Chippewa Flowage Fishing Reports
Walleye fishing this week has been spotty mainly due to higher surface water temperatures. Folks catching them this week have been finding them in deep brush and cover. However, the last day or so people are reporting that the surface temperatures have fallen back into the mid 70s which is good news. If that continues and does not raise back up, expect to find the Walleyes in 15-17 feet during the day and 6-12 feet around the weed edges at night.
Muskies have been around but they have not been striking. People are reporting seeing a lot of follows and boil-ups but very few connections. This is most likely due to the higher water temperatures this week. With surface temperatures dropping back into the 70s, it is possible to see an increase in aggressive activity. For the time of year, I would consider throwing a lot of top water and shallower sub surface baits. Creepers and Hawg Wobblers have proven effective this time of year in the past, and for sub surface baits, take a look at using Crane Baits and SS Shads. If you use a bucktail, consider a faster retrieve and riding it higher and bulging the surface of the water. Several fishermen have reported luck doing that this week.
Crappie have remained active but seem to be here today and gone tomorrow. Spots have not been consistent from night to night, but the pattern is consistent. They have been schooling up around deeper humps and weeds this week, however, they are not congregating around the same humps every night so you may have to work for them a bit and try different humps each night. Once again, with water temps cooling down back to satisfactory levels, you may see more consistency this week in terms of fishing spots. The most productive bait aside from Crappie Minnows have been Mini-Mites tipped with a Gulp! Crappie Nibble.
The Bass have been primarily slow this week. Largemouth fishing on the Flowage has not been particularly good all year, but the Smallmouths have seemed to go dormant this week. It is common to fish stumps and shallower rocky areas for the Smallies this time of year, but with the increased water temps, they seemed to have turned off and headed for deeper water (most likely around the cribs). As stated above, with water temps dropping a bit, we can reasonably assume that smallmouths will be found again around stumpy and rocky shallows.
Live Bait Update: We are nearing the end of leech season. We are still getting leeches in for the time being, but I am preparing those that are coming up the third and fourth weeks of August that leeches may or may not be available. We will have them in stock as long as the wholesalers have them, but it would be pretty safe to say that leech season will probably end within the next 2-3 weeks.
Great weather is on its way for this weekend. It will be mostly sunny all three days with temperatures in the mid to high 70s and lows in the low to mid 50s. The forecast does suggest some precipitation on Monday and Tuesday with highs in the low 80s and lows in the high 50s to low 60s.