Medford area, Taylor County
12/16/15 @ 3:13 PM
12/14/15 @ 1:31 AM
12/14/15 @ 12:15 AM
MOON PHASE (6%)
Ice was getting holes all week long and is pretty rotten. After this rain, if there is any ice, would be extremely bad. Supposed to be real cold Thursday and Friday, may be walkable by Saturday. Slow start to hardwater, go grouse hunting, stay safe until ice is good
12/13/15 @ 4:43 PM
5/1/15 @ 10:43 AM
5/27/14 @ 7:02 AM
76° - 80º F
71° - 75° F
Did really well on bull bluegills on Diamond Lake over the weekend. Caught several dozen, but only took home 24 total over the 3 day weekend. The ones kept were some absolute pie plates. Just worm and hook tight up to shore. Bass seemed to be bubbling up by shore also.
8/27/13 @ 10:01 AM
8/26/13 @ 10:48 AM
81° - 88° F
Did pretty well on gills on Sacketts on Friday night. Fished from 5:30 to about 8. Just fishing weedline and lilypad edges. Just a teardrop and waxie did the trick. Caught several dozen and took home 14 nice ones for the pan. Hopefully be back out soon.
7/4/12 @ 11:17 PM
Me and My buddy are going head up to Medford and do some fishing and we are lookin to try other lakes in the area. If anyone has suggestions with Lakes to try or spots that they enjoy I'd love to hear from you. We have fished Sacketts(close to home) and Miller. We just like to catch fish and get away from the hussle and bussle. I like to fish for panfish and he likes to cast for bass.
2/22/11 @ 6:26 PM
Im not sure i would spend my time on sackette or esadore, ive been fishing up by medford a few times this winter and i know they have been hammering gills on miller dam and lots of crappies being caught on otter just over in chippewa county. maybe try one of these lakes instead.
2/22/11 @ 4:50 PM
Does anyone on this site actually fish Taylor County? I have read up on all the lakes and I have seen very little recent information. I plan on fishing Sackett Lake and possibly Esadore Thursday-Sunday and was hoping to find any info on the area. We fished Sackett in the Fall and did ok on Gills and a few crappie, but I haven't fished on the ice yet. Looks like not many people have. Anyways, send me any info if you have been in this county lately or if you plan on fishing this weekend. We can have a mini jamboree !! Thanks,
7/2/08 @ 1:12 PM
Dick Shotliff at Rock Point Bait said crappies have moved on to deeper water, while bluegills are still hanging tight to shore after their recent spawn. Shotliff recommended drifting the deeper mid-section and channel areas at Chequamegon Waters (Miller Dam Flowage) for crappies. He said these fish are being caught in 8 feet of water, suspended about half way down. He recommended fishing with small minnows or black/white Rubber Legs lures tipped with a waxie or other scented bait. For bluegills, Shotliff recommended using small black tube jigs and lures fished in the shallows close to shore.Shotliff also said northern anglers have been having moderate success fishing from shore along Beaver Creek Road, using a chub fished under a bobber. “Crappies are doing pretty good, and so are the bluegills,” Shotliff said said. “Overall, they are doing pretty good on everything.” Pete Peterson at Pete’s Service said bullhead action has been outstanding on Rib and Spirit Lakes. He recommended the tried and true method of using hook and worm fished on the bottom. Peterson also said grubs and small flies fished close to shore for bluegills. “They just got dome spawning, so they should be around there for a while,” he added. “They are still catching some bluegills in Rib Lake and Wood Lake,” Peterson said. “They have been catching a lot of fish. The fish have really been biting.” The erratic weather conditions in the state’s northern region continue to make for variable fishing success, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Musky anglers have been out in pretty good numbers and most have reported catching a few fish. Smaller bucktails and jerk baits have been the most productive and most of the musky have been in the 30 to 38 inch size. The mayfly hatch continues on many northern lakes, and this has upset the walleye bite on most of these waters. Most walleye that are being caught are being taken on leeches or night crawlers fished on a floating jig head or below a slip bobber. Some anglers have even tried fly-rods with streamers and mayfly imitations with some success. Panfish action has been very good, with bluegill and crappie providing some excellent action. Crappie have been found in shallow along any emergent weed lines and brush piles, and many bluegill are still up on the spawning beds. Look for the bluegill spawning period to start petering out in the next week. Northern pike action continues to be good, with fish still being found in shallow water around and over any new weed beds. Most largemouth and smallmouth bass have completed their spawning period, though some nesting can still be found on many waters. One word of caution to all anglers in the Northwoods: bring bug repellent, as all the biting insects are out in force. The black flies, gnats and deer flies have been a big nuisance during the day time hours. At dusk, the mosquitoes have been coming out in hoards. Pest numbers should go down in the coming weeks with some dryer weather and a good hatch of dragonflies.
6/26/08 @ 1:40 PM
Some anglers are reporting nice catches lately, like a 37-inch northern and a 24-inch walleye both caught below the dam at Chequamegon Waters (Miller Dam Flowage). Other anglers haven’t been as lucky. Alternating weather patterns between cold and warm spells seem to have fish confused, forcing anglers to move around and change lure presentations to find something that works. The usual summer patterns have been hit and miss so far. For bluegills, fish waxies or worms in the shallows closer to shore. Use small minnows or worms a little farther out in about 8 feet of water for crappies. Smaller northerns have been hanging in the shoreline weeds and structure with larger ones along the sharper drop-offs. A northern mix of minnows is a popular option for catching these toothy critters in summer. Largemouth bass typically can be found in the seeds and downed wood along shallow shorelines. Anglers generally fish with crawlers or artificial worms or spinners. “It is slowing up a little as the water warms up,” bait shop owner Gary Ellenbecker said. “It is not bam-bam like it was.” Ellenbecker said MIller Dam have produced some nice catches lately. He added other smaller lakes like Clear and Esadore have also produced, but panfish there are on the small side. Miller Dam Flowage tends to produce nice largemouth, northerns and panfish all summer long. Bass typically hang around the dense shallow weeds. White and chartreuse surface buzz baits work well. According to the state Department of Natural Resources, windy, wet and variable have been the main words to describe the weather for the past week. This has made for some tough fishing conditions, though success has been pretty good. Water levels on most lakes and flowages across the Northwoods are near normal to a couple inches high. River and stream flows are running high but none are really considered to be at flood stage. The wet conditions have brought on the biting insects in force, with large batches of mosquitoes and no-see-ums (and deer flies set to make their appearance by this weekend). The mayfly hatches have also started in earnest and this has made for some real inconsistent success on walleye. With the walleye keying on this big source of natural food at this time of year, they have been ignoring most of the jig and minnow baits, and crawlers/leeches have provided some limited action. Musky success continues to be very good, with anglers reporting quite a few catches and some multiple fish days. Smaller bucktails and jerk baits have been the most productive and some decent catches have been also been made with live suckers. Panfish have once again been the highlight of the week, with some good catches of bluegill and crappie being reported. Warmer water temperatures have pushed the bluegill up onto their spawning beds and many catches have been made using worms and small twister tails. Crappie have still been found along the shallow weed edges, with small minnows fished just below a bobber producing some good success right before dark. Fly fishers have also been having good success on panfish, with mayfly imitations being the best pattern. Bass action during the early catch and release season has been very good, with most of the catches being of small to medium-size fish. Look for bass to finish up their spawning activity within the next week, and then success on larger fish will began to improve.
6/17/08 @ 3:51 PM
The northern zone bass season opens Saturday, and Taylor County is home of one of the best largemouth bass factories in the state. Chequamegon Waters is better know as Miller Dam Flowage. It is not uncommon to catch nice largemouth up to 20 inches or more and four pounds or more. Remember to catch and release these beasts to keep fishing great here. As bass spawning season comes to an end, the best spots to target are the sandy flats in the weeds along the shorelines in 6 feet of water or less. They can be caught in as little as a foot of water, but remember to release them as they may still be guarding their spawning beds. Brightly colored surface buzz baits in chartreuse or white often produce nice hits, as do bright tandem spinners fished just below the surface. Buzz them through or over the thick weeds and hold on. Another popular fish-getter is the weighted Texas-rigged plastic worms dragged slowly through the wood on the bottom. The weeds can get thick even early in the year, so weedless riggings are crucial. Dark bodied plastics with brightly colored twister tails can produce nice fish in this stained body of water. “It has been really spotty,” said bait shop operator Shane Viergutz as he described local fishing as of late. “The water temperature really still has to warm up.” Viergutz said water temperatures are hovering in the 63-69 degree range. He added the fishing has been good on warmer days and slower on cooler, rainy days. Bait shop operator Gary Ellenbecker recommended drifting the middle channel area at Miller Dam Flowage as panfish spawning seasons come to a close if they haven’t already done so. “I am thinking the water is warming up enough where the crappies are done spawning and now moving to deeper water, and if the bluegills are done spawning they are moving to deeper water too,” Ellenbecker said. Ellenbecker recommended starting deep and moving toward shallower water if deeper areas do not produce. He said small minnows should be used to target crappies while worms are the bait of choice for bluegills. “The fishing has slowed down a little bit, but they are still getting some,” Ellenbecker said. According to the state Department of Natural Resources, heavy rains recently have brought stream and river levels up a bit but not nearly to flood stage yet. Water levels on flowages and drainage lakes are just above normal but many seepage lakes remain at very low levels. The worst thing the wet weather did was bring out hordes of mosquitoes, deer flies and black flies, so outdoor enthusiasts should be prepared to do battle with high numbers of biting insects. The continuing erratic weather has made for some inconsistent fishing success over the past week. Panfish and musky have been the highlights of the week, with some very good catches of bluegill, crappie and musky being reported. Water temperatures have finally pushed into the low to mid 60s on the smaller lakes. This has gotten the bluegill starting on their spring spawning period and many nice fish have been observed on the beds. Crappie have pretty much finished up spawning and are now being found along the shallow weed edges, with the best fishing has been in the early morning and late afternoon hours. Musky success has bordered on excellent in the last week with many anglers reporting multiple catches in a three to four hour trip. However most of the fish have been on the small side (28 to 36 inches), with a few reported in the 38- to 42-inch size. Smaller baits seem to have been the key, with bass-sized jerk baits, spinner baits and soft plastics being the most productive. Some decent catches have been made by anglers using live suckers. Walleye success has gotten real inconsistent in the last week. The mayfly hatch has just begun on many lakes and this will disrupt the regular walleye bite for the next few weeks. The mayflies provided a big source of natural food and the walleye seem to key on them at this time of year. This usually signals the end of the bite on jig and minnow combinations and the start of leeches and crawlers as the more productive baits. Bass action during the early catch and release, barbless-hook season has been good with some very nice catches of largemouth and smallmouth bass being made. Soft plastics and finesse baits have been the most productive and most largemouth have been found in the newly developing weed and lily pad beds. Both largemouth and smallmouth are in their final stages of spawning on most lakes and look for action on larger fish to pick in the next week or two.
6/5/08 @ 11:42 AM
Changing weather patterns have thrown last week’s fantastic fishing into a funk. “It has slowed down all over,” bait shop operator Nancy Shotliff said. “The front has come through, it has cooled down and the fish have stopped biting. Over the last weekend, they were catching fish like crazy.” For those who are going fishing, Shotliff recommended fishing eight feet of water to find the suspended crappies and four feet of water or shallower for the spawning bluegills. The best action seems to be on black and blue Cubby Tails or Rubber Legs with white legs. Tip them with waxies or worms for the bluegills and small minnows for crappies, she said. Shotliff said Chequamegon Waters (Miller Dam Flowage) are typically popular fishing destinations this time of year. Northerns have been hitting on minnows casted out from shore, but they have been of the small variety. Bait shop operator Gary Ellenbecker said some anglers have been doing all right at Miller Dam and Mondeaux flowages. He also recommended deeper for crappies — 5-8 feet of water — and shallower — 1-3 feet of water — for bluegills. The crappie spawn has got to be almost over with fish moving deeper as bluegills come in for their turn. The Rib Lake area is bucking the trend, according to bait shop operator Pete Peterson. “The fishing is excellent up here. The panfish are biting on all the lakes,” Peterson said. “The walleyes are hitting. They are catching a lot of little one, but there are big ones up to 27 inches out there.” Peterson recommended leeches or minnows fished near the bottom in 5-6 feet of water at Rib and Spirit Lakes. Harper and Spirit Lakes have been producing nice catches of bluegills on nightcrawlers and crappies on minnows, he said. Peterson said the panfish have been caught in the shallows along shore. According to the state Department of Natural Resources, the erratic and continually changing weather has made for some rather tough fishing conditions across the Northwoods in the past week. Several days of nice weather have been followed by severe cold fronts and this really disrupted fish activity. Fair success has been experienced during the stable weather, but the cold fronts seem to really shut down the action. The biting insects have just started to come out in the far north and the first mosquitoes and black flies were noted in the last few days. Mayfly hatches have not yet begun and look for those to start in the first part of June. Walleye have been the most sought after fish so far in May and reports have indicated just mediocre success. There really hasn't been any consistent pattern yet to the early season bite and walleye anglers have been having some success on both jig/minnow combinations and crank baits. The jig and minnow anglers have had the best success in 8 to 15 feet of water on the deep edges and break lines. The action has been concentrated in the early morning hours and in the hour before dark, and most of the walleye have been in the 11 to 15-inch size. A few nicer fish in the 18- to 23-inch size have been caught on Rapalas in the shallow muddy bays, but the strikes have been generally light and short. Northern pike action has been fair with anglers catching medium-size fish along the newly developing weed beds. Panfish action could only be termed fair as the colder water temperatures have kept most of the fish in deeper water. Both crappie and bluegill have been creeping back up into shallow water on warmer days and this has provided some decent action when conditions were right. Look for this to greatly improve with any kind of warming trend. Bass activity is just starting to pick up and there have been the first few observations of largemouth being seen fanning out their spawning beds. Anglers are reminded that the catch and release season is still in effect in the Northern Zone and all bass anglers must be using barbless hooks.