Turtle Flambeau Flowage, Iron County

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8/4/18 @ 8:00 PM
FISHING REPORT
P'TownPig194
P'TownPig194
USER since 1/9/04

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

My family and I just got back from the TFF.  It was our first time up there.  What a beautiful body of water.  We caught fish everyday, mostly smallies, perch and smaller walleyes.  The highlight was going out on Weds with Jeff Robl.  730 pick up at the dock, lines in the water by 745, fish on by 746......then the rain started.  It rained all morning and my wife called it quits around 10 and Jeff was nice enough to drive her back to our place.  She was a trooper!   Jeff took me and my 2 boys out for more wet fun and we caught  smallies, walleyes, perch and a bunch of pesky rock bass the rest of the day. He said he counted 18 smallies that day, all but 2 or 3 were in the slot.  Had a double on once and a couple other potential doubles that one shook off near the boat.  Got a few bigger walleyes and some nice perch in the box for a fish fry.  Jeff is a great guy we had a blast catching fish and laughing all day long.  The conditions were horrible and I dont know if we even saw another boat out there, but Jeff kept putting us on fish!  Thanks again Jeff!

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8/4/18 @ 11:40 AM
St Croix Kid
St Croix Kid
USER since 8/18/04

Hey Jeff

nice report. A 3’ muskie is a doggone nice fish.

the river was really great. We caught bass this year and a lot of them. They were in the typical spots. Behind rocks in the current and on the banks around wood and rock. No other species this year. All on crayfish imitation plastic. Nothing on spinners which are typically good. Maybe the population is coming back?

caught a couple of 16 to 17” fish.

lots of 13” and smaller. Bodes well for future. Great trip. Good flow in river. Water level perfect. Mosquitoes were off the chart bad. Flies too

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8/4/18 @ 11:36 AM
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WalleyeFollower767
WalleyeFollower767
USER since 4/9/18

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

Fished the flowage Friday morning   until 3:30pm. We mainly island hopped and fished rat lake, and a little by lake bastine. We caught plenty of fish, all jigging with crawlers and chartchreuse colors. Caught a large variety of fish walleye, northern, smallmouth, rock bass, perch, and gills. Only one of the walleye were keeper size, and four northern were over 20, good amount of panfish were good size too. All the fish were released. We did really well in shallower water, and had our best bite in 3-5FOW. Had good action all day, always a great time on the TFF.

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8/3/18 @ 8:47 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (61%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Thanks Tom 502

Got a text from Don today at 1:48 "Hope your off the water". My customers and I were keeping a watchful eye on the serious black clouds coming slowly from the west. I called Don, didn't sound good , gave the customers my scpheel about telling me if they were uncomfortable with the conditions to let me know, we will pull the plug. They were diehards and didn't want to quit either, we were musky fishing hoping the on coming front would trigger a good bite. I gave the father and son options as the front came, fish shallow weeds or go for a lower probability chance at a big fish on offshore structure. Father probably my age caught his first musky at age 10 and a whole lot of fish between said  we would rather try for a big fish. We fished  4 spots quickly before the lightening started, no big fish to end the story, sorry. We did however have a window of action in the morning running and gunning fishing mainly shallow structure. On the fourth musky to go after our baits I finally got hooks into a 36" musky that son Ryan netted.I had told Ryan and his father Scott, if I get a fish on I prefer to hand the rod off to one of you guys, I would rather net the fish, they just laughed, if you hook a fish we'll net it. So I got to catch a fish, 36", may not sound big until it's on the end of your line. Had a great day! they learned some things about the flowage and it's muskies and I got to fish with a couple of guys with a lot of musky experience.

More musky fishing: last Sunday I picked up 4 customers on north end . We were walleye fishing, threw the buoy on river channel wood in 12' near hideaway resort , first spot. Handed everyone a rod, had all the jigs baited, ok watch me.... explaining my method of jigging, first cast in the middle of my narration, oh! there's a walleye bite, set the hook into our first keeper, I explained, well...  actually I would rather not catch a fish on the first cast, it can either be a jinx or an awesome day of fishing, as it turned out it was neither, we had a mixed bag of fish at days end, enough for their family fish fry of 8 people. After the third spot(45 minuets into the morning) it was apparent  to me that the two 12 year old kids were exceptionally good fisherman. The next day one of the dads called to see if I could take them musky fishing, I'll pick them up at 3:30 on wed. I've never taken kids that young musky fishing. The day I dropped them off at their lodging, they got out of my boat after fishing all day, got there rods and started casting at the end of the dock, no lack of enthusiasm.

I picked them up we motored 5 or 6 miles, it started out pretty mild, kids took their rain suits off into shorts, boat carpet wet from day rain, Brady, rubber boots off fishing in socks with wet feet, temps started dropping,north wind started blowing. Reminded me of fishing with son Jack, hey! get your boots on! get your jacket on! crazy kids. The fish turned on, first musky came out of the water blew up on a Dr. Evil, no hook up. Kids had never cast musky rods, practiced with bait casters before I picked them up, incredible ! no back lashes only one 10 min. down time snafu in 4-1/2 hours of fishing. A majority of my customers are men in the 40-70 age range, gotta say woman and kids comparatively speaking show a lot more outward visible emotion when fishing, Brady caught his first two pike, casting musky baits, he was ecstatic! We had chances at four muskies total, took them to one spot, ok there's a nice fish here, seen him three times now, day getting dark, Kaden, how big is that fish? me, mid to upper 40's, Kaden, holy crap he was right next to the boat! short time later, different fish,  Brady, wow!! fish mouth open hot on the bait next to boat,  I'll teach them better execution of a figure 8 if I get to fish with them again..Keep the polarized glasses on, musky fishing ,until the bitter end to see follows and to help net a possible fish. It started raining strong north wind, temps upper 40's to low 50, Brady had my extra clothes on, hey guys we better hang it up, getting really dark, especially with these glasses on.. The 7 or 8 mile ride back they were laughing and high 5-ing each other.  Dropped the kids off, they excitedly told dad about the late day fishing events. 

Learning the flowage in it's entirety pays dividends ,the full throttle ride from the north end to Fisherman's (other than the idle under Merkle bridge) in the near dark and cold rain didn't take long. The ride to the landing is often my favorite time of the day, not to be done "working" but the reflection on a good day on the water and time alone  to think.

My thoughts that evening were, with wet feet and arms, 14 hours on the water, I sure felt like a guide, maybe I will splurge and buy some " guide series" rain gear. I do have good , real, rain gear, rubberized bibs and jacket but often don't put it on, not very breathable.

It is a wonderful life , living a lot of it in a boat.

Enjoy your time on the water with family and friends!


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8/3/18 @ 9:52 AM
Tom502
Tom502
MEMBER since 6/15/01

Jeff,  

As usual, great report !!   Keep up the great work.

Tom502 



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8/3/18 @ 7:45 AM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (61%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

We've had a few days since last report with the fish pretty inactive and others days with some exceptionally good fishing. We are continuing to catch walleyes , occasionally a fish in the 17-20" the bulk of keepers 13-16" range but a lot of sub keeper size 11-12" fish. Walleye fishing is nowhere at the level it was in May, June and early July but pretty happy to be catching fish. Perch have been in a wide size range lot of small fish out there. Catching walleyes and perch in different depths and structures, have had some nice fish while mainly targeting bass on boulders with some wood in 6-9' others on deeper wood, have been catching fish on river channel edge wood in 12-14'.

They aren't crazy active everyday, yesterday in fact the bass were pretty slow we did have a half dozen or so decent fish. The day before that I counted the smallmouth we caught, 18, mostly between 14-17".On Tuesday if I had known the fishing was going to be so good I would have used the clicker counter I use in the fall for walleyes, I'm sure we had over 30 smallmouth between 14" up to a little short of 18". Both of these days coincided with young fisherman in the boat, Tuesday with three young boys it was an awesome day on the water! We caught them on bobbers, casting and a disproportionate amount on two dead sticks, both crawlers and leeches.

We have been starting to see bluegills in the catch , they have been caught in the varied structure we've been fishing ranging from 6-14', again quite a mix in sizes , some real nice fish also quite a few small ones. I have tried a few cribs where they are often very prevalent this time of year, little success on the cribs.

Was going to write a little more... time to go fishing... been fishing everyday do have a few open days left in August

 

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8/1/18 @ 8:56 PM
Edward Felcohands
Edward Felcohands
USER since 2/24/09

You’ll see tubes and skiers near where the clusters of cabins are, by fisherman’s and over in the donners Bay Area, and way up on the turtle end.  Jet skis are rare but there’s a few and the mostly stay near the cabins

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8/1/18 @ 5:58 PM
Fish Biologist
Fish Biologist
USER since 2/11/05

I have seen jet skies, tubers, and sailboats on the TFF during the summer months. Nothing super crazy though. 

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8/1/18 @ 4:52 PM
mike g1
mike g1
USER since 8/1/18

I have not been to the TFF in the summer only spring. Can you tell me if you ever see water skiers or jet skies on the TFF? Thank You

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8/1/18 @ 9:13 AM
Uluaukea
Uluaukea
USER since 4/19/16

Just booked my 4 day trip up to the TFF for the middle of September.  Cant wait to chase some Muskies around and just fish, fish, fish.  Anyone willing to share any advice, tips or tactics would be greatly appreciated.  Only get out there once every couple of years so any info is good info.  Feel free to PM. Thanks!

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