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8/19/19 @ 1:39 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (85%)
Waning Gibbous
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Warm days, some cool nights, a few storms here and there…sort of typical mid-August.  Haven’t seen nights cold enough to turn a few sugar maples, but it will be here soon.

Largemouth Bass:  Very Good-Good – Lots of action relating to cabbage flats of 8-12’.  Wacky worming, Dirty Jigs w/ Yum Chunk or Jackall Chunk Craws for trailers.  Sweet Beavers Carolina rigged.  Top-water action still very good for anglers fishing evenings when water temps rising!   Lunker Hunt Frogs, Savage Cicadas and Whopper Ploppers bring in best reports.

Smallmouth Bass:  Very Good-Good – Ned rigging TRD’s or TRD Craws been tough to beat.  Drop-shotting 3” Gulp Minnows and 3” Clone Fry’s good over deeper gravel humps where Ned rigs may be too light.  Coontail edges, 3” Tube jigs best.

Bluegill:  Very Good-Good – Not hard to fish once located.  Larger Gills suspending off weed beds in 14-20’.  Cast 1” twisters as you would for Crappies to locate schools.   Once found, stick to small plastics or small minnows or leeches.  Nicer Gill in the 7 ½ to 8 ½” + category, good eaters!

Northern Pike:  Good – Covering weed flats of 6-10’ using spinner baits, swim baits and chatter baits producing good action from fish of 22-27”, a few cracking low 30” range reported.

Yellow Perch:  Good – Best over sandgrass flats of 14-22’ using Lindy style rigs or slip-floats to work ½ crawlers.  On Flowages, relating to weed, crawlers best.

Crappie:   Fair-Good – Some action along deep coontail edges on medium fatheads.

Musky:   Fair-Good – Big bladed spinner baits and bucktails over weed flats, fish in or right on edges (probably keying on Gills where Cisco not available)

Walleye:   Fair-Good – On days with clouds and wind, some anglers finding Walleyes moving into 8-14’ weeds to feed.   Crawlers and leeches best.  Once sun is out, bite dies, start searching deeper rock humps.

Nothing drastic as of yet for August.  Some weeds are dying back, but surface temps remain stable for now, most in low-mid 70’s as afternoons in upper 70’s to low 80’s warming up water after overnight cooling off.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
8/13/19 @ 8:54 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (97%)
Waxing Gibbous
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Mid-August can be the start of a challenge for anglers.  Cool nights and the end of the growing season for some aquatic plants can cause a shift in location and feeding habits for some species.As of now, there hasn’t been a drastic change but a cooling trend is something to consider for the second half of August.

Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – Not a lot new here.  Wacky worming has got all other methods (even live bait) beat hands down.  Jig and craw combos and pre-rigged plastic worms over weed tops in 6-10’ of cabbage also good choices.

Smallmouth Bass:  Very Good-Good – Drop-shotting and Ned rigging TRD worms over gravel humps of 18-26’.Some nice fish working coontail edges of 14-18’ using same methods.

Bluegill:  Very Good-Good – Best Gills out over deeper cabbage or suspended outside coontail edges.Small leeches, minnows or tiny jigs tipped with waxies best.

Yellow Perch:  Good – Best over sandgrass using Lindy rigs ½ crawlers.

Northern Pike:  Good-Fair – Limited action but some nice fish in low 30” class on spinner baits.

Crappie:Good-Fair – Still working tall narrow leaf cabbage using small jigs tipped with minnows or 1-2” twister tails.

Musky:Good-Fair – Top-water and big bladed bucktails over deep weed edges.  Evenings best.

Walleye:Fair – Transition on some lakes to deeper gravel not quite set up yet.  Weed edges with leeches still best.

Water temps remain in mid-70’s.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
8/6/19 @ 11:40 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (39%)
Waxing Crescent
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04

Fishing in early August remains similar to most of July, a slight slow down for a few species, but an up tick for others.  A few fronts have made for some fish and dodge times on the water, but overall things good.

Largemouth Bass:  Very Good-Good – Can’t miss using Wacky Worms in 8-12’ cabbage.  Top water action on Buzz Baits, Whopper Ploppers and Pocket Frogs.   Early mornings slower than past weeks, mid-morning thru evenings best.

Smallmouth Bass:  Very Good-Good – Seems like fewer numbers this week (could have been just me) but larger Bass in the 18-21” range.  Ned rigs of TRD Worms and jig and craw combos best.  Drop shotting 3” Wacky Worms or Pin Minnows.

Bluegill:  Very Good-Good – Best fish suspended along cabbage or coontail breaks on small leeches, small minnows, worms or thunderbugs.  Mini Mites tipped with waxies working too.

Crappie:   Very Good-Good – Not so much on #’s but big slabs in the 13-14” range taking Road Runner style jigs worked thru weed tops.  Fan cast cabbage (Narrow leaf) in 10-12’ working 2-4’ down.

Musky:   Good – Best evening or pre-front.   Top-water bucktails and big spinner baits.  Water very warm (77-80 degrees) so be quick on your catch and release.

Yellow Perch:  Good – Fish outside cabbage edges or sandgrass flats using ½ crawler on 1/8 oz jigs.

Northern Pike:  Fair-Good – Reports down, probably due to heat.  A 41”er was caught and released on chain recently.  These fish respond better as water cools.  Spinner baits, chatter baits best choice.

Walleye:   Fair-Improving – Starting to see bites moving to weed edges where they had been absent.  Besides typical jig/leech or jig/crawler combos, anglers also picking up fish casting #6-#7 shad raps along cabbage edges in 10-12’.

Water temps may have actually crept up this week.  Start to watch for some weeds to die back in a couple weeks.  Flowages filling back up – not normal for this time of year.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
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7/30/19 @ 11:10 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (3%)
Waning Crescent
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04
Summer patterns holding up well. Surface temps remaining consistent at 74-77 degree average. Highs and lows most days not affecting temps yet. Biggest effects are sunny days vs. cloudy.
Largemouth Bass: Very Good – Daytime working cabbage flats of 8-12’. Wacky worms hard to beat! Sweet Beavers Texas style and Yum Chunks on 3/16 Strike King Bitsy Bugs also scoring. For evening bites use #90 Whopper Ploppers, Zare Puppys and weedless spoons such as Silver Minnows : Jawbreakers tipped with 4” Twister tails.
Smallmouth Bass: Very Good – Best fish over gravel/rock humps topping at 16-22’ surrounded by 30-40’ of water. Ned rigging TRD worms and drop shotting JackALL Yammy Fish, (3”) Crosstail shads and 3” Gulp! Minnows, HOT! Jig craws/creature baits as well as live leeches and crawlers also effective.
Crappie: Very Good-Good – Look for 10-12’ narrow leaf cabbage and even the invasive curly leaf pond weed. Fish top two feet of weeds using small beetle spins, Crappie Thumpers or Boottail jigs. Big slabs of 13-14” being caught, but plenty of eaters of 10-12” also.
Bluegill: Very Good-Good – For fun in evenings poppers best on fly rods or behind clear casting floats. Daytime find the largest Gills outside weed edges of 12-14’ using small leeches, leaf worms on small 1/32 oz jigs or under slip-floats. Small plastics also working well.
Yellow Perch: Good – Best using ½ crawler or medium leech in 6-10’ cabbage. Some anglers finding large Perch on deep lakes over sandgrass flats using Lindy rigs with ½ crawler.
Northern Pike: Good – Swim baits (360 GT, Rhythm Waves) run on ¼ oz swimheads in 8-12’ of cabbage. Spinner baits and chatter baits still go. Jigging or soaking chubs and suckers effective, but these live baits hard to get this year.
Musky: Good – For the health of the fish, best to fish early or late! Top-water baits such as Pace Makers, Whopper Ploppers, Top Raiders and Topper Stoppers best. Bucktails and large spinner baits also effective.
Walleye: Fair – Target Walleyes early AM or late evenings using full crawlers or the biggest leeches you can find. On larger lakes, deep, off shore humps, of 14-18’ with weed edges. Smaller lakes work outside weeds of 8-12’.
Hopefully the stable weather (temp wise) will last a few more weeks before cooling August nights affect our fishing.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
7/27/19 @ 11:29 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (24%)
Waning Crescent
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS:

I finally got a couple of days off so I thought I'd get you caught up on how the fishing is here in the northwoods. We had a pretty solid cold front come thru here a week or so ago. Some real nasty property damage was done by those storms just south of us. In fact, we couldn't get the normal amount of minnows we normally get from our trappers as they still don't have any electricity. Yikes. I've been a few days with out electricity and found it was no fun at all. I wish the best for all of you inconvenienced by the storms that rolled thru. Godspeed.

The fishing has slowed very little if at all because of the front. In some ways it has gotten better. I give it a 7-8 right now. The northerns have picked up. The cold front dropped the surface waters temps down about 5-9 degrees which the northern like. They been biting most everything. Spinner baits, chatter baits and larger minnows have worked well for folks. I still find that the best way to catch them is to go bass fishing and they'll show up to check out the disturbances in the water. They'll hit those wacky worms as furiously as the bass do.

Walleyes have picked up some too. Half a crawler on a 1/32oz jig put a limit in the boat for me and my clients the other day. If you'll check out the Facebook page you'll see in another outing that we also got some real nice walleye in the thick weeds fishing for bass with plastics.

Bass are hitting like it's the middle of June. Half a crawler and jig normally work but all manner of plastics will probably out fish the crawler combo right now. Top water baits are the most exciting but you can't beat working a big plastic worm, stick, craw or minnow if you want real involvement in the pursuit of the bite.

Bluegills have been biting really well. But if you want the bigger ones you need to get in the deeper wood or weeds. We got some really nice ones the other day with clients along with some dandy crappies in about 15-20 feet of water. The deeper we got the bait down the bigger the gills. And the crappies were all the way down as well.

Which brings me to my tip of the day, so to speak. Three different days me and clients were on three different lakes and on each lake the method of operation was basically the same. Little fish on top and bigger fish on the bottom. But if you went to far you were snagged up in the wood and thick weeds. How to cope. Here's what we did. We started with small chunks of worms but the little guys hit them right away. So we went to a heavier jig so it would zoom right past them to the depth we wanted. Another way to get past the little guys was to use minnows. The little guys would sniff them but usually not eat them. One more way was to put on 2" gulp minnows or plastic grub tails. Again, they would nip at them but not eat them, unless of course they were the bigger size of gill we wanted. All these methods would get the bait down to the wood or weedline and the crappie, bass and northerns would partake of the baits willingly. Now, how to do get the nice fish outa the wood when they are right inside of it without losing a bunch of jigs? Easy. You don't. Cost of doing business, I say. About the only thing you can do is be as vertical as possible and hope the fish comes straight up on the hook set.

Speaking of which, time to get back to business. We have an unexpected amount of small crawlers so we are putting them on sale at $6 for 36 ct. That's only $2 per dozen. And as usual remember we have 2 dz jumbo crawlers for $5, your 1st scoop of crappie minnows for $2 with any purchase, and the lowest leech prices around. Our jumbo crawlers are directly from Canada, leeches directly from Minnesota and our minnows are direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. We also sell bulk crawler flats for $45, and leeches by the pound. No middleman! Fresher and lower priced. To order your flats please call ahead at the Minocqua shop at 715-358-5130. If you don't get a response, they are very busy, you can always call be at 715-892-2751. Also our Top Shelf Shimano reels are specially priced and include free shipping if you need it. Tranx, Curados and Stradics are included.
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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 <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Saturday, July 27, 2019

7/25/19 @ 11:29 AM
fishinhuntin
User since 7/25/19

Hi will be staying in St Germain August 22-26 for family reuion. I was wondering what some good lakes to try for nice perch and bluegill? THanks

7/23/19 @ 8:59 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (63%)
Waning Gibbous
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04
Last week’s hot weather finally broke thanks to some storms. The heat helped some, while others on the water struggled to find certain species.
Crappie: Very Good – Staging in the upper portions of tall cabbage. Small jigs (Bunny Butts, Gapen Freshwater Shrimp, VMC Boot Tails and Charlie Bees), small beetle spins or 1/32 oz jig tipped with small minnows. Work these upper portions of the weed beds, Crappies come up from below their prey most times.
Note: Some anglers find Crappies to be “soft” in summer. Important to keep Crappies you intend to keep alive or on ice to help combat this in hot weather.
Largemouth Bass: Very Good – Loving the Wacky Worms! Great action in cabbage flats working Wacky Worms. Jig and creature, as well as Flukes, also working well. Top-water bite best at the end of the hot days. Whopper Ploppers, Pompadours, Torpedos and Pocket Frogs all working well for top-water/evening action, besides being the most fun way to catch Bass.
Smallmouth Bass: Very Good – Working tubes, Ned rigs and drop-shots along coontail edges of 14-18’ best. Rock reefs topping at 18-26’, use heavier jig to work TRD worms or craws!
Bluegill: Very Good – In and along cabbage flats and even some coontail beds. Gills being found suspending taking small leeches, worms, Crappie minnows and Mini-mite jigs tipped with waxies.
Northern Pike: Fair-Good – Action improved with the cooling off this past weekend. Spinner baits, chatter baitsa and 4” swim baits. Jig and chub/sucker on wire leader good choice in 6-10’ cabbage.
Yellow Perch: Good – ½ crawlers, medium leeches. Nice Perch of 8-10”+ along weed edges of 8-12’.
Musky: Good-Fair – A little slower with cool down. Top-water baits, as well as #7 bucktails best. Big spinner baits such as CJ’s, Boonies and Bucher Slop Masters also moving fish.
Walleye: Fair – Some good reports from larger lakes from anglers fishing early or late along outside weed edges using big leeches, crawlers or chubs on jigs or below slip-floats. A few fish being caught by anglers casting #6-#7 Shad Raps parallel to 12-14’ contain edges towards dusk.
Surface temps still in mid-70’s, but morning temps in mid-50’s slowing early bite. Stable weather (forecasted) should help anglers figure out patterns.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
7/20/19 @ 12:29 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (87%)
Waning Gibbous
Bucknut17
User since 10/6/13
Smallies have been on fire this week. Got 2-20 inchers on the river yesterday and this 21 1/2 incher this morning on a local lake. Crawler/slip bobber.

7/16/19 @ 11:08 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE
Full Moon
Kurt Justice
User since 5/12/04
Big heat for the Northwoods this week. Temps forecasted in the high 80’s to low 90’s by weeks end.
Water temps climbing and early/late trips best, as well as moving out into deeper water for better action.
Largemouth Bass: Very Good – Top-water evening action hot with Whopper Ploppers, Jitterbugs, Hula Poppers and plastic frogs providing the most fun towards the shallows. Mornings thru afternoons Wacky Worms have been a no brainer. 4” worms on 1/8 oz jigs along with similar swim baits also effective.
Smallmouth Bass: Very Good – Work outside coontail edges and off shore gravel humps using drop-shot rigs with 3” pintail minnows, 3” Wacky worms or small 2 ½” craws. Ned rigs are also very effective in similar areas. Tubes and Caroline rigging creature baits along those 14-16’ coontail edges.
Bluegill: Very Good – Work deep edges of cabbage or coontail using small leeches below slip-floats. Small minnows also work, keeping some of the smaller Gills off your hook.
Yellow Perch: Good – Not a lot of Perch, but some nicer fish (9-11”) coming from just outside 14’ weed edges. ½ crawlers, medium leeches.
Musky: Good – Evenings best. Top-water action on big, noisy baits such as Whopper Ploppers, Top Raiders and Pace Makers. Deep water action reported from anglers working big Grandma baits and large rubber baits over open water, search for signs of schools of Cisco, then count down baits to rip below schools of bait fish.
Crappie: Good – Evenings best near tall cabbage beds of 12’ and boat houses near deep water. Small beetle spins and jigs with swim tails or curly tails best.
Northern Pike: Good-Fair – Typically like a little cooler conditions. Cast spinner baits and chatter baits over cabbage flats or 8-12’.
Walleye: Fair – Play the weather. Overcast or pre-front conditions best. Big leeches or whole crawlers over sandgrass flats outside coontail or cabbage beds in 14-18’.
A hot summer will be enjoyed by those who like the top-water action for Bass and Musky. Take care of the fish in these conditions, hot water stresses fish. Get ‘em in quickly and returned to the water as fast and safely as possible.

Kurt's Island Sport Shop
(715) 356-4797
7/12/19 @ 11:45 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (83%)
Waxing Gibbous
JeffTCG
Jeff Bolander
User since 8/25/13

FISHING REPORTS:

Sorry it's been so long since I've filed a report but I have been with clients almost everyday and even doing some double headers to keep up. The guiding and the 2 bait shops have been rocking, thanks to all of you!

As you know, most of the time I head out we target anything that bites. Every once in a while we target a specific species but I've come to find that if you take what the lake will give you you tend to be much happier on a consistent basis. I've fished lakes three days in a row and found the bite to be completely different each day. Nothing you can do about it. I think it's a lot of fun accepting the challenge each day of finding the combination to the bite. And of course, there is a certain satisfaction in doing so.

Example. I fished three trips in two days with two gentlemen from Japan that are over hear learning how to set up a Jim Beam distillery in Japan. We caught many more than a 100 bass, plus other species including walleye and crappie, during our trips but many lessons about fishing were learned. Each trip the location conditions changed. The bait of choice changed many times throughout the day. And even the best plastic of the moment changed often, too. Even the method of presentation for an individual plastic would change. For example one of the "go to" plastics was a purple and black B'Fish'N rib worm. But sometimes the fish wanted it slow or fast or twitched above the bottom or even on the surface. We'd catch four or five one way then bang, we had to change. We used a lot of different baits and most caught fish. One guy changed his bait at least 20 times each trip whereas the other guy hardly ever changed. The difference in the amount of fish caught by each one was minimal.

In another example, yesterday we were throwing crawlers after smallies. We were doing ok putting quit a few smallies and large mouth in the boat. But I usually am always trying something different than what the clients are using just to see if there is a better method. I threw a few different plastics with not much luck. But when I tied on a PBnJ colored Senco worm, that did the trick. They were all over it. Neither client had ever whacky wormed before so the lesson began. Soon they were popping them too. They enjoyed the different, more involved, approach to catching fish.

The lesson here as always is be flexible, try new things and enjoy the hunt.

Oh that's right, the fish report. Crappie are suspending in deeper water now, bluegills are finally off the beds, SM bass are heading to deeper lines, LM bass are in a little deeper weeds, biting perch are still mostly shallow, walleye are very deep for the most part, and northern are mysteriously shy.

Learn a new presentation and get out there and have fun! And as usual remember we have 2 dz jumbo crawlers for $5, your 1st scoop of crappie minnows for $2 with any purchase, and the lowest leech prices around. Our jumbo crawlers are directly from Canada, leeches directly from Minnesota and our minnows are direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. We also sell bulk crawler flats for $45, and leeches by the pound. No middleman! Fresher and lower priced. To order your flats please call ahead at the Minocqua shop at 715-358-5130. If you don't get a response, they are very busy, you can always call be at 715-892-2751.
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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
- Friday, July 12, 2019

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