Turtle Flambeau Flowage, Iron County

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8/22/16 @ 7:12 PM
tonydashark
tonydashark
USER since 6/5/14

Hey Jeff I here rob booked you September 12th I think . Be great to go with you again . How's the sm fishing then ? 

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8/18/16 @ 12:25 AM
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Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Thanks for the picture posted by Fib 1970 that is a huge smb it is apparent in the picture, the size of the head and tail in relation to the hands holding it that it is a big fish, 21-1/2", huge for the TFF. Big bait, big fish, hitting a muskie topwater.  Last year someone posted a 29 plus inch walleye caught on a bucktail while muskie fishing.

Walleye the last week have been coming from deeper wood in the 10-18' range, the lessor of the depth mentioned usually has both rock and wood. Slip bobbers and casting 1/8 slow fall jigs have caught some on leeches but mainly crawlers. I haven't fished any weeds the last week except weeds for bluegills.

Perch  bluegills and crappies, getting some really nice bluegills, many in the 8-9" range, deeper natural wood and cribs, some in cabbage weeds.


Smallmouth, wood in the 6-12' range still doing well on the dead sticks with an 1/8 oz. jig and a leech a few inches off bottom. Smallmouth also relate to weeds, a few of our biggest fish came from weeds one on a bucktail in about 2-1/2 fow.

Muskie ,What! you went muskie fishing? Had a really good time spending a little time fishing for muskie. First time this year, was late in the day with husband and wife. We fished from 5-9 pm. caught two, had one come unhooked , caught a couple pike. Our first encounter was a briefly hooked muskie that had harassed other customers a few weeks ago as we fished for perch and walleye. Tristen was bummed at having the fish get off , but the night was young. We fished some weeds then went to a spot I had marked on a quick scouting mission after a guide trip. Big diameter stumps in a quiet out of the way place in 5-7'. She caught a 32" on a bucktail, her husband and I might have been as excited as she was. We later got a 31" on a spot with weeds and a couple big stumps. Had a lot of fun fishing with Tim and Tristen. I forgot to mention Tristen not only loved to cast for muskies but was casting as far and frequently as Tim and I but she was also doing it while being 6 months pregnant. 

Muskies were caught on bucktails one on a Bucher with a silver blade one on a Man Cave Bait Co. with double copper blades

Met some people I haven't fished with before, fished with some people I have fished with many times before, thanks for the business, it is a wonderful life!


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8/14/16 @ 2:54 PM
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FIB_1970
FIB_1970
USER since 5/15/16

MOON PHASE (85%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Beautiful weekend on the TFF with my wife.  Happy anniversary 21.5" SMB on Top Water fishing for Musky.  

 

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8/12/16 @ 10:15 AM
lota lota
lota lota
MEMBER since 7/12/01
The Turtle-Flambeau Flowage Association will hold its 21st Annual Pig & Corn Roast on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Enjoy slow roasted pork, farm fresh sweet corn, salads & sides, and scrumptious homemade desserts. Food will be served from 4:00pm until it’s gone. Raffles will be held throughout the afternoon and evening, so bring your lucky rabbit’s foot. The event will be held at the Gateway Lodge & Resort, N4695 Popko Circle, Mercer. For more information contact the Gateway Lodge & Resort, 715-476-7878 or go to www.turtleflambeauflowage.com.

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8/10/16 @ 11:12 PM
nihsif
nihsif
MEMBER since 6/15/01

nice pics, and I'm thinking yummmm, shore lunch!

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8/10/16 @ 10:59 PM
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Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

A few more pics from recent days. First picture reminds me of some of the incredibly flat water sunny days we've had recently, a first walleye and a pretty typical August mixed bag of fish.

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8/10/16 @ 10:30 PM
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Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

A couple pictures from yesterday, Kathy with a walleye a little over 19" and 18-1/2 smb both released.

I am dumbfounded that I figured out how to get these pics from my phone to LL without my technical advisor. I think I will try a few more.

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8/10/16 @ 6:34 PM
stfrancisfisher5
stfrancisfisher5
USER since 10/9/14

Thanks musky Ben! And great informative reports jeff!!!

Edited on 8/10/16 6:35 PM
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8/10/16 @ 12:10 AM
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Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

On all day outings there has been a good amount of fish swimming in the live well at days end. Walleyes have been harder to come by, most days catching a dozen walleyes but sometimes only keeping three or four over 13", lot of small walleyes starting to show up. Fishing locations vary with the day, in general have been fishing over 12' or under 5', deeper wood or shallow weeds. Like last year at this time big bluegills make up many of the fish unfortunate enough to volunteer for occupancy in the livewell. They are good eating and fun to catch. Action on smallmouth has been very good, often on wood structure ranging from 6-16' in depth, getting them on both crawlers and leeches.

The thing about fishing every day that isn't something you can easily pass on to customers is instinct, probably mostly learned by time on the water, not some supernatural gift. I had a half day afternoon trip today, busy in the morning with a magazine deadline, was hoping to fish by myself in the morning but didn't press the send button until late morning . Planned on starting on some 12' mid lake humps but with the wind a little over 20 knew I wouldn't get the boat to hold. Fished some deep rocks a little sheltered from the wind and did well on smb and 2 keeper walleyes. Then we fished a couple spots I don't usually fish in August but with the big wind wanted to try them, the second spot had nice bass, a kept walleye, missed walleyes, a 19" walleye my customers didn't mind releasing and a couple bluegills. These fish came off a shallower hump I have not fished in probably a month.

A fun part of the job is teaching customers how to fish, today I had a fisherperson, Kathy, enthusiastic about learning how to catch fish. On the first spot I explained in a nutshell the deal with slip bobber fishing ,if you do everything as I explain you will catch 80% of the bites (unless we get into 3" perch) if you poorly execute you will miss 80% of the bites. Among other fish, she caught the 19" walleye and an 18-1/2" smallmouth, both released. 

I think it was the Fred Flintstone cartoon when I was a kid where Fred (maybe it was Barney) sometimes had an angel on one side of his head and a devil on the other telling him what to do. Sometimes driving the boat is like that, try this spot, no! try this spot! Like I tell people, with over a 1,000 waypoints I never run out of spots to try it's a matter of guessing (or on good days crediting it to instinct) the right ones.

Today after cleaning fish I put the remains in the dumpster at the landing (fishermans) then opened the lid to throw in some recyclables where I found a new fishing hot spots map in the dumpster. It looked like brand new, I folded it up and put it in the boat. I know the fishing may be tough, I assume the person who discarded the map didn't see further need for it ,but there are fish biting. If you like seclusion, late in the day on the "big water" there were 2 boats, mine and a young fisherman from Mercer, Matt's. The fish are getting a reprieve from fisherman.

If you are new to fishing the tff and want to hire a guide I have some open time in August. If I am booked I will put you in very capable hands with another guide with great instincts.

A picture is worth a 1,000 words, other than the sonar unit in my boat My tech skills are lacking. Couldn't find the cord, phone to computer, don't know how to e-mail to computer, battery in camera is dead so had to use phone. With the help of Loon-a-tech will post some pics tomorrow. I have enjoyed posting pics with reports feel they help substantiate posts. 

















 


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8/9/16 @ 10:18 AM
Musky Ben
Musky Ben
USER since 3/13/02

sffisher:

I guess I would choose the landing based on which direction you are coming from and what kind of amenities do you need...  If you are coming from the westsouthwest and don't think you really need to come to the landing and head to town the Springstead Landing in the SC part of the upper flowage may be a good choice.  If you are paddling, I might choose Murrays on the east side.  If you need to be close to town, Fishermans Landing on the NCentral part.  If you are coming from the Park Falls area, sneaking in by Donner's Bay or Sportsman's might be good choices.  Then there are the two NW landings: at tLake of the Falls and Sturgeon.  It seems that if memory serves me correct, most of more of the campsites are on the central and eastern part of the flowage, so these may not serve you well at all. 

Then consider where you want to be on the flowage in relation to fishing areas and camping spots.  Check out the map here, it may help you make decisions on the landing: http://www.turtleflambeauflowage.com/ 

Musky Ben


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