Turtle Flambeau Flowage, Iron County

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9/29/16 @ 11:18 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Home from my trip late Tuesday night, fished with Tom and his grandson Ben on Wedensday. Gone for 11 days, I was surprised at what had changed and what had not. The water is now about close to 2' low (typical for this time of year) the water temp when I left was 67, now 57. I was expecting some pretty prime fall colors, not even close yet, apparently all the rain has delayed the colors. I think this may bode well for some prolonged colors this year, some years they change fast and a big wind takes them down quick.

The fishing? Was glad we brought crawlers which usually aren't in the boat this time of the year. The fishing from what we found,  had changed very little from when I left ,still a late summer pattern of deeper wood then we fished some cribs for panfish. Tom Ben and myself ended the day with a mixed bag of fish: 3 walleye,2 perch,3 crappie and 8 blue gills. tried some fall walleye pattern spots and didn't find many fish in them yet. The day cold temps, north wind, and off and on rain squalls, my customers took it in stride with humor. Tom who I would have guessed (which I don't do) to be in his late 60's was 81, his grandson Ben 26. I asked Tom some of the secretes to good prolonged health, Tom," eat good, get enough sleep, exercise and don't drink cheap scotch." I may have to upgrade.

Today I had the pleasure of fishing with solo customer Steve, the morning started out cold and cloudy, by afternoon it had turned into a nice sunny day. Steve was most interested in fishing for walleyes, they were slow, half way through the day I mentioned the panfish option, he wanted to stay after walleyes, I liked that answer, I don't mind a challenge. we kept plugging away at a mix of spots, did try some fall spots but most fish came from deeper wood structure about half on crawlers and half on minnows, again most years at this time, no crawlers. Steve landed our 6th walleye at 4:20, we did catch and release some small walleyes the 6 fish limit we kept were from 13-17". We caught fish on bobbers but most walleyes were caught casting 1/8 oz. slow fall jigs. we again had a nice mix of fish, one of the bluegills a little over 9-1/2".

The advantage to also having crawlers is that crappies will take them but especially the bluegills that occupy some of the deep wood spots that the walleyes are still on, aggressively bite the crawlers. Often one of us cast a minnow and one a crawler.

Met a lot of friends through guiding had some ask how the hunt in Alaska went. Quick summary: I scouted 10 hours, hunted 12 hours and cut and packed out moose meat for 38 hours. Aside form times with family it was  the best outdoor experience of my life. If I follow Tom's advice I hope to have many more years hunting in Alaska. I did some writing at night with my headlamp on, hope to put a story together with some pictures on my web site in the next couple of weeks.

Enjoy the fall!

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9/14/16 @ 9:36 AM
Chico68
Chico68
USER since 9/14/16

GPS and a chart of TFF will help a lot but it won't show you the stump 6 inches under the surface. The prop on my boat looks like its been in a demolition derby. Wear polarized glasses and you'll see lots of shining aluminum on bolders the size of a pickup trucks just below the surface. Lots of lower units have been given up to the TFF and some fishermen too, it's not a place to hot rod around on. Watch for floating logs too, not as common as they were 30 years ago but they're out there. Great BOW, use your head and you'll be fine. Maybe I'll see you out there...

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9/14/16 @ 6:09 AM
ler
ler
USER since 4/17/07

There are quite a few stumps, rocks, etc that can end a trip in a hurry out there.  The fishing can be great if you know where to go depending on what you are looking for.  Last year we took a guide out on the flowige and had a great time.  There are a number of great guides up there and are reasonably priced compared to ripping off your lower unit.  We were with Mercer Muskies and More and had success.

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9/13/16 @ 11:52 PM
Juniorangler55
Juniorangler55
USER since 6/14/15

Hello! On the weekend of the 30th my dad and I plan on heading up to minocqua for our yearly trip. We normally come two weeks earlier and fish around minocqua. I'm thinking this year of giving the turtle a try! I've never been out there before so is a high-end lake chip and common sense good enough? Is it a very rocky lake? Should I be worrying about random stumps and what not? If anyone has any suggestions on this that would be amazing! Loose lips and tight lines! Go pack go! 

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9/13/16 @ 8:58 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (88%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

A few pictures from last few days.

Early sept. is the mixed bag season. Today my fisherman wanted to concentrate on walleyes, we fished walleye spots all day, caught about a dozen,had 8 keepers, biggest 18", along with the sept. mixed bag of species. We tried some 8-12' spots found one good walleye but everything else came from deeper wood ranging from 13-18'. We had leeches, crawlers and fatheads but all of our walleyes came on crawlers, do expect that to change soon to the fall minnow bite. Some days the bobbers work as well as casting jigs, today the walleyes came on jigs, some spots with a steep slope we didn't put bobbers out as it is pretty tough to get the depth correct on a drop with the boat moving in the wind. North west wind kept us in jackets most of the day.

One of the most fun aspects of my job is the regular customers I get to fish with and the freindships aquired. Fourth year of fishing with a group from Georgia (four days this week) they are a hoot! They enjoyed the fish fry from the day of fishing.

I'll be leaving for Alaska after fishing this Friday. I have the 28th of Sept. open and days in October. I have someone manning my e-mails and schedule while I am gone if you would like to book a trip. Looking forward to the fall walleye fishing and would be glad to fish for musky or a combination trip.

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9/13/16 @ 3:03 PM
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Gtuna
Gtuna
USER since 3/26/04

MOON PHASE (88%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

The wife and I fished today and the last 2 days and did O.K. not great but O.K. Sunday we found walleyes in 12-13 fow up on the flats with natural wood. Monday we found crappies in 18-20 fow on edge of river channels today we got walleys mixed with the crapies in same 18-20 fow. Water temp was 68-69 today was 66.Almost all fish on minnows for us. 

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9/12/16 @ 1:24 PM
FISHING REPORT
Fillet Show
Fillet Show
USER since 7/14/08

MOON PHASE (80%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Raining

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Was out on Saturday too, trying the TFF for the first time.  What a gorgeous playground for fishermen!  I think we ran into Jeff at the launch in the morning, and felt the same effect of the wind as he did.  Tried mostly spots that would keep us out of the wind as much as possible, but the weather was the biggest downside to the day overall.  Still managed 2 shy of the limit on walleyes with 3 guys, and a few jumbo perch to boot, so I don't feel so bad fishing blind on a new body of water.  Coming back in a couple of weeks to hopefully calmer seas.

FS

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9/10/16 @ 9:17 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (62%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

A few pictures. Or not. Was really proud a couple weeks ago, not using camera anymore (it took on too much rain) but figured out how to get pics from phone to Lake link on my own. Last couple posts couldn't remember how to do it and no technical advisor on stand by, my computuer guy Elliot is somewhere "out west" on vacation. I enjoy posting pictures of happy customers with fish, I feel it legitimizes reports and helps people get a birds eye view of what is being caught. Sorry.

Today, strong NW wind and cold. The 69* water felt warm when washing the worm bedding off of hands (still the bait preferred). First spot today deep wood, 16-18' had 2 keeper walleyes and missed a couple others thought we were going to have a banner day on walleyes but the first half hour wasn't reflective of the day ahead. Rained on and off all day, wind stayed strong throughout the day, for a few hours in the afternoon couldn't get the boat to hold broadside to the wind in the open, so sought  quieter water.

When the wind gets near 20 I spend more time looking for fish, if fishing deeper water,(I don't have much confidence in seeing fish in 8 fow in heavy stumps ,if you are going to fish it you fish it)  when you have to put 100' of line out and pull it in against the wind you want to be reasonably sure you are putting the boat over fish, I do use the sonar for that.

Fished a variety of wood structure from 7-18' slip bobbers and casting jigs. Not a jumping in the boat day but a good mixed bag catch of fish.

Todays picture: 3 14" walleye,7 bluegill up to 9" and 5 perch up to 11". We fished mainly walleye spots so didn't have any crappie. I'm looking forward to the fall walleye bite, lately I've been cleaning 15-30 fish, gills, crappies, perch and walleye, 9 or 12 walleye go pretty quick.

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9/9/16 @ 7:02 PM
Gtuna
Gtuna
USER since 3/26/04

Thanks for the update Jeff,always enjoy you're reports.I'll be up Saturday for 9 days of fun!!

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9/9/16 @ 5:55 PM
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

Just got a phone call for tommorow but have Sunday open and some time next week.

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