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
Crappie and bluegill anglers are finding some very good pan fishing all around the Chetek Chain of Lakes. Crappie anglers are catching some very nice crappies while drifting across the six main Chetek lakes. The crappies are biting while anglers are drift-fishing in water depths ranging 7-16 feet. Vertical jigging or bobber fishing with a favorite crappie jig that’s tipped with a crappie minnow or a waxie work well to entice crappies to bite while drifting through the schools of crappies.
Bluegill anglers are also finding some very nice bluegills biting as they fish in 5-12 feet of water where there is submerged wood. Drifting these areas also will help you zero in on key areas where the bluegills are biting. Bobber fishing or straight-line jigging with a hook and worm or waxie for bait will entice the fish to bite.
Walleye anglers are finding walleyes feeding along gravel bars and points with weed lines along them. Early evening seems to be a better time of day to fish for walleye. Slip bobber rigs tipped with a fathead minnow, nightcrawler or leech works well to entice the walleye to bite. Anglers that are trolling crankbaits such as rapalas and Berkley flicker shads in these same areas are also picking up a good-sized walleye for the dinner table.
Northern pike anglers are finding some good action when drifting along weed edges and pockets of weeds located in the bays and around the many little islands in the Chetek lakes. Casting baits such as bass spinnerbaits, daredevils, red rooster spinners, Mepps French spinners, floating rapalas or any other shallow running crankbait can work well to entice their massive thrashing strikes.
Bass anglers are finding the bass scattered and biting in the shallows areas with lily pads and weeds in the bays of the Chetek lakes. They are also finding them biting in the deeper depths of the Chetek lakes where there are submerged wood or hard bottom areas with wood.
Good luck and safe travels to all anglers and summer vacationers!