great fish and funny way to loose an anchor, at least this time the Turtle Flambeau gave it back. Good story
Fished part of Tues, Wed, Thurs. Before the front, found a few big crappies, a few smallish eyes, and some decent perch on some shallow wood - small jigs and crawler piece. I dragged spinner rigs in the woody flats 7 - 8' where I had been having luck... nothing. Once the front/rain came, things tightened up and so I switched to casting for bass and skis, wanted to take advantage of the wind pounding the point and rocky islands. No skis, but a few big bass including a 19.25" hog that hit a full size bucktail. Good story - my wife and son were along, my son was snagged so I told my wife to let out a little anchor line and I could swing us in with the electric and get the snag, which we did. I turned to pull us back with the anchor line..... gone, my wife got confused on what rope was going to what and untied my anchor line. 1 expensive Richter anchor gone. Next day, we are back on the spot (10' water) and after 20 minutes decide to move. My son pulls up the anchor and starts shouting "I've got the line" - we snagged the lost anchor line and pulled her up. Better to be lucky than good. Everyone to Mercer for pizza!
BobbersDown, what does the campsite situation look like for holiday weekends? Get there on a Thursday for a site? Or how booked up does it get typically? Would like to make the 6hr trek but want to know what I'm getting into and have an alternative plan, if necessary. TIA
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71° - 75° F
71° - 75° F
There are a lot of great camping sites on the flowage. The Kiosks at Springstead and Fisherman's landings contain free maps with the locations of the sites. My favorite, I can't tell, it's too revealing of some good seasonal fishing LOL. Occasionally there are more campers during the week then on the weekend, this was the case a week or two ago, I was surprised how many sites were occupied mid week. You can be assured that you will find an unoccupied site, it may not be your first or second choice but you will find a site to camp on.
Blue gills: Last season we did pretty well all summer long on walleyes, fishing mostly deeper wood. In 2015 and 2016 the walleye fishing got pretty slow from mid July thru August, in those same years the blue gill fishing later summer was crazy good. I often told my customers if we pound it real hard for walleyes all day long we will probably catch a few or we can go after another species, have a lot of fun and catch fish all day, it was a pretty easy choice for most people, along with gills we caught perch, crappies and occasionally walleyes. A lot of the late summer fishing for gills was on cribs and natural deep wood structure, other than some cribs that hold perch and walleyes I haven't been fishing cribs this year or for that matter much river channel deep wood. A couple weeks ago I had a customer who had a young daughter he would be fishing with the rest of the week I showed him a specific area to try for gills, saw him later in the week and he said they had a blast catching 8-9" gills. Sunday I had a customer catch two 9-1/2" while we were walleye fishing (deep natural wood) had them in the livewell but then he opted to release them after a picture. They are out there, not sure if the kind of numbers like in '15&'16
Had some slower days on the walleyes , thought I might soon be looking for panfish but it has picked up pretty good the last week on walleyes. We have also seen some big crappies starting to bite in 16-18' range.
With a front coming in found our best walleye bite in awhile today caught a lot of the 11-12" walleyes released ,and 7 or 8 that made the cut as keepers along with some nice perch and some dandy smallmouth that provided great action, we did keep a couple under 14".
Did a group trip today with a guide from Manitowish waters and his customers, fun day on the water... go to bed or keep writing... I think long enough, will continue on my facebook page...
Heading up next week for camping with the family. I've camped the big island G2, F8, and F10. I know all the sites are amazing but what are everyone favorite sites to camp on? I thought about heading to weber bluff but i would like a larger campsite with seclusion and some good fishing near by. Also eyeing up F14 and F15. Thanks!
Rock Bass Sammich,
I was up last week and all of the campsites I saw were open, which is odd. The sites toward the north end are more popular, but you really can't say with certainty. When I did camp, I made it a point to get up there Wed. evening or early Thurs., always got a site. There is a new site right off Sportsman's landing that is almost never occupied, keep that as your ace in the hole.