Axehandle Lake is an 84 acre lake in the northwest part
of the county. Boat access is available on the lake’s
east side off 100th Street. Largemouth bass and panfish
are common in the lake with fewer numbers of northern pike.
Local clubs periodically stock the lake with walleye.
Bob Lake is a 97 acre lake in the north-central portion
of the county. A boat access is located in the southwest
corner of the lake off 218th. Avenue. The lake offers fishing
for northern pike, largemouth bass and panfish. Bluegills
and yellow perch tend to be on the small size. The lake
is best known for crappie fishing.
Bradley Lake is an 11 acre lake in the northern part of
the county. No public boat access is available, however
a parking area and walk-in access are located on the eastern
side of the lake. The lake is stocked annually in early
spring with rainbow trout.
Chain Lake is a 468 acre lake on the border of Chippewa
and Rusk Counties. It is part of a chain of four lakes,
lying primarily in Rusk County. Boat access is available
on Clear Lake, the second lake in the chain. This boat landing
is accessible off 136th Street. Chain Lake offers fishing
for muskellunge, northern pike, walleye, smallmouth and
largemouth bass and panfish.
Chippewa Falls Flowage
Chippewa Falls Flowage is one of six flowages in the lower
Chippewa River. It is 282 acres in size and is formed by the dam
in Chippewa Falls. The flowage is best known for its smallmouth
bass angling but fishing for walleye, muskellunge, channel
catfish and flathead catfish also are excellent choices.
Since the flowage has more riverine than lake characteristics,
panfish populations are limited. A boat access is available
in the middle portion of the flowage off of Pumphouse Road.
Cornell Flowage is the second flowage in the lower Chippewa
River. It is formed by a dam in Cornell and is 836 acres
in size. Boat access is available in Brunet Island State
Park and in the southeast corner of the flowage off Park
Road. Walleye and smallmouth bass are the most sought-after
species. Muskellunge are stocked every two years, and channel
catfish, flathead catfish and northern pike are present.
Panfish populations are limited, with some of the backwater
areas in the state park offering the best opportunities.
The upper end of the flowage upstream to the Holcombe dam
provides some of the best opportunities for game fish. Camping
and a swimming beach are available in Brunet Island State
Cornell Lake is a 194 acre lake located in the central portion
of the county. Access for small boats is available off 190th
Avenue in the southwest part of the lake. Resort access
also is available. The lake offers good opportunities for
largemouth bass, northern pike and panfish. A small, remnant
population of walleyes is present.
Dark Lake is 13 acres in size and lies in the northwest corner of
the county across the road from Axehandle Lake. Access for
small boats is available on the west side off 100th. Street.
The lake offers fishing for largemouth bass and panfish,
but is best known for trout. Rainbow trout are stocked annually
in early spring.
Henneman Lake, like Bradley and Dark Lakes, is stocked annually
in early spring with rainbow trout. Located in the northwest
part of the county, the lake is 64 acres in size and has access
for small boats at the north end off 151st Street. Largemouth
bass are present but tend to be on the small side. Along
with trout, the lake offers good bluegill fishing.
Holcombe Flowage is the first impoundment of the lower Chippewa
River. Formed by a dam in Holcombe, the flowage is 3,670
acres in size. Three major tributaries flow into the impoundment
– the Chippewa, Flambeau and Jump Rivers. Access is
available at numerous public boat landings as well as a
number of private resorts. Camping and a swimming beach
are available at Pine Point County Park. The flowage and
its major tributaries offer excellent fishing opportunities
for walleye, smallmouth bass, muskellunge and catfish. Northern
pike, largemouth bass and panfish are found predominantly
in the flowage. Muskellunge are stocked annually in the
flowage, and this lake offers some of the best musky fishing
in the county.
Lake Como in Bloomer is a 98 acre impoundment of Duncan Creek.
Lake Hallie is a 79 acre lake located midway between Chippewa
Falls and Eau Claire. Boat access is available on the lake’s
west side off 109th Street. Shoreline fishing access for
disabled anglers was constructed in 2005. The lake has
an abundant largemouth bass population with numerous quality
fish. Northern pike, bluegill and black crappies offer great
fishing opportunities throughout the year.
Lake Wissota is the largest impoundment in the lower Chippewa
River at approximately 6,300 acres in size. The flowage lies immediately
east of Chippewa Falls and offers a wide variety of fishing
and recreational boating opportunities. Public access points
are scattered around the lake. Camping and a swimming beach
are available at Lake Wissota State Park. The swimming beach is located on Lake Wissota's south side at, Ray's Beach. Lake Wissota offers
premier fishing for numerous species, and in recent years has become of the most improved lakes in the county. Walleyes
and crappies have been and still are the most sought-after species. Largemouth bass populations are being
restored with over 175,000 stocked since 2002. Smallmouth
bass fishing has improved with some of the best opportunities
along rocky shorelines, the Chippewa River upstream towards
Jim Falls, and areas around the Yellow River mouth. Muskellunge
are stocked annually in the flowage. Lake Wissota and Holcombe
Flowage are class A musky waters. Catfish angling is becoming
more and more popular in the lake.
Long Lake is another lake that has undergone positive changes.
The 1,052 acre lake in the northwest part of the county
offers excellent opportunities for fishing and recreational
boating. A campground and swimming beach are available at
Morris-Erickson County Park. The park, located on STH 40,
also has the best public boat launch for the lake. The lake
is best known for its trophy smallmouth bass fishing and
has the highest abundance of walleyes in the county. Crappies
are the most sought-after panfish, but quality bluegill
and perch populations are on the rebound. For a lot of action,
anglers should try the abundant and feisty rock bass. Muskellunge
are stocked every other year, and the lake offers many opportunities
for 40-inch plus fish.
Marshmiller Lake is the most popular lake in the county
when it comes to year-round panfish angling. Located northeast
of Bloomer, it is a 441 acre shallow-water impoundment.
Its fertile condition can make fishing tough in mid-summer; however, that same condition provides for excellent fish
growth. Bluegills and crappies are the most popular fish
with anglers, but good fishing can also be found for largemouth
bass and northern pike. There is no public boat access,
but for a small fee access is available at two resorts.
Old Abe Lake
Old Abe Lake is a 996 acre impoundment of the Chippewa River
immediately upstream of Lake Wissota. It is formed by a
dam in Jim Falls. Two public boat landings are available
on the west side of the flowage off STH 178. Because of
the narrow width of the flowage, both river and lake conditions
exist, making fishing a challenge. This flowage is one of
the most underfished lakes in the county yet offers excellent
opportunities for walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike,
muskellunge, channel catfish, flathead catfish and crappies.
Muskellunge are stocked every other year. Angling success
for many gamefish species improves in the upper portion
of the flowage upstream to the Cornell dam. In the lower
portion of the flowage, anglers should concentrate around
Otter Lake is a 602 acre impoundment in the eastern part
of the county just north of Stanley. Otter Lake offers excellent angling
opportunities for largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye
and panfish. Angling is popular year-round, especially for
panfish. Walleyes are stocked in the lake every other year.
Camping and a swimming beach are available at the north
end of the lake in Otter Lake County Park. Several county
boat landings are located in the north end of the lake.
A state boat landing is located in the southeast corner
off CTH H.
Pike Lake is 189 acres in size and is located south of Cornell.
Public access is available for small boats in the south
end of the lake off 292nd Street. Resorts are located on
the east and west sides of the lake. The lake contains largemouth
bass, northern pike and panfish
Popple Lake lies west of Jim Falls and is 94 acres in size.
An unimproved access for small boats is located at the north
end of the lake off 152nd Avenue. Popple Lake is a fairly
fertile lake with good fishing opportunities for bluegills
and crappies. Largemouth bass are abundant but tend to be
small. Northern pike and walleye are present, with walleye
populations sustained by stocking every other year.
Rock Lake is a 98 acre lake located just north of Marshmiller
Lake. Access is available through a resort on the west side
on the lake. Panfish angling is popular year round. Largemouth
bass and northern pike are the two primary gamefish species.
Walleye have been stocked periodically by local clubs.
Round Lake is located in the northwest part of the county
and is 216 acres in size. Largemouth bass, walleye, muskellunge,
northern pike, bluegill and crappies are the primary fish
species present. Walleye and musky populations are sustained
through stocking and offer opportunities for large fish
to be caught. Largemouth bass is the most abundant gamefish
species, with some large individuals present. Crappies are
the most sought-after game fish. Bluegills tend to be on
the small size. A public boat launch, swimming beach and
day-use area are available in the northeast corner of the
lake in Round Lake County Park.
Salisbury Lake is a 60 acre lake in the northwest part of
the county. Access is available at a resort on the west
side of the lake on STH 40. The lake supports fishing for
largemouth bass and panfish.
Sand Lake straddles the Chippewa and Rusk County line. At
272 acres in size and 100 feet maximum depth, it is the
only lake in the county that supports a native cisco population.
With the presence of cisco, growth rates on walleye and
muskellunge in the lake are above average. Some natural
reproduction occurs with these two species, but supplemental
stocking is needed to support a good fishery. Largemouth
bass are abundant in the lake but have slow growth rates.
Crappies are the most popular panfish. Bluegills and perch
are abundant but also exhibit slow growth. Public boat access
is provided on the lake’s west side off STH 40.
Trout Streams of Chippewa County
provides 81 miles of trout fishing opportunities in 24 classified
trout streams, most of which are class I trout waters. Trout
populations have good to excellent reproduction, thus no
trout stocking is conducted in streams.
Creek upstream of Lake Como is a class I brook
trout stream and one of the best brook trout streams in
the area. Public access to the stream is available along
7.8 miles its 8.5 mile length through state-owned lands
and fishery easements. Trout habitat improvements downstream
of STH 64 have increased the number of trout over 9”.
Creek and its numerous tributaries offer angling
in 34 miles of class I brook and brown trout waters. Elk
Creek is the best brown trout stream in the county, while
brook trout are more prevalent in the tributaries. State-owned
lands and fishery easements provide access along 11.5 miles
of stream frontage. Trout habitat improvements conducted
in Elk Creek upstream and downstream of CTH M, upstream
of CTH N and downstream of STH 29.
Creek is a class I brook trout stream southwest
of Bloomer. Stocking of brown trout was curtailed in 1998
to allow redevelopment of a native brook trout population.
A 2004 stream survey showed vast improvements in this population.
Public access is available along 4.6 miles of the stream’s
Creek is a 13.2 mile, class I brook trout stream
northeast of Bloomer. The trout population is rebounding
from years of beaver and land use problems. Trout numbers
are relatively low, but quality fish can be found. Habitat
improvements have been made on state-owned land adjacent
to STH 40. Public access is available along 6.9 miles of
Creek and its major tributary Spring Brook are
both class I brook trout streams. Brown trout are more
prevalent in the Dunn County portion of Sand Creek, with
large individuals present. Brook trout numbers are high
with most fish less than 9”.
more information on these and other
waters in the county, contact the Department of Natural
Resources West Central Regional Headquarters at 715-839-3700.