Welcome to the Chippewa Flowage
A sparkling illuminating sun rise, warm south winds, the lake looking like a mirror, a clear blue sky, a crimson sunset dropping below the tree line, cool evening breezes mixed with the hoot of a cruising Loon. You are on your summer vacation on the Chippewa Flowage!
The season of summer is upon us and is being enjoyed by our visitors, guests, and vacationers who are experiencing many back to back days of sunshine, evening showers, and a wonderful afternoon breeze coming across the Chippewa Flowage.
Recreation on the Chippewa Flowage has been a delight for our summer visitors. Boaters, skiers, pontoons, rope swings, wave runners, canoes, kayaks, and tubers are enjoying the thrills of summer water activities. Most campsites on the Flowage have been occupied and folks living on the Lake can experience the call of the Loon, the flight of Eagles, the chasing of the chipmunk, and even a visit from a Black Bear on occasion. Loon chicks, Mallard ducklings, deer fawns, bear cubs, and infant skunks can sometimes be observed while on a slow moving boat or pontoon.
We are enjoying a excellent come back of the Blue Heron on the Chippewa Flowage after a devastating ice storm a few years ago, Herons can be observed flying over head between the heronry and a fishing area, perched on a swinging tree limb, standing in a striking potion over a fish filled pool, and lashing out with a screech when startled by your presence.
Outstanding fishing, boating activities, silent water adventures, hiking in the woods, wild animals on the alert, evening sunsets, observing new born creatures, birding, vacation photos, a trip to town and shopping, a purchase at the bait shop, cook outs around the cabin, renewing friendships from past vacations, maybe a trip to the Casino or a Powwow?
How about some of those summer events----the "fishing opener", the Musky Hunt fishing contest, Musky Festival, the 4th of July, parades, cranberry festivals, art shows, antiques, horseback riding, Championship Log Rolling, road races, bike races, the challenge of golf, star gazing, your favorite restaurant, sidewalk sales in town, Honor the Earth, water skiing, rope swings, a early morning cup of coffee out on your cabin's deck
2015 Musky Hunt concludes todayFollow the Catches below
Musky Hunt Results
|1||Robert Hummer||Beloit, WI||9/10/2015||Scott Lake||52.00||Blk/orange Pacemaker|
|2||Mike Verway||Inver Grove Hghts, MN||9/10/2015||Al's Bar||51.00||Suick|
|3||Walter Ladik||Menona, WI||9/11/2015||Chief Lake||47.50"||Silver/blk Cowgirl|
|4||Greg Gmeinder||Pardeeville, WI||9/10/2015||Cranberry Narrows||46.50"||Blk Creeper|
|5||Dave Elbert||Cadott, WI||9/10/2015||Chicago Bay||45.00||Yellow Bucher Tail|
|6||Pat McElroy||Wausau, WI||9/10/2015||Little Petet's||44.00||Blk Globe|
|7||Gary Coulthurst||Philips, WI||9/10/2015||Pete's Bar||44.00||Blk/grn Janneytail|
|8||Doug Mannigel||Marshfield, WI||9/11/2015||Deerfoot Island||44.00||Blk/Grn Bucktail|
|9||Bill Piccirillo||Palos Park, IL||9/11/2015||Eagles Nest||44.00||Blk Neumier Creeper|
|10||Randy Hamm||Cadott, WI||9/11/2015||Skull Island||43.00||Perch Naze Bait|
|11||Ted Wadzinski||Green Bay, WI||9/10/2015||No Fish Bay||42.25||Blk Janney Tail|
|Gary Coulthurst||Phillips, WI||9/10/2015||Pete's Bar||41.25||Loon Fat Bastard|
|Earl Kutter||Golden Valley, MN||9/11/2015||Birch Island||40.50||Grn/blk Pacemaker|
|Carl Kennedy||Shawano, WI||9/11/2015||Pete's Bar||40.00||Blk/grn Janneytail|
|Bruce Dingman||Mnpls, MN||9/12/15||Tiger Island||38.25||Grn. Blade Bucktail|
|Doug Hardy||West Chicago, IL||9/11/2015||Three Sisters||38.00||Grn/orange Shumway Flasher|
|Josh Justman||Lavalle, WI||9/12/15||James Slough||38.00||Orange Warlock|
|Amanda Wilson||Hayward, WI||9/11/2015||Eagles Nest||37.50||Walleye Dying Dawg|
|John Imm||Altoona, WI||9/11/2015||Pork Barrel||37.00||Purple/blk Ghosttail|
|Tom Molski||Stevens Point, WI||9/11/2015||Eagles Nest||37.00||Brown Suick|
|Brian Priester||Okemos, MI||9/11/2015||Roman's Point||36.50||Kickin Minnow|
|Jerry Mannigel||Hayward, WI||9/10/2015||Birch Island||36.00||Blk Globe|
|Mark Sicora||Milwaukee, WI||9/11/2015||Moore's Bay||36.00||Blk/Grn Bucktail|
|Al McElroy||Hayward, WI||9/11/2015||Double A Bay||35.50||Black Bucktail|
|Tom Rees||Cedarburg, WI||9/10/2015||Eagle's Nest||35.00||Blk/grn blade Ghosttail|
|Fishing Success is Fair to Good|
|Thanks for the historic effort!|
|Opening Week DNR Fishing Report|
|WDNR ON THE FLOWAGE: 2016 Is The Year of the Musky|
|Fishing Has No Boundaries gets state recognition|
There are some folks catching some walleyes but you have to put in the time for them. The method I have heard working most recently is trolling Flicker Shads, Bad Shads, and Rapala Shad Raps over 20-25 foot of water with some decent cover on the bottom. The Walleyes seem to be suspended in this deeper water following balls of baitfish. So when you start marking those suspended baitfish, get ready for some strikes. Shallower fishing has not produced as much lately as water temps are still a bit warm, but with a weekend on the horizon with air temps of the mid 60s for highs, expect the water temperature to cool a little bit possibly making shallower evening fishing easier and more productive. I would try 6-12 feet around weed edges that border river channels and river channel bends using nightcrawlers. There are still a few leeches available but not many. This is looking like the very last week for leech availability.
With the water temperature being as high as it has been, Musky fishing has been a little less productive. However, some action has been seen on Bull Dawgs (either Black and Green or Walleye Colors) and various swim baits like the Bucher Swimmin Raider and the Storm Kickin Minnow. This time of year is also better suited for slower surface baits like Hawg Wobblers and Creepers. Remember to stay out deeper and cast into shallower water so you can cover the shallows and the deeper drop offs.
Crappie fishing has been decent. Bogs are still a popular choice of spots this time of year, but also consider trying fishing some cribs and deeper weedier humps around the 14-17 foot mark. Crappie minnows, Mini-Mites. Gulp! Micro Baits, and jigs with jig spinners all seem to be producing some action.
Smallmouth fishing has picked up this week--primarily on the far East side of the flowage. During the day you can find them a little deeper in around 8-11 feet and shallower in the evenings in the stumps and shallow rocks. Nightcrawlers, Lunkerfrogs, Rat-L-Traps, Echos, and spinnerbaits have all been solid choices for Smallmouth fishing this past week.
This weekend looks like we will have highs in the low to mid 60s and lows in the low to mid 50s. Throughout the week it looks like the temps will get progressively warmer. Expect some showers on Saturday and Thursday.
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