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Big Chetac, Sawwer County

Big Chetac, Sawwer County
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8/20/19 @ 12:29 PM
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MOON PHASE (77%)
Waning Gibbous
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76° - 80° F
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Cape
User since 8/20/08

First off, the lake weed treatments did hurt the fishing and made the North End a complete dead sea. Actually it affected all the weeds, way down to what folks call the narrows and around into Squaw Creek. Did nothing for the water quality in my opinion. I've been fishing the lake for 45 years and my family for 85 years. Owners of lakefront property for the same amount of time, so we have some history and fish daily when present.

I feel that the Bass population has taken a big hit in the last 3 years and small pike are definitely down as well. That being said, I just returned from two weeks on the lake and caught some nice pike. Two @ 11Lbs and several others in the 5 to 9lb range. Yes, I returned them to the water, but I do keep the 4 lb'ers, as I like to eat them. Had one 20" walleye and several smaller ones. Largest bass was 3.5lbs and I didn't find them to be abundant this year, but with the late spawn, they could be just starting to get real active. Bluegill fishing was great, crappie ok and perch few and far between.

According to the DNR, the walleye ARE NOT reproducing in the lake. They go through the motions and unfortunately the fry are dying within days. Hence the Perch are in the same family. 

Anyway, it's still a FISH FACTORY compared to other lakes in the area and we fisherman wish to keep it that way.  Plenty of other lakes for water sports.

Cape




8/5/19 @ 10:31 PM
Corc32
User since 8/1/19

Frenchbrit - it was never intended to improve the fishing. It was intended to improve swimming as the algae was very bad a few years ago and the lake has always been weedy. Staying away from that topic; the fishing has changed since, but I don’t think one can say it has gotten better or worse with certainty. Walleye numbers are way up with the extra stocking done over the last 5-6 years. Hard to find walleye over the 18” size limit. Crappie and bass are still exceptional. The most notable difference over the last few years, besides the walleye, is the northern population. Used to not be able to keep the little ones off the line. Pike numbers, big and small, seem to be way down recently. 

8/5/19 @ 5:08 PM
frenchbrit
User since 7/24/01

I follow this thread and have for some time. I know that they treated part or all of Chetac a few years ago for weeds. I also understand that it was controversial. Since the treatment has the fishing improved or declined. If they only treated part of the lake which part did they treat. I'm not wanting to start the treatment debate again just curious if it worked or not.

8/4/19 @ 11:50 AM
fishinhuntin
User since 7/25/19

doohop65 Chetac is not good for swimming . You are fine staying on Grindstone or LCO.  Both have nice sandbars to anchor and swim. I know people have been getting under the bridge on so you could have access to both lakes. As far as swimmers itch I haven't heard much I would just dry off good after you get out of water if you are concerned.

7/30/19 @ 8:25 AM
doohop65
User since 2/23/10

Thanks for the suggestion. Are there concerns on swimmers itch in grindstone. Someone suggested to my wife it is a concern there. 

7/30/19 @ 3:33 AM
Panny Chaser
User since 1/26/16

Doohop, check out Grindstone lake alot closer to Hayward. Enjoy your trip. .

7/29/19 @ 10:30 PM
McGilley
McGilley
User since 5/21/11

Unfortunately, Big Chetac is pea soup this time of year.  It's a great fishery but not the best for swimming.  Maybe consider staying on another lake within driving distance and fish Chetac a couple times during your trip.

7/29/19 @ 10:27 PM
doohop65
User since 2/23/10

I am looking to bring my family up in August for a week to the Hayward area and we are considering chetac. My wife is concerned about water quality and the algae issues she has read about online. I want to fish and spend time with the kids but we want to make sure the water is good for swimming. Any thoughts or comments are appreciated. 

7/22/19 @ 2:32 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (72%)
Waning Gibbous
Wiscyriver
Wiscyriver
User since 7/23/15

Had good luck with the bluegills.  Plastic was better then worms!? I found that very odd but I dont make the rules. 4-6 fow, 

7/17/19 @ 8:24 AM
OlliRacer
User since 4/1/06

I only troll about 5% of the time but those who do it a lot on Chetac do pretty well on walleye and pike.

In past years when the weeds were heavier it was necessary to keep the tip of your rods below the surface of the water. This keeps weed fragments from hitting your line and following it down to your lures.

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