Welcome to the Chippewa Flowage
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.
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!!
2016 Musky Hunt concluded
Musky Hunt Results
|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
You can use this tool to get gps coordinates http://itouchmap.com/latlong.html
|It's Fall - It's Musky Time!|
|Cooler weather positively affects fishing|
|DNR Fisheries Report|
|Fishing Success is Fair to Good|
|Thanks for the historic effort!|
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.
2 feet below full pool
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.