MOON PHASE (85%)
66° - 70° F
71° - 75° F
Thanks Jeff. Oddly enough we have been catching more walleye and muskie than smallies the last couple of years. Not a bad thing but we used to get some really nice smallmouth out of that stretch. Maybe they are getting smarter or the population is way down.
MOON PHASE (69%)
71° - 75° F
71° - 75° F
St. Croix Kid Thanks for the info on the Flambeau River and pictures I know some nice fish of all species come from the river. I talked to the warden and the biologist, the regs for the river are the same as state wide regs (different from TFF) that would be a 5 fish limit, the fish must be a MINIMUM length of 14".
Musky fishing: There are fish being caught. I have a little musky time coming up but have been mainly fishing walleyes, smallmouth and perch. However if I were new to the TFF and looking to catch a musky I would search for shoreline weeds, it would be the easiest visible structure to find and a higher percentage chance of catching a fish. Casting bucktails and topwaters would be two go to baits. The cabbage that comes near the surface has to be worked fast with the bucktails so as not to foul blades, cast to the sides of emergent weeds. Some very big fish come out of this shallow water. Other structure that holds muskies is basically any structure that holds other fish but that doesn't help narrow it down too much. Rubber baits worked over wood structure is a great method for catching a good fish without a "desnagger" fishing shallower wood can be a costly proposition.
They do leave evidence, on one particular spot we've twice caught 17" walleyes with fresh teeth marks, another spot a huge red horse with fresh gashes, have them occasionally grab a hooked perch or walleye etc. sometimes actually getting a good look at the fish. The inventory of these spots is however accumulated by a lot of time on the water.
The walleye fishing this past week has been spotty, nice fish some days, mostly smaller fish others. Walleye fishing using crawlers and leeches, slip bobbers and casting 1/8 oz. Jack's jigs. Have done best fishing wood structure varying from 7-14'. There are also fish being caught in weeds often 4-6' depths these fish are often in the bigger size range.
Have had some good perch fishing in 7-12' with soft bottom and scattered wood. There are a lot of hungry bait stealing small perch, if you stay on a perch spot you need a lot of bait there can be fish of varying size on the same spots. Getting over the top of them and deadsticking a 1/32 oz. jig and split shot with a shorter piece of crawler helped provide a shore lunch on a slow walleye day.
The bright spot has been the smallmouth fishing, getting a lot of nice fish, mostly in the 14-1/2-17-1/2" size range, these fish are in the slot and are released slot is (14-18) one over 18" is allowed though not sure I would want to eat a fish that old, wouldn't keep one that big. Smallmouth are randomly caught on all the various structure we are fishing but have done the best on humps with boulders and wood structure 6-10'.
Have fun out there.
Guided both Monday and Wednesday (yes, that means I recieved my guide license). Fishing on Monday was tough with a lot of short bites and small fish. Shallow weeds in 3-6’ gave up one decent walleye and some nice panfish. Also fished some humps with scattered wood and found a few more small walleye, but nothing livewell worthy. With heavy mid-day wind and waves we decided to fish sheltered areas with shoreline weeds which gave us a few more nice panfish.
Wednesday we started by fishing shallow wood and rock structure and this gave us a couple small walleyes as well as a decent one. We then fished a mud to rock transition in 9-11’ and found a good number nice-sized perch and a couple of walleye mixed in. Hopefully this helps people find some fish.
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MOON PHASE (28%)
Fished Part of Monday and this a.m. Water temps 75 in the big water, 80 in the shallow bays. My usual spots were off, so I tried some drifting in the flats where there's wood, 6 - 9'. On Monday with the wind, I had better luck but I missed/lost a few - hitting short. So, I tied up some stingers. Stingers, spinners, superline, and wood are a really bad combination. I ended up using a 1/16 oz. jig and beetle spin with a 1/2 crawler, that did the job. I also messed around with a slip bobber drift rig, so - so. I switched to Gulp crawlers as they stand up better to the little perch and rock bass. Got a couple eyes, some big rock bass, a perch or two, and several nice bass. One of the bass took me down to the last few turns of line on my ultralight, for a 17" fish the fight was unreal. I did throw a bit for skis but didn't turn any, although the same damn muskie that has hit my bobbers 3 times now cut me off again today. Bastage.