Ahhhhh, open water! With the "Opener" about two and a half weeks away a few of us are taking advantage of the nice weather and the good fishing going on right now. Water surface temps are already somewhere between 47 and 57 on most lakes. Most fish species are active, usually later in the day as the water warms. Nice crappie, perch and bluegill are being caught. Minnows, plastics and more are being used. The minnow on a plain hook with a sinker just above it seems to be producing the best. Lots of the fish are being taken close to shore so a slip bobber rig is useful when thrown quietly. Use Styrofoam or balsam bobbers for that stealthy approach. Other fish are found still hugging the bottom. A friend of mine and I were searching the Rainbow flowage the other day and we saw piles of them suspended in 13-14 feet of water, all up and down the column, but since a cold front had just come thru we were not able to entice anything to bit except a few northern and walleye.
I'm heading out again this afternoon and both Saturday and Sunday so I'll let you know what I find. I'll be fishing large and small lakes with my wife and if anybody can catch a crappie it's her. She's a crappie magnet!
Speaking of pan fish, don't forget to familiarize yourself with the new pan fish regulations for 2016. You think the Walleye regs are complicated?
Nothing compared to the pan fish ones. We have copies of the regs in the shop if you need one.
Time to get on the water!
The question "When are you open for the Opener?" is asked often. Here is the answer:
DEWEY CATCHEM AND HOW BAIT SHOP HOURS thru Opener
Call 715-439-3794 with questions
Saturday 4/30 - 6am to 6pm
Sunday 5/1 - 6am to 6pm
Monday 5/2 - 8am to 6pm
Tuesday 5/3 - 8am to 6pm
Wednesday 5/4 - 8am to 6pm
Thursday 5/5 - 8am to 10pm
Friday 5/6 - 6am to Saturday 5/7 at 10pm
Sunday 5/8 - 5:30am to 7pm
Start Normal Summer Hours after Opener
Monday thru Friday
6am to 7pm
Saturday and Sunday
5:30 am to 7pm
Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
Jeff Bolander of Dewey Catch'em and How Fishing Guides PO Box 2089 Woodruff, WI 54568-2089
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