Willow Flowage, Oneida County

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TrueCrappieKing
TrueCrappieKing
USER since 4/27/04

TF- Too bad that you had to be the most recent victim of the Lake Link picture police.  Jealousy, ignorance or maybe a little of both.

Looks like the Willow has had a rebound year for walleyes; don't think it has been this good since 2014.  Also nice to see the perch continuing the trend we noticed last fall when we were getting numbers of 11-12" fish for the first time in several years.

Five more weeks until we return- can't wait to get back


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8/16/17 @ 8:30 AM
Musky Ben
Musky Ben
USER since 3/13/02

Touche TFFrook!!! 

Musky Ben

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8/15/17 @ 12:50 PM
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CCA
CCA
USER since 6/19/01

MOON PHASE (43%)
Waning Crescent

TF, message sent

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8/15/17 @ 12:21 PM
Buckslayer523
Buckslayer523
USER since 5/24/15

Nice Post TF! Spot on from when I was up there 2 weeks ago. A lot of shorts only 2 keepers in the 2 days but it was fun catching the perch. Still learning the Flowage as I can only get up there 2-3 times a year.

THX for the good info!


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8/15/17 @ 11:17 AM
TFFrook
TFFrook
USER since 1/20/10

@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.


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8/15/17 @ 6:41 AM
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CCA
CCA
USER since 6/19/01

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Waning Crescent

Look 15" to me based on perch by them. Nice catch TF, will be up labor day weekend.

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8/14/17 @ 9:04 PM
strictly walleye
strictly walleye
USER since 5/5/12

Thanks Brightwork, that is what I thought,the walleyes in TTFrook pic sure don't look 15 inches to me.

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8/14/17 @ 7:11 PM
Brightwork
Brightwork
USER since 3/31/08

See pic from Jun 8

Willow Flowage, Oneida County Photo
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8/14/17 @ 6:45 PM
strictly walleye
strictly walleye
USER since 5/5/12

What are the walleye regs on willow??

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8/14/17 @ 11:31 AM
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TFFrook
TFFrook
USER since 1/20/10

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
Catch from a few days back before this cool front.  Deep river bends.  Nightcrawlers.  I think the key was playing some old school country music, every time Willie came on we got a bite.

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