2-Night Stay for Two in a River-View Room and Spa-and-Food Package at
Yosemite View Lodge near Yosemite National Park
101 Banks St. Chetek, WI 54728 (715) 924-3318
Fishing tips for the Chetek Chain of Lakes from our local fishing guide
Up-Der North Guide Service
Steve has been a Wisconsin-licensed fishing guide in the Chetek area for more than 30 years. For more information about Steve and Up-Der North Guide Service, visit http://www.chetek.com/up-dernorth/ or call (715) 829-9477
Panfish anglers that are out on the water in the early morning hours before the day temperatures heat up have been getting some comfortable fishing time. And they’ve been bringing home some very nice bluegills and crappies for a fish fry.
Bluegill anglers fishing in 6-10 feet of water that has some submerged wood structures are finding some nice bluegills. Drifting in these areas seems to work well to find the active fish. Earthworms, waxies or gulp products all seem to be working well for bait on the hooks.
Crappie anglers drifting in 7-14 feet of water and vertical jigging their favorite crappie jig or bobber rig have been hooking some nice slab crappies. Try drifting in areas with some submerged wood (like the bluegill anglers are doing) or areas where there are submerged cribs. Anglers are tipping the hooks with a crappie minnow, waxie or a gulp minnow and that works to entice the crappies to bite.
Northern pike anglers are catching some nice pike with some persistent casting and trolling in the morning. Casting or trolling with rattled crankbaits like Huskey jerk baits, rattle raps, and any other similar baits can work well to entice pike strikes. Johnson silver minnows, daredevils, and bass spinner baits also can trigger strikes from the lurking pike.
Walleye anglers trolling with crankbaits have been rewarded for their efforts with an occasional walleye or two for the dinner table. Trolling the channel areas, edges of weed flats or submerged points with rubble or rock are all good options to find the elusive walleye.
Bass anglers are finding some bass action at various depths. Some anglers are finding good topwater action with scum frogs and buzz baits in the morning and early evening hours. They’re fishing along the weed edges, in lily pad areas and in bays where lots of duckweed has blown in. Other anglers are finding bass out in 8-12 feet of water that has submerged wood. They are fishing with drop shot rigs, Carolina rigs and deep-running crank baits bounced off the wood structures.
Good luck and safe travels to all!