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hotdog1979
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9/3/15 9:40 AM CST
Was out Tuesday from noon till dark. Fished four islands with some success. Trolling to find them and then anchored and slip bobber fished.

fishnfanatic
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9/3/15 8:52 AM CST
Air Temp: 76° - 80º F
Hoping to head up for a day of fishing this weekend. Anyone been chasing crappies or walleyes and having any success? Any info on depths to target and general areas would be greatly appreciated. Always struggle up here and only get here once or twice a year.

Private Message me if you can help a fellow fisherman out.

Thanks

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8/19/15 9:16 AM CST
Started fishing at 7 a.m. in light rain monday. Couple pike caught at first spot on husky jerks. Rain gave way and we tried another spot which yeilded some small walleyes and perch. Kept the perch for dinner. Started drifting and got a pig crappie And then nothing. Another new spot produced another crappie. Fished till dark and then camped. All fish were taken in 8 to 20 ft of water over stumps. This was my first time here and i will definitely be back next year. Very tricky lake if your not familiar. Water levels were super low considering depths were not truly correct according to maps. Ended the trip with 5 crappies, a dozen perch, 3 pike, 2 walleyes and a giant bullhead. Crappies and roughly 4 perch were kept for dinner along with two nice gills. Crawlers took almost all our fish. Minnows couldn't buy a bite

TrueCrappieKing
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8/15/15 11:47 PM CST
SheGone-

Please check your PM.

shegone
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8/14/15 9:23 AM CST
This is not a report just need some advice. I have never fished willow and i am coming there for a one and half day trip. We will be camping. Thought maybe some people could give some info on spots to start? General location and depth would be super appreciated. Thanks for any help or ideas!!

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8/13/15 3:11 PM CST
my educated guess the only usable launch will be by dam labor day weekend. unless it rains by the buckets

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8/13/15 2:59 PM CST
Yes it's normal maybe a little early but you should have no problem putting boats in. Wisconsin valley improvement company controls the water level of the Wisconsin river mainly for the paper company's .The best place to launch will be the Dam landing.

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8/13/15 12:49 PM CST
Planning to fish the Willow over labor day weekend, however this talk on the water levels have me concerned about getting a boat in and navigation on the flowage. Is this normal for this time of year?

I know draw downs are common on flowage systems. I fish Castle Rock and petenwell and they draw these down every year late winter/early spring to make room for the spring melt and rain water coming down the WI river.

Just wondering if there is a reason for drawing it down this time of year, or has it just been that dry up there? I am looking forward to fishing here for the first time and am hoping I will be able to get the boat in. Any landings better than others when it's this low?

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8/12/15 9:52 AM CST
wvic.com. will give water levels of the flowages controled by wisconsin valley improvement company. Rainbow,willow, rice "lake nokomis"Spirit and eau plaine.

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8/12/15 9:45 AM CST
Rainbow is also down 6 ft...

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8/12/15 9:04 AM CST
Down six feet .

1ylekiot
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8/12/15 5:54 AM CST
how is the water level holding

hall333goalie
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8/11/15 2:55 PM CST
Sorry for the delay. 4 of us spent an entire week on the Willow from July 25th to August 1st. The weather was hot and sunny for 4 days and then a bit more windy the last few. Besides all the beers we drank here is the fishing report:

LOCATION: We camped 6 miles from the dam. We went straight back from the boat launch and then right towards the river channel. We spent most of our time fishing 1/2 mile outside the river channel. There are several rocks surfacing and that's where the most action was. We had NO action in the actual river channel (maybe 1 fish). Nothing on the shorelines either.

BAIT: Anything white and pink worked. White mepps spinner worked well for northerns. Pink and white jigs with a leech for the walleyes/perch.

DEPTH: Most of our fish were caught in 8-12 ft of water. We had ZERO luck on the shoreline..not one bite and that was even with a worm and bobber. There were absolutely zero fish of any size by the shorelines. We did fish off the rock in the middle with some success.

FISH CAUGHT:

8 walleyes: 3 right off large rocks in the middle by the river channel, shallow water using artificial worm (firetail worm), 5 all caught while jigging the bottom with white/pink color and leeches. Sizes: 13" to 19" . we ate the larger ones and they were delicious

4 Perch: same thing, jigging with leeches in 10ft of water. Biggest one was 10-11 inches maybe

4 bullheads: some of us got lazy on the jigging and probably left it on the bottom too long

4 northern: mostly casting with a white mepps, biggest was 25", others were snakes

1 small mouth bass: 14" casting with a mepps near the rock in the middle by the river channel

No bluegills, no crappies.

I trolled a bobber and a worm then entire time, all week long...had one hit but nothing else. It was pretty sad. At one point I lost the will to cast my line out there so I just sat on the boat and dipped/drank the entire time. It was a rough go - 4 guys fishing most mornings and every evening and we caught only 20 some fish in total.

During the day we had 2-4 lines out from our campsite with a bobber and jig/leach set up. We had some luck and bites. I had a monster fish on...biggest one of the trip, maybe a large walleye or huge northern. I had it to the shore but as we were about to net it it took off for a log stump and spit the jig out. It was a huge fish and my knees were trembling after. It was tough forgetting about that but the beer helped. Hope this helps, let me know if you have questions!

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8/9/15 7:30 PM CST
Fishing been ok been catching gills, perch, crappie and walleye. The walleye have been on the small size. I've been fishing deep stumps lots of wood. Small jigs with crawler pcs and leeches, right on the bottom. The fish liked the crawlers better. WVIC is dropping the water level fast it's down 6ft so watch for stumps and sand bars.

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7/24/15 10:39 PM CST
Big head hit the topo map or area map above , it will show the landings

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