Lake Arbutus, Jackson County

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9/24/17 @ 8:59 PM
FISHING REPORT
Bassbuster6612
Bassbuster6612
MEMBER since 8/10/17

MOON PHASE (20%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
86° - 90° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Fished Saturday and was surprised to see the water levels about 10 feet below normal.  Apparently they have to fix the dam again.  Last year's flooding, and the boats that went through the dam, damaged the dam again and it needs to be fixed.  The permit pulled is through 2019.  Algae bloom happening on main lake.  We caught about 8 perch, 3 gills, 2 little smallmouth, and about 3-4 cats.  One cat was about 10 pounds.  The others small.  Lunch at the arbutus sports bar was good.  Fishing not so much.  If I remember correctly from the last water draw down, it took the fish a while to adjust but once they did, we had some of the most amazing fishing we've ever had on this lake.  

Good luck out there and be safe.  Lots of rocks.

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8/12/17 @ 7:15 PM
wicked crappie
wicked crappie
USER since 7/23/15

I didn't know there were any sheephead in lake arbutus. I have fished  there for over 50 years and never caught one or heard of one caught. Not saying there arn't any I just never heard of them there. For crap Head north to where East fork comes in and fish weed edges might be A good place to start.  Good Luck

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8/12/17 @ 5:37 PM
Sandpike
Sandpike
USER since 2/23/07

Camping at East Arbutus campground this coming week.  I am wondering what the water levels are looking like up there.  Are they pretty much normal for this time of year?

I am hoping to catch some nice sized Sheepshead (Freshwater Drum) for smoking while I am there.  I wouldn't mind a couple nice carp either.  Does anyone know a good spot and tactic to catch them.   Yes, I know crawlers will catch the sheepshead, I just need to know where to fish for them basically.  Or if anyone knows a failsafe method to land a couple carp, that would be nice.  I will have a canoe along, but would be happy to fish them from shore too.


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6/19/17 @ 8:31 AM
lrott2003
lrott2003
USER since 1/30/13

Mr. Bue, 

Check in with Chris at the bait shop next to Deerview Tavern.  He will give you update on what is going on with the bite.  I have not been out in a couple weeks on the lake but I am sure that it is a little muddy so look for cleaner water which on that lake is not that clean but will help.

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6/18/17 @ 8:41 AM
MrBue
MrBue
USER since 12/28/12

Heading up end of the month for my family reunion and I have never really fished the lake.  Any tips on what is biting or what I should be targeting while I am there?  I'm not very picky just want to get on the water and catch some fish.  Thanks in advance for and advice.

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5/19/17 @ 8:05 AM
FISHING REPORT
lrott2003
lrott2003
USER since 1/30/13

MOON PHASE (43%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Got my dad on the water and we headed out to the east fork area.  Main river channel is all mudded up again and lots of current in that area.  Until they clean up main river channel watch for floating debris it is abundant. 

Wind was out of northwest so east fork area not too bad near north shore.  Water temps in that area were about 61-62 degrees.  We trolled with minnows and had a great day in anything under 15 feet caught fish at all depths between 8-15 feet.  Mostly walleyes and couple crappies.  Ended up with a good bag of fish had six keeper walleye which is rare for this lake. 


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4/18/17 @ 9:13 AM
FISHING REPORT
lrott2003
lrott2003
USER since 1/30/13

MOON PHASE (57%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Fished from about noon to six yesterday on the lake.  Main river channel was still mudded up but Arnold Creek and Windy Point/East Fork were okay.  As the day went on Windy point area was getting some debris on surface.  Still alot of floating timber on the lake so be careful driving around the lake.  

Water temps have spiked up to near 60 and we were finding crappies in shallow water on slip bobbers and minnows.  Best time for the bite was about noon to three and then seemed to quiet down.  


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3/8/17 @ 8:23 AM
Wisco Angling
Wisco Angling
USER since 2/23/17

Nice video of some great Crappies on Arbutus earlier this year!


https://youtu.be/t74NFriAQcM



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2/7/17 @ 6:55 AM
FISHING REPORT
lrott2003
lrott2003
USER since 1/30/13

MOON PHASE (87%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
15 inches

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

Ice conditions have greatly improved and guys are getting around fine on almost all areas.  The annual walleye tourney was 2/4 and overall a decent number of keeper fish were caught on different areas but mostly less than 15 feet of water.  Yesterday we fished the afternoon in about 10-12 feet of water and had decent number of flags after 3 pm and two keepers. 

The crappie bit has slowed a bit overall I think but I have not been out in the morning to see how that bite has been. 

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1/28/17 @ 9:21 AM
FISHING REPORT
Ken82
Ken82
USER since 1/7/17

MOON PHASE (1%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
18 inches

AIR TEMP
21° - 25° F

Ice is thicker than I expected. Roughly 16"-18". Just got out here, so no reports on fish. 

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