Turtle Flambeau Flowage, Iron County

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7/27/17 @ 2:52 PM
fisherman20
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Coming up to TFF for a week in early September and wanted to know if there are any recommendations on specific tackle to bring to target walleye and muskie.  Will also be going for bass and perch, whatever is biting.  

Will definitely have a bunch of weedless jigs, and was going to primarily use bucktail to target muskie.  Will be buying live bait when we get up there.  What else is there to know ahead of time?  Any specific techniques to study up on?  Thanks!

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7/27/17 @ 6:35 AM
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Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (22%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Fishing report: The walleye bite remains good, been focusing on deeper wood in the 11-16' range. I have found this pattern working well for the last month now. Some days leeches some days crawlers , have been taking both. We've had a lot of flat water lately on these days haven't been using bobbers just casting 1/8 oz. Jacks jigs with a slow retrieve, dragging and twitching the crawler or leech across the bottom.

One thing I have learned with all the time on the water is the unpredictability of when the fish will bite. On Monday with bright skies and mostly flat water I had a morning trip with three brothers from Minnesota, they didn't need any lessons on jigging though I think weren't used to working the jig as slow as I did or giving the fish quite as long after the initial bite. In the afternoon Grandparents and grandson new to jigging also did well and really enjoyed learning the technique. We had one of the better days in the last few weeks between the two groups had 16 walleyes most 14-17".

The following day was the other extreme with a decent chop and mostly over cast skies the fish did not bite. Father and two sons after fishing the last few days without much success thought our catch of a couple walleyes a pike a few perch and a big crappie wasn't a bad day, for me it was a "you shoulda been here yesterday day ".

Will continue report tonight..... have to leave for fishing

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7/23/17 @ 12:12 PM
bretrobert1
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Jeff,

Here is a MI Swimmin' Dawg in Perch

https://www.muskyshop.com/jerkbaits-plastics/musky-innovations-swimmin-dawg/

I have a couple perch patterned Shadzillas, too. 

Don't know if there is a perch patterned Poseidon, but I would think there is. 

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7/22/17 @ 9:32 AM
doohop65
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The truck is packed and we are headed up for our annual week at the  tff.  We are staying in a new and bigger cabin this year on lake bastine.


My son turns 5 tomorrow and I am hoping he has more fishing patience than last year. 

We will start up north of lake bastine as we had some luck up that way last year. If anybody has any tidbits on where to find a decent panfish bite for the kids that would be great. Will also be getting some bait in mercer and hopefully a friendly fishing report. 


Will be cruising around in a gray and blue mirrocraft. Wave if you see us out. 

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7/21/17 @ 11:45 PM
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Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (4%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

If I were going to throw a swimbait I think it would be one replicating a perch. We've had them grab bluegills, walleyes, perch and I know they eat pike but we have had more muskies grab perch than anything else. Today I set the hook on the back bobber pole, a 9' lite moderate action (I like to put one 9' rod on the front and back of the boat) I thought the fish swam around a stump and snagged, rod bent in a U started pulsing, I had the customer take the rod, I trimmed up the motor, got the back anchor rope out of the way, pulled out the extension on the net. I thought we would at least see the fish if not catch it, as it started towards the surface, it released the 10" perch. Oh well really exciting for awhile. It was the second muskie today to grab a perch, the other on a spot a long ways from the first.

Bretrobert1 you know of any good perch swimbaits? Appreciate all the info.

We have had a good walleye bite for the last few weeks though they don't bite all day every day. Today with really flat water and bright skies we struggled to put two keeper walleyes, a couple perch and a pike in the livewell. In the afternoon I had another customer, the wind picked up for most of the afternoon and we caught 16 walleyes many 10" fish but others in the 13-16-1/2" range. We caught the fish both casting 1/8 oz. Jack's jigs and on slip bobbers. We fished wood, mostly on hard sand bottom in the 11-16' range, often close to the river channel. Today as most days the last few weeks the fish came on both crawlers and leeches, today about 50/50. If you set the hook as soon as you feel a bite you will miss a lot of fish.

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7/20/17 @ 4:26 PM
bretrobert1
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Pokerduck,

Bucktails, swimbaits and topwater should be working up there right now and will be easy for your son to use.

Tails: can't go wrong w/ black/nickle. Chartreuse blades work well there, too. I'd try different sized blade combos and let the fish tell you what they want. Single fluted blade, double 8s, 9s, 10s etc.

Swimbait: Shadzillas, swimmin dawgs & poseidons are all good. Shadzillas and Poseidons have a bit more thump to them.

Topwater: Lake X makes good ones, for sure. Pacemakers have worked well for us, too. Again for topwaters, I prefer black. 

If you have any, definitely mix in jerkbaits.

Also, agree w/ Jeff Robl's comment. The biggest fish in most systems are the low density suspendos. Gotta put your time in for them.


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7/20/17 @ 3:31 PM
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Pokerduck
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Thanks much Jeff.  Me and my son will be out starting tomorrow camping again out from Fisherman's, may stop and get a few new topwaters.  If you see us out in our Mod V jon boat with Johnson on back stop and say hi.  Or stop at our campsite, bringing a new Tennessee whisky up this year if you would like a sample.

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7/20/17 @ 12:57 PM
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Paul Buethe
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Thanks for that post Jeff.    It's great info and I hope others will share a little about what is helping them catch some muskies.    I'll be back out this weekend throwing big baits.     Good luck!

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7/20/17 @ 7:41 AM
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Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (11%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

I haven't had the call for musky fishing, the people I talk to are catching a few. Of the diehards, one uses almost exclusively, swim baits, he showed me one morning at the dock, they sure do look like a real fish. Another, jerk baits pretty much all year, very good fisherman probably catches as many muskies as anyone on the flowage. A third bucktails which is what I would throw this time of year, they are easy for customers to use and are effective. Probably the most exciting way to catch a musky is on a top water, the hot bait lately are the fat bastards and dr. evils, I have both and have had some action on them again with the little I've fished them so far.

The most targeted areas for muskies this time of year are shallow shorelines. If you find shores with both stumps and some weed growth there will likely be muskies in that habitat. A part of the flowage I like for musky fishing in the summer is the east end, there is a lot of weed growth. If you want good action fishing you can throw a spinner bait like a boonie bait, it works through weeds pretty well, it will catch largemouth, smallmouth, pike and an occasional musky.These fish including big muskies can be in some very shallow water

I think some of the best potential for an exceptionally big fish are some of the off shore humps. These fish don't see all the baits that a lot of the fish do. It is a lower percentage chance of hooking into one but a chance for a big fish. I have the advantage of time on the water and knowing where a few of them live. The first time I saw one this summer I didn't see the fish just the splash, I thought it might have been a sturgeon. I've seen the fish twice since then in the same spot it is an exceptionally big musky. Another off shore hump a mile away, the same thing, that fish wasn't in the exact spot each time but within 75 yards. When I do get some musky fisherman in the fall I will be spending a little time on a few of these fish. 

Surprising how well the walleye fishing continues to be. Yesterday they were pretty inactive with the completely flat water but we did catch some fish. 

Outta time, sorry no time for pictures again.

Good fishing to you.

Jeff

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7/18/17 @ 7:12 AM
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

I'll post something tonight, probably late, ideas on muskies and baits.

Not enough hours in the day lately, walleye fishing has remained very good, 13-16' leeches and crawlers, 1/8 weedless jigs, slow retrieve. Been doing very well with Jack's jigs they made a custom color for me  that some days really seems to make a difference. Blue and purple.

Gotta go fishing, have a nice day.

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