Welcome to the Chippewa Flowage
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.
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!!
2016 Musky Hunt concluded
Musky Hunt Results
|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
You can use this tool to get gps coordinates http://itouchmap.com/latlong.html
|Cooler weather positively affects fishing|
|DNR Fisheries Report|
|Fishing Success is Fair to Good|
|Thanks for the historic effort!|
|Opening Week DNR Fishing Report|
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.
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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.