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8/4/20 @ 10:48 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

The previous week’s poor fishing looks good now!  Cooling water temps due to night time lows below 50 degrees have lakes going through a major chill, many loosing 10 degrees or more of surface temps in the past couple days.

Northern Pike:  Fair – On windy or cloud covered days, Pike moving up to weed tops to take spinner baits, chatter baits or swim baits.  On calm, clear days, anglers having to jig chubs or suckers into cabbage flats to entice bites.

Bluegill:  Fair – Active in shallows and deep coontail edges (a sign the larger predator fish are NOT present)!  Small jigs tipped with plastics or small leeches best.

Largemouth Bass:  Fair-Poor – Fish not numerous, seems to be a bite here…a bite there.   Signs of feeding on crayfish (look down mouth when unhooking-antenae piking out) so there is a clue to lure choices.

Smallmouth Bass:  Fair-Poor – Some nice fish, along coontail edges of 14-18’ as well as rock humps.   Puking out small fish-so drop shotting 3” imitation minnows makes sense.

Crappie:  Fair-Poor – Have to find in right conditions.  Cooler water seems to be pushing them down into thick weeds, not as aggressive.

Musky:  Fair-Poor – A few reports on smaller bucktails, for mid 30” fish.  Anglers plying deeper water using rubber baits for larger, suspending fish.

Walleye:  Poor – Spotty bites dependent on cloud cover, wind.  Leeches and crawlers best over eel grass on warmer days, cabbage on cooler and deep rocks where applicable.

Yellow Perch:  Poor – Not much of late.  Small Perch on crawlers meant for Walleye.

An overall cool week ahead, until weekend.  Hopefully, rise in temps will bring back rise in fish activity.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
7/30/20 @ 3:33 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (83%)
Waxing Gibbous
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS: 

Fishing has been REALLY good lately.  All the species are being very cooperative right now.  That does not mean you don't have to put in your time and effort to do so.  But if you do you should be catching fish.  Small jigs and live bait worked very slowly is always a great choice.  It's very common to have the folks in my boat be in awe of how small a jig we use and how slow we work it.  It produces fish.  And big ones!  As long as you can feel the jig you are in contact with the fish.

For the most part deep weeds have been the place to catch those fish lately.  On any lake I'm looking for the deepest weed lines next to deep water in that lake.  There you will find almost every species.  And that depth will be different with different lakes.  One lake we were on a couple of days ago the weed line is at 5'.  The next day the lake we were on the weeds ended at 15'.  But the results were the same.  Find those green weeds and you'll find fish.  It's not unusual to put 5-7 species in the boat in one spot.  It's a bonus is if you also find bait fish gathering in that area.  Fish below them and around them.  The fish follow those clouds of minnows like I used to follow the ice cream truck when I was little.  (Ok, I still do)

A shot one today but if you can take advantage of the incredible weather and great fishing we got going on now, do it.  The water is still rising from all the rain but water temps are getting back to normal at around the mid 70's.  See ya!

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 2 dz jumbo crawlers for $6.75 and 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 the lowest leech prices around which come direct from Minnesota.  We now have medium 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), Walleye Suckers, Northern Bait Minnows, Redtail Chubs, Blacktail Chubs and medium and large 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, July 30, 2020

7/28/20 @ 9:04 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (64%)
Waxing Gibbous
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

A week of very unstable weather for July.  Cold mornings (low 50’s), small fronts and rain with lightning slowed fish activity.  The weather and the bites were all inconsistent.

Northern Pike:  Good-Fair – Cooler temps seem to improve the bite at times, but, usually later in the mornings.  Working Boonie Bait spinner baits over cabbage flats of 4-9’ worked best, but one really good morning would be followed by a couple not so good.

Bluegill:  Good-Fair – Scattered in depth from 2’-20’.  Coontail edges of 14-18’ best, but don’t expect all nice Gills, as little Gills patrolling these areas ripping up crawlers and leeches meant for bigger game.

Largemouth Bass:  Good-Fair – Action slower than its been most of the summer.  Some nice fish of 18-20“, but not nearly the action.   Heavy cabbage for some, but better along deep edges using Tokyo rigs or Carolina rigging craw imitations.

Smallmouth Bass:  Fair – Deep coontail edges and over sandgrass flats.  Drop-shotting 3” minnow or craw imitations.

Musky:  Fair – Bucktails best, the cooler mornings and unstable weather may have been the cause for less top-water action.

Crappie:  Fair – Not a lot of consistent reports this past week.  Few fish here and there.

Yellow Perch:  Fair – Same as Crappies

Walleye:  Fair-Poor – A few nice fish, mainly along deep coontail edges on crawlers and leeches, very inconsistent.

Water temps in the 72-75 degree range, looks like some very stable weather this week.  May start to help pattern fish.  The past week almost seemed like late August when waters cool (which they did) and weeds start to die back (which they didn’t).  Slow down may have been after effect of such a hot late June/Early July.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
7/21/20 @ 8:47 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (1%)
Waxing Crescent
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Couple of nasty storms brought in cooler weather and a drop in lake surface temps.  Not enough for any drastic changes in fishing but far more comfortable for anglers and safer for fish being caught and released.

Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – The only bite that has really taken much of a hit has been the top-water bite, and that hasn’t been half bad.  Favorite Bass techniques for weed fishing have all been working well with the typical Wacky Worming hard to beat.  Lots of action and nice overall size.

Smallmouth Bass:  Good-Very Good – Best action along outside weed edges of coontail in 14-18’.   Ned Rigs tops, but drop-shotting just as effective.

Bluegill:  Good-Very Good - Setting up over cabbage beds in as little as 6’ to coontail in 18’.   Draw ‘em in range using a small spinner, then set up small floats with Mini-Mites, small leeches or worms.

Northern Pike:  Good-Very Good – The cooler temps have helped improve the action.  Working spinner baits, chatter baits across cabbage flats best.  Smaller Musky glider baits also good.

Musky:  Good – Anglers reporting good action on fluted buck tails, soft tailed gliders.   A few anglers still doing well on suckers, keep live bait down 10-12’ to help keep these suckers alive!

Crappie:  Good – Patterned up amongst the top of narrow leaf cabbage.  Small beetle spins, 2” twister tails and 1/32 oz jigs with hair or tinsel producing slabs of 11-13”.

Yellow Perch:  Good-Fair – Not a lot of people targeting.  Those that have been noticed drop of action with cool down.  Drifting Lindy rigs baited with ½ crawlers or soft shell crayfish over 16-20’ sandgrass best for larger fish (10-12”)

Walleye:  Fair-Good – Deep rock humps using redtails, full crawlers or the largest leeches available.   Early AM jigging cabbage flats leading to deep water effective.

The storms brought a reprieve to the hot surface temps, many of which are back into the mid-70’s after hitting highs into the mid-80’s.   A little less pleasure boat traffic has put more anglers on the water.

Leeches still a low supply, high demand bait.  Typical for this bait to slow down to traps as water warms too much.  Hopefully this week, with its cooler temps, will bring more into the traps.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
7/20/20 @ 11:29 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE
New Moon
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
Medicfishersp
Medicfishersp
User since 8/15/07

Fished Emma Lake today for the first time.  Fished 530pm-830pm ish.  Water temp was 76-77. Deepest spot I found was 18.7 FOW. Didn’t have much time but got a few fish.  Got a 16.5 and 17 inch largemouth in the first 5 minutes, and they were very well put together. I thought I was onto something by  Flipping 3/8 oz jigs on the deeper edge of pads/weeds 6-7 FOW, but that action stopped.  As I went shallower and into the pads/weeds, the fish got smaller.  I caught another 10 or so largies on a jig and frog but all 10-12 inches.  I did get broke off instantly by something pretty large on a big swimbait, never saw it.  Did also catch a 9 inch gill on a jig and a 9-10 inch crappie on a smaller swimbait.  Lake seemed different then other close by lakes Crescent/squash/ Manson...hard to fish, shoreline structure was super shallow and weeds seemed to cut off at 6/7 FOW.  Idled around graphing the lake but didn’t see much for structure or fish, I didn’t spend much time fishing offshore.  Maybe I’m missing something out there??? Any tips or info would be great! 

7/17/20 @ 1:51 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (10%)
Waning Crescent
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13

You know, one of the questions I get asked a lot is when is the best time to come fishing in the northwoods.  My answer is always "between the middle of May to the middle of June."  Well not this year.  We are now in the middle of hammertime.  It's like its the end of May, beginning of June.  Everyday we go out now we catch a PILE of fish. 5-8 species is the norm now.  Our methods vary, more on that in a bit, but the outcome is the same, a livewell full of future fillets.  But I believe we haven't even hit the best bite yet.  Some of my favorite haunts are still behind schedule.

Normally bluegill pester the heck out of us.  Those little devils can dictate how we fish.  Sometimes the leeches and crawlers have to be left in the cooler cuz the gills just eat them up before they can get to the intended quarry.  Not this year.  Just over the last few days have the gills started biting, to the point of annoyance.  Its good to see though as that means those bigger dudes will follow.  We caught some real nice gills today but to get to the bass and walleye we had to switch to plastics.  And we did and we did!

The perch are starting to get active on those deep green weedlines.  We been putting a dozen or more in the livewell everyday now.  Nice ones too, in the 8-12" range.  Of course some places we gotta catch a million dinks before we get a big one but hey, that's all good in my book.  Light 1/32 oz jigs and half a crawler.

Walleyes are just starting to come into the weeds next to or in the mud.  They are eating bugs and those little perch we talked about.  When you start catching a bunch of little perch spend some extra time there trying for Walleye. We been getting a few Walleye on half a crawler.  It is still a very light bite though.  Pay attention as your jig comes thru those deeper weeds, 15-25', as the bite will come as the jig is tipping thru on the bottom of the patch. Let 'em take it a little and when you feel the weight instead of the nibble, set the hook.

Northern have been on fire all year but now even more.  We popped over two dozen a few days ago throwing spinner baits and chatter baits.  Beautiful healthy fish.  7 feet of weeds in mud was our ticket that day.  And there wasn't much wind on a sunny day so we saw most of the hits.  Lots of fun.

The methods we are using vary.  The most used I guess is a 1/32 or 1/16 lime or orange jig with a half of crawler.  Sometime it takes 3/4 of a crawler but most of the time 1/2 will do.  Throw that rig right into the weeds and slowly, I mean slowly, bring it thru the weeds.  Look for green weeds close to deep water.  Sometime the fish are right on the edge of the weeds, sometimes in and sometimes outside of them.  Using my Livescope I can normally see where they are at.  Although it can be extra frustrating when you can see them swimming around and they still won't bite.

When you fish plastics, twister tails, tube baits and worms, again, go slow.  Remember a crawler or little minnow doesn't move very fast in the water.  I had a family in the boat the other day and the best method was to throw the crawler out outside the weeds, let it set and wait for the fish to come out and get it.  The Mom in the boat put 3 bass in the boat over 4 lbs.  She was a fisherwoman for sure.  Great touch and concentration.

Alright, that's it for now.  Come on on up kids.  The fishing is great and the weather has been incredible.  Drive safe, be safe and leave some for next time.

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 2 dz jumbo crawlers for $6.75 and 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 the lowest leech prices around which come direct from Minnesota.  We now have medium 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), Walleye Suckers, Northern Bait Minnows, 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]>
 - Friday, July 17, 2020

7/14/20 @ 7:34 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (34%)
Waning Crescent
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

A reprieve from the heat helped cool the lakes a little, lake surface temps dropped from low to mid 80’s to the mid 70’s.  Climbing again at this writing, but looks like it will cool again before a warm up this weekend.

Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – Actively feeding in 8-12’ cabbage flats, anglers doing very well casting jig and creature, Wacky worms and Tokyo rigs into weeds.  Morning and evening top-water action hot using Whopper Ploppers, Jitterbugs and Frogs.  Nice sized Bass, up to 5#, being C&R this past weekend.

Smallmouth Bass:  Very Good – Drop shotting 3” Gulp Alive Minnows and 3” Senkos best along outside cabbage and coontail edges along adjacent sandgrass flats (though today 7/13, found Smallies tucked into cabbage beds of 7-8’).

Bluegill:  Very Good – Cast a small Mepps 00 to draw attention, then fish small leeches below floats in 6-8’ weeds.  Poppers in the evenings, either on fly rods or using clear plastic floats on spinning equipment.

Crappie:  Good – Setting up in mid-summer pattern of holding in upper portion of tall, narrow leaf cabbage in 8-14’.  Cast small 2” twisters, beetle spins or jigs with tinsel quivered through tops of plants.

Yellow Perch:  Good – Best around cribs and drowned wood.  Use ½ crawlers or soft shell (frozen) crayfish.  Some very nice fish in the 9-11” range being caught.

Walleye:  Good – Very dependent on conditions, but on cloudy/windy days or early mornings fish weeds of 8-14’ using crawlers or the largest leeches you can find.  Evenings good for a return to weeds.  Anglers fishing deep humps using jigging Raps finding to harmful with high water temps, can’t safely release these fish.  Best to stop this technique until waters cool.

Northern Pike:  Good – Tickling the tops of weeds using chatter baits and spinner baits best.   Cast weedless Jaw Breakers or Johnson Silver Minnows with a 4” Twister tails to try and stay weedless.

Musky:  Good/Fair – Many anglers opting to forego Musky fishing due to high surface water temps and stress on these big fish.  Be careful, quick and think about the safety of these fish.


SUPER SPECIAL BONUS REPORT:

Last week it was Dogfish (Bowfin) that was hot!  They are fun to catch, eat mostly crayfish and deserve to be released!

This week - Bullheads.  Flowages are giving up dandy bullheads on crawlers or minnows.  Nothing wrong with these bottom dwellers, good fried and great smoked.


The high water temps throughout the upper Midwest has caused a shortage of leeches.  Trappers report leeches stopped coming to traps, supplies limited and prices rising rapidly. This is about a full month earlier than usual.  If you find some, grab ‘em and take care to keep cool and wash regularly.  Despite the rumors, it’s NOT illegal to use leeches, just hard to get.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
7/7/20 @ 11:37 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (93%)
Waning Gibbous
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Lots of heat plus the Birthday of our Country put fishing on the back burner a bit this past week.  Temps in the 90’s brought lake surface temps soaring into the low-mid 80’s.   Mid-day fishing was nearly out of the question.  Yet anglers who ventured out early and late had good reports.

Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – Dominating the cabbage bed actions, morning Bass taking creature baits, Sweet Beavers, 5” Wacky Worms.  Pre-rigged plastic worms, spinner baits, chatter baits and swim baits all getting their fair share.  Evening anglers working surface baits doing extremely well.  (a 23 1/2” C&R verified this past week)

Bluegill:  Very Good – While I thought all were done bedding, I found still some on larger lakes.   Small leeches last long on hooks.   Mini Mite jigs tipped with waxies and poppers on fly rods or behind clear floats excellent way to have exciting fun in evenings.

Smallmouth Bass:  Good – Working along coontail edges using Ned Rigs or drop-shotting 3” Gulp Minnows.  Counting down lipless cranks, along same edges also effective.

Walleye:  Good – Early, late or just before fronts.  Leeches, crawlers and Red tails (though hard to keep alive in heat).   Early mornings work 8-12’ cabbage.   Evenings along coontail edges in 14-20’.   Guide reported 3 C&R Eyes of 26 ½” - 27 ½” in recent outing.

Northern Pike:  Good – Best during cooler times of day.  Boonie Baits, Chatter baits, silver minnows.  Work those cabbage beds.  Once heat of morning comes, move out to outside edges, pitch twitch baits.

Musky:  Good – Been seeing best action during days outside weed edges of 10-18’ using Phantom soft tails and Smity Sm Jerks w/ tails.  Evenings/Early AM go top water with noisy Whopper Ploppers, Bucher Top Raiders.

Crappie:  Good-Fair – Some surprisingly shallow Crappies being caught using 2” twister tails in 4-6’.   Other reports have anglers locating Crappies deeper by pilings and drowned wood in 12-18’ suspending 3-4’ off bottom.

Yellow Perch:  Good – Moving to some deeper sand grass on larger lakes, wood on flowages.   Offer frozen soft shells or ½ crawlers on jigs or Lindy Rigs.

Due to high surface temps, be careful playing fish.   Get ‘em in and back out quickly.   Surface temps in 80’s hard on fish, keep live wells running or ice in coolers to keep catch you decide to keep from spoiling.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
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
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