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
Pan fishing anglers are catching mixed bags of crappies and bluegills in 5-8 feet of water where there are submerged wood structures and bright green coattail weeds, indicating that the area is full of oxygen. You will find many species of fish where you find these small weed patches - these weeds create a good habitat for the fish.
Bluegill anglers are catching nice bluegills on hook and bobber rigs. Try tipping the hook with an earthworm or nightcrawler piece. That will work well to entice their bite.
Crappie anglers are catching the crappies in the same areas by drifting a vertical jig. Try the 32 oz crappie jig tipped with either a crappie minnow or a waxie.
Bass anglers are fishing in the same depths and areas as the pan fishermen - try 5-8 feet of water with wood structures and weed patches. Try crankbaits, a Texas rig worm, or crawfishing in the stumps and weeds. It can be very productive for some action from the good bass population in the Chetek chain of lakes.
Northern pike anglers are finding some great pike action when casting along the shallow main lake shorelines and in the bays. You will find them in that same 5-8 feet of water areas with weeds and wood structures. The pike will be feeding on the panfish in those areas.
Walleye anglers are finding success when dragging or jigging a 1/8 oz. jig tipped with either a fathead minnow or a 1/2 of a nightcrawler as they drift main lake shorelines where there are drop-offs. Try trolling these same shorelines with crankbaits like Berkley flicker shad, Rapala shad raps, or Huskey jerk baits. Slip bobber rigs tipped with either a fathead minnow, small walleye sucker or a nightcrawler can also work well when fishing these same shorelines and drop-offs.
Good luck, safe travels and stay healthy, everyone!