Resorts and Camping
Chetek Wisconsin Vacation Guide

Fishing Report

From Steve Sedani - Licensed Wisconsin Fishing Guide

July 11, 2017

Summer vacationers are having a lot fun catching crappies and bluegills in many of the bays around the Chetek chain of lakes. 

Bluegills and crappies are biting pretty darn well in 5-8 ft. of water in the bays and along the shore lines of the bays around the Chetek chain of lakes. Bluegills are holding tight to the wood and weed edges you find in the bays. Drifting the bays a time or two will help you to find some of the submerged wood and active feeding schools. You can keep making drifts or anchor off of one and cast your bobber rig with an earth worm or a waxie to the submerged wood structure. You may get snagged once or twice but thatís part of fishing. So bring some extra hooks and bobbers.

Crappie anglers are also finding some nice slab crappies also in these same bays that bluegill anglers are catching fish. Drifting the middle of the bays and along some of the deeper shorelines of the bays with submerged wood in 5-10 ft of water. Vertical jigging your favorite crappie jig tipped with a waxie or minnow will work well to entice them to bite. Gulp minnows on a plain crappie jig are also working well. Suspending a jig on a bobber will also work well for the kids to catch fish.

Walleye anglers are having a good summer fishing for old marble eyes. Drifting and casting live bait rigs tipped with crawlers, leeches, minnows or a jig and minnow rig along steep banked shorelines and points of the main lakes. Anglers are also having some good luck while they troll the weed edges of the main lakes. Trolling the same steep banked shorelines and points of the main lakes also are good after the mid-morning hours when the fish move out deeper as the day gets brighter. 

Bass anglers are finding some nice bass in the deep waters of the Chetek chain with submerged wood or rock in the water. Carolina rig or drop shot fishing can work well for this type of fishing as you work against the wind slowly with a trolling motor. Shorelines with weeds or over hanging trees are also good places to find bass on these hot days of July. Texas rigged craws or worms work well as do flipping jig and craws to get into the cover to entice the bass to bite. Scum frogs in the early morning and evening hours of the day are sure thing also in getting bass to bite.

Good luck to all anglers.



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