wife and I tried squirrel all week. very tough. where did all the crayfish go? haven't fished here for a couple years, but shorelines were always loaded with crayfish. made locating and catching smallies easy. only managed 2 quality fish on leeches or worms. caught a few other smaller fish too, but used to catch plenty of 3 to 4 pounders. where did they go? what are they feeding now? caught nothing on spinners, cranks, or top waters. tried drifting from 6 fow out to 30 fow in varios areas of the lake. nothing. very frustrating, and disappointing. this is my favorite lake in Wisconsin and I just spent a week soaking leeches, and soaking up the sun. did manage to get a nice tan.
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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 www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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- Sunday, May 05, 2019 at 16:23:52 (PDT)
Thanks for all the reports Kurt Justice very informative
Here's the latest ice report. It's like an old man's grass. STAY OFF! I predict we'll be launching our boats by the 30th in the Minocqua area.
Is there any resorts on this lake to make a trip up?
Below 40° F
16° - 20° F
Had a foot of ice. Truck travel is great. No slush some snow, few tiny perch not much going on.
Ditto on MuskyBen's reply. Some perch usually 12-16 fow off weed edges, but nothing bigger than 6". Walleye....good luck. The rock humps i fish are basically right on the snowmobile trail for ice fishing season.This year was the slowest summer of fishing on the Squirrel for me.
Actually, this was one of the hottest ice fishing lakes in the area for about 5 years, but with all of the pressure, it has tapered off... Not sure what to tell you to find fish to ice out there either... I'm sure it will come back, but not sure how long that will take...
Anyone ever do any good out here for ice fishing. Im just looking to get into some crappie or walter or two. Gonna try this lake end of december. Any tips or intel would be greatly appreciated. Again not asking for spots but rather hope lol
Thank you for the info.