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Minocqua Area and Northern Wisconsin

Welcome to the Minocqua Area - Nature's Original Water Park. We call it that because it's located in the middle of Northern Wisconsin's Lake Country. Here there are thousands of lakes, rivers and streams that literally saturate the geography. And vacationers have long been visiting the Minocqua Area to enjoy all this water by boating, swimming, fishing, snowmobiling and more. There's no admission fees and we're open year round!

Fishing Report

Fishing report 8-19-16

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

The Ugly. The pain in my back, neck and elbow.

The Bad. Leaving a bottle of water on the floor of the boat. On a rare day off I found myself fishing a new rock bar drop off that I found on a lake I hadn't fished in years. I was lucky enough to be catching one nice smallie after another. Just after I had made another cast, with my half a crawler on a 1/16 oz jig, my phoned beeped letting me know someone just sent me a text. I picked up the phone to read the message, got one sentence into the message and I had a hit. I sat the phone down, set the hook, fought the fish to the boat and went to step down off the front deck to the lower deck to get the net. On my step down I stepped on a water bottle and went a** over tea kettle down. I landed in the middle of my back, my head on the side of the boat and my elbow on the gunnel. I of course dropped the rod, went to grab it with my left arm, couldn't do it because of the pain and then grabbed it with my right arm. I sat there for a second taking inventory of body parts to make sure nothing was broken or seriously hurt. Fortunately nothing but bruised body parts and ego. I lifted the fish into the net on the floor of the boat and sat there for a second. I decided then to check the text message since I was so close to the floor at the time. It was a guy requesting a guide job on the lake I was fishing right then! I held up the fish and snapped a pic of it and sent it to him and apologized for taking so long to get back to him as I was busy boating this! What a coincidence, eh? I've said it a million times to keep the deck of your boat clean. I guess I should listen!

The Good. Yesterday I had another afternoon off and decided to hit a lake I had never been on. It's a public lake that not a lot of people fish as it is a little harder to get to but has a great boat landing. I searched the usual rock humps first with not much luck. I then ran into a shallow weed patch and got a few nibble bites on my twister tail. I decided to see how far out and deep this weed patch went and ended up putting the boat in 8 FOW on the weed edge. After a few casts it was evident that there were little ankle-biters on that edge. I got out my 25 year old 7 foot Lite rod, put on a 1/64 oz jig and tipped it with a crawler chunk. Bingo. It was one perch after another, 2 small ones and then a big one. So, so much fun. I felt like I was a little kid again, literally giggling out loud as those 8, 9, and 10 inchers came into the boat. In all I kept 30 perch between 8-10" and 3 bluegill around 8 inches. After filleting them I had 3.5# of meat! Oh, and during the perch-a-rama I boated a few walleye, one in the middle 20's, which all got tossed back. After all, I was perching. How can anybody not like fishing?!?

Get on the water kids. The bite is only gonna get better with the cooler temps on their way


Jeff Bolander of Dewey Catch'em and How Fishing Guides and Bait Shop
PO Box 2089
Woodruff, WI 54568-2089

715-892-2751 Cell

Our site www.deweycatchemandhow.com

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