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Straw Hat EARL
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4/20/14 7:34 AM CST
Thanks for the article Hurricane, not sure that will stop all of my questions though. I love going up the the Chain, as well as learning all I can about the lakes. I understand the ice will be gone when mother nature allows it, I just didnt know if there was any normalcy or average. I do appreciate the info though. Big Smile

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4/19/14 7:05 PM CST
ICE OUT (from Chetek Alert, last year)

Hope this stops all the questions. It wil be when it will be, as was said. Speechless

Straw Hat EARL
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4/19/14 7:43 AM CST
Hello everyone. I love reading all of your comments and fishing reports. My family and friends really enjoy and look forward to visiting Chetek every June! My Father-in-law and brother-in-law have been going for many many years. I have had the privilege of visiting Chetek for the past 5 years, and I love learning all about your chain of lakes. I was wondering about your lake ice. What is the normal time of year the ice is melted? From what I understood, last year had late ice which affected the early june fishing. Any info you guys have would be great! We've been counting down the days since our last Chetek Vacation... thanks in advance, Earl.....

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4/18/14 10:05 PM CST
Ice Depth: 24" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 46° - 50° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
Luther Park landing was find yet went out with my twin 13 yr old girls caught allot of perch small /. Caught some crappie's right at dark They had a great time was surprised only two older gent's to our North No gurantee when the ice will be out it will be out when its out. Wed is my turkey hunting period and like last year I'm sure i'll be to fish or turkey hunt. And one more think ice was easy walking and actually enjoyable

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4/17/14 7:51 PM CST
Not to mention you have lived on the chain for how many decades?

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4/17/14 2:15 PM CST
Ice fished on the 12th. Budddy fell thru at Happy Landing just on the edge coming off. Ended up going to Mud. Got on and off there without issue. Quite a bit or ice out there. Fishing was good if you like action without size. Gills and crappies cooperative in the 10 to 14 foot of water. Few fish over 10 inches. Big gill was about 8. Night life Chetek. Good luck. Gilligans is my favorite but did like the smaller resorts. Open water fishing May 9th is a probably right now depending on sun and wind. I am going up that weekend so hope it is open. The locals will usually post. Fishing early May into June is the crappie spawn and then the gill spawn. Nothing special just minnows, waxies, hooks and bobbers casted shallow into the warm wood. After spawn crappies move out to deeper water weeds and a slip bobber and a minnow will get them. A lot of folks like fishing with fly rods and flies and they do vwey well. Try keeping only males during spawn. Good luck.

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4/17/14 1:59 PM CST
Is it guaranteed that the ice will be out by May 9?

Been on this thread since the beginning. Now I've seen everything. Some people expect the world. Guaranteed????? Unreal!!

There's 6-10 iches of new snow on top of nearly THREE feet of ice, and he wants a guarantee....GEEEEZ! Doh!

Right up there with asking in January where the fish will be biting in June.

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4/17/14 1:35 PM CST
Hey all,

My dad, brother and I come up to Chetek every May to fish. Wonderful fishing. We will be coming up May 9 through May 11. This winter seems to have been especially brutal and the ice still seems especially thick (and a new sow storm up there).

Is it guaranteed that the ice will be out by May 9?

Thanks,

Nick

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4/14/14 8:51 PM CST
Ed - I cant help with the fishing questions as I dont fish much unless the water is frozen. The chain is pretty well known for panfish but I know people catch bass, northern and a few walleyes.

As far as night life, Gilligans and Reds are the two most popular places on the water but there are lots of small resorts that are fun. I hear they are re-opening The Pokegama Inn this spring. I hope they improve the atmosphere there, it is a really nice place but has always been kind of boring. Walking to nightlife really depends on where you are staying. I dont think there is a taxi in town anymore.

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4/14/14 8:02 AM CST
Good Morning Everyone, I will be coming up for a trip May 31st for a few days. It will be my first time up on the chain and we will be targeting all fish that bite the hook. Am wondering if there are any general pointers that can be helpful? Certain baits or lures have a tendency to work better than others? Any lakes to stay away from?

Also what's the nightlife like? We usually like to park the vehicles once we get there and walk or take taxi's anywhere we go. Is there a recommended taxi company that services the area or any other form of public trans? Thanks,

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4/11/14 8:08 PM CST
Ice Depth: 26" Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
was on the lake wed,night thur, mourning walked on through veterans park ,sloppy walking 4 to 6 in of slush. caught lots of small fish .I would say could fish at least a week or so yet. luther landing looked okay, DNR land was real nice yet Cool Cool Cool

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4/11/14 3:04 PM CST
Hi all. I see the last report is about 8 days old. Can anyone tell me where there is still access? I plan on heading up tomorrow morning early and I am 2 hrs and 15 minutes away. Used to live near there so just looking for some info to save gas. Thanks. Thinking of fishing the usual places, Mud, Luther, Bridge

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4/3/14 9:06 PM CST
Ice Depth: 32" Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 41° - 45° F
Fishing has been really slow lately on Prairie and Pokegama. Managed to keep four only four nice gills on Prairie one day in about four hours. Tried Pokegama the next day and never saw a fish on the camera for three hours. The little bite that there is is very late within the last hour before dark. The ice is getting very soft on top and you have to be careful not to step in any holes that have widened out from the water running in them. Definitely wouldn't be driving out there anymore even though there is still over 30" of ice.

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4/2/14 10:44 PM CST
Ice Depth: 36" Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 41° - 45° F
Went on Chetek last Saturday at the airport landing and drilled holes here and there out to Silver Birch, fishing as we went. From noon until 6:00, only marked fish if we jigged them up. The bite was slow, only caught a half a dozen fish. There was over 3 feet of ice out there, with about 12 inches of frozen slush and then the rest solid ice. If the sun melts the slush it will be hard walking, but I only had between 1 to 4 inches left when drilling holes on the auger. It will be a while until we have open water.

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4/1/14 6:50 PM CST
Hey guys, im hoping to get on the ice a couple more times this year but things are getting awful squishy south of eau Claire so my only option is north. Are they still going out of veterans on the north end of prairie? Anyone have any thoughts on a decent spot to go out that's still solid?

Im not lookin for a bite, I just want to stay dry. I cant swim for crap in the summer and I don't think winter would be any better.

Thanks guys

Cronk

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