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