Chetek Chain, Barron County

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1/18/18 @ 8:49 AM
pestka
pestka
USER since 12/22/09

Dont hurt my bass lol

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1/17/18 @ 2:05 PM
Chippman
Chippman
USER since 5/5/06

State

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1/17/18 @ 10:20 AM
eddiefish
eddiefish
USER since 8/9/11

who controls the fish limit, the state or lake assoc?

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1/16/18 @ 3:07 PM
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Thorsten
Thorsten
USER since 1/21/14

MOON PHASE
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We fished Saturday on Pokegama for about 4 hours. Landed a mixed bag of perch, gills, and crappie. Two of us caught about 20 fish, half were keepers (we throw them all back). We really didn't try very hard as it was too cold to move around. We were marking fish the whole time but the bite was really good from 3:30 to 4:30. I would say the fishing has been just slightly slower than past years, but we have had so much really cold weather, I'm not surprised.

I believe there are cycles. 4-5 years ago we caught lots of really nice crappie. Last couple of years the gills have been better. This year has been a real mixed bag.

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1/16/18 @ 2:58 PM
Grendel6.5
Grendel6.5
USER since 9/17/17

I live and fish in Menomonie.  I can say the 10 panfish limits has done A lot of good.  We are actually seeing many year classes of fish.  As far as resorts go..when there is no quality fish left it will hurt business also.

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1/16/18 @ 10:53 AM
1990 Tuffy Deep V
1990 Tuffy Deep V
USER since 6/2/02

From what I gave seen the 10 panfish limit gets larger crowds and draws more people to the lake. Look at Menomonie's great fishery!  

No one complains about getting 10 quality panfish in a Menomonie which is a good meal anyway. 

Resorts always say limits affect thier bookings. I think the resorts should push for a better fishery management and also spruce up thier cabins and they will see people flock to the lake. People want to fish a good lake in a comfortable resort. 

The Birchwood area resorts are doing fantastic with the controlled panfish limits like someone else said. 

Remember let the Gills 9" + Bluegills go to save the genetics. 

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1/15/18 @ 9:10 PM
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chetek fishing
chetek fishing
USER since 6/10/12

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waning Crescent
Excellent past week on the chain! Gills and crappies have been a little slower, but pretty decent sized if you can get away from the crowds and fish new water. Walleyes have been crazy, 5 fish over 20''with the biggest being 25'' the past week and many in the 15''-19'' range. Awesome to see these fish so strong thanks to the stocking program and improved regulations. All fish were tossed back to be caught again. Make sure to release all under 15" and slot fish 20" to 24" and cut the lines and lose your hook on any gut hooked fish. Good Luck fishing!

Edited on 1/15/18 9:10 PM
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1/15/18 @ 7:17 PM
hunter53089
hunter53089
USER since 6/28/02

Bass, green carp as Hurricane would say.

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1/15/18 @ 6:58 PM
willy
willy
USER since 8/5/01

My family use to have a seasonal trailer in chetek for about 20 years. 7 years ago we moved to birchwood for our fishing and never looked back. Big chetac has a 25 pan fish limit with only 10 of which can be bluegills.  The size structure of gills on big chetac has greatly benefited compared to chetek.  It didn't do ant thing to the tourism, it's expensive and has 100% booking rates. Systems  such as these should do something to limit over harvest of large gills. But leaving ample opportunity for other fish such as  crappies and perch.   The lakes in southern wisconsin like the madison chain could greatly benefit from this model of limiting species with the aggregate bag of 25.  This is not for every system either since some don't have the opportunity to fish others species in any quantity or quality.    The dnr seems to be pushing for a 5,5,5 type limit, this would be detrimental to tourism.   

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1/15/18 @ 6:08 PM
kingfish
kingfish
USER since 6/15/01

quite the disccussion.  While I have not fished this fall or winter due to major heart surgery, I feel that some points may be right others off.  I started fihing year ago when the was a 100 limit, then 5o.  Bought our resort when the limit was 50 and heard the complaints(from guests) then about how the locals take all the fish in the winter.  Why do the limit us staying for a week.  Then 25 hit and so did the complaints.  lost some guests.  This lake is a great producer of panfish and bass.  Ever look at the bass as being one of those fish targeting panfish. notherns never mentioned but they do not get to the sizes I have heard about. or seen eating nothing but plankton.  There is a reason Bass are not welcomed in waters with eyes, they eat alot of fry and only a very few are kept to eat.  Nelson Lake at hayward is a prime example of the DNR saying bass have hurt the eye population.  that is why they have a catchem, we'll fryem for the last several years.  Crappies and gills do go thru cycles, same as eyes.  Caught some real nice crappie last spring. best in about 4 years.  As to gills, 9 inch and larger should be thrown back since they are the genetics of the future. As to a 10 fish limit you will kill tourism or at least hurt it significantly.

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