Went to the TFT flowage this morning.. Very little wind which didn't help the bite but the warm temps felt good. We did get 6 walleyes and 9 nice perch. All fish came on minnows jigging or slip bobbers.. The water temp is now approaching 60 which should help the bite..
56° - 60° F
61° - 65° F
We started out Saturday morning fishing along side a pile of boats in the channel near Lake of the Falls. Not much luck there so we made our way towards Pink Rock. Drifted with jigs & fatheads in that area and caught a pile of little walleyes. Many around 9 - 11". Between the 3 of us we kept 7 walleyes all about 14".
I saw more boats opening weekend than I have seen in many years.
46° - 50° F
51° - 55° F
As fishing goes some fisherman did very well opening weekend, others did not, as for my boat we did ok. There was a good bite in shallow wood, on Saturday, I didn't fish that bite. We did get some very nice perch and some pike in shallow weeds but we did the best on walleyes in deeper water in the 14-20' plus range mostly with hard bottom. On Monday with a group of 6 fisherman we tried a lot of water in the middle depth ranges of 6-12' wood and rock and found very few takers most of our fish were caught again in deeper water some deeper wood others hard bottom areas.
The first shore lunches of the year are something I look forward to, Monday with a group of 6, 7 with myself and a slower bite day it was nerve wracking for awhile as to whether we would catch enough fish. As I've said many times the flowage is a bountiful place, by days end we had a mixed bag of fish and an all you could eat fish fry , this despite the fact that when the wind layed down completely mid day we couldn't buy a bite.
Monday evening I did something I seldom do, called the customers for the following day and told them the fishing on Tuesday was likely to be really tough, high in the upper 40's and a 20 mph north wind, won't be a lot of fun out there, they opted not to fish.
Early May I often have a few unbooked days I use for scouting new lakes. This year, completing my winter construction project late Thursday night before the season, I had to use the time cutting firewood and today planting trees but man I can't wait to be fishing again tomorrow! I will say with a north wind blowing and highs in the low 50's I have to think there were some days this week that were a struggle to catch fish, feel for the people who took the first week of the season for their vacation.
Of random interest, I cleaned one particularly fat pike, it had 14 trout perch in it's stomach, a rather large minnow if you haven't seen one, a really cool looking baitfish.
Good luck, the fishing will improve.
I guess my son and I were the exception to the others. While not our best opener, we caught about 30 walleyes and a handful of perch on Saturday between 10" and 17". Most were on edges of the river channel with any type of deeper wood but we did catch a few shallow in the stumps as well. Went back out on Sunday morning to try a different area of the flowage but using the same program put about 20 walleyes in the boat in 4 hours with another handful of nice perch as well. Went for a ride to the far east side and saw a ton of boats up in 4-5 feet in the large East bay but didn't see any catching. Most of our fish were 14 - 20 feet with a vertical presentation (vertical jigging or slip bobbers).
SLOW! Talked to fisherman who spent MANY hours on the water the last 4 days and the VERY few that were caught were 9"-11". Going to have to target species other than walleyes if your looking for a meal.
Don Pemble has been guiding the TFF longer than any guide up there and he posted on another site the same SLOW reports as others.
It was only a few years back it seems that openers were very well to great up there.
Interesting on how quickly things can change.
I was up for the opener. Very slow. Cold front Thursday with rain may have shut things down? Talked to many locals and guides, few small walleyes.....
Anyone having any luck early? I've been checking daily and haven't seen any reports!!
CAMPING - The Mercer DNR (715.476.7846) responded to a camping question in 2020 ~ It is quite unpredictable to say whether or not a site would be available, especially since all sites, except for some of our group sites, are first come first serve. The month of June and part of July now we seen a surge in the number of campers each weekend with us being full or close to full. I think coming a little earlier in the week, like a Thursday, may better your odds, but there really is no way to know for sure.
Good luck everyone!
I'm traveling up to willow flowage or turtle flambeau May 5th to 8th. Are the campsites usually pretty packed? I cant decide which lake to go to