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Lake Chippewa Flowage Stories

A collection of Stories and articles from over the years

Fall Fisheries Update

Fall Fisheries Update

Fall Survey The DNR and Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission completed their joint annual fall electrofishing survey of the Chippewa Flowage on September 14 and 15. Sections of shoreline on both the east and west sides were surveyed...
Muskies Inc. and DNR Partner Up to Grow Big Fish for the Chippewa Flowage

Muskies Inc. and DNR Partner Up to Grow Big Fish for the Chippewa Flowage

This fall the Chippewa Flowage will be stocked with a lot of exceptionally large muskellunge fingerlings. The fingerlings were reared at the Governor Thompson Fish Hatchery in Spooner and were stocked into the Chippewa Flowage on October 10th. The eggs...
National youth Muskie fishing event on Moose Lake

National youth Muskie fishing event on Moose Lake

On September 17-19, Muskies Inc. and the Youth Conservation Alliance are sponsoring a National youth Muskie fishing event on Moose Lake, in Hayward Wisconsin. The event is being headed up by Kevin Bushnick, head of Youth Fishing Nationally for Muskies...
Musky Hunt 2015

Musky Hunt 2015

Remarkable fish were caught in the Lake Chippewa Flowage Resort Association sponsored Musky Hunt 2015. When a 51 inch Musky was registered in the first morning of fishing it seemed the winner would be Mike Verway of Inver Grove Heights, MN. Only...
McGuires, Old Cars, Up-North, & More

McGuires, Old Cars, Up-North, & More

I first came to know the Hayward area in 1959 from the owners of Grove Motors that sold Chrysler, De Soto & Plymouth in Elgin, IL where my dad bought a brand new De Soto Explorer 9 passenger Station Wagon with push button shift automatic transmission...
Big Chip Fish Fest Payoff

Big Chip Fish Fest Payoff

Just getting a chance to look at some of the walleye spines we took this last spring. A big objective of the 2014 survey was to look for the first signs of that 2011 year class that was a combination of Big Chip Fish Fest and LCO efforts to stock a total...
53-inch, 46-pound Musky

53-inch, 46-pound Musky

Rick Richter of Hayward caught this 53-inch, 46-pound musky Monday, Sept. 1, on the Chippewa Flowage. Length: 53 Inches
The One That Didn't Get Off - 52 Inches

The One That Didn't Get Off - 52 Inches

Labor Day 2014 I guided a father and son team, Greg and Cory Oimoen, from Blue Mound, WI. They were interested in a Musky hunt. They both had never fished for musky at all and with Greg having limited mobility in his left arm, this kind of fishing could...
2014 Lake Chippewa Flowage Drawdown

2014 Lake Chippewa Flowage Drawdown

by SAWYER COUNTY FISHERIES BIOLOGIST MAX WOLTER Over the winter of 2013-2014 the Chippewa Flowage Partner Group (made up of the WDNR, Property Owners Association, Resort Owners Association, the LCO Tribe, Xcel Energy, the Forest Service, and...
Kayaking and the Eagles

Kayaking and the Eagles

By Kendra While I was up staying at a resort on the Chippewa Flowage for a week I went kayaking a few times. The kayak trip I remember the most was the last one. My mum, cousin and I were just paddling around when we saw this little closed off pond...
Chippewa Flowage has red-hot Bass action on a cold July day!

Chippewa Flowage has red-hot Bass action on a cold July day!

Thirty-one competing teams brought 117 bass weighing 267 pounds to the scales at Hayward Bass Club's annual Chippewa Flowage Open Tournament on July 28th. The fish averaged 2.28 lbs and all fish were released alive and lively. The day was cold and wet...
The Real World Record Musky

The Real World Record Musky

By Tony Welch In the waning days of 1942, an avid fisherman by the name of Louis Spray forfeited his 1940 world record musky title, together with all bragging rights. The new record - and we're under oath here - was nothing short...
2012 Lake Chippewa Flowage Musky Hunt

2012 Lake Chippewa Flowage Musky Hunt

- Barb Czarnecki Sponsored by the Chippewa Flowage Resort Association 200 participants enjoyed record fishing for the 14th Annual Lake Chippewa Flowage Resort Association Musky Hunt. Bob Bjornton of Ft. Meyers FL hauled...

Grant boosts investigations into why bass are booming, walleye waning in some lakes

Weekly News article published: June 5, 2012 by the Central Office http://dnr.wi.gov/news/DNRNews_article_Lookup.asp?id=2177 MADISON - Work to help understand and respond to why bass are booming and walleye waning in many northwestern Wisconsin lakes...

A Season for Thanks

By Dave NeuswangerWisconsin DNR Fisheries Management Supervisor Hayward Field Unit (Guest Commentary for the Sawyer County Record) As Thanksgiving approaches, I am reminded of all the good deeds done by folks who have helped me this year to make...

Fishing Has No Boundaries

By Pat Lindgren & Barb Czarnecki What do you know about Fishing Has No Boundaries? FHNB was founded in Hayward, WI by a local fishing guide, Bobby Cammack, in 1986. The idea came to him as he was recovering from a broken leg, a temporary disability...
Missouri Fish Geezers' Diary of a Chip Trip Johnson Resort's on the Chippewa Flowage

Missouri Fish Geezers' Diary of a Chip Trip Johnson Resort's on the Chippewa Flowage

WDNR Fish Team Leader Dave Neuswanger and several friends from Missouri stayed in the Sturgeon Cabin and enjoyed a great week of fishing and camaraderie. The warm, welcoming hospitality of Barb and Pete Czarnecki was second to none! Dave has summarized...
The Stars Filled the Sky Over the Flow!

The Stars Filled the Sky Over the Flow!

By Mike Lynch... Contributing Writer By day I'm a meteorologist and announcer at WCCO Radio in Minneapolis and by night I'm a stargazer and teacher. I've been teaching classes and hosting star parties for over 40 years throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin...
Was there Life before the Resort

Was there Life before the Resort

Marl Reeder & Barb Czamecki Three family generations assist Bev and Rudy Licciordone with the numerous chores associated with running Chief Lake Lodge. Rudy was employed with Pepsi Cola and Bev was an efficient housewife in Orland Park, IL when they...
1939 - Fred Kirk "caught" a musky that weighed 72 pounds

1939 - Fred Kirk "caught" a musky that weighed 72 pounds

In around 1939 Jacob Kuykendall, Jr.'s grandfather Fred Kirk "caught" a musky that weighed 72 pounds out of the Chippewa Flowage, in the Blueberry lake area. As the prize was taken by spear, he did not record it as a catch but he did weigh it on an...

New "Jaws" found on the Chippewa Flowage!

On September 28th, 2008, nearly 10 years after a massive musky jawbone was discovered on Lake Chippewa Flowage another apparently larger set of jaws was found by duck hunter Chris Weber. Weber was walking along the shores of Hay Creek down from Dun...
Fishing with my son! - by John Zychowicz

Fishing with my son! - by John Zychowicz

Here are some pics of a musky I caught on the big Chippewa flowage 9/9/07 she was 51 inches 33 lbs,,,,,,,it was a long week for me. I work for the heckles marina so I don't have a lot of time off so I took the week off to musky fish,the week started...
Remains of a large Musky found

Remains of a large Musky found

Remains of a large Musky was found on the Chippewa Flowage The remains of what is believed to be a large musky have been found on the shoreline of an island on the Chippewa Flowage, Hayward, Wisconsin. I will share with you what I know as factual...

Houdini Muskie!

By C. Meyer (Guest Writer) This story starts out with the annual pilgrimage to the Chippewa Flowage for the Hayward Chapter of Muskies Inc October Tournament. This tournament is always a camaraderie trip with my partners and myself really looking forward...
September Tradition

September Tradition

By C. Meyer (Guest Writer) Without checking my fishing log books I am going to guess Steve and Bud have fished with me each September for eight years. As you can imagine over that amount of time some interesting things have happened during our...
Melanie's First Musky

Melanie's First Musky

By C. Meyer (Guest Writer) Melanie Monnot got hooked on fishing in a big way this summer. While Melanie has caught her share of panfish and seen her brother land a few smaller northern pike her quest to catch a musky had not happened. She would exclaim,...
Lucky Charlie

Lucky Charlie

By C. Meyer (Guest Writer) On a beautiful fall day my client Charlie Bark and myself mused about what we would catch that day. We would be shorefishing with circle hook rigged suckers and even though Charlie was not too sure of the hooking capability...
Flying Pike

Flying Pike

By C. Meyer (Guest Writer) The battle cry of "Who wants to go fishing" was met with enthusiastic response. So the family piles in the boat in search of fish and adventure. Well as usual the adventure part of the day by far exceeded the fishing as...
Two Musky Caught and Released in less than 10 minutes

Two Musky Caught and Released in less than 10 minutes

By The Moon Man (Bill Meiser) You can see the storm front coming in over Pete's Bar on a late Wednesday after noon--after 25 minutes on Pete's, these two Musky were caught and released in less than 10 minutes on four casts. Guided by...
Saving Big Timber Island

Saving Big Timber Island

The Chippewa Flowage Area Property Owners Association (CFAPOA ) and Couderay Waters Regional Land Trust (CWRLT ) are pleased to present the Chippewa Islands Project. We did it!! Thanks to your commitment and generosity We...
These are the "Good Old Day's" on the Chip!

These are the "Good Old Day's" on the Chip!

2003 A Tremendous Big Chip Musky Year According to the Big Chip musky historian John Dettloff, "these are the "good old days" on the Chip. More muskies are being caught of larger average size than ever before." In the 1970's, records show that the...
The Story about Bogs

The Story about Bogs

One of the most unique features of the Chippewa Flowage is the floating bogs. The "Island" you see in the bay outside your cabin, may totally move to a new location the next day. Bogs can range in size from the size of a parking space to several acres....
Who Has Fun on the Snow

Who Has Fun on the Snow

January of 2002 was not known for abundant snow, but visitors managed to have a great time snowmobiling anyway. While the snow on the trails was getting a little thin in places, the Chippewa Flowage was the place to be. The lake was smooth as ice (duh!)...
Snow Tour - Then and Now

Snow Tour - Then and Now

Almost 300 snowmobilers participated in the 2001 Lake Chippewa Flowage Snow Tour. Sledders came from as far away as Georgia and Ohio, with the most coming from Minnesota and Illinois, closely followed by Wisconsin residents. Iowans represented a significant...
Fall Muskie Bonanza - By John Dettloff

Fall Muskie Bonanza - By John Dettloff

Although the muskie action in 2001 had its normal ups and downs, as all muskie seasons have, overall... this past year was a great muskie year on the Chippewa Flowage. The season started out a little slow because of the cold early June nights, but once...
Hunting the Big Chip

Hunting the Big Chip

The Chippewa Flowage, renown for the great fishing, is host to acres upon acres of both National Forest and paper company owned public hunting lands. In the fall, when fishing seems to be at its best, the hunting season opens for deer with bow, grouse,...
Camping on an Island

Camping on an Island

Visitors are invited to camp on designated camping islands of the Chippewa Flowage. Make sure you are on these islands only. There is no charge to camp, and it is first come, first served. Please note leaving personal property, unattended, can't reserve...
Have Pet Will Travel

Have Pet Will Travel

For many people, their pet is a part of their family. If you have a pet and want to bring it on vacation here are some helpful hints Using common sense and being prepared for any situation car help you avoid situations that may tarnish your vacation....

Watch your wake and help your lake!

Did you know... ? The wake from your boat can destroy spawning beds? Boating near shore can erode precious shoreline & harm aquatic plants? Your prop can stir up sediments resulting in rapid algae blooms? Loons and other nesting birds will often...
Sucker Study Reveals Important Findings - Long-standing tradition contributes to musky mortalit

Sucker Study Reveals Important Findings - Long-standing tradition contributes to musky mortalit

By John Dettloff Sucker fishing has long been a tradition in the north country, especially on the Chippewa Flowage. After all, Louie Spray caught his 69 pound 11 oz musky out of these waters on that famed late fall day on October 20th, 1949. Generally,...
Monster Musky Tries to eat World Record Catfish as Anglers Look On

Monster Musky Tries to eat World Record Catfish as Anglers Look On

Some of you may recall the story of the giant set of musky jaws found on the Chippewa Flowage on October 31, 1998. According to Frank Pratt, the Hayward Area Fisheries Manager of the Department of Natural Resources, the jaws were most likely from...

A Flying, Floppy, Fish Tale - By Ben Smith, kid fisherman

This is a story about a fish I caught. Today, July 29, 2001 we started our family fishing trip. 1 minute, nothing 2 minutes, nothing 3 minutes, nothing 5 minutes, nothing 10 minutes, BAIT GOT CAUGHT IN A TREE BRANCH OVERHANGING THE WATER Just as we...

Four year old boy lands Monster Musky

A four-year-old Phillips boy, caught a whopper 46 1/2-inch, 24-pound, 10-ounce musky on the Chippewa Flowage on Sunday, June 21. The boy was accompanied by his parents, and three older brothers ranging up to 7 years old in the boat. It was the first...
Fish Cribs for Habitat

Fish Cribs for Habitat

The Chippewa Flowage was created over 75 years ago. In those 75 years many trees and stumps that harbored food and shelter for fish have disappeared through natural decay. Realizing that structure must be replaced for a healthy fishery, the Lake Chippewa...
Walleye Secrets of the Flowage - by John Dettloff

Walleye Secrets of the Flowage - by John Dettloff

Anglers like Blank, Bergman, Bartlett, and Haack certainly have a knack for getting walleyes from the Chippewa Flowage. It comes with getting acquainted with the sections of the flowage that they fish and discovering which methods have worked during their...
How the Winners Were Caught

How the Winners Were Caught

This past fall marked the running of the second annual Musky Hunt 2000. Held September 7th through the 9th and sponsored by the Lake Chippewa Flowage Association and the LCO Casino, Musky Hunt 2000 was enjoyed by 167 participants. A catch & release...
Little Kid, Big Catch - Eleven-year-old catches first two Muskies within 30 minutes

Little Kid, Big Catch - Eleven-year-old catches first two Muskies within 30 minutes

After fishing several hours on the northeast section of the Chippewa Flowage Neil Weigen, age 11, of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin caught his first two muskies on Monday, July 3, 2000, within 30 minutes. the first fish, caught around 2 p.m., was 36-1/2" and...

LCO Conservation Dept. - a Chippewa Flowage Asset!

The Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Conservation Department and its dedicated staff protect the resources within the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation and this includes the Chippewa Flowage, as well as many other bodies of water. LCO Conservation and the LCO...

Huge Skeletal Jaw Found On The Big Chip Shows That Record Fish Probably Are Still Out There

By: Terrell Boettcher The year 1998 was a phenomenal, unprecedented year for numbers of large muskellunge caught in the Hayward area, and nowhere more so than on the Chippewa Flowage, where at least nine muskies from 50 to 54 inches long were boated...
Fish Clones - Replicas allow fish to grow for future challenges

Fish Clones - Replicas allow fish to grow for future challenges

Practice CPR (Catch, Photo & Release) for the fish of your life Take a good photo of yourself with the fish, then a clear close-up photo of just the trophy fish. The photo is for color and particular markings that you may want reproduced on your...
Seasonal changes hold the key to Big Chip's secrets

Seasonal changes hold the key to Big Chip's secrets

By Drake Williams Life abounds on the Chippewa Flowage.ith baitfish like gold shiners, minnows, and crayfish found throughout the flowage, anglers have the difficult task of deciding what they should be throwing in the face of the game fish. The...
Trophy Muskie Caught Four Times Before Being Kept

Trophy Muskie Caught Four Times Before Being Kept

A 47-inch, 27-pound, 2-ounce Chippewa Flowage muskie caught on Aug. 11 by Jim Kniprath of Wisconsin Rapids had been caught and released four times before, records show. The last angler who released the tagged fish, Jim Chinnock of Hayward,...
Home Of World Records Louie Sprays Muskie Reinstated As Biggest

Home Of World Records Louie Sprays Muskie Reinstated As Biggest

Four years ago on Aug. 6, 1992, Art Lawton's world record muskie, originally thought to have been 69 pounds, 15 ounces and 64 1/2 inches long, was discovered to have been falsified (greatly exaggerated in size) and was officially disqualified jointly...
Muskies Put Big Chip On Map

Muskies Put Big Chip On Map

By Dan Small Sawyer County's Chippewa Flowage is one impressive body of water. A Northern States Power Company hydroelectric dam near Winter at the confluence of the East and West Forks of the Chippewa River flooded 10 lake basins back in 1923,...

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