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Turtle Flambeau Flowage, Iron County

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8/4/19 @ 7:31 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (18%)
Waxing Crescent
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F
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76° - 80° F
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
Jeff Robl
User since 7/10/12

New format on lake Link looks a little greek.

rwalsh 2323 my use of glass boats on the tff spans about 35 years, my first glass boat was a 1973 yarcraft tri hull, had an aluminum boat then a 1987 warrior now my current boat. I think I can pretty safely say there is probably nobody who has beached a glass boat on the shores of the tff more than I have. nothing to brag about just pretty matter of factually. i used the Warrior for about 15 years on the tff, loved the boat, motor was due for replacement 10k didn't make sense. In the course of that time I had gel coat restoration done and a Hamby's keel protector installed. My skeeter came with a hamby's, I started the Skeeter mid september of 2015 it has aproximately 6,000 hours of on the water time on the tff, original ss prop, many, many beach landings doing shore lunches. i read your post and for curiosity sake got on my back in the gravel driveway and crawled under the boat. The hamby's only protects the keel, there is gel coat wore away on each side of the keel(not paint), not a big deal to me. there are a few battle scars, mostly from fishing some real skinny water for muskies. last week i had three 19 year old "kids" we got stuck while musky fishing on a boulder, I had them go to the bow for weight and jostled us  off the boulder(caught two muskies that day).

If you are talking about coming up camping for a weekend and beaching your boat i would encourage you to bring your boat. If you have a new 80K 620 Ranger and are going to trade it in in the next couple of years and worried about a scratch and resale value well? me I'd still bring it but everyone has a different take on that.

I have a very utilitarian view on my gear, my boat is a work horse, that yes i depreciate on my taxes but I honestly look at all my gear that way. I bought a Wenonah Kevlar canooe about 15 years ago ( musky Ben mentioned canoes) paid 2,300.00 for it, hunted 12 years in Ontario every year in Minnesota. it is beat to heck but I still use it, lot of 200lb. deer have joined me in the ride out, deer, gear dragged onto the rocks then unloaded. Would I trade any of those memories for an unscathed bottom on my canoe? The two guns I hunt most with are wood stocked( I like wood), glass bed the actions, float the barrel  and glass bed the barrel channel, shoot like "a house a fire" pretty beat up some of the scars very specific memories. 

Don't float your boat offshore, if a storm comes up your back anchor probably won't hold and your boat will be against shore shore. Driving the boat into the sand or gravel shore helps secure the boat. An anchor is dropped on the windward side( more wind anticipated the father out) anchor thrown before you get to shore.

There are a lot of suitable sites for pretty secure anchoring of boats, run out of time tonight if you want to email I try to get back in a timely manner.

Sometimes i wonder how my posts come off to people, in this post want to let people know I make every effort to take care of my gear but I buy it to use it hard, when it wears out I'll replace it, create memories, they are only material possessions.

Bobber Down Guide Service
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8/3/19 @ 5:01 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (10%)
Waxing Crescent
beckman
User since 8/3/03

fished the past week sat night to friday aug 2nd.   Family trip with wife and kids.  Fished stumps 2fow tp 6 fow most of trip.  Fished a few cribs and a few weed edges.  Caught plenty of gills, rock bass perch and a few crappie but struggled getting keeper crappie this year.  Caught a few walleye, several nice smallies and a northern.  Easly fishing w mini mite and a crawler, leach or minnow worked.  Re tied a million poles but if ur not getting snags ur not catching fish. at least i tell myself that.   Found a spot my back of boat and fish finder said 7fow. Front of boat got beached in sand.  Middle of lake.  Be careful out there. I was going super slow so no big deal but was creepy still

8/2/19 @ 2:54 PM
MuskyHunter2828
User since 1/18/13

Heading to this body of water for the first time with my dad, my brother and his daughter. I'm looking for some few spots to hit and areas to stay away from water hazards etc. we will be staying at donners bay.

 

8/1/19 @ 4:41 PM
ice123
User since 2/19/10

How is traveling from the turtle dam to fisherman’s landing?  I stay at donners bay resort and have only fished the area between where the power line crosses and have learned the hard way where the submerged logs and rocks are

8/1/19 @ 1:42 PM
Big Green Turtle
User since 4/2/17

Have stayed up at the flowage many times and while I don't have a glass boat I have found many sites that I have stayed at are not that rocky. Yes some have rocks but most sites that I have stayed at have sandy approaches as long as you don't come in to beach your boat at more than a slow idol. some have multiple beaching areas. or another trick may be to find a log and rest the front of the boat on that. with the water level down will be easier to find a suitable resting spot. 

8/1/19 @ 7:06 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (1%)
Waxing Crescent
beelzebob
User since 9/24/01

Fished Tues pm and Wed am, took my stepdad out for panfish.  Water temp ranging around 73.  Dead flat conditions with some algae bloom going on in the shallows.  Water level is down further, ~2' by my guess.  Many of my shallow structure spots were now too shallow.  We did not have action in less than 5' of water.  Used small jigs, Gulp fry or worm chunk, mostly straight jigging or dead sticking tight to woody cover in 6 - 9' of water.  Also found one bunch of suspended gills over 12' - they were up high and relating off a drop.  We got into a few nice crappies, perch, a lot of gills, but very few rock bass and none of these were keepers.  Had a smallmouth rodeo on the ultralight, an 18" fish can really put it to you on light tackle.  I got that on the dead stick right off the back of the boat, I get a lot of nice smallies dead sticking tiny jigs with Gulp.

Site R7 has a well protected muck bay safe to beach a glass boat.

7/29/19 @ 11:57 AM
Musky Ben
User since 3/13/02

rwalsh2323:

You might also consider east facing campsites as our prevailing winds are from the west...  Or another possibility could be studying which campsites might give you options to anchor on two different locations...

I also like the anchor and walk to the boat in the water plan, if you want to keep your hull clean.  In the BWCA, we were trained to the wet foot policy from the camp we stayed at, which meant work boots in the water to protect our feet in the rocks and for portaging.  So to have water shoes and wade to the boat in 2-3 feet of water seems like a good thing. 

Musky Ben

7/28/19 @ 10:10 PM
rwalsh2323
User since 7/25/19

THanks, Felcohands.  Sounds like you suggest tying off in the water instead of beaching.  I assume most spots where you'd dock to go to a site are pretty shallow so the wave action shouldn't be too rough.  Can probably find sites that the boat is protected from the wind somewhat as well.

Still debating if I should take a fiberglass fishing boat or if the bottom will be destroyed when we dock at night.  Some have responded I should be okay and others have said they wouldn't do it; so a mixed bag.

Anyone else have any suggestions on if a fiberglass boat would work to be beached at most sites or ways to protect a boat on the TFF?

7/28/19 @ 8:21 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (15%)
Waning Crescent
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
Jeff Robl
User since 7/10/12

Today the fishing was as good as yesterday was bad, that's the way fishing is. Picked up three guys yesterday, camping on the islands, guys about my age, half day trip we managed enough fish for a fish fry for the three of them,and had a lot of fun, mixed bag most fish deep wood in the bed of the river channel. Afternoon trip with father and son, picked them up at the Gateway, thought the fishing would be better, pretty slow.

Today fished with a couple staying at the Dead Horse, we started in shallow weeds, a few kept perch and a few big smallmouths, released. Then shallow cabbage 3-5' nice perch and some bluegills. The clouds moved in with the front, it had a fishy feel in the air we moved out to deeper waters and fished 11-14' and had a nice catch of fish including walleyes up to 18". We fished deeper wood and deep wood/rock, slip bobbers and casting 1/8 oz. jacks jigs with leeches and crawlers.

Back at the landing I met a father and son from the Madison area heading back home,they enjoyed the beauty of the TFF but had little luck fishing.  Very nice people I spent a  half hour giving them a  seminar on how to catch fish on the TFF including specific jigging methods.

A  week or so ago I had a tag a long boat with a group of 6 older fisherman i threw the buoy on equally good spots,half day later we had 8 keeper walleyes, tag along boat none ( in all the trips, did once have a tag a long boat that caught more fish, I'm happy with that). i always do a quick how to seminar when I have a group with tag a long but there is no substitute for having a guide sitting next to you helping you. With inexperienced customers I literally watch their rod tips and tell them when they have a bite and when to set the hook, on the other hand i've fished with good fisherman who set the hook too fast and missed a lot of fish, with a suggestion they caught more fish.

People often hire me for a half day guide trip, i let them know in a half day we might do well we might not but i can help you put the puzzle together. Yesterday with the father and son I fished with we did poor, if they fished the same type of structure today with the same techniques they should have caught fish.

Hiring a guide is a considerable cost but in the scheme of all the other costs it may be something you want to consider. 

I would say this year the fishing has been about average, business wise I have been very busy not trying to talk anyone into hiring a guide just letting people know it is a great fishery but like anywhere  there is a lot to learn, much credit to the people who have the time and want to figure it out themselves but there is certainly a learning curve for most people.

Have fun out there!

Bobber Down Guide Service
(715) 776-0140
7/28/19 @ 8:09 PM
deantre
User since 1/22/07

If you have a depth finder, go near the river channel but not in it, cruise slow and look for some obvious humps below, if your finder is relatively new you should see fish on them if they are there.  Looking at 10-13 feet of water, then anchor above it or use your spot lock on the trolling motor and drop jigs under slip bobbers or weedless jigs to the structure.  Suggest worms as the best all around for bites, minnows will weed out some of the undesirable fish.  If you want bluegills, or smaller northerns hit the grassy shorelines.


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