manitowish chain , Vilas County
That's really interesting @beoutdoors715. That explains why I was able to get boat on lift after one day difference. Thank you.
Today was last day on chain for a few weeks. I floated under bridge to clear lake , spotted lots of panfish and bass, guess I'd be a good place to fish from shore for those w/o acces to a boat of some kind.
Today fished mid morning on fawn/stone on my way home. Theres nice drop offs on either end of the run towards the bridge. Didn't get many panfish, maybe it's too deep yet for this time of year... I'm still learning. Moving to the shoreline opposite of the islands I was able to get a few nice ones, mix pan/rock bass. Generally I think 3 to 5 ft of water deep. Was fun. I just fish simply, worms, some jig, some slip bobber all luck was closer to lake bottom. I put'm all back, someday I figure I'll get bigger ones and make fish fry vs fish chips. Heh.
Caught a 22 inch smallie on a bed last Thursday.
Post pictures later, biggest bass i ever caught! Not to many on beds anymore Shiz but after this next week of recovery the bite should really turn on. I would think next weekend the 8th The bass will be hitting anything that moves!!! Good Luck! Water Levels moving up! Been up here almost a week now and rising daily. Was told damm not closed off but guess that's normal
Alderwood Resort Lake level update. Hello all, there has been some recently posted inappropriate information on lake levels and dam operation on this site. Please do not give that any credibility.
The Manitowish Chain is currently at 27” up from low winter drawdown level. With 19” to go to full pool. It is raising at 1.5-2” a day currently and with rain in the forecast the end of this week that should increase. With the late ice off the chain this spring and drought conditions for the last 3 weeks, we are trending behind average filling timelines.
The operating order for the dam is being conducted correctly with the minimum flow thru the dam of 50-80cfm right now. (so yes there is always some water going thru the dam)
For most boats everything is navigable at these current levels, with only slight concern to be taken from full pool hazards and diminishing daily. Water temperatures are tracking above normal for this time of the year, the lakes are already very enjoyable to swim in.
PS we still have a few availabilities left for this summer at the resort.
Signing off for an evening cocktail cruise. Alderwood staff.
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Manitowish chain is low, I could get through the channels with 18ft boat, clear lake channel was a little tricky and so was clear lk launch. Saturday I could not get on boat lift, today I could, floated right on. Still a way to go on filling up the lakes. The water is flowing quickly under that bridge at clear lake.
Bass were in shallows, I left them alone and did not get close to see how big. We caught / released panfish, worms, jigging. Was fun, mostly spent time fishing spider and island just in the shore lines <6ft water. No target areas just floating through enjoying the great weather. When the sun was out we caught panfish, when it got shaded from passing sun, it shut off.
Water is at record lows right now. Use extreme caution! Dam was reported not fully locked out and water has slowly been leaving the Manitowish Chain. Aluminum boats proceed with caution... Fiberglass boats should head North to nearby Lakes. All should be back to normal by mid-June as rain is in the forecast. Bugs are non existent at the present which makes nice for the evening bite. Natural colors working best.
The chain is up 24” from low pool currently. With 20” to go. We have had 2” of rain and more in the forecast which will help. It seams to be coming up a couple inches a day now.
The Rest lake landing and Greers landing will be fine for any boat at this level. I’m seeing many inboards and pontoons on the water this weekend already.
All waters and channels will be fine to navigate just use caution until we get over that 36” full number.