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FISHING REPORTS:

How is everybody enjoying their transition time this year? I hope your getting the boat ready or have been using it by now as the ice is gone. Remember to take care of your ice fishing stuff for the summer. Get your equipment tuned up as if you were gonna fish tomorrow that way when tomorrow gets here next year you are ready to rock!

I would love to give you a fish report but since I am south tearing up the golf courses I called my buddy Tom to see what is going on. In the last three days they have had thunderstorms, 105 mph winds, torrential rains, and 4-7 inches of snow. Yikes. Trees are down everywhere, roads closed and there is still 6 inches of snow on the ground in some places. Tom said it was 22 degrees this morning. The good news is you know it will change. 50s and 60s are in the forecast so that should help get things back to normal.

I will be heading back north on the 17th and will start changing the shop over to summer inventory on the 18th. Minnows will be in by the middle of the week. It's been great to get away but I'm ready to go back, take out the new boat and start slaying the crappies! I love the northwoods!
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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, April 12, 2017 at 10:31:53 (PDT)


The panfish bite was pretty good this past week -- if you could stand the wind and cold! One day I had clients out and the combination of no snow on the ice and high winds dictated that someone always be sitting in the pullovers or we'd be chasing them across the ice! Scheesh...

Crappies slowed a little the past week whereas the Perch and Bluegill picked up. The key to all species was feeling the bite. When the fish are inactive they will literally mouth the bait and then back away without biting. One of the tricks I use is to always be moving the bait, up and down or back and forth. That way you can almost always feel the slightest change in weight at the end of the line. This works in the summertime too when vertical jigging. Or you could always drill another hole to drop a camera down to watch the process.

As far as bait goes the methods haven't changed much. But two things stuck out. If you are jigging, horizontal jigs and very small jigs are the best. And spikes out fished waxies and mousees by a lot. But as you know, that could change this afternoon!

The ice conditions are still very good with a good 1.5 foot on most lakes. The only downside is there is hardly any snow on the ice so travel is a bit slippery. Bring your skates!

This is my last report until late April. The bait shop will be undergoing a little renovation and I need a little vacation. We should be back no later that April 28th. Until then, have a safe late ice season.
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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>
- Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:26:45 (PDT)
Well the end of the game fish season is staring us in the face for 2017. After midnight on Sunday, March 5, you cannot fish for Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye on our surrounding lakes. The rivers, with some exceptions, have an open season and you still may fish for them without fear of reprisal from a DNR agent. As always if you're not sure consult the DNR website or call the DNR. Ignorance of the rules is not a viable excuse.

Fisherpeople are still pounding Northerns. The best method has been baiting a tip up with a northern sucker or large shiner positioned above the weeds and/or just below the ice holes. Of course you can catch them in many other ways as well. I like to jig bottom bouncers all up and down the water column tipped with fatheads. I love feeling that hit.

Walleyes have been better lately on tip ups armed with small/medium shiners. Normally I would recommend walleye suckers but the trappers have given up on netting them a few weeks ago so there just aren't any available. Jiggin large fats and rosie reds on walleye talkers, swedish pimples and kastmasters has also been working.

Panfish are getting more active each day it seems. Perch are still in the mud flats hitting crappie minnows and bugs jigged on the bottom. Bluegill location has varied with the lake. In any case though, waxies, mousees and spikes are the best. Crappie are still deep for the most part and hitting crappie minnoes, rosie reds and bugs. Small horizontal jigs with bright colors are key. Make sure you use a Vexilar type electronics to be able to find the depth that the crappies are feeding.

With the game fish season closing until the first Saturday in May, anglers will start to focus on panfish. As the ice starts to wain and the sun stays higher and longer in the sky the panfish bite will improve. As fresh water starts to go down the holes the oxygen levels will rise and increase fish activity. Also remember that a lot of these fish are getting ready by gaining weight for the spawn.

If you can get you and the family out on the ice this weekend for that final chance at a Walleye or two. The icing on the cake is the temps are going to jump up into the 50's again! Have fun!
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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>
- Thursday, March 02, 2017 at 10:26:29 (PST)
Wow, some weather, eh? It got up to 65 a couple of days ago and many of the other days were in the middle 50's. Fish were being caught but when the weather is that nice it's hard to complain even if the bite is slow!

Small windows still exist. The norm is you'll see fish coming to your bait on the graph and then swimming away, time after time. Then for a window of 20 minutes or so, boom, they eat it like crazy. So you may fish for hours but you may only have 45 minutes of action. The exception has been the northern pike. I guided a group of 6 one day and we only got 7 tip ups out as we really didn't have time to put out more. The flags were flying.

Which brings up a good lesson. That day we only converted 1 outa 6 flags. Mainly because we were on a good perch lake. When this is the case I always have at least one pole rigged with a kastmaster, swedish pimple or perch talker. That way when I get a flag and the line has only been pulled out a few feet I assume that a perch hit the minnow and then dropped it. After pullin the tip-up I use my pole with the bottom bouncer on it and start banging the bottom and floating the lure looking for that perch. It works, a lot. I like to tip the lure with bugs or small minnows for taste and smell. It works. Try it.

It seems the number one question on the lips of fishermen is what will the ice conditions be this weekend and going forward. Even with the warm temps we haven't lost a lot of ice but entrance points to the ice that get a lot of sun have suffered. Be very careful. We have a bunch of snow in the forecast for Friday. If we get 6-12" of it the snow will make travel difficult for vehicles. Foot travel will be the norm. If the snow is not so much and the temps stay low so the snow stays light then the snow will blow around keeping travel on the ice reasonable. Time will tell.

In any case, try to make the Carrol Lake tourney this Saturday. Tons of great prizes have been donated, augers, tents, electronics and more, and all the money goes for a great cause, Angel on my Shoulder. It starts at 7am. Get out there early to find your spot but don't drill any holes until 7am. Have Fun!!

FYI we have Waxies, Red Spikes and White Spikes, Mousees, Wigglers and Fresh water Shrimp in good numbers for this weekend not to mention our normal array of minnows.
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Jeff Bolander, guide and owner of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DeweyCatchemAndHow
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 15:38:33 (PST)
Real quick. Warm warm weather is taking over for a few days. Most lows will be at or above 32. Slush has gone down enough where lake travel is getting better by the day. Plenty of ice out there.

All panfish species are doing well in small windows in deeper water except gills that seem to be shallow still. All live bait is working from time to time. Wigglers seem to be in the lead for all species.

Walleyes are still doing well at low light only. Northerns have been making a comeback on big northern suckers. Gotta go and get some myself!

FYI, our DNR machine is in now. If you need a license or trail pass we got 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
and my Up North fishing and resort web sites at www.UpNorth.info
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 13:02:31 (PST)
What a great holiday week it was. The weather was comfortable for the most part and a pile fish were put on the ice. The downside was the bite windows were small so patience and diligence was key. A couple of the days were pretty windy but with good ice conditions fishermen have been able to get their shacks out. I'm seeing quite a few trucks, snowmobiles and ATVs out on the ice. Now mind you I am not recommending that you do that, just relating what is happening. One guy drove out on to Big Arb and with in a couple of hours there were almost a dozen trucks out there. One fella that fishes the Rainbow often said he drove all over the place out there the other day and he found up to a foot of ice in some places.

Panfish have been doing well lately. Small minnows on a hook, small tungstens tipped with minnow heads, waxies and spikes, bottom bouncers like the kastmaster (with or without rattles), Hali jigs, Swedish Pimples and perch walkers have done well tipped with bugs or meat.

The always sought after walleye has been getting hammered late and early in the day. Tip ups with small trebles rigged with shiners and suckers has been the best ticket. Those jigging the aforementioned bottom bouncers tipped with meat and bugs have seen success also.

Northerns have been very active. Tip ups and meat are the ticket. Place those hooks only a few feet below the ice. I listened to more than one fisherman complain of muscle aches after chasing flag after flag all day. Lots of fun!

Looks like a few days of cold are coming our way which should make the ice even better. Highs around 0 are expected but then a slight warm up is expected late this weekend. Who cares, the fish are biting!
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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
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 03, 2017 at 11:16:21 (PST)
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Looks like the ice season is off to a great start. Ice conditions vary but for the most part ice is good. Seems bigger lakes have better ice than the smaller ones. That's probably due to the fact the smaller lakes were frozen over when the snow storm hit while the larger lakes didn't lock up until after the storm and hence they have been making better ice due to the smaller snow cover.

Most fisherman have been doing well with nice catches reported. It never ceases to amaze me how individual fishermen have success with totally different approaches but swear theirs is the only way to catch fish. Right now it seems like there is luck being had with all sorts of presentations. So try them all and step outside of your comfort zone! Looks like the weather will continue to cooperate so the good luck should continue.

Lots of bait shop visitors ask me what is the hot new bait out. Who knows what will be hot but 3 baits kinda top the list for me on what's new and exciting. CLAM has a new tungsten jig called the SNOW DROP XL. They are all UV and Glow and covered in what looks like sugar crystals. Very cool looking. The second is the Walleye Talker. Those of you who use the perch Talkers know how good they are and Lindy has taken that technology bigger to target Walleye. The 3rd is the Kastmaster Rattler. I love Kastmasters and I can't wait to see if the added rattle makes them ever more deadly.

Gotta go hit 'em. See ya!
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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
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, December 22, 2016 at 14:53:30 (PST)
Ice is building up nicely in the area. Every lake is different so just because someone says there is 5" on one don't think there is the same on all of them. Most lakes are froze over and are making ice daily. How much depends on the snow cover, drifts and such. Take your spud bar, picks and ropes if you value your life. I understand already one fisherman has lost their life this year in SE Wisconsin. Don't be the next.

For those that are fishing they are doing well, especially at dusk with bugs and minnows. Limits of walleye and panfish are being had. This weekend should be a blast!
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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
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 13, 2016 at 11:18:11 (PST)
Ice should be here in a couple of days. Cold temps are definitely here. I think we could have ice by Thursday in the bays but high 24 hour winds will probably keep that from happening until Friday or Saturday. As always, take a spud and safety equipment. We stock Fireman designed Rescue Throw Bags in the shop for sale. No walleye is worth your life.

By the way, anglers are doing well below the Rainbow and hwy 70 Wisconsin river dams. Lots of crappie, walleye and perch being taken.
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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, December 07, 2016 at 08:36:30 (PST)
It looks like the ice might be coming next week. The bait shop is closed right now for a little R&R but we will open back up next Wednesday (11/30) to start the ice fishing season. Looks like the timing should be just right as some shorelines and small bays are skimming over. Here's hoping we can have good ice for December this year! I can't wait!
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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>
- Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 17:11:24 (PST)


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