Turtle Flambeau Flowage, Iron County

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5/31/16 @ 10:41 PM
nihsif
nihsif
MEMBER since 6/15/01

those reports are the first I've ever seen about thefts... it is a little disturbing, but it seems like there's more of it going on all around the state...

what I can tell you is that Fisherman's landing has extended parking for campers...

may want to see if Donner's bay offers extended parking (for a fee) as there is more activity there than at the DNR launches

so, cannot say you wouldn't have any issues, but if you go, the TFF is a beautiful body of water, with lots and lots of nooks and crannies that probably would be good for fly fishing

you will probably get better  answers from a guide or a local about the fly fishing.. a lot depends on the time of year too

here's another site with good TFF fish reports and info

outdoors911.com/reports/forumdisplay.php?130-Mercer-amp-Turtle-Flambeau-Flowage-Area


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5/31/16 @ 10:10 PM
thinblueline
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USER since 1/25/10

I've never fished northern Wisconsin, but would like to take a first trip there in the next couple weeks, and the TFF strikes me as a great place to spend years trying to learn. My wife and I would try for one of the first come first serve campsites, but I was a little disheartened and discouraged from coming up there by another thread talking about thefts at the TFF boat landings, and more specifically, the Springstead Landing? It seems from the tone of the thread that thefts from vehicles and thefts of parts from trailers is not uncommon. Can anyone recommend a boat landing for the TFF that might have the best track record for security due to maybe to better lighting, more people traffic, etc...?

Also, I would be most interested in panfishing, and fly casting at that, for bluegills and crappies. Are those panfish accessible to the fly fishing angler throughout the summer, or do they go deep into all that submerged wood and have to be rooted out with deep slip bobber rigs or jigs? Just curious, so thanks in advance!


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5/31/16 @ 5:38 PM
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

Xcel Energy - Hydro Level and Discharge Rates

Turtle Flambeau Flowage Water Temperature: 64.6°F

Reservoir Levels and Discharge Rates*

LocationElevation 
(feet)
Staff Gage ReadingDischarge 
(cfs)
Full pool
(feet)
Water Temperature 
(°F)
Chippewa
Flowage

1,312.76

 N/A

2894

1,313.0

N/A

Turtle-Flambeau
Flowage

1,571.74

 N/A

1524

1,572.0

64.6°F

Rest Lake Dam N/A8'6"480

1601.01 (8'6")

66.9°F 

Information last updated 5/31/2016

*Discharge and reservoir data is provisional and subject to revision until they have been thoroughly reviewed.

Please scroll to the right to view the full pool level and water temperatures.

Edited on 5/31/16 5:41 PM
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5/30/16 @ 9:25 AM
beelzebob
beelzebob
USER since 9/24/01

Good eye, 12 - 13.5".

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5/29/16 @ 10:26 PM
nihsif
nihsif
MEMBER since 6/15/01

by the way Switch, we saw that same boat come cruising the shoreline in lake Bastine after dark... not positive, but thought it was the tribe doing a shock survey... seen the same rig on Laura lake near Plum lake years ago

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5/29/16 @ 9:13 PM
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river_chaser
river_chaser
USER since 10/3/12

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

Wow, those are some slab crappeyes.  13 inch?

Friday, was catching smallies in the weeds and wood, 1-2 ft of water, not on TFF but on a smaller area lake


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5/28/16 @ 10:27 AM
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nihsif
nihsif
MEMBER since 6/15/01

MOON PHASE (59%)
Waning Gibbous

Nice crappies beezelbob!

here's our report for the week of 5-14 to 5-21-2016, sorry it's late, had a kind of frenzied week here

As usual, our accommodations at Flambeau Vista on Lake Bastine are second to none, and Scott and Kathy are excellent hosts making sure your stay is comfortable.

We experienced the full gamut of weather from snow and wind with ice in the minnow buckets in the morning, to sunny and downright hot..

We caught fish, but had a hard time finding larger walleyes... fortunately we were able to change tactics somewhat, and put out a line for panfish whilst jigging for eyes...

We got walleyes, and some nice perch, crappies and gills

the flowage was beautiful putting spring colors and growth

some pics of our typical catches, and of course,steaks from "steak night"!!


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5/27/16 @ 5:14 PM
beelzebob
beelzebob
USER since 9/24/01

pic from earlier report

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5/27/16 @ 9:02 AM
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Switch
Switch
USER since 1/23/02

MOON PHASE (69%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
Just got back from a week of fishing, did ok not as productive as last year but enjoyable. Experienced something bizarre never have I seen the wind change directions so quickly I'm talking a matter of seconds. Ended up with some eyes and perch fished all over wood, rock, flats etc. One night I saw a strange looking boat it looked like a flat bottom duck boat on steroids wasn't sure if it was the DNR shocking or what?

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5/26/16 @ 11:21 AM
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

Xcel Energy - Hydro Level and Discharge Rates

Reservoir Levels and Discharge Rates*

LocationElevation 
(feet)
Staff Gage ReadingDischarge 
(cfs)
Full pool
(feet)
Water Temperature 
(°F)
Chippewa
Flowage

1,312.39

 N/A

600

1,313.0

N/A

Turtle-Flambeau
Flowage

1,571.54

 N/A

347

1,572.0

61.7°F

Rest Lake Dam N/A8'4"224

1601.01 (8'6")

64.8°F 

Information last updated 5/25/2016

*Discharge and reservoir data is provisional and subject to revision until they have been thoroughly reviewed.


Please scroll to the right to view the full pool level and water temperatures.

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5/26/16 @ 9:48 AM
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beelzebob
beelzebob
USER since 9/24/01

MOON PHASE (78%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Fished Mon thru Wed.  Water temp crept up from 63 to 68 when we left.  Got into some big Crappies shallow, jumbo perch, endless rock bass, some very nice gills, a lot of small pike, 2 small skis, and a few smallies.  I was suprised  at the lack of smallies on the shallow rocks - just not in yet.  We fished shallow using small fats or gulp.  Didn't really bother with the eyes, the panfishing is just too good to pass up.  Weather was great, water levels are good, bugs weren't bad at all.  Will put a pic up if my buddy sends me one.

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5/23/16 @ 11:26 PM
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Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (97%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Greg thanks for the compliments that is about as good a compliment as a guide can get, Hot Runr Guy thanks for the shore lunch endorsement the guys today were happy. If that was you in the black Lund that waved hope you had a good day.

It's been a great start, fished every day so far, have had a hard time keeping up with reports. I just pressed the send button on an article for the next edition of The Badger Sportsman , subject: fishing the TFF, pretty informative article some may be interested in reading, great magazine.

Fishing Report: we had 5 consecutive days of bright sunny skies and almost no wind. those days we searched and caught walleyes in deeper water 12-24'. We also caught perch in 12-14' soft bottom and logs. We didn't downsize minnows for the perch, still used the extra large fatheads though ounce we knew there were numbers of perch did cull for smaller of the big minnows.

We had many of those 5 days where we did well in the morning but the afternoon really died for us. Some of those days we caught good numbers but on the small range, many not keepers had to catch a bunch to get some to make the cut. A lot of what we fished was deep wood and some rock.

One of the most enjoyable things about fishing the TFF for me is what is a fairly common occurrence and happened Saturday. I had a couple who  came from Tomahawk to take a day off of fishing the Willow. We were driving slow over to our next spot, I was watching the gizmo when I saw some structure I didn't have marked and fish on it. I swung back around and threw the buoy out then anchored. Counting our previous fish we caught 18 walleyes between 8:30-10:30, most around 14". 

Today was one of those days you know the fish are biting, a little cloud cover and finally some wind, big wind, I'm guessing 20-25. Picked up father and son at Donner's Bay. First spot, after less then the usual time frame I was ready to move, we were there maybe 10 min. once we had all the lines out ,0 fish, 10' small depression with stumps. Next spot underwater point, extending from shore with rock/wood 8', I caught a small W casting, released. We stayed longer because I had to re-rig a couple broke off bobber poles. When I  have that feeling they are snappin I have even less patience than usual, its like the excitement of fishing in a tournament. Third spot, steep slope from 5-10' with tangelly (spell check says tangelo, I'll stick with what I got) wood and roots, we kept a 9 fish limit of 14-18" walleyes. I had both anchors and all 100' of line on each anchor out to hold.

Father and son Andy and Paul had a great time catching (and eating) walleyes. We went back to Donner's and got their bait casters and tackle boxes with bass baits. I was happy to have my first chance this year putting on the hunt for smallmouth. We threw crankbaits over shallow boulders and did pretty well, they weren't thick in the shallow rocks yet but we boated around 15 on the crank baits. Andy did the best throwing a strange purple/orange colored rattle trap, something I'll be adding to my arsenal.

There was a lot of boats on Saturday by noon on Sunday not too many, today counting Don P. I saw three boats on the whole "big water" area. 

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5/23/16 @ 5:52 PM
Hot Runr Guy
Hot Runr Guy
USER since 10/7/11

greg,

   You didn't mention it, but I hope you enjoyed Jeff's shore lunch skills. If not, put it on your bucket list!


Hi Jeff! 


HRG

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5/23/16 @ 1:44 PM
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

Xcel Energy - Hydro Level and Discharge Rates

Reservoir Levels and Discharge Rates*

LocationElevation 
(feet)
Staff Gage ReadingDischarge 
(cfs)
Full pool
(feet)
Water Temperature 
(°F)
Chippewa
Flowage

1,312.35

 N/A

600

1,313.0

N/A

Turtle-Flambeau
Flowage

1,571.50

 N/A

451

1,572.0

57.2°F

Rest Lake Dam N/A8'3"200

1601.01 (8'6")

63.2°F 

Information last updated 5/23/2016

*Discharge and reservoir data is provisional and subject to revision until they have been thoroughly reviewed.

Please scroll to the right to view the full pool level and water temperatures.

Edited on 5/23/16 1:47 PM
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5/22/16 @ 8:01 AM
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greggd177
greggd177
MEMBER since 10/25/15

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

Spent two very enjoyable days last week fishing the TFF with Jeff Robl of Bobber Down. Sunny with temps in the 60's to near 70 with light winds. Pitched small jigs/minnows over sunken wood and slip bobbered minnows on fallen shoreline trees. Fishing was slow but steady and we managed a mixed bag of smallish walleye, large perch, sm bass and pike.

Jeff really knows the waters and is a great teacher. We learned more of the TFF in two days than we had in years of stumbling around on our own. He's great company in the boat as well. Finished the trip sunburned and happy. Thanks Jeff.

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