I got this one Saturday in between snow squalls.
Fished in conditions similar to what you're saying Saturday. Sunday wasn't nearly as snowy, but was still pretty brutal out there. There were more boats out there than I thought there would be. Saw 4 rigs at Fisherman's including Bobberdown's.
MOON PHASE (76%)
31° - 35° F
40° - 45° F
46° - 50° F
46° - 50° F
Pictures: last couple of muskies.
Another moose hunting picture someone asked moose was 54" wide, neat antlers most impressive were brow tines and points.
Another question fish rules: panfish limit 10 total of mixed bag 10" min on crappies, no min or max on walleyes 3 fish limit, smallmouth 5 fish limit 5 under 14" or 4 under 14" and one over 18".
Grouse: from the guys in my boat numbers are down with few young birds likely due to all the May June rain. Last group of guys said they thought numbers were good but they hit it pretty hard and often hunt a long way off the roads.
A day off today the season is winding down for me. After a day off I can't wait to get out in the morning... I think lol the ground is white it's going to be brutal out there tomorrow I sure hope the fish are going.
Dumpsters have been pulled but the docks are still in.
Stay warm out there.
We did go 4/5 on musky suckers with 44.5 being the largest last weekend on Nama. I have never fished the turtle. I would say in terms of targeted species I love musky fishing and the wife kills me on the eyes but we both enjoy pan fishing in general. Perch are great, we nailed the low teen sized perch back in august down by chippewa falls. In terms of regs. are I know the chip only allows a limited number of lines to be trolled, can you do 3/lic on Turtle? Also are there any weird restriction on size and limits for game fish? We enjoy eating freshly caught fish probably just as much as anyone else so while i exercise CPR on all large fish and absolute on skis, i do like the tasty pannies.
I spent time on all three. Much more development on Namakogen, although it is still a good fishing lake. Musky fishing probably a bit better on the Chip and Namakogen versus the Turtle. Bass decent on all three. Walleye fishing decent the Turtle and the Chip....all three are heavily speared which doesn't help. Very good crappie fishing on the Chip decent on a Namakogen. I like the perch fishing on the Turtle. You can't beat the beauty of the Turtle Flambeau Flowage lots of areas of the lake are completely undeveloped.
Bottom line you're looking at three really good Wisconsin lakes. I think you could be happy on any one of these.
?? hope everyone is enjoying this fambulius fall we have had this far. Thank you to all of those who helped raise funding for the WWP. I am a retired vet and am also a wounded warrior. The support for folks like you really do help dreams come true for other vets.
anyway, I grew up in WI and love fishing. It’s time my wife and I get a piece of the Dairy Land State in our lives again. We have been toying with buying a 4 season cabin in either this lake or Namakagon/Chippewa Flowage. We are looking for a lake that has excellent fishing, minimal shore development, and a lake we can enjoy with our family. I have been on the Turtle but people tell me it’s nice. Any input on what the lake is like compared to the others or pointers would be helpful.
MOON PHASE (39%)
51° - 55° F
46° - 50° F
The Mercer Muskies Madness held Gateway Lodge was a big success. Over 4,200.00 was raised for Wounded Warriors in Action. There were I believe 30 teams 19 fish registered, three 44", fish had to be a minimum of 36" to register. A lot of good food was prepared for the banquet looked like a lot of fun was had by all. Wayne will have the results on his facebook or the Mercer Muskies website.
Looking out the window Tuesday, rain gusts of 45 mph and our first snow flakes I was happy not to be experiencing the weather from my boat. After a day off was really anxious to get out yesterday, had one of the few all day musky trips of the season, often the musky fishing is mixed with walleye fishing. Father and son fisherman kept on task casting various fall baits all day by 2 in the afternoon we had seen one pretty good fish that looked at a Bucher depth raider but wouldn't hit, the fish was in a river channel. It is easy to lose focus musky fishing on a slow bite day. The closest place for lunch was Donner's Bay , I called Marvin to fire up the grill.
After lunch we focused on spots where I had caught or seen fish tormenting perch or walleyes on our line this summer, mostly deep wood on the edge of river channels. The sun was getting low the guys said 10 more minutes and we need to hang it up. The next waypoint was 400 feet away, rather than pull the electric we motored and cast our way to the spot. We had one sucker trailing the boat on a bobber about 5' down and another straight down deeper with a rubber core sinker. The bobber sucker was a big rambunctious sucker that several time during the day fooled us by taking out line on the clicker. Half way to the spot the clicker started going and the bobber sank out of sight, no doubt about that one, "that's a fish!!" Everyone sprang into action, we quickly got over the fish and Mike finally set the hook into the 40" musky.
Monday we did mostly walleye fishing with a group of guys I fish with on their annual grouse hunt we caught a lot of walleyes , mostly small though. a few perch and a couple of pike. After a later shore lunch we were in an area usually good for fall walleyes, they were scarce. I asked how they wanted to spend the last hour, they decided on Musky fishing. About 10 minutes into the fishing Glenn set the hook into a 39-1/2" fish that hit a Dr. Evil, not too late for top waters, work them slow. The fish was in about 4' of water near deeper water. They were really happy with the decision to finish with muskies.
Going have to cut this report short, just looked at the clock!
Been catching a lot of walleyes in deeper water the ratio of kept to released fish is pretty sided towards released fish on some days but not all. Getting occasional perch and crappies fishing walleyes with jig and minnow.
There is a whole lot of elbow room out there, not many fisherman left.