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JEFF ROBL
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1/23/15 12:46 PM CST
Ice Depth: 16" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 26° - 30° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
Travel report is the same as the last report (see previous report) a few people are driving trucks out, you can probably get out from Donner's bay or Springstead landing with a 4 wheeler and stay on the packed trails, if you go off the trails far you will encounter slush and likely have problems. Snowmobiles are travelling freely.

Having some luck on walleyes and pike , in shallower water, 3-10', shorelines and humps with structure. I have mainly fished late morning until an hour after dark, the best bite has been at sunset and an hour after. I would expect the same bite early morning. Have heard of some crappies and perch being caught in the 20' range in original lake basins.

I included a few pictures from last Saturday's outing. Have made a lot of friends through guiding, Jeff and Mark and Mark's kids were some of my first` customers, and they sure can cook! Some of the menu included: beef and pork ribs marinated several ways, sirloin steak again different marinades, in the fryer of coarse some fresh walleye, battered mushrooms, cauliflower, French fries, and battered pickles. Two items I had never had were the pickles , battered and fried (sliced dill), and grilled bacon wrapped asparagus. Jeff and Mark cooked and we ate for 5 hours, if you never had the last two items mentioned give them a try, the food was awesome.


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1/23/15 12:07 PM CST
Ice Depth: 16"
Snowmobile travel is by far the best. There are a few 4x4 atv's and small 4x4 trucks venturing out, but if you aren't chained up I doubt you will make it far, unless your on the trail. There is a fair amount of snow and drifts on the flowage as well as some big slush pockets.

Fishing wise, things have been a bit slow lately. But, there are lots of fish around to be caught.

Good Luck!

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1/23/15 10:29 AM CST
You can contact Donners Bay for travel conditions by calling them at 715-476-2555.

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1/23/15 9:57 AM CST
Heading down to donners bay on Saturday 1/24/15 just wondering if you can get around on flowage with four wheelers or is the snow to deep. thanks

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1/23/15 9:22 AM CST
There are two ice fishing contests being held during the winter of 2015:

January 31, 2015

9th Annual Justin Donner Memorial Fisheree

715-762-2956

7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the JPD Warrior Project, Inc. This ice fishing tournament will be headquartered out of Donner’s Bay Resort on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage. Cash prizes will be given for the largest fish caught in several categories. You do not need to fish to participate as there will be many raffles & auctions, along with food & beverages in the big heated tents that will be set up on the ice. FIREWORKS over the ice will immediately follow the awards ceremony.

AND

February 28, 2015

Claus Kraetke Memorial Ice Fishing Jamboree

715-476-2555

This ice fishing tournament will be headquartered out of Donner’s Bay Resort on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage. Cash prizes will be given for the largest fish caught in several categories. Hot food, warm & cold beverages and tickets for many raffles will be for sale inside the resort's lodge. The resort is located just off of Iron County Hwy FF between Mercer and Butternut at 2974 Hiawatha Road, Butternut, WI 54514. Snowmobile trail #9.

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1/23/15 9:06 AM CST
I heard there is a Fisheree out of Donners Resort. I have never been over there. Can I drive on or atv? Is there to much snow for an ATV? Any pointers for travel or fishing would be much appreciated.

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1/22/15 7:56 AM CST
All the of landing are pretty good, but Springstead is really nice, and has a huge parking lot.

We've left our vehicles there for weeks, on over 10 trips, and have never had a problem.

I feel any of the sites with a picnic table and fire ring (non-rustic) are more than sufficient, and we've always been able to get one in the general vicinity we wanted, also typically going in May.

Fishing and Camping on the Flowage is a great time. Enjoy!

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1/21/15 1:55 PM CST
Packers123

The largest and probably best boat landing is Springstead. There are others that are very good, however.

There are about 4-5 group camping sites on Big Island that require reservations. These can be reserved and paid for on the DNR website. But there are 66 campsites scattered all over the flowage. The rest of the campsites are first come first served. I would recommend grabbing a site on the main body of the flowage.

As for fishing I would concentrate on the river channel through the whole main body of the flowage. Look for rocks, stumps, logs on the edge of the channel and you will find fish. Rock bars are good for bass. Good electronics are key. I started using a sidescan fish finder and our catches have skyrocketed. You have to be on the right structure or you are wasting your time on this body of water.

Good Luck

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1/21/15 1:37 PM CST
A few college buddies and myself will be planning a trip to the TFF in the second half of may. We will be camping and bringing up 2 boats. Really have no clue where to get started. So just looking for a little direction! Where is the best boat ramp where we can leave our vehicles. With that in mind what part of the TFF will be best for fishing/camping in may. Thanks!

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FISHING REPORT
1/16/15 10:12 AM CST
Ice Depth: 12"
wow,,its tough fishing out there ,fished 2 days straight,got walleyes 1 22incher,bunch of lil guys,but it sure is tuff to get around ,like walking on a sand beach,if you have a snowmobile bring it otherwise ,you;ll have sore legs....good luck..

JEFF ROBL
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1/16/15 9:33 AM CST
Ice Depth: 16" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 21° - 25° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
Flowage travel report: There are random patches of slush and snow drifts. Snowmobiles good travelling, keep it moving when you hit slush. I think 4 wheel drives with good tires and enough clearance would do fine. 4-wheelers I think they will have a real struggle in the slush, Utv's with higher clearance should do ok.

The best mode of transportation for northern Wisconsin ice fishing are snowmobiles. Last year early in the season 4 wheelers were done, I know mine spent a night stuck in the slush, and that was with 4 chains on. If you can justify the purchase you can find low mileage, late 90's/ early 2000's for around 1,500.00. I like two-ups with a longer track and the ability to have two riders.

Fishing report got out yesterday late in the day with a friend, had 6 tip-ups out. Four in 12-18', one on the shore in 2-1/2' and one on a 5' rock hump. We caught 3 keepers (walleyes) all 3 on the shallow lines. Golden shiners close to bottom. One fish at sunset, two an hour after dark.


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1/15/15 8:02 AM CST
How is the slush out on the turtle?

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1/8/15 9:54 AM CST
Ice Depth: 12" Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: Below 0° F
after sitting around all week,had to get out and try,well we got 3 walleyes,little in 3 or 4 f.o.w.just to cold to get out ,,its slushy out there ,with another 4 inches of snow coming ,could be tough to get out..good luck

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1/6/15 11:55 AM CST
Ice Depth: 12" Air Temp: 16° - 20° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
Late report but we fished around Mercer from Christmas through the New Year. We traveled on a 4-wheeler and snowmobile without much effort but did hit some slush. Left town 1/4/15 with temps falling (elevator style) and snow falling/blowing. Our best action was N. Pike, with only a few crappie and walleye and no bass. Best production was large golden shiners on tip-ups (varied in 4'-10' of water) rigged with fluorocarbon leaders; best action was during small windows, with a great bite starting around 1500-1530, lasting from 30 minutes to 2 hours, but definitely shutting down after dark. We fished into the evening hours but without much success. I expect this to change.

Also want to mention the 10th annual Justin Donner tournament is a little later this year, January 31st. Its a fun event and fishing is optional.

Details here- www.jpdwarrior.com/fisheree.html

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1/3/15 10:05 AM CST
Ice Depth: 12" Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 16° - 20° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
1 15" eye and 4 nice perch yesterday

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