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Jeff Bolander, Professional Fishing Guide
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FISHING REPORTS:

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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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
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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
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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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