Chippewa Flowage Fishing Reports
Walleye are still very much spread out and in transition. Live bait options have been a mix of minnows and crawlers, but the most effective tactic for the Walleye is still trolling at this point. Jointed Flickers and other shad style baits running between 9 and 15 feet in the water column. Running your baits through the river channel adjacent to a nice drop off with weeds is a good way to pick a few up here and there.
Musky action has been very good. Last weekend there were quite a few fish caught in the PMTT Tournament. The Musky are very shallow right now hanging around the weeds. Staying out deep and casting right at the weed edges or even into the weeds have proven very effective. Surface baits, Double 10 Blades, and shallower Crankbaits (i.e. Crane Baits and SS Shads) have all been effective. Without a doubt have a sucker floating off the side of your boat. A lot of fish that have been following baits in and not hitting have been turning off and hitting suckers.
Pike have still been roaming around in the weeds. Most pike this week have been caught on Musky baits by accident, but their pattern has remained relatively unchanged.
The Crappie bite this fall has been a hot topic of conversation recently. They seem to still be hanging out deeper in the cribs even as we are getting deeper into the Fall. Most reports have reported Crappies biting in 18-24 feet in Cribs and Sunken Bogs on a mixture of baits ranging from Minnows to various panfish plastics. However, yesterday, one angler stopped in the shop and reported some good action in Moore's Bay so this may be the start of the Crappie starting to head into their fall pattern on the Flowage.
The Smallmouth bite this past week has been more on plastic minnows than anything. Several anglers reported some success on 3 inch Gulp Minnows and Paddleshads this week.
Musky Sucker Availability: We have a very good supply of Musky Suckers in stock this week of all 3 sizes! Stop in at Jenk's Bait and Tackle for Suckers…you will not be disappointed with the selection of Suckers we have! Fall Color Report: As of 6 days ago the news reported that we are about 25% into peak colors. Personally I think we are a bit more like 50% or maybe even a bit more. The colors are definitely popping out more and there are more leaves on the ground. We are not in peak color season yet but it is getting very beautiful around here. As each day passes more and more colors are starting to over power the greens.
This weekend is going to be warm. The current Forecast is projecting highs as high as the low 80s for this weekend with lows in the low to mid 60s. Highs will begin to drop on Wednesday into the mid 70s and then further into the low to mid 50s as the week progresses. Expect some rain on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday next week.
2.5-3.0 feet down