Illinifish, that’s funny since we’ve only been going up there that same week now for three years and all three years, the fishing has been different due to the fact that the Ice goes off at different times, the weather is never the same leading up to the first week of June and I’m sure there are another half dozen reasons. We had our best year this year of the three years so far, which have all been good. Enjoy your new destination!
The likely cause of the fish kills is a bacteria called Columnaris, which is known to only infect fish species and is not a health risk to humans.
The bacteria is most prevalent in Wisconsin lakes when water temperatures approach 65-70 degrees from late May to late June. The bacteria levels increase after major rainfalls that supply additional nutrients into area lakes which the bacteria thrives on.
Bluegill, crappies, yellow perch and bullheads are most affected by the disease. Fish stressed from recent spawning activities are made more susceptible to the disease. The
bacteria erodes the fishes' skin, causing a leakage of the bodily fluids and an influx of
lake water into the fishes' bodies.
There is little that DNR or landowners can do to prevent this problem. It occurs almost
annually on a dozen or so lakes in the four-county area.
MOON PHASE (41%)
71° - 75° F
71° - 75° F
Our third annual trip up to the Chetek area and what a great week thus far fishing for Gills. Only have two other years to compare it too, but 9”-10” fish seem to be the norm in the 8’-10’ of water range right now. Can’t wait for our week again next year!
MOON PHASE (96%)
91° - 95° F
71° - 75° F
Well we made it up to Prairie Lake for the 69th year in a row (don't remember the first couple, lol) over the Memorial weekend. Decided to go at the last minute when we saw the extended weather forecast. Came up last Friday afternoon, stopped at the Rod and Gun in Chetek for bait, and hit the lake Saturday morning. Hit bluegill spot #1 and after a little searching, we caught fire, and never left. Fished a 8-9' hump and caught simply beautiful gills. This is the third year now that the gills are bigger than we can ever remember. They measured 8.25-9.75", with most around 9". And what a great fight on light tackle! Just using leaf worms. Tried trolling for walleyes for a short time in the afternoon, but struck out.
Sunday morning we went to bluegill spot #2 (try to avoid the same spot two days in a row), and after almost giving up, we found them, and found them good. This spot is along the weed line in about 8 fow. Same set up with leaf worms. Tried walleyes again in the afternoon, nothing but a pike and a bass.
Monday morning we went bass fishing, and caught a dozen using senkos. Lots of action in two hour, but bass are on the small size. Biggest was 16". Tried some jigging for eyes in the afternoon with crawlers, but again no action, and had to cut the day short due to motor problems.
Made it out Tuesday morning and again caught at least a dozen bass, and then hit up some catch and release gills before we called it a morning and packed up and headed home.
All in all a great trip, other than those elusive walleyes! Can't believe how the Chetek area has changed over the years. So many people out on the water and in the bars/restaurants having a good time. Burnham's Island looked like one big party!
Does anyone know what the top bluegills were in Gilligan's Bluegill Tourney last Saturday? None of the employees seemed to know. We didn't get in, because we didn't know about it.
Take care, Surfer