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Chetek Wisconsin Vacation Guide

Fishing Report

From Steve Sedani - Licensed Wisconsin Fishing Guide

August 18, 2016

Northern pike anglers looking for that trophy Pike to put on the wall in the living room over the couch are just coming up a little short. Anglers fishing some of the creek mouth areas of the Chetek chain of lakes have been catching some 38-40 in. pike and releasing them back. Live bait anglers are having a hard time finding suckers to fish with and are having to use spinner baits and oh darn are catching some nice fish doing it. Spinner baits and buzz baits worked in early morning and early evening hours of the day along the shallow creek bay points and shore line with weed growth are working. You may see shad minnows busting the surface. If so the Pike are not far behind the minnows.

Crappie anglers are finding some very nice 10-11 in. crappies when drifting in 8-12 ft of water with some submerged wood or cribs in the area. Crappie jigs tipped with a waxie or minnow are working for live bait anglers. Crappie jigs tipped with gulp minnows are also working well for anglers. You may have to change color of jigs a few times to see what they may want from day to day. 

Bluegill anglers are finding some very nice bluegills as they fish some of the deeper shore line edges and drop offs on the main lakes Anglers slowly drifting or working the shores with a trolling motor are picking up some nice hand spreader size gills. Vertical jigging a hook and sinker rig or slip bobber rigs with an earth worm, chunk of night crawler or a waxie for bait will work to entice their bite! 

Walleye anglers are finding some walleyes suspending off some of the underwater points on the main lakes of the Chetek chain. Drift fishing over these points with slip bobber rigs tipped with a fat head minnow, leech or night crawler can work well to entice a bite. Vertical jigging a 1/8 or 1/4 oz. jig with a minnow or leech can also work well as the sun gets higher in the mid morning or afternoon hours of the day. You can also troll these same points with crank baits that run 8-12 ft. of water.

Bass anglers are finding some good action in the early morning hours of the day when fishing buzz baits and jitter bugs or hula poppers on the surface along weed lines and edges and pockets. Look for busting minnows on the surface. 

If you and the kids are looking for something to do this Saturday and Sunday, come see some nice fish this weekend at Reds on the lake. You can watch the 2-day Bass tournament weigh-ins at 2:30 pm.

Good luck to all anglers and be safe on the water always!



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