Minocqua, Lac du Flambeau, St Germain, Boulder Junction, and Manitowish Waters Wisconsin Ice Fishing Report

We/re all aware of the hopes we have as far as first ice forming.  "If we can get a good layer of clear ice before the first big sow", "If that first snow is a light one the cold can still get to the ice", and so on and so on.  Well, all of that happened this year.  We got some good cold weather to lock most of the lakes up and anywhere form 2 to 8" of good clear ice was being reported.  But then we had a forecasted 2-3" snow come in and dump up to 10" in some areas.  Blach...  Right now it's above freezing and raining a little.  (here we go again) Now if we get a fare amount of rain that will help kick that snow down or wash it completely away.  But if we don't that snow will unfortunately become a pretty good guard of making any more ice any time soon.  Time will tell I guess.  I could never be a farmer.  My guts would rot out.
But for the folks who spudded their way out there they are doing pretty darn good!  Walleyes, in quality and quantity, are being taken in low light conditions.  All sorts of minnows and jigging baits are working.  Start on the weed edges and work your way shallower as the sun goes down.  Or reverse that for the morning hours.
Panfish are right where you left them before the ice came in.  Weed edges on in to the shallows are the places to be.  Bugs, small plastics and hairy jigs are working.
But no matter where you go right now the pike are gonna come and get you.  They love chasing these slow moving fish in this cold water.  Tip ups flags are a flying.  Again, weed edges into the shallows.

We are totally switched over to the winter inventory. We hope you can find the time to come in this weekend to experience our Ice Show 2021.  We'll have lots of discounts, giveaways and factory reps on hand to answer your questions. The rumor is the reps are trying to get a fishing outing arranged after the show so get in on it.  We have almost all the shacks and hubs from CLAM and Otter. The number one comment we get is our guests can't believe the depths of our selections. If you've had your eye on something but missed out on it last year, get it now.  We've already sold out of a couple of Clam Flip-overs. Almost all of the vendor factories like Strikemaster, CLAM, Otter and others are sold out already.  What that means is once we're out there ain't gonna be no more.  We are building an additional warehouse to handle all the inventory we will have.  It's not finished yet so we are a little crowded inside.  The show is gonna be awesome.

Our store hours are M-Th 7am to 7pm, Friday 7am to 8pm, Sun and Sat 6am to 6pm..  Our minnows all come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. Right now we have crappie minnows, large fatheads, XL fatheads (Tuffys), Blacktail chubs, Northern minnows, S-M-L Golden shiners, M-L River Shiners and Walleye Suckers. We still have Jumbo panfish worms, spikes and wax worms. As always, we sell waxies and spikes in bulk tubs, too.

Jeff Bolander, owner of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at
Reports at www.UpNorthFishing.com
Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DeweyCatchemAndHow

Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Thursday, 12/2/2021