Week of 6/26/17
Warmer temperatures are on the way, so don’t get those tip-ups out of storage quite yet with this cold spell from the north that has blown through our area.
Crappie anglers are catching some nice crappies while drifting where there are submerged cribsor trees in 9–15 feet of water on the main lakes of the Chetek Chain of Lakes. Vertical jigging a 1/32 crappie jig tipped with a crappie minnow or a waxieseems to be what’s working for most anglers to entice the crappies to bite.
Bluegill anglers are finding the ‘gills in water depths of 5–10 feet of water. Weed edges and stumps can be good places to zero in on as they are back to their normal summer patterns now. Drifting these areas can work well to find the schools. After doing so, anchor and fish the area slowly with bobber rigs tipped with earthworms, chunks of night crawlers or waxies.
Those targeting walleyes are finding some nice fish while they troll for them along the weed lines and main lake shorelines of the Chetek Chain of Lakes. Water depths vary from 5–12 feet of water; Husky jerks, Rapalas, shad raps and rattle traps are some good artificial baits of choice for trolling that should entice strikes from the walleyes in the early morning and evening hours of the day.
Northern pike anglers are also finding some nice, big pike when casting the weed edges in the bays and on the sand flats with weed growth on the main lakeshorelines. Daredevils, Johnson Silver Minnows, spinnerbaits and buzzbaitscan lure some big strikes from the lurking pike.
Bass fishermen and women are finding some good action as the bass are in their deeper summer patterns near submerged structure. Jig and crawrigs, tube jigs, Texas rigged worms or craws can work well when bumped on the wood structure. You will also find them in the lily pads, weed patches and weed edges seeking shade and cover so they can attack unsuspecting bait fish. Spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and scum frogs can work well for the any angler, whether you’re a beginner or a pro angler fishing the Chetek Chain.
Good luck to all anglers and safe travels this coming Fourth of July weekend.
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