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JEFF ROBL
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9/28/14 2:34 PM CST
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9/28/14 2:20 PM CST
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Our biggest fish last week a 22-1/2" (released)caught by Chubby and Rusty, father and son grouse hunters from Virginia. Father Chubby got a nice fish on I told him " keep the rod up and wind faster " at age 71 he didn't need my advice," he said I'm having fun and am in no hurry". I laughed it seemed like forever for me to get the fish in the net. Fun guys.


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9/28/14 1:52 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
Where have the pictures been? Man I've been busy have a little time today, although it is hard not to go fishing today, another unbelievable day!

Made a lot of friends guiding, yesterday Mark and Jeff(guys holding up crappies) they were some of my first customers 4 years ago. among other things they reminded me of the first trip when I forgot the minnows, wife had to bring them to the dock, they remembered what Ginger said when she brought the minnows " I don't think you'll be in the guiding business long forgetting the bait".

Burbot figured there must be some in the TFF but first one caught in my boat.

Catch the day before with Dan and Brian.


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9/28/14 1:27 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
A day off today, my boat is in dire need of a cleaning, after this report I'll be getting the pressure washer out. The last couple days on the flowage have been incredible with the weather and the fall colors, yesterday in the afternoon, t-shirt weather.

The fall bite is on! the water temps have warmed up but we're still catching fish deep in the fall pattern areas. Casting 1/8 oz. jigs and extra large fatheads. We're finding numbers of walleyes in the 15-25' range, boulders and sand bottom. We have been using regular round head jigs in some areas and still the slow fall jigs where it is more snaggy.

Along with the walleyes we've been getting some perch and nice crappies mostly in the 11-13" range with an occasional 14". We've been fishing crappies on natural structure although I would guess the cribs would also hold fish. The fish we have targeted are usually on the break from 12'-16'---22'fow relating to wood structure not far away but they're usually not tight to the wood. We've been doing better with the slip bobbers for crappies, I do like a #2 tru turn hook with colored beads instead of a jig .

I enjoy fishing the number spots for fall walleye, we're catching a lot of fish, 50 plus is common. As I've said before there are a lot of 10 & 11" fish. The limits we're bringing in are usually in the 13-15" range. Not easy for me with 3-4 people in the boat, but if your interested in bigger fish but low numbers I would be throwing stick baits in shallower water with good wood structure or with wind pounding into shoreline rocks.


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JEFF ROBL
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9/28/14 12:50 PM CST
nihsif Thanks for the advice, I hope to learn some basic computer skills this winter.

Ricky Basser and everyone else Thanks for the info. I think the issue on lmb is a healthy discussion.

Jigmaster I think that is a good point, competition for existing bio mass would probably hold true for sm/walleye also although I know sm and perch consume a lot of crayfish.

There are basically three areas walleyes relate to during the spawn. The Flambeau river, the falls below the Turtle river and the rest of the TFF, along shorelines and rock/gravel bars. The population that relates to the Flambeau river on the east end is significant. My question is, do most of the walleye fry flush down the river into the main body of the flowage or do they hang up in the shallow weeds for a significant time where there is apparently a growing population of lmb. I did read the study it was pretty brief I don't see any reason why the lmb wouldn't eat young walleye if they're in the weeds.

For me the bottom line is trying to determine whether or not to keep any legal lmb caught. There are a lot of good lm lakes in the area the TFF is a premier walleye fishery.

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9/26/14 9:41 PM CST
Jeff, that sucks, as I always look forward to your reports.

I know this isn't the "eloquent" solution, but what I do when I am making a long post is type it into wordpad, or a .txt file, or an email, and after I have it finished, spell checked, and read for continuity and accuracy, I copy and paste it into the message box on L-L...

It is something I have been doing for years, WAY before lake-link was even around...because, having worked in Data Processing, now called IT, I know computers, software and networks are not perfect

but that's just me...

maybe you could type it into a fishing log, I'm pretty sure you keep records...

anyways, just a little commiserating and thoughts

edited for "continuity and accuracy", lol

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9/26/14 9:12 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 56° - 60° F
I spent a long time typing a fishing report, thought it was one of my better one's, personal lot of details, pressed submit and didn't transmit, said not logged in, although I was. Anyone else having a problem like this?

Fishing has been very good, fall colors are a week early, beautiful right now.

I'll try a report again, tomorrow or sunday, very frustrating, just spent an hour and report vanished.


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9/26/14 7:53 AM CST
Not a report... Just wanted to weigh in on the walleye vs lmb conversation, I don't see lmb as a strong predator of juvenile walleye but the outstanding issue to me is lmb throughout life stages outcompeteing walleye and smb for forage where they have habitat overlap. Lmb are very aggressive feeders and use a lot of the hard forage, shiners, juvenile perch and bluegill that walleye need to make the jump from a small walleyes diet of invertebrates to the forage they need to advance in size. Less large adult walleye= smaller year classes by result of a lack of prime spawner 20-26 in females.

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9/26/14 7:32 AM CST
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Fishing is really picking up. I'll post a report with pictures tonight, been busy. Had a schedule change have this Sunday open if any one interested, call leave message or e-mail. 715 776-0140.


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9/23/14 7:30 PM CST
Studies by uwsp have demonstrated that largemouth bass hardly eat any walleye at all. i know they are/were researching if there was any diet overlap between the 2 species but i have no idea on the results. the studies took place in northern Wisconsin lakes, not sure which ones but i believe lake minocqua was one of them

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9/23/14 2:25 PM CST
Hey Guys,

I’m heading up to the TFF with my parents for the first time this weekend and staying on the north side of the lake on the river. We will be happy catching whatever bites but would like to try for walleye, crappie, and smallmouth. Any tips for what types of baits or lures to use? From reading some of these reports it looks like jigs and fathead minnows? Any recommendations for structure or depth? I bought the fishing hot spots map, are the spots on their good spots to try? Sounds like we are hitting it just right for seeing some beautiful fall colors, can’t wait!

Thanks for any help, Trevor

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9/23/14 1:19 PM CST
I’m annoyed with myself that I threw some information out there about the largemouth thing, and I didn’t completely know what I was talking about and it caused a debate. So I looked around and found the DNR annual fishing report from 2011, which must have been what was stuck in my head. (It’s awesome these days when you find you really did remember something correctly. It’s getting rare.)

Page 4 of the 2011 annual fishing report states:

“Largemouth bass occur in very low numbers in the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage. Unlike smallmouth bass, largemouth bass can and do eat young walleye and compete with them for food. Therefore, anglers are encouraged to harvest and enjoy eating the few legal-sized largemouth bass they may encounter in order to ensure that walleye remain dominant.”

Maybe some other studies have been done in the last couple years, but that’s what the DNR was telling anglers in 2011.

The DNR annual fishing reports going back to 2008 can be accessed here:

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/outreach/wifishingreport.html

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9/22/14 10:34 PM CST
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Looking forward to more dialog on the largemouth, not enough time tonight.

Have had some real good days since last post and a slow day. The worst bite day was sat. the 20th which coincided with my son Jack's first day of open water guiding. We had a group of four, two in my boat and two in Jack's our catch for the day: seven walleyes a couple perch, a couple crappies we also kept a few rock bass. Our catch was all the group of six could eat for shore lunch but not the usual bag of fillets to take home. We had a fun group of guys who had a good time despite the slow bite.

The following day I met my solo morning fisherman Todd at the landing, the weather was radically different then the day before. Cold north wind , t-shirt, sweat shirt and two jackets, half way through fishing the first spot I put my bibs on. The cold front drove the walleyes deeper we found an aggressive bite in 12-18' in boulders and river channel wood. Our 20th walleye of the morning was the 6th one we put in the live well for our limit. I cleaned Todd's fish and picked up father and son Jim and Paul at their place in the Horseshoe for the second half of the day. We fished a half dozen spots in the 12-18' range concentrating on boulders and had another 6 fish limit of walleyes. Our biggest fish was only 16" but we finished the day with over 30 walleyes. Very much enjoyed fishing with Jim and Paul, Jim at 81 still had the knack for feeling the bite casting an 1/8oz. jig and minnow. That night at home I told Jack he got a pretty bum day of fishing the day before, probably worst top three of the season.

Today another good bite myself and three fisherman kept a combination of 23 fish: walleyes, crappies and perch.

We have had a couple days in the last week where the walleyes have taken a back seat to the crappies, pretty hard to pull the anchors on 11-14" crappies. I have come to enjoy fishing for them, I like how they bite, when I get a crappie bite I do set the hook differently then on a walleye, don't try to "cross their eyes".

I'll have time to post some pictures tomorrow, I took some today for all the people who would like to be here but can't make a fall journey. The colors are at about 40% the different phases have their own beauty now with the contrast of still green trees and the already gold and red maples and birch.

Note: I have been taking only the extra large fatheads they have been working good on both the crappies and walleyes. I haven't bothered with two sizes of fatheads, the crappies are big fish and don't have any qualms with the bigger minnows. I have been taking crawlers too, but at this point in the season they have been mostly just going for a boat ride, anyone want any I'll sellum cheap.

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9/22/14 9:12 PM CST
I hate messing up the board, but guess there are others looking for the info.

Thoughts on good time to make it up here for a"first" Yet this fall, or wait till spring? I have maps.. but this is a huge area, any suggestions on where to start? Not for fish particularly, but to get into and have access for exploring, fishing, camping maybe. Is there a part of the body of water to avoid... do to being too shallow in the fall, or simply not real fishy? I can sleep out the boat (full enclosure top) for a night or so, actually easy to do. But maybe have access to the truck for a run into town for a couple hours... bait, ice. Maybe catch a room one night. I assume there are no bars, or any of that with lake access? Post or pm... thank you in advance. This would be a special trip on my own, so trying to make the most of it and the cost of doing it.

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9/22/14 8:59 PM CST
Elliot Loon-A-tech ,thanks for the help for computer simpletons like me who can click on something and get it to open up but otherwise struggle. Jeff


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