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Badgerloader
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FISHING REPORT
10/16/14 11:12 AM CST
My wife & I were fortunate to stay at Rentmeester's Pine Arbor Resort on Big Arbor Vitae for a combo leaf-peeping / fishing vacation from 28 Sept to 4 Oct. We successfully "de-fragged" our brains and were able to relax. Being fair-weather fisherfolk, our fishing was somewhat restricted by inclement weather that blew in mid-to-late-week but we still managed to scratch up some decent gills. Folks in a neighboring cabin hit very nice crappies in the deep weeds off the north end of the center bar. The cabins and resort grounds are neat as a pin. The Rentmeester family (Bob & Colly and their kids - Lydia, Lauren & Raymond - obviously take great pride in maintaining the resort. While we were there, Bob was finishing up a redo of his "Fish House" (fish cleaning house). It is now heated & insulated (think ice fishing) with the interior finished with knotty pine. They are also "winterizing" two of their cabins for winter vacationers - ice fishing, snowmobiling etc. If you are thinking about a winter vacation, I suggest you make reservations soon. I think they are all booked for summer 2015 and I expect their newly available winter openings to fill fast too.

FourSeasonFishing
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9/10/14 5:43 AM CST
How's the musky fishing on this lake? Never fished it but have heard some good things. Just looking for any information or any tips on whats been working lately. Coming up in a few weeks to give it a try. any information would be greatly appreciated!

swoophorse
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9/1/14 9:33 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Another year has passed fishing my favorite lake in the Northwoods, Big Arbor Vitae. This year the fishing was tougher than the past two. Then again the last two were unbelievable. More on the fishing later.

First a BIG shout out to the new owners of the resort, Rentmeester's Pine Arbor Resort. What wonderful people! Bob, Colly, Lauren and Ray made us feel like family. They have plans for improvements to an already fine resort.

As for the fishing, my Brother in law Glenn and I had to work for our fish this year. The bass fishing was tough. The reason for this was the bass were not holding around and under the docks. It took a couple of days to pattern out the fish. Bass were related to the weed edges...BTW: the weeds this year were one to two feet below the surface. We ended catching 50+ of which 15 to 20 were keepers. Senkos and Jig and Craw were the preferred baits. Walleye fishing was ok. We used jigs tipped with crawlers, the fish were in 18 to 20 feet along the west shore. We caught 20+ walleye seven were over 14" the largest being a 22" beauty. I was really encouraged to see many at 10 to 11"s the future is bright. We did not have any follows muskie fishing.

What started out being a tough fishing trip ended well with many fish being caught. Pattern out the fish and you can catch many too.

I am already looking forward, God willing, to returning next year. Big Arbor Vitae is my heaven on earth.

As Always, Stay Safe and "Keep Your Lines Wet" Swoophorse

[This post was last edited on 9/1/14 at 9:34 AM]
reyesch
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7/31/14 6:11 PM CST
Not a report but just wondering if anyone found a bench seat/cushion on Big Arbor Vitae around July 8 or after. Lost it in North Bay. If you have seen it post something here. There's a reward!

PikeJim
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7/9/14 12:48 PM CST
I'll be Up North on 7/26. What has the action been like on Big Arb? Any musky action? How about the walleye, bass and pan fish? What have they been hitting on?

Jim

Ice Jr.
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6/28/14 10:36 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Went up there for a week with a couple of our friends. Killed the fish. You can catch your limit of crappies with occasional bluegills and perch. Caught one walleye while bass fishing, nice 18 incher, but nothing while walleye fishing on the drop-offs or rock bars. Only one muskie recorded on this lake in the past week. Only one we saw was when it took my crappie. The bass fishing was FANTASTIC. You can cast a rubber worm with a Texas rig along the rocks or down trees and catch one after another, both smallmouth and largemouth. All the bass were over 14 inches, including a 20 incher. And to top it off, there was hardly anyone fishing there!

[This post was last edited on 6/28/14 at 10:48 AM]
hello123
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6/16/14 1:31 PM CST
how is the fishing been ... I have not had a chance to get out yet.

Musky Ben
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5/20/14 1:19 PM CST
Viking:

I would submit that you are looking at 50* water temps today... But depending on how accurate the forecasters are regarding the warmth supposedly rest of this week, could be 60 by the end of the weekend...

Musky Ben

magnumesox
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5/19/14 9:42 PM CST
Water Temp: 51° - 55° F
Water temp is 53-55 degrees in shallow bays. Mc

Viking36
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5/19/14 9:35 AM CST
Wondering if someone has a current water temp for Big Arb. Will be heading up there soon to spend a week. Thanks

GrouseTales
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2/9/14 9:04 AM CST
Ice Depth: 30" Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 0° - 5° F
Fished Big Arb on 2/7/14. Most area lakes have severe slush conditions, but Big Arb wasn't too bad if you stay on the packed snowmobile trails. There is a vehicle trail of the S/E launch that will get you out towards the center bar. The farther west you go, the worse for vehicle traffic. Trucks were getting stuck even on the packed snowmobile trails. Snow is deep once off the trail, but slush wasn't too bad in the general area of the Four Seasons. Heavy sled traffic makes it feel like your fishing in the middle of a freeway.

We were catching decent gills on orange/chartreuse rockers tipped with red spikes and wax worms. 10' of water with shallow weeds on bottom. Once medium sized crappie after dark. Only 1 flag with nothing on it. Stayed out to 8pm hoping for a walleye bite, but nothing.

We eyeballed the north bay near the launch. There is a plowed trail leading to a few shacks near shore, but travel beyond that is very difficult.

Ice is approximately 30" thick. Almost bottomed out the auger before breaking through.

Big Head Firkie
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2/4/14 1:05 PM CST
how is the snow? how is the fishing? anyone plowing the snow?

nwfisherman1
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1/2/14 2:14 PM CST
Ice Depth: 13" Air Temp: Below 0° F
Been up here fishing pretty much every evening and morning since dec 25th and walleye bite is slow. Have caught a walleye or two each day and one burbot. Hoping this cold moves out and this weekend warm up turns the fish on! Will post on how i do! Good luck to others who are braving the frigid temps!

jcieslica
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12/28/13 9:45 PM CST
Ice Depth: 14"
Hey Wack'em, were you fishing by the island? I was down there today and only got a couple...

wack'em & stack'em
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12/28/13 8:33 PM CST
Ice Depth: 13" Conditions: Cloudy
hammered them ..... caught 40+ kept 7

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