Turtle Flambeau Flowage, Iron County

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6/28/16 @ 11:05 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (39%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Post in response to JJB11B

This time of year I sometimes go several days between looking at LL due to a shortage of time. Sometimes see posts I would like to respond to but fall asleep before I do a  post. Had to respond to yours due to the irony.

I had father and son fisherman today new to the flowage they didn't care what kind of fish we caught, tried 5 classic walleye spots came up with one nice walleye, got a text from  guide friend, one of the flowages most successful and long running guides, that the walleyes were really going slow for him also. Didn't need to be hit with a brick on the head. With a shore lunch and one walleye in the hopper, I didn't want to rely on potatos, beans and cole  slaw. We went to a spot in pursuit of perch and instead came up with nice blue gills. With lunch in the live well we were near a spot I came across a couple weeks ago and was really anxious to try. Like I said before I might forget what I walked out to the garage to get but I don't forget fishing spots.

JJB11B I guess you are getting the long story. I will reign myself back in to the topic at hand, (WEEDS)  so about the time you pressed the send button on your report, my customers and I were setting the hooks into walleyes and smb in the weeds. I am not a big weed guy but will fish whatever I have to in order for my customers to catch fish,we didn't get big numbers but caught quality fish of both species in the weeds. My customers used bobbers and I cast a slow fall jig, both crawlers and fat heads.

The weeds we fished for a couple hours today were narrowleaf pondweed, there are others in the tff that hold walleyes and other fish.

Nisif I appreciate your endorsement of hiring a guide. That is an individual decision. I went to Alaska fishing with son Jack a few years back, we fished from the shore and watched drift boats catch salmon and trout on the Kenii River with a steady frequency, are lines were mostly limp. Gave him a choice, drift boat or halibut on the ocean, can't afford both, did the halibut, lot of fun. Last two years in Florida keys the trip and boat rental didn't allow us to hire a guide we got lucky and figured it out , caught a lot of fish ( the old saying, there are a lot of fish in the ocean may more aptly  apply). The fish haven't been jumping in the boat the last couple of weeks but most days the fishing has been ok. I sincerely believe that good fisherman could go to the Dakotas, Minnesota and I know one of the midwest's best fisheries, the  winnebago system and struggle, the TFF is no different.

I know the Mercer guides will try hard to catch fish, I have open time in July and August if I am booked I refer calls to Don Pemble if you are interested in walleyes.











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6/28/16 @ 6:24 PM
nihsif
nihsif
MEMBER since 6/15/01

take a look at some of the recent reports posted, there's some pretty specific stuff on where to fish, baits, technique

where are you staying, such big body of water would be hard to point you at some areas


totally agree on hiring a guide... We hired Jeff Robl and it was  a perfect experience

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6/28/16 @ 6:12 PM
fishrman
fishrman
USER since 7/5/05

The only thing I can say is that between the Mayfly hatch, the wind, rain and now cold front, I don't think anybody can be doing all that well! I would consider getting a guide if I were you though. It can be tough otherwise.

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6/28/16 @ 1:40 PM
FISHING REPORT
JJB 11B
JJB 11B
USER since 6/28/16

MOON PHASE (39%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

My family and I are on the flowage for the first time and we are absolutely struggling.  Anybody out there with some pointers, please pm me.  Personally, this is my first time on a body of water without a strong weed presence.  I've managed 2 walleyes and 4 perch in 3 days, and we are here until Saturday.

Please Help!


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6/27/16 @ 3:51 PM
FISHING REPORT
roscoe33
roscoe33
USER since 4/8/06

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

Made it up to visit  friends staying in a cabin on the flowage this weekend.Fished from Bastine, then up to the north and west to find shelter from some of the wind.


Caught a mixed bag, a 30" musky, a few 14-16" smb, 3  eyes 13-16", all in 4-10 fow.


Soaked a minnow on a slip bobber, and casting Rapala Husky jerks Rapala floaters.


Water level up up, about 6" from full.

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6/27/16 @ 11:28 AM
fishrman
fishrman
USER since 7/5/05

Thanks for the report! That wind had to be brutal the last couple of days! My bride and I are up staying on a different lake but thinking about coming down to the TFF to see if we can find a Smallie as I am having difficulty, at best where I am. Hoping all the Mayflies are getting digested by now! Any suggestions? How is the water levels?

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6/27/16 @ 7:21 AM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

I've had a good start to the fishing season, I missed one day of fishing on the tff since opening day, sons high school graduation. Since last report I have had a couple very slow days for walleyes, actually as slow as I can ever remember in June. Mayflies?, weather? who knows when you fish every day you will find a slow one. That being said there isn't a body of water I would rather have the pressure of fishing on and providing a shore lunch for customers. Even on the worst day perch and walleyes are on the menu.

We are still finding perch, mostly relating to bigger diameter stumps in the 6-12' range. Smallmouth have moved off shore lines into wood and weed structure, I am sure there are still some on shallow rocks but haven't tried that in quite a while. We are finding walleyes on much of the flowages diverse structure, on the flat water sunny days usually looking deeper 12-18' on days with wind sometimes very shallow. 

Wind wow! I always say how much I like the wind some of these last few days found us hiding from the wind at 35 mph there is no kind of chance holding the boat even with 100ft of rope, correction line I was corrected many times by customer David a pilot on a ship, cowboys use rope what's attached to your anchor is line. 

Yesterday I had a chance to fish with three fisherman who wanted to catch fish other than walleyes. We did take time out to live bait fish to put some walleyes, perch and blue gills in the live well for a shore lunch ( they seemed in a better mood yesterday) we found fish very shallow 3-5 shore line wood with the wind blowing in. Most of our day however was spent throwing bucktails, mepps spinners, frogs and crank baits. I really enjoyed the action from the pike and bass it was a lot of fun. After fishing we talked about the type of fishing that interests them(catch and release bass, pike, muskie), they didn't get the intense draw of jigging for walleyes and watching bobbers, huh? I gotta admit it was a lot of fun. We had to find wind sheltered bays with weeds and wood to catch fish.


Good fishing to you. Gotta go fishing.

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6/25/16 @ 1:56 PM
FISHING REPORT
Dave Musch
Walleye Only Guide Service
MEMBER since 5/2/08

MOON PHASE (72%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

I fished with Steve Gress of Black River Falls  on the Turtle Flambeau on Wednesday afternoon. There was very little wind at first but it did pick up a bit.  We fished rocks and wood  in 12 to 15 ft. and ended up with4 walleyes that were kept. 

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6/23/16 @ 9:07 PM
waltereye sr.
waltereye sr.
USER since 6/25/01

Thank You Sir for the quick response. I have a map and will confer using your suggestions. 

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6/23/16 @ 7:48 PM
Tom502
Tom502
MEMBER since 6/15/01

Probably best to use either Fishermans Landing, off Popko Circle south of Mercer, or Springstead Landing which is north of Hwy. 182 on Flowage Road.

Either landing should be great to use, a bit more parking available at Springstead.

Murray's Landing is not as improved, no dock or pier and lots of very shallow water nearby (more suited to Canoe, Kayak or smaller boats). 

Tight Lines,

Tom502



Edited on 6/23/16 7:53 PM
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