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The Fall Season on the Chippewa Flowage and area is where you want to be for fishing, fall color tour, a break from a busy schedule at home and work, a time with girlfriend/spouse/fishing buddy/a son/a daughter or just go "up north" for a long week end.

Fall is the wonder of color change in our forests and the migration of birds is a sight to enjoy. These are moments that must be experienced - - - join us on the Chippewa Flowage.

Pin Tour

As the daylight time becomes shorter, we begin to sense a shift in wind and the approaching fronts from the West----the Loons, local Canadian Geese, our Whitetail deer Black Bear, summer birds, Red Squirrels, Chipmunks, and many other home creatures are already in a sense of urgency-prepare for the inevitable change in weather and cold conditions that will decade upon the Flowage and area in the months ahead.

Musky fishing has shifted to a pattern for lake water turn-over, very cold water, strong northwest winds, dropping weeds, a increasing lake level and unpredictable dice weather - - - anglers know how to deal with the elements and dream about the potential for a fish of a lifetime.

Crappies are on the wood structure, schooled up, around planted fish cribs, and are feeding----the "slab crappie" is yours for the taking. Walleye fishing has been terrific all summer on the Chippewa Flowage----anglers followed a pattern of weed development, near deep water drop offs, and a search and find/catch mode. The fall pattern will be similar except; go deeper, locate fish on the bottom structure, use larger live bait, fish mid lake deep water humps, and be patient on the set before the hook set.

Be somewhere this Fall Season----come join us on the Chippewa Flowage and area!!

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2016 Musky Hunt concluded

Musky Hunt Results

PlaceNameCity/StateDateWhere CaughtLengthLure
1 Josh Justman LaValle, WI 9/9/2016 Milwaukee Bay 50.50 FireTiger Double Cowgirl
2 Daniel Seibert Hayward, WI 9/9/2016 Scott Lake 45.50 Black Creeper
3 Jon Rak Chicago, IL 9/9/2016 Deerfoot Bog 44.50 Orange.Blk Flowage Boa
4 Dave Jenkins Winter, WI 9/10/2016 West Side Big Timber 43.75 Black Turbo Turd
5 Keith Yanke Louisville, KY 9/10/2016 Minnesota Bay 43.25 Super Double Black Cowgirl
6 Doug Hardy Chicago, IL 9/9/2016 Rudys 42.50 Black Stillwater
7 Jim Isaacson Cadott, WI 9/8/2016 Birch Island 42.00 Grn/Blk JanneyTail
8 Rusty Kiser Juda, WI 9/10/2016 Moss Creek 41.50 Gold Sucker Phantom
9 Jay Stortcum Champain, IL 9/10/2016 Scott Lake 41.25 Black Creeper
10 Rick Drontle Golden Valley, MN 9/10/2016 Big Banana 41.00 Orange Bucktail
Jim Baker Byron, IL 9/8/2016 Baumgartens 40.50 Gold Sucker Phantom
John Imm Altoona, WI 9/9/2016 Eagle Island 40.50 Blk/Grn Metz Musky Killer
Tim Otatik Ashland, WI 9/9/2016 Petes Bar 40.50 Inhaler: Gold & Black
Brian Strouss Jenseo, IL 9/10/2016 Crane Creek 40.50 Blk/grn Musky Stalker
Bob Bjornton Punta Gorda, FL 9/8/2016 Rudys 40.25 Blk/Grn Bucktail
Robert Popp Greenville, WI 9/10/2016 Cedar Tops 39.75 Black on Black Spinner
Chad Popp Dixie, OK 9/10/2016 Minnesota Bay 39.75 Black Bucktail
Mike Ostrowski Oak Creek, WI 9/8/2016 Moores Bay 39.00 Black Suick
Randy Maas Brownsville, WI 9/8/2016 Scott Lake 39.00 Orange Hogwobbler
Butch Kahler Chandler, AZ 9/10/2016 Cedar Tops 39.00 Grn/Blk Rabid Squirrel
Ernie Thieding McFarland, WI 9/8/2016 Popple Island 38.00 Gold/Brown Top Raider
Ernie Thieding McFarland, WI 9/9/2016 Baumgartens Bar 38.00 Gold/Brown Top Raider
Mike Hoppe Waukesha, WI 9/10/2016 Moores Bay 38.00 Green Bucktail
Doug Hardy West Chicago, IL 9/10/2016 MK Bar 38.00 Green/Black Cowgirl
Rick Drontle Golden Valley, MN 9/9/2016 Big Banana 37.00 Orange BucherTail
Dave Elbert Cadott, WI 9/10/2016 Milwaukee Bay 36.25 Chart. Bucker Tail
Royce Schulz Fosston, MN 9/8/2016 Kindergarten 36.00 Orange Topper
Gary Holbech Milwaukee, WI 9/8/2016 Musky Bay 36.00 Black Tallywacker
John Osterhaus Eastman, WI 9/8/2016 Moores Bay 35.25 Perch Colored Vexar
Dennis Clagett Hayward, WI 9/8/2016 Petes Bar 35.00 Blk/Grn Janneytail
Jerry Mannigel Hayward, WI 9/10/2016 Dun Rovin 34.00 Gold Ghost Tail

The fish locations on the map above are not accurate. They are approximated based on the reporting shown in the above chart. If you have a more accurate location please send GPS coordinates to

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Outdoor Reports

Cooler weather positively affects fishing

DNR Fisheries Report

Fishing Success is Fair to Good

Some action better than others

Thanks for the historic effort!

Chippewa Flowage famous bogs are on the move again

Opening Week DNR Fishing Report


Read previous news here

Fishing Report

Date: 2016-09-25


Walleye fishing has continued to be disappointing lately which is no surprise given the water temperatures. People are starting to catch a few more Walleye than in weeks past, but they are all small and under the limit. You can still fish for them around twilight around weed edges that border deeper drop offs, but I do not think the larger Walleyes will begin showing themselves until after the water drops another 5-10 degrees.


Musky fishing has been solid lately. They are not hitting on just one type of bait. There are a variety of lures that are still working including surface baits due to the fact that the water temperature is still in the mid 60s. They seem to be going in spurts. One day you will see nothing, and the next day you will see 3-5 fish. Still stay out a bit deeper and cast into the shallows. While a lot of fish are being seen coming out of shallower water, do not discount the drop offs. Make sure you adequately and efficiently cover the spots you are fishing.


Pike are still going strong, particularly on the West Side. They are still hanging out in weedbeds where there is plenty of smaller fish to eat. Fishing for them with suckers or artificial baits have both produced results. Tinsel Tails have produced a lot of action on them as of recent.


Crappie fishing has been solid but they are still not yet schooled from what I gather. A lot of fishermen are reporting they are spot hopping getting 2-3 Crappies and then moving on to another spot. Crappie action has been seen in a variety of different spots and in a variety of different types of structure. They have been caught deep in 19-20 foot cribs, on 15 foot mud flats, deep weed humps, or in shallow weed beds. While they are active...there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to their locations yet. I expect in the coming weeks with water temperature beginning to really cool we will see them school up and their locations will be a lot more predictable.


Largemouth action still seems to be slow, while the Smallmouth fishing seems to have stayed strong. The Smallies on Round Lake has really picked up on the cribs and they are really fat fish. On the Flowage, attempt fishing rock and weed edges with plastics, top waters, and shallow cranks.


Temperatures will seem to drop slightly this week with highs ranging from the mid 50s to mid 60s. Expect some rain on Sunday and Monday, cloudy on Tuesday, and clear skies Wednesday and Thursday.

Water Level

a little below full

Water Temp

Mid 60s


Fall Color Update: A few more leaves have changed color since last week, but nothing significant. It is still mostly green up here but that should change in the next week or two.