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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
Anglers are having good success fishing off the dock or out of boats on the Chetek chain of lakes!
Walleye anglers have been seeing some success for their efforts and time spent in search of the “ole marble eyes”. Anglers casting the shorelines and points with shad raps, Husky jerk baits, rapalas, and some small spoon baits such as Mepps French spinners are picking up a walleye or two for the dinner table. Live bait anglers are also getting some good action when fishing jig and minnow combos, little Joe spinners and walleye harness and slip bobber rigs. Fathead minnows, night crawlers, and leeches all work well for bait on any of these rigs. You will have better luck finding possible schools of feeding walleyes in the early morning and early evening hours. Trolling can also work well now to locate the walleyes on the Chetek chain.
Panfish anglers are finding some good bluegill and crappie fishing around the Chetek chain of lakes. Bluegill anglers are still able to catch some bluegills along the shorelines and weed edges growing now. Bobber rigs tipped with a waxie, a chunk of worm or crawler will work well to entice the fish to bite. It is also a good time of the year to drag a worm on a hook and sinker rig.
Crappie anglers are finding the crappie moving out a bit from the shallows. Try fishing some of the submerged wood in six to nine-foot depths and in fallen treetops along the shorelines and in the bays of the Chetek chain of lakes. Crappie jigs fished vertical or suspended from a bobber can work well. Try tipping a jig or hook with a crappie minnow or a waxie for a little meat to convince the crappies to bite.
Bass anglers have been catching some nice largemouth bass in the weeded bays and in shallow shoreline areas with lily pads. Scum frogs twitched on the surface can work really well to entice a big strike from below the weed and lily pad covers.
Northern pike anglers have been having some good luck in five to eight-foot depths where there are sand flats and weed edges and weed beds. Try fishing in these areas and in the bays on the Chetek chain of lakes. Spinnerbaits are always a good bait for enticing some big strikes from the lurking northern pike in the Chetek chain of lakes. Other good baits to use are floating rapalas, Johnson silver minnows, chatter baits, and daredevils.
Good luck to all anglers fishing the Chetek chain of lakes, the surrounding lakes, and rivers. Please use good judgment, good behavior, and practice safety when boating on the waters of the Chetek chain of lakes. We want everyone to go home safely!