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Turtle Flambeau Flowage, Iron County

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7/25/19 @ 3:19 PM
rwalsh2323
User since 7/25/19

Hi all.  New here but coming up to TFF in about 3 weeks and had a couple of questions.  Do most sites have a place to tie up a motor boat?  I am debating canoeing or bringing the fishing boat (leaning towards boat to cover more area).  Are there sites better for tying up a boat over others?

I see Donner's is a good place to stop, definitely going to do that and grab some bait and fuel.  Do they have ice or beer for sale?

Fun story; upon researching TFF and how to fish, technique, etc. I stumbled upon an extremely helpful article in the Sportsman that was published by Jeff Robl.  I then stumbled upon this website and see that he is very active on the forums so that is really neat.

Thanks in advance!


7/24/19 @ 9:35 PM
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76° - 80° F
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
Jeff Robl
User since 7/10/12

Had three young guys out today, all 19 years old,Joe,Johnny and Hayden from the Chicago area we fished for muskies for 8 hours without a break.  Flat and sunny most of the day, mid 80's. We worked mostly shallow weeds but did try for some lower percentage deep water fish with rubber. They were very proficient with bait casters, been coming to Springstead since they were young kids. I picked them up at the Springstead landing, as we idled out asked them if they have a fish fry while they're up here they said they mostly musky fish and when fishing for the other species don't get enough fish for a fish fry. The parents back at the resort had told them, if Jeff offers to keep and clean some fish you be sure to take him up on it. I enjoy sending customers back with fish for a fish fry while "up north". We caught 13 pike, 1 big smallmouth and two musky. The musky weren't big but it was really nice to net a couple today. An aprox. 32" hit a bucktail on a rock/wood shoreline and a really pretty 26" tiger musky came off a favorite area with everything for structure: rock, stumps and weeds.

I have noticed a lot of my favorite weed musky spots have little weed growth this year, I guess due to the high water ( for most of the spring/early summer) and the cold spring.

At days end my crew who had barely a back lash all day started having back lashes and the accompanying snagged baits, they were beat and cooked pretty thoroughly by the full sun. I didn't want to sit in my boat and clean the 5 pike we kept for their fish fry so drove to Donner's to use the fish house.

Nice young men, a pleasure to fish with.

Pops 23 I think and tell customers all the time, if you are on a spot for 20 minutes (especially the way i fish with bobbers, dead stick and casting jigs, lot of lines in the water) and don't catch a fish , move on. 

Some of the "big water" humps don't have much structure on them,mostly sand, look for a lot of stumps and hard bottom.

One thing I like about musky fishing is I have some slow idle time between spots (I'm always watching my gizmo) today I think I punched in three new waypoints, big stumps on a steep break going from 6-10' I'm sure they'll produce walleyes at some point in time. i think the last one was waypoint 1,370 something, granted many are spots I marked that I have ruled out and don't fish anymore.

I enjoy hearing the stories of how it used to be, one of our relatives was a well known guide on the flowage who started guiding in 1945, I wish I would have got to hear the stories from him first hand.

Hi Paul thanks for the report those are nice fish, not trophies to an avid musky fisherman but nice fish, especially when they're on the end our your line! I think "legal muskie"  is kind of an archaic term, maybe relevant if you are in a musky tournament with a size limit but honestly pretty much nobody keeps muskies anymore. From what I hear and have seen, been a slower year, glad you're having some action, hopefully they're starting up.

St.Croix kid, one of the best things about this site is all the good people such as yourself I've met. Talked to Don at days end, he didn't have numbers today but his text picture showed some quality walleyes on the stringer, he made it all day in the full sun and flat water.

Bobber Down Guide Service
(715) 776-0140
7/24/19 @ 8:35 PM
Bronco111
Bronco111
User since 7/8/16

Thanks Paul!

7/24/19 @ 3:26 PM
Pops23
User since 8/5/18

Jeff,

Thank you for the great info regarding the Big Waters... I do have a map chip but I've learned over the years you can never be to careful boating the Flowage. Plan on heading up again in August and would love to hire you for a day sometime to gain a more knowledge and broaden my horizons on the flowage. We get stuck in our ways too much up there and always seem to fish the same 8-10 spots... Do you post openings when you have days available or whats my best way to set that up?


7/24/19 @ 12:03 PM
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Paul Buethe
User since 7/10/17

Bronco111 yes Sunday morning I took my 18 foot Lund under the bridge to merkle and at the time the water level was about 18 inches below full pool.

7/24/19 @ 12:00 PM
Bronco111
Bronco111
User since 7/8/16

  Can anyone tell me if you can still go under the bridge from Turtle River to Merkle Lake? Will be on the north side of the Flambeau and trying to figure out the best and shortest route to the south.

7/24/19 @ 11:40 AM
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Paul Buethe
User since 7/10/17

Saturday and Sunday surface temps were 76.

7/24/19 @ 10:54 AM
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bretrobert1
bretrobert1
User since 11/11/15

What is the current water temp on the Flowage?

7/24/19 @ 8:27 AM
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Paul Buethe
User since 7/10/17

Jeff I still havn’t put a legal fish in the boat this year.    I got a 38 and my buddy a 36 1/2 last weekend.     

PB

7/24/19 @ 7:43 AM
St Croix Kid
St Croix Kid
User since 8/18/04

Nice report Jeff. It’s always been the “big water” since I started fishing there in 1990. It was always a mythical and spooky place to me back then. I never got out there until I started fishing with Don. Normally I had a resort boat with a 6-9 horse motor. Never really made it out past the dam. I always envied the folks heading to “beaver flats”. For sure the largest walleye hung out there!

i took a screen shot of the Xcel site. Not sure when the last update was done. I would trust you being in the water more. 

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