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


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FISHING REPORTS:

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
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
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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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Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DeweyCatchemAndHow
Check out my Up North fishing and resort web sites at www.UpNorth.info
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 14:18:01 (PDT)


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