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
Participating Pin Tour Locations
|Fishing Success is Fair to Good|
|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 has continued to be a little slower still, but trolling crank baits through suspended bait balls over 20-25 foot areas is still producing some results. This week folks have moved from trolling Rapala Shad Raps to #7 and #9 Berkley Flicker Shads. In the evening...target weed beds that seem to border deeper water like a river channel and stay in the 6-12 foot zone off the weed edges with live bait. Crawlers and leeches seem to work well. BAIT UPDATE: The last of the available leeches are here this week. After this batch sells out, leeches will not be available until next Spring.
Musky fishing has been fairly decent. Most reports of guys seeing fish are coming off of slower moving surface baits (Hawg Wobblers and Creepers), Rubber baits (i.e. Bull Dawgs), and shallow crank baits (particularly Crane Baits). Bucktails have proven effective if you run them higher and bulge the surface. Make sure you are staying out deeper and casting into the shallows to ensure that you are covering not just the bars but the drop offs as well.
More pike action has been recorded on the West side as opposed to the East side of the Flowage. Spoons and spinners are still the most popular baits of choice, but fishermen are starting to move back to suckers a little bit to fish for the Pike. Daggett's Bay, Squaw Bay, and James Slough have seen the most pike action as of late.
Crappies have seemed to move deeper in the last few days. Crappie fishermen are reporting that since the lake dropped a little bit, they have moved to deeper cribs and brush piles around 19-20 feet. The choice of baits have been varied from live bait to smaller crappie plastics. They also seem to be mixed in with schools of bluegills so you can fish for both gills and crappies at the same time.
Temperatures look like they will remain constant in the mid to high 70s all week and seeing one day (Monday) reaching highs in the low 80s. Lows throughout the week will stay in the high 50s to mid 60s. Expect some rain on Monday and Tuesday and clear skies the rest of the days through Thursday.
1 foot below full
The Bog, as of yesterday (8-27-16), is blocking most of the bridge. Last I heard you can get through a very narrow opening under the bridge, but if you have a big boat, I would advise against it. If you do choose to try to navigate the narrow opening, do so with caution.