Minocqua, Lac du Flambeau, St Germain, Boulder Junction, and Manitowish Waters Fishing Report
Wow wow wow. Mother nature has blessed us with an incredible ice fishing season so far. Lots of fish being caught and a lot of big ones this year being reported. Temps have been mild, the ice is thick and the snow level is low. All of which is making for easy travel out there. I'm knocking on every peice of wood I can find to make sure this continues. Remember, next weekend is the Wisconsin DNR free fishing weekend. If you want to come up and try your hand at the sport and not have to buy a license that's the weekend to do it.
Let's look at a few species and what seems to be working. Of course there are a million ways to catch a fish, I'm just going to gloss over a few ways that are popular.
For walleye, low light is the key. When the sun hits the top of the trees and the sky turns red that's when your tip ups and holes should be ready. River shiners of any size are the best under tip ups. The best trebles are the Flirty Girty glow colored in 10, 12, 14 sizes. If your jigging for the golden goose use one of a myriad of spoons and drop baits. I hate to name a few but it's hard to go wrong with a Jiggin' Rap, Rippin' Rap, Leech Spoon, and Kastmaster. There are soooo many variations of these made by other companies it can be hard to choose. Trust your instincts. There's no wrong answer here. As far as colors start with Fire Tiger or Perch and explore from there.
For northern pike, use a big minnow under a tip up. Big river shiners and pike suckers are very hardy and will work hard in the water for you. Use a double treble hooked rig to maximize your hook set probability. Or use a leader with a flashing spoon to help draw their attention to the bait.
Bluegill are easy but can be frustrating. Small jigs tipped with waxies, mousies or spikes will usually catch them. Crappie Fireballs will also catch them but your hook better be sharp or you'll never get the ball on your hook. Beavertails and Chena bait also works great. Lots of guys have a special way to cut those baits up to make them even more seductive. Colors can matter and if you've looked at any of our jig walls you know there is almost an infinite choice out there. But trust your instincts. If there was only one way to catch gills I wouldn't have to stock so much stuff in the store.
We'll take up Perch, bass and crappie next time. Until then, get out there. If your too busy to go fishing, you're too busy. And take a kid and make a friend.
If you'd like to go fishing with us go to https://deweycatchemandhow.com/pages/northwoods-fishing-guide-service for details. We are having a ball this year. Come on and be a part of it. You'll be glad you did!
Our minnow supply is great which come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. Right now we have crappie minnows, fatheads, XL fatheads, Walleye Suckers, Northern Bait Minnows, Blacktail Chubs, River Shiners, Golden Shiners, Rosie Reds, Emerald Shiners, and Redtail Chubs. We also have white, red and multi-colored spikes, wax worms and mousies in small or bulk containers.
Jeff Bolander, owner of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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- Friday, January 8, 2021