Willow Flowage, Oneida County

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2/20/17 @ 6:03 PM
Musky_36
Musky_36
USER since 4/27/02

Freddy,

I sent you a pm check it

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2/20/17 @ 3:37 PM
freddyk1369
freddyk1369
USER since 4/15/09
Thanks for the answer.  The reason I was asking is my parents are possibly buying a campground on Willow Lake and I wanted to know what the deal would be as far as fishing up there.  I didn't think you could get there by boat but wanted to be sure. 

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2/20/17 @ 3:09 PM
knute
knute
USER since 2/21/09

Still good to go with atv travel?

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2/20/17 @ 3:06 PM
buckneged
buckneged
MEMBER since 1/6/11

The river is not navigable by boat. There is a set of rapids / small waterfalls. You can portage around with canoe or kayak.

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2/20/17 @ 2:39 PM
freddyk1369
freddyk1369
USER since 4/15/09

So not a fishing report but rather a question about the area as I've never been up that way.  Is there any access from Willow Lake to Willow Flowage via boat?  Looking at google earth it shows there is water between the two but that doesn't meant that you would be able to get a boat through there as it looks to be fairly shallow. 

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2/2/17 @ 8:52 PM
Docker
Docker
USER since 10/10/08

For those who are new to the Willow ice fishing gig..... beware! The Willow is a river basin with many areas of current. As the water level drops the path of the current will change as well. There may be 12-15" of ice this week and two weeks later it can be 4-8" in the same place. I saw the pictures of the truck that dropped and he was on a well traveled road in a deep water area. Should be safe... Right? Last year in mid January I was fishing a mid lake channel and fell through onto a large boulder/rock bar (Upwelling of Current). Not more than 30 ft. away were tracks from a truck that just missed it. If you are not familiar with the flowage go with someone who is. Remember... Just because there is a traveled road doesn't mean it's safe. Ask the guy who's nice truck is on the bottom! Be safe!

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2/2/17 @ 8:20 AM
buckneged
buckneged
MEMBER since 1/6/11

There are a few challenges out there currently. First of course is the safety of the ice. I don't think anyone expected to see a truck in the water Saturday as all the holes I had were 16" of ice. Issue out there now is unless you are drilling as you go, I wouldn't chance it with a vehicle. These guys were not the first one out Saturday so I can only assume others took that same path out. 

Second issue is the slush froze into a mess. Rock hard ruts everywhere no matter which way you go. On snowmobile and atv, people were going just about as slow as they could as to not lose all thier gear. There are of course better spots than others but for the most part slow and steady still spilled the minnows.

Be safe, don't park 100 cars door to door at the launch on the lake and have fun.

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2/1/17 @ 11:04 PM
lakesnake
lakesnake
USER since 3/2/05

I heard the truck went through in North bay, also heard they were still driving trucks out to Indian bay yet. Does anyone know exactly what's going on out there? Want to head up Friday and pull a shack out if possible. 

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1/28/17 @ 11:13 AM
blacklab620
blacklab620
USER since 12/15/05

Well a truck fell through this morning on road out from dam landing. Use condition.

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1/28/17 @ 9:58 AM
1ylekiot
1ylekiot
USER since 5/7/10

are conditions good enough to pull ice castle out

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