on board (I'm changing the boat's name to the Love Boat) and they wanted to see if they could catch some walleye. So we headed out to St Germain and fished the deep weed edges with, you guessed it, 1/32 oz jigs and crawlers. We got about a dozen walleye but nothing big enough to keep but we did pop a bunch of nice big perch and bluegill. On top of that a nice 20" northern that completed the fish fry bag nicely.
So get out there, lighten up on the tackle and hammer those little goomers. I know this streak has got to lag a little sometime down the road but hopefully not too soon. And yes Greg, I know Rattl Traps are the best. LATER!
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 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 received our last leeches of the year. I'm sure they will be gone by the weekend. If you want some you better hustle. 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. 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, August 13, 2020