Turtle Flambeau Flowage, Iron County

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6/13/17 @ 11:13 AM
bretrobert1
bretrobert1
USER since 11/11/15

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.



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6/13/17 @ 9:42 AM
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Stlheadr
Stlheadr
USER since 6/5/09

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That sparse cabbage does not do much to hold fish. Now, thick beds of cabbage is a different story no matter how shallow. I will hit those areas hard. Thanks for the info.

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6/13/17 @ 9:36 AM
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beelzebob
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USER since 9/24/01

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I have seen cabbage this year in places I had not seen it previously, there is definitely more around.  However, I have not seen thick beds, more like sparse "stands" of it where the stalks might be a foot apart.  I have not put together a reliable pattern based on cabbage on the TFF, think more along the lines of hard structural elements - stumps, wood, rocks with breaks or channel bends.  As Jeff said, it seems the cabbage is shallow, often on featureless mud flats in 4 - 5', just doesn't seem to offer enough of a draw.  If the wind is up, I will throw bucktails in these spots and have turned some decent fish.

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6/13/17 @ 7:24 AM
Stlheadr
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Thanks Jeff. We have a cabin just North of Phillips and I've been wanting to get up to the TFF and fish it. I am planning on coming up while on vacation this year. Our lake is dark stained also, but we lost just about all of our cabbage beds some how. I am familiar with the Chippewa flowage, and that had a lot of cabbage to fish and was just curious if the TFF was similar, and what type of habitat I will be wanting to look for when I get up to the TFF.

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6/12/17 @ 9:11 PM
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

Answer:

The TFF does have cabbage. With the darker stained water weed growth is more limited than most bodies of water. The cabbage is often not in big "beds" but in smaller patches mainly in around 4' of water. There are two beds I know of that the cabbage is in 9' of water and comes all the way to the top. Interestingly I fished one of these in mid May, with the cold spring we had, was amazed that it could be seen close to the surface already. The customer I was fishing with (Rob) knew more about weed growth than I did he asked when the ice went out, I said early this year, he said cabbage growth is stimulated more by sunlight than water temperature, certainly couldn't argue that point as cold as the water was. 

Jeff

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6/12/17 @ 12:10 PM
Stlheadr
Stlheadr
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Question on the lake. Does the Turtle have much for cabbage weed beds on it?

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6/11/17 @ 8:09 PM
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Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

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Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

more pictures.

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6/11/17 @ 7:31 PM
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Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

more pictures.

Turtle Flambeau Flowage, Iron County Photo
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6/11/17 @ 7:14 PM
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Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
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MOON PHASE (96%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Pictures. Thank you to those who fished with me. Last picture Steve and Trisha (Trisha 7 months pregnant) fish together and enjoy a long happy marriage!

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6/11/17 @ 6:37 PM
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Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
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Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

I'll post a few reports with some pictures and random thoughts. We got lightening out around 11 today. Had some nice fish swimming in the live well before we pulled the plug.

Speaking on calling it a day, I received some constructive criticism on not calling it soon enough from a customer I have a lot of respect for . I have a lot of confidence in my boat and my abilities, if you are out with me and are uncomfortable with the weather please  let me know, I don't get spooked easy, with the exception of lightning , don't stop fishing , but certainly place my customers comfort level before my own. Usually a couple days a year (160-170 days on the water) before a coming storm, you cast your jig out and your line hangs up in the air from the static electricity. Rob, an electrician, and his dad Paul were as reluctant to call the day as I was but with the coming storm we motored in.

I noticed a lot of bass fisherman the last couple of weeks, I think the TFF is getting recognition as a premier smallmouth fishery. I really enjoy smallmouth fishing ,didn't get to pursue them many days this year, as most of my customers come for walleye fishing. On the 2nd and 3rd of June, I had my annual guide trip with father and son  Dick and Jeff, as far as weekend action on topwaters I think they hit it just right. On the first day we had a good morning then the fish went into a lull, on the second day they caught 23 smallmouth and other incidental fish, almost all on the surface, a yellow popper was the go to bait. Casting tight to the shore line working it for about 30 feet with long pauses, most of the fish took the bait on the pause. The fish were real shallow most in 1-3' of water.

My passion is walleye fishing but honestly if you are up here the first couple of weeks in June and don't spend a little time on the smallmouth you are really missing the boat (pardon the pun) on some of the funnest fishing the flowage has to offer. The fish are moving out farther from the shore, the last couple of days we have started to catch them when walleye fishing on stumps in 5-8' with live bait. My go to bait for that prime time when they are real shallow and coming up, are the Rapala skitter pops, had good luck with the orange belly and blue/ chrome sides. 

As I have said in a previous post there is a decent number of 15-17" fish, a bunch of up and coming 9-11" fish and a couple void year classes, over all a very healthy walleye fishery. 

We have been catching perch and pike while walleye fishing. If you want to catch pike cast shallow weedy bays with spinner baits you will have some action.

The "young guy" maybe 30 years old who caught the 50", was casting a black bucktail with double copper blades, definitely good colors for the flowage. that same area produced a 48"the day after. Last year my customer Jim saw a bigger fish then the 45" he caught with me the year before in that same area of the flowage, he freaked out and pulled the bait into the air as the big fish came boatside with mouth open.

We have still been taking fatheads for the walleyes, today was the first day however that we did better on crawlers than minnows.

Had a lot of good trips, met some really nice people, thank you for all who chose my guide service.

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