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


I swore after that long winter we just went through that I would never complain about anything this summer.  It's tough though.  The skeeters are unbelievable.  Com'on dragon flies!  We finally did see a few dragon flies last night on the water and a few of them were laying flay on the water as they were too full to get up!  Well, that might be a fish story.  And it was 85 and humid this morning.  But I'm not complaining...  My arms and back are sore from catching fish but I'm not complaining.

The fishing has been incredible.  Perfect timing with the weather and time of year has made for excellent fishing for pretty much all species.  If you can't catch a fish now just bring in all your gear and we'll find someone who can use it.

Crappies of course are king with most folks this time of year.  It's hard to keep enough crappie minnows in stock and we have room for 14 gallons of them at a time!  Guys and gals love chasing those buggers.  Depending on the lake, they are just in, just out or in the middle of the spawn.  All sorts of small plastics work as well as even full crawlers.

Smallies are coming on strong.  Just about every warm shoreline has them lurking around.  We caught a bunch last night in 1 foot of water next to 8 foot of water on 1/32 oz jigs tipped with full crawlers.  But I'm sure leeches, minnows and a myriad of other plastics would have worked, too.

A couple days before that we were fishing the warmest bay in the lake next to stumps and we pounded, walleye, perch and bullheads.  They were pounding the mud for beetle bugs.  We were using gulp minnows and full crawlers on 1/32 oz jigs.

The heat's not going to quit for a while so plan your day accordingly.  The water temps have jumped almost 20 degrees on some bodies of water in the past week.  And with the increased sunlight the weeds are starting to emerge.  Find the green ones and you'll find fish.

That's it kids.  Everything that was good last weekend in still a go for this weekend.  Take different types of live and fake baits out there cuz you never know when their taste buds will change. The crappie bite is hot, big female walleyes starting to feed and the bass somewhere in the spawning stage.  Yeah!  Also, seeing a lot more jumbo perch coming over the side of the boat by those greening weeds.  Oh, and Musky are shallow and feeding. So get out there with friends and family and make some memories.


Hey, the shop is set up for summer right now.  Folks come in frequently and tell us our selection is second to none!  And they are correct.  If you can't make it in you can always order from our website, at www.deweycatchemandhow.com and we'll ship your order to you or hold for you until you get here.  We add new items there all the time.  Blackfish gear is 20% off right now.

Right now for live bait we have Jumbo Crawlers, Small crawlers, Panfish Worms, Wax worms, spikes, Crappie Minnows, Regular Fatheads, XL Fatheads, Dace, Blacktails, Redtails, Walleye Suckers, Medium and Large Musky Suckers, Jumbo Leeches, Panfish Leeches, M/L Mix and L/J Mix Leeches

Our normal weekly hours are:
Monday thru Thursday from 5am to 7pm
Friday from 5am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday 5am to 6pm

Let's squelch a few rumors.  The shop is for sale.  Business is great but Linda and I are ready to retire.  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 our Realtor, Eric Johnson, at 715-892-1234.

Jeff Bolander, owner of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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Thursday 6/1/23