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

Friday 7/12/24


I fished the flowages a fair amount the past week or so. The fishing has been fair to excellent depending on the day we were out.  Again, for my boat, crawlers are the best bait.  I'm not catching many fish with leeches this year.  Probably because I don't use slip bobbers much.  It seems the pitch and drag is working well for crawlers and leeches are best under the slip bobbers.  On the flowages, depth doesn't mean as much as structure does.  The weed growth is the best I've ever seen.  Normally the weeds don't grow any deeper than 5 or six feet but this year I've found them to the top in 12 feet of water.  One day we were popping fish in 2 feet of water and as the sun got higher we kept moving out deeper until we hit 12'.  Pretty good.  This kept us in that weed bed a lot longer than normal.  Northern, Jumbo Perch, Walleye and Pig Smallmouth Bass were all in there.

Some of the bigger deeper lakes we were on were in some stage of bug hatch.  We still caught fish but not near as many.  On one of the lakes we boated a walleye that had so many bugs in it's mouth you couldn't see it's throat. Now I know you're asking "why didn't you go somewhere else, moron?"  Well because that's where the client wanted to go to learn some new spots.  The pitch and drag with a half a crawler was still the best bait.  We still cuaight some slot walleye and big smallmouths over 4#s.

Nobody has requested the small lakes lately so I don't have much of a personal report there.  But I'm sure the weeds are high and the crawlers are working.  And I'm sure there are plenty of boats!  Lots of great weather in the forecast so take advantage.

The leech crop has been very good so far this year.  Very positive since the last few years we were wondering if the population would come back.  They have.  Put a leech on a light jig and it's hard not to catch something, bobber or not.

Please be kind to others on the water and on the road during these busy times.  It takes very little effort to do so.  And if someone offers to help you load or unload your boat at a landing, don't take it personally.  Nobody comes out of the womb knowing how to do it.  We're just trying to help you to keep the line moving.

Good luck out there everybody.  Catch a big one and make some memories!


I only have a couple of days left open for guiding this summer.  I would be happy to send you a few other guides names if I can't take you.  Give a call and we'll get you out to have some fun.  NO FISH, NO PAY! All the info is on the website at https://deweycatchemandhow.com/pages/northwoods-fishing-guide-service

Right now for live bait we have Jumbo Panfish worms, Crawlers, Small Crawlers, Wax worms, Crappie Minnows, Regular Fatheads, XL Fatheads, Walleye Suckers, Dave Minnows, Blacktail Chubs, Northern Bait, Medium Musky Suckers, Large Musky Suckers.

As far as leeches go we have to fantastic batch of M/L mix, L/J mix and just Jumbo.  As always we sell them by the dozen, 1/4. 1/2 and full pound.  Prices are on the website.

And since we only deal with trappers and growers, you get the freshest product while our prices are the lowest around, by a lot!

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We have to continue to squelch a few rumors.  The shop is still for sale.  Business is great but Linda and I are ready to ease into retirement.  WE ARE NOT GOING OUT OF BUSINESS!  If you have an interest in owning and operating the largest non-franchised bait shop in Wisconsin, call Jim Cheshire, Realtor, at 715-892-4223.

Jeff Bolander
Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Pos
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