As long as we're posting pictures of red horse, here you go. Got this guy in a cabbage bed near Fisherman's Landing a few weeks ago. Thought for sure it was a walleye. But it is a good looking fish.
It depends what you want to fish for. If you want "action fishing" and smaller water launch at Murray's landing. Lot of campsites close, there are walleyes year round but easier success could be had on smallmouth, pike, largemouth and perhaps a muskie, casting spinner baits along shorelines, look for weeds. Stop in Turtle river Trading and pick up a few Boonie baits, cast over shallow weeds and you will catch fish. The east end is a quiet part of the flowage in the summer.
If you are trying to catch walleyes you might launch at Fisherman's landing. Try 1/8 oz, jigs and crawlers, lot of good fishing near the landing, also close campsites. Buy a 10.00 hotspots map try jigging around the edges of the river channel in 12-16'.
Nick the picture didn't really do justice it was a big redhorse. Laugh.
nihsif was concerned about shaving mustache had most of adult life, don't look like a fishing guide but still manage to hook a fish now and then. What a guy won't do for his wife.
My buddy and I are looking to make a trip up north with my 14 foot john boat to fish heavily for a couple days as well as camp on one of the islands. My question is about where those of you familiar with TFF think we should launch/camp.
I only have a 57 Evinrude 7.5 horse motor on my boat which has been nothing but reliable so far but you never know. This is a large body of water with a bunch of underwater structure from what I have heard and read. I don't wanna try to cruise too far away from the landing/campsite to go fishing just in case something were to happen, especially because we are unfamiliar with the area. Any recommendations of a landing that has good fishing and a decent free site relatively near its location?
We will be coming up the end of JUNE.
Thanks in advance!
nice report Jeff... no 'stache?? hahaha
Jigs... first of all, agree on the weed weasels
we use mostly Slow-Fall jigs, but also Reeves Jigs
the bait shops in Mercer always had/have a great supply of the Slow-Fall, but you can get them online at ISG... they're not cheap, but you can get the selection you want... at least that last time I bought from them
Reeves jigs were recommended to us by someone that fishes the TFF a lot, can be bought online... family owned business
I wasn't aware of the Invasion jigs until Tom502 posted the link, THANKS TOM!. .... I have ordered some to try out
edit: forgot to add, that we were also able to get Slow-Fall jigs in Minocqua at Kurts
MOON PHASE (77%)
71° - 75° F
66° - 70° F
Found another good walleye and perch bite today. Today was the first day this season where the walleyes bit decisively better on crawlers over the fatheads for our boat, we did catch fish on both. The picture on the left is our catch, less the perch we ate for shore lunch. After lunch we fished smallmouth, tried a good 6' stump spot, nothing, then worked a couple of islands and found a nice pocket of quality sized fish. The smallmouth were real shallow 1-2' of water I let my solo customer Darlene fish while I held the boat in the wind with the bow mount. Being a fly fisherwoman she made precise casts to both the smallmouth and the walleyes. Our bonus fish today was an impressively big ugly red horse of proportions I have never seen before on the flowage or anywhere else. Darlene caught the fish on a slip bobber and crawler, it rolled about 40 ft. out from the boat, I saw the girth of the fish and the colors and excitedly told her she had a muskie. What a boatside disappointment when It came to the net. She didn't want to hold the fish hence me in the picture, it permanently stained one of my best fishing t-shirts.
We used live bait, mostly jumbo leeches on the smallmouth and 1/16th oz. jigs.
Jigs: I get asked all the time about jigs, often from customers coming north wanting to buy jigs back home. You won't find good weedless jigs at wal mart. Fleet farms Northland Tackle weed weasels in my opinion are a good way to miss fish. I would guess you could find good jigs on the internet? If you are coming through Mercer both sport shops in town have quality jigs buy them here, they can help you with colors, weight etc.As a general rule in 8' and under I use 1/16 oz. and over 8' 1/8 oz. unless it is real windy.
Donna who sold slow fall jigs died in late April, I have heard her kids might be taking that over? I have been using Jack's jigs they work through the wood structure very well (as good as slow falls) I have found the bristols stiffer than slow falls so cut about a third of them off, I don't trim the length. I have only used their 1/8 oz. so far and have been happy with them, their 1/16 oz. I am not sure about the profile.
I think Mike (Doc) Sabecs jigs will certainly catch fish. I like the profile, I like the pliable bristols but I prefer a wire hook instead of the heavy eagle claw hook I think he had quality in mind, I'm sure the eagle claw hooks are more expensive. I use 6 lb.and 8lb. braid for jigging and often the wire hook will open up enough to release the jig from the snag., you just then bend it back with your thumb. A couple years ago a customer caught a 44-1/2 " muskie on a #2 aberdeen hook on a slip bobber, have fished the ocean, haven't seen a hook open up on a fish, can't see it on a walleye.
I think the best thing a person can do is try some of each and see which they prefer. I haven't tried the Invasion jigs yet.
MOON PHASE (85%)
71° - 75° F
66° - 70° F
Weeds, almost sounds derogatory, how about aquatic vegetation? They actually make up a small percentage of the structure I fish, today however they are all we fished in the morning, picture on left is at lunch time, also nice smallmouth. Released a lot of keepers so had room for one after lunch.
Picture on the right was taken just before we got "lightninged" out again about 3 o'clock.
The thicker beds of cabbage in the 4-6' flats seem to grow perennially. Not always, but more often-than-not, they seem to flourish more in small (obviously shallow) bays. The main beds I target seem to be on the eastern shoreline as well-but that might be biased towards other structure associated w/ those weeds.
Agree that the sparse cabbage comes and goes from year-to-year. And unless associated w/ other structure, the sparse stuff doesn't interest me much, either.
Fished the ER Chain last weekend. The weed/cabbage growth seems to be right in line w/ that of the Flowage for this time of year.