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TOM BOLEY
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4/16/14 10:09 PM CST
More cold weather thus far this week. Calling for up to 15 inches of snow between today and tomorrow. But on the bright side the rest of the week, weekend and next week look much more favorable highs 60ish and lows in the 40s. Im very confident we will have open water for opener. Once the water starts coming up the ice will go much faster.

After a couple cancellations I have had a few dates open up for spring multi-species trips. (Crappie, Walleye, Bass) May offers a unique opportunity to target every species in shallow water. And it is without a doubt one of the most enjoyable times to fish the Flowage.

A few pictures of the lake; One of Hay Creek at the bridge. One of Musky Bay showing some of the structure out of the water. And a cool spring shot a few miles up Moss Creek showing the thaw.

Thinking open water and Keeping Positive!!!

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TOM CHRISTIANSON
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4/15/14 12:49 PM CST
Hi everyone,

Drove to the "CC" bridge and took these pics. of the equipment already being brought in for the replacement of the bridge. Also took pics of the ice breaking up North and South of the bridge. Even though they are calling for a major dump of snow tomorrow, the temps will be back into the 50's and 60's by Sunday.

As of today, the flowage is 5.9 feet low and rising. With the extra snow, the flowage hopefully will rise quicker so hopefully will be at full head by opener and yes I still expect to have open water for the opener. I quess my glass is always half full.

I went to the DNR Spring hearing last night and it was fairly uneventfull. The biggest issue for me was the trolling issue and haven't heard the state wide or local tally yet.

Had a chance to talk to our local fish biologist Maxx and asked if he had any reports of any winterkill events on the Big Chip. He reports that only minor events that occur every year such as in Crane. Nothing related to the draw down. He told me he had been around most of the flowage last weekend and saw nothing alarming. Hopefully the water coming up will infuse some oxygen into the system. We'll have to wait and see when the ice clears. Pray for warm weather.

Walleyemaxx

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4/15/14 11:59 AM CST
I hope the dnr's plans do not go as they hope. To me, killing off one game fish to help another is not the way to do it. Me being an avid bass fisherman and a concerned fisherman, i see both sides to this issue. I catch alot of very nice LM on the west side along with musky and walleye as well. This lake and community being such a large tourist attraction is the main problem i believe. Although this body of warer is very strong and is good at maintaining itself, the hundreds of tourist targeting walleye for an "up north fish fry" every week, throughtout the summer eventually will do its damage. Constant bag limits will do damage. So i believe special regulations should be put in order. If you scroll through the reports and look at the photos added 90% of them are stringer full of walleye (some of them with the best breed size). Which will hurt over time, and it did. As far as muskie, there arent alot of self sustaining muskie lakes. Almost all are stocked. That will happen no matter what. I feel like blaming one species for the absence of another is wrong. I would feel the same way if the finger was pointed at another species as well, not just bass. Just my input. Hopefully you guys have open water for opener! That would drive me nuts! Our lakes in madison are already open. Smile sorry to brag

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4/14/14 7:48 PM CST
With the draw down and this year and 36-40 inches of ice plus all that snow- oxygen levels will be lower on the Westside with less water flow than the east. This will result in some type a panfish/bullhead/rough fish also and LM bass winterkill as they are the most susceptible species that wont move or relocate to higher dissolved O2 levels like the Musky and Walleye do. This happens on the flowage after most hard winters mostly on the West side but it will not destroy the fishing by any means. It may setback the LM Bass population on the west side however when you throw in the draw down and weed effect with that. The walleye may actually benefit from the hard winter on the westside and swing things back in there favor.

I think Walleye and Musky will move farther for better 0xy levels because Musky and Walleye are true river species and will seek moving water- Im not a biologist but it makes sense to me. As far as being open, my guess is May 1st at best if it actually warms up. As we speak its 26 and dropping!! Also- I live near Nelson Lake- I think it will have Ice or partial ice on May 3rd. 38 inches of very solid ice today JIM

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JDMFISHING
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4/14/14 5:56 PM CST
Any open water on the chip? Noticed the forecast the next couple days and not looking good for opener! What's everyone think?

JASON STEWART
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4/9/14 9:27 AM CST
I had a good conversation with a biology professor very familiar with the chippewa flowage, while I was on the south shore of Lake Superior yesterday.

(REPORT- http://www.lake-link.com/Wisconsin-Fishing-Reports/report.cfm/35058/all-trout-streams-in-wi/)

He did a several year survey of aquatic invasive species as a grad student, and knows the lake very well. Dropping the lake a few extra feet this year left a lot of vegetation high and dry, thus denying the decomposition from depleting the oxygen levels. There are some spots with low O2 levels, no doubt, as there are every winter in the big chip. But it could have been a lot worse this year with the thick snow!

I'm guessing ice is mostly gone last week of april/first week of may. Any takers on an Ice Out pool? Big Smile

Cheers, J

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4/8/14 6:30 PM CST
a guy i work with said there was water coming in on moss creek, hay creek, and west fork. with the warm temps the rest of the week, it should do some damage on the ice. Smile

nothing2fancy
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4/7/14 10:30 PM CST
So can we have a updated report of the lake conditions? What did the big snow storm do to the lake? Hopefully winter is over now. Thanks for the info everyone.

colehanluke
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3/31/14 6:12 PM CST
I was wondering if anyone else heard of a severe fish kill on the west side of the chip any information would be helpful

nothing2fancy
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3/25/14 11:35 AM CST
That's for the info and gut feelings guys. Here's to wishing for no ice for the opener.

TOM CHRISTIANSON
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3/20/14 7:49 AM CST
Hi everyone, Last year is the first year in 54 years I encountered ice on the opener to where we could not launch a boat. At worst we might have a few ice floes floating around. But I don't think we'll have that to worry about. Remember, they let out 8 feet of water aand now are bringing it back up. That will hasten the ice melt. Personally, I'm still planning to fish crappies from my boat in late April. Good luck fishing,(and wishing) everyone

Walleyemaxx

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3/19/14 6:20 PM CST
i'm goin to go with some open and some still froze, but thats cause i saw what it looked like last year. should of ice fished it. Dull

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3/19/14 3:00 PM CST
Nothing2fancy,

If I had to guess I would say we will have open water well in advance of opener. Then again, if you asked me at this time last year, I'd have have said the same thing...

nothing2fancy
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3/19/14 1:29 PM CST
Ok people, I'll be coming up from milwaukee the first weekend of May for the opening. For those of you that live in the area will we have open water or ice for opening weekend?

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FISHING REPORT
3/15/14 11:18 AM CST
Ice Depth: 8" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 31° - 35° F
Went fishing with guide, Ty Sennett on the 13th. we started at 9AM fished till 5PM. Temperatures ranged from 9 in the morning to 35 in the afternoon. Crappies were widely scattered and lite to bite. Ty drilled 40-50 holes and we kept roaming to make for a good days catch of 9-12 inch keepers. Ty was the key to my success.

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