This is a later post but I just wanted to mention my action I've had on this lake. I've been up to this lake 4 times this summer because the action keeps bringing me back. The first time a friend and I went up and brought a canoe and fished for the day but we got skunked, and I believe it was mainly due to the extremely cold water temps early in the season. The second time I went back with my wife and fished for 4 hours with my wife and I caught a 26 inch musky and another hit but I couldn't set the hook. The next outing was the best trip where my friend and I bagged 10 muskies the first day (fished from 9am-6pm) with the two biggest being a 32" and a 31". Most of the other fish were between 25-28 with a couple right at 23".... Yes we measured every one. Also, 6 of the 10 we caught that first day were landed during a major moon phase which was during 2 hours out of the time we were on the water. The next day we caught 3 in morning before leaving town. The last trip I went on with the same friend we caught 7 in the day from 10-4, most of them between the 26-28 range. This lake is fun with almost a sure chance of seeing action, but yes take one out a day so the size of the fish can increase. Pictures of the fish are posted on my instagram, same account name as here.
Secret to this lake is think opposite of other lakes. Big baits are okay, but you won't see near the action. Fish shallower than you would usually.
This lake is crawling with little musky, that is why the 28 inch size limit. Take one of those to shore and have a lunch, this lake will never see numbers of big fish without thinning the herd....
You would be surprised at how big a musky you can land on a 7 foot medium heavy rod with a low profile reel and a bass spinner. It also gives you that opportunity to catch a bass or two if you can find them.
71° - 75° F
71° - 75° F
Went out this past weekend Friday 8/11 and Saturday 8/12 and caught one 29" Muskie. I had 4 others hit but could not get them in the bag. Had trouble keeping hooks planted. Mostly threw Mepps Musky Killers in florescent colors and double blades Showgirls. Three of the 4 missed fish we similar in size to the 29 incher. One fish I did not see, but felt much heavier before the hooks let loose.
First time on the lake and overall impression was positive. The SO caught a 2.5lb Largemouth near the bogs. Panfish action was extremely slow.
You can walk up and down the shoreline by the campground. From the beach, around the dam, and past that. Casting the whole way. There are several piers along the way to stop at and get out further to cast. The fishing was good when I stayed in the campground in '15. Two Musky landed and several follows. All from shore. Casting Mepps #5 bucktails. Good luck!
Don't bother wading this lake. First of all, you'll get stuck in the muck. Secondly, any fishing that is worth while is on the opposite end of the lake from the boat launch in the bogs. You will not catch anything from the boat launch area.
The boat launch is marked with signs and you can't miss it. Just take the turn off of Hwy M to the campground and the signs will direct you.
As for shore fishing, the entire lake is surrounded by National Forest, but you're wasting your time. Find a different lake unless you're going to launch a boat. There is a beach that I guess you could try that is in the main lake basin but I'm not sure if you have to be staying in the campground to gain access there.
I will be staying in Clam Lake later this month and wanted to give this lake a try. Is there shore fishing available or is it boat access only? On the map it shows a boat landing, but no road to it. Does one need to take a Chequamegon Forest road to find it? I would probably try to do some wading using the boat landing as an access point if there are no public shore fishing areas...
Muskies and whatever forage the river had. Which should have been smallmouth walleye, suckers and a variety of panfish.
In 1973 the campground was completed. (I know because my brother helped build it)
In 1974 the lake was loaded with crappie and a lot of stunted perch, and a small number of musky.
Then in the 80s the bass were planted and started to spawn.
About 2013 or there abouts the State planted walleye, don't think they survived the winter feeding binge of the musky or bass.