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Flambeau Lake (Lac Du Flambeau), Vilas County

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5/20/21 @ 11:22 AM
FISHING REPORT
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13


FISHING REPORTS:

Remember those old black and white comedy films where the guy is pumping up his bicycle tire and behind him a bubble pops out from the tire and we are just waiting for it to pop!  Well that's what the fishing is like right now.  It's getting ready to pop.  The surface temps have been climbing quickly but it still takes awhile for the temps below the surface to catch up.  That's what we are waiting for to happen.  Although the fishing is still good, it's not 'hammer-time' yet.  But it could be this afternoon!

Crappie is always the big interest this time of year so let's delve a little into that.  They are close to shore and sometimes right on it but still pretty spread out.  For the most part they are a 'one-here-one-there' mode right now.  But of course that is lake dependent.  You're going to catch a few but probably not a lot right now.  But there are gonna be windows where you'll pop them pretty good for short periods of time.  My suggestion.  Hit them where you know they are very late in the afternoon and into the evening.  Stay back away from them with leeches, crawlers, minnows, small plastics or waxies under quiet slip bobbers. Or throw long casts of beetle spins or small plastics on 1/32 oz jigs. Big Bite came out with some new Crappie plastics in some really awesome colors.  We'll be using those tomorrow with clients.

Bass are near the spawning areas but the bigger the lake the deeper water they are in.  A couple of days ago we couldn't catch one up on the rocks so we donned the Rat-L-Traps and threw into deeper water and did very well.  A couple of the smallies were over 6 pounds.  Even in the shallow bays with wood we could sight fish them and they wouldn't take a crawler or leech but a fast moving plastic or other bait brought them to the boat.

Looks like another beautiful weekend coming up.  A few sprinkles here and there but we need it and after all that's why we sell the Blackfish raingear.  That's some good stuff there.  Get your yards raked and the lawn mowed cuz next weekend we pay tribute to our fallen heros who gave their lives so we could pursuit ours via Memorial Day.  Get out the flag and the Musky baits!




Our store hours are M-T-W-Th 6am to 7pm, Fr 6am to 10pm, Sat 6am to 7pm and Sunday 6am to 5pm.



Our minnows all come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. Right now we just have crappie minnows, large fatheads, XL fatheads (Tuffys), Redtail chubs, Blacktail chubs, River Shiners, Mud Minnows, Northern minnows and Walleye Suckers.  We have plenty of jumbo night crawlers from Canada, along with Jumbo panfish worms and wax worms.  As always, crawlers are available in 1dz, 2dz, 100ct and by the flat (500 ct) in dirt or bedding.  And we sell waxies in bulk tubs, too.  And of course we got lbs and lbs of leeches.
 
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, 5/20/2021


8/13/20 @ 1:33 PM
FISHING REPORT
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS: 

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.
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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, August 13, 2020

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