Turtle Flambeau Flowage, Iron County

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10/20/18 @ 8:15 PM
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

A few picture from today.

Matt with 26-1/4" walleye.

At lunch looking at pictures I laughed and said that fish doesn't look that big with you holding it. Short time later he stood up, not sure how tall he is but as a police officer , I can't imagine he get too much back talk from people.

Turtle Flambeau Flowage, Iron County Photo
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10/20/18 @ 7:53 PM
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Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (84%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

Woke up this morning, walked to the door, turned the yard light on. The ground was white, snow coming down sideways WOW! What a perfect day, oh I gotta fish in this? Thought it was deer season, would have been about as good as it gets for tracking deer. Actually the first time I woke up was the beep from a text at 5:14 am from Don Pemble( he gets up way earlier than I do) Don's text," Oh the weather outside is frightful, OMG! " I guess it peaked my curiosity to look outside first thing.

I had fished with father and son before knew they would show up. It was some of the most adverse weather conditions I have fished in, evidenced by the fact that it was a Saturday with almost no one on the flowage. Our first spot, first fish of the day son Matt caught a 26-1/4" walleye the third biggest I've had caught in my boat ( I knew it was longer than my walleye bump board so got the tape measure out for measuring muskies). We caught a few small ones and missed a lot of fish on that spot after the big one( released).

I knew where there were a bunch of fish so we moved out into the wind , caught probably 15,all small fish, kept a few in the 13" range and a perch for shore lunch. Between the 20 plus mph north wind and very light biting fish, they were tough to catch despite having good jig fisherman aboard. 

I brought extra firewood, Matt was starting to ice up, dad, Mike said we can warm up by the fire. I said well I don't know about that with this wind but I know where we can warm up and have a cheeseburger,won't break my heart not to do a shore lunch, I'll let you guys decide. The dock at Donner's Bay had three inches of snow and no boot tracks on it.

In all we caught around 30 walleyes with the exception of the big fish they were small today. Mike and Matt elected to keep only enough for a fish fry tomorrow, made it easier on my hands at the end of the day, cleaning fish in the 30* temp.

TX Tracker I have a lot of fall spots I like from a little north of the dam to the Sturgeon Bay landing, though it's been 8 days since I've tried a few of them, as of that time there weren't many fish in them, there certainly might be now. Twenty fish and none over 12" certainly happens at times. For our boat we have been finding a ratio of one fish 13" or over to about 5 or 6 fish(walleyes) under 13". Yesterday I fished with four fisherman in the afternoon in 5 hours of fishing we caught 25-30 walleyes, kept 9 , biggest ( measured) was 17-1/2", two about 16" the rest 13-14". That was a better then average ratio, there are a lot small fish out there too, they are still fun to catch.

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10/19/18 @ 2:15 PM
Tom502
Tom502
MEMBER since 6/15/01

Just today the TFF and Trude Lake Property Owners Assoc. posted an update on the Dike 10 project.

Link to their post on Facebook is here: 

 https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=735985606749401&id=660111751003454

Tight Lines, 

Tom502 

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10/19/18 @ 2:05 PM
Silver surfer
Silver surfer
USER since 6/20/16

Any one know if they are done with the construction by the dam? Curious to know if the landing is opened up? thanks

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10/19/18 @ 9:53 AM
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TX Tracker
TX Tracker
USER since 4/2/17

MOON PHASE (77%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

First decent day yesterday for awhile, fished the river channels from the dam up to pink rock, caught 20 some walleye and not one over 12inches

there is a definte size problem out there, we all know why that problem exists. See lots of people keeping these small fish, start releasing these,

have not kept a walleye all season.


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10/19/18 @ 8:41 AM
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Paul Buethe
Paul Buethe
USER since 7/10/17

MOON PHASE (77%)
Waxing Gibbous

Jeff I love the photo of you with the antlers.  Well done!    And thanks for sharing your fishing experiences with us this year!

PB

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10/19/18 @ 7:19 AM
Fishn Jimmy
Fishn Jimmy
MEMBER since 7/21/01

WOW....  WOW ..  Jeff     CONGRADULATIONS

thats a FINE specimen of a Moose !

Looks like your as GOOD a hunter as you are a guide ! ! !

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10/19/18 @ 7:02 AM
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

A few pictures

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10/18/18 @ 10:29 PM
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

Comments on past reports.

Paul B. hope you read this, congratulations and nice of you to post picture of the musky you caught. I can tell by the picture that was a heavy fish, you put time in , deserve a big fish. 

New post, heart guy and others without some feedback from other fisherman this would be a pretty dry thread. Hoping to see some pictures of muskies caught this weekend.

Again if you want to fish musky tournament show up at Gateway tomorrow morning, good event, great cause.

KennedyRec I've had a lot of people ask, I'll try to put a few pictures on this post and very concise story. 

I am apparently a pretty lucky moose hunter, the success rate for unguided hunters is around 25% I did get a moose again this year. One person I've met in Alaska said I should consider coming up to AK in Sept. and guiding, my response: well i don't know what's evolved in getting a guide license but I think I'm pretty lucky: him: luck is when preparation meets opportunity, me: maybe, I'm young enough to guide but my back and left ankle aren't. oh to be twenty years younger...

Group of 4 being flown out when I flew in, were there for 17 days, one member had hunted the area 9 years, new the country well , they got one moose. Incredible guys left me some way better freeze dried food then I had, a cigar if I got a moose among many great food snacks.

The weather was warm, couldn't have hunted far from camp ( like first two years) without risk of meat spoilage, first day within a half mile of camp had an opportunity ( first hour of hunting actually) bang! even a half mile from camp still two days of cutting and back packing meat.

Read a story once  think outdoor life or Field and Stream of guy and how he dealt with meat on an elk hunt in warm weather think Montana, story was about his skills shooting big elk in the 70's with a recurve bow. I know sometimes people think my stories might be out there a ways but this storied elk hunter was an accomplished fly fishing guide for trout out west. A few years ago I received an email from a guy trying to decide weather to book some smallmouth fly fishing trips on the TFF or a famous smallmouth place in Ontario (Aticokin sp. wrong) he chose the Ontario place, would have liked to have meat the guy, looked up his portfolio of hunting and fishing accomplishments Incredible! Huge trout in New Zealand, hunting and fishing there and Australia.

Soo I shot this moose draped the 400 lbs. of deboned meat over two logs spanning a river with ice cold water from snow melt off mountain peaks, and covered it with a tarp. It meant 4 extra miles of packing but no worries about the meat. It was like being in a refrigerator. I did some scouting in subsequent days for next year, not having to worry about the meat. Feeling really proud of my ingenuity then remembered the guy, the story of the elk. I guess good useful things are stored in the subconscious mind .Haven't heard from him last couple years, gonna look him up in email archives, send him a story. 

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10/18/18 @ 9:00 PM
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Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (68%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

The month of October thus far has been incredibly rainy and cold, oh I forgot the snow flurries some of the days. One morning in the bait shop getting bait for the day, looking out the window at the cold wind and rain I told the proprietor this defines being a fishing guide Man!! you'd have to pay me to go fishing today!!

Walleye fishing however has been considerably better than the weather most days. Have had a lot of great trips since last report, customers that I've fished with since my first year guiding 8 years ago, we had a shore lunch at the same site as back then, think first shore lunch I ever did for customers. Fished with four or five woman in groups with other fisher people, they are so easy to teach and fun to fish with. One spot had a mother and daughter, daughter no fishing experience we caught 36 walleyes in one spot, she caught about 20 of them. I jokingly told them woman are much easier to teach, they listen to what you tell them.

Another group sister and brother took their 80 year old dad on a guided trip for his birthday, daughter was a blast to fish with, caught a lot of walleyes loudly laughing each time I got one ! I got one!. Their father really enjoyed the shore lunch, reminded him of trips to Canada.

Today husband and wife, great people, again wife Teri was a quick study at catching walleyes jigging, did very well, some loud laughs when she tied into a 30-1/2" northern.

My fishing report hasn't changed much since last report, I've been fishing mostly deeper water 18-28' extra large fatheads and mainly 1/8oz. jigs. We have thrown 3/16 oz. jigs on the windier days, with the wind and deeper water it has been helpful.

I have had a little muskie fishing time and have found them slow, there are nice fish being caught however.

We did get a 32" Tuesday, jigging for walleyes. Suckers on a quick set rig are catching a lot of the fish, jigging or casting rubber baits along with time tested suicks would be a good bet. The fish we caught was in 20' of water.

Interesting to me if you fished the last two Saturdays in particular from the dam to the north, you would think wow! this is a pretty heavily fished body of water. If you fished almost all the other days since Sept. 28th ( my first day back from AK) you would  say, as many customers have," why doesn't anyone fish out here? Often on a 6-8 mile boat ride back to the landing we see none or one or two boats.

Home at night, face beet red ,battered from the cold and wind, still my favorite time of year on the TFF!

Hoping Wayne and Missy have a great turn out for the musky tournament this weekend!

Good luck fishing!

Have an-awesome weekend!

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