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As the lake ice lets loose, the snow pack melts, and the swamps begin to swell with the diminishing cold nights and the sun radiating on south facing shorelines - we begin to recognize the start of the new season on the Chippewa Flowage.

The grace and majesty of this massive expanse of ice surrounded by a variety of tree lines, islands, in coming rivers and creeks, exposed shorelines, protruding tree stumps fields from the past, pressure ridges, and a deep and endless blue sky--one can only imagine what the new season will bring for each of us as we wait patiently for the day to arrive to enjoy this unbelievable gift in all her glory. For those of you who have never experienced the Chippewa Flowage -- be somewhere this season--join us on the Flowage.

A vacation on the Flowage with family and friends will have many guarantees; a wilderness experience like none other, miles of untouched shorelines, Eagles in flight, our famous and mysterious floating bogs, fish to be caught, animals in the wild, the hoot of an owl at night, the tremalo of a Loon guarding chicks, accommodating and experienced hosts at our resorts on the Flowage, a variety of evening dining spots, hiking, boating, kayaking, ATVing, summing, biking, canoeing, golfing, and swimming.

Call your friends and make your plans to visit your favorite stopping places on the Chippewa Flowage, Hayward Wisconsin, and help us celebrate our Summer Pin Tour!

A swimming black bear between island camp sites, a deer with her fawn on a island point, catching a 25 pound musky, meeting new friends for a life time, a youngster catching a Bluegill off the boat dock, enjoying a cabin you would trade your home for, finding a supper club you wish was closer to home, your children who are happy, safe, and secure, and a investment in the joy of being alive in these incredible outdoors - these are just a few of the possibilities for your next vacation.

Please consider the Chippewa Flowage, Hayward for your next vacation experience. Allow us to be your host and we will share a memorable Chippewa Flowage experience with you and your family.

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Fishing Report

Date: 2015-07-31


Walleye have still been relatively slow this week. Some are being caught, however, the action has not been as good as earlier in the year most likely due to warmer air and surface temperatures. If you do go out Walleye fishing, during the day I would definitely suggest fishing deeper in the brush in places like between the Banana Islands, the deep brush north of Yankee Joe Creek, or in the brush by Hay Creek Narrows. As far as bait is concerned, leeches and crawlers have been producing similar results, and for artificial baits use Wally Divers, Walleye Series Rat-L-Traps, and Berkley 4" Ribworms. BAIT UPDATE: Leeches, as usual for this time of year, are beginning to become more scarce. No word yet on when they will be unavailable, however, judging from last season, I would give it about two weeks before leeches are no longer available. Keep that in mind in the weeks to come if leeches are your choice of bait. This week however, I will still have a steady supply of leeches. More updates on leech availability to come in the following weeks.


There has been some decent Musky action as of late but most of it is on deeper drop offs as the surface temperature has been increasing due to hot weather. Feel free to use surface baits in the early morning and later evening, however, during the majority of the day, it would probably be best to use subsurface baits. Bucktails have been fairly decent along with Bull Dawgs and Vexers. UPDATE: For those of you that may not have seen our post on Facebook, CRANE BAITS are now available. Six different colors are currently in stock and I have a fairly decent supply but given the demand I expect them to go quick. If you are in need of one or more of these baits, I recommend coming in soon to pick them up.


Northern Pike fishing has been ok. Nothing spectacular however. If you wish to do some pike fishing, I recommend using spinnerbaits and weedless spoons and ripping them through the weeds.


Crappie fishing has been above average. As stated in earlier sections, the water temperature has been rising so the Crappies have been going deeper. The action has been in a mix of places like the bogs, brush piles, and cribs. If you fish the brush piles and cribs, fish the deeper ones if you can. Use Crappie Minnows, Gulp! 1 inch baits and Crappie Nibbles, and Mini-Mites.


Smallmouth Bass continue to do well around the stumps and rocky shorelines. The bait of choice this past week has been Lunkerfrogs, Scumfrogs, and Poppers. Largemouth have been active as well, just not as active as the Smallmouth. If Smallmouth is your target, fish the Eastern portion of the lake around Moore's Bay and the West Fork, the Nursery, and the Cranberries. Largemouth action has been scattered throughout the lake, but you cannot go wrong fishing weedbeds, lily pads, and the like.


It looks like things will cool down a little bit over the next five days. The weekend will still see 80 degree weather, but Friday, Monday, and Tuesday will be down in the mid 70s. Expect to see some showers on Sunday. Other than that the weather looks great!

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Water Temp

High 70s to Low 80s