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TURTLE FLAMBEAU FLOWAGE ASSOCIATION
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1/29/15 11:43 PM CST
Thanks Jeff. This fisheree should be a great event, even for those that don't fish. There is something for the entire family in the heated tents on the ice just off shore from Donners Bay Resort. Shake that cabin fever and come have some fun. Big Smile

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1/29/15 10:26 PM CST
REMINDER: Justin Donner Memorial fisheree this Saturday headquartered at Donner's Bay Resort. Help support a good cause and have a great time: food, drinks, and prizes.

My youngest son Tom will be fishing with the Mercer ice fishing Team competing with other schools in Saturday's fisheree. My understanding is that the Donner family has generously put up a 1,000.00 prize for the winning team.

Myself, Bobby Orr and Tina from the chamber are working the Mercer Chamber booth at the Schaumburg sports show this weekend. If you're attending the show stop by and say hello.

Thanks Jeff


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1/28/15 11:30 PM CST
Ice Depth: 16" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 21° - 25° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
The film clip in the last post aired recently but was filmed last year. I want to thank Tina from the Mercer chamber for the opportunity to help showcase some of the winter fishing on the TFF.

The ice fishing this season has a lot of people scratching their heads like Catchinfish in his last post. We are catching fish and having some action each time out but in general it has been slow. Why? I don't know.

I can assure catchinfish and everyone else out there, it is not for a lack of walleyes in the TFF. This fall we had tremendous fishing. I don't always count fish and less frequently post numbers but to illustrate my point in one 4 day stretch in October we caught ( and obviously released most) 242 walleyes. There were small fish but there were also a high percentage of fish I would be happy to be taking through the ice right now.

I personally think we went into this ice season with more and a slightly bigger size structure then going into last winter.

There is a lot of ice fishing left hopefully the bite will pick up.

A few pics. What a bullhead through the ice! come on Jack!


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1/28/15 7:26 PM CST
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Outdoor Wisconsin | Program | #3103 - Featuring Jeff Robl

Ice-fishing enthusiasts won't want to miss Jeff Kelm's segment from the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage near Mercer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_ioGatotg0#t=528

-Jeff

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1/27/15 5:02 PM CST
Fished last Friday to yesterday. Just got back. For some reason this has been by far the worst ice season I've experienced up here in recent years. Don't know if the continued spearing that is finally taken its tole on this beauty of water but its left me head scratching. 4 day results: 1 nice 15" walleye, (3) 12" walleyes, 1 small mouth, 4 perch and 2 Crappie. Fished HARD at these locations: Off Fishermans landing, Merkel Lake, At North end off "Hide-away" area and off Sturgeon Landing.

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1/27/15 1:31 PM CST
Has anybody had any luck in the Lake Bastine area - Depths of 40'? I was thinking Perch might be there considering the depth. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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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.

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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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