Willow Flowage, Oneida County

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5/20/18 @ 8:12 AM
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Bruce Gruening
Bruce Fishin
MEMBER since 5/19/17

MOON PHASE (34%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

The Walleye's have moved off the shoreline but are scattered everywhere. It's really hard to establish a pattern yet so just keep moving. Catching one here and one there. Had six keeper's today with over 20 northerns. Kept a few of them also.

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5/19/18 @ 8:15 AM
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Sawduster7
Sawduster7
USER since 6/15/16

MOON PHASE (23%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Thursday/Friday. Concentrated on panfish. Boated a few of everything. Kept 2 -13 1/2 " Crappie in 2 fow, and 2- 11 1/2" Perch in 5 fow. Tossed back quite a few panfish. Caught 2 Walleye shorts, no keepers.

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5/17/18 @ 9:57 AM
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Dodad
Dodad
USER since 8/12/09

MOON PHASE (7%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

Sunday thru Wednesday - jig and minnow got a lot of smaller fish. Caught larger fish in 2-6 FOW. Caught fish as deep as 21 ft.. High pressure, sun and too little wind did not help. Never moved a crappie or perch.

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5/16/18 @ 8:06 PM
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TFFrook
TFFrook
USER since 1/20/10

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Sound advice, Ben.  We were back out today for a couple hours and the water temps in the 4-6 feet of water range were around 65* !!  Hard to believe that there was ice just over 10 days ago.

Blustery conditions, fished shallow first, moved off first break and found fish.  8-12 feet deep along wind blown shorelines is where we found the walleyes, caught a handful although only had two that were keeper size and we tossed them back.  Boy was after pike and we found a half dozen with bright colored spinners, not very big at all but sure made him smile.

Walleye bite was pretty light and short, with several missed bites on jigs.

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5/15/18 @ 6:35 PM
Musky Ben
Musky Ben
USER since 3/13/02

TFFrook:

Try 20# floro leader on those cranks, it'll keep that well picked out crank on  the end of line a bit longer, we hope.

Musky Ben

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5/15/18 @ 3:47 PM
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TFFrook
TFFrook
USER since 1/20/10

MOON PHASE
New Moon

Walleyes were willing biters on three outings last week and again last night.  The super shallow bite has tapered a bit.  Early last week they were up as shallow as possible as long as the water was broken with some sort of breeze.  When it layed down flat they were harder to get, but only had to try a couple feet deeper.  Jigs.  Crankbaits.  Minnow w/ plain hook and splitshot all worked equally well.  Last night's bite was substantially more slow, but still plenty of fish to be found on the first break, 4-8 FOW.  Weedless jigs and tuffies, aggressively jump the jig and keep contact with it, finger on the line as it drops back to the bottom, with braided line and fluorocarbon leader you'll feel the "pop" through the somewhat slack line as the fish eats it on the drop, drop rod tip, reel up slack and set the hook, keep moving along the shorelines and you'll find them, at least for now.  Fishing faster and moving along seems to get the bigger bites.  Slowing down and slowly dragging jigs through an area is certainly more thorough, but produced many more smaller males than larger fish.  A few males still milking, released all females on all outings, catching two 18" full of eggs, 2 around 21" in the slot and one over that were all full of eggs and all released.  It's a tough thing to explain to a kid why we keep the 16" but not the 21".  He got the largest two released fish last week on his own crankbait that he picked out, and then lost it to a pike. Pike starting to be more prevalent in same areas and loosing lots of jigs to them as well.


Did not go through the channel near the bog on the way up to Cedar Falls, but it appears to be back to the east side.

Edited on 5/15/18 4:02 PM
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5/15/18 @ 2:39 PM
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Cisco7
Cisco7
USER since 10/16/13

MOON PHASE
New Moon

Not a report - sorry, but a question.

On the north end of the willow, coming in from Cedar Falls launch...I'm wondering if the bog made its way back to the east shoreline or is it still up close to dog island? Thanks much, Ron

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5/14/18 @ 11:46 AM
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Musky86
Musky86
USER since 4/23/18

MOON PHASE (1%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Spent Saturday and Sunday targeting Pike for some fun action fishing. We were not disappointed and we found the pattern rather quickly. 10 hours between the 2 days we caught and released 35 Pike between 16"- 26" inches.(Kept 2 for dinner)Had double that number in follows to the boat and caught and released 3 LM  with the largest being 18.5" All fishing was done on the north end, north of campsite 14. The majority of the fish were caught on Sun exposed north shorelines with flooded grass points or timber in water less than 4 feet deep. Water temps were reaching 64 degrees in some of the backwater bays. All fish were caught on Mepps #5 Nickel Blades with bright colored skirts. We tried other mepps color combos with zero success. Get out and fish! 

Edited on 5/14/18 12:14 PM
Willow Flowage, Oneida County Photo
Willow Flowage, Oneida County Photo
Willow Flowage, Oneida County Photo
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5/13/18 @ 8:28 PM
JZFisherman
JZFisherman
USER since 4/27/18

Thanks!  I had a feeling that might be the case given the way the spring has gone.  We'll have to do some hunting around and see if we can't find them staging a little deeper.

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5/13/18 @ 7:57 PM
coop01
coop01
USER since 3/28/09

Jzfisherman the waters only 50 to 55 about a week or so before crappie spawn usually 60 to 65 

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