My family and a couple others made our annual boat camping trip to Willow Flowage this past week through the weekend. Weather was hot, humid and calm initially, then the cold front passed through on Thursday, changing conditions, water temp and wind direction. I fished after the front, battling hard for regular if widely spaced fish.
Jig and crawler took walleye, though merely one keeper, large crappie and a couple perch. A bonus bullhead came on same, heavy jig was definitely bouncing the bottom.
Spots fished were primarily point and edge structure related to the river channel, seemed fish were more concentrated on channel adjacent flats in 12-14 FOW. Other shallow brushy hot spots produced a couple fish, including the walleye.
Air temp was upper 70s and water temp hovered around 75-76 with good clarity and minimal algae bloom that was apparently a problem earlier in the week.
Now for the rant:
We camped at G3, group site on main basin. Upon arrival, it was a disaster, with cigarette butts, twist ties, juice box straw wrappers and miscellaneous garbage strewn about the entire site. It was NOT solely from the previous camper, but looked cumulative over successive campers. Cig butts sprinkled around the fire ring, as if efforting the additional 16" toss to get it into the fire were too much for the lazy and slovenly rubes.
One fire ring was filled with garbage, aluminum cans, plastic and bottles. Heineken bottles no less, what kind of absolutely ignorant creep drinks skunky Heineken in Wisconsin? "Heineken? F that S! Pabst Blue Ribbon" to quote a line.
Without ongoing DNR management / attendance (Shockley? calling Tom Shockley) on Willow, we sportsmen need to police our own and ensure responsible behavior is observed as a minimum. If other sites look like this one, I'll understand when the non-reservable, no cost sites disappear as the only answer to irresponsible and slovenly behavior seen on G3.
For the record, the site is now pristine and should take absolutely no effort to maintain as such. Please do so for the future of this great recreational resource.