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The Fall Season on the Chippewa Flowage and area is where you want to be for fishing, fall color tour, a break from a busy schedule at home and work, a time with girlfriend/spouse/fishing buddy/a son/a daughter or just go "up north" for a long week end.

Fall is the wonder of color change in our forests and the migration of birds is a sight to enjoy. These are moments that must be experienced - - - join us on the Chippewa Flowage.

Pin Tour

As the daylight time becomes shorter, we begin to sense a shift in wind and the approaching fronts from the West----the Loons, local Canadian Geese, our Whitetail deer Black Bear, summer birds, Red Squirrels, Chipmunks, and many other home creatures are already in a sense of urgency-prepare for the inevitable change in weather and cold conditions that will decade upon the Flowage and area in the months ahead.

Musky fishing has shifted to a pattern for lake water turn-over, very cold water, strong northwest winds, dropping weeds, a increasing lake level and unpredictable dice weather - - - anglers know how to deal with the elements and dream about the potential for a fish of a lifetime.

Crappies are on the wood structure, schooled up, around planted fish cribs, and are feeding----the "slab crappie" is yours for the taking. Walleye fishing has been terrific all summer on the Chippewa Flowage----anglers followed a pattern of weed development, near deep water drop offs, and a search and find/catch mode. The fall pattern will be similar except; go deeper, locate fish on the bottom structure, use larger live bait, fish mid lake deep water humps, and be patient on the set before the hook set.

Be somewhere this Fall Season----come join us on the Chippewa Flowage and area!!

Thinking about snowmobiling yet?

2016 Musky Hunt concluded

Musky Hunt Results

PlaceNameCity/StateDateWhere CaughtLengthLure
1 Josh Justman LaValle, WI 9/9/2016 Milwaukee Bay 50.50 FireTiger Double Cowgirl
2 Daniel Seibert Hayward, WI 9/9/2016 Scott Lake 45.50 Black Creeper
3 Jon Rak Chicago, IL 9/9/2016 Deerfoot Bog 44.50 Orange.Blk Flowage Boa
4 Dave Jenkins Winter, WI 9/10/2016 West Side Big Timber 43.75 Black Turbo Turd
5 Keith Yanke Louisville, KY 9/10/2016 Minnesota Bay 43.25 Super Double Black Cowgirl
6 Doug Hardy Chicago, IL 9/9/2016 Rudys 42.50 Black Stillwater
7 Jim Isaacson Cadott, WI 9/8/2016 Birch Island 42.00 Grn/Blk JanneyTail
8 Rusty Kiser Juda, WI 9/10/2016 Moss Creek 41.50 Gold Sucker Phantom
9 Jay Stortcum Champain, IL 9/10/2016 Scott Lake 41.25 Black Creeper
10 Rick Drontle Golden Valley, MN 9/10/2016 Big Banana 41.00 Orange Bucktail
Jim Baker Byron, IL 9/8/2016 Baumgartens 40.50 Gold Sucker Phantom
John Imm Altoona, WI 9/9/2016 Eagle Island 40.50 Blk/Grn Metz Musky Killer
Tim Otatik Ashland, WI 9/9/2016 Petes Bar 40.50 Inhaler: Gold & Black
Brian Strouss Jenseo, IL 9/10/2016 Crane Creek 40.50 Blk/grn Musky Stalker
Bob Bjornton Punta Gorda, FL 9/8/2016 Rudys 40.25 Blk/Grn Bucktail
Robert Popp Greenville, WI 9/10/2016 Cedar Tops 39.75 Black on Black Spinner
Chad Popp Dixie, OK 9/10/2016 Minnesota Bay 39.75 Black Bucktail
Mike Ostrowski Oak Creek, WI 9/8/2016 Moores Bay 39.00 Black Suick
Randy Maas Brownsville, WI 9/8/2016 Scott Lake 39.00 Orange Hogwobbler
Butch Kahler Chandler, AZ 9/10/2016 Cedar Tops 39.00 Grn/Blk Rabid Squirrel
Ernie Thieding McFarland, WI 9/8/2016 Popple Island 38.00 Gold/Brown Top Raider
Ernie Thieding McFarland, WI 9/9/2016 Baumgartens Bar 38.00 Gold/Brown Top Raider
Mike Hoppe Waukesha, WI 9/10/2016 Moores Bay 38.00 Green Bucktail
Doug Hardy West Chicago, IL 9/10/2016 MK Bar 38.00 Green/Black Cowgirl
Rick Drontle Golden Valley, MN 9/9/2016 Big Banana 37.00 Orange BucherTail
Dave Elbert Cadott, WI 9/10/2016 Milwaukee Bay 36.25 Chart. Bucker Tail
Royce Schulz Fosston, MN 9/8/2016 Kindergarten 36.00 Orange Topper
Gary Holbech Milwaukee, WI 9/8/2016 Musky Bay 36.00 Black Tallywacker
John Osterhaus Eastman, WI 9/8/2016 Moores Bay 35.25 Perch Colored Vexar
Dennis Clagett Hayward, WI 9/8/2016 Petes Bar 35.00 Blk/Grn Janneytail
Jerry Mannigel Hayward, WI 9/10/2016 Dun Rovin 34.00 Gold Ghost Tail

The fish locations on the map above are not accurate. They are approximated based on the reporting shown in the above chart. If you have a more accurate location please send GPS coordinates to

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Outdoor Reports

It's Fall - It's Musky Time!

WDNR Fisheries Report

Cooler weather positively affects fishing

DNR Fisheries Report

Fishing Success is Fair to Good

Some action better than others

Thanks for the historic effort!

Chippewa Flowage famous bogs are on the move again


Read previous news here

Fishing Report

Date: 2016-10-16


Walleyes have begun to become a bit more aggressive as of lately, but they are not in their fall feeding frenzy just yet. The water is still a bit warm. Some folks are still using crawlers for bait but more and more fishermen are switching back to larger minnows as we have been progressing in the fall season. Drop offs near stumpy areas have proven effective around twilight hours.


Musky fishing has been fairly decent. Most fish are either being caught on Suckers, Jerk Baits, or Twitch Baits. With the water being as warm as it is make sure you baby your suckers a bit more than usual for this time of year. In the water they seem ok but make sure they are properly aerated and kept in a cooler temperature to ensure longer survivability.


Crappies are schooled up in Moore's Bay and the Blueberry Flats, but while they are being spotted with fish finders and sonar, their activity level has not matched the numbers seen on the fish finder screens. This is possibly due to the nicer weather we have been having these last few days. Crappie minnows, Gulp! 1 inch minnows, and Mini-Mites still seem to be the baits of choice for the Crappie.


Not much bass action has been reported on the Flowage, but on Round Lake the Smallmouth are doing VERY well. Using a 4 to maybe 5 inch sucker in the cribs on Round Lake have been producing impressive numbers of quality sized smallmouth bass.


Despite some storms possibly rolling through on Monday, this week seems like it will be a blockbuster week for weather. The temperature looks like it will be in the low to mid 60s through Wednesday and then dip a little bit into the low 50s or high 40s for Thursday. These are some great temperatures for late October here in Hayward. Expect a very pleasant week.

Water Level

2 feet below full pool

Water Temp

52 Degrees


I apologize for the late fishing report this week. I was out of town for the Spring Show putting in orders for next season already. Stay tuned to our Facebook Page and Fishing Reports for updates on the new items that will be arriving in the store this upcoming year. Every so often I will put out some teasers as to what new items will be here for you all next spring. FALL COLOR REPORT: Usually by now the leaves are primarily off the trees already but we still have a ton of leaves on the trees. The colors are absolutely beautiful and this coming week and weekend would make for a really scenic trip up to Hayward.