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:

Again with the rain and rain and rain. Scheesh. Well enough of the that. But the fishing still is above average in the Minocqua, Lac du Flambeau, Manitowish Waters, Boulder Junction and St Germain areas, which is great! Pretty much everything is working so you can use your favorite method. Although minnows are waning a little, crawlers and leeches are picking up the slack nicely. Here's the talking points of what I know right now.

Blue gills for the most part are not on the beds but are getting close. Most seem to be suspended in 15-17' of water.

Perch are hanging in the same area as bluegills. They will go up into the beds with the gills when they go to feast on their fry.

Crappie are spread out all over about 5' below the surface. They will pick a certain water depth to suspend on. Once you find them note the depth and only fish that depth. They are relatively close to where they spawned.

Largemouth bass are very near their beds. They are very active and are hitting many different presentations.

Smallmouth Bass are also very close to their beds and on most lakes they are on their beds and protecting them. Again, any bait that threatens the safety of their bed they will hit.

Walleye are in many different places and must be searched for every day. Each lake will have it's own Walleye personality and it because of the weather it may change a lot.

Northern pike have been a little scarce for me lately. I don't know why but maybe the shallow water buffet right now is too plentiful for them so they ignore my offerings.

Musky are hitting well on smaller baits and definitely Musky Suckers. If you haven't drug a Musky Sucker, do it. Or another great way to catch a Musky is to fish for something else. That works quite often.
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Jeff Bolander, guide and owner of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 10:52:49 (PDT)
Boy could we use some rain... NOT!!! Somebody told me that we've had 15" this month alone and I wouldn't doubt it. We got 6-8 inches a couple of days ago. I launched my boat on a lake a few days ago where my trailer tires didn't even touch the original cement landing ramp. Incredible. Well at least the fishing has been good in between the raindrops.

Bass, Smallmouth and Largemouth, are still active near their bedding areas. Some places still on the bed area and some places at the first break. Crawlers, leeches and plastics are still working along with wacky worms and stick baits.

Gills are just starting to become plentiful. They are near the beds too and crawler bits seem to work best. Plastics are ok too but not much is beating a 1/32 oz jig tipped with a crawler bit or wax worm. They just slurp it down. And if you haven't tries spikes or chena bait put it on your list. Spikes are maggots and are heartier. Smaller, tougher and cheaper. Try to put them on the hook without squirting out their inside juices.

Perch are being caught up shallow in the weeds looking for bluegill fry and bugs. Just fish for bluegills and you should find nice perch along with them.

Northern are still active everywhere. Spinner baits, small bucktails and stick baits always work well. But the half of crawler, minnow or leech will produce too.

Walleye are everywhere depending on what lake you are fishing. Mostly shallow in wood and weeds is where you can catch them with crawlers and leeches right now. I few guys have had great success on larger minnows like chubs and suckers, too. Twitching stick baits and bigger plastics are also producing. The only problem is we've had a hard time catching some smaller fish to reach our limit on some 14" lakes.

Crappie are a bit spread out now after the spawn. Most are done but now are feeding heavily. Crappie minnows, waxies, spikes or your favorite small plastic on a 1/32 oz jig are producing nice catches. Keep moving and watch the surface for them grabbing bugs up there. We were catching them on 4" rib worms the other day. They would inhale them right thru the gills. Search the whole water column for them.
Get out there and enjoy as the fishing is still good and who can resist a fresh fish fry!
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Jeff Bolander, guide and owner of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 07:16:32 (PDT)
The fishing is awesome right now. Small mouth and Large Mouth Bass are rocking. Twister Tails and crawlers thrown close to beds and first drop offs are dynamite. I took a couple of young men out smallie fishing a couple of days ago and they boated over 100 bass! We had 75 in only 3 hours! ANd they weren't babies. They averaged 13-17 inches! That's why I love this time of year. The crappie are shallow, the Gills are shallow and the perch are near the Gill beds waiting to poach their eggs and fry. Just about everything is working very well in some way. If you think there is only one way to catch fish you're crazy. Some might be better than others but the fact is the fishing is great right now and your favorite method is probably working well.

After the 100 smallie day we went stick-baiting for walleye the following day and had success. The next day we found Crappie and bass in the shallows with 1/32 oz jigs and twister grubs in 2-5 ft of water tight to wood. Then the next day we went after more smallies with half crawlers and caught 30 and a limit of Walleye. 8 days, 9 sets of clients, 11 lakes and not a bum outing in the bunch. As always, fish shorelines that the wind is blowing into, green weeds inside and outside edges and the warmest water on the lake.

Get out now and take advantage of the bonanza the lakes are giving up. Another week or so and the fish will spread out again making things a little more difficult. There are more than a few lakes with mayfly hatches going on now but since many species are close to shore it hasn't affected success too much.

I gotta get back out there. Grab a family member and join me! Man this is fun...
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Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Thursday, June 08, 2017 at 18:01:50 (PDT)


Wow, the weather in the northwoods has been terrible. Wet, rainy, windy, and cold. We have been catching fish but it has been tougher than it should be. BUUTTT, that's changing. The weather is improving by the day and good in a fishing sort of way. I expect the next 5 or 6 days to be dynamite. It seems like the lakes are just ready to pop, waiting and waiting for the water temps to go up where they should be. And all the fish are ready too.

I know I'm gonna sound like a bait shop owner here but when this happens you gotta take a variety of bait, live and artificial, with you. So many species right now are in different stages of the spawn hence you're not gonna know what mood they will be in until you hit the water. I had one guide day last week that only minnows worked and the next day only leeches worked. So be prepared.

Short report today as the shop is busy with everyone trying to take advantage of the sun we haven't seen in a week. Happy Memorial Day to y'all and be safe!
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Jeff Bolander, guide and owner of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10:38:57 (PDT)
The OPENER is over and on to my favorite time of year, mid-May to mid-June. This time of year it seems that every species is with every species and you don't know what fish you hooked until you get it to the boat. What fun!

I went out yesterday for my second self taught lesson in learning my new electronics. Along with the usual GPS I now have Side Imaging, SI and Down Imaging, DI. Very interesting stuff. I was able to put a way point on a crib 40 feet away from me and then have my trolling motor take me to it. Very cool but more importantly very practical. I did do a little fishing along with the lesson and did pretty good until a cold front with rain came thru. I caught a few walleye, northern and bass in 24-28 FOW. They were holding pretty tight to wood which I found with the SI.

My guess is this weekend is going to be dynamite if the forecast holds true. Highs near and past 70 and slight breezes should put most if not all species on the feed. Crappie, Walleye and Northern will be my target with clients this weekend and I'm looking forward to it. I will also start searching for those smallies in those northern sandy shores for some good fighting fun. To many opportunities to list for this weekend.

Our thought for the day. Time after time folks come into the shop and lament that they didn't catch much. When queried how they are fishing it's always the same thing, one way and one way alone. Fisherpeople, if they ain't bitin' yer way try somewhere and someway else! Just sayin'...

Take advantage of Mother's Day weekend and take her fishing, bait her hook, and then fix her a fish fry. And DON'T make her clean up afterwards!!!
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Jeff Bolander, guide and owner of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
Reports at www.UpNorthFishing.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 05:49:56 (PDT)
HELLO SUN!! Where have you been? Well you're here now so I guess that's all that matters. Hey the OPENER weekend is shaping up to be a great one. Weather and wind looks like it's going to cooperate and the fish are active. Water temps should be around 50 degrees or so. The one downside to the weekend outlook is with all the rain we've had water levels are way WAY up. Even smaller lakes are up. The flowages and the lakes and rivers connected to them are at capacity and above. This will make it hard for the minnow trappers to get the coveted red tail chubs and dace and maybe mud minnows right now. I won't know until my trapper shows up tomorrow. Hopefully that will change soon.

So what should your game plan be this weekend? I could give you 10 scenarios and I would get 10 arguments! But one thing is for sure as always. Green weeds. Find them and fish right in them and on the outside as well as the inside of them. These are oxygen producers and hold ALL fish right now. Pitch your favorite live bait, minnows or worms, on a weedless jig, as light as you can, and you should have success. This is always a great time of year to throw stick baits and spinner baits in the same areas and on shorelines for predators chasing bait fish in the warmer waters. And always find the warmest water you can find when fishing.

Well that's all for now. Live the northern Wisconsin tradition and hit the water somewhere this OPENER weekend. You don't have to be in a boat as now is some of the best shoreline fishing available all year.
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Jeff Bolander, guide and owner of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
Reports at www.UpNorthFishing.com
Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DeweyCatchemAndHow
and my Up North fishing and resort web sites at www.UpNorth.info
and see piles of fish photos at Up North Fishing Photos at www.UpNorthFishingPhotos.com.

Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Wednesday, May 03, 2017 at 08:51:08 (PDT)
How is everybody enjoying their transition time this year? I hope your getting the boat ready or have been using it by now as the ice is gone. Remember to take care of your ice fishing stuff for the summer. Get your equipment tuned up as if you were gonna fish tomorrow that way when tomorrow gets here next year you are ready to rock!

I would love to give you a fish report but since I am south tearing up the golf courses I called my buddy Tom to see what is going on. In the last three days they have had thunderstorms, 105 mph winds, torrential rains, and 4-7 inches of snow. Yikes. Trees are down everywhere, roads closed and there is still 6 inches of snow on the ground in some places. Tom said it was 22 degrees this morning. The good news is you know it will change. 50s and 60s are in the forecast so that should help get things back to normal.

I will be heading back north on the 17th and will start changing the shop over to summer inventory on the 18th. Minnows will be in by the middle of the week. It's been great to get away but I'm ready to go back, take out the new boat and start slaying the crappies! I love the northwoods!
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Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How 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
and see piles of fish photos at Up North Fishing Photos at

www.UpNorthFishingPhotos.com.
Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 10:31:23 (PDT)


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