Chippewa/ Eau Claire River, Eau Claire County

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7/24/13 @ 7:13 AM
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Big Mitch
Big Mitch
USER since 6/18/01

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Sunny

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81° - 88° F
Floated the Eau Claire the Memorial Landing down to Eau Claire lake. Had 6 muskie on, boated 3. Largest about 35 inches. Great fun on light tackle from the kayaks. Caught about 9 smallies on our big baits. Surprised at how few holes, wood, and other structure there is up there. Most of the river bed is flat sand with about 5 rocky sections. Needed about 2 more inches of river to float without rubbing bottom. Caught nothing below the G bridge or the lake except a couple small largemouth bass in the backwater swamps.

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7/24/13 @ 12:01 AM
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TAF
TAF
USER since 6/4/09

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Partly Sunny

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71° - 75° F
Canoe fished the Chippewa River Sunday PM with a friend - although we didn't fish in Eau Claire county, but farther up north in Sawyer County. Pretty decent action on smallmouth, but mostly medium to medium-smallish size. We were throwing chartreuse jigs with same colored twister tails while drifting downriver and using a nightcrawler for the few deeper holes we hit. Ended up running out of crawlers, so probably could have had better action during the last part of the float. Used a topwater buzz bait at the end when the sun was getting low, but no action on that. Nice boulders all along the route, but again surprisingly, only caught a couple of fish behind rocks. Forgot to bring my tape measure, so fish that we estimated to be around 14" we had to throw back because we weren't sure. Beautiful dark brown coloration on the fish we caught due to the tannin stained water.

The one fish we kept - looked to be around 18" (all the smallmouth I keep I put in the smoker) was on the stringer about four to five feet in back of the canoe. All of a sudden we both heard a sound like a person jumping into the water just behind the canoe. We both turned around to see a very good sized musky thrashing around and chomping on the smallmouth on the stringer. I started "reeling" in the musky as it held tight all the way to the canoe and then slowly opened its jaws and eased back down into the water away from us. What an awesome deal - same thing happened to us last summer on the same stretch of river, only then a musky rammed the canoe with its jaws around three nice sized smallies. As tough as it seems like it might be to fish for muskies sitting down in a canoe, from now on musky equipment is coming along on future trips to the river.

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7/23/13 @ 1:14 AM
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ecmusky
ecmusky
USER since 3/26/12
Action has been pretty hot lately. Fished the Eau Claire river sunday and hooked up with 3 walleyes 11/17/18inches, lots of smallies and a couple pike.

Fished the might chip today smallies were crushing, fish were anywhere from 8-18 inches.

Edited on 7/23/13 1:15 AM
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7/2/13 @ 1:44 AM
RustyShackelford
RustyShackelford
USER since 6/26/13
Is action on the river picking up? It's been a weird year for fishing, that's for sure.

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6/14/13 @ 2:34 AM
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ecmusky
ecmusky
USER since 3/26/12
Late report for about last 2 weeks...

Halfmoon: Was catching crappies just about every cast on NW side below radio tower. Lots and lots of 5-8in fish, fingers crossed next years class will be great. All on white 1/16 jig with white 2in twister tails and some with small cranks.(Including 2 5in crappies on 1 cast with the crank) Not many big gills to speak of, but this was 2 weeks ago.

EC River Big Falls- Fished north side of the falls 3 different days. Crappies, crappies, crappies. Seemed to be an unlimited amount of 7-9in fish. Ended up keeping about 15 over 10.5 one of the days. Again, white jig/white twister. Also got into some decent smallmouth.

Below Altoona Dam- Tried down here a few times but water has been far too crazy...managed to get some nice perch, lots of little ones though. Small plastic angleworms and crawler chunks under float.

Chippewa River- Fished south of EC on the river probably 4/5 times. No definite hotspot, but most locations are producing some action. Crawlers on bottom produced most excitement: Carp, Drum, Catfish, Perch, Sturgeon, Smallmouth, Mooneye...Kept it interesting for sure. Found 2 nice fat walleye (17, 17.5) with 1/4 jig and 3in paddletail minnow. Tons of small 3-6in perch as well.

.......And I think I'm done now. I'll post pics if I get around to it.

Anyone have anything to report??? Message me if ya have any hotspots you'd like to share Wink

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4/30/13 @ 7:32 PM
Cronk
Cronk
USER since 4/18/12
All the fish ive eaten from the chippewa have been great. If i could find more perch and crappie id be fishing it non stop.

Cronk

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4/30/13 @ 7:24 PM
no-luck
no-luck
USER since 12/14/12
Thanks, for the info, I guess I will need to do some scouting and learn the area. How are the fish for eating?

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4/30/13 @ 7:22 PM
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Cronk
Cronk
USER since 4/18/12
@ no-luck, yes walleye is open year round on the chippewa. eau claire paper mill dam down stream.

hit the Chip downstream from the i-94 bridge. caught a bunch of shorty walleyes. one white bass. that was all she wrote. Using small plastics in any slack water i could find.

Any water off the main channel especially flooded timber was holding fish.

Cronk

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4/30/13 @ 7:18 PM
no-luck
no-luck
USER since 12/14/12
Is Walleye open on the river? New to the area.

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4/30/13 @ 5:24 PM
ecmusky
ecmusky
USER since 3/26/12
Bassgrabber....May i ask where you ran into those fish? I imagine you were using crawlers/minnows.

Feel free to pm me.

Thanks

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