My first time fishing the body of water it was an AMAZING experience! I hope to come back this way and explore more of this river system.
Chippewa/ Eau Claire River, Eau Claire County
66° - 70° F
Floated the river yesterday evening with the yak from River Prairie to Phoenix Park. Caught 8 smallies - nothing huge. I also had a good size chanel cat chomp a crank bait and take me for a little ride on my ultra light gear. I didn't get a measurement, but I'd guess it was 10-12 lbs in size. All in all it was a great little trip, but my buddy donated 2 rods to the river just before we landed. RIP
MOON PHASE (78%)
Waded the river from altoona dam down to where ottercreek dumps in.Tried small glides and bucktails,large shadraps.No luck then switched to a mini medusa and had 3 follows with one over 40".Needs to warm up with some consistency in the weather patterns. Just a beautiful river,always a joy to be on it.Good luck to all and please leave it better than you found it.
MOON PHASE (37%)
Made it out to the Eau Claire over my Spring Break from March 24 till April 1st. Made it out 5 times, fishing was still slow (water temp was low) but still managed to bring home around 10 keepers ranging from 15-17 inches. Also caught a lone perch (10 incher). Also caught my first 'Ski of the year. Hoping the bite starts to pick up.
Many people get confused because they automatically think this is in Chippewa county which is farther north. This is "Eau Claire" county so check the regs for Eau Claire County. I myself was confused when I saw this post, because I also thought it was open, then I looked it up under Chippewa county which has no reference to the Eau Claire.Good luck out there sounds like fun.I have been down below the Altoona Dam it looks real fishy,and even if you dont catch fish it looks like a good float.
36° - 40° F
Below 40° F
All tributaries of the Mississippi are open year round upstream to the first dam for game species( not musky). I've fished the Chip quite a bit. Many small walleye and smallmouth. A few northerns. Eau Claire upstream from the confluence is scenic but limited for numbers of fish. Not sure about regs on that section. Call the DNR office on Clairemont ave. Good Luck.
Hey everyone, was wondering what are some good sections to float kayak near Eau Claire. If there are rapids, location of landings, etc. that'd be good to know. people id go with are more inexperienced in kayaks than not I believe. Probably try to catch smallmouth and walleye. Mostly just trying to get my gamefish fix before season opens everywhere.