The colors are freakin' awesome guys. I know the last couple of years were crappy but this year, ka-boom. Even if you can't fish you may just wanna take a drive down one of the many colorful roadways here in the northwoods. And the fishing has been pretty good too, although not ka-boom.
As the water temps continue to try and make it into the 50s, the musky sucker bite continues to get better. Guys are taking out medium, large and extra large suckers every day now. I've heard that some places have a shortage and are selling them for up to $13 and more. Not us. We got plenty of wild caught suckers and they are $8, $9 and $11 for the M, L and XL respectively.
As the lakes painfully inch towards turnover the livebait bite will start to go to the minnow from the crawler. It might be a while though as we just had a few days with sun, calm winds and highs knocking the dust off of 80! So deeper the fish go. I was on a flat the other day where there is one spot that is 2 feet deeper than the rest of the flat. And sure enough, a pile of fish were hunkered down there. Just 2 feet mind you. But when the weeds start dying and the oxygen starts to diminish you gotta go where you can breathe. Once turnover takes place then the oxygen gets dispersed again and the fish get a little more spread out.
My guess is we got about two more weeks of the good crawler bite we been having. As the water temps start to get into the mid to low 50's range the minnows will be king again. But light jigs, the same ones you used with the crawlers, will still be the ticket. Unless of course you need to get into the 40-50 foot depths.
Top water presentations are still hot right now. To me this is the most exciting type of fishing there is. Watching that bait twitch or wabble or splash across the surface and then see it explode -- really cool. But remember to wait for the weight. Don't set the hook on the splash or too many times you will come up with an empty plate.
On a personal note Linda and I would like to thank you for a fantastic summer. We love seeing old friends and making new ones as we work the shop. You all know Linda. She's the nice one that no one can figure out how she could have gotten hooked up with me. But anyways, thank you. We are both looking forward to a great fall heading into the stiff water season with you in mind.
Our jumbo crawlers come directly from Canada. We are doing our best to keep the prices low. We do have 100 count crawlers for only $21 and bulk crawler flats for only $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 always only $2 with any purchase. Leeches are done this year. The warm weather we got in June ended the trapping season then and we finally ran out last week. 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, & Blacktail Chubs. We also have a good selection of medium ($8),large ($9) & XL ($11) wild musky suckers. There will be a musky sucker shortage again this year but we will do our best to keep you informed and well supplied. All our suckers are wild caught. 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, September 24, 2020