Eau Claire Lake, Upper, Bayfield County

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6/24/15 @ 9:17 PM
tippup
tippup
USER since 1/1/11
I've fished this lake a lot over the years - mostly for bluegills in early summer. Head left from the boat landing out and around the peninsula the boat landing is on to the opposite side of the lake. Find the reeds and you'll find the gills.

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6/24/15 @ 7:29 AM
Hammer em'
Hammer em'
USER since 12/16/05
Any reports or updates? Headed up in a couple of weeks.

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1/15/15 @ 1:09 PM
Hammer em'
Hammer em'
USER since 12/16/05
Wright,

I've booked a vacation on Upper for the summer so it's not about hand picking lakes to fish. It was about finding a lake my kids can swim in and have fun in while exploring a new area of the state. I fish the Winnebago system and Green Bay so numbers and size aren't as much of a concern as just a change in pace from trolling non-stop.

Thanks again everyone for the feedback.

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1/15/15 @ 8:58 AM
Wright6
Wright6
USER since 2/5/14
Mostly very thick coontail weeds. You can't get to Upper from either middle or lower. You can get between lower and middle with a small boat. I think it has to be a 14' or smaller to fit through the lock and dam. To be truthfully honest there are way better lakes in the Hayward area and not because they are deep and clear. Round, Grindstone, LCO, Namekogen, Whitefish are all better lakes. Most people just fish panfish on the Eau Claire Lakes.

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1/15/15 @ 8:00 AM
Hammer em'
Hammer em'
USER since 12/16/05
Thanks for the feedback.

It's funny reading through everyone's opinion of these lakes(very minimal responses). Some think that Middle is the best, others think that Middle stinks. Sounds typical to these types of lakes. Deep, clear lakes can definitely be a mystery.

I would assume that the weeds are generally cabbage, sand grass and coontail. Much for rock? I see that the thermocline is generally in the 25-35 fow range in July.

Can I get a fairly large walleye boat from Upper to Lower?

One last question-Is there a map or a bait shop that has the locations of the lake cribs?

Again, thanks for all the feedback.

Edited on 1/15/15 8:04 AM
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1/14/15 @ 10:41 AM
Wright6
Wright6
USER since 2/5/14
The only thing I do is troll at night for Muskies on upper. We have caught some nice walleyes doing this also. There are ciscos but not that many. Mostly a bluegill, perch and crappie forage that do suspend over deep water. This is more of a trophy fishery. I do think that Middle is by far the best out of the 3 for every species but they all have their days.

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1/13/15 @ 4:29 PM
fishs
fishs
MEMBER since 2/17/04
As long as the water is not down you should have no problem floating your boat off the trailer. They re-did the launch last year. No power loading. We have settled in on bass fishing on Upper. Been going there for 17 years last week in July. We do not target walleyes but have caught a few over the years bass fishing. I've done plenty of trolling weed edges to open water with some success on bass and northern no muskies and a few walleyes. I'm sure there are some dandy eyes in there and we do not night fish. Just never heard anyone say it's a fantastic walleye lake. Have caught a handful of crappies over the years but once again don't think it's loaded with them.

Edited on 1/13/15 4:33 PM
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1/13/15 @ 3:32 PM
Hammer em'
Hammer em'
USER since 12/16/05
Looking at fishing Upper Eau Claire this upcoming summer.

In general I'm pretty use to fishing this type of lake in Minnesota years ago when I lived there. Does anyone do much after dark suspended fish trolling? Please PM if you would rather. I'm assuming there is a cisco/tullibee base. Full moon periods could produce good fish both suspended over the deeper water as well as shallow on big cranks behind boards.

Any suggestions for crappies other then just fan casting the weed edges?

How is the launch on Upper? Will I be able to float my Ranger off?

Thanks

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4/17/14 @ 1:15 PM
bassfishingWI
bassfishingWI
USER since 8/29/13
Does anyone know how much ice is still on the Upper Eau Claire, or an estimate from nearby lakes of the same size? I'm from Minnesota and wondering when the ice will get off to do some open water fishing!

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4/17/14 @ 1:14 PM
bassfishingWI
bassfishingWI
USER since 8/29/13
Smith is generally a poor lake for fishing, Schunenberg as well. I have never caught anything there, except for a few random occassions. The channel from Smith to Schunenberg is easy to navigate, about 2 feet deep. Getting rom Schunenberg into Sweet is much more difficult. The only way i've found to do it is get out of the boat and pull it through the channel, this doesn't work with bigger boats.

Robinson has some good crappie fishing and some pike, I've never found bass there. Thats why I usually stick to the Upper Eau Claire for 95% of my fishing.

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