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Landscape & scenery photos from the West Fork of the Chippewa River
Nice smallmouths and muskies inhabit this wide warmwater river.
This smallmouth river was very low during a July drought, but I floated it with my dad in a canoe anyway, and we landed several nice smallies. The weather was too hot for good trout fishing.
My dad works his way through the shallows of a smallmouth river. The hole around the large boulder might shelter bass in normal water, but we floated this stretch during a prolonged drought and the fish had left the shallows.
Weeds grow thick in this smallmouth stream, and they're exposed here by the low water.
On-stream insect photos from the West Fork of the Chippewa River
Often mayflies can be found on houses near the river. This one molted from a dun into a spinner on the outside of our kitchen window.
Any lit dwelling near the river can attract a lot of mayflies at night. A good way to determine what's hatching is to visit a gas station (or anything else with bright lights) close to the river early in the morning.
Closeup insects from the West Fork of the Chippewa River
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