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FISHING REPORTS:

Finally we are in some true fall patterns. The weather shows we are looking at highs near 60 most days with some true frosty temps in the next week or two. And as usual with the cooler water temps the fishing improves.

The bite is still on crawlers but that is also changing quickly. Three days ago me and clients caught as many fish on minnows as we did crawlers. Yesterday we only caught one Smallie on a minnow and the limit of walleye and the rest of the smallies and crappie were caught on crawlers. Picky devils...

The walleye bite has been very good for us. I've been fishing lakes from Lac du Flambeau to Arbor Vitae and most have been caught in more that 20' of water. Yesterday we got them in 28'. We did catch some small walleye in 10' next to weed lines but the big ones were in the deeper water near rock ridges near mud lines.

Those of you that have fished with me know I like the slow drag. The one day we fished it was so windy that when we pitched our jigs out we couldn't feel the bottom but knew we were there just because of the amount of time we let them sink. We were using 1/16 oz jigs. The good part was that when we worked the bait back in slow we knew anything we felt was a fish. We caught some nice walleyes in the 20's that day with that method. Of course we had the advantage of knowing we were fishing on a sand bottom so we didn't have to worry about snags.

The Small Mouth Bass we have been catching have been good sized. Again, the bigger fish came from deeper water. They are definitely spread out as we never "got into them" -- it was one here, one there.

The big gills are starting to become active. Again, crawlers have worked the best in 15' of water or more. When those bulldevils hit and turn sideways you think you popped a big walleye until you see your line going in circles. They are great table fare. I gotta get out by myself and get a bunch of those. I just bought a fish scaler tumbler that I'm anxious to try out! I love fillets with the skin still on them.

Haven't seen a lot of perch or northern lately but that will change with the cooler temps too. I might head out for my yearly trip to Escanaba Lake to grab about 40 or so perch. They will taste great this winter after being in my tumbler and then filleted. That's extree good!

Crappie are starting to come around a little better now, still not the big bite yet. They are getting deeper also and relating to wood piles as they normally do this time of year. That's more great table fare. I actually did better with Gulp! micro minnows than real minnows the other day on 1/32 oz jigs, orange or lime.

Client story of the week. His five year old daughter was shore fishing with him a few days after a "put and take" lake was filled with trout. It wasn't quite as crowed a few days after the opening day but there were still a few guys trying to fill their coolers. So she catches a nice one on her Barbie pole, very excited and decides after much inspection that she is going to let it go. She cradles the fish with two hands and starts to lower it to the waters edge when a guy not to far from her asks her "what are you doing?" She tells him she is letting it go! He tells her "I'll take it if you don't want it!" She calmly turns her head towards him and says with 5 year old innocence, "catch your own..." Oh I wish I could have seen that!!!!

Well here comes someone with a bucket. Later!
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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, October 05, 2017 at 07:01:57 (PDT)


We are in a pretty productive groove right now for catching small mouth bass, bluegill and walleye. The warmer temps last week kicked the surface water temps back up to the low 70s again. Those temps are sure to rise this week as the highs are forecast to be in the 80s! Only in the northwoods, eh?

90% of the fish we are boating are in the 15-25 fow range. Over the weekend I fished with clients in Lac du Flambeau, Minocqua, Woodruff and Arbor Vitae area lakes. The methods we found to be productive were the same on each day. It's still a crawler bite for me. I took minnows out a few times but didn't boat much with them. Mostly for us it has been half a crawler on the lightest jig you could use and still feel it on the bottom. Color didn't matter a lot most of the time although orange, green and chartreuse seemed to be the best at times.

And here's a little tidbit. We caught 90% of our walleyes after 10am. Who says you gotta get up early to catch walleye? They're feeding on small minnows and crayfish. We found them mostly on rock to mud transitions in the deeper water. We boated some in the deeper weeds edges around 15' but the bigger fish came in deeper water.

Same with the smallies. Deep water weed edges, rock ledges, and sandbars in 15' or more. They seem to be gorging themselves right now on crayfish. When they see our worm they just hammer it with a 'no doubt about it' strike telling me that they are schooled up and fighting over the bait. Same with the largemouth although they aren't quite as deep. If you know where some rock humps are that house crayfish next to deep water you will find smallies. Once you start to feel the twang of the crayfish hitting your worm, move on as the crayfish aren't hiding anymore as the smallies are gone.

I fished with a group of guys over the weekend and I proved to them that the deeper water holds large fish. I put the boat in the weeds and they caught tons of little bass and bluegills. I them backed out to the 12' weeds edge and the fish got bigger. Then I backed the boat out to 18' of water with sand grass and all of a sudden all the bluegill were 8-9" and the bass were all over 14".

Well this next week should be a comfortable one as the temps will be above average and not too much wind. I can take a few more days of wearing sandals and shorts! GET OUT THERE!
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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, September 19, 2017 at 12:45:35 (PDT)
I've been fishing a lot lately. And I'm here to tell you that it has been different every day even if you are on the same lake. The weather has been incredibly inconsistent so the bite follows along. The biggest problem has been wind direction. I'm a big believer in fishing wind blown shorelines. But fish like consistency and if that shoreline isn't blown into for a few days in a row I don't think the fish are as active there. If you have a shoreline that the wind has been beating into for a few days the bite there should be great.

Lots of bugs hatches, some I have never seen before, are around on the lakes, but not everywhere at the same time. As always, if you see lots of larvae floating on the surface head to another body of water then wait 7-10 days before you go back to that lake.

Lots of cold fronts too lately. High of 50 one day and then 80 the next and then back again. These swings make it tough for the fish to get a handle on what water temps they are comfortable in. Less sunlight has seen the weeds starting to pull back. Dying weeds suck oxygen out of the water instead of putting it into the water. Fish don't like to live where there isn't much oxygen

I know, negative, negative, negative! But we have been catching fish. Why? We are fishing deeper. Deeper water has greener weeds, less susceptibility to temperature changes, less effected by wind changes and can be full of food that hides in those weeds, mud and wood. Some folks don't feel comfortable fishing 20-50 feet deep but that is where most of the fish are folks. We are in the middle of the crawler to minnow transformation right now as some days are better with minnows already. Somewhere around 60 degree lake water surface temps will trigger the change for the rest of the season.

Fishing will continue to get better now till ice up. Fish deeper, heavier jigs, low stretch line, slower and bigger live and artificial baits. YOU CAN DO IT!
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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, September 07, 2017 at 12:16:09 (PDT)
While the weather cools for the upcoming fall, fishing the past week also cooled. Last week we hammered them but this week was much more average. We still put plenty of fish in the boat but not near the numbers as the previous week. But that is changing as I type. 7 days ago was real tough, a "small day" as I call them. All fish caught were small. But each day out has seen improvement in the numbers and size of the fish. Yesterday was pretty good with some real nice sized fish being caught.

There is definitely a change in the air, I can smell it. Almost every decent fish is deep. Even the bluegills we have been catching have been at least 15-20 feet deep. And they aren't as bunched up as much as usual. Crappies, too, same story. The aggression of the fish has slowed. But all of this is normal and expected. It actually makes it easier to catch the fish cuz now they are where you would expect them to be this time of year.

There have been a few lakes that have had bug hatches lately. I was on one yesterday that I noticed many floating bugs in the first two spots we hit. I wondered why we hadn't had even one bite in those two spots. That's my notice to pull the boat and head to another lake and we did. No sense in trying to catch fish that aren't hungry! Also it seems the bait method change is happening. One day we couldn't catch a fish on a crawler, plastics only. The next day was just the opposite.

So get out there, fish those deeper honey holes, try plastics, crawlers and minnows, and bag yourself a fish fry. Color and bait size matters. Keep trying different methods till you find the one the one that works that day. You'll end up teaching yourself something new! I'm gonna go do that right now!
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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 Up North fishing and resort web sites at www.UpNorth.info
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Friday, August 25, 2017 at 10:46:01 (PDT)


The past two weeks the fishing reports has stayed the same and that's why I haven't posted anything. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Northwoods fisherpeople have been busy. The bite is good as most of the time all the species are active at some point during the day. The problem, as always, is where. Mostly you have to find them every time out. I usually start with my favorite spots and unlike most fisherpeople if I don't pop something in a short period of time I leave to another spot and repeat. If none of my spots are giving me fish I start to watch the graph a little closer on areas I my not normally fish. And keep looking and keep looking and so on. I've had some folks tell me that why move, the fish will be there eventually. Well, maybe. I often feared when moving that the fish were biting there right after we left. Or right after the last cast. There's no right answer here, just letting you know what I do. I like to move and cast. I'm not a slip bobber kind of guy. Many are and are very successful at it. I just like to feel the bite, always have.

Quickly here we go. Walleyes are on deep flats. Smallies are on deep rock humps. Blue gills are everywhere. Perch are shallow. Active Crappie are on bottom of deeper water. And of course there are exceptions to every one of there observations. And leeches are gone, use those crawlers.

Gotta get back at 'em!
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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, August 17, 2017 at 10:48:31 (PDT)
The fishing has been fantastic. Then boom. What a cold front that came thru. Dropped water temps 10 degrees in two days. But all is not lost. Temps are warming and stabilizing again and the full bite should be back on soon. It's not that we're not catching any fish it's just that the bite is more timid. Today I fished with clients on a lake I fished before the cold front and we still caught fish, just not as many and not as big.

The cold front, as it always does, has sent the fish deeper if there is deeper water near where they normally eat. Reason is because that deeper water is not effected by the temperature drop like the shallow water is. Find the flats and areas they are normally in and work out to the first or second break to find them now. For example, if you were catching small mouth in 10' of water before the front then look for that first drop off from that 10' area. It may be 15' or 35' but in any case that's were they will probably be now. If there isn't any deep drop off near by the fish will bury themselves into the weeds, right down on the bottom. The weeds, being as think as they are this time of year, makes it hard to catch those fish.

Tis is why cold fronts are so damaging to shallow lakes and flowages that don't have very much deep water or weeds. The fish don't have any choice but to stay in that suddenly colder water. That puts them in a bad mood.

The baits of choice for all the species hasn't changed much. Still crawlers and leeches are king worked slowly on the smallest jig you can feel in the wind or depth you are fishing. Plastics too can work very well and sometimes out fish the live bait. Be flexible and try many different presentations until the fish let you know what they want.

That's it for today. I'm really looking forward to the fishing getting back to the high level which is was at this coming week. You can't catch fish watching TV so get out there and take the kids. The panfish action has been dynamite.
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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>
- Saturday, August 05, 2017 at 14:15:48 (PDT)
I was reminded by a reader the other day that it has been two weeks since my last report. I could hardly believe it but it has been, at that. To be honest not much has changed, just some locations. Small mouth bass are still hammering the bait. Depending on the day and lake just about everything is working. Crawlers, leeches, all sorts of plastics and crank baits. Lately they have been in the shallow grass or deeper rock drop offs. I cleaned a few for clients the other day and they were full of leeches and crayfish.

Walleye have been in the same places as the smallies and eating the same types of food but not as aggressive. Small bites on live bait seem to work the best mostly in low light periods. Although we did catch a nice mess of them the other day from 10am to Noon in 7 foot rocks. Go figure.

Perch have been in the shallower, less than 10', weeds chasing minnows and crawler bits. We also caught some on slow moving spinners, too.

Largemouth have been caught buried in the weeds in shallower water. They love these warm temps. Slop frogs and other top bait are working well when pitched right over the top of those weeds.

Crappie have been everywhere and are starting to get more active now. A small twister tail on a 1/32 or 1/16 oz jig is still working the best. Move a lot, experiment with different baits and fish for them about 2-5' down in the water column no matter how deep it is.

Also getting active again are the bluegills. Again, buried in the thick weeds they have been hitting small plastics and crawler bits. One day we hammered them on crawler bits, then they quit and when went with gulp bits and hammered them and then they quit and then we went back to crawler bits and finished hammering them. Stay flexible and try different bait and presentations.

Northerns are kinda slow right now. They don't like this warm water. Most surface temps are around 75-79 right now.

Gotta hit it. Here comes someone with a bait bucket. I'll try to report sooner next time!
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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>
- Friday, July 28, 2017 at 13:21:23 (PDT)
What an interesting summer so far. Rain, rain and more rain and now we fight the mayfly hatches. But the warmth has returned so even though we may get rained on we aren't freezing to death on top of it, yeah! Here's what I know.

Clients have hired me to fish on lakes in Presque Isle, Lac du Flambeau, Minocqua, Arbor Vitae and Manitowish Waters this week. And it always amazes me that no matter where I go the bite is very similar. Similar lakes produce similar results. I swear the fish get their marching orders from some place every morning.

Small mouth bass have been chasing minnows towards the surface lately. It's fun to skim the water surface with stick baits and plastics and feel that SLAM they put into the hit. You can still catch them on crawlers and leeches but that surface bite is unique. I taught one lady in my boat a few days ago how to twitch a surface bait and every time I'd hear a loud OH MY, I knew she had another one on. But be careful of those treble hooks when handling the fish. If I hadn't been wearing gloves that day I would have been stuck more than a couple of times.

Perch have been a lot more active lately. Shallow rock humps, with or without weeds, and shore line weeds have been their cruising grounds. 1/32 oz jigs and crawlers are like heroin to them. They like to chase the bluegill fry at this time of year.

Speaking of gills they still have not spawned on most lakes. I hope they didn't miss their chance. I'm still finding them in up to 20' of water in the weeds. I hope they are able to do their deed and we don't lose a year class of gills.

Large mouth bass are going good. As the water warms so will the action continue to get better. They love that warm water. Crawlers are always good but it you haven't tried big plastics ya gotta do it. IKA Fats, Senko worms and Pro Tour sticks fished wacky stye and rib worms are awesome fun. Come on into the shop if you're not familiar with the methodology here and we'll show you how it's done. You'll catch bass where you didn't think there was any. And not just bass either. Pike, walleye and crappie go after them, too.

Now on to the mighty walleye. They are on the move with all the bug hatches we've had but we are still popping some nice ones just not as many. Work the mud flats during the day with stick baits behind bottom bouncers, short crawler and leech harnesses and you should entice one to bite. In lower light they are still chasing bait on rock humps and shallower transition changes, mud to rock bottom or vice versa. We've caught them on rocks in 7' of water one day and 20' the next. Find 'em.

As for northerns they will get harder to get as the water warms. Temps are low to mid 70's on most lakes and as much as large mouth bass like the warm water, the northerns don't. I still find a spinner bait tipped with a big grub tail is hard to beat. The northerns slam the crap outa those things.

I've been typing this while listening to the rain hit the roof. I don't hear it any more so it must be time to hit the water. Go fishing with the family. You'll make memories that stick for a lifetime.
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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 Up North fishing and resort web sites at www.UpNorth.info
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 15:53:00 (PDT)


Ahhhhh! Sun and warmth! Yeah! OK, enough of me jumping up and down but it is nice not to get rained on for a few days and the weather ahead looks just as nice.

Let's do a readers digest version today.

On a lot of lakes the bass are just now spawning or getting ready. I know, really late but the ones we caught yesterday were full of spawn.

I still haven't figured out bluegills yet as they still seem to be pre-speawn but we find them all up and down the water column. 25' deep the other day.

Walleyes and the bass are TIGHT to cover. I mean tight. Find logs, trees, BIG rocks and thick weeds and you'll find fish. Get out your weedless jigs and cast right up in there.

Northern have been quiet lately but some reports of big minnows under slip bobbers or drug thru the cover are working.

Crappie are for the most part spread out and suspending. Find them on your locator and fish that depth all over the lake.

The flowages have a mayfly hatch going on right now a long with some other lakes. Some lakes have just finished up a hatch. There are of course more than one hatches that will occur per year on a body of water. The fishing is best just as a hatch starts and about a week after it ends.

Tip of the day: Each lake has a personality. If you think I tend to generalize in my reports sometimes it's because there is always an exception. For example, I said above that the crappie are suspended over deep water but if your lake doesn't have much deep water then the crappie in that lake may be somewhere else. When I'm asked in the bait shop "where are the fish biting?" I usually reply that it depends on the lake and there are no right or wrong answers, just good places to start. The only consistency in my last few guiding jobs were we found most fish in one spot but we had to try many spots to find that spot.

Have a safe holiday and celebrate the best country that ever was!
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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 Up North fishing and resort web sites at www.UpNorth.info
and see piles of fish photos at Up North Fishing Photos at

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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Tuesday, July 04, 2017 at 06:33:17 (PDT)


Again with the rain and rain and rain. Scheesh. Well enough of the that. But the fishing still is above average in the Minocqua, Lac du Flambeau, Manitowish Waters, Boulder Junction and St Germain areas, which is great! Pretty much everything is working so you can use your favorite method. Although minnows are waning a little, crawlers and leeches are picking up the slack nicely. Here's the talking points of what I know right now.

Blue gills for the most part are not on the beds but are getting close. Most seem to be suspended in 15-17' of water.

Perch are hanging in the same area as bluegills. They will go up into the beds with the gills when they go to feast on their fry.

Crappie are spread out all over about 5' below the surface. They will pick a certain water depth to suspend on. Once you find them note the depth and only fish that depth. They are relatively close to where they spawned.

Largemouth bass are very near their beds. They are very active and are hitting many different presentations.

Smallmouth Bass are also very close to their beds and on most lakes they are on their beds and protecting them. Again, any bait that threatens the safety of their bed they will hit.

Walleye are in many different places and must be searched for every day. Each lake will have it's own Walleye personality and it because of the weather it may change a lot.

Northern pike have been a little scarce for me lately. I don't know why but maybe the shallow water buffet right now is too plentiful for them so they ignore my offerings.

Musky are hitting well on smaller baits and definitely Musky Suckers. If you haven't drug a Musky Sucker, do it. Or another great way to catch a Musky is to fish for something else. That works quite often.
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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, June 22, 2017 at 10:53:46 (PDT)
Boy could we use some rain... NOT!!! Somebody told me that we've had 15" this month alone and I wouldn't doubt it. We got 6-8 inches a couple of days ago. I launched my boat on a lake a few days ago where my trailer tires didn't even touch the original cement landing ramp. Incredible. Well at least the fishing has been good in between the raindrops.

Bass, Smallmouth and Largemouth, are still active near their bedding areas. Some places still on the bed area and some places at the first break. Crawlers, leeches and plastics are still working along with wacky worms and stick baits.

Gills are just starting to become plentiful. They are near the beds too and crawler bits seem to work best. Plastics are ok too but not much is beating a 1/32 oz jig tipped with a crawler bit or wax worm. They just slurp it down. And if you haven't tries spikes or chena bait put it on your list. Spikes are maggots and are heartier. Smaller, tougher and cheaper. Try to put them on the hook without squirting out their inside juices.

Perch are being caught up shallow in the weeds looking for bluegill fry and bugs. Just fish for bluegills and you should find nice perch along with them.

Northern are still active everywhere. Spinner baits, small bucktails and stick baits always work well. But the half of crawler, minnow or leech will produce too.

Walleye are everywhere depending on what lake you are fishing. Mostly shallow in wood and weeds is where you can catch them with crawlers and leeches right now. I few guys have had great success on larger minnows like chubs and suckers, too. Twitching stick baits and bigger plastics are also producing. The only problem is we've had a hard time catching some smaller fish to reach our limit on some 14" lakes.

Crappie are a bit spread out now after the spawn. Most are done but now are feeding heavily. Crappie minnows, waxies, spikes or your favorite small plastic on a 1/32 oz jig are producing nice catches. Keep moving and watch the surface for them grabbing bugs up there. We were catching them on 4" rib worms the other day. They would inhale them right thru the gills. Search the whole water column for them.
Get out there and enjoy as the fishing is still good and who can resist a fresh fish fry!
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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, June 15, 2017 at 07:19:47 (PDT)

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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, June 15, 2017 at 07:17:09 (PDT)
The fishing is awesome right now. Small mouth and Large Mouth Bass are rocking. Twister Tails and crawlers thrown close to beds and first drop offs are dynamite. I took a couple of young men out smallie fishing a couple of days ago and they boated over 100 bass! We had 75 in only 3 hours! ANd they weren't babies. They averaged 13-17 inches! That's why I love this time of year. The crappie are shallow, the Gills are shallow and the perch are near the Gill beds waiting to poach their eggs and fry. Just about everything is working very well in some way. If you think there is only one way to catch fish you're crazy. Some might be better than others but the fact is the fishing is great right now and your favorite method is probably working well.

After the 100 smallie day we went stick-baiting for walleye the following day and had success. The next day we found Crappie and bass in the shallows with 1/32 oz jigs and twister grubs in 2-5 ft of water tight to wood. Then the next day we went after more smallies with half crawlers and caught 30 and a limit of Walleye. 8 days, 9 sets of clients, 11 lakes and not a bum outing in the bunch. As always, fish shorelines that the wind is blowing into, green weeds inside and outside edges and the warmest water on the lake.

Get out now and take advantage of the bonanza the lakes are giving up. Another week or so and the fish will spread out again making things a little more difficult. There are more than a few lakes with mayfly hatches going on now but since many species are close to shore it hasn't affected success too much.

I gotta get back out there. Grab a family member and join me! Man this is fun...
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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, June 08, 2017 at 18:02:22 (PDT)


Wow, the weather in the northwoods has been terrible. Wet, rainy, windy, and cold. We have been catching fish but it has been tougher than it should be. BUUTTT, that's changing. The weather is improving by the day and good in a fishing sort of way. I expect the next 5 or 6 days to be dynamite. It seems like the lakes are just ready to pop, waiting and waiting for the water temps to go up where they should be. And all the fish are ready too.

I know I'm gonna sound like a bait shop owner here but when this happens you gotta take a variety of bait, live and artificial, with you. So many species right now are in different stages of the spawn hence you're not gonna know what mood they will be in until you hit the water. I had one guide day last week that only minnows worked and the next day only leeches worked. So be prepared.

Short report today as the shop is busy with everyone trying to take advantage of the sun we haven't seen in a week. Happy Memorial Day to y'all and be safe!
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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 25, 2017 at 10:39:18 (PDT)
The OPENER is over and on to my favorite time of year, mid-May to mid-June. This time of year it seems that every species is with every species and you don't know what fish you hooked until you get it to the boat. What fun!

I went out yesterday for my second self taught lesson in learning my new electronics. Along with the usual GPS I now have Side Imaging, SI and Down Imaging, DI. Very interesting stuff. I was able to put a way point on a crib 40 feet away from me and then have my trolling motor take me to it. Very cool but more importantly very practical. I did do a little fishing along with the lesson and did pretty good until a cold front with rain came thru. I caught a few walleye, northern and bass in 24-28 FOW. They were holding pretty tight to wood which I found with the SI.

My guess is this weekend is going to be dynamite if the forecast holds true. Highs near and past 70 and slight breezes should put most if not all species on the feed. Crappie, Walleye and Northern will be my target with clients this weekend and I'm looking forward to it. I will also start searching for those smallies in those northern sandy shores for some good fighting fun. To many opportunities to list for this weekend.

Our thought for the day. Time after time folks come into the shop and lament that they didn't catch much. When queried how they are fishing it's always the same thing, one way and one way alone. Fisherpeople, if they ain't bitin' yer way try somewhere and someway else! Just sayin'...

Take advantage of Mother's Day weekend and take her fishing, bait her hook, and then fix her a fish fry. And DON'T make her clean up afterwards!!!
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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 11, 2017 at 05:50:46 (PDT)
HELLO SUN!! Where have you been? Well you're here now so I guess that's all that matters. Hey the OPENER weekend is shaping up to be a great one. Weather and wind looks like it's going to cooperate and the fish are active. Water temps should be around 50 degrees or so. The one downside to the weekend outlook is with all the rain we've had water levels are way WAY up. Even smaller lakes are up. The flowages and the lakes and rivers connected to them are at capacity and above. This will make it hard for the minnow trappers to get the coveted red tail chubs and dace and maybe mud minnows right now. I won't know until my trapper shows up tomorrow. Hopefully that will change soon.

So what should your game plan be this weekend? I could give you 10 scenarios and I would get 10 arguments! But one thing is for sure as always. Green weeds. Find them and fish right in them and on the outside as well as the inside of them. These are oxygen producers and hold ALL fish right now. Pitch your favorite live bait, minnows or worms, on a weedless jig, as light as you can, and you should have success. This is always a great time of year to throw stick baits and spinner baits in the same areas and on shorelines for predators chasing bait fish in the warmer waters. And always find the warmest water you can find when fishing.

Well that's all for now. Live the northern Wisconsin tradition and hit the water somewhere this OPENER weekend. You don't have to be in a boat as now is some of the best shoreline fishing available all year.

BTW, the bait shop hours this weekend are Thursday 8am to 7pm, Friday 8am to Midnight, Saturday 4am to 7pm and Sunday 5am to 7pm, then we start our normal 6am to 7pm daily hours.
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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, May 03, 2017 at 08:53:46 (PDT)
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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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
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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
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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
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Check out my Real Estate website at www.JeffBolander.com
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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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