72.5 as of 8/25/16
Temps took a quick 12 degree dive early last week from 77 degrees and are now with blue skies, creeping back up.
Regarding a contour map of the river; I'm not aware of one that goes much past the Hwy D/E bridge, but my experiences fishing north and west of there are that the river becomes pretty predictable regarding depth and holes are where one would expect them to be.
I haven't fished as much the last couple weeks as I normally do, and haven't had very good luck when I did. I have managed a few crappie and a few smaller walleye, but only a few. No specific pattern has been best, but the fish I did get were on live bait jigging or on small crank baits cast along breaks in low light. A 6-10 foot weed edge has been the best for me. A few fish in the timber on the river channels, but not as many as usual.
Hopefully stable weather will promote some good fishing soon. The lake is clearer than normal for this time of year, algae bloom is just starting.
Wondering if anyone has or knows of a water contour map for the Chippewa river from the "D" bridge all the way past Flaters? I went up the river with my sisters boyfriend but he has a mud motor and bounced it off some rocks (Didn't bother him).
Thanks in Advance
Got out a few times this weekend. Saturday afternoon went to a deeper spot 18-20fow in the old Jump River Channel. First minute there with a blue jig got a nice healthy 17inch walleye. We got a crappie and a smaller 13 inch walleye in that same spot. All fish were returned.
Sunday evening went up the jump a little and got 3 smaller walleye trolling in about 7 fow. Lake was very busy with the holiday.
Fishing has been a little slow for me the last couple of weeks. The ever changing weather has kept fish moving and not that active (for me).
Hoping to fish a bunch over the next couple weekends. We usually do pretty well on walleye over the 4th week. I'll be fishing bends and stumps on the river channel with jig and leeches or doing some trolling.
If we have some quiet evenings I'll probably start casting for crappie. This is when I usually start doing well. Shad raps and small spinner baits are my favorites
Good luck to everyone.
Hey folks. i was thinking of heading up to the chippewa river below lake holcombe friday. Only question i have is. Is there shore access below the dam on the south side of the river? I will be fishing from shore. Any help would be cool. If you dont want to clutter the boards feel free to PM me.
Thanks guys, Cronk
A little info on Holcombe:
The water clarity right now is best described as deeply stained with visibility being limited to about 3 foot unless you are in an area that is recently filled with rain water and has yet to mix. The Jump river end of the lake is slightly clearer than the Chippewa river end of the lake.
There are many unmarked hazards, specifically rock piles and shallows. Nothing that you can't get past with your bow mount, but be careful especially in the area near Hwy 27 and the on the south west portion of the lake.
A excellent map is available at the local bait shops and marinas that was put out by the lake association. I have a Lakemaster chip in my locator, it is not very accurate, if using one, don't trust it for rocks etc as the depth contours are significantly off.
I fished a little this weekend between showers targeting "whatever game fish would bite" using techniques that typically get bass. I did catch several small northern and a muskie but no bass. I saw several boats out that appeared to be pre-fishing the tourney. Didn't see them get any bass either.
Good morning everyone-
I am guiding/ being a boat captain for the Wisconsin BASS state championship on Holcombe this weekend. I have never been on this body of water and was wondering if someone could give me any info that would help me put the kids on fish. What is the water clarity? Any unmarked hazards in the lake? Any info would be appreciated.