Welcome to the Chippewa Flowage
Spring Time on Lake Chippewa
As the lake ice lets loose, the snow pack melts, and the swamps begin to swell with the diminishing cold nights and the sun radiating on south facing shorelines - we begin to recognize the start of the new season on the Chippewa Flowage.
The grace and majesty of this massive expanse of ice surrounded by a variety of tree lines, islands, in coming rivers and creeks, exposed shorelines, protruding tree stumps fields from the past, pressure ridges, and a deep and endless blue sky--one can only imagine what the new season will bring for each of us as we wait patiently for the day to arrive to enjoy this unbelievable gift in all her glory. For those of you who have never experienced the Chippewa Flowage -- be somewhere this season--join us on the Flowage.
A vacation on the Flowage with family and friends will have many guarantees; a wilderness experience like none other, miles of untouched shorelines, Eagles in flight, our famous and mysterious floating bogs, fish to be caught, animals in the wild, the hoot of an owl at night, the tremalo of a Loon guarding chicks, accommodating and experienced hosts at our resorts on the Flowage, a variety of evening dining spots, hiking, boating, kayaking, ATVing, summing, biking, canoeing, golfing, and swimming.
Call your friends and make your plans to visit your favorite stopping places on the Chippewa Flowage, Hayward Wisconsin, and help us celebrate our Summer Pin Tour!
A swimming black bear between island camp sites, a deer with her fawn on a island point, catching a 25 pound musky, meeting new friends for a life time, a youngster catching a Bluegill off the boat dock, enjoying a cabin you would trade your home for, finding a supper club you wish was closer to home, your children who are happy, safe, and secure, and a investment in the joy of being alive in these incredible outdoors - these are just a few of the possibilities for your next vacation.
|Opening Week DNR Fishing Report|
|Opening Day Fishing Report|
|Water Level on Lake Chippewa Flowage|
|Look what we found!|
Walleye fishing has definitely been slow the past few days. We are getting most of our fish in the same deep wood areas near river channels. Depths of 14-22 are where you should focus. Leeches are still getting a few however jig and minnows are still getting most fish. After a few warm days fishing should really pick up! Popular baits for Walleye recently in the shop is Medium Walleye Minnows, Rat-L-Traps, Rapala X-Raps, and Leeches.
Pike are starting to seek out the new weed growth. Most weeds will not be visible on the surface yet so watching your electronics will be key. The north sides of bays are great areas to start looking. Many locations holding lots of crappies and gills will hold pike! Fish fast, fish aggressive and cover a lot of water with jerk baits and spinner baits! During the Musky Tale Northern Tournament, anglers reported that during the mornings and evenings and overall cooler parts of the day, larger live bait is the bait of choice...however, in the afternoon if it warms up a bit, don't hesitate to throw some artificial plugs.
Like most fish, once the cold front hit the crappies scattered and can be found in a variety of locations. Fish can be found in big schools in the channel areas closest to spawning locations. Some fish will still be shallow however most of these are smaller males. Bog fishing has been great this past week. Lots of larger fish can be found high in the water column under bogs in the 15-25 foot range. Bobber fishing or jig fishing vertically has been the ticket. Popular baits for Crappie recently in the shop include Mini-Mites, Magic Bean Jigs, Gulp! Minnows and Crappie Nibbles, Roadrunner Jigs, and Tube Jigs.
Largemouth are still in the bays during this cold front. Instead of fishing the brush/wood close to the banks fish the deeper wood in the 3-10 foot range. The deeper water is subject to less temperature change than the shallower water. Fish wacky worms and crawfish imitation baits rigged Texas style. Seek out the warmest bays/structure. The closer to 60 the better! Smallmouth are less affected by the cool weather. Many fish are ready to bed and will after a couple of warm days. Look for gravel/rock shorelines with lots of wood. Birch Island, The Sticks, The Cedar Swamp and the Kindergarten are all excellent places to start. Same presentations that are working for largemouth will work great for smallies! While most folks are still fishing for Walleyes, Crappies, and Pike, there have been a few folks fishing for bass. Those fisherman coming in the shop fishing for Bass are primarily fishing with Nightcrawlers right now.
Water temperatures have cooled and are 54-57 main lake. A few of the bays are close to the 60 degree mark. The lake is only about a foot low and is looking much more normal. Weed growth has become noticeable in a few locations. Give us some warm temperatures this weekend and fishing should take off! Good Luck!
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Fishing reports brought to you by Tom Boley's Guide Service. The Northern Tournament at Musky Tale this weekend was a huge success with 40+ teams. The largest fish we have heard of so far with the tournament winding down to an end is a 19 pound, 42 inch Pike. That certainly is a huge gator on the Flowage. Congratulations to all the contestants who participated in the tournament. It was certainly a tournament worth experiencing.