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FISHING REPORTS:

Hey, the fishing has been pretty good, above average! The bad news is colder weather is coming in over the next week. After enjoying a week where I hardly wore gloves and heavy clothes I guess we'll get back to buying propane for those shelter heaters. But the good news is the fishing usually picks up during colder spells like this. So if you can stand the wind and cold you'll probably be cleaning more fish in the upcoming days.

Crappies, perch, bluegills and the such have been biting pretty good. Minnows, bugs, wigglers on the smallest jigs you can use are the ticket to some really nice fish lately. Be flexible with your presentation. Sometimes they want it jigged fast, sometimes still and sometimes in-between. Waxies, spikes and mousees have been working but not on the same day. Bring all with you and experiment.

Underwater video cameras are helping right now as the bite is slow and light. The camera, focused on your presentation, will tell you what the fish are doing when approaching your bait. If they are investigating but then ignoring, change your bait and/or presentation.

Walleye have been really finicky and their catchable windows have mostly been limited to low light periods. Reports have come in telling of hardships of not being able to catch fish under 14" on those 14" lakes, but in the evening. One guy caught a nice 32 incher with a big shiner five feet off the bottom in 12 feet of water, early morning. Shiners and nice walleye suckers on tip ups are the bait of choice.

Northerns and bass are still active everywhere they live. Big shiners and suckers are hard for them to resist. I caught more than a few of them this week on Kastmasters and Jig-a-Whoppers tipped with spikes or rosie reds. That's fun when they smack one of those.

I see an empty bucket coming into the shop so I better go fill it. Later!
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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
Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
and my Up North fishing and resort web sites at www.UpNorth.info
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Sunday, February 07, 2016 at 13:15:32 (PST)


Let's see how short but info packed I can make this report. For the next ten days or so it looks like nirvana weather for ice fishing. Low 30s for highs and upper teens for lows. Ice conditions good enough that we are starting to see cars and trucks on the ice. The fish are biting. You can't beat it.

Walleye suckers and medium shiners for Walleyes. Northern suckers for Pike. Hair and small jigs tipped with rosie reds, crappie minnows, spikes or waxies for panfish.

What are you waiting for? Come drill a hole or two for what will probably be the best ice fishing so far this year. Make sure you stop into the bait shop and we'll give you the latest of the latest on the hot bite.

We just got new shipments in of Lindy Darts, Pelkie Tungsten Jigs, Clam Dingle Drops, VMC Fly Jigs and Trigger 1" Nymphs. Add to that our selection of over 50,000 jigs and we should have you covered!
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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
Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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>
- Friday, January 22, 2016 at 12:20:05 (PST)
This cold weather we are in the midst of right now is just the ticket to safer ice. You can hear the ice pounding on the lakes as it thickens and settles into place. Most areas are pretty safe now and more and more 4 wheelers and snowmobiles are being used to pull the stuff around. My guess is it won't be long before the lakes are marked with barrels for the snowmobile trails. We might even see a few trucks out on the ice soon although you won't see mine!

Good reports are coming into the shop now about almost all the species, but not from everyone. This tells me that some lakes, and fishermen, are more productive than others right now, which is normal. The window of the bite is still small and varies throughout the day. Which means you need to put your time in on the ice or get lucky enough to be there at the right time.

As opposed to what I read from other reports there is no one or two baits that are working better than others. We have over 50,000 jigs in stock at the shop because all of them at one time or another will work best. Live minnows, bugs, plastics and other lures all have there place at the table of fishing success right now. The only difference is presentation. And that presentation can change from day to day or hour to hour. For example, when jigging for gills sometimes a steady back and forth is what turns them on while at other times if you are not jigging that bait constantly you won't pull anything thru the hole. One day red spikes will work while another day white spikes will be king and then the next day a pink and white plastic will be the ticket. Stay flexible. It's the HEE HAW conundrum. If it ain't working then don't do that!

Looks like the weekend is setting up well for weather. Save for Sunday which is suppose to have a high below 0 the rest of the days before and after should be quite comfortable out there. So what are you waiting for?!?
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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>
- Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 12:21:23 (PST)
Answer: Yes and no

Question: Is the ice safe??

I've been presented with this question constantly in e-mails, texts and by bait shop visitors. Some areas are great with 8" of clear ice. 10 yards away from that ice is ice you can fall thru. BE CAREFUL and take emergency equipment with you. There is no fish worth not collecting your social security over! Per the weather forcast we aren't going to be making much ice over the next few days but low below 0 are only a few days away.

As for the fish the bite has condensed. You can still catch fish but the windows are smaller. Cover is also key. Low light conditions, structure, wood and other hiding placing are holding fish. But they are not anxious to bite right now. They have been this way for 4 or 5 days now so it could change tomorrow. The only really active fish right now is the mighty Northern Pike but again, small windows of opportunities. You can catch all species right now but you gotta put in the time. But again, that could change tomorrow.

I guided 4 guys from Chicago over the weekend and we caught fish but out of the 16 hours we put in only about 2 were productive. Still had fun though cuz during those productive times the flags were flytin'! I put a few pics on our Facebook page.

Com'on up. It's called fishing instead of catching for a reason. But when the fishing turns to catching chasing flags is hard to beat!
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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
Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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>
- Tuesday, January 05, 2016 at 14:55:25 (PST)
Yeah!! The snowstorm ended up being a dud for us. South of here got over a foot of snow but we only got around 3" of very light stuff you could shovel with a broom. Ice production continues pretty much unabated. More and more spots are becoming safe. More and more lakes are freezing over. As always though, use caution, take a friend and emergency equipment.

I have guide jobs all weekend but I haven't gotten out yet myself. From the amount of bait that's flying outa the shop I assume the fishing is good and some are admitting so! Especially since many folks are coming back more than once. Either that or they developed a taste for minnows and bugs.

Hey, get up here. Ice is getting thicker, fish are being put on the ice, temps are reasonable and rumor has it we might even see the sun a few times!!!

A reminder that the shop will be open at 6am all throughout the weekend including New Years day. With over 50,000 jigs in stock, augers, sleds, reel and rods, tip-ups, tents and heaters, we got what you need to get on the ice and be successful. Check our Facebook page for our latest give-a-way!
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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

Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 04:33:18 (PST)
I drove by a few lakes today that had open water a couple of days ago and they are now frozen over. I wouldn't go out there quite yet but very soon. I had someone come in this morning who said they fished the Rainbow all last night and it was completely froze over with 3-4" of ice. Could be?

Storm suppose to be coming in tonight. That will not help matters as the predictions range from 4-12" of snow. Who knows. But the winds are suppose to be high and the snow will not be wet so those two things are in our favor.

Later!
Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Monday, December 28, 2015 at 13:38:30 (PST)
Here's the latest on the ice. Seems most places that had ice before the rain on Wednesday are seeing the ice getting thicker. A few reports of up to 8" have come in. Most reports tell of 4-6" but still the deeper parts of the lake are open. Caution is still the word while it is getting better out there.

Fish are being caught. Nice gills and crappie are coming thru the holes as well as some nice numbers of Pike and Walleye. One guy showed me a pic of the 28" and 29" Walleye they caught last night and morning. For walleye fish dark water during the day and low light conditions on the rest of the lakes. Golden shiners and walleye suckers are prime baits while another guy told me that every time he put down a redtail chub he had a fish quickly.

For panfish small minnows, waxies and spikes on small jigs are putting fish on the ice. Chena bait is also good on a horizontal jig.

Less than an inch of snow is out there right now. Forecasts is calling for 3-5" tonight, maybe, and then not much else for a while.

Ice guiding starts for me this weekend. They want to go after panfish and that is music to my ears as bluegill, crappie, perch and others are like eating candy this time of year! As always I'll let you know how we do.

As a reminder the bait shop will have special longer hours thru out the Christmas to New Years holidays. We will go back to normal hours on January 4th.

Merry Christmas and have a safe New 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
Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Friday, December 25, 2015 at 11:38:21 (PST)
I wish the news was better. Here is what I have heard as far as where folks are fishing. Even though they are fishing the ice is not consistent and the risks should not be ignored. In general though some nice fish are being caught.

Big Arb has fisherman on the bay by the landing just off 70 while most of the lake is open water. Pickeral has fisherman in the bay right off the boat landing. Trout is open water. Minocqua has fishermen on Stacks bay. Little Arb has fishermen on the bay at the end of the snowmobile trail off 70. Carrol & Madeline are not deemed safe by most. Some folks have said that they are able to fish off the boat landing on Sweeney. The Rainbow flowage has fishermen on the bay next to J in and around the snomobile bridge. Some guys have told me about other spots as well but the ice is very very iffy. On the Mannie chain the ice is a little better and the normal places are being fished but almost every lake is open in spots. There are other smaller lakes that have decent ice but not many and I have been sworn to secrecy on them.

Be careful guys. No bluegill is worth your life and your buddies. Spud everything, never fish alone, bring ropes, hand spikes, foot spikes and flotation devices. On top of everything else there is not much snow so it's slippery out there.

As negative as the ice report is the snow report is worse. There just is a very thin coating on the ground and nothing of substance in the forecast. Sorry sledheads.
br>I will post changes to these conditions as soon as they change. And we all know they will!
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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
Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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>
- Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 09:51:28 (PST)
With snow sleet and rain pounding us yesterday and especially today, the ice is just not safe. I've seen a lot of shore lines where the ice is retreating and some lakes have opened up. Well, that's the bad news.

The good news is cold weather is only a couple of days away. Wednesday night is suppose to drop down to 24 and the temps won't get above freezing until the next Monday. AND there is little precip in the forecast as well. If this forecast holds true we should get a nice layer of clear ice down by Monday. That is what we like to have. A good firm ice layer makes the rest of the season safer. We'll see. But there should be no doubt that the sound of augers will be in the air this weekend! Yeah! Are you ready for some ice fishing? Yeah baby!

We got all the equipment and bait you need to be successful on the ice. We've got the minnow tanks filled with Crappie Minnows, Small, Medium and Large Shiners, Walleye Suckers, Large Dead-Bait Suckers, Rosie Reds, Waxies, Mousies, Spikes, Chena Bait and Wigglers. I will be guiding on the ice this winter in the Minocqua and Arbor Vitae area, once the ice is safe. I will be utilizing two 2-man Otter sleds, a 4-6 man Wide House, Lowrance and Vexilar electronics, propane auger, a snowmobile for transportation and underwater cameras. We will also do shore lunches when we can.
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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
Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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>
- Monday, December 14, 2015 at 13:27:16 (PST)
Just to give you an idea of what's going on with the lake ice right now. Folks are catching some nice walleyes and panfish. Larger and deeper waters are wide open. Small bays or smaller lakes have 1-3 inches on them. I've had reports of up to 5 inches on some bays. But please, please, please, be careful. All reports I got from folks stated hardly any of the ice was clear, maybe an inch or so. Gray or honeycombed ice is very dangerous and is not safe. If you are gonna go out now you need to take 2x6's, ropes and ice picks with you, and NEVER go alone! The weather is not helping. If the forecast is accurate the next 10 days are going to have average lows ABOVE freezing. But the good news is there is hardly any precip in the that same forecast. Maybe mother nature will do us a favor and melt down that gray ice and turn it into the stronger clear ice. A base of 4-6 inches of clear ice would make for a very safe ice fishing season.

Are you ready for some ice fishing? Yeah baby! We got all the equipment and bait you need to be successful on the ice. We are carrying Crappie Minnows, Small, Medium and Large Shiners, Walleye Suckers, Large Dead-Bait Suckers, Rosie Reds, Waxies, Mousies, Spikes, Chena Bait and Wigglers.

I will be guiding on the ice this winter in the Minocqua and Arbor Vitae area, once the ice is safe. I will be utilizing two 2-man Otter sleds, a 4-6 man Wide House, Lowrance and Vexilar electronics, propane auger, a snowmobile for transportation and underwater cameras. We will also do shore lunches when we can.
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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
Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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>
- Tuesday, December 08, 2015 at 15:18:15 (PST)
I caught a really big fish.
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- Tuesday, December 08, 2015 at 09:21:46 (PST)
While my Packers are doing their best imitations of my Cubs, all of a sudden stinking to high heaven, the fishing is actually not bad. Crappie and Walleye are still being caught deep, 20-60 feet of water, on a minnow and a jig. The deeper the water, the bigger the minnow that needs to be used. Sure there are exceptions to this as a few are reporting still catching big walleyes on big minnows in real shallow water. But these are usually on bodies of water that don't have any deep water. But one rule is hard fast. Find the green weeds (heard that one before?) and if you pull up brown weeds, move on.

Musky bite on suckers is still very good but the nasty weather is scaring off a lot of fisherman. If you go out now you are liable to have the whole lake to yourself! The next bunch of days are suppose to be really nice and just might be the last chance for decent fishing conditions before ice up. Take advantage if you can. And be patient. The bite windows are small.

Just a couple of reminders. Wednesday November 11th we will be giving away FREE live bait in the shop to any veteran. Details are posted in the shop. Also the shop will be closed from Monday November 16th and will re-open on Wednesday December 2nd. It is a small break to relax a little and get ready for the much looked forward to "first ice". Book those guided ice fishing trips early as I have a feeling its gonna be a good season! So this will be my last report until the beginning of December. Happy Thanksgiving and hunting y'all...
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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
Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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>
- Monday, November 09, 2015 at 08:30:51 (PST)
Hear those crickets? Well if it was warmer you would as the number of fishermen out there has decreased greatly. No crowds right now. The weather has been kicking everybody's butt lately; high inconsistent winds, rain and cold temps. But that looks like it s gonna change soon. The forecast is even calling for some 60's after we get this snow thing out of the forecast. But all is not lost.

For those that are braving the conditions they are putting fish in the boat. No 'hammering' being done but one here and one there is taking place. Most walleyes are coming from the deepest part of the lake during the day. Very small bite windows are the norm. Very early and very late these fish are hitting shallower rock bars for a minnow feast. Lighted slip bobbers and exciting to watch. Turnover seems to be over and fish are back being where they can find the best oxygen and meal.

Crappies are also deep. Most crappie that we caught the other day were 23-25 feet deep and on the bottom to five feet off the bottom. Minnows were king but with a fathead on the jighead they would hit it and spit it if you didn't set the hook right away. But if you had on a mud minnow the crappie hit it and wouldn't let go. Hmmmm. Lots of fun.

Musky are still going after those musky suckers, all sizes. Throw that bulldog, medusa or other slider bait and if he won't take it he'll turn and nail the sucker. Again, small bite windows.

Haven't heard too much about bass, northern or other pan fish but I suspect that as soon and the weather settles and turnover settles the perch and bluegill will get active. I did have a couple of guys tell me they are about ready to get after the whitefish as they were marking them a little more bunched leaving the deep water.

That's it for today. Check out our facebook page for a few pics of some nice catches. Later, catch a gator!
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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
Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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, October 28, 2015 at 10:01:58 (PDT)
Well, well, winter is coming. A little snow the other day and cooler, I mean colder, temps are greeting us every morning. The colors are just past prime. What does all this mean to a fisherperson? It's good news. The lakes will start or finish their turnover. This will put much needed oxygen in the deeper depths of the waters. Weeds are dying, giving up carbon dioxide instead of oxygen, as the amount of daylight shortens and of course the fish need oxygen to stay active. Now they will get it in the deeper waters. Minnows will move there also. With the dropping lake temps the fish are put on notice that winter is coming and its time to fatten up to make it thru to the spawn in the spring. This also makes them active. Flowages are about 10' low which concentrates the fish to shallow waters or river channel edges.

Walleye, and thankfully the big ones, will start to be boated from the deepest parts of the lakes. If the deep holes in your favorite lake are 50' then that's where they will be. Same thing with crappie, perch and other species. Minnows will start to become king as the bait of choice. Big minnows, not little ones. 1/32 oz jigs must be replaced with 1/8 or 1/4 oz jigs to get to the bottom of these haunts. Trailer hooks and stinger hooks need to be used now to make sure those short hits convert to fish in the live well.

Musky are active now especially on musky suckers. All sizes are working but the most popular among the pros are suckers in that 10-12" range, bite sized as they are called. Twitch baits, bull dogs and buck tails are working. The windows of activity are small so don't doze off after a couple of hours of inactivity or you might miss a giant!

Perch are doing well on small jigs and half a crawler. I've seen a few 15-16" fish. Very nice.

Bass are still active on crawlers and bigger minnows. One guy came in 3 days in a row and bought 2 dozen northern suckers. He was hammering the big small mouths.

All and all the fishing is picking up as it normally does at this time of year. And the bigger ones are showing themselves more and more on a daily basis. Pack your ice fishing clothes, gloves and hats and get here if you can. You might just get that fish of a lifetime. It's in the water right now waiting for you.
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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
Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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>
- Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 08:29:10 (PDT)
This weekend was the same ol' same ol'. Fished one day and caught 1 walleye and the next day we limited out. One day not many crappie the next day 4 pounds of fillets. Crappies were caught on crappie minnows and plastics and all the walleye were caught on crawlers on the deepest weed edges. The bass are still not very active but the few we did boat were again on crawlers.

I talked to one guy on the lake that said he had finally gotten a couple of walleye by switching to minnows. I didn't have the heart to tell him we had a limit in our box from crawlers. I saw him fishing and he was moving way too fast. That's why he wasn't catching many. I even caught one of the walleyes as my crawler sat on the bottom of the lake while I was baiting a clients hook. That's how slow the presentation had to be. And the perch we caught were better also. We kept about a dozen of them as they are king in the frying pan to many.

And bluegills! Oh my. I fished the Minocqua Chain with clients and boy did we catch the bluegills, and nice ones too! They were caught just about everywhere that we could see weeds about a foot from the top of the water. 30% were put in the live well and ended up as great table fare. The killer bait was a 1" Gulp! micro minnow.

Lessons, find green weeds and fish them. Find brown weeds then move on. Find the fish. Just because they are suppose to be here and some guide report says "we got'em here"does mean you will on that day. Crawlers are still kind people! But that will change soon. Take both with you until it does. And have fun!
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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
Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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>
- Monday, September 28, 2015 at 13:52:12 (PDT)
The trees and ferns are starting to turn colors in the northwoods. Daytime light in shorting. Even when it's warm during the day the lake temps are dropping almost every day. Right now they are in the upper middle sixties on most bodies of water. While not exactly aggressive, the fish are active. Cold fronts are a fisherman's friend this time of year. They tell the fish to start fattening up for the winter.

Minnows are just now starting to become more of an option although in the shop more fishermen are walking out of here with minnows than crawlers. Fact, people like to fish with minnows. Many, many times folks will come in and ask me what they are biting on. I tell them crawlers. They respond by asking for a scoop or dozens of some kind of minnow. Ok. Park of being successful in catching fish is having confidence in what you are using for bait. And if you like minnows better than crawlers, that's what you should be fishing with. Mud minnows are working very well on the flowages especially. If you haven't tried mud minnows, do it. They are a very hardy, full of unique action type of minnow. Some guides ONLY use mud minnows all year long.

Finally the bigger walleye are becoming more active. Walleyes are still hitting the most on half of a crawler. But for the most part it is a very light bite. You have to get the hang of what is a weed or rock and what is a walleye. Then you must decipher when the walleye has put the bait in its mouth versus just picking it up. It takes practice and patience. That's why many folks say, and I agree, if you can catch a walleye you can catch anything.

Blue gills are still active and hitting just about everything. Crawler pieces, gulp nibblets and wax worms work the best. I like using gulp waxies along with real waxies cuz those little buggers can't pull them off your hook near as easy as the real ones. And I love eating bluegills!

Perch are a little more active now and hitting crawler bits, crappie minnows, medium fatheads and smaller twister tails. They seem to be relating to weededges on lakes that have them and shallow sand or rock bars else where. That's were the bait is right now.

Crappie are still spread out and normally a little deeper. Find wood or weededges that are close to deeper water where they suspend. I see lots of bait fish going shallower now than they were a few weeks ago. On some lakes the bait fish are in that 10-20' foot range. Look for crappie around them.

Bass are a little quiet right now. Smallies are the best and they are on deeper rock humps during the day and come up on shallower ones to feed at sun up and sun down. Very late afternoon is the best.

Musky are really going after the musky suckers now. If you haven't used one you need to. Com'on in to the bait shop and we'll show you how and the equipment you'll need to catch a big one. It's not hard when you know how and not much beats the excitement of bringing in that big musky and hoisting it up for photos.

Again, the one consistent thing you can count on this year is inconsistency. You gotta find the fish. You gotta be flexible. They are probably not gonna be where they were yesterday, or the day before but they will be somewhere, just find them. And have fun doing it!
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Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
Reports at www.UpNorthFishing.com
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Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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. #Minocqua
Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 06:13:38 (PDT)
Where in the (bleep) did the summer go. Seems like we just opened the shop a couple of months ago and it's been 5 months already! But as I watch the traffic heading south on 51 today I was reflecting on how great of a summer it turned out to be. The fishing was above average with only a couple of really short slow periods. For the most part the weather cooperated and until this past week we really never had any hot and humid sticky days. Only one major mayfly hatch. Only one 5 day stretch of cold, rainy, windy weather. Water levels rose on our lakes all summer long with more than our share of rain. But even the rain didn't dampen the fishing. The only unusual thing about fishing this year was there wasn't a lot on predictability to the bite. Many times we fished outside the box to catch fish. I learned one thing over and over this year, expect the unexpected and everything, including fishing rules, are 80-20. Did I just say one thing and then give you two? Scheesh. Oh, and the support the bait shop and guide service got was fantastic, thank you.

But with "summer" over we can look forward to fall, cooling temps, cooling water temps, shorter daylight hours and best of all, big fat sallies bulking up for the winter. This time of year the cooling of the water temp will turn fish on, makin'em think time is getting short before the water gets stiff. With the shorter amounts of sunlight you have to beware of dying weeds. Those brown devils produce carbon dioxide instead of oxygen and the fish will avoid them. As always, find green weeds and avoid the browning ones. This means the fish could go deeper for oxygen or bunch up in the green weeds as there will be fewer of them. We'll start fishing for walleyes in 30-50' of water, yes 50'! Heavy jigs and big minnows will be called upon to summon those trophy 'eyes. More on all of this when it become more relevant in the days ahead.

Currently the fish, walleye, crappie, bluegill, perch and others are still all spread out. Catch a fish here, move, catch another fish, move, repeat. Seems we just can't get into them. But it will happen. Good catches are still to be had but moving around and looking for them is critical to success. One thing though, for me and my clients the bass have been rather quiet lately. Not as many as usual but that should change soon if not tomorrow.

As it would happen I had different clients on the same lake 3 out of 4 days last week. That hardly ever happens. One day we caught tons of crappie and not much else, another day the fish de jour was walleye and another day huge bluegill. All days were fished the same way in the same spots with the same method but different colors and presentations were needed to fill the livewell. Each day a certain bait was dominate. One day plastics, one day crawlers and the other day was both but totally different colors. As I talked to customers in the shop I found that a lot of them were experiencing the same thing on the same days. Amazing, eh? How do the fish tend to all bite on the same day no matter what water they are on?

Time to go. Looking forward to hitting some familiar lakes this week with clients. We'll see what happens. At any rate, it's always fun!
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Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Monday, September 07, 2015 at 16:33:02 (PDT)
I love fishing. Its like a grumpy uncle that teaches you something the hard way all the time, but only if you pay attention to him. Early in the week the weather was really bad, high winds, cold and rain or misty rain persisted to torment us. They were not conditions that you would normally jump out of bed to go fishing in, right? Well the fishing was pretty darn good. Only problem was we had to break one of our cardinal rules of fishing the wind blown shorelines. It was just too cold for my clients and too hard to feel the light bite in the wind so I was continually tucking the boat away into a quiet cove or shoreline. But we did OK! We actually fished a few spots I had never fished before and caught fish. Every species hit the live well except for Musky almost every day.

But no two days were alike. One day we caught lots of walleye. I had my limit in 15 minutes while it took clients a little longer. Lots of bluegills, perch, LM and SM bass and others were biting but only one crappie. Not one fish was caught using plastics. Then the next day with different clients we hit the same spots with totally different results. Only 2 walleye, a few bass but a live well full of nice crappie. Almost all the fish were caught with plastics. Go figure. I love it. I guess the lesson is one of the other cardinal rules, stay flexible in how, where and what you fish with and for.

The weather this week is beautiful and is suppose to be right thru Labor Day. And I have a couple of days off. I hope to go out and do a little exploring myself on a couple of new lakes and hit some spots on some old favorites. I'll let you know how it goes. I'll have fun for sure.
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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 Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 10:17:00 (PDT)
Fishing, not catching, is what it's called. The weather over the past five days has been brutal for August. High winds, rain, cold front after cold front have greeted us on a daily basis. And the weatherman has no idea what the weather is suppose to be. I wish I could get paid for being that wrong all the time! Funny thing tho, out of the last five days the only day that the fish weren't really biting was the nice day that was sunny and in the 80's. Go figure.

Bluegills, and I mean big bluegills, have been active. More than once we have put 20-30 of those tasty devils in the boat. Waxies combined with Gulp waxies have worked the best and the color of the jig does matter. Fun to catch and great to eat. Great combination. Crappie too have been turning on as of late. One day the number one bait for them was crawlers, a half of one. Small micro minnows, twister tails and minnows have also worked.

Musky have started to get more active. Bulldogs worked in deeper water and bucktails in shallow water are producing. Don't be afraid to drag that sucker behind the boat to really improve your catch rate on those big girls.

Walleyes have been incredibly picky and lethargic lately. They seem to be biting very lite and taking forever to ingest the bait. Crawlers and leeches are still the best while minnows can work too. You can catch them but patience is needed.

Haven't caught too many perch lately and the cold has slowed the bass as well but there are still rogue ones to be had while fishing for other species.

Well I'll be braving the winds and cold with clients over the next couple of days and we'll see what happens. Check the FB page for all the photos from last week and the new ones we'll be posting for this week. Thanks again for your support!
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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 Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
and my Up North fishing and resort web sites at www.UpNorth.info
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 15:02:12 (PDT)
Sorry for the lateness of this report but I have been very busy and I post these myself. But it's been a good busy. Good news is the fishing is good in the Minocqua, Lac du Flambeau, Boulder Junction, Manitowish Waters, and St Germain areas. I have been on many lakes in those areas in the past few days and success was had by me and my clients all around. Sometimes not what we expected.

One of the joys of fishing with other folks is being a part of a fishing story that you know will be told over and over again. Such is the case of Dasha, a 12 year old from Minneapolis. She and her dad Gregory had never caught a crappie or walleye but on this day they would both. Dasha learned how to swim jig for them instead of using a bobber cause I promised her the thrill of the hit would be better than the thrill of the bobber going down or trolling would be. So we worked at her technique for a few casts and in no time at all she was boating crappie. But on her 3rd crappie she got a surprise. Seeing her with another pole bend I turned to reach for the net. As I did I heard a ka-plush. I turned quickly and asked what she had on there? She sheepishly said, I don't know. Her rod was completely bent over and the line was under the boat. It looked like she had caught the boat but I grabbed the line lightly and I could feel movement. I looked over the side of the boat and told her to do the same. As she did I asked her if she had ever seen a musky. She said no and I pointed to her crappie in the mouth of one and said, now you have. It was about a 35-40" fish. Her eyes were as big as saucers when she asked, what do I do? I said you're doing fine, just keep your rod tip up and we'll see what happens. A few minutes later the musky let loose of the crappie, all bloodied and ripped up. Dasha boated the crappie and then sat down. I told her she did a great job fighting the fish and didn't even panic. Her big smile told the story of the fun she will have recounting what happened many times over. Her dad, too, was a proud papa since he had never seen anything like that either. Two days in a row we had the youngest in the boat have their crappie slammed by a musky while retrieving it to the boat. In both cases the crappie was caught but the musky was not. It happened the day before with Joe.

Today I hit the water with Chris from Oconomowoc in search of walleye. We didn't catch a one but we had a blast catching nice crappie. While searching for fish with my electronics on a mud flat I noticed many fish in one area. We stopped to fish it thoroughly thinking the marks were walleye. IN a couple of minutes we found they were crappie feeding on the bottom. We quickly put on Gulp micro minnows and the fun began. Mostly smaller fish were caught but many 10", 11" and one nice 13.75" one was caught by Chris.

The overall report for the past week is plastics are back and minnows are coming on. Still using small jigs and slow presentations to attract the bites. Haven't needed to troll at all over the past week. The fish are still spread out and deep as there are green weeds everywhere. Once the weeds start turning brown from lack of daylight the oxygen will start to become a little more precious and the fish will start to school up a little more.

Thanks again to all that have supported the bait shop and guiding service. It sure is a pleasure serving you! Oh, and don't forget to have fun!
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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 Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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>
- Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 15:22:48 (PDT)
I think its starting to change. I fished a lot last week and plastics were pretty much worthless. First time ever I went one whole day without even catching a fish on a plastic bait. All the fish wanted live bait; crawlers, leeches, bugs and minnows. Minnows are starting to catch more fish. I'm not talking about crappie minnows which seem to always do well, I'm talking fatheads, chubs and suckers. Water temps have knocked the dust off of 75 a couple of times but with cold fronts coming thru they have dove back to the upper 60's. Fish are still every where. No real solid summer pattern of this being deep and that being shallow has emerged. When you head to the water take whatever you can with you and fish everywhere. The only thing that has been consistent lately is the later in the day the better the bite. When the water warms a little the fish get active. Crawlers and leeches are still king but here come the minnows.

I fished today with clients on a larger lake and the bite was incredibly light, light light. The clients got the hang of it eventually but it was tough. Check out the Facebook page and you'll see a picture of another first in my boat. Karen caught a rock. Yes a ROCK! You can see it is still on the hook. Incredible.

Well the crappie are starting to turn on so I will be chasing them and walleye over the next few days. Watch the Facebook page for results and photos. Later!
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Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Monday, August 10, 2015 at 11:24:41 (PDT)
What an interesting week. Pretty nice weather, except for a few days of very high winds, is what we fished in. When fishing in those 20-40 mph gusts it becomes very difficult to hold the boat. And you know I always preach to fish those wind blown shorelines, so what do you do? I let the wind blow us, letting God be our trolling motor. And then we tie on heavy jigs tipped with your favorite live bait or deep diving cranks and troll with the wind. Of course you must plan to be on a lake that day that has the type of mudflats and structure to allow you to troll over but that's all a part of being a good fisherperson. One day we were even on a small 67 acre lake, hoping to get out of most of the wind, but it was not to be. White caps were on this lake too so we wind trolled right across the middle a few times with plastics and some very nice small mouth bass were caught.

Now Sunday was a stormy day. Clients and I hit the water 90 minutes later than planned as a storm came thru turning light of day into the darkest of night. Very eerie. But we hit the water and caught fish right away. Twice again we were driven off the water because of lightening and twice returned afterwards and caught fish. It took 8.5 hours to get in 6 hours of fishing but we did it and the day ended bright and sunny with a bunch of fish in the livewell. The clients wanted to learn how to catch walleye and they did along with nice bass and some gorgeous perch. A very patient slow retrieve was the key and again patience in letting the fish consume the bait before setting the hook was needed. A half of crawler was the only bait to work as I thru plastics and lures and did not catch a fish on any of them. The color of jig didn't seem to matter. See the FB page for pictures.

This week looks very promising for fishing as temps are going to cool a little and winds are expected to subside a might. I am fishing small and large lakes with clients and as always I will let you know how it went. Thanks again for your support of the guiding and bait shop.

FYI about the bait shop. We are planning a BYOB (bring your own bait) day at the shop. It will be Saturday and Sunday of labor day weekend. Come and set up a table with your extra lures, poles, reels or any thing else fishing related you would like to sell. There is no charge but you need to bring your own table and to register so we know you are coming. Details will be on the FB page and in our ads in the Lakeland Times.
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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 Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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>
- Monday, August 03, 2015 at 06:46:09 (PDT)
Well the fishing continues to be good across the northwoods. Consistent weather has kept the fish active. We had one cold front come thru but it only slowed the bite for a day. With the warmer temps I suspect the fish that are being caught shallow right now to start heading deeper to their normal haunts this time of year.

Walleye, musky and even northern have been caught shallower than normal so far but a trip with a friend to a Hazelhurst lake yesterday found the Musky and Small Mouth Bass being deeper than they have been. Sure you can still catch small bass shallow but the bigger ones are deeper now. All our smallies came in 15-20' of water next to 30' flats, in rocks. They were spitting up crawlers as they hit the surface. For a while we were filling our plastic cups with bait instead of emptying them! Pretty wild.

On a trip to a Boulder Junction area lake we found Walleye everywhere as usual but instead of them being in 5-10' they were in 15-20' of water. And again the larger fish were deeper.

The bait of choice continues to be crawlers and leeches. There are still quite a few fishermen stating good reports of catches with fathead minnows though. One guy, fishing a smaller lake in Arbor Vitae, bought 4 scoops of medium fatheads in the morning and came back in the afternoon and bought 5 more scoops. He was giggling like a little kid as he was catching so many fish. He assured me he did not accidentally kick his bucket over! He was catching bass and walleye with those fatheads. That's why I always say "take it all with you!"

I see boats trolling all over the place now. Some nice Musky, Walleye, Panfish, yes Panfish, and Bass are being boated. I've done a little trolling when the bite has gotten slow and the results are good. I still like pitching a bait out there and feeling the hit while I'm working that bait better than trolling though. A couple of reminders about trolling. When trolling you are in essence covering more water while the boat is moving but you need to keep the presentation similar to the casting presentation. For example, if you are catching Small mouth bass 3' off the bottom jigging then you need to find a way to troll your bait for smallies 3' off the bottom.

Hey it's time to get out there and practice what I preach. Here comes someone with an empty bucket!
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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 Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Monday, July 20, 2015 at 05:23:37 (PDT)
The summer doldrums. When the fishing slows with the warmer weather and warm nights. Well we got the weather but not the doldrums. Clients and I have been putting some real nice catches in the boat all week. Getting up early to catch fish is not a firm belief of mine and this week was proof of that belief. For example, today on the second day of fishing with two boys and their father, we caught numerous Walleyes all being caught well after 9am. Crawlers and a slow presentation were the key. If we had bluegill bites we moved. Once we went without bluegill bites we stayed and popped one walleye or bass or northern after another until the school moved on. Then so did we.

The formula was the same all week. One half to a full crawler on a 16th oz jig in deep weeds. On spot we caught fish on was a 41ft flat! Right where the 41' starts a gradual rise to 20' I saw fish on the electronic, tons of them. We stopped and dropped crawlers and boom, a nice 20" walleye. Those fish were probably on the way to the shallower flats to feed as we had to move to the shallower flat to catch another one.

And don't be afraid to seek out new spots. With client again I was on a lake I had been on many many times before and got the urge to check out an area I had never been in or had seen any one else it. I thought it was a very shallow bay but behold once you got in the bay there was a deeper hole that held weeds. Those weeds held many many bass that we were happy to catch again on crawlers and rib worms. Very fun for me as well as the clients.

Lesson of the week. Look around, find different spots, use different baits, you just might have the fish teach you something new! Later!
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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 Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
and my Up North fishing and resort web sites at www.UpNorth.info
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 17:07:27 (PDT)
It being the 4th of July weekend I will make this short as the bait shop is busy and the message is simple. With the stable and warming weather coupled with the mayfly hatches in the rear view mirror, the fishing has really picked up. All species are active on all waters, you just have to find them. So what are you waiting for? Get up here and catch 1 or 2 or 20! Later!
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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 Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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>
- Sunday, July 05, 2015 at 07:00:45 (PDT)
The fishing in the northwoods continues to be good, but different. Inconsistent weather gives you inconsistent fishing patterns. One day could be hammer-time and the next time you think you forgot how to fish.

Folks are finding crappie still suspended in deeper water. Crappie minnows under bobbers and small plastic twitched just above them are catching fish. Northern pike and musky are active on northern suckers, musky suckers and smaller crank baits. Bluegill and perch are nailing small chunks of crawlers and wax worms in the weeds. Walleye are getting caught on walleye suckers, crawlers and leeches in the weed edges and channel edges on the flowages. Bass are your best bet these days on leeches, small cranks and crawlers.

I've fished a few lakes lately that are in the middle of mayfly hatches. One flowage was so thick with them on the surface you could scoop them up with you hand 5 or 6 at a time. As you probably know fish gorge themselves on those little devils so if you get to the boat landing and see a bunch of carcasses on the water I would suggest heading to another lake.

The weather might be stabilizing. Water temps vary from 70 degrees on a deep clear lake to 77 on a smaller lake. Rain tonight and then the rest of the week looks good. Get out there and have some fun!
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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 Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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>
- Monday, June 29, 2015 at 05:04:45 (PDT)
Rain rain go away, come again another day!! PLEASE!! I know rain is necessary but jeez, enough already! One can't even look at the weather report anymore as they are worthless. Shouldn't we be able to get reparations from the those guys who post the reports? Fat chance, eh?

Speaking of being wrong, in my last report I said that all species are done spawning. Well the bluegill are definitely not done. They keep trying but every time they onto the beds, boom, another cold front comes thru and knocks them off. Time is running out on their opportunity to get it done. Hope that doesn't happen. Wax worms, pieces of crawler and other small plastics are working well for catching them. Also try a Frizz's Flyrod Spoon. Killer bluegill bait. I just got in another order of them as the secret is getting out.

Walleye are everywhere. Mostly in the wood and weed edges in dark lakes. The cool water temps (66-69) are keeping them and the northern pike active. You have to search for them though and it seems the best bait is the WHOLE crawler, not half or three-quarters. Don't ask me why. One fella in the shop the other day said that pumping them up was magic. I have never tried that.

Crappie seem to be suspended over 10-20 FOW outside their bedding areas. Find them by twitching a Gulp micro minnow or mini mite, pink and white work for me. Once you find them then put out some bobbers.

Perch are chasing minnows and bugs in the weeds. Wax worms, pieces of crawlers and crappie plastics will find them.

Bass are still the fun fish this year. Small mouth and Large mouth still hit the crawler, minnow and leech but top water buzz baits will work and of course spinner baits too over the weeds.

Well its time to map my strategy for the next few days. No guide jobs and so that means I go searching for new waters and opportunities. Love it!

Just a small commercial on the bait shop. We have wild rice, local maple syrup, and squeeky cheese curds and string cheese from Blescoe. All are fantastic and the best I've ever had. (yes, I taste test everything) Please come and buy the cheese curds. The temptation is killing Dick! Of course we always have free candy bars. Thank you for all your support. It's been a great year so far, even with all the rain!
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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 Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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>
- Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 05:08:48 (PDT)
You have to eat your broccoli to get your pie. How many times did we hear that growing up. Well we've been eating broccoli for a little while now and I believe our pie should be on the way. Although we have caught fish lately it hasn't been fast and furious. And the folks that have been telling you that have been fast and furious are, well, let's just say telling fish stories.

The biggest problem lately is the weather just won't make up its mind. Forecasts have been worthless even more than usual. But this week should be what the fisherman ordered. Why do I guess this? Because over the last few days whenever the warmth broke thru the fishing picked up dramatically and this week it is suppose to warm up! Water temps are still in the high 60's and weed growth is still low but that is changing and I believe a big bite will come with it.

Every species is pretty much done spawning and if not now soon will be on the post spawn feed. Crank baits are working very well over the top of weeds. Top water poppers and buzz baits are also working well. Clear water lake fish will still take minnows but on most bodies of water the leech and crawler is king. And don't forget a bunch of waxies for the panfish.

Well its time to wash the leeches and pack a few more crawlers. I'll be hitting the flowages and a few smaller lakes this week and I'll let you know how we do. Happy Father's day!
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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 Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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>
- Monday, June 15, 2015 at 06:55:18 (PDT)
I actually went the whole week without fishing for walleyes. Can you believe it? Reason is because the bass have been a blast. For example, I went out with a couple of clients early in the week and we caught over 50 bass in six hours. All the Large Mouth on one lake then we hopped over to another lake and pooped a pile of Small Mouth. People are always asking me what my favorite time of year to fish and I always say June. This time of year pretty much all species are done spawning and are in a post spawn feeding mood. That means that when you set the hook you are not really sure of what kind of fish it is until you get it to the boat! I saw a photo of one guy who caught what looked like a 50"+, 30lb+ musky while pitching a twister tail for something else. What fun! Another couple of guys today are taking revenge on a lake because last week they ran into a PILE of toothy critters in the shallow weeds that stole just about every top water bait they had. Today they went armed with heavier poles, line and leaders to see if they could land a few of those thieves. Who knows, maybe they'll clean one of those fish and get back one of their slop frogs!

Well, like I said, this is the fun time of year. But the rules are the same. Find green weeds or cover next to deep water and you'll find fish, all species of fish. Bring lots of different kinds of bait and throw it all at them and let them tell you what they want. Almost every bait here in the shop is the magic bait for someone. It never ceases to amaze me when a guy or gal will pick up a bait and say "this is the only thing they'll hit on."

This week I have a bunch of guide jobs so I'll let you know what popped and how to pop them. Until next time, keep your hook in the water!
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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>
- Sunday, June 07, 2015 at 14:09:46 (PDT)
Let's make this report short and sweet today. The weather has finally gotten nice and the bait shop is busy again and I have some guiding to do!

Crappies: Good bite right now as they are off the beds. Crappie minnows, waxies and small plastics worked in the 8-12 weed lines.

Bluegill: They are on the beds right now. Find them and you'll catch them on crawler bits, mini-mites, wax worms and popper flies.

Northern Like: They are still biting off jigs every where. Sucker minnows are working well right now under a slip bobber on the weed lines. Remember not to set the depth under that bobber much more than 3-4 feet.

SM & LM Bass: Both are still feeding strong as they are all on one part of the spawn or another depending upon which lake you are one. Grub tail plastics, ribbed worms, leaches and crawlers are best right now. I caught a nice Smallie with client the other day that had 4 leeches and a crawler inside its mouth when I boated him. What a pig!

Walleyes: They've slowed a bit but good catches are still being made if you stay to the weed edges with whole crawlers and large leeches. If they aren't on the weed edges back out into deeper mud flats around the edges.

Here comes someone with an empty bucket. Later!
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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>
- Monday, June 01, 2015 at 06:52:12 (PDT)


Its Monday. It's Memorial Day. It's 6am and raining. But it's not cold and so far no lightning. So I'm sure a few hearty souls will don their Frogg Toggs and chase the fishies today. Yep, here comes one now...
The weekend so far has had mixed results. The weather was fantastic but the fish were not cooperating like they had been late in the week. Water temps are in the 64 degree range on smaller lakes and 59-61 on the larger ones. Weed growth in on a normal pace, just coming up on the clear lakes and pretty bushy on the darker ones. The rest of this week's weather promises to be great with some days getting into the 80's!
WALLEYE: They aren't as active right now as they were at the end of the week. But even when they were active a lot of small fish were being caught. I am guessing that females are recovering from the spawn and will soon be putting on the feed bag. You better take everything with you, good sized minnows, crawlers, leeches and your favorite medium crank baits. They should be in the greening weeds chasing perch and other prey. Walleyes don't like the light so the clearer the water the deeper you should go when the sun is high and then shallower during low light periods.
CRAPPIES: The smaller the lake and darker the water the farther along the spawn is. For example, on the small dark lakes the spawn is over and the Crappie are in the post spawn feed. On the larger clearer lakes the spawn hasn't started yet. On those lakes a pre spawn bite is prevalent. I was on a large clear lake yesterday and we marked fish and also saw them on the Aqua-View outside the weeds in 10-12 FOW but there was no way they were biting. Reports I get from customers who are targeting the smaller dark lakes, it's hammer time. I expect the bite to continue to get better over the next 7-10 days.
BLUE GILLS: Gills are searching the spawning areas looking for good spots and marking out their territory. The actively feeding fish a tight to wood and are taking waxies, worms and mini-mite styled baits. The flowages are yielding some very nice fish right now.
NORTHERN PIKE: The Pike are still very active. Not much magic involved in catching them right now. They'll hit just about anything. But if want to catch thew big one you need to go big. Northern Suckers drug threw the weeds or under slip bobbers above the weeds can be deadly. And of course my favorite bait, the spinner bait tipped with a twister tail, is always the best way to cover a lot of water and experience some heckacious hits! The bigger pike will be active as long as the water stays cool. Pike do not like warm water.
I'll be doing one of my favorite things the next few days, hitting smaller no motor lakes looking for everything. I'll keep you up to date, without giving away too many secrets!
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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>
- Monday, May 25, 2015 at 05:13:07 (PDT)
Well, well, well. The northwoods, she giveth and she taketh away. The new cold front coming thru right now is bringing north winds, falling temps and s**w! Oh my. I bet i get a lot paperwork done in the shop over the next couple of days. I have a couple of days off coming this week and I plan to use them searching for new small lakes in the sticks. I had a customer in the shop point me towards a couple the other day and I love those types of lakes. No gas motors and a 4WD to get there. I'll let you know what I find.

The fishing over the weekend was mixed. As far as Crappie go some did well where as others did not. Presentation and locations were key. Fish are in various stages of the spawn. Active minnows, light jigs, finding the right color, and natural movement were all parts of success. Crappies could be found in the thick weeds or in 20 FOW mudflats, depending on the lake. If your presentation isn't working try something else! Oh, and a word for those of you not catching as many as you would like. When you see a boat catching them one after another and you're not, it is not ok to snuggle up to that boat and fish within a cast's throw of them. Please fishermen, show some Emily Post.
Northern Pike are still hitting everything and sometimes can be a real nuisance when you are after other species. The cold weather turns them on.

A few reports say that the bluegill are searching the shallows for a suitable bed for spawning. They are biting on waxies, small leaches and bits of worms. Be selective and please throw those big females back to finish their work.

Largemouth bass continue to provide lots of action this spring. They seem to be the most consistent biter out there. Again, minnows, leaches and crawlers along with plastics that mimic them are king.

Time to go fill some buckets. I included a couple of photos of some nice fish taken last week. Enjoy!
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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>
- Monday, May 18, 2015 at 05:36:23 (PDT)


Well the Walleye bite has really turned on. Even the cold front that went thru yesterday didn't seem to slow them down. I went out with a client on Monday and we caught our limit of 15" to 19.99"ers while sifting thru about 30-40 walleye. We also caught that many northern pike as well along with a few perch, a real nice smallie and a gorgeous 11" bluegill. We caught them all tight to the wood in 3-5 FOW. Small jigs and large leeches were the best but we did catch some on crawlers, redtails, mud minnows and plastics. Another key was to say on the wind blown edges in the green weeds.

The weather is going to be nicer today and continue that way thru the next 10 days which means the bite should continue to be strong.

Perch are also in the wood in the 3-6 FOW areas. Leeches and crawlers are working best.

Crappie have slowed a little with the cold weather but should pick back up again with the warming trend on the way. Look for small minnows and plastics to still be the baits of choice.

Northern Pike are very active also. Anything that moves will catch them. Be careful rinsing your hands off in the water, if you know what I mean. Minnows are king with Northerns, especially mud minnows on the flowages. Seems like when those mud minnows hit the water the Northerns smack'em right away.

Bluegills are still scarce but should also start coming around with the warm up. Right now I think they spend their time looking out for the Northerns.

Gotta go. Here comes someone with an empty bucket. Get here if you can and put some filets in your freezer. Check out our Facebook page for some nice fish photos folks have sent us including a great catch of really fat Brookies.
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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>
- Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 06:45:56 (PDT)
4am and dipping minnows for those early birds. And it's 55 degrees! Wow. Crappie are on and the Walleye are either in the spawn or just finishing. Come on up and take advantage of the new bag limits!
Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Saturday, May 02, 2015 at 02:59:03 (PDT)
Crappie and Perch are beginning to be had. Crappie are being caught in the warmest water on the lake, usually the north end and perch are cruising the mud flats, again in the warmest water. Small minnows, plastics and beatle spin type lures are the ticket for crappie while most perch are taking large fatheads. River fishermen are still reporting good walleye catches on large fatheads and they say the Walleye are still spawning.

Bait Shop News Just a heads up to let you know the bait shop will have Red Tails, Black Tails, Sucker minnows and other game fish bait available starting the Monday, 4-27, before the opener. So if you want to beat the crowds stop by anytime during the week and we'll fill your bucket with your pleasure sans the wait. Special Opener Hours We will be open Thursday from 7am to 9pm, Friday from 7am to Midnight, Saturday from 4am to 8pm and Sunday we start our normal Summer hours of 5:30 to 8pm or later 7 days a week. It won't be long now!
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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>
- Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 15:39:41 (PDT)
Well the ice is gone, temps in the 65-75 degree range, and the water temps are rising with the sun out! Crappie are starting to turn on and Musky are pairing up in the shallows. Everything right on schedule. BUT... the next few days are going to be windy, highs in the low 40s and lows in the high 20's, rain and maybe a little s**w. But by next Friday we are suppose to be back to sun and 50s and 60s.

I love this time of year as there are so many opportunities. Crappie staging for the spawn, Walleye in mid or post spawn and the loons, like the Musky, are seeking their love interests. One of the reasons its fun waiting on folks in the bait shop is finding out all the different ways they catch the same fish. I learn something new everyday. Yesterday two young fellas around 10 years old gave me a lesson on fishing the Manitowish river for Smallies and Northern Pike. They had some great fish stories as any great fisherman would!

When you're in the area stop by and say hi and share a story or two. Here comes someone with an empty bucket, gotta go...

A quick note about the bait shop, we are carrying Buck Wear shirts and hats now and a line of Wild Rice from Minnesota. That wild rice is awesome!
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Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 07:36:00 (PDT)
FYI, it looks like the majority of the lakes in the area will be open this weekend. Most are open now except for the usually stubborn ones. Most visitors to the bait shop are still on the rivers but a few are starting to chase perch and crappie on the lakes. And the weather seems to be cooperating with nice temps over the next 5 days. Looks like winter has left us (knocking on wood).

One more thing, the bait shop has all of our fishing line on sale till the end of April so come on in and get your reel refreshed.

I better go. Here comes someone with a bucket.
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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 Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 12:28:28 (PDT)
Well the bait shop is open and we're very excited about how it turned out. Check out the photos on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DeweyCatchemAndHow.

As far as the fishing goes it has been a little tough. Not a lot of action and the ice really isn't safe any more. Two different guys that came into the shop this morning talked about how they got wet yesterday. Only in shallow water but cold! One guy got out onto the ice ok but couldn't get back without jumping in. Yikes.

Be careful out there!

Hey, don't forget to take the family fishing and HAVE FUN! But remember, it's all fun and games 'til someone loses a Walleye!
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Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
Bait shop info at www.MinocquaBaitShop.com
Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/DeweyCatchemAndHow
Reports at www.UpNorthFishing.com
Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
and my Up North fishing and resort web sites at www.UpNorth.info
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Wednesday, April 01, 2015 at 12:08:21 (PDT)
Well the bait shop is really shaping up. The layout is done and now we are getting new product in daily. The opening in scheduled for April 1, 2015. No April Fool's!

As far as the fishing goes the snow from last night pretty much kicked everybody off the ice. Heavy snow will do that especially on bad ice. It weighs it down and kicks the slush up and makes travel unsafe. Most, including me, are predicting a middle April ice out. Sooner if we get rain, maybe longer if not.

Well back to work. I'll keep you up date best I can. Come and see us when you can.

Hey, don't forget to take the family fishing and HAVE FUN! But remember, it's all fun and games 'til someone loses a Walleye!
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Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
Bait shop info at www.MinocquaBaitShop.com
Reports at www.UpNorthFishing.com
Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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, March 25, 2015 at 19:49:39 (PDT)
My apologies for the lack of reports. 3 reasons. I lost my Mom just before Christmas, haven't fished much and have been working on getting the bait shop ready for the April 1 opening. I haven't seen very many folks out there or vehicles on the ice. I've been told that the ice is just now starting to get safe. First ice was no good and most of you ardent ice fishermen know that that makes the ice unsafe all year. SO BE CAREFUL OUT THERE! If I get out there I will report about it. Later! And if you see my white truck at the bait shop, stop by and say hi...
Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Wednesday, February 04, 2015 at 08:53:56 (PST)
I was fishing a few days ago on one of my favorite lakes. An impromptu meeting of fishermen at the dock at the end of the day revealed that I was the only one who had caught walleye. I got the usual questions, on what, with what and what color? Nobody asked where. These guys were fishing where the fish were a month ago and were persistent at it, all day long.

With water temps dropping into the 50s and the amount of sunshine per day dropping, the green weeds are going away as such the oxygen levels in the shallows are dropping. So fish do what you and I would do, head for the areas where the breathing is easier. If you can find green weeds shallow, great. But mostly they are going away.

I was fishing in 25' to 30' of water on a rock hump that was coming out of a mud flat. That's where the bait is and therefore the predators. It's hard sometimes to hold your boat over those spots as dropping an anchor is not practical. If you have a trolling motor with an anchor mode, use it. If that doesn't work, throw on some crawler or minnow harnesses and make drifts across the areas. Try drop shotting with light jigs! Motor around until you find pods of bait fish and the fish that eat them will be close by.

The bait shop is coming along and right on schedule. I haven't been able to fish as much because of the work I'm putting in on it but it will be worth it. Next time lets talk about Crappie and plastics.

Hey, don't forget to take the family fishing and HAVE FUN! But remember, it's all fun and games 'til someone loses a Walleye!
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Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
Bait shop info at www.MinocquaBaitShop.com
Reports at www.UpNorthFishing.com
Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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>
- Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 14:21:31 (PDT)
Like your dad said to you when holding a football in the back yard, "go deep". That's were the nice walleyes are right now. If you can figure out how to hold the boat in this wind and cold, do it over 20-30 deep water on rock humps and ledges. Minnows and jigs heavy enough to feel the bottom are the ticket. I like orange or green for colors.

The crappie are still going well but they seem to be in 5-8 feet of water. I used small gulp minnows, brown plastic twister tail grubs and white beetle spins. I took some very nice 14"ers along with a pile of 11"s. Very tasty since the water temps are now in the lower 60s a dropping.

The fishing should continue to improve with the dropping water temps as all species start preparing for ice cover. Musky have been chasing big minnows or suckers and bucktails.

That's it for now, Gotta go check out a lake I've never fished before and be back in time for kick off.

BTW, I got "COMING SOON" signs up in the bait shop this weekend. I can't wait!

Hey, don't forget to take the family fishing and HAVE FUN! But remember, it's all fun and games 'til someone loses a Walleye!
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Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
Reports at www.UpNorthFishing.com
Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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>
- Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 09:20:16 (PDT)
Here's the announcement that I've been sitting on for a while now that I am really excited about. I'm opening up the new Dewey Catch'em and How Bait Shop / Guide Service in March of 2015. Where? In The Store complex at the intersection of Hwy 70 and Hwy 51 in Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin. It will be where the bakery used to be. There is no signage yet but it's just one of the things that will be taken care of by next March. Here's our mission:

When you fish the northwoods of Wisconsin you want the best.  When you hire a guide from Dewey Catchem and How ™, you want the best and you get it.  Now coming in the spring of 2015, Dewey Catchem and How ™ is extending those expectations to your choice in bait shops.  Our bait shop will be on a never ending mission to become the best bait shop in the northwoods.  How are we gonna do it??

A Great Selection of Fishing Tackle that WORKS in Our Area...
We won't just fill the shelves, we will fill them with northwoods tested fishing tackle that will work catching you more fish.

High Quality Fishing Tackle at Low Low Pricing...
We shop the wholesalers for the best in tackle at the best price.  Those big box stores will not have anything on us!  In fact many items on our shelves will be priced lower than those stores.  When you buy from us you will know that you got a fantastic price on tackle that works in our area.

Fresh Live Bait...
The best of the best is the only kind of live bait you will find in our coolers and tanks.  Minnows, bugs, grubs, crawlers and leeches will be the freshest you can find.

Professional Help...
No part time salespeople here!  Our friendly staff will be the guides that fish the area and their associates.  You have a question, we'll have an answer.



Lots of
Easy Parking
for Your Rig

Convenient Location
at Hwy 70 & Hwy 51

Easy In and Out

One Stop Shopping
Gas, Snacks, Tackle in One Place

Low Pricing
that Meets or Beats the Big Box Stores

Professional Staff

Fresh Live Bait

Fishing Hours

For more info go to

http://deweycatchemandhow.com/baitshop.htm

I'll keep you updated. If you have any suggestions or comments give me a call or shoot me an e-mail and let me know.
Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 20:11:03 (PDT)
Oh no. You know that feeling you get when you see the first buds on the trees in the spring of the year? Well it's just the opposite for me when I see the first fern or sugar maple start to turn at this time of year. But the fishing has been good and getting better. The weather has held and lake temps are still in that lower to mid 70 range. Crawlers and leeches are still king with a few lakes requiring minnows. But those minnow lakes are minnow lakes pretty much year round. The weeds are starting to come loose from the bottom and the fish are starting a move to the deeper rock bars. But you can still catch fish in the weed edges but pretty much only at feeding time.

The fall also brings the lowing of water temps and shorter sun filled hours. This means its time to fatten up for the winter. No, I'm not talking about the fisherpeople, put those Oreos down! Soon is when those big sallies will start gorging for the winter cold and you need to be ready. Take different sized baits out with you, different colors and go DEEP. Too many fisherpeople are uncomfortable fishing deeper than 10' but that means you are missing out on the bigger fish. Find those 20-40' humps and fish them. One may put a big smile on your face!

Time to go and try that myself!

Hey, don't forget to take the family fishing and HAVE FUN! But remember, it's all fun and games 'til someone loses a Walleye!
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Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
Reports at www.UpNorthFishing.com
Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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>
- Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 12:02:47 (PDT)
Sorry for the delay in posting reports. I have been very busy fishing and dealing with other business issues. I know, I know, no excuse. Well here we go.

The fishing continues to get better in the northwoods. Water temps are starting to climb again. I was on the Manitowish Waters chain a few days ago and the water temp was about 75. I was on a smaller green algae bloomed lake and the temp was almost 80. But on those two bodies of waters as with all the others lately the successful presentation has been the same. Light jigs and slow, slow, painfully slow presentations. Clawlers are still the best bet and you can pinch them in half. Leeches are second best and then small grub tail plastics. Green weed edges next to deeper water if available was the spots to look for.

For smallies on the rocks the magic depth was 16' with hard bottom and 6' weed edges on lakes with a crayfish population. Love those fighting little devils. One of my clients caught a night 15"er the other day and its belly was gigantic!

We found walleye on weed edges and some in shallow weeds and wood. No consistency on deep walleye yet but we are getting close. One unusual trait of the walleyes lately was you didn't have to get up early for fish till dark to get them. We caught most of those marble eyes around 8am and 7pm. I like that.

Crappies are starting to pick up a little. Plastics were king there as we did well with light jigs and slow presentations that just clipped the top of the weeds in 7-5 feet of water. And they hit best with a chop on the water and the sun out! OK, thats enough. It's time to get back out there.

Hey, don't forget to take the family fishing and HAVE FUN! But remember, it's all fun and games 'til someone loses a Walleye!
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Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
Reports at www.UpNorthFishing.com
Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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>
- Thursday, August 07, 2014 at 11:12:48 (PDT)
Scheesh it's cold...
Jeff Bolander <Jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 19:49:10 (PDT)
Fishing is a little below average right now. Reason? Water temps. Normally water temps would be in the 80 degree range at this time of year. Even though we had a very late spring, the culprit is the cool nights. 40s and 50s each night just won't allow those water temps to climb. And I see next week the highs will only be in the low 60s for a couple of days. And these temps aren't limited to just the northwoods either. I was on the Madison lakes last Saturday with my grandangels and the water temps were only 74! Now anyone familiar with those lakes knows usually by this time of year you are fishing in a warm tub, icing your catch to make sure it doesn't rot in a half hour. Does this mean you can't catch fish? NEVER!

Right now lake temps are in the 67-71 degree range, clear and stained lakes and flowages alike. One good side effect of the cool water temps is the minimal mayfly hatches. There have been a few small hatches, a good one on the Rainbow, but no majors so far. Weed edges are creeping out to 14-15' depths now. Keep that jig size as small as possible when dragging the leeches and crawlers which are the baits of choice right now. Not too many Northern Pike being boated now but Walleye are still good in low light times or on the flowages. Bass are still going good but the largemouth are really affected by the cool water temps. Musky can be enticed to hit medium to small bucktails ripped over weed patches.

Hey, don't forget to take the family fishing and HAVE FUN! But remember, it's all fun and games 'til someone loses a Walleye!
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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, July 10, 2014 at 12:21:26 (PDT)
Hey guys and gals, its been a while. Well, lets get at it. Biggest story right now is minnows are basically passe right now. Crawlers and leeches are the baits of choice. And of course you know I love plastics!

Walleye and Northern Pike and active right now and are hitting crawlers and leeches nicely. Light jigs and green weedlines are key.

Crappies have slowed a little while the gills have picked up. Again, crawlers and leeches in 3-8' of water will bring those bull gills to the boat.

LM Bass should be at the top of your list and the water temps get into the 70s now. They will be everywhere. Remember, they are a surprise stalker so look for places they might hide and attack their prey. Downed logs, dark water that changes to light, lily pads, and big rocks and are great hiding places. Smallies will be in the rocks and roaming the flats also looking for a meal. Low light is the best for them.

The flowages are popping well right now and water levels are good. Local clear water chains are great too but look for those weed edges next to 20-30 feet of water.

One more quickie hint. Wanna find the fish? Used a spinner bait or beetle pin to cover a lot of water and then slow down when you find the fish.

Hey, don't forget to take the family fishing and HAVE FUN! But remember, It's all fun and games 'till someone loses a Walleye!
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Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
Reports at www.UpNorthFishing.com
Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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, July 02, 2014 at 08:46:35 (PDT)

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