St. Croix Kid Thanks for the info on the Flambeau River and pictures I know some nice fish of all species come from the river. I talked to the warden and the biologist, the regs for the river are the same as state wide regs (different from TFF) that would be a 5 fish limit, the fish must be a MINIMUM length of 14".
Musky fishing: There are fish being caught. I have a little musky time coming up but have been mainly fishing walleyes, smallmouth and perch. However if I were new to the TFF and looking to catch a musky I would search for shoreline weeds, it would be the easiest visible structure to find and a higher percentage chance of catching a fish. Casting bucktails and topwaters would be two go to baits. The cabbage that comes near the surface has to be worked fast with the bucktails so as not to foul blades, cast to the sides of emergent weeds. Some very big fish come out of this shallow water. Other structure that holds muskies is basically any structure that holds other fish but that doesn't help narrow it down too much. Rubber baits worked over wood structure is a great method for catching a good fish without a "desnagger" fishing shallower wood can be a costly proposition.
They do leave evidence, on one particular spot we've twice caught 17" walleyes with fresh teeth marks, another spot a huge red horse with fresh gashes, have them occasionally grab a hooked perch or walleye etc. sometimes actually getting a good look at the fish. The inventory of these spots is however accumulated by a lot of time on the water.
The walleye fishing this past week has been spotty, nice fish some days, mostly smaller fish others. Walleye fishing using crawlers and leeches, slip bobbers and casting 1/8 oz. Jack's jigs. Have done best fishing wood structure varying from 7-14'. There are also fish being caught in weeds often 4-6' depths these fish are often in the bigger size range.
Have had some good perch fishing in 7-12' with soft bottom and scattered wood. There are a lot of hungry bait stealing small perch, if you stay on a perch spot you need a lot of bait there can be fish of varying size on the same spots. Getting over the top of them and deadsticking a 1/32 oz. jig and split shot with a shorter piece of crawler helped provide a shore lunch on a slow walleye day.
The bright spot has been the smallmouth fishing, getting a lot of nice fish, mostly in the 14-1/2-17-1/2" size range, these fish are in the slot and are released slot is (14-18) one over 18" is allowed though not sure I would want to eat a fish that old, wouldn't keep one that big. Smallmouth are randomly caught on all the various structure we are fishing but have done the best on humps with boulders and wood structure 6-10'.
Have fun out there.