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1/15/20 @ 2:09 PM
User since 6/20/14

Hi Big Head Firkie -

Was out there this past weekend for a while - hadn't been in a few years due to such a steep decline in fishing / stunted panfish due to pressure over the past 10 or so years.

To answer your question specifically: Travel was actually really good - consistent with what I've seen on area lakes in the past 5-10 days. I walked all over the lake due to waiting on a new snowmobile trailer coming this week, but could have taken my sled out had the trailer arrived. Others had recently, but didn't look like anyone fished one area overly much. That is of course before snow today (if we get 3" - time will tell) and then another big batch coming for Friday Night apparently (forecasted as such but still time to change that).

Fishing: I'll be honest, this was another story. I looked in a lot of places, having fished the lake with such great success yearly 8-20 years ago throughout winter. I was hoping the recent panfish limits would have helped it come back a bit over the past couple years - whether its actually regulated or has reduced fishing pressure? I honestly don't know. But, unfortunately, I found same reports as others recent comments from last year and years prior (also what I had seen the previous few times I had been out over the past couple winters doing a 'yearly' check). That being, an overabundance of stunted pan fish still (and stunted largemouth apparently - I caught no less than 20 under 10" long with one "big one" (lol) being about 12"). If only loads of 4-5" bluegills and 5-6" crappies were fun to catch.... That's probably why I was the only person on the lake during a really nice winter day - that should have been my sign haha.

Didn't see any northerns on camera (checked almost every hole I drilled and also livescoped everywhere looking for schools of bigger fish) in the vast number of areas I checked - but perhaps one could do good if actually targeted  with tip-ups - not my cup of tea! Perhaps time will tell, but it doesn't seem like the new panfish regulations have had the affect anyone hoped now that we are years into the change. Rather, it seems to be choke full of stunted panfish, but of course that could be due to other factors as well.

Personal take, you can do a LOT better in many lakes throughout Oneida / Vilas county IMHO if you're targeting panfish. Feel free to shoot me a message with any questions!

1/12/20 @ 12:05 PM
Big Head Firkie
User since 6/11/07

Has anyone been out lately? Just wondering how travel is?

5/5/19 @ 6:29 PM
Waxing Crescent
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13


Another anticipated Opener has come and gone. The weather was great and the fishing was pretty good depending on the body of water. Here's where we seem to be right now from my experiences and reliable reports. The darker bodies of water, like the flowages and some reservation lakes, the water temps are near or at 50 degrees. A lot of the walleyes being caught are all spawned out. The bigger clearer lakes like Minocqua, Big and Little Saint Germain, Big and Little Arbor Vitae, have just lost their ice so their water temps are in the low 40's still. The walleyes there seem to be in the middle of the spawn or just getting at it. The smaller lakes like Mid, Little John and Arrowhead, Lost and Found, the water temp is in the mid to upper 40's and the walleyes are right in the middle of the spawn. Expect these conditions to gradually move forward in the spawn over the next week or two as the water temps continue to rise. If you want walleyes now get to those bodies of water that the temps are the highest on as the males should be feeding after the spawn and they will soon be followed by those bigger females. The larger minnows and baits seem to be working the best.

In the meantime the pike have been pretty active. Small or big, they are coming on stronger each day. Today we actually caught half of them on crawlers, as well as XL Fats and Blacktail chubs. When we used the crawlers a few perch got in on the action, too.

The forecast for fishing is looking really good. The walleyes are about a week away from becoming very active on most lakes. Get out there in the evening, if you can, with a Fire Tiger Rapala, casting those rocky shorelines. Of course many other baits will work as well but the FT Original never goes out of style.

A quick note about the Dewey Catchem and How bait shops this year. We have basically shut down our wholesale bait operations and moved that pricing into the bait shops in Minocqua and Arbor Vitae. For example, you can now get jumbo night crawlers for only $5 for 2 doz and $2.75 for 1 doz. And these are all in Fat n Sassy bedding. Another example is $2 for a scoop of crappie minnows. And these are everyday prices. Plus, if you join our BAIT BUCKS program, which is free, you can save even more. For every $100 you spend over time you get a $10 credit. There are a few exceptions but not many. We invite you to take advantage and sign up today.

Get out there and have some fun folks. It's gonna get better every day now. And if you're not having fun, you're doing it wrong!
Jeff Bolander, owner of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at
Reports at
Facebook page at

Jeff Bolander <[email protected]>
- Sunday, May 05, 2019 at 16:23:52 (PDT)

2/18/19 @ 12:20 AM
Gods Country
User since 8/6/11
Sorry for the non report, buried my snowmobile Sat. and in the process lost an older Garmin 12 GPS.  Long shot but reward if found.  Also threw my hat on the ice when trying to dig out, if you find a Hortonville winter hat you'll know about where I was. Very tough getting around and very little to show for it.....couple crappies. Thanks much...GC

1/1/18 @ 1:30 PM
User since 3/5/10

Does anyone know of poor ice conditions in the channel between Madeline and Carrol. I've saw snowmobile tracks before but never vehicle tracks. Is there a problem to watch for year to year like a spring or current causing thin ice?

4/23/16 @ 5:17 PM
User since 4/23/16
Hey, I'm new to fishing this lake and was looking for tips on where to target the largemouth population during the may opener. If anyone was willing to share some info that would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

4/11/16 @ 3:59 PM
Only Walleyes
User since 5/5/12
Madeline Lake off city J is not open but completely iced up. New panfish rules apply to this lake and 90 others, not all lakes have new rules.

4/11/16 @ 1:55 PM
Big Head Firkie
User since 6/11/07
I hope that you adhered to the new limits of pan fish that started this year

4/8/16 @ 1:16 PM
Big fishy
User since 7/13/14
Nope ice is all gone, I was out yesterday and caught a limit of big crappie! It has been good to be back on the water.

4/8/16 @ 12:05 PM
Big Head Firkie
User since 6/11/07
Is ice out yet?

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