Ice Fishing the Chippewa Flowage
Lake Chippewa Flowage, Wisconsin’s third-largest lake, is preserved in her pristine wilderness state for you and all future generations to enjoy. In 1924, the Wisconsin/Minnesota Power and Light Company completed the dam across the Chippewa River, backing up the waters of 11 natural lakes, nine natural rivers and countless streams and ponds to form the Lake Chippewa Flowage.
Chippewa Flowage Fishing is some of the finest in the mid-west, The Chippewa Flowage is a world-class fishery in a wilderness-like setting. It is home to the world-record muskellunge– a 69-pound, 11-ounce monster caught by Louis Spray in 1949 and upheld by the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as one of the most well-documented world record fish of all time.
Walleye, black crappie, muskellunge, and bluegill are the most popular species among Flowage anglers today. DNR fishery management strategies are aimed at optimizing conditions for the reproduction, growth, and survival to preferred sizes of these species in particular.
Yellow perch and smallmouth bass add positive elements of diversity to the Flowage fishery. Perch numbers are on the rise and the smallmouth fishery has become outstanding in the darker, river-connected waters of the eastern basin. Largemouth bass and northern pike are present in ever-increasing numbers particularly in the clearer, weedier western basin.