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9/23/21 @ 4:32 PM
FISHING REPORT
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS:

Crappie, I mean big Crappie, are on fire.  And I don't say that very often that a fish is on fire but hey!  I fished 3 different bodies of water over the last few days and if you could find deep wood, you found crappies.  Nice ones also.  One day we popped over 70 in a 4 hour trip and I'll bet the average length was 12.5" to 13".  Awesome fun.  We only kept 6 smaller ones for the frying pan.  Of course we get interrupted from time to time by a big bluegill or walleye.  What are ya gonna do.  We used 1/32 or 1/16 oz jigs with minnow styled plastics.  Brand really doesn't matter.  The pink or white jigs seemed to work the best.

Bass are still going strong on all levels.  Stay deep and work your way shallow to find them.  Crawlers and now plastics are starting to work very well.

Perch have been fantastic.  Crawlers and minnow plastics are the best on very light jigs.  Deep weed edges, deep wood and mud transitions are places to target.

Musky are starting to get more active.  A myriad of baits including Musky Suckers are working well.  We have a full compliment of them now.

Crawlers are still outfishing all other live baits, mostly, but minnows are starting to come up.  Water temps are in the lower 60s.  Plastics are starting to make their move though.

Top water is king right now.  So much fun.  If you haven't tried it, why not?

Walleyes are active and are in many different locals depending on the lake.  We caught a bunch the last few days that were everywhere.  No magic answer here.  Plastics, crawlers and minnows are working.

Bluegill are deep in the wood and grass.  Crawlers, crawlers and crawlers are working.

Northern are starting to get active with the colder water temps.

Don't wait too long to get that prostate checked or you could be dead.  Just because you can urinate doesn't mean your prostate is healthy.  Thanks for all the conversation and kind words lately guys.

Our store hours are M-Th 7am to 7pm, Friday 7am to 8pm, Sun and Sat 6am to 6pm..  Our minnows all come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. Right now we have M-L-XL Musky suckers, crappie minnows, large fatheads, XL fatheads (Tuffys), Blacktail chubs, Northern minnows, and Walleye Suckers. We have plenty of jumbo night crawlers trucked in directly 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.

Season Ending Clearance going on now in the shop.  Buy one item and get the second 'like' item for 50% off.  Excluded are electronics, DNR licenses, live bait and items that already have been discounted.  Included are all lures, plastics and clothing.  Only in-stock items.  Ice stuff is already coming in and we need room!

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

 
Jeff Bolander <[email protected]>
- Thursday, 9/23/2021

9/21/21 @ 9:17 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Things slowly moving into a good fall pattern.  With temps this past week swinging wildly from lows of 36 degrees to highs of 84 degrees and water temps fluctuating from low to upper 60’s had things a little mixed up, plus lots of wind!

Largemouth Bass:  Good-Very Good – Not the easiest of conditions, yet anglers fishing weeds of 8-12’ did well using Wacky Worms and drop-shot rigs.  Large suckers working for the live bait anglers.

Northern Pike:  Good-Very Good – Jigging chubs and suckers in the 3-5’ range where ever green weeds of 4-10’ could be found.  Casting weedless spoons (Jawbreakers, Silver Minnows) and spinner baits also good.

Smallmouth Bass:  Good-Very Good – Numbers found on gravel humps or along coontail edges using drop-shot rigs or Ned rigs.  Big Bass have been very shallow!  These big fish found along inside weed lines taking top-water (Whopper Ploppers) or tubes on light jig heads (1/16 – 1/8 oz).  Big 19-22”+ fish being reported.

Crappie:  Good – Starting to group up on certain waters.  Look for deeper clusters of wood or outside of 14-18’ coontail.  Use slip floats to suspend bait 2-4’ off bottom.

Musky:  Good-Fair – Heat over weekend seemed to slow things.  Top-water best during low light levels.  Bucktails and swim baits over top of deeper weeds.  Live suckers on bladed rigs having some success with all the wind of late.

Walleye:  Fair-Good – Action starting to pick up on traditional fall locations as anglers fishing deep gravel/mud flat edges picking up fish on jig/minnow and Lindy rigs.   Wind blown shorelines are giving anglers some success on scattered Walleyes feeding on young Perch.

Yellow Perch:  Fair – Few targeting, but nice Perch (10”+) being caught by anglers fishing Walleyes in shallows on 1/16 oz jigs and large fatheads. 

Bluegill:  Fair - Some big Gills as incidental catches fishing Crappies, but few anglers targeting in wind.

This coming week looks to be more favorable as temps unlikely to crest mid 60’s until Sunday and night time lows in 40’s should get surface temps to hold in low 60’s.  These next two to three weeks should be prime for fish activity and provide lots of opportunities for anglers targeting all their favorites.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
9/13/21 @ 9:45 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

The hot fall fishing can’t come soon enough for those of us looking at warmer than usual mid-September lake temps and some finicky fish of late.

Even early fall patterns have yet to kick in fully, leaving some anglers frustrated at the level of activity.  Some, on the other hand, are seeing good action based on the reports of anglers targeting Musky and large Smallmouth!

Musky:  Good-Very Good – Top-water action has been picking up as anglers are finding shallow water fish eager to take tail baits (Whopper Ploppers, Tally Wackers and Top Raiders) fished from just inside weed lines to just outside.  Smity’s Flaptails have also been a good “throwback” bait on short sighted fish.

Smallmouth Bass:  Good-Very Good – Don’t tell that to deep gravel anglers as only smaller fish seem to be out there.  But outside weed edges are holding average fish, while the real brutes (19”+) are hanging in weeds (inside edges) hitting #90 Whopper Ploppers and buzz baits.

Northern Pike:  Fair-Good – A few reports of decent Pike action on spinner baits and 4” swim baits.  Live bait seems to have been a better choice for the “windows” when the bite was good.

Bluegill:  Fair-Good – Interestingly, another flying ant hatch (usually about the third week of August) appeared this past weekend.  Saw signs of small Gills feeding, but not as much from larger Gills.  Weed beds without wiltering (yellowing) weeds best. 

Largemouth Bass:  Fair-Good – Best in heavy, green cabbage on jig/creature combos or wacky worming.   Some top-water action on warming evenings.

Yellow Perch:  Fair – Loosely mixed into green cabbage of 8-12” on some lakes taking crawlers.   Not many reports.

Walleye:  Fair - Anglers finding some migration to rock humps on lakes the further north you go.   1/8 – 1/4 oz jigs tipped with large fatheads best.

Crappie:  Fair – Very few reports but some anglers using medium fatheads caught some scattered fish.  Best bet to start at weed edges in 16’ with fish suspended 6’ off the bottom.

Lake surface temps range 64-69 degrees still!  Rising in afternoons.  Seems the flat, clear days were tough but wind created opportunity for anglers to find action by Saturday.  Doesn’t look like temps will drop very fast, highs in mid-70’s will see to that.  Trees just starting to show a little color in the Lakeland Area.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
9/9/21 @ 6:58 PM
FISHING REPORT
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS:



No leeches left.  

Bass are still going strong on all levels.  Stay deep and work your way shallow to find them.

Crawlers are still outfishing all other live baits, mostly.  Plastics are starting to make their move though.

Top water is king right now.  So much fun.  If you haven't tried it, why not?

Walleyes are active and are in many different locals depending on the lake.  We caught a bunch today that were only 5-10 down in the water column of 20 feet.

Crappie are still clinging to deep wood, especially tall wood and dead heads.  Many many different baits are working but the lighter in weight the better.

Bluegill are deep in the wood and grass.  Crawlers, crawlers and crawlers are working.

Northern are starting to get active with the colder water temps.

Water temps are slowing decreasing with the shortened days and cooler daytime temps.  Most lakes are in the middle 60s now.  The gradual decline is one of the reasons the fishing continues being good.

I was lucky enough to find a good employee a few weeks ago so I will be able to go out with clients a few more times but the number of days are few.  And as I said before I won't be fishing in October this year due to my upcoming prostate removal.  Hey guys, if you haven't been checked get off your duff and do it.  It's a simple blood test that may save your life.  I know plenty of guys like me that detected it early and like them I don't expect any problems after the removal.  But I also know a couple of guys who waited too long until it was too late.  They are now dead.




Our store hours are everyday from 6am to 7pm except for Friday when we are open later.  Our minnows all come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. Right now we have crappie minnows, large fatheads, XL fatheads (Tuffys), Blacktail chubs, Northern minnows, and Walleye Suckers. We have plenty of jumbo night crawlers trucked in directly 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.

Season Ending Clearance going on now in the shop.  Buy one and get the second one for 50% off on most items.  Excluded are electronics, DNR licenses, live bait and items that already have been discounted.  Included are all lures, plastics and clothing.  Only in-stock items.  Ice stuff is already coming in and we need room!

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

 
Jeff Bolander <[email protected]>
- Thursday, 9/9/2021


9/7/21 @ 1:20 PM
walleyewhisperer1
USER SINCE 7/28/17

Heading up to the Pelican Lake area towards the end of the month. Would like find some walleye and crappie. If anyone has some suggestions on lakes to check out that have decent populations of both, it would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to PM me. Thanks in advance.

9/7/21 @ 8:30 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

An abbreviated fishing report this week unfortunately.

Labor Day weekend was quieter on the water than most years with wind, rain and clouds not making for an inviting weekend.

Lake surface temps are finally dropping into the mid to upper 60’s.  Not seeing a spike in activity yet, but that will be coming soon.

Largemouth Bass, Bluegill and Perch rated good-fair.

Smallmouth Bass and Crappie rated fair.

Walleye, Northern Pike and Musky fair-poor.  Did get a report of a Musky on a sucker rig, but for right now top-water lures and large bladed bucktails and spinner baits best.

Will try to update report this week if time allows.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
8/30/21 @ 2:23 PM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

The Lakeland area is still in the throes of a warm spell! (Pretty dramatic, eh?)

Actually, the further north you go you’ll see signs of the coming season, but around here, lake surface temps are still in the mid 70’s and only a very few trees have shown any color.

Some submergent plants are dying off, putting certain weed beds into no-swim zones it seems.  Best bets are coontail (doesn’t die) off shore humps of sandgrass or rock/gravel or drowned wood.  Many of these areas showing fish, yet tough to get bites at times.

Smallmouth Bass:  Good-Fair – Fish aforementioned gravel humps or coontail edges using drop-shot 3” minnow imitations, 3” Wacky Worms or live crawlers.  On lakes, depth ranging 14-24’, on flowages 6-14’.

Largemouth Bass:  Good-Fair – Have to move away from dying weeds to entice fish to bite along edges.   Wacky worming and drop-shotting effective along 12-16’ edges.  A few reports of top-water action on evenings.

Yellow Perch:  Good-Fair – Deep sandgrass using ½ crawlers on Lindy or drop-shot rigs.   Flowage Perch in the wood of 12-14’.

Northern Pike:  Fair – With weed beds in flux, Pike very scattered.  Some along deep coontail, others in green narrow leaf cabbage taking jig/chub combos.  When water temps drop below 70’s, look for Pike to get more active and chase spinner baits, Mepps and chatter baits with a little more resolve!

Walleye:  Fair – Catches vary day to day, sometimes with small windows of opportunity while biting on large fatheads, medium redtails or crawlers.  If you can find a cabbage bed without dying weeds, fish it!   Otherwise work deep humps, wood.

Crappies:  Fair – Also very spotty!  Some deep wood fish, but many reports of sitting over tight-lipped fish.  Some big slabs to 14+” this past week, but not a lot of catching.

Bluegills:  Fair – The one bright spot was the flying ant hatch that happens every year about the 3rd-4th week of August.  If you happen to be on the water and its relatively calm, you can have a blast with small dry flys or poppers.  Other than that, Gills have been somewhat slower than usual.

Musky:  Poor – Not getting many reports of anglers moving fish.  Many smaller lakes have algae blooms making sighting tough on follows.   Best on surface lures or bucktails with large fluted blades.

The slightly warmer than usual late August temps, algae blooms and dying weeds have made for below typical late August fishing (which is typically tough anyway).  Friday’s forecasted dip in temp for a high may trigger some interest, but it looks as if temps will remain in the mid 70’s for the rest of the weekend.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
8/24/21 @ 12:58 PM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Odd to be moving into the second half of August and seeing water temps rise and no sign of signals of Fall yet.  Some patterns have not set up as usual for this time of year.

Bullheads:  Very Good – On bodies of water with good numbers and size, surprisingly showing up on slip-bobber rigs baited with medium fatheads being fished for crappies.   Fish of 11 – 14” being caught.

Smallmouth Bass:  Good – Smallies beat action coming along coontail edges and off shore rock humps using Ned rigs and drop-shot rigs.  Some very nice fish reported this week topped by a 6 ½#   caught be an 11 year old working a crawler harness!

Largemouth Bass:  Good – Top-water action during the last two hours before dark best using Whopper Ploppers and Choppers.  Wacky Worming and jig/creatures combo in green weed patches for daytime!

Bluegills:  Good – Best outside deep coontail edges using small leeches.  Some popper action towards dusk on the warm evenings.

Northern Pike:  Good  –   Spinner baits and chatter baits on cloudy/windy days, but with most days sunny, live chubs and suckers on jigs or under floats producing better.

Yellow Perch:  Good - Fair– Some nice perch (9-11”) along breaks in 10 – 12’ where wood is present is best.  ½ crawlers or medium fatheads.

Crappies:  Fair -Good– Off and on action, but some big slabs recorded including a verified 17” SLAB caught (8/23).  Fish not bunched but all seem to be found in 12-17’ near wood or deep coontail.

Walleye:  Fair – Need to pick your battles.  High skies with little wind tough.  Opportunities on mornings with fog or evenings best.  Retails and crawlers best.

Musky:  Fair – Poor – Not getting many good reports and most from anglers catching mid-30” fish over weeds in 12’ of water or less.

We’ll see what the upcoming week brings.  Overcast and chance of rain will made walleye anglers happier.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
8/19/21 @ 4:30 PM
FISHING REPORT
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
USER SINCE 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS:

Yes we have leeches.  We just got in another 10 pounds of Large/Jumbo mix and we still have about 40 pounds of Mediums.  And once those are gone there won't be anymore.

The fishing is still pretty good.  A little more spread out as the fish aren't as concentrated as in recent weeks.  But we are still catching some really nice ones.  We put 4 smallies in the boat the other day over 4 pounds each along with a pile of 2 pounders.  Last night we popped a crappie just shy of 15" and some nice perch over 10".  All those big ones are still swimming by the way.  So the nice ones are still there but it's not hot and heavy all day.  

Last night was a great example of how the fishing has been.  I used the Humminbird SideImaging to find some wood and stumps and then used the Garmin Livescope to zero in on the fish.  The Livescope showed the wood being surrounded by bait fish and showed the fish zooming through them to pick up a meal.  We got our fish on crawlers arcing down through the bait fish.  What I mean by that is we determined that the bait fish were about 15-20 feet from the boat.  So we threw our small jig and a crawler out about 25 feet, closed the bale right away and let the bait arc it's way back to the boat.  Most of the hits were half way down the arc.  That technique comes in handy a lot.  We saw a lot of fish but only caught a few.  We are going after some crappie tonight on another lake and I'm sure we'll be doing the same thing.  We would also would mix it up and bounce a few off the bottom where we would pick up the occasional walleye and perch.  And anybody who fishes in the wood knows that can get expensive.  I'll bet the one tree we fished over looks like a Christmas tree after we got done decorating it with our colorful jigs.

The long and short of it is the Walleye bite has been average at best.  You can catch them all sorts of different ways but that bait better be close to the bottom.  Bass are still providing a ton of action, easy to catch actually.  But it seems one day you catch big ones and the next you catch small ones.  Bluegill are still biting like crazy, some really nice ones too.  You can use crawler bits as usual but small twister tails will keep those little dudes from going through your entire crawler inventory.  Perch are doing ok and right to the bottom.  Every once in a while they'll come up 10' for a crawler or twister tail but not very often.  Northern, well they are northern.  They aren't real active as they don't care much for warmer water but they will still steal your favorite jig at a moments notice.  Musky have been active.  More guys are using Musky suckers and trolling and all sorts of baits and doing ok.

I'm pretty much not booking anything else this year.  If I'm able to hire an employee or two that could change.  Doesn't anybody need any money anymore!!.  I won't be fishing in October this year due to my upcoming prostate removal.  Hey guys, if you haven't been checked get off your duff and do it.  It's a simple blood test that may save your life.  I know plenty of guys like me that detected it early and like them I don't expect any problems after the removal.  But I also know a couple of guys who waited too long until it was too late.  They are now dead.


Our store hours are everyday from 6am to 7pm except for Friday when we are open until 10pm.  Our minnows all come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. Right now we have crappie minnows, large fatheads, XL fatheads (Tuffys), Blacktail chubs, Redtail Chubs, Northern minnows, Mud minnows and Walleye Suckers. We have plenty of jumbo night crawlers trucked in directly 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, most sizes right now but the prices are also heading northward but the supply is better.

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

Jeff Bolander <[email protected]>
- Thursday, 8/19/2021

8/16/21 @ 11:10 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
USER SINCE 5/12/04

Stable weather for the past few days (8/13 onward) through the coming week should mean some easier patterning of the bite.   Unfortunately, the bites have not been great.  Bluebird days make for great experiences on the water, but not the easiest for fishing.

Smallmouth Bass:  Good – Some nice fish to 20” this weekend working 16-22’ edges using heavy tubes, drop-shots and Ned worm rigs.  Fish not concentrated, but coontail edges and rocky humps producing.

Largemouth Bass:  Good – Top-water action picking up on the warm evenings.  Buzz baits, Whopper Ploppers and Jitterbug users reporting nice action last two hours before dark.  Daytime Wacky Worming in 8-12’ cabbage beds doing well.

Bluegills:  Good – Best action suspended outside coontail edges in 14-16’ using small leeches or Mini-Mites suspended 4-6’ down below small floats.

Yellow Perch:  Good – Active along outside weed edges on ½ crawlers or medium fatheads.   Lots of smaller fish, but sorting through enough to make a meal.

Northern Pike:  Good-Fair – Not as good on the brightest days, but wind helps.  Spinner baits and chatter baits always a favorite.   Weedless spoons (Silver Minnows, Jawbreakers) also good, tip with a 3-4” twister tail for added action.

Crappies:  Fair – Tough to find consistent action working weed tops.  Some anglers finding a little action outside coontail edges using minnows.

Musky:  Fair – Best early or late in the day on top-water baits worked over weeds leading to deeper water.  Bucktails bulged under surface, as well as large spinner baits also producing.

Walleye:  Fair-Poor – Very early or late in the evening.  Whole crawlers worked along 12-18’ edges dropping to deeper water produced some nice “slot” fish but action spotty.

With lows in upper 50’s to low 60’s overnight and into the low 80’s through the day forecasted for the next week, the stability should help improve the bite.  August can be a finicky month, with some species of weeds dying off, minnow and small fish populations peaked, and very nice weather (read: lots of sun) making for challenging fishing at times.  Key in on low light periods and don’t fret the mid-day stuff.

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