Coming up for memorial day, have never fished the lake, can anyone give us an idea of where to start or any specific methods of fishing?
Any help is much appreciated, if you'd like to direct msg me that's fine.
Finally it's Spring! Time to start making those up coming vacation plans, if you havent already. Won't be long now and we'll be in the boat before you know it! Now's a good time to take care of any loose ends that we're put off last fall, when the boat and fishing equipment we're put away for the season. Go thru that messy tackle box and throw out rusted hooks and inspect baits. Respool new line on those reels that we're troublesome coils from using mono. Nothing like being totally ready to fish when the time comes!
Fisherman are still getting out on the Big Chip even with wheelers. Ice seems to be varring depending what side of the lake your fishing so proceed with caution. Ice seems to be around 12-15 inches on the South East end around Pokegama and Granite bay. Decent Crappie bite is currently going on along the lake shelfs in 15 - 20 FOW. AGAIN, exercise extreme caution out there!!
I have been getting quite a few calls from people eager to get their fishing trip down in the books for this boating season. Give me a call, text or email me to book a trip!
That pink shirt brought us very good luck that day! We caught 8 fish that we're 24 - 28 inches and all CPR'd and still bringing home a 3 man limit on a sunny, windlass bluebird day!
Heres a youtube video of one of many that day!
He covered up that lucky pink shirt with a sweat shirt because he was getting fried under the sun!
Yes she's an awesome lake.Spent vacation up there for 10 years in a row,but haven't been up there for 8.You would be surprised where you can find fish.If you want to explore yourself like i did.Take a jig and a leach and start pitching it everywhere.My dad son and I went threw 5 ponds of leeches in a week one year.One of the most unusual catches was crappies at night atleast 100 yards from any weeds logs or humps pitching tube jigs.Ive found eyes in spots guides haven't even tried
Great Pics TC!! I've been out there the past few years as well and have seen some amazing things that you normally don't get to see. Not to mention it is a great way to learn some of the bars and spots better as well as the lake in general that even today's technology can't provide. I have over 200 pics of some of these spots. It is a good way to get visual lineups with tree tops etc......not bad to have during the season.
Excellent write up Lelure. I totally agree with keeping a yearly draw down from 8 to 10 ft. Seems to take care of the milfoil and other pesky invasives. Any more than that might make it tough for us to reach a full pool by game fish season opener. Especially, with a lack of snow for run off we're seeing this year.
Pics added are of Spooky Bay Creek, CC North Boat Launch and the Kindergarten. 2013
I have noticed the past couple years on this forum and even other places like facebook and other forums and places of people complaining about the winter draw down and how it it is horrible etc.....without knowing the history of the Flowage. Being someone who has fished the Chip for close to 35 years and who's family has fished it for over 40 years as well as having inside information as far as Chippewa Flowage history and historical data goes I will tell you that most people don't realize that before 1997 the average winter draw down was over 10 feet and even was drawn down as low as 24 feet at one time with a few other 20ft-24ft draw downs with 12ft-15ft being the normal winter draw down over the history of the Chip. though there was some under 10 ft as well....especially during the late eighties drought period.
Over the last 20 years and the lack of draw down (under 5ft) we have seen spawning grounds and shorelines and small islands and grass islands deteriorate and even vanish. Also, during this time we have seen an explosion of eurasion milfoil and other junk weeds which die and decay under the water/ice stealing oxygen from the water. Anyone that has fished The Chip back in the 1980's or before that will be able to tell you the difference from now compared to back then. clean bars and shorelines and weeds and a vast numbers of stumps and were the norm. Constant high water and ice have destroyed a majority of the shorelines and stumps that once littered the flowage as well as has detroyed spawning grounds.
I won't go into all the details here as it would get lengthy but John Dettloff wrote a nice article (link below) explaining the benefits of moderate drawn down and gives good information as well as notes some of well known fish culturist Arthur Oehmcke work. Arthur Oehmcke worked at the hatchery at the Winter Dam back in the 1930's and 40's on the flowage and after. I recommend anyone who wants to gain more information on the Flowage draw down history and the benefits of moderate draw down and the benefits to spawning and recruitment to definitely take a look at the article below. Plus there are some neat pictures!!!!! Just thought it would be nice for people to read.