Chippewa Flowage – Lake Chippewa Flowage Resort Association

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2020-01-16

Northern

Pike are hitting decently on the West Side of the Flowage particularly in the far bays like Squaw Bay and Daggett’s Bay. Some folks will be using suckers but shiners seem to be the bait of choice for winter pike. Little Round Lake is also a very good destination for numbers and size for Pike.

Crappie

The Crappie bite is decent out there from the limited reports that we have gotten. Pine Point and Popple Island are local favorite spots on the Chip. For numbers you can head on out to Nelson Lake but size will most likely be lacking. Crappie Minnows and Waxies on a Tungsten Jig right now is the way to go.

Weather

This weekend we are expecting a winter storm on Friday (1/17) starting around 3:00 pm CST and lasting until Saturday. So if traveling up this weekend be sure to be cautious driving up. Would definitely recommend bringing an extra coat in the car for each person and maybe some emergency provisions. Highs throughout the week will range from the low teens to high 20s and lows at night will dip into the single digits and even the negatives so definitely dress warm.

Ice Depth

12 inches

General

Nights have been getting excessively colder and this past evening (1/15) I can guarantee that we generated a good amount of ice as it was -15 degrees this morning. However, ice formation has been something to be desired up here this winter with all the excess snow we have had this year so far. Sleds and 4-Wheelers should be safe. I would err on the side of caution and not bring trucks out on the ice yet. There still may be areas particularly on the East Side of the Flowage that may have weak ice so as always exercise caution when out on the ice regardless of the time of winter.

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Fishing Regulations for Lake Chippewa

FishSeasonRegulation 
CatfishOpen All YearNo minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is 10. 
Panfish (bluegill, pumpkinseed, sunfish, crappie and yellow perch)Open All YearNo minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is 25. 
Largemouth bass and smallmouth bassJune 15, 2019 to March 1, 2020No minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is 5, no minimum length for largemouth bass. minimum length for smallmouth bass is 14″ and bag limit for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass is 5 in total.. 
Smallmouth bassMay 4, 2019 to June 14, 2019Fish may not be harvested (catch and release only) 
Largemouth bassMay 4, 2019 to June 14, 2019No minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is 5. 
Muskellunge and hybridsMay 25, 2019 to November 30, 2019The minimum length limit is 50″ and the daily bag limit is 1. 
Northern pikeMay 4, 2019 to March 1, 2020No minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is 5. 
TroutSee specific regulationshttps://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/trout/ 
Walleye, sauger, and hybridsMay 4, 2019 to March 1, 2020The minimum length is 15″, but walleye, sauger, and hybrids from 20″ to 24″ may not be kept, and only 1 fish over 24″ is allowed. The daily bag limit is 3. 
    
BullheadsOpen All YearNo minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is unlimited. 
Cisco and whitefishOpen All YearNo minimum length for cisco and whitefish and the daily bag limit is 25 pounds plus one more fish of either species in total. 
Lake sturgeonSeptember 7, 2019 to September 30, 2019All sturgeon taken with hook and line must be tagged and registered. The minimum length is 60″ and season limit is 1 fish. 
PaddlefishClosedNo fishing allowed. 
Rock, yellow, and white bassOpen All YearNo minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is unlimited. 
Rough fishOpen All YearNo minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is unlimited. 
Round gobyOpen All YearThe daily bag limit is 0, one may be killed and possessed for transport to a wdnr office. 
RuffeOpen All YearThe daily bag limit is 0, one may be killed and possessed for transport to a wdnr office. 
Shovelnose sturgeonClosedNo fishing allowed. 
White perchOpen All YearThe daily bag limit is 0, one may be killed and possessed for transport to a wdnr office. 

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