Turtle Flambeau Flowage, Iron County

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5/26/17 @ 10:51 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (1%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

I was almost down to a t-shirt today, not quite, I'm sure inland it was t-shirt weather. Anyone who has spent time on the water this season knows the significance of that. The sun was even out the last couple of days.

The last four days the fishing has been very good for our boat, the weather has varied considerably but the fishing has been consistent on bigger walleyes. Fish in the 14-17" range have made up our catch along with smallmouth (released), a few pike and perch. We have released some 18" walleyes the last four days, on our system in my opinion these are fish to put back, that is obviously a personal choice.

I have not used anything but extra large fatheads so far.

I looked in the bait well this morning, pretty lean on minnows, looked at my watch hmmm should I run into town for minnows and be 10 min. late? The heck with it I'll put this ice cream bucket full of crawlers son Tom picked in the boat and hope to make up the minnow deficiency with crawlers. First spot was going to bait half minnows and half crawlers apparently I don't have my garage fridge dialed in yet, they were a frozen , unusable glob .

Solo fisherman Dave and I made it through the day without having to run to Donner's Bay for bait, three two inch minnows left when we quit.

Pictures: Dave and I today, released our biggest fish 18"

               Dave 19-3/4" smallmouth

 Last picture I know some of you will recognize this guy. Connie insisted that he go out fishing for an afternoon as a birthday present. If you're wondering with all his energy if he can stay in a boat 4 hours, he did though when we fished he stood the whole time he said it was from being a musky fisherman. He's as fun to be in the boat with as at their resort. He released his biggest walleye also an 18" fish, the morning crew also had a nice catch that day.

Fishing has been good though they aren't behind every stump we do a lot of searching some days.

Beelzbob thank you for your reports I know you are I good fisherman I read the contents closely. We did do well those days I guess as the saying goes even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile. There are days when another guide has done well and I struggled and vice versa. I do use one guy as my barometer, friend, D.P. you can probably guess who I'm talking about.

Structure fished , mostly wood as in last report, greenery is starting to come into play also.

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5/25/17 @ 2:12 PM
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beelzebob
beelzebob
USER since 9/24/01

MOON PHASE
New Moon

Fished Mon - Wed. Cold, then colder.  Tough bite for me, was on the perch at first but water temp down to 53 and then it was a struggle.  Fished 5 - 6' stumps to 20' channel bends, sunken islands, wind blown structures and points - I just couldn't put it together.  A bird told me that Mr. Robl had "one of the best strings of fish I've seen" on Monday.  We did catch a few dandy bass, one a solid 4#.  What this system needs right now is some sun to get the food chain going and move things along.  Oh yes, the river is very high and to my eye, unsafe.  Of course when we got up to leave this morning, not a cloud in the sky and no wind.  You just gotta play what you're dealt.

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5/24/17 @ 12:08 AM
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

Questions on campsites: Memorial weekend, opening weekend, 4th of July, Labor day weekend probably in that order of difficulty in getting the site you want. Doing shore lunches at the campsites makes me pretty well versed on usage. If you are coming Friday afternoon you will probably find one of the I beleive 66 sites open but you may have to search a lot of areas. Travel slow if you don't know the waters well. There is also nice drive to camping at the county park on the far north end. You may also want to try Donner's Bay and Joe Millers both on the flowage.

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5/23/17 @ 11:45 PM
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

pictures from report.

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5/23/17 @ 11:02 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (7%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

I try to do at least one report a week but have been very busy fishing already, lot of days fishing until dark. The fishing has been as variable as the weather, and the weather can obviously be a factor.

I sometimes like to address previous reports, wish I could be more responsive in order to possibly help the people who took the time to write a positively contributing report when they are still in the area.

Last report from Gloudb, the fact that you fished that day reveals that you really like to fish or enjoy getting abused by cold temps, big waves and a brutal north wind. When I arrived at Fisherman's landing that day, other than campers in the upper lot, I was the only rig in the parking lot. I met my group at Fort Flambeau, a festive bunch with a good sense of humor, one of the guys said," don't you ever call in sick?" I guess he was hoping I wouldn't show up. They endured 7 hours of fishing before throwing in the towel. We had a "tag-a-long boat "and two customers in my boat counting the follow boat we fished 13 spots and caught at least one fish on 11 of the 13 spots. I threw buoys and the follow boat fished that spot while we fished a nearby spot. Often the follow boat doesn't do well (especially in a strong wind) because they don't get their boat anchored where I want them to fish. I think probably a first, the follow boat , husband and wife Chris and Paula, caught more walleyes than we did.

The conditions were the worst case scenario, a cold front and north wind early in the season. We didn't have a big catch of kept fish that day but the common denominator of fishing on the flowage in even the worst of conditions is the ability to come up with some fish. We fished from anchored positions, set slip bobbers 6" off the bottom and with other rods cast 1/8 oz. weedless jigs with a slow retrieve, our live bait were extra large fathead minnows . We fished 7-8' rock/sand/stumps at the base of a shallow hump, a 6' hump with stumps, a couple small humps with big dia. stumps, river channel edges 12', river channel beds 16-18' sand bottom and a couple individual stumps in 7', along with an underwater point with a big stump at the end of it in 9'.

The last two days we have had very good walleye fishing with fish in the 14-17" range. all the fish came out of the 7-12' range with most of them coming from 7-8'. Some of the areas we fished were mostly laid down logs others bigger diameter stumps in that same 7-8' depth. 

As I said the fishing has been variable the two days prior to today were very slow. On both of those days I had the pleasure to fish with a very good jig fisherman, and conservationist, he released an 18" walleye he caught, the fish would often pick up the minnow and drop it . Often you just felt weight but not the fish biting and almost never the classic heavy thump of a walleye inhaling your jig.

Lot of reports of small walleyes, there is a real nice population of 9-1/2-10-1/2" walleyes that should provide some good fishing in the future. There are also nice fish in the 14-17" range we did well on them the last two days.

Today we also had good action on smallmouth, they came for spots with big stumps and some good ones off a small hump with a couple large stumps and big boulders on it, biggest fish 18". 




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5/23/17 @ 10:34 PM
bone450
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USER since 1/13/15

Planning a camping trip on the flowage for this weekend. Will be the first time camping there.  Are water access sites typically available on the flowage, or does it fill up like a state park?

Just trying to figure out if I need a plan B or C.

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5/18/17 @ 2:23 PM
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Gloudb
Gloudb
USER since 5/18/17

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

Slow day so far with no luck had a pike up to the boat in 5 feet of water with 6lb test and it broke the line. That was our only action of the day. Yesterday we had some luck throwing fatheads into the shallows and managed to pull out some nice perch and crappie, however the walleyes have eluded us for the most part. Any suggestions?

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5/16/17 @ 12:08 PM
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TX Tracker
TX Tracker
USER since 4/2/17

MOON PHASE (72%)
Waning Gibbous

Fishing off the dikes by the dam late last night walleye action was good late. 


Edited on 5/17/17 9:10 AM
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5/15/17 @ 10:43 AM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (80%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

Don't miss much fishing due to the weather, this morning however is looking like one of those days, thunder and lighting as I type, hopefully will get out this afternoon.

The fishing so far this season has varied by the species, there have been some slow days on the walleyes and some very good days.The perch fishing has been real good so far with many of the perch in the 10-11-1/2" range. I haven't been targeting perch specifically but have run into them while walleye fishing. Again not a target species but have been getting some decent pike also while walleye fishing.

The walleyes have been caught in depths and structure as diverse as the flowage has to offer, from rocks in 20' to wood and weeds in 4', in general wood cover in various depths has produced the most walleyes.

WOW just started  hailing out, you can be glad we called the morning trip Pete.

Someone asked about slow fall jigs, yes they still work well . I am currently testing some other weedless jigs, I haven't arrived at my final conclusion on a preference but will be sure to post it.

That concludes the fishing report.

A couple recent trips: Yesterday with father and son Ted and Kyle, five spots into the morning without a bite it was looking like a late day shore lunch. Throwing jigs into 17' of water in a river channel Ted finally set the hook into a 12-3/4" walleye I suggested we put him in the live well for good luck and the start of lunch. By lunch time he was accompanied by 4 more walleyes, three perch and 2 pike. The fish rest of the fish came from wood in the 5-8' depth along with some smaller released walleyes.I was fortunate to have customers who capitalized on almost all the bites we had.

On one of the slower bite days last week with four customers and myself in the boat and another shore lunch planned, I again had experienced fisherman in the boat. I have had enough days on the water now where I don't get nervous anymore at 11:30 with only a couple fish in the live well . By mid morning I do mention the disclaimer that we don't always eat at noon, so how much deer jerky did you guys bring? Later in the afternoon we had a fish fry with all the fish the five of us could eat, only two keeper walleyes but pike and perch filled the fish menu.

On one of the spots that day, a guaranteed fish spot, we sat with four bobbers and jigs in for 15 minutes without a bite. I told them the 45" musky we caught  two years ago on the spot must be down there. You often wonder if  the customers think you are making up bogus excuses on these slow days. There is one submerged stump on the point we were fishing where the musky usually resides, we had a bobber next to the stump with no takers. Before I pulled the anchors I walked to the bow of the boat, threw my jig by the stump, when the jig neared the bottom the rod bent into a u shape and the drag screamed, he wrapped around the stump and broke the line.

That night I talked to my dad , I think 80 years old now, a very good fisherman who fishes winnebago often, still by himself. I was telling him of the slow bite day but of the flowages great attribute with a diverse fishery still being able to feed 5 hungry fisherman a shore lunch. He went on a rant about how terrible the fishing on Winnebago is right now, the worst he has ever seen. He said you couldn't guarantee a shore lunch of sheephead right now.


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5/14/17 @ 8:07 AM
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Silver surfer
Silver surfer
USER since 6/20/16

MOON PHASE (87%)
Waning Gibbous

2 Saturdays in a row,slow bite, very small fish, even the pike were tiny

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