Appreciate the input. Thanks.
TFF would be my first choice of any lake in wisconsin to buy property on. we own multiple properties near mercer, but if we were to buy more lake property, the tff would be my choice. Excellent fishing and its a 45 minute drive to the nearest walmart, unlike the chip, which is right in a population center
fishon8, No brainer to me TFF. Willow and Rainbow are nice flowages, with good fishing, but they are controlled by wisconsin valley improvment. WVI is in the business of controlling water levels on the wi river, and thats what they do, with no regard to property owners, or fisherman. If I were going to buy a cabin on a flowage in northern WI, TFF would be #2. The Chip would be # 1 but thats alot hire rent! Good luck and I hope you have alot of good times and memories, gota love the north woods.
Water levels on the TFF are governed by an agreement (Memo of Understanding) between WDNR and Xcel Energy. Basic operation allows for up to a 4' draw down in the summer and up to 8' draw down in the winter.
Most years water levels stay inside these parameters, but summer draw down did exceed the 4' limit a few years back during the drought. Link to WDNR web site for the TFF is below. This site has several good historical charts of TFF water levels.
In my opinion, when buying a place on the TFF, it is important to look at how deep the water is out in front of your cabin. It is not unusual to have a 3 to 3.5 foot draw down in the fall of the year. Make sure that you have 4-5 feet of water fairly close to your shoreline, unless you want a very long dock. Also, you may want to consider a "floating" dock that adjusts with the water level.
Sorry, I can't comment first hand on either Willow or Rainbow Flowage water levels, which are operated by the Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company. Link to their web page, which has lots of water level data is:
Hope this helps.
Hi. Looking at possibly purchasing a cabin on the flowage. I used to camp there 20-25 years ago and loved it. Can anyone provide a comparison to the Willow and Rainbow flowages in regards to water level fluctuations and fishing? Thanks.
Any other comments or comparisons would be appreciated.
Fished beaver flats friday afternoon, rough night with many snags and missed fish, only caught two smallmouth and a perch. Went out saturday looking for perch, we found some fish but they werent having our baits and we got sick of the struggle in the wind, so we shot down to beaver flats again, this time we filled our limit of eyes just after dark. Steady bite all afternoon, 3-4 flags per hour, mix of dink pike and nice eater walleye. Gorgeous afternoon, we sat in the sun out of the wind and i got a bit of a sunburn. Found some wolf tracks, saw a coyote, had an eagle land near us looking for food. Amazing travel conditons, great way to end my season.
MOON PHASE (42%)
26° - 30° F
Fished Saturday from 8-5:30 and caught about a dozen crappies with 6 keepers between 11"-14". Also caught about a half dozen perch 2 of which were fat 11-12" fish. All were caught in 20'-25' of water with tip downs and jigging various vmc spoons, jigging raps and buckshot spoons. Ice is great everywhere but narrows with current. Just a few inches of snow on top makes getting around really easy. The wind was really blowing all day.
Thanks for the fishing information and for sharing your experiences with the 6.5 Creedmore. I've never shot anything but factory Speer, Federal and Remington ammo but I've been happy with the results from all of them. I bought a Savage 11 with a detachable magazine for my kids to use over 15 years ago and found myself using it whenever they weren't. I've heard great things about the VLDs, I might have to give them a try.
Was at fisherman's this morning, if you read my 2-23 report nothing has changed. Anything with tracks or wheels will get you around.
Off the track of fishing, do love that .264 caliber. Wanted a light rifle for mountains, had Savage's custom shop build one of their new lightweight models for me (it wasn't offered left handed) chambered it in 6.5 creedmoor. It shot Sierras, Noslers and Bergers all very well, went with the bergers ,140 gr. VLD hunting (.612 BC) 1/2 moa. out to 500 yards. 3 shot group at 500 a little under 2-1/2" in a 5-1/2 pound factory rifle, amazing. Shot both deer this year with that gun and those bullets the berger bullets were devastating.