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!!
|It's Fall - It's Musky Time!|
|Cooler weather positively affects fishing|
|DNR Fisheries Report|
|Fishing Success is Fair to Good|
|Thanks for the historic effort!|
The water is still a bit warm for Fall Walleye fishing. Temperatures have been fluctuating between 52 and 56 Degrees on the surface. Typically the Walleyes go deeper and start their fall feeding frenzy in the higher 40s. Some folks are having some luck along stumpier areas around the river channel, but we are still waiting on water temperatures to really drop before the Walleyes really start to turn on for their fall feeding.
Musky action has been solid but could be better. With water temperatures still unusually high for this time of year that is holding the Musky action back slightly but some nice fish are still being caught primarily on suckers and jerkbaits. The stumps around the river channel in Moore's Bay has been a pretty productive spot as well as deeper bars with nice deep drop offs like Sherman's Bar, Shear Pin Point, the deep bar off of Chipmunk Island, and Rudy's Island.
Crappie fishing has not picked up much lately. Although one fisherman reported having an abundance of success in Southeast Moore's Bay using a slip bobber with a 1/32 oz jig and a 1 inch Gulp! Minnow. He said they were suspended in about 10 feet. The bit there has been good in the morning and evening but turns off in the afternoon.
Not much bass action has been reported on the Flowage, but the Smallmouth Bass on Round Lake have really turned on in the cribs. Get yourself a 4-5 inch sucker and send it down into the cribs on a Lindy Rig and have a ball. A lot of larger and fatter smallmouths are being produced out there.
This week the temperatures will range from the mid 40s to the low 50s. Definitely sweatshirt and light jacket weather. Expect some scattered showers possibly on Wednesday and overcast the rest of the week.
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Fall Color Report: A lot of the leaves are falling off the trees now. We have a few colors still up but I do not expect them to last much longer. Possibly another couple of days. Also, as we approach the end of the season, the demand for Musky Suckers is going up but usually the supply drops off. So if you know you are coming up in the early part of November and you would like to fish with some Musky Suckers, please call ASAP as the wholesalers will be dumping the suckers back into the ponds soon in the next few weeks.