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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
Crappie anglers are finding some nice crappies by drift-fishing the main Chetek lakes. Anglers are drifting in water depths of 7-14 feet through the schools of crappies suspending out in these water depths. Try vertical jigging a 32nd-ounce crappie jig tipped with a minnow or a waxie and you may find some active crappies feeding.
Bluegill anglers are having some good success when fishing in water depths of 6-9 feet where there’s some submerged wood structure. Bobber fishing with worms or waxies on the hook works well in these areas. Anchoring your boat or pontoon works best so your lines are not getting snagged up too often.
Walleye anglers are finding a few eater-sized walleyes when working the shoreline and gravel areas with live bait rigs. Tipping spinner rigs, jigs and slip bobber rigs with fathead minnows, nightcrawlers, leeches or small walleye suckers can all work well to entice the walleye pike to bite.
Also, trolling for walleyes at this time of year can work well because the walleye may be suspending on the drop-off areas of the main Chetek lakes. Trolling with artificial baits like the Berkley flicker shad, Rapala shad raps, Huskey jerk baits, or Cordell crankbait and the famous Salmo crankbaits.
Bass anglers are finding bass in the slop and duckweed areas of the bays and creek mouths areas of the Chetek lakes. Fishing these high weed vegetation areas with buzz baits or plastic floating scum frogs can work well to get some great topwater hits and action. Other anglers are finding bass out in the submerged wood and in water depths of 7- 12 feet. Texas-rigged worms or Senkos, swimbaits, and drop shot rigs can all work well to attract the bass’ attention in these areas.
Northern pike anglers are finding some good action when fishing up in the creek mouths areas of the Chetek lakes. You will see anglers out fishing with big bobbers and a sucker minnow for bait under the bobbers. They’re getting plenty of action and catching fish to sort through for their 2- fish limit. Casting spinnerbaits, buzz baits, chatter baits, and other surface plugs can entice some nice strikes and action from the lurking pike as you drift in these same areas.
Trolling weed line edges and shorelines with drop-offs and points can also work well to cover water and find some active feeding pike.
Good luck to all anglers. Safe travels as you travel to and from the water.