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|
|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|
Walleye fishing this week has been spotty mainly due to higher surface water temperatures. Folks catching them this week have been finding them in deep brush and cover. However, the last day or so people are reporting that the surface temperatures have fallen back into the mid 70s which is good news. If that continues and does not raise back up, expect to find the Walleyes in 15-17 feet during the day and 6-12 feet around the weed edges at night.
Muskies have been around but they have not been striking. People are reporting seeing a lot of follows and boil-ups but very few connections. This is most likely due to the higher water temperatures this week. With surface temperatures dropping back into the 70s, it is possible to see an increase in aggressive activity. For the time of year, I would consider throwing a lot of top water and shallower sub surface baits. Creepers and Hawg Wobblers have proven effective this time of year in the past, and for sub surface baits, take a look at using Crane Baits and SS Shads. If you use a bucktail, consider a faster retrieve and riding it higher and bulging the surface of the water. Several fishermen have reported luck doing that this week.
Crappie have remained active but seem to be here today and gone tomorrow. Spots have not been consistent from night to night, but the pattern is consistent. They have been schooling up around deeper humps and weeds this week, however, they are not congregating around the same humps every night so you may have to work for them a bit and try different humps each night. Once again, with water temps cooling down back to satisfactory levels, you may see more consistency this week in terms of fishing spots. The most productive bait aside from Crappie Minnows have been Mini-Mites tipped with a Gulp! Crappie Nibble.
The Bass have been primarily slow this week. Largemouth fishing on the Flowage has not been particularly good all year, but the Smallmouths have seemed to go dormant this week. It is common to fish stumps and shallower rocky areas for the Smallies this time of year, but with the increased water temps, they seemed to have turned off and headed for deeper water (most likely around the cribs). As stated above, with water temps dropping a bit, we can reasonably assume that smallmouths will be found again around stumpy and rocky shallows.
Great weather is on its way for this weekend. It will be mostly sunny all three days with temperatures in the mid to high 70s and lows in the low to mid 50s. The forecast does suggest some precipitation on Monday and Tuesday with highs in the low 80s and lows in the high 50s to low 60s.
Live Bait Update: We are nearing the end of leech season. We are still getting leeches in for the time being, but I am preparing those that are coming up the third and fourth weeks of August that leeches may or may not be available. We will have them in stock as long as the wholesalers have them, but it would be pretty safe to say that leech season will probably end within the next 2-3 weeks.