@CCA thanks! I hope you have a good trip, the labor day period has always been one of our most productive times on the Willow, you will do well, and if not, send me a PM.
@ strictly walleye, I certainly appreciate your skepticism, but you can sleep tonight with your rest assured that all fish were measured as I have a 5 year old boy who is fanatical about measuring every and all fish. We are quite aware of the regs and in fact returned many many walleyes on this day that were between 13" and 15", much to the chagrin and tears of my boy as the first two he caught on this day needed to go back. We also returned a few that were 20" - 22" which shows the diversity of the walleye structure in this fishery. I personally have never landed one over 23" on the Willow, but due to the new slot, might have a better chance of doing that in the future. The larger walleyes pictured were in the 19 inch range the smallest were 15"-16". What's really been great this summer out there is the Perch size class! Many of the perch pictured are in the 12" range, rivaling the Jumbos found anywhere in the midwest, with a few smaller ones that had fatal damage from deep hooks. The single bluegill in the pic is also nearly 9 inches.
All excellent table fare for our small family, last night actually we had fish tacos and relived the memories of this fishing day while enjoying each other's company with the TV, computer, and cell phones off. The boy regaled us with tall tales of how he battled one of the 19" walleyes, nearly getting pulled in several times, and how I needed to get the net way down deep in the lake just to be able to get under it's tail as it was "almost as big as the loch ness monster"!
We are fortunate to live within a half our of the landing by the dam and have fished the Willow over 25 times this summer. We've also camped out there twice and I've arranged a few day trips with friends and family where we have a shore lunch. We don't always catch 'em, but sometimes we do. This was one of our better outings of the summer for a mixed bag and only fished for 3 hours. We have done very very well on the Perch when targeting them and have been enjoying that very much. They are not everywhere, more of a spot on the spot kind of tactic and boat positioning is the ultimate key.
Attached is a pic from a different day that has a large gatorade bottle in it for scale, in case you need it to realize the beefiness of the perch that are out there this year. The crappie in this pic is 11.5".
Have you any pics or positive fishing posts to share? I'd love to hear/see them. In my experience reading posts on lake-link, the most beneficial pages for lakes are the ones where several people, guides included, provide real world reports and advice for others who might only get to fish once or twice a year, or not at all!!! I'm floored by the number of views on the lake pages for my favorites, the Willow, the Turtle Flambeau Flowage, and the Chippewa Flowage. Literally millions of views! I bet there's hundreds of folks that will read our exchange while sneaking a peak during their lunch break at work in the Fox Valley or down in Chicagoland, or maybe even taking a quick look at night before turning in to bed, so they can dream about the opportunity to camp and fish on the Willow 'someday'. Let's help those folks out, you must have something!? No coordinates needed, but a general idea of 'how to' I find stimulates good conversations.