Jeff Bolander's Fishing Reports and Conditions for Minocqua,
St Germain, Lac du Flambeau, Boulder Junction, Manitowish Waters Wisconsin


Jeff Bolander, Professional Fishing Guide


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FISHING REPORTS:

Well we just got another 8" dumped on us. But at least it's a light fluffy snow. It won't add a lot of weight to the ice and it will blow off of a lot of the ice. Ice conditions haven't changed much. Depending on the lake there can be as little as a couple inches of slush to a good foot of it. The ice underneath is layered with the bottom section ranging from 4-8". The secluded bays are still your best bet but a few guys are venturing out now and finding good ice towards the main basins. As always, be very cautious. More snomobiles and 4 wheelers are running around out there. But the real rush to the ice will probably start this weekend. Light winds, decent temps and clear skies will jump start that ice-fishing-bug for many. I hope to be a part of it.

The bite is still really good. Panfish of all kinds are still aggressive using a myriad of methods. My favorite right now are the tungsten fly jigs from VMC and Northland. I also like to use small jiggers like the Kastmaster, Leech Flutter Spoon, Euro-tackle minnow, Jiggin' Raps and Rippin' Raps. Tip these with bugs, minnows, minnow heads or nothing and you'll catch something. As always, find the green weeds. Very important now as that's the only place your gonna find bait that the fish you want are after.

Northern have been very active lately. Jig or put a good sized minnow on a tip up and that toothy critter will come find it. One method a group did real well on the other day was Northland's smaller quick-strike rig with small trebles and flashy blades rigged with larger suckers and shiners. A few bonus walleye were caught in there with them.

Gotta go shovel again. With the decreased number of fisherpeople so far this year we are still bursting at the seams with great gear. Lots of great specials and give-a-ways are available. And remember, we will beat ANYBODY'S legitimate price on in stock merchandise.
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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>
- Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 14:04:27 (PST)
Answering the "how much ice?" question is tough right now. There are just not enough folks out there drilling holes. We got two big storms last week that dumped over 24" of snow on us. The good news is most of the big lakes had open water on them even after the storms so the ice they're making is good ice where the lake was open. The ice in the secluded bays, 5-7", is still there but, top down, it's covered up by slushy snow, then a couple of inches of ice then a couple of inches of water and then the original 6" of ice. That's where you'll find the fisherfolks now. The big question is, what is the ice like in that transition area where you go from the old 6" of ice to the new ice formed over the previous open water. It could be 6" in the bay and 6" in the middle and maybe only 2" on the way out there. I'd be spudding all the way. The weather forecast looks good for ice making over the next 10 days. Very cold days, wind and not to much mention of snow. Let's keep our fingers crossed. And hopefully a few of the popular landings will be plowed to allow access.

So how's the fishing. Still very good! Those bays with the 6" are in 5-10 feet of water and the panfish and other toothy critters are still aggressive. All types of jigging spoons, jigs and jiggin raps are still working well. Tip them with lots of spikes or waxies, chena bait, scented plastics, minnows or minnow heads. And here's a tip. If you don't get a bite with bugs on change to minnow. And keep switching back and forth. It works.

I'm jealous of the folks fishing right now cuz I can't get out for a few more days. This weekend is the last weekend of our Black Friday sale. Lot's of folks coming in to see the latest gear along with their old favorites and some surprises, all specially priced. Included in the many giveways is a full CLAM suit valued at over $400! Don't miss out! Hope to see y'all there.
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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>
- Thursday, December 05, 2019 at 13:35:39 (PST)
Well, we got dumped on pretty good here in the northwoods. 12" or more of heavy wet snow fell the day before Thanksgiving. And of course everyone wants to know how it affected the ice conditions. One word, SLUSH. I traveled around a little this morning and found more than a few folks out there fishing. Even saw one group using a snowmobile to pull their gear. There is definitely slush out there. You can see it surrounding every hole. But the ice thickness doesn't seem to have been affected. The skimmed over ice is shoved down into the lake so stay away. But the 6-8" stuff is ok and fishable. Just make sure you know where you are going and you have tall rubber boots to wear.

I understand that there is open water around the Minocqua pier next to the bridge. Fish are being caught there the same way as under the ice -- small jigs and spoons tipped with your favorite meat. Bring a long net in case you get a big one!

Black Friday is tomorrow and yes our 2nd Annual Black Friday Weekend Sale is on. Here's a few samples of the savings we are offering. There are too many to list them all. We are giving away a full CLAM Flotation Parka and Bib suit

CLAM Shacks come with up to $30 in CLAM clothing credits

CLAM Hubs come with and extra CLAM Ice Anchor kits

CLAM Parkas and Bibs come with $20 CLAM accessories credits.

OTTER XT-Over Shacks come with up to $99 Otter accessories credits

CLAM 120v LI Augers are $100 off

ION G2 LI Auger is $100 off

ION Original and ION X Augers come with an extra Battery

Strikemaster 40v Augers come with an extra Battery

All Eskimo, Lazer, K-Drill and HT drill augers are specially priced

Marcum LX7 LI 8" comes with a Marcum RECON5 camera

That's just a partial listing. We are also giving away free t-shirts, hats and beanies with some purchases. Get here early while the selection is great.
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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>
- Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 14:36:50 (PST)
Good new, good news. Good news number 1. There's a bunch of places to get on the ice out there and the fish are biting VERY well. I'm not going to list the baits that are working the best because it would be easier to list the ones that aren't. I can't think of any that aren't. And the fun part is the ice is good and clear so you can watch the action below while in your shack. That's a blast.

Good news number 2. And the other good news is there's still Musky fishing going on. The big clear lakes are still accessible and they are producing some big fatties. Suckers are still going out of here on a daily basis and the guys are in a hurry to get back out there. Wonder why?

Panfishing has been great in the morning and then seems to taper off around noon. It then picks up late afternoon into the evening. Walleye fishing has been either on or off. When it's on it's definitely during low light periods thru the over night. Northerns are active all day. Minnows, bugs, spoons and jigs have all been working.And as always FIND GREEN WEEDS!

First ice is always the best time of the year to put fish on the ice. But PLEASE be careful. No Ice is perfectly safe ice. Take a spud, throw bag, a buddy and be careful!

The shop is pretty set for ice fishing now. There's a lot of cool new gear this year and we'll have it all at the best pricing you'll find anywhere. We guarantee it. Lots of free merchandise with shacks, augers and other electronics. Just about everything comes with something to sweeten the deal. Our most popular has been the Strikemaster Lithium 40V auger 8". We're selling it at $549 and including an extra battery valued at $149. We sold out of our early winter shipment quickly but talked Strikemaster into sending us more. Get'em while they last! Big Black Friday weekend sale next weekend. More details in this report next week! It's gonna be big.
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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>
- Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 15:51:05 (PST)
BANG! Ice fishing season is here to stay. Put away the boats (sob) and long rods (sob) and musky suckers (sob sob). It's time to drill some holes. Let's get the warning out of the way right here. Take a spud and a friend who doesn't owe you money with you cuz early ice, while productive, is very dangerous. Be careful, please. The reported thicknesses have varied greatly. Some of the bays have 6" on them while you can see open water to the main basin. The winds will keep it that way for a while. But not for long.

The guys that are out on the ice are whacking them. Walleyes, northern, & all kinds of panfish are being caught. Now, granted, it's a small sampling of fisherfolks but it is what it is. Minnows, crawlers and jigging spoons are working well. Yes, I said crawlers. Worms work very well in the winter folks. Meat is meat to the fish and a crawler is very meaty. We don't use them much in the winter cuz they tend to freeze pretty easy. But a chunk of crawler is one of the best panfish baits you'll find under the ice.

Kind of a short report today but if you got the itch, northern Wisconsin has the ice for that itch. Because of what the weatherman has planned for this week, this weekend should be a boon for putting your favorite species on the ice. And for those of you thinking about hiring a guide to take you out and have some fun, I have openings throughout the winter.

We've got the store all set up for ice fishing. Only a few more shacks to build and we're done. We just received some Garmin Panoptix today with some Livescopes coming in a few more days. Awesome technology. A little pricey, but wow. There's a lot of cool new gear this year and we have it all at the best pricing you'll find anywhere. We guarantee it. Free hitches with most shacks, free cameras with some locators and free additional batteries with most electric augers. If you have any questions about anything call the shop in Minocqua at 715-358-5130. If you don't get a response as we can be very busy, you can always call me 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 <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 16:28:39 (PST)
Can you believe it. Ice is coming any day now. We went from a sucker shortage to having plenty but now its real tough to be out. Lots of bays and small lakes are skimmed over and some the big lakes have some ice at the landing. Most folks are in the woods right now and not many on the lakes. BUT, for those that are on the lake the musky, walleyes, perch and crappie are snapping.

Suckers are a key bait right now as it's difficult to throw baits in this weather. A couple of casts and your rod guides are frozen up. Most musky are migrating a little deeper now while some are still found on the GREEN weed edges. This weekend could be the end of the musky hunt on open water for this year. The temps look to be decent while the winds will be there but not so strong as to drive you off the water. It won't be long before you'll see folks chasing the mighty toothy critter under the ice. If you've never caught a big Musky under the ice you gotta try it. It's just as exhilarating as open water. To see the fish go back and forth under the hole and wondering how you're gonna get it through the hole and then having it shoot up through the hole like a geyser, WOW! But remember, the season for Musky closes at the end of November.

Walleyes are hitting pretty good, too. Depending on the lake you'll find them in the deeper holes, next to GREEN weeds and off rock humps. Suckers, chubs and large fatheads and the ticket. They want meat right now. Some days the bite has been hard and others it has been that delicate summer bite. Pretty tough to feel when your hands are freezing. I don't normally suggest certain baits but the Jiggin Raps, Shiver Minnows and Kastmasters have been bringing success.

Crappies and perch have been good, too. Depending on the lake the crappies are probably suspending but moving shallower as the sun goes down. They want meat too. Don't be afraid to use large fats and heavy bottom bouncers as they can be very aggressive right now. Perch seem to everywhere. Nice ones, too. You'll catch them using the same tactics as the walleyes and in the same locations, too.

Northerns have been on fire. After a summer of not much action those slimy devils have been making up for it. Any minnow, large or small, or any bottom bouncer has been turning them on.

That's it for now. Keep watching these posts here and on FB and LakeLink for more info on our BLACK FRIDAY weekend sale. We are gonna have some dynamite specials on the best ice fishing gear out there. There's a lot of cool new gear this year and we'll have it all at the best pricing you'll find anywhere. We guarantee it. Free hitches with most shacks, free cameras with some locators and free additional batteries with most electric augers. The shop is totally switched over to ice fishing now. Come and see first hand what's new for the 2019-20 ice fishing season. If you have any questions about anything call the shop in Minocqua at 715-358-5130. If you don't get a response as they can be very busy, you can always call me 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 <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Thursday, November 07, 2019 at 10:49:36 (PST)
It looks to be monsoon season here in the northwoods. Man, have we been getting the rain, day after day after day. One night the rain filled an 8 inch deep wheelbarrow in my driveway! That's a lot of water. Cooler temps are arriving now along with the rain. Normally this time of year the water temps have been in the 50 for a while and we're experiencing the onset of turnover on many lakes. Not so far this year. Water temps have just started getting into the 50's. A week ago I was fishing with clients and the heat was nauseating. Not this week. Even the flowages are plum full including the Manitowish Chain where there is no drop in water levels yet. But here we go.

We've been catching walleye everywhere. Not a lot of them but a few, mostly smaller. We've caught them in the shallow rocks, weeds and mud flats along with some deeper first drop offs. And it still seems to be a crawler bite. Minnows are catching some but the crawler is still kicking butt... For now. Of course every lake is a little different.

Bluegills and crappie have been very active for us. Again, mostly in the 10-20 feet of water with weeds, green weeds, at the bottom. Again, crawlers are king here, too, with plastics a close second... For now.

Small mouth and large mouth bass have been making a comeback lately. Smallies have been mostly in the rocks on 15-20 feet of water while the largemouth have been in the thicker green weeds at almost any depth. But it depends on the lake. Crawlers, again, are king... For now.

A big change is knocking on the door as it does every year at this time. When the water temps start to get firmly into the 50's the minnow bite will pick up. Worms will always work for bluegills but the crappie, perch and other game fish will start to crave the minnow. Every time out now I take both types of bait with me cuz I know if I leave one kind behind that's the one that the fish are gonna want, right? And again, every lake is different in so many ways. But one thing is consistent. Stay in those green weeds. If you pull up brown or browning ones, move along till you find green ones.

As far as store specials go, we are nearing the end of our "END OF SEASON CLEARANCE SALE". It will continue until the end of this month. Up to 50% off of gear you use. Then we will start setting up the ice fishing displays. There's a lot of cool new gear this year and we'll have it all at the best pricing you'll find anywhere. We guarantee it. Free hitches with most shacks, free cameras with some locators and free additional batteries with most electric augers. We've already sold 3 of them.

You've probably heard that Musky suckers are in short supply. Well not here. We have hundreds in stock and at the lowest prices in the northwoods by a bunch. They come straight from our trapper. No middleman! Fresher and lower priced. We even have some leeches left. If you have any questions about anything call the shop in Minocqua at 715-358-5130. If you don't get a response as they can be very busy, you can always call me 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 <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Sunday, October 06, 2019 at 08:33:14 (PDT)
The end of the busy summer has arrived. Lots of great weather, great people and great fishing was had in the northwoods these past months. With that said it doesn't mean that the good times are over. No, no. They is justa changin!

Lake temps are cooling to the mid 60s, shallow weeds are starting to brown and the day light hours are dwindling. This is good news in many ways. The good news is the bite will get better each day on quality fish. And the main word to remember is "deep". Every good sized fish will be found in deeper water now. Why? Because that's where most of the steady temps and oxygen are. Well, actually it's because that's where the bait fish are and so goes the varmints that eat the bait fish. As the lake temps go down, so do the fish. Then turnover and then, well, we'll save that for another report.

Right now on most lakes the walleye are still on the weed edges. Crawlers and leeches are still working the best in my boat. And the bite is pretty hard. I waited too long on a couple of bites last week and got bit off. And they were definitely walleye bites. Arg. I'll never get used to losing a good one. Many baits will work in catching the walleye but at this moment they are not real active so most cranks and too fast for them. Live bait and plastics worked slowly by and through the weeds are producing the best. Also look for change in bottoms next to humps.

Bass, small mouth and large mouth, have been off again and on again. Most of the big smallies we have been catching have been on the deeper humps in the lake, 30-40 feet deep. We'd park the boat right on top of the shallowest part of the hump and then cast the plastics or live bait tipped jigs all around it. 1/32 oz has been the ticket over heavier jigs daily. Some days the winds pick up and we have to put on the 1/16 to be able to feel the jig. I know guys don't like to use a 1/32 oz jig to get down 30 feet but those who do catch fish. The large mouth are buried in the weeds, deep weeds. Find the deepest weeds in the lake and there you'll find the large mouths. All the large mouths we caught the other day were in a minimum of 15'.

Northerns are finally starting to come around, too. We still don't have to fish for them but at least we're catching them along with bass and walleyes. As those water temps keep dipping the northern bite will pick up.

Panfish have been great for us. Big gills, perch and crappie have been coming over the side of the boat quite a bit lately. Deep grass and wood in 15-25 of water have been the ticket. We've been using half a crawler and mini-mites. Yesterday we got over 3 pounds of crappie, bluegill and walleye fillets for the clients fish fry. That's good stuff.

I just ordered another bunch of leeches from our trappers in Minnesota and quantities are getting low. I'm not sure how much longer we'll be able to get them so if you want them you better get them now. Also, September is Customer Appreciation Month and we celebrate with a YEAR-END CLEARANCE SALE. We are clearing out all the summer inventory at big discounts to make room for the winter gear, some of which is already here! A lot of items are buy 2 and get one free. Discount are as high as 50% off. And as usual remember we have 2 dz jumbo crawlers for $5, your 1st scoop of crappie minnows for $2 with any purchase and we are loaded with Musky Suckers. You can always call me at 715-892-2751 if you have any questions or concerns.
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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>
- Tuesday, September 03, 2019 at 12:53:40 (PDT)
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 at 09:10:19 (PDT)
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 <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Friday, July 12, 2019 at 09:32:43 (PDT)
The fishing continues to get better in the northwoods as the sun has been shining more and the weeds are starting to come in nicely. Everyday we have been out is an improvement over the previous day. There are a few bugs hatches in the area so keep an eye out for those. If you see a bunch of dead bugs on the top of the water it would be well advised to go to another lake as the fishy's bellies are probably already full.

One of the of the ways we are blessed in the northwoods is an abundance of lakes to choose from. No matter the lightness, temperature, wind or bug hatches there seems to always be a lake that's willing to give up her quarry. For example, I had clients out on the Lac du Flambeau chain a few times this past week and one of my favorite lakes on that chain was coated on top with a bug hatch. The fish weren't active. We headed over to another lake on the chain and immediately got into a bunch of active fish. Crappie, perch, smallies and others were coming into the boat quite regularly. Each day this week I've taken clients to a different lake because of the wind and sunshine and in all cases it's worked out pretty well. Match your lake to the conditions.

Sometimes the difference between drowning bait and catching fish could be fishing the right shoreline on the lake you are on. Rule number one is fish the shoreline that the wind is blowing into, if you can. Yesterday we were out on a Woodruff lake and we started on a few normally hot spots. The fish weren't cooperating at all. The wind had not come up yet. I moved us to the other end of the lake into a shaded area and boom, we caught fish. That lake was pretty clear and since no wind, we needed to find somewhere that had shade, weeds and wood for shelter for the fish. After a few hours the wind picked up, clients took a potty break and we headed back to the original spots where we were not successful. With the wind now blowing, we caught fish. Match your lake location with your conditions.

A few notes, water temps are in the high 60s or low 70s, crappie are done spawning, perch are still active, bass and bluegill are heading to the beds and walleyes are still on deep weeds. As far as live bait goes, the bite is still evenly spread out between leeches, crawlers and minnows but the leeches and crawlers are coming on strong. As far as artificial baits, the ones that are working are too numerous to mention. Anybody that tells you they are using the only thing that works is right as far as they are concerned but favorite baits are like rear ends, everyone has one. I gotta tell ya, I love trying out new baits. I think it's fun learning new techniques.

That's it for now. Thanks again for all your positive feedback. Even the negative stuff is educational. We all live and learn. 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 500 ct crawler flats for $45, and 100 ct flats for $15, and leeches by the pound. No middleman! Fresher and lower priced. To order your crawler flats please call ahead at the Minocqua shop at 715-358-5130. If you don't get a response, as they are usually very busy, you can always call be at 715-892-2751.
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 10:57:09 (PDT)
Ok, it's June 2 and I'm out musky fishing in full ice fishing garb. Jeez. Com'on! But I still had a smile on my face and so did the client. We were fishing, after all! Sometimes the weather makes it tough but it still better be fun or you're doing it wrong. GET TO THE CRAPPIES! I know, sorry. Crappies, depending on the lake are mostly just finishing or are done with the spawn. We've seen them chasing minnows in the shallows and over deeper water, depending on where the minnows are. My advice is to do a couple of things to find those green speckled devils. Watch for balls of bait fish on your locator even when zooming across the lake. Also look for minnows breaking the surface on any calm waters. When you find the bait fish you'll find the crappies right now. The question is not where the crappies are, it's where are the minnows.

Walleyes are still a tough bit but only if you're looking for them shallow. Again, depending on the lake, they are mostly in deeper waters during the day. Find the sand grass in the 20+ feet of water and you'll find some walleyes. They are still hitting the shallow rocks and muds in the low-light hours but for the most part they are deeper than you'll expect them to be. We caught a nice 22"er the other day in 20 feet of water but only 5' below the surface. It happens!

Perch seem to be still in the shallows chasing minnows. We caught some nice ones the other day and the bigger males were still milking. That was surprising. What a mess they make in the boat, eh?

Bluegill are starting to roam the shallows a little more now. Thank goodness, cuz I love those things. Crawlers and little plastics and bugs were working.

The northerns are still active on just about anything. I sat the boat on top of a pile bluegill with clients the other day and after we caught a bunch of them on crawler pieces we put on some small fatheads to see if there was anything else down there. Popped two northerns, one nice walleye and a few bass right away. That was fun.

Speaking of bass, they are starting to head to the shallows too. Not real active on the beds yet but are starting to show up to stake out their territories. Minnows and minnow-like lures seem to work the best.

Most lakes the water temps are in the mid 60s with the bigger lakes still struggling to get the 60. Minnows are the kings of live bait right now but leeches and crawlers are still effective at times. Plastics outfished live bait a few times the past week so keep an assortment of them on hand too.

That's it for now. If you have any other questions on how the lakes are faring you can always message me or stop in one of the shops and we'll tell you what we know. And as usual 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, $45, and leeches by the pound. 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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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Monday, June 03, 2019 at 13:11:50 (PDT)
Crappie, crappie, crappie, crappie. If I had a nickel for every time someone mentioned crappies this past weekend, I'd have a lot of nickels! We sold so many crappie minnows my trapper had to make a trip from central Wisconsin to bring us more on Sunday night. That doesn't happen very often. That's pretty much all the fisherfolks were looking for this past weekend were crappies. And some found them. Depending on the body of water, they seem to be either waiting in the first break weeds for the water temps to rise so they can hit the beds, or they are up shallow wondering why they are there, cuz it's so cold. It's a confusing time for them there crappies. But... Warmer weather is a coming. The forecast for this week is very favorable for the spawn to start. Good thing too, cuz some just might miss their chance if this goofy weather had continued.

The flowages and dark water lakes seem to be the best choice as their water temps are still right up there, 55-61, compared to most of the lakes in the area, 52-55. Problem with the flowages is the water levels a rather high with all the rain so the square acreage of water has gone way up making it a little tougher to find what you are looking for. But all it takes is a little sunshine to warm up the dark water of the flowages.

There are more than a few lakes that are doing very well with the crappies right now, especially the ones with dark water. One guy just texted me a photo of 15 nice ones he got in shallow water on live bait. Another guy showed me the ones he got in 5' of water on popping plastics with a bobber. So put your crappie thought caps on and get at it, cuz it starts now and should be good for a while now. Heck, after they leave the beds is when the real action starts.

Walleyes and the rest have been tough. We need some sunshine to get those weeds growing to boost the oxygen in the water so the walleye will get active. I really think after last weeks cold-down and hardly any sunshine for days on end they are all tired and lethargic. I was on a popular Lac du Flambeau lake on Memorial day and there were no weeds to speak of at all. The the ones that were on the second break were rather brown. That makes it not only tough for the walleyes but for the northen, bluegill and everything else.

Ok, recap. Weather conditions are getting better, more oxygen will be in the water, the fish will become more active and more fish will be caught. The crappies are ready to rock, the bass are staging and eating for pre-spawn and bluegills aren't far behind. Sounds like a good forecast! Get up here and go get'em!

A small request -- if you need a flat in bedding please give us a day or so heads up so we can have it ready for you when you need it. If you want them in dirt that's no problems as we normally have over a hundred flats in stock. And as usual we have 2 dz jumbo crawlers for only $5, your 1st scoop of crappie minnows for $2 with any purchase, and the lowest bulk 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, $45, and leeches by the pound. 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
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 14:49:38 (PDT)
After a great week of putting the hurt on crappies, walleye and northern, the weekend came and scared them all away. But alas, not is all lost. Like the terminator, "they'll be baaack..." The cold temps over the weekend, highs barely making the 40s, 15-20 mile an hour winds and cloudy skies, made a tough go of it for anglers. A few were out but not many. But the forecast looks promising. Warmer temps and more normal winds should increase the bite and put the fish back on their spawning schedules.

Remember, when fish are on their beds they aren't hungry, just protective. That's not the best time to catch them. If you do see them on the beds, and I'm talking crappies and bass as the they are the only species not finished spawning, they are protecting the beds from potential predators. The main threats are minnows and other small fish. So throw those small minnows or small plastics that resemble minnows at the beds. Throw them past the beds and bring them back to the bed. Then you have a chance of them grabbing the bait to kill it or move it away from the bed. I have watched many of fish, especially bass, pick up a piece of plastic out of their bed and move it away, drop it, and then go back to their patrol duty. It's pretty cool. The best time to target these fish is the week before and the week after the spawn. That's when they are feeding. For the crappies I think it will be sometime this week or weekend, depending on the lake. The bass are still pre-spawn and are just starting to hit the buffet line before they hit the boudoir.

Northern are still everywhere. Minnows, crawlers, leeches, cranks, spinnerbaits and plastics will get them. Just work your bait slowly through the greening weeds. Keep your bait higher in the water column cuz the northern is always looking up above for a meal.

Walleyes have been very good lately. The key to remember here is they are moving to different depths during the day depending on temps and sun light. Early and late in the day they will be shallow while during the day they will slowly inch their way down the water column to a depth that keeps the sun outa their eyes. We've have the best luck on bigger minnows lately but we've still caught them on cranks and plastics matched to the depth they are at. Keep looking for green weeds and eventually you'll find them.

Well today I turned 62 and I'm gonna treat myself to a rare afternoon of fishing by myself. It's always weird not having someone's hook to bait! I'm heading to a lake I've driven by a 100 times but never put my boat in. I wonder if there is fish in there? Hopefully I'll find a new honey hole or two. And thanks for all your kinds words on-line. It makes everything we do while guiding and at the bait shops worth while.

And as usual we always 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, $45, and leeches by the pound. 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
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Monday, May 20, 2019 at 09:37:32 (PDT)
Well here we go. I promised a couple of readers I'd let them know when the water temps got to 60. And on a lot of lakes they have and by looks of the forecast, they are gonna stay that way. I was on a flowage yesterday and the temps were 59 to 60 everywhere. Another lake the day before and the temps started at 55 and were rising quickly. And consequently the fishing success is rising too.

Crappie fishing is very popular this time of year. And they are popping right now. There is no one right way to get them as some guys are getting them in 10" of water and some are getting them on the 10' weed line. But they are there, schooled, and feeding. Feeding windows are still small but there are a lot of windows. Fishermen are buying two scoops of minnows at a time right now and the usual small plastics are working well as well. This is only gonna get better so can get out there and catch a few. And I know this falls on deaf ears sometimes but please let those big mamas go. You know why.

Northens are still hot. Their usual aggressiveness is a lot of fun. A brutal hit next to the boat by even a little one will put a smile on you face. Throwing crank baits, spinners or any kind or minnows will catch them. They are everywhere right now. And, of course, very tasty.

Walleyes are also starting to turn on. Many smaller males have been caught but the big gals are just starting to get active. They are getting over the spawning process and, if not already, soon will be on the prowl. Big minn0ws, big cranks, big leeches and jumbo crawlers are the ticket. As by buddy Tommy Zinda used to say, "right now they want a meal, not a snack!"

After last night's short trip out with the wifey we'll be eating northern and walleye tonight. We kept one of each. Fished with a Rapala FO7 FT and a Livingston lure. Pretty cool those Livingstons. We have them in the shop if you'd like to check them out. And as usual 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, just had 100 flats delivered yesterday, leeches directly from Minnesota and our minnows are direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. We also sell bulk crawler flats, $45, and leeches by the pound. No middleman! Fresher and lower priced.

Get out there and have some fun!
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Jeff Bolander, owner of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 09:42:59 (PDT)
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!
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Jeff Bolander, owner of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Sunday, May 05, 2019 at 16:20:14 (PDT)
Warmer weather is upon us. HOORAY!! This weekend is suppose to be sunny and into the 60's so if you still got the ice fishing itch you better scratch it pretty quick. I'm thinking we got another 2 weeks or less left of ice before we got open water. I just looked at the forecast and there aren't even any nights that will get below 32 and there's a lot of rain predicted. Maybe for the first time in a few years we'll have some open water a week or so before the Opener. I'm good with that.

There haven't been very many folks out there fishing lately. We are in the 'only the diehard' times of ice fishing. But there is still plenty of ice but a lot of shore lines have pulled away, a long way in some cases. As always the north ends warm up first so please be careful.

For those that have been out, the fishing has been very good. Lots of nice crappie, gills and perch are being taken in a myriad of ways. Not a lot of minnows going out the bait shop door. Mostly plastics, spikes, waxies, mousees and chena bait. And it seems that every fisherman has their own way of icing fish, and it's the only way that works. Always puts a smile on my face when 5 different guys come in and tell me that and they all fish a different way. And you know what? They are all right.

If you can get out and enjoy this weather and the good bite, be careful. And if you get time come on in the shop and see all the new rods, reels and latest and greatest fandangle baits and accessories for this open water season. There are some pretty cool stuff. Later!
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Jeff Bolander, owner of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Friday, April 19, 2019 at 10:33:00 (PDT)


The cool weather slowed the fishing over the weekend as the bite windows got smaller. We actually made ice over the last couple of days. Plenty of folks out there though and conditions continue to improve. There were so many folks out on Stacks Bay that the trucks were parked out to the highway! A lot of pent up demand still exists.

A few reports I got yesterday indicate that the crust and slush are completely gone on some of the smaller lakes and should be short lived on the larger ones. That's great news. I'm guessing we should have about 2 weeks of safe ice fishing coming up. The forecast shows plenty of warm weather coming in the form of the 50's. Whether we get sun or rain or not will determine how much time we have left on the ice. Remember, the big danger this time of year is just because you got out there doesn't mean you'll get bask. Some shorelines and landings are already pulling away. Bottom line is I think it looks good for a open water Opener this year. That would be nice for a change.

As far as the fishing goes it's been a 6 on a 10 scale. For a while last week it was a 10. Like I said, folks are still catching fish just in smaller windows. The same baits are working. Bugs and minnows on a plain hook or your favorite jig are the ticket.

In the shop I'm constantly asked where the hot lake is and where the fish are at and my answer is usually the same. You never know until you get out there. There is no magic answer and never a hot lake. There are only the 'find'amentals that exist. One day I counted 10 guys that came in and told me about the "only bait" that would work and they were all different. But it's true. There are so many variables in fishing that have to be put together to be successful that 10 guys, or 100 guys, could be doing it the "only way" that works. I say that's why fishing is great. When you figure it out, even if it's only for 10 minutes, it's very self satisfying.

FYI, we almost have the whole shop turned over to summer fishing now. If you want to see and touch the latest and greatest stuff com'on in! We start work on the aquarium this week, too. It's going to be about 1000 gallons filled with local game fish. The little kid in all of us is really looking forward to that! Now we just have to figure out a reason to put in a train set...
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Jeff Bolander, owner of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at 10:12:02 (PDT)


Wow. What a difference a week makes. Last week was warm enough but still it was a chore to fight thru the slush and crusts on the ice. For all intent and purposes this past weekend was a godsend, allowing pent up demand for ice fishing to resume. The slush is way down and only about a couple of inches below the crust. And that might be gone completely by mid week. And the best part is the fish are cooperating. Oxygen rich water is seeping down thru the holes and cracks in the ice and giving those little devils a breath of fresh air, so to speak. Many great catches on bluegills, crappies and perch were coming in the shop over the weekend. You know they're doing well when they come in for bait more than once a day!

There's no real magic in catching them. Find the green weeds, drop a small jig down there tipped with a soft plastic, bug or small minnow and you should find success. The reports I got were that each fisherman had his secret bait and they differed greatly. That told me you need to be flexible. Color mattered, from hour to hour and day to day. Many reports of one guy catching fish and the guy next to him catching nothing. So what's the difference, jig, color, line, presentation? Probably all of that. Normally, and I mean normally, I find that anything will catch fish as long as your presentation is correct. Sometimes it takes experimentation to find out what the preferred presentation is. I know, too much work, right. Well, which guy do you want to be, the one catching the fish or the other one? I thought so.

The fishing, ice conditions and weather should be improving steadily over the next week or two, barring any hurricanes. So get out there and soak up that spring sun.

Bait Shop FYI. We still have a couple of K-Drills and Pistols left and are pricing them to go away. 8"ers are $189 and the 6"ers are $169. Have fun! Later!
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Jeff Bolander, owner of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 14:39:47 (PDT)


As we enter the last week of game fish season which closes at midnight on March 3rd, we have pretty poor ice fishing conditions. Ice thickness is great but with the almost 30" of snow we've gotten over the last week or so, the snow depth and slush are really inconvenient. Basically there is no good vehicular travel on the ice right now. Everything will get stuck, even those big track machines. Your only chance to get out there now is to go out on a well used and packed snowmobile trail and get off a short distance to fish. Water will come up thru your hole right away so make sure you are wearing good waterproof boots that can traverse at least a foot or so of water.

As far as the fishing goes, it's hard to tell. You can't move very much cuz it's just too much work. If you go out for a few hours it can take you an hour to get setup on your first hole which does make you want to move to another very often. Not a lot of folks out right now. Those that are don't seem to be catching very much consistently. A few good reports here and there but not many. The good news is I fished 5 times last week and the fishing improved each day. But I gotta be honest, not very much action.

With the thick ice and snow, light conditions are dim, no pun intended. The weeds are dying faster now and those dying weeds give off carbon dioxide. That makes the fish very lethargic, just as you and I would be if we were short on oxygen. But the fish are still there, just not moving much. One of the answers if to find deeper water and green weeds. Those green weeds will be giving off oxygen so the fish attracted to them will be much more active.

So if you see someone doing the snow dance, slap'em in the back of the head and say "enough already!" We need to start doing the sun dance and melt some of this snow pack down. We only have a little more than two months before the Opener on May 4th!
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Jeff Bolander, owner of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Monday, February 25, 2019 at 11:32:10 (PST)


All in all we've had a beautiful early summer weather-wise. Catching fish or not it's hard not to enjoy a day on the water with this weather. And yes, fortunately the bite has stayed very good on almost all species. But as usual there seems to be a different dominate species each day. I never could figure out how you could catch mostly walleye one day, the next mostly bass and the next mostly bluegill, on the same lake with the same presentations. Good question. Solve that one and you could get rich.

The only weather we've had lately that affected the fishing were the storms we got that poured 8-10 inches of water on our northwoods. Those really sent the flowages into a mucky flow and a lot of lakes too! I fished one lake today that is normally pretty clear but it looked like a lake in southern Illinois, all brown and mucky. We had to have the bait right in front of their noses to get a bite as the visibility was pretty bad.

Crawlers and leeches have been the bait of choice in my boat lately. Minnows work but are hard to keep alive in the warm weather. The plastics are starting to work better too. Small twisters to large rib worms and wacky worms are producing fish. Cranks are still working pretty good but mostly for me the surface baits have been king in this arena.

Knock on wood I hope the bite continues. It's been a very good year so far and looking at the weather coming up I see no reason why it can't continue. The basic advice stays the same. Fish green weeds next to deep water, the higher the sun in a cloudless sky go deeper, the less wind there is cast out farther and for goodness sake, HAVE FUN!!!
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Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 14:18:01 (PDT)


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