Fishing reports and lake information for Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, North Dakota and South Dakota
Display: Fishing Reports Only All Postings
Sort posts by date: Descending Ascending

Purchase a 3D Map of this Lake

Purchase a 3D Map of this lake. Want one of the best lake topographic maps available? Here it is. These 3-D contour maps give you real graphical representation of the lake; no more just reading depth lines and trying to visualize the bottom contours. These high quality maps are printed on a water-proof and tear-proof material which will withstand the elements and rugged use.
Click here to learn more about these maps.
Displaying Posts 1 through 15 of 3,433
Whistling Gull
Whistling Gull
Level: General User
Joined: 5/2/2011
Status: Offline
8/31/15 8:05 AM CST
That should keep you off the couch for a while Jeff Big Smile

JEFF ROBL
See Profile
Profile
Joined: 7/10/2012
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
8/30/15 11:43 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Had a few days off, I know just saying it might ruffle a few feathers but it felt strange to go 3 days without fishing, I know I have a great job! Today, a chance to take my wife fishing for the afternoon ( her first time this year) it was a beautiful warm afternoon with a nice breeze blowing. We were on our way to fisherman's landing and at the last minute decided to turn into the Trude landing instead. I don't know what the fish were doing the last few days but they were biting well this afternoon. We caught a mixed bag of fish in 12-17'. We kept a dozen big bluegills up to 9-1/2" we released a lot of fish, could have easily kept a limit but even with no fish in the freezer didn't see a need to keep more than we did. The gills bit aggressively we even caught several on extra large fatheads but most were on crawlers. We did also catch and release a few nice smallmouth in the deeper water and one on a fast dropping rocky shoreline.

It was only my second time on Trude this year I find it interesting how much difference there is in the transparency of the water with the connected body, Trude, being much clearer.

Will post a report before the weekend.


Bobber Down Guide Service
(715) 776-0140
fishrman
See Profile
Profile
Level: General User
Joined: 7/5/2005
Status: Offline
8/30/15 6:29 PM CST
As an avid smallie nut, I haven't seen much lately that looked like anything was really biting very well up there. I live in SE Iowa and we have basically 0 smallies so I try to come up to that area annually to try to fulfill my smallie fix. This year we will be staying in the Bastine area and I really have never fished that area much. Can anyone point me to locations to try? Also, any crib information would be much appreciated but I also know that seems to be a deep dark secret. Thanks for any help. Coming up the week of Labor Day.

Scrandall44@gmail.com
Scrandall44@gmail.com
Level: General User
Joined: 8/8/2013
Status: Offline
8/25/15 11:24 PM CST
This report is very late, but after andreindy3's, I had to concur with all his feedback on Jeff Robl. It's true, he's a great guide and a real, genuine nice guy.

This was also my second year on the TFF with my Dad and two brothers. After catching very few walleye last year, we decided to hire Jeff for an AM trip early in the week this year, to mainly have him show us the trick to fishing the TFF. We had spent the past 10-12 years fishing Lake Kabetogama in MN (Ask Jeff to pronounce that name, it'll make you chuckle.), where the technique was Lindy rigging with heavy egg sinkers. We knew this doesn't work so well on the TFF, especially if you're fishing the right spots, near submerged wood, but with such a big body of water and a totally different way of fishing for us, it made sense to hire an experienced guide. I'm so glad we did. As andreindy3 mentioned, Jeff showed us what to look for on the graph, how fish and cribs look differently when you're moving versus still, how to position the boat for anchoring, how to cast and let your jig drop, how to rig your slip bobberd, how to set the hook, etc. He shared all his knowledge and even his top notch St. Croix equipment. This did not go unnoticed, we really appreciated it and believe those sensitive rods helped us catch fish that day.

We took the knowledge gained from our time with Jeff and put it to use the rest of the week and caught fish. Not a lot of fish, but enough walleye, perch and panfish to have a couple of big fish frys and a few to take home. My only regrets from last week were: (1) not hiring Jeff for the whole day. For the small amount more, I know it would've been money well spent. Plus, he's fun to fish with! (2) Losing at least 3 nice walleye right at the boat. That is SO frustrating, but I guess one has to be optimistic about the thought of those fish growing bigger for the next guy. (3) Caving in after my Dad's persistent nagging and agreeing to drift and use Little Joe's & leeches on a windy day. Certain he would get snagged up and have to break his line, I just cracked open a beer and waited...only to watch him catch a 17" walleye! I guess you never know..

Lastly, I'd like to give a shout out to Marvin at Donner's Bay resort. Great guy! We weren't staying there, but stopped nearly every day for something. Gas, Seafoam, Shore Lunch mix, etc., he had everything we needed. And, he pours a good Jack & Coke at the bar!

See you next year, TFF!

- Shawn

JEFF ROBL
See Profile
Profile
Joined: 7/10/2012
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
8/25/15 10:18 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 56° - 60° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
Thank you for the compliments, nice report andreindy3, you write well. It is rewarding to hear words like that.

A part of the day I really enjoy is the boat ride back to the landing often by myself, after dropping customers off, a good day of fishing and company in the boat. To put it simply, one of my favorite movies: " It's a wonderful life".


Bobber Down Guide Service
(715) 776-0140
nihsif
See Profile
Profile
Level: MEMBER
Joined: 6/15/2001
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
8/25/15 10:29 AM CST
andreindy3, that is a great report... any body of water can be 'stubborn', especially one a big as the TFF with SO MANY spots to try

you're day with Jeff doesn't surprise me one bit. He is definitely in the right business... we experienced an awesome time with him as well

if you go to the TFF again and hook up with Jeff, I highly recommend a shore lunch if you didn't do that

andreindy3
andreindy3
Level: General User
Joined: 9/2/2013
Status: ONLINE
FISHING REPORT
8/24/15 8:30 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Hello all. I just returned back home to Waukesha after spending several days on TFF with my (much younger) brother and 14 year old son. My second year there, the first for the boys.

I was entirely and utterly humbled by how difficult the fishing was for me, and subsequently, my companions. After 3 full days of fishing, we had caught a grand total of 4 fish (small SMB, 2 Bluegill and a little rock bass) despite the relentless flogging and effort we put forth. We fishing stump flats, we fished drop offs. We fished edges of humps. We fishing river channels. We slip bobbered, we jigged. Casted cranks. I studied contours. Maps. Motored in circles.

After 3 full days I became increasingly desperate. I almost considered human sacrifice. My son had yet to catch a single fish. My brother had caught 1. I am so proud that they didn't quit....they never gave up....despite dropping anchor and pulling it up again and again and again and again. I did my best to keep everything fun and light hearted. In other words, I willingly allowed myself to be the butt of every one of their jokes...which began as light ribbing but was heading to full on kicks in the nuts. However, I could see the disappointment in their faces when quiet would settle in the boat. There are life lessons to be learned in getting skunked, but I wanted more for this trip. For them. You know what I am saying? I was in full on Dad mode...my one and only fishing trip with my son this year....

I needed help. I reached out to Jeff Robl from Bobber Down Guide Service. I explained my situation and shared my story...Jeff listened and replied, "I want to help you". AND HE DID. He would pick us up at 8am and fish with us for the morning. Folks, I can't thank Jeff enough. Honestly, I can't. Did we catch fish? Yes. But it was more than that. He was so good to my boys and shared stories that had us laughing until we almost had tears. The TFF was such an intimidating body of water to this out-of-towner and he taught us. Taught the boys (so much better than I did) how to fish jigs...when to drop the tip....when to set the hook. He brought me to the back of the boat and taught me how to read the locator...how to identify what a crib would look like...how to identify some areas where there are deep stump beds near channels for when I would be on my own. He taught us how to best anchor...how to drift....how to rig several other things.

Without a doubt, our time with Jeff was the wisest money I spent the entire trip (the 4 pounds of bacon would be the second). Jeff accelerated our learning, understanding and enjoyment of TFF to such a degree that my son knelt before Jeff and called him our fishing Messiah. He got a quite chuckle out of that. AND, after our time with Jeff, we successfully went out and caught some fish on our own. The proof is in the pudding and turned our trip entirely around.

Attached is an end of the morning picture of my brother and the Messiah (Jeff).

[This post was last edited on 8/25/15 at 7:04 AM]
JEFF ROBL
See Profile
Profile
Joined: 7/10/2012
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
8/21/15 10:22 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny
A few pics. From last few trips.

[This post was last edited on 8/21/15 at 10:25 PM]

Bobber Down Guide Service
(715) 776-0140
JEFF ROBL
See Profile
Profile
Joined: 7/10/2012
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
8/21/15 9:51 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Had 3 consecutive pretty good days of walleye fishing as mentioned in last report, the last week, more challenging days though still getting nice panfish. I think the erratic weather has played a roll in the slow bite on some days. Wednesday was a slow bite day for us, I didn't fish yesterday but am guessing it may have been challenging.

Today I picked up customers in the Bastine area as I often do and instead of pointing out good areas and specific spots between Bastine and the dam which I know are good from past fishing but seldom fish, instead of driving by, I decided on a different course for the day. We fished 7 of these spots, caught 9 walleyes, 5 keepers and other fish some of which we kept ( perch, a big crappie, gills) released smb, rock bass and sunfish. We fished slopes with stumps and wood, which in 1925 would have been land projections(peninsulas and points) jutting out into the Turtle River. I wanted to run and gun and had guys who had jig fishing experience so we didn't put out bobbers. We cast slow fall jigs with half crawlers and fatheads. The minnows did well at first but does limit you to fewer perch and bluegill bites. The fishing wasn't fast and furious but we caught fish and did miss quite a few fish, probably me the most, I don't mind missing perch or gills with an 1/8 oz. weedless jig but walleyes!, how do you fish every day and still get ticked when you miss a walleye? Considering the fishing the last few weeks I was pretty happy with the start. At around 11: 30 we headed out to the big water with the big chop ,I had good expectations , to be blunt the fishing stunk. We had a big lull then at the end of the day some nice gills and one more keeper walleye.

My observations: the water was much clearer from Bastine to the dam ( not churned up by the wind) then on the big water. Honestly didn't take too much stock in Nick's theory( see last post or maybe one before that) of attributing the slow bite to the murky water but I have fished the clearer water a few times now in the last 10 days and have caught more fish there. There has to be some explanation.

Apology for personal message: Andy, tried responding to your e-mail got the standardized out of office on vacation response. Would like to help you catch fish call 6-7:30am. If that was you in grey lund we did catch fish in 6 of 7 spots you probably saw us fish in morning.


Bobber Down Guide Service
(715) 776-0140
andreindy3
andreindy3
Level: General User
Joined: 9/2/2013
Status: ONLINE
FISHING REPORT
8/20/15 9:34 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Just arrived from Waukesha today. Staying at Cedar Cove. Got on the water with two boys around 3pm. Moments before we pushed off from the dock I got the boys to laugh heartily because I almost accidentally sliced the tip of my finger off with my trusted pocket knife. Bled a bit, but not fatal.

Started by fishing a cove across from Cedar Cove. A big stumpy bay. Fished in about 6 feet of water. Tough fishing for the boys trying to use jigs in this. Was going to switch to slip bobbers, but didn't. Tried a few random areas on fishing hot spot map.

No fish big or small caught. Tomorrow is a new day. Armed with leeches, fat heads and crawlers.

Fish Biologist
See Profile
Profile
Level: General User
Joined: 2/11/2005
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
8/20/15 12:39 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny
I was trolling in the flats in depths of 8 to 15 feet. I was trolling cranks and letting them out enough to just be tapping the bottom. I didn't get snagged or hung up at all, but you have to know the right areas or it could be costly. I was trolling at 1.8 - 2.1 mph

[This post was last edited on 8/20/15 at 12:40 PM]
Fat_Matt
Fat_Matt
Level: General User
Joined: 8/16/2015
Status: Offline
8/19/15 10:39 PM CST
Fish biologist.. How deep were you running your cranks when trolling? I'm going to give it a try and an not afraid to lose some baits.

With regards to follow jigs. I've tried them at all times of the year and have seen them work some days and not on others. I wouldn't be hesitant to give them a try. Good luck on the fish and enjoy making memories.

andreindy3
andreindy3
Level: General User
Joined: 9/2/2013
Status: ONLINE
8/17/15 6:29 PM CST
Last year was my first adventure ever to TFF. Went with my father (his first as well). It felt good....really everything about it...to the degree that TFF is on the decisional brink of being made an annual "tradition" for me and those fortunate/unfortunate to travel with me.

This year (my second), my oldest son is coming and my step-brother. We will be there at Cedar Cove cabins from Aug 20-24th. Dad unfortunately is staying behind. My oldest son (14) has never been particularly interested in fishing, but is open to my invitation, most likely because my step-brother is 20 years younger than me and can name more video game characters than I can.

About the fishing. I am not necessarily worried about the fishing. Well, I sort of am. And then, I settle myself down and then I'm not. Until then I am. And this goes back and forth. Why am I worried? Because I have two young dudes who really believe I know what I am doing. Why am I not worried? Because the guiding principle of this trip is about being together and that we will have until we are begging each other to bathe on Day 4. I know deep down that regardless of the existence of any fish at all, we are driving away from this trip with permanently cemented memories we will share around family tables for generations.

But back to worrying about fishing. Question for you all considering that the fish seem to have a very ample food supply right now: Do jig heads that glow provide any added benefit in this dark water and help set your offering apart? I spent a good quality evening with guide Jeff Robl last year (thank you again Jeff) and I don't recall asking him that question. Thank you all!

JEFF ROBL
See Profile
Profile
Joined: 7/10/2012
Status: Offline
8/16/15 10:18 PM CST
Nisif

I am trying to keep a more professional dialog on Lake Link and not respond to personal comments but as I am sitting at the table eating my late night dinner of fresh Wi sweet corn and red wine, not to mention deer hamburger from the grill. I saw your response pop up and starting laughing out loud ( I think now they have an internet abbreviation for that, not too tech savy). Anyway thanks for the humor, haven't heard from whistling gull lately, but another great comic, with contributing dialog.

Not everyone is on the same plane as I am, but this is not Bobber Down Guide Service's all knowing web site, for the record, I was not happy with the censorship of divergent viewpoints such as CatchinFish's last post that got deleted or nisif's ,and mine being modified. varying viewpoints should be welcome, personnel attacks, especially untrue false allegations quickly banished.

I enjoy writing ,have met a lot of nice people, and Lake Link has been good for my business.Hope to be doing fishing reports on this site for many years.

Jeff


Bobber Down Guide Service
(715) 776-0140
JEFF ROBL
See Profile
Profile
Joined: 7/10/2012
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
8/16/15 9:36 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
A few more pics. Thanks for all who chose my guide service . I hope you had as much fun as I did!


Bobber Down Guide Service
(715) 776-0140
Displaying Posts 1 through 15 of 3,433


Launch Map Viewer


Remember Me
Setup New Account
Forgot Your Password?
Membership Benefits
Compare Account Types
Please Practice Catch And Release
Lake-Link asks you to please take a moment to visit our fine sponsors:
Custom Jigs & Spins Plano Frabill Chevy Dealers Of Wisconsin Humminbird St. Croix Rods The 60 Second Angler Jerry's Sport Service Midwestern Shooters Supply Hard And Soft Fishing Fenwick Baitmate

Lake-Link.com find us on facebook