Chippewa/ Eau Claire River, Eau Claire County

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8/4/17 @ 1:10 PM
CrappieNutJustin85
CrappieNutJustin85
USER since 12/6/14
Been getting a few bluegills and smallmouth below the Altoona dam on jig and crawler but the bite has been nothing to write home about. Fish have been decent size though. Have seen a few nice muskies surface in the evening.

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7/30/17 @ 5:33 PM
Musky on the Fly
Musky on the Fly
USER since 7/30/17

Any chance of getting a drift boat on the Eau Claire river below the Altoona dam?  Is there a boat launch?  I can carry/drag the boat 10-20 yards if I have to.  Trying to get on skinny water where regular boats can't go.

Any other stretch that might be possible?

Edited on 7/30/17 5:35 PM
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7/18/17 @ 7:13 PM
imania
imania
USER since 2/21/15

Where is EC musky?

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7/16/17 @ 6:31 PM
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imania
imania
USER since 2/21/15

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Fished the Eau Claire river from the Altoona dam too highway 53 bridge and caught 1 northern 28".Have thrown alot of casts this year on the river and caught 1 36" muskie.Not like it use to be! Anybody having any luck with the Muskie on the Eau Claire River this year?

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5/2/17 @ 9:17 AM
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Wright6
Wright6
USER since 2/5/14

MOON PHASE
First Quarter

It's closed until May 27th north of Hwy 10.

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4/29/17 @ 7:56 AM
Itwasthisbigiswear
Itwasthisbigiswear
USER since 8/26/16

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!

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8/26/16 @ 11:38 AM
Bigfish1738
Bigfish1738
USER since 6/6/16

The only thing I would count on below the dam is big sturgeon, big flathead and big smallmouth. Maybe some perch and shiners but that's all I've caught or seen down there.

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8/16/16 @ 6:33 PM
badfishermanEC
badfishermanEC
USER since 8/16/16
What could I expect to find under the Altoona dam?

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

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
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

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
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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