Hey everyone, i was wondering about the regulations for musky on these waters. Id really like to do the float from chippewa to dells pond as its my only option for musky without driving 90+ miles before the 27th of may. I was told on the Red Cedar in Dunn County you couldnt fish for musky til later and thats an open season water year round. Wondering if the same applies to the eau claire and chippewa rivers. Thanks!
Chippewa/ Eau Claire River, Eau Claire County
81° - 88° F
71° - 75° F
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.
Fished the might chip today smallies were crushing, fish were anywhere from 8-18 inches.
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