Fence Lake , Vilas County

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TODAY @ 5:23 PM
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Pat Wingo
Hellraiser
MEMBER since 12/22/08

MOON PHASE
New Moon

Fence was stocked with Browns in 2016 & 2017 in hopes to keep the Smelt numbers down.  Gonna take a while for them to grow of course.  The Whitefish on Fence are also big

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TODAY @ 12:18 PM
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deadeye2
deadeye2
USER since 11/27/12

MOON PHASE
New Moon

Fence has not been stocked with Browns for over 20 years. Doesn't mean they are not present.

We spent a of time over 2 trips, 4 days each, tying to hook up with them and had zero success.

We had deep water rigs, with line counters and used a lot of baits and technique that work very well in Lake Michigan. We even tried using real smelt on a darter jig along with gulp and jigging spoons.

We could find "Fish" down about 40 - 60 FOW but no takers.

The lake is loaded with Cisco's and I mean loaded, we could graph them in the entire 1/4 mile drifts down 50 ft. Every once in a while we would snag one so I am certain they are Cisco.  It also has smelt in it so if there are any Browns they have plenty of food.

I personally won't wast any more time trying to catch them "GHOST" fish.

Good luck if you try and let us know how you do.



Edited on 9/20/17 12:20 PM
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9/19/17 @ 9:11 PM
bp213
bp213
USER since 2/7/10
Are there still brown trout in this lake? Was always intrigued by the size limit on this lake

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9/19/17 @ 6:16 PM
TrackerT
TrackerT
MEMBER since 7/29/05

Fishchip, check you pm.

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9/10/17 @ 7:37 PM
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FishChip
FishChip
USER since 2/2/17

MOON PHASE (78%)
Waning Gibbous

Haven't seen any duck itch lately on the chain. Usually its isolated to specific spots. 


Fished for a few hours this weekend and caught a few fish, nothing memorable. Would anyone like to trade info via PM? Mainly fish Big/Little Crawling Stone and Fence. 

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9/10/17 @ 7:28 AM
burroak
burroak
USER since 6/26/01

Heading up to Fence tomorrow.  There was a previous post regarding swimmers itch.  I will not be in the water (hopefully) but our dog will want to swim and dogs can get the itch.  Anyone have any idea as to that situation?

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8/11/17 @ 5:14 PM
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pflueger
pflueger
USER since 7/23/03

MOON PHASE (84%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Night Time

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

Fished Fence last week and caught smallmouth by the dozen without pulling anchor. Got 6 eyes in two night trips all 17-19.5". Largest bass 20" lots of 16-18" smallmouth. Let all big bass and tons of small ones go. 

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8/11/17 @ 2:13 PM
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Charlie Polska
Charlie Polska
USER since 3/26/06

MOON PHASE (84%)
Waning Gibbous

I was on vacation up at Fence Lake July 22nd to 29th.  Beautiful area and lake.  This fishing was tough.  I tried for walleye and caught one 15" all week.  The best luck on anything was bass.  We caught 3 really nice smallmouth bass in the 17" to 19" range.  We lost one that was even bigger and caught only a glimse of it before breaking the line. Was easily over 20".  All were caught on leeches.  And yes I got swimmer itch and it was the worst thing I ever got.  

Fence Lake , Vilas County Photo
Fence Lake , Vilas County Photo
Fence Lake , Vilas County Photo
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8/11/17 @ 7:30 AM
killler
killler
USER since 1/15/04

When I lived there the smelt were very plentiful. They would stage in the shallow rocky bay in front of the old Fence Lake Lodge during late ice and would run into Bolton Creek in the Spring. I swore I would never clean a smelt again after netting a ton of them in that creek and cleaning for hours.  The huge brown trout would be amongst them getting fatter and fatter.

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8/10/17 @ 1:30 PM
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WAXMAN
WAXMAN
MEMBER since 6/18/01

MOON PHASE (91%)
Waning Gibbous

Your right not even guides want to fish this lake,from what I've been told.   

Last year I thought there was a metro at the ramp.

Lots of cisco, no smelt.  Hard Lake to fish. 

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