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beelzebob
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5/22/15 5:08 PM CST
Water Temp: 51° - 55° F
Fished Tues. and Wed., cold! We managed to find perch and gills over shallow mud that was warmer. I didn't try the channels as there was too much wind with the cold, tried to stay protected. Got 2 18" smallies, an 18" largemouth (the only one ever in my boat on the TFF) and a 37" musky. The perch and gills were not the big ones we usually get. Used small jigs, small fats, and bobbers. 6' and shallower. The muskie was on a crankbait. The warm up should help you a lot in the coming days, wish I could take advantage of it.

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5/19/15 9:58 AM CST
Thanks for the reports and pictures Jeff... that is a beauty smallie.... what a great resource the TFF is... beyond the great fishing opportunities, it is just a beautiful body of water with all kinds of interest...

...and some of the nicest folks you'll ever meet

final fishing analysis for our group...

we stayed shallow mostly for the trip, using depths from 4' to 10-12' ... focus was on finding isolated wood , some very thick, but some with just 1 or 2 'jig eaters' haha... held the fish

used Slow Fall and and Reeve's jigs, mostly in 1/16-1/8oz sizes with large/xlarge fatheads... sometimes a swimming action was best, and at time slow crawling...but swimming/moving the jig got some of the most aggressive bites... color didn't seem to be a big factor for us

got a few fish on slip bobbers too

we did some exploring too, finding some of those isolated wood spots

got some smallies on wacky rigged worms and at least 1 on a crank bait, but they weren't as active as in prior years, although Jamie found them Friday on some big boulder shallow areas and got that 18"er and a handful of others

never tried any channel fishing this year

so that is the detail to accompany the pictures

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JEFF ROBL
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5/19/15 8:38 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 56° - 60° F Water Temp: 56° - 60° F
Snow day today current temp in Mercer 31* have time for a few more pictures. The weather coming up looks a lot nicer again , the bite should be on.

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5/19/15 8:27 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 46° - 50° F Water Temp: 56° - 60° F
Nisif glad you guys had a good trip you shared a lot of nice pictures. Thought you would like the small mouth pictures. The other one in last post was a real heavy 19" caught by 80 year young Ken.


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5/19/15 8:11 AM CST
Yesterday at mid day I was the only one in the parking lot at Fisherman's landing. Can't imagine many people out this morning, the ground is white in Mercer. Found a couple guys willing to put on their ice fishing type clothes, brothers Terry and Joe. After the first two spots and a couple small walleyes I thought the dreaded May cold front had the fish shut down, after plugging away at spots in the 8-16' range we wound up with a nice catch of fish. The wind, rain and all around tough to be out in weather apparently triggered some of the bigger fish, we had a 19-1/2" walleye and biggest of the year so far 19-3/4" small mouth.

The crappies we have found were in deep water in the 14-20' range in past trips, they have not spawned yet. Yesterday did find one big crappie in 8'.


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5/19/15 7:36 AM CST
Thinking of making a run down from Ashland on Thursday wondering if the crappies are off their beds or still there. Also go to try for walleyes and if their on the bite.

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5/18/15 6:36 PM CST
I just received an Email from Tim from the DNR. And the trolling bill finally got signed by the proper people it will be in affect July 1st 2015 for at least 1 line per angler in all Wisconsin waters

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5/17/15 11:47 PM CST
this pics for cajunmusky... hahaha

edit: caught by #3 son Jamie on a wacky rigged Strike King Shim-E-Stick in Baby Bass, in case there are any interested sponsors, haha... I am guessing at the bait and color, but would bet a cup of coffee on it!

edit II: fyi, Jamie has us all using circle hooks now for wacky rigging... really does get a lot of fish hooked in the corner of the mouth, and no gut hooking

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5/17/15 11:17 PM CST
My crew... includes my life long friend Dick aka "Richard" that has been making spring fishing trips with me for almost 40 years! ...and my 3 sons that make this trip special to me !!

They even let me catch a couple

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5/17/15 10:55 PM CST
the remains of our traditional steak night taken on the deck of FV2 at Flambeau Vista... on the best weather day Wednesday... the super nice accommodations made riding out the inclement weather pretty easy duty! ...although, my early exit from the Texas Holdem tournament was a little tough on the ego, haha

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5/17/15 10:49 PM CST
had a great week on the TFF last week, in spite of some not so accommodating weather

some pics of my sons and some of their catches

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5/17/15 9:21 PM CST
Yellow bass look like a white bass but have yellow tint used to get them in fox river in Kenosha county have not seen the anywhere else. Chippman

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5/17/15 6:59 PM CST
nihsif,

thx for the info. I wasn't aware of the reduced bag limits / size limits. Good to hear. I don't target panfish often, but am recently retired, and got a bunch of nice crappies on Winnebago last week. Sort of re-invigorated that interest. Bago is good fishing...but....the scenery isn't quite the same.

Good luck all.

beelzebob
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5/17/15 6:35 PM CST
Panfish limit on the TFF is 10 total, with a 10" min. on Crappies. I may be mistaken, but I believe it has been this way for quite some time, I know that it's the limit I've gone by for years. What I didn't know is that Rock bass are freebies - no limit - and not part of your panfish bag. I found this out when confirming there was still no White bass limit, Rock bass and Yellow bass are in that group. (What the heck is a yellow bass anyway?)

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5/17/15 5:38 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny
HRG,

My understanding is the fish refuge extends 1000 feet downstream from the Lake of the Falls dam. This is a seasonal refuge, that runs until May 15th of each year.

This is from DNR Admn Code 26.06 (2013 edition).

Tight Lines,

TOM 502

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