Just returned from a week on the CHIP, west side. It was a tough bite after the big cold front that came thru early in the week. Could not find a consistent bite all week. Picked up single walleyes here and there, they seem scattered. 2 keepers and 5 smalls. Fished with groups of boats at CRIBS and HOLES for crappie but, did not see anyone catching anything in numbers . Caught a few hammer handles in the weeds. Probably my worst week in all the years I've fished the CHIP. Water level is down about 2-1/2 feet. Still very navigable just be careful in shallow areas.
61° - 65° F
66° - 70° F
Making our 30th annual trip next week. Usually put in at Hay Creek. Good to go. If not Conners or Lake of the Pines. Boys weekend at the cabin. Twin Cities area. Loretta / Draper
Have a friend that works with the power company they have not started any draw down, it is just the lack of rain causing the low water. They have commitments down stream to keep water levels at a designated level.
I go up every year last week of september and have launched from a variety of spots. Ive found the DNR landing off of B (down the road from treelands) to be my favorite. Its typically quiet, and is close to the spots I like to fish. Can be a little short for longer boats but I bring a 17.5 footer. Water is typically 2-3 feet low for me
THANKS! Fishx and Sportsman. I do fish the WEST side and as far as I know there is not too much to choose from as far as ramps. DeerRun might be an alternative. I'll see what CC looks like this weekend. Good Luck to you!
I usually use the landing by the dam or the landing at Deer Run ($5fee) done tons of fishing all threw October, never had an issue with either the dam landing is my preferred. I would make sure the trim is up as far as you can get it without being out of the water. Take it a little slow. Docking can be a pain just make sure you've got enough bumpers for the side and you be just fine.
Since I don't fish the west side much ,I'm not sure on either cc landing, I usually put in using haycreek landing off of county b. But if ur gonna go back over to the west side during low water that could be a hair pulling experience if everything is new to you. I've never had issues loading/unloading at haycreek with my 18ft, not saying it's great, but doable. deer run resort has a landing on the west fork for a 5 dollar fee. It's a shallow landing but extends way out into the river.. seen guys use it way into oct..
How LOW can the water be and still be able to launch at CC ramp?
Is there another/better place to launch during LOW water? 18ft boat.
Thanks to all who have commented on the low water level.
I think chip is down 3 ft already and I'm sure it'll go down more in the next couple weeks. I fish it at least 2 days a week from now til late Oct. Once the temp gets down in mid to lower 60s the sucker bite will turn on in full force. I wouldn't miss it come hell or low water!
As stated before use ur head and slow down and use the same corridors to run from spot to spot. One of my favorite areas that time of year for muskies is drifting, trolling from hay creek narrows down around pork barrel with a sucker out and throwing bulldogs. Cranberry gets hot then too, throw bucktails or big plastics off points on south side and pull a sucker off the stern. Good luck!
Well our 3 day trip ended with no muskies. Smashed my prop on a rock down by cranberry lake.
Ended with 2 smaller muskies swat at boat. 3 pike. And girlfriend caught a smallie midday when we were bored.
We fished a variety of areas. Depths. Every bait and color I own....and we failed miserably. Couple guys talked about catching some. But it didn't sound like the muskies were super active. Some motor issues kept us from fishing late in evening in fears of being stranded in dark. Lol
Here are a few pictures. You can see how low the water is in some areas.
We had fun anyways. Had better action on Moose lake the last day. Couple follows. One ski on that got off right away.
People are Deerfoot were great and very friendly. Nice place!