After more than two weeks of being off-limits due to the government shutdown, the Namekagon River is BACK IN PLAY. The Namekagon, part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, was closed to all use during the shutdown as were all the National Parks. We had other fishing options during the shutdown and the Chippewa and Flambeau were quite generous with us. Over the past week, our clients have boated more than 40 muskies with the largest at 46″ and many others contacted and missed. In short, musky fishing has been terrific in October with more good fishing ahead. The Chippewa River is flowing higher than normal due primarily to the dropping of the lake level in the Chippewa Flowage for purposes of milfoil control. The river will fish just fine as soon as the flows stabilize. The fish don’t mind high water–they just don’t like changing water levels, so as soon as the flows level out, the fishing will be very good again. The Flambeau has been the steadiest of our rivers over the last month and the fishing reflects that fact. The fishing on the Flambeau has been very good and promises to stay good through the end of the season. All of us are delighted that the Namekagon is back in play as the flow is great and the scenery is beyond compare. We had three boats on the Namekagon yesterday and the fishing was really good in the morning and pretty tough in the afternoon, but no one complained as the river is just drop dead gorgeous right now. We’re down to the final weeks of the season and, in our opinion, the best weeks of the season, so get out there and fish….