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Chippewa Flowage Fishing Reports
brought to you by: Tom Boley's Musky's Gone Wild Guide Service

Treeland's Lake Chippewa Flowage Fishing Reports by Tom Boley's Musky's Gone Wild Guide Service


Fishing Report July 12th –July 19th

With cooler than normal weather the lake has remained in the low 70s. The lake has come up slightly with all the rain we have had and sits just below full pool.

CRAPPIE: Crappie action has been fair on a few locations. Bogs are starting to get hot around dusk. Find bogs with depth change as around the edge as well as wood near the bottom. The best bogs will be around or near river channels.

 

WALLEYE: Walleye fishing has been hot. Fish are very concentrated on Deepwater wood humps. The most productive depths range from 15-25 feet. If you aren’t around wood/cribs you are missing the fish. The bite has been good all day and a few fish have been sliding shallower in the pm hours. Slip bobber and a leech as well as jig and a crawler are working well. Bigger fish are being caught on weed edges in 7 to 12 feet of water. The wind has made staying on top of fish more difficult so it can pay to map a spot out and control drift over multiple structures.

 

NORTHERN PIKE: As the water warms the bigger pike will begin to move deeper. Target these bigger fish on the deeper weed lines of bays and bars. Use mid-sized jerk baits worked very erratically to get most bites.

 

MUSKY: Musky action has been hit or miss. With constantly changing weather it has been difficult to have consistent action throughout the day. Hours of nothing followed by brief moments of action has been the norm. During frontal periods the tops target main lake weeds in depths from 3 to 9 feet with bucktails and topwaters. During postfrontal lulls fish sloppy bays with either twitchbaits or spinnerbaits as well as the deep sides of weeds with erratic plastics. Playing the weather changes has been the key to consistent action.

 

LARGEMOUTH: Look for the thickest pads and milfoil in the backs of bays and other shallow areas. Fish these spots with topwater frogs and other plastics for the best success. Reed areas are always productive as well. This time of year deep weeds edges with wood will hold many of the more quality fish. Fish these areas with football jigs and creature baits.

 

SMALLMOUTH: Topwater action has been phenomenal. Both dogwalks and poppers have been very effective. During midday hours crankbaits have worked well along rock/wood shorelines. Look for flats near the main river channels in depths shallower than 10 feet and you will find fish. The bigger the rock the better the spot will be.

Tom Boley’s Musky’s Gone Wild Guide Service

Report Date: 2014-07-11



Fishing Report June 30th –July 6th

The water temperature is in the low to mid 70’s depending on where you are on the lake. The lake has come down about 6 inches and fishing is still quite good throughout the flowage.

CRAPPIE: Look for crappie to be in the deeper wood in depths ranging from 13 to 25 feet. Use your electronics to find old bog humps and look for balls of suspended crappies over and around the structure. 1/16th ounce jigs tipped with gulp have been good as well as slip bobbers and minnows. Many of these fish can be scattered from a few feet below the surface to the bottom of the lake. That being said vary the depths of your presentations’.

 

WALLEYE: Walleye fishing has been hot. Fish are very concentrated on Deepwater wood humps. The most productive depths range from 15-25 feet. If you aren’t around wood/cribs you are missing the fish. The bite has been good all day and a few fish have been sliding shallower in the pm hours. Slip bobber and a leech as well as jig and a crawler are working well. Bigger fish are being caught on weed edges in 7 to 12 feet of water.

 

NORTHERN PIKE: As the water warms the bigger pike will begin to move deeper. Target these bigger fish on the deeper weed lines of bays and bars. Use mid-sized jerk baits worked very erratically to get most bites.

 

MUSKY: With all the funky weather we have been having we are seeing periods of dead action followed by short windows with lots of action. During sunny post-frontal conditions either target shallow slop weeds with slow buck tails or fish just off the weed lines with jerk baits or plastics. During frontal periods or cloudy days fish top waters and buck tails over the top of bars and humps. Weeds are still key.  

 

LARGEMOUTH: Look for the thickest pads and milfoil in the backs of bays and other shallow areas. Fish these spots with topwater frogs and other plastics for the best success. Reed areas are always productive as well. This time of year deep weeds edges with wood will hold many of the more quality fish. Fish these areas with football jigs and creature baits.

COURTESY OF TOM BOLEY’S MUSKY’S GONE WILD GUIDE SERVICE

Report Date: 2014-06-30



Fishing Report June 24th – July 1st

Fishing has been picking up despite the erratic weather we have had this past week. Fish are in their summer patterns and are easily predictable. Should be another fantastic week of fishing!

Crappie: Look for crappie to be in the deeper wood in depths ranging from 17 to 25 feet. Use your electronics to find old bog humps and look for balls of suspended crappies over and around the structure. 1/16th ounce jigs tipped with gulp have been good as well as slip bobbers and minnows.

 

Walleye: Walleye fishing has been hot. Fish are very concentrated on Deepwater wood humps. The most productive depths range from 20-30 feet. If you aren’t around wood/cribs you are missing the fish. The bite has been good all day and a few fish have been sliding shallower in the pm hours. Slip bobber and a leech as well as jig and a crawler are working well.

 

Northern Pike: As the water warms the bigger pike will begin to move deeper. Target this bigger fish on the deeper weed lines of bays and bars. Use mid-sized jerkbaits worked very erratically to get most bites.

 

Musky: Musky fishing has picked up this past week. Fish are chasing much more actively and are beginning to show up on typical summer spots. Topwaters, Bucktails and Bulldawgs have been effective depending on the weather. Fish shallow and fast and dark windy days and slow down and fish deeper on high sky sunny days.

 

Largemouth: Look for the thickest pads and milfoil in the backs of bays and other shallow areas. Fish these spots with topwater frogs and other plastics for the best success. Reed areas are always productive as well. This time of year deep weeds edges with wood will hold many of the more quality fish. Fish these areas with football jigs and creature baits.

Fishing report courtesy of Tom Boley’s Musky’s Gone Wild Guide Service

Report Date: 2014-06-25



Fishing Report June16th -23th

Some cooler weather this past week dropped the water temperature down to the upper sixties. Weeds have really come up now in the main lake as well. Fish are utilizing typical early summer patterns. Should be a great week of fishing!

Crappie: Crappie have been a little quieter now that they are moving back to deeper water. Look for deep wood near the river channel proximate to spawning areas and you will likely find fish schooled up. The bogs will continue to heat up as the summer goes on as well. Bobber and a minnow, mini-mite and hair jigs are all effective.

 

Walleye: Walleye fishing is still good. The leech bite is in full swing both on jigs and bobbers. Look for midlake humps and deep weedlines in the evening hours. During daylight fish deep wood and cribs in 25 to 12 feet of water. Using your electronics to find these deeper fish is key.

 

Northern Pike: Look for pike to be very aggressive in the shallows. Mud bays with lots of weeds and wood will hold many active pike this time of year. Fish fast as pike are actively seeking out a meal while in these locations. Spinner baits and larger erratic minnow baits get a lot of attention.

 

Musky: Musky fishing has been decent. With all the changing weather we have had fish really haven’t set into one pattern yet. Look for new weed growth in depths from 10 to 4 feet. Bucktails, topwaters and twitchbaits have been seeing action. It pays to scout spots before fishing it in order to locate the best weed growth. Look for fishing to pick up as the weather settles down and we move farther and farther away from the spawn. 

 

Largemouth: Largemouth will be hugging the banks in the back of weedy bays and shorelines. Use weedless worms or bulky plastics to work the thick cover. Largemouth will be very active as the water warm and you can experience some fabulous topwater action.

Report Date: 2014-06-19



Fishing Report June7th -14th

Water temperatures are reaching early summer norms in low 70s. Weeds are growing very rapidly and the lake is comfortably at full pool.

CRAPPIE: Crappie action is still good. Most fish are now done spawning and holding in new weed growth and deadfalls. Target these fish in the deeper weeds and wood near or in spawning bays. Productive presentations are 1/16 hair jigs or minimites. Also small Rapala Countdowns can be very productive when used to search these weed edges for sporadic postspawners.

 

WALLEYE: Walleyes have been relatively active in a few locations. During daylight hours target deep wood near river channels in depths ranging from 15 to 25. In early summer leeches seem on slip bobbers seem to be the best way to target these fish over deep structure. In the morning and evening hours a ¼ ounce jig and a Berkley ribworm fished over shallower stump/weed humps can get a lot of action as well.

 

NORTHERN PIKE: Look for pike to be very aggressive in the shallows. Mud bays with lots of weeds and wood will hold many active pike this time of year. Fish fast as pike are actively seeking out a meal while in these locations. Spinner baits and larger erratic minnow baits get a lot of attention.

 

MUSKY: Musky season is off to a fair start. We are now seeing a decent amount of fish on main lake spots. Weeds are very sporadic on the main lake so prior to fishing a spot scout it out and look for milfoil/cabbage. The best presentations have been topwaters and bucktails. During midday hours erratically ripping minnowbaits or rubber through the new weeds can draw strikes. Expect musky action to really pick up as more and more fish recover from the spawn.

 

LARGEMOUTH: Largemouth will be hugging the banks in the back of weedy bays and shorelines. Use weedless worms or bulky plastics to work the thick cover. Many largemouth will still be on beds this week.

GOOD LUCK!

FISHING REPORT COURTESY OF TOM BOLEY’S MUSKY’S GONE WILD GUIDE SERVICE

Report Date: 2014-06-08



Fishing Report May 26-June 2

With a warm week water temps have rose around the 70 degree mark in the main lake and much warmer in some bays. This has jumpstarted the summer season for many fish. Weed growth is still at a minimum and the lake is still quite full.

Musky: The season has got off to a fair start despite the lake of weeds. Only a week or two off the spawn many fish are still being found in warmer bays near new weed growth. Slow topwater presentations as well as smaller bucktails and jerkbaits have seen the most action. Finding warm water and weed growth is the key to finding many of these early season fish. As the water warms begin to look further into the main lake on classic summer spots. Because the water temperature warmed so quickly some muskies are weeks off the spawn and some are just post spawn, meaning fish can be holding in many different areas of the lake.

 

Walleye: Fishing has slowed a bit as the bite has moved deeper and offshore. Look for 8 to 20 foot wood humps near the river channels. Also crib areas offshore from spawning shorelines can be very productive. Slipbobber and a leech or a jig and a minnow are some of the best baits. Fish can still be caught casting cranks around dusk.

 

Crappie: Fishing is still excellent as most fish are now bedding. Look for muddy bays with lots of wood and new weed growth. Crappies spawn in depths of 1 to 4 feet however a vast majority of pre and post spawn fish will hold in depths from 5 to 10 feet in the middle of these warmer bays. Best presentations are either a 1/16 ounce hair jig or minimight as well as a standard minnow on a slip bobber.

 

Northern Pike: Pike are very active. Erratic minnowbaits fished through new weed growth as well as 3/8th ounce white spinnerbaits are just about a guarantee when to comes to spring pike. Depths from 3 to 10 feet are the most productive.

 

Panfish: Look for bluegills to be moving shallow this week. Warm bays with a mix of sand and mud bottom will be the most productive. Lilly pads are just coming in and a combination of pads and new milfoil will yield gills. Use a light fixed bobber and a redworm. Fish in depths 2 to 6 feet.

 

Bass: Smallmouth are now on beds. Look for rocky areas with a mixture of sand and wood as well. The season does not open until the second weekend of June so take good care of these spawners and let them go. Largemouth have been relatively active this week in bays with new weeds. Look for reed areas and cast plastic worms or topwaters close to cover.

 

Good Luck!

Tom Boley

Report Date: 2014-05-27



Fishing Report May 19-25

Cooler weather last week kept the water temps in the low fifties on most of the lake with a few secluded bays reaching the upper fifties. With water temps remaining nearly the same throughout last week’s cooler weather look for many species to be staging in traditional prespawn locations.

Crappie: Crappie fishing has been excellent. Look for them to be schooled up in shallow weeds and brush near spawning locations. Pay close attention to the water temperature as a degree or two difference can mean everything. Bobber rigs with either a mini-mite or a light hair jig seem to be the best presentations. Crappies should be bedding by the end of the week.

 

Walleye: Now that walleye are postspawn look for them to be holding on mid depth humps in depths of 8 to 15 feet. If these humps have weed and wood, all the better. The most productive humps will be near spawning grounds or shallower water. There are also a good number of walleyes holding in the deeper weed edge in bays and other locations in which they spawned. Postspawn walleyes tend to scatter so fishing quickly with a jig and winnow or jig and plastic is a good way to find a larger number of fish.

 

Northern Pike: Look for pike to be very aggressive in the shallows. Mud bays with lots of weeds and wood will hold many active pike this time of year. Fish fast as pike are actively seeking out a meal while in these locations. Spinner baits and larger erratic minnow baits get a lot of attention.

 

Musky: Musky opens this coming Saturday. Expect water temps to be in the upper fifties and very little weed growth present in the main lake. With these cooler temps many muskies will be just done spawning. Good early season areas tend to be near warmer mud/weedy bays with creeks or steams flowing in.  Trying both very erratic retrieves and very slow retrieves will tell you what fish want. Best early season presentations tend to be smaller bucktails, glidebaits, twitchbaits and a few slower moving topwaters.

 

Largemouth: Largemouth will be moving shallower as well and holding in new weed growth as well as wood in depths ranging from 2 to 10 feet. Covering lots of water with shallow riding crank baits and swim jigs is one of the most productive presentations. Once the water reaches the upper fifties look for bass to be sitting very shallow in the thickest new weeds available. Fishing them with plastic stick worms on a weed less hook is tough to beat.

 

Good Luck!

Tom Boley

Tom Boley's Muskys Gone Wild Guide Service

Report Date: 2014-05-19



FISHING REPORT MAY 12TH - 19TH

With a cooler than normal start to the week water temps have hung around the low 50s. The lake is still high and many species are still shallow. Should be another great week of fishing on the Big Chip!

Walleye: Action is still awesome shallow. With cooler air temps to start the week fish are still very shallow and just postspawn. The best presentations seem to be Husky Jerks in gold and firetiger as well as other suspending minnowbaits fished fairly slowly with many pauses. Rapala Ripping Raps are getting a lot of fish as well. As fish begin to move out to deeper water off the spawning gravel the ripping raps can sink down to deeper depths that the cranks cannot reach. By letting them sink to the bottom and popping them up sharply seems to be triggering the most bites. Location has stayed the same; gravel and rock shorelines with deeper water nearby. Look for the bigger females to be sitting of the first or secondary break as opposed to many smaller males hugging the bank.

 

Largemouth: Lots of largemouth are being caught around shallower wood and developing weeds. Look for the best action in depths ranging from 3 to 12 feet. Baits of choice are Xraps, SwimJigs and sinking plastic worms rigged weedless.

 

Crappie: With cooler temps the last few day crappies are for the most part hanging out off of the deeper sides of spawning bays and brush. Stay mobile as there is a lot of dead water in between pods of fish as they sit prespawn. Fishing a slip bobber and a crappie minnow in depths from 5 to 12 feet is a good bet. Move quickly until you find fish, where there is one there is likely a pile of fish. With any luck by the end of the week crappies should be very close to spawning in the shallows.

 

Bluegills: Gills are starting to be seen shallow as well. They will be in similar areas as crappies but much more spread out. Look for deeper developing weeds in depths from 4 to 10 feet. Slip bobber and a crawler is a safe bet. Gills spawn after crappies so look for them to be slightly less active.

 

Northern Pike: Pike seem to be everywhere we are catching many pike fishing for walleyes. Erratic minnowbaits fished shallow along marsh grass or mud bays will catch a lot of pike. White spinner baits will get better and better as the water warms. Areas to key in on would be feeder stream areas with new weeds and mud bottom.                   

Good Luck!!


 

Report Date: 2014-05-16



May 5th-11th Fishing Report

Tom Boley's Muskys Gone Wild Guide Service

The Chip is ice free!! Water temperatures are on the rise and fishing is looking great. Main lake is 48 degrees and many bays are in the low 50’s. All species will be active and very catchable this week. It finally feels like spring and the fishing has been awesome!

Walleye- Fishing started out fast and furious this week! Lots of walleyes getting caught by most guys. The largest concentration of fish has been in and around the West Fork of the Chippewa. The best baits have been suspending jerkbaits (Husky Jerks, X raps, Smithwicks) in gold patterns as well as firetiger. When fish are deeper or slower Berkley Ribworms on a 1/8 or a ¼ ounce head have been great. Plain jig and a minnow is catching fish as well. Rippin Raps have been getting a lot of fish too, either fished vertically or slow pops keeping the bait close to the bottom.
Look for slack water areas near current in depths from 4 to 10. As fish move postspawn look for walleyes to be set up on shallower main lake humps with lots of wood as well as deeper weedlines in depths of 6 to 12. A few fish are being caught in deeper water but in lower numbers.

 

Crappies- Crappies are staging outside of spawning location in depths from 8 to 20 feet. Look for suspended fish in river channels leading to shallow weedy bays. When you find them they will be stacked in large schools. 1/16th ounce hair jigs tipped with 1inch gulp minnows has been working great. However if you find them schooled up they will eat just about anything. By the weekend they will continue to move shallower into spawning locations.

 

Northern Pike- Pike will continue to be more and more active in shallow weeds and bays as the water warms. Jerkbaits and spinnerbaits are about all you need to get the job done. Fish quickly and erratically though these shallow water areas and you will find the pike.

 

Largemouth- Look for largemouth near submerged wood in bays and stream areas as well as developing weeds. Many presentations work this time of year. Jigs, Stick Worms and slow moving cranks are a few of my favorites. Ideal depths are 4 to 12 feet of water.

GOOD LUCK!

Report Date: 2014-05-06



Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Even with cool days all this rain should get rid of a lot of ice this week. Luckily many of the most productive areas this time of year for walleyes are open already. Water temperatures will be hovering around the mid to upper 30’s by the weekend.

Walleye: Walleyes spawn in water temps ranging from 44 to 48. They will still be set up very close to spawning grounds. Look for hard rock and gravel areas near river channels and creek mouths. Productive depths range from a couple of feet of water in low light periods down to 15 feet during daytime hours.
Although the water is still very cold walleyes can be very active this time of year. The best presentations year in and year out seem to be plastic ribworms fished on a jig head, suspending crankbaits (husky jerks, smithwicks) and blade baits like B Fishing Tackles B3 blade bait or the Rapala Rippin Rap.

 

Crappie/Gills: With the cooler weather look for gills and crappies to be in deeper waters. Some will still be relating to wintering areas or deep wood in depths from 15 to 25. Once the water starts climbing into the mid-40s begin looking on the deep edges of developing weedy bays.

 

Bass: Smallmouth are always one of the first fish to get amped up during the spring. Look for them in similar areas as walleyes. Rock/gravel shorelines near current or main lake river channels are the most productive. Suspending jerkbaits like the Rapala X-rap are easily one of the best options this time of year. Largemouth will be a bit slower. Very early in the year Largemouth will also be found on rock areas along with smallmouth. Deep wood and developing weeds in the deeper depths are also likely areas. Suspending jerkbaits and finesse jigs are both great options.

 

Pike: Pike can be found in many of the shallow, fast warming, mud bottom bays of the Flowage. The best areas have a feeder stream or creek running into them. Look for submergent wood and new weeds in depths less than 10 feet. Pike can be very active in cool water and action can be very good once they are located. Best lures tend to be shallow erratic jerkbaits and crankbaits. 3/8 ounce spinner baits slow rolled can be very productive in cold water as well as rattle baits fished erratically.

 

Spring offers some of the best multispecies action of the year. It is one of the only times of year so many different fish can be found very shallow in virtually the same areas all hitting similar lures. That in conjunction with 6 previous months of snow covered boredom make May one of the most exciting times to fish the Big Chip. Good Luck!

Report Date: 2014-05-01



SPRING!!!! April 15

Despite the near foot of snow we are getting overnight we are definitely further along this year as opposed to last spring at this time. I have no doubt the Chip will be ice free come opener. LCO Grindstone, Round and some of the bigger lakes are still pretty locked but the forecast for this weekend and next week looks favorable. Highs in the 60's and lows in the 40s.

Report Date: 2014-04-29





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