Chippewa Minnow Lure
The Chippewa Minnow Lure was part of a lure first patented in 1910. The second part of this antique fishing lure was patented in 1911. Both shown below in the antique fishing lure patent galleries. The Immell Bait Bait Company, of Blair Wisconsin was the creation of Omer Immell born of Blair in 1872. Omer, like many of the early antique lure manufactures, was very resourceful, enterprising, and who’s lure creations came after or alongside the success of other industries or endeavors. Omer a successful Candy and Life Insurance salesman spent many a year traveling around the area prior to his fishing lure accomplishments. His history has been discussed in a previous article here: Omer Immell Inventor of the Chippewa Lure
Chippewa Minnow Lure Patent 974493
Chippewa Lure Patent 990984
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This version of the Chippewa is the Bass Size and measures 3″. The Chippewa antique fishing lure at its basics is a glass eyed fish shaped minnow minus the tail that was shown in the original patent. The center concave cavity of the lure is missing and in its place is a rotating metal spiral ribbon. The ribbon is pinned into place and if you read the patents, its intent is to make this part of the lure removable and replaceable. It states it allows the fisherman to replace it with a faster or slower spinning spiral. I don’t think this came to full production fruition where you could buy replacement spirals, but if it did, please let me know so I can share with the readers.
The Chippewa Minnow Lure has a single forward line tie at the midpoint of the lure. The Chippewa Bass Version shown below in the gallery came with both a belly hook and a rear treble. Both of the these are attached via screw eye, with the rear being the only one dressed with a feather.
The colors that were offered are to have been a blended enamel. The colors you will find the lure are primary and shades of primary colors. The lures paint is 100 years old and didn’t age quite s well as say Creek Chub or Heddon and will flake and fall off, so handle and display with care. The Chippewa lure is one of the quintessential lures many antique fishing lure collectors seek out.