Thanks Rangr90, high Hopes for single digits this next 5 days!!
...just spent the last 8 days on the big chip. been coming up since 92, lake map is really tattered and ripped. The weather was totally different everyday, mostly high wind n to nw at 10+mph and a few snow squalls. The bite was tuff to say the least. I managed to fish 6 to 8 hrs each day, only an hour break for lunch. I tried depths from 8 to 25ft. My desire was deep water panfish, bluegills,crappies and perch. Water was clear, if you found a calm area you could see down 6 to 8 ft. Water level has dropped about 1.5 ft this week. Needless to say, I did manage a few perch, one crappie and a few gills.
The best and most fruitful time was the evenings in deep water for walleyes. 16+ft. and bright colored winter ice fishing jigging raps. The ones with the single hook on the ends and a treble on the bottom. The best trick to keep the bait out of the hungry stumps, is put a smaller/thiner treble on the bottom of the bait.If you fish with braid use a stronger barrel swivel and a foot of 12+lb mono. Most of the time I trust my electronics, anchor to a tree or fish off the little calm patch at the rear of the boat. If you get a snagged, the weaker hooks and the strong line and a good rod might give your bait back,otherwise I grab another out of the box. Usually I buy 3 to 4 of each size and the best colors. The clown, brook trout,perch fire tiger green. The evenings with the n to nw wind was good. s and warmer was poor. Fish caught were in the 8 to 22.5 range. let 2 go that were in the slot. Otherwise managed a 11 eaters and had lots of fun with the little ones.
As far as a musky report from others,what I've been told, a few fish being caught a suckers and bucktails.
good luck, bundle up and bring a few pairs of gloves. If I get a chance I'll up load the photos.
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Despite all the nasty weather the area has been receiving, still managing to put some quality fish in the boat!
The crappies still seem to be scattered, so jumping around is essential to find the active fish.
Water temperatures are about 52 degrees and the lake is pretty much at a full pool.
Give me a call if you'd like to get out on a crappie hunt!
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41° - 45° F
46° - 50° F
Been up since Sat 10/6 It has not stopped raining for 1 minute. Rain every day, all day, all nite. The lake is up at least a foot since Sat AM. Fish are scattered at best. Good size but few and far. Nothing happening in Moores Bay yet, the Nursery is slow, Chiefs Narrows yielded a few nice crappies in deep water. Deer Foot was very rough with the winds today hard to fish drifting at 15 MPH and 1 foot white caps.Winds all coming out of the East/ Northeast. Fishing with Jig and minnow as well as Mini Mites (for the first time) Mini MItes are doing the best. HIred Tom Boley for some walleye fishing yesterday - Absolutely amazing!!!! This man knows his fishing. Strongly advise spending part of a day with him, worth every penny! https://www.facebook.com/tomboleyfishing/
Agree! We have been here since 9/21. Had sunshine 3 days since the 9/26 cold front. Been fishing shallow as well. Good crappies. Finding walleyes on those weed edges right before dark. Several keepers and 5 released over 20". Some of the best fall fishing in 33 years on the Flowage! And yes the color is outstanding!
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46° - 50° F
51° - 55° F
Just returned from a 10 day on the Chip and must say we had some challenging weather but fish were cooperative. Had a challenge putting keeper walleye in the boat but the crappie, perch, and some gills more than made up for it. We could not have hit the colors any better and although temps were cold, averaged probably 45-50 with one morning dipping to 27, fish still bit and we just told ourselves were not targeting deep fish. Fish bit shallow every day, as long as you were patient they would show in the 12-14'. I can't even begin to think how many 6-9 " fish we threw back so it seems like that year class is abundant. 10-11" fish would bite but surely were not as common, and also managed a few true 12". Love every chance I get to hit this body of water.