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Jeff Bolander, Professional Fishing Guide
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FISHING REPORTS:

WHAT'S THE ICE THICKNESS?? WILL LAKE X BE OPEN BY THE 'OPENER'? Lots of phone calls and e-mail filled with these questions and ones similar. Well I am surprised at how fast the ice is leaving. Lots of smaller lakes are wide open and the bigger ones are opening. Let me adjust my magic prognosticators hat for a second. There. I think the ice around the Minocqua area will be gone by the end of this weekend. There. I said it. I COMMAND "BE GONE ICE!"
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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, May 03, 2018 at 15:38:07 (PDT)


Can you believe this winter. It won't go away! At least without kicking us in the butt a few more times first. We'll be MAKING lake ice all this week. Temps above freezing are a week or more out. The hot conversation now is the debate over whether we will be cutting holes in the ice to catch walleyes on this year's opener!?!

I have been taking some time off the past week or two and will be back in the northwoods after this weekend. So I obviously haven't been fishing but here's what my buds say is going on. The perch and crappie bite has been inconsistent. That in and of itself is consistent. But most luck is seen during the last few hours into dark. Not many of my buds have been fishing early so it could be good then too. Most crappie are suspended over deeper water, about 1-3 feet below the ice. The perch are still banging the mud for bugs and stuff in deeper water. Clicky-clack lures are working well right now tipped with bugs or small minnows. Plastics are a close second. Gills are also banging the mud but in shallower water. One guy told me his magic elixir was a fly jig with spike/mouse/spike. Had to be in that order. He didn't mention what colors. I guess that would have been TMI.

Well my time off has been filled with fighting red tape, crossing I's and dotting T's (I know). If you haven't heard, Linda and I have purchased the old POPOV building across the street form Paul Bunyun's. Hopefully by the Opener it will become the second location of Dewey Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post. Along with the stress of opening the new store comes the excitement of not only offering more product but a more diverse product to our customers. Some of the highlights are 16 big minnow tanks for more wild minnows and leeches on hand, 3 times as many fishing lures and jigs as we now have at the Arbor Vitae store, an ol' time popcorn cart making free popcorn all day, a planned 1000 gallon fish tank holding all the species of the northwoods, and a few other surprises. It's gonna be great! We start work on remodeling the place on the 13th of April. Stop by and say hi if you see our vehicles there. But don't stay too long or we'll shove a paint brush and broom into your hands!

Later kids. Time to get back at the red tape!
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Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
Reports at www.UpNorthFishing.com
Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DeweyCatchemAndHow
Check out my Up North fishing and resort web sites at www.UpNorth.info
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www.UpNorthFishingPhotos.com.
Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Tuesday, April 03, 2018 at 09:58:40 (PDT)


I didn't post last week and I almost wasn't going to this week as there just isn't much change in the 'fishing the northwoods' world. The bite is average at best and that combined with the weather makes for very uncrowded lake conditions. This weekend shouldn't be much different with below zero temps in the morning but some sun in the afternoon.

But all this should change. The weather forecast shows highs in the 20s all next week and beyond and that should help. From reports to the shop the perch have been turning on a little bit. And that's good news as a lot of folks like to chase perch but they have been very quiet lately. There's no magic to this folks. Sometimes the fish aren't active and don't feed very hard. But with warmer temps and longer days the fish realize that the spawn is coming soon and the feed bags will go back on.

I'm really looking forward to this week. It has the making of a real comeback for the bite in general. Lots of great tourneys are coming up including the high school state championship is next weekend. We will have longer hours for those weekends and I will announce those in next week's report.

Ice Tourneys coming up:
16th Annual Fishing Tournament on Plum Lake on Plum Lake on Saturday February 10th, 6am to 3pm, Benifits Sayner-Star Lake Lions Club projects, Call 715-542-3789 for more info
2nd Annual Bob Lemmer Memorial on Lake Kathrine on Saturday, February 17th. 9am to 3pm. Benefits Angel on My Shoulder. Call 715-358-7572 for more information
12th Annual Lake Tomahawk Family Fisheree on Lake Tomahawk on Saturday, February 24th. Register starts at 7:15am and fish from 8am to 3pm. Call 715-370-4652 for more info.
5th Annual Carrol Lake Ice Fishing Tournament on Carrol Lake on Saturday, February 24th. Registration starts at 7am at the boat landing and goes till 3pm. Benefits Angel on My Shoulder. For more info call 715-356-6961
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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, February 08, 2018 at 14:02:04 (PST)

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