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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:32 AM 06/22/09 (CST)
Hey folks,

I'm hoping to get some tips for an upcoming fishing trip to WI. I'm in the Twin Cities and my buddy is in Chicago. We're hoping to meet somewhere in the middle to fish, preferably for large mouth, at the end of July or beginning of August. Not the best time of year, but that's what we have to work with. We could easily camp it if need be, but would need to rent a boat.

Any help would be much appreciated, as neither of us is familiar with WI lakes at all. Thanks!




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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 12:12 AM 06/27/09 (CST)
Bueller...Bueller...Jake...Anyone?




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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 03:39 AM 06/27/09 (CST)
I'm assuming you mean end of July beginning of August? Not that I can help ya with a location just clarifying.



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 11:05 AM 06/29/09 (CST)
Thanks Sportsnut. That is what I meant. Last weekend in July, first in August.




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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 03:28 PM 06/30/09 (CST)
Hey Fishcat,

I don't know exactly where you are hoping to be in terms of location.... but I lived over in the Eau Claire/Chippewa Falls area for about seven years. If your buddy is willing to drive a little farther than you then the following places are ones that I know first hand can crank out the largemouth. If you go to the deep wedge edge in most of them you will find lot's of active fish in the time frame you are looking at. A few thoughts... you can look these spots up in a Gazateer to get a better idea. Some of the businesses even have websites...I think. Technoloogy comes to the Northwoods!

Lakes in the Chippewa Ice Age State Rec Area.
Most of these have pretty Spartan ramps. So your choice of boats is
limited. However, a v-bottom or flat bottom that could be unloaded
out of a pickup and then a small motor attached (say 15 horse)and
trolling motor is more than sufficient. Many of them you could get
by with just an aluminum v-bottom or flat bottom and a stout
trolling motor. I have often launched, fished 14 hours, and never
had to fire up the motor. However, I have also
launched performance johnboats with 35 horse motors off my trailer
in many of them. Just be aware that something listed as a "ramp" on
the map may be nothing more than sand bulldozed into the water on
some of them. I used to fish these lakes a lot. The lack of more
developed ramps means very little fishing pressure...that means
more catching. I have had 100+ fish a day many times on a few of
the lakes. I won't say which exact ones here...but the ones I list
will all produce nice fishing at times. You can find all of them if
you look on a map in the diamond created between the towns of
Bloomer, Chetek, Ladysmith, Cornell. If you have any trouble
locating them just look at Eau Claire and start north.

Amacoy (also a sleeper musky lake),The pads/weeds and deep
weeds in the basin are key here. I have lost several crappie and
bass here to muskies eating them off my line as I reeled them in.
Potato Lake besides being a great largemouth lake it is also
a sleeper potential for trophy musky
Fireside Lakes again, a sleeper musky lake. Lot's of weeds
Axehandle this lake is often bathtub clear.. use very
light line and very subtle presentations to get bit here. I often
use 4 lb test with small crappie jigs, or even nightcrawlers and
leeches to ever get bit by bass here.. but if you go ultralight
they can be on fire. Is also LOADED with panfish.
Bob Lake. Bob has some BIG bass.. but is much more difficult
to fish. It has heavy cabbage on the flats plunging to very deep
water. Good chance at a big fish but harder by far to fish.
Round Lake Good largemouth, LOTS of small crappie, a few
muskies.. a few big ones.
Shattuck Lakes One on each side of Hwy M. They are pretty
small.. I am sure less than 100 acres each. However, they turn out
some great bassing. Good crappie population and a few nice pike
there as well. Jig-n-pig lake for sure!
Marshmiller Lake Located west of Chetek. Is a visual
fishing paradise. Loaded with stumps/trees/pads, etc. Many
largemouth waiting here! Better developed facilities here as well.
Cornell Lake It has a resort/boats/campsites and a
pub/eatery on the premisis. Lot's of largemouth, crappie, and
pike. Personal best on this lake was a largemouth of 6 pounds 12
ounces and a 37 inch pike. That large fish potential coupled with
lots of action make this a good spot. A three inch black powerbait
curly tail jigworm is critical here in summer.
Popple Lake Just outside the triangle. South East of
Bloomer right by the Chippewa River. Popple is LOADED with mid
sized bass. I have never landed a bass there over 5 pounds that I
can recall... however LOTS of 1-3 pounders. Big crappie and an
occasional decent weed walleye can be had here as well. Boat
landing is made basically of creek gravel. The people who live on
the lake puposely keep the landing unusable by larger boats.Once I
got there and found the launch blocked off by a large log placed
across it and brush piled up to make it almost impossible to see.
My buddy and I spent 15 minutes to get the way cleared to launch my
boat. We caught lot's of fish... and we were the only boat on the
lake that day. I suppose no one else had been able to find the
launch.. they would drive by it thinking it was just a pile of
brush and limbs! I LOVE IT!
Plummer Lake Located almost directly on the Ice Age Trail.
Fishing has suffered a bit here since the placing of a blacktop
boat ramp. However, still a good bass producer, great crappie, and
LOTS of pike... no big girls.. but lots of action between the
bass. Small white spinnerbaits have excelled here for me.

There are another probably 25 plus unnamed lakes of this variety within the diamond shape I mentioned. Many of them are fishiable and have good fish populations. Especially the ones within the Chippewa Forest. Get a good map and it will pay great dividends. The Gazateers are worth their weight in gold as far as I am concerned.You might even want to put a trolling motor on a canoe and do some exploring. If you look closely you will see that some of the lakes have small streams/swamps that drain into other lakes that have no road access. I often would launch my boat and pull a canoe behind it. I would go as far as possible in my boat, then unload my rods/gear into the canoe and leave my boat tied up on shore. I then paddle the 100 or so yards to the lakes with no road access. I then put the portable trolling motor into the water off the back of the canoe and "Wallah". I am sure that I often fished lakes that no one else fished in open water season that year...if they were ever fished at all. That is how you catch 100 bass a day on a consistent basis.

These are all small lakes...probably in the ball park of generally 75-500 acres . I figured that was a better bet for you than trying to learn the ins and outs of a big body of water in just a few days.

I think some of the places up in the area rent that type of boat. A v-bottom or flat bottom that could be thrown in the back of a truck with a small (say 15 horse) motor and a trolling motor. The larger lakes have full amenities... but not near the catch rate of these lakes. I guess it all depends on what you want from the trip.

I am pretty sure that Backwoods Resort on Island Chain of Lakes (they are on McCann portion I believe)rents boats. . They also have basic cabins for rent that I have stayed at if you wanted to possibly check that out. I have also stayed at Arrowhead Bible Camp on McCann Lake. It is a place developed for churches to bring youth groups, etc. to. It was clean and comforable. They will rent out dorm rooms very inexpensively if they don't have a camp going on that week. At least they did at the time I went there. However, in the summer there may not be a good chance of finding a week without campers. You also mentioned possibly camping. If you wanted to go that route then there are limitless possibilities. Lots of state and county parks as well as places at almost every lake. Some nicer than others....but all safe and functional from my experiences camping there.

Of course Chetek Lake is well developed and has resorts and boat rentals at several spots.

Lot's of other options for other species there... but those I listed will absolutely put you into the largemouths. You need spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, jigworms, jig-n-pigs, a few plastic worms with various riggings, perhaps a weedless spoon or two, and that will just about be it.

Use the spinnerbaits ,buzzbaits, and weedless spoons early and late on and over the weeds on the flats. You will catch largemouth and probably have some musky action as well. Use a good action trailer affixed to the spoon or buzz/spinnerbaits. It absolutely helps. Once the sun gets up a bit then go to the deep weed edge and go to the jigworm, plastic worm, and jig-n-pig. If you are using a smaller, say 3 inch, jigworm you will not only hammer the bass but will probably nail dozens of slab crappie as well. Last thought on tactics-- if you are finding no bass on the flats or at the weed edge then cast adjacent to the weed edges from 10-20 feet away from the weeds and toward the main lake basin. They will be suspended there at times. Portable electronics tell you this in a hurry...but just keep that piece of information in your pocket as at times the suspended bite is on fire and NOTHING else is going. Not often... but it does happen.

Again, these are all small lakes...probably in the ball park of 75-500 acres for the most part. I figured that was a better bet for you than trying to learn the ins and outs of a big body of water in just a few days.

There are also lot's of other options in the area if you decide you want to target other species in the trip. The Chippewa River system, Flambeau River, and Lake Holcombe can at times all be dynamite for musky, walleye, and smallmouth.

Hopefully that gives you some ideas if you want to try that area. It isn't exactly in the middle for you two guys... but it is reasonably close.. and can produce lot's of fish as well.

Keep us posted on how you do!

Good Fishin To Ya,

Jason "The Fisher" Pence
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:31 AM 07/01/09 (CST)
Fishcat,

I recalled a couple more lakes that might be of interest, Popple and Plummer, and edited the original post to include them. Bumped it because of that reason.

Good Fishing To Ya,

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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 09:47 AM 07/01/09 (CST)
"Some ideas"? Dude, you are awesome! Not only a list of lakes, but tips on fishing them as well. THANK YOU. I've fwd' my buddy the post. It gives us a lot to work from. I really appreciate it!




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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 10:10 AM 07/01/09 (CST)
Yeah... there's something about The Fisher... a wealth of good information, eh?

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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 04:10 PM 07/01/09 (CST)
I always loved getting on the Big Eau Pleine Reservoir. They have had a helluva problem. Something like 70% of the fish in the reservoir have died from lack of O2. GRR


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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 02:52 PM 07/02/09 (CST)
My buddy has no problem driving farther west. Glad I asked! He was pretty impressed with that post too, the Fisher.

Anyone know Petenwell Lake? He got a tip on that one. I was surprised to see it's the second largest lake in WI. I've never heard of it.




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