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Jeff Bolander, Professional Fishing Guide
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FISHING REPORTS:

Where does the time go? Almost the middle of August already! Didn't we just get on the lakes after the late ice? Oh, well. The report is still better than average. Everyday I go out we catch 5-7 different species of fish in a myriad of ways. The fishing in general has slowed since last month but we are still putting great fish fries together. If you get a chance check out the Facebook page where I try to keep up with the nice ones being caught. The greatest pleasure I get is watching young and old smile and giggle while putting fish in the boat.

Walleye are a little slow but started to pick up over the past few days. A half a crawler on a 1/16 oz jig pulled slowly thru the thickest weeds has been the best presentation. Many other kinds of fish are there too, bass, perch, bluegill, etc., but you gotta get thru them to get the walleye.

Weedless jigs are sometimes necessary but small jigs can work just as well if you learn to gently pull it thru the weed stalks. Practice will teach you the difference between a weed stalk pressure and a fish bite. Once you master it you will become a weed fisherman for life. I have three kind of weedless jigs in my tackle box. Jack's jigs, Northland Weedweasels and the Slo-poke. I use them all depending on the situation and type of weeds we're pulling thru. They each have their advantages over the other. I also make small modifications to them before I use them. Next time your in one of the shops ask me and I'll show you what I do to them to make them work even better.

Crappie have been a consistent producer lately. Small Powerbait Grubtails, Mini-Mites, Crappie Scrubs, Gulp Minnows and real minnows and crawlers have all been working. One trip we got 6 over 12" in 9 feet of water. The next time out we got a bunch more in nothing less that 18 feet of water. You gotta look for them every time out. Same with the gills and perch. Different day. Different location. There is one exception to this rule. If the lake is like Little Saint Germain in St Germain where 75 percent of the lake is 10-15' feet deep, not much will change from day to day. The only thing that could change there is colors, speed and proximity to the weed line.

Large mouth bass are still in or near the deep or shallow weedlines. Top water baits like frogs, poppers and buzz baits are a blast this time of year. But when using these baits wait until you feel the weight of the bite before you set the hook or you could get a face full of top water lure.

Time to get back out and enjoy this gorgeous summer we've had so far. Remember, if you're too busy to fish, you're too busy.
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Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Friday, August 10, 2018 at 08:58:26 (PDT)


I was reprimanded by a shop visitor that I hadn't posted in a couple of weeks again. Sorry. Just soooo busy with both shops and guiding almost every day now. I've fished the Boulder Junction, Minocqua, St Germain, Arbor Vitae and Lac du Flambeau lakes. But not much has changed. Water temps are knocking the dust off of 80.

Weather has been pretty steady and high skies and humid almost every day. That makes for really good fishing. It doesn't matter what type of weather it is as long as it is consistent, fish like it. Winds changes in stable weather can change things but only where you fish. Fish those weed blown shorelines folks. Fish where the bait is and eventually it makes its way into the wind blown shorelines. Even if the fish are in 20 FOW they will usually be on the wind blown side.

Weed edges right next to that deep water has been key for finding fish. Find those deep weeds and grass and you'll probably find fish, all kinds. So many people are afraid to fish in those 20-40 FOW. That's where the fish might be. I see people fishing shorelines in the middle of the day with high skies and calm conditions and they're not catching anything but little ones. In the meantime my boat has been inching out into deeper water as the sun gets higher and we're still pounding the big ones. The other day with clients on a relatively clear lake we started catching fish in 6 FOW. 4 hours later we were still catching fish in 25-30 FOW.

One more tip before I close. I taught a young fellow how to wacky worm and ned jig the other day. I know a lot of folks wacky worm but ned heading is pretty cool too. It's a 3-4" piece of plastic that floats and makes you wanna order a pizza because it is garlic infused. You put it on a ned head jig and it sits vertical to the bottom. Twitching it makes it look like a crayfish or minnow nudging the bottom. Keep you line taught and you'll feel the fish suck it right up. It's a lot of fun for bass and walleyes. Com'on in the shop and we'll show you another way to have fun.

Here comes a lady with a bucket. Gotta go!
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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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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Saturday, July 07, 2018 at 12:26:27 (PDT)


All in all we've had a beautiful early summer weather-wise. Catching fish or not it's hard not to enjoy a day on the water with this weather. And yes, fortunately the bite has stayed very good on almost all species. But as usual there seems to be a different dominate species each day. I never could figure out how you could catch mostly walleye one day, the next mostly bass and the next mostly bluegill, on the same lake with the same presentations. Good question. Solve that one and you could get rich.

The only weather we've had lately that affected the fishing were the storms we got that poured 8-10 inches of water on our northwoods. Those really sent the flowages into a mucky flow and a lot of lakes too! I fished one lake today that is normally pretty clear but it looked like a lake in southern Illinois, all brown and mucky. We had to have the bait right in front of their noses to get a bite as the visibility was pretty bad.

Crawlers and leeches have been the bait of choice in my boat lately. Minnows work but are hard to keep alive in the warm weather. The plastics are starting to work better too. Small twisters to large rib worms and wacky worms are producing fish. Cranks are still working pretty good but mostly for me the surface baits have been king in this arena.

Knock on wood I hope the bite continues. It's been a very good year so far and looking at the weather coming up I see no reason why it can't continue. The basic advice stays the same. Fish green weeds next to deep water, the higher the sun in a cloudless sky go deeper, the less wind there is cast out farther and for goodness sake, HAVE FUN!!!
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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
and see piles of fish photos at Up North Fishing Photos at

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Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 14:18:27 (PDT)


I know its been longer than usual for a report but I gotta tell you the fishing has been really really good! My excuse for my lack of reports is we've been too busy fishing and then cleaning those fish. But here's the key. If you hit the lake and look for any fish, not any particular fish, you will probably be successful right now. Each day the lake has given us something a little different with some great surprises thrown in!

For example one day we hit the water looking to teach a couple of guys how to catch fish, any fish. We ended up popping a bunch of bass and some super nice walleye in places I have never caught walleye before. Today we went after walleye on a lake we normally catch lots of walleye. We only caught one but we popped a bunch of small mouths and kept 17 beautiful perch! What fun!

Ya gotta stay flexible folks. Just about everything in the box is working nowadays if you know how to use them, meaning presentation. One day it's crawlers and the next it's crankbaits, in the same spots! Colors matter, presentations matter, locations matter. If you're not catching fish, change something. Sounds simple, sometimes it is. We came off a lake today with what turned out to be 2 pounds of fillets and the two groups of people at the landing were complaining they didn't even get a bite. I asked them what they were doing and each gave the same answer. The same thing all day! Me and my clients must have changed bait and presentations 20 times until we found something that finally produced fish. Flexible. Be that way!

When you come into one of our bait shops go ahead and ask for advice. We would be happy to give you some suggestions on how you could change things up and be successful. Some will work and some won't, depending on the day. But hey, we're flexible! If you're not having fun you're doing something wrong...
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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
and see piles of fish photos at Up North Fishing Photos at

www.UpNorthFishingPhotos.com.
Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 16:37:43 (PDT)


What a month, eh? We go from ice to 60 degree water temps in less than a week! No spring for us this year, that's for sure. But nobody's complaining. After that gruesomely long winter we will take anything that includes a dose of warmth and sun. But what does this mean for fishing?

Walleyes are done spawning pretty much everywhere. What they want now is, as Tommy Zinda used to put it, a meal -- not a snack. You wanna catch nice walleyes now you need bigger minnows and 3-5" plastics and crank baits. Sure you'll catch the occasional one on smaller fatheads but right now big is better. Most are still in shallow water chasing those meals. Look for green weeds next to deeper water.

Crappies are in the middle of the spawn. Some lakes they are done and others they haven't started. Small plastics run thru their nesting grounds are working. Also small minnows under slip bobbers are working. Most of the fish I've caught and seen so far are in that 7-11' range about 1-3' under the surface. Another tip is to watch the surface near warn water shorelines for disturbances in the water. There is where they may be.

Bass are also in the spawn. Smallies are in the rock piles, sand bars and the such next to deep water. Twister baits, minnows and cranks can entice them right now. Remember to throw all the smallies back until Father's day weekend. Large mouth you can keep right now. The large mouth's spawning ground are more wood and weed related in shallower water. Same types of baits will catch them though. A tip, if you see a bass on a bed you can't get to move with a crawler or bug bait, use a minnow or minnow looking crank as minnows are a threat to their beds and eggs.

Bluegills are getting ready to spawn on most lakes. I had one guy tell me he was catching gillsand crappies in the same bed area the other day. Bugs, worms and fly jigs work the best.

Northerns have been kinda of quiet for me this year. VERY unusual as it seems they take half my "walleye intended" jigs this time of year. But that could start at any time now.

FYI, our 2nd shop is up and rocking now. We got a few more details to finish but I think it looks great. Remember it is right across the street from Paul Bunyan's. Our goal is to have a complete selection of all the hottest baits for our area. I believe we have accomplished that. If we haven't, let us know! We are open at both shops at 5am everyday. Here comes a guy with a bucket, gotta go!
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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
and see piles of fish photos at Up North Fishing Photos at

www.UpNorthFishingPhotos.com.
Jeff Bolander <jeff@deweycatchemandhow.com>
- Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 09:23:19 (PDT)


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
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, 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
and see piles of fish photos at Up North Fishing Photos at

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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