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6/8/18 @ 7:03 AM
shanty_man
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USER since 1/4/05

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.

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Edited on 6/8/18 7:04 AM
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6/8/18 @ 1:26 AM
Chippman
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USER since 5/5/06

Late post Hit prairie after the cool down and fish were a little off but they were either big or small got my first 10 incher of the year still swimming, the boys are in shallow waiting for big girls 

Chetek Chain, Barron County Photo
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6/7/18 @ 1:12 PM
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Otter Box
Otter Box
USER since 12/10/14

MOON PHASE (41%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
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!

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5/31/18 @ 10:36 AM
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Surfer
Surfer
USER since 6/21/01

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
91° - 95° F

WATER TEMP
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





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5/30/18 @ 7:06 PM
scrub
scrub
USER since 8/15/06

Columnaris 

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5/30/18 @ 5:14 PM
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princejoe
princejoe
USER since 8/18/05

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
86° - 90° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

was there this passed weekend very hot fishing was very slow.  started to pickup on tuesday. noticed a lot of dead crappies and saw live ones with white marks is there something killing these fish

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5/29/18 @ 1:57 PM
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Chad4431
Chad4431
USER since 8/9/16

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

Anyone have any advice for fishing walleye on the chain?

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5/28/18 @ 10:13 PM
Crappie Killer
Crappie Killer
MEMBER since 7/1/01
They have maps up there that will show where they are. I think the rod and gun shop have them. Or you can check with some of the resorts.

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5/28/18 @ 10:07 PM
Point Muskie Hunter
Point Muskie Hunter
USER since 1/28/13

Just a question how can I find the fish cribs on the chetek chain? Please message with info.

Edited on 5/28/18 10:08 PM
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5/27/18 @ 6:21 AM
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Salmon Shark
Salmon Shark
MEMBER since 3/11/09

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous

Up and out at 5:00 am.  Again north end of Chetek near the bridge.  Tried prop bait topwater, no luck.  Went to a 4" pumpkin seed worm, Texas rigged.  Got 4 Bass, one 14", others smaller.

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