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Turtle Flambeau Flowage, Iron County

Turtle Flambeau Flowage, Iron County
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7/23/19 @ 10:35 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (63%)
Waning Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
Jeff Robl
User since 7/10/12

pops 23

Spent quite a bit of time today in "the big water" part of the flowage fishing "humps" in 8-13' of water with bobbers and casting jigs. We did pretty well on walleyes, caught some very nice smallmouth, a few other species, strangely, no perch today. We caught fish on crawlers and leeches, probably did a little better on the leeches. The big open area of the flowage is still referred to as "the big waters" by most people, it is the largest open area of the TFF mostly 12-16' with scattered shallower "humps". If you stay on the outside of the islands in the open water you can travel without much worry of hitting anything. Out in front of the crows nest there are a couple of attached trees protruding above the surface, east of grassy island there are also attached trees that can be hit but out in the open travel is good. Well... there is one shallow hump (very small) in front of the steep sand bank south of the dam, I've heard it referred to as knuckle buster, has about 4 or 5 feet of water over it right now. You would have to be having real bad luck and a fall with a pretty radical water drop to hit that one.. yea ok I ticked it once (no major damage). Before map chips a lot of the rocks were learned the hard way. The other big open area of the TFF is the horseshoe it too has some rock hazards, some not where intuitively you would think they might be, remember learning one of those with my dads boat when I was younger. I always tell people if you are coming here and your sonar unit has the capability of taking a map chip, it is a very small investment to make compared to a lower unit.

Water has dropped fast, last few weeks, I would have guessed 2 feet but I'm sure excel is more accurate then my read on the water marks on rocks.

Muskies have been pretty slow out there, spent some time last week, had a lot of fun with the pike but no muskies. How about it Paul you catching any fish?

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7/23/19 @ 6:16 PM
Pops23
User since 8/5/18

Been fishing the Flowage for 40 plus years. My grandparents built a cottage on the north end in the 70's... One memory i have as a kid is my Gramps and Dad and I loading up the 14' Sea Nymph with the 10 horse Merc, packing a lunch and boating for what seemed like hours to go fish the "Big Water". I'm wondering was that just what we called it or was that phrase used or still used by others. Both my Gramps and Pops have been gone for many years and i dont remember where we fished. Not asking for hotspots, just would like to take my boys to the general area... Any help or ideas would be appreciated.

7/21/19 @ 9:00 PM
St Croix Kid
St Croix Kid
User since 8/18/04

According to the Xcel website it’s about 18” down from full pool. 

7/19/19 @ 11:42 AM
MONKEYZDRUNK1
MEMBER since 9/15/10

Hey there everyone just wondering how high the water level is? coming into August does it usually drop significantly? Heading up the first week with my sons and just trying to get a sense of surroundings etc. I know to err on the side of caution for sure.  Really enjoy all the reports from you guys, can't wait to get up there! Thanks for any info.

7/17/19 @ 7:32 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous
beelzebob
User since 9/24/01

Fished a bit Tues afternoon and evening, today til noon.  Water temp late in the day is 80.  I was throwing for skis, decided that the topwater bite should be on.  It was not.  Conditions were perfect Tues evening and I fished stumps, over cabbage, and some points... nothing.  So today I moved to sunken islands and deeper on the points, and a few shallow spots where I know of particular fish.  I used cranks and big bucktails.... nothing, not even a follow.  The water was down at least a foot since my last trip.  Oddly, no flies out in the boat, I even taunted them with bare feet.  Maybe I need a shower.

7/16/19 @ 11:22 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE
Full Moon
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
Jeff Robl
User since 7/10/12

Bronco 111 haven't had any problems getting leeches, some days they work best for walleyes some days crawlers, I always take both.

Cardgods this could be a very very long discussion, i'll try to be concise. One of the ice years, my son Jack and I met Gary parsons at Murrays landing. Gary, arguably one of the best walleye fisherman in the country was launching his boat, we helped him with his big boat in the shallow landing. We fished a couple hours, later on the way back to pick up customers we stopped and talked to him, we had caught a bunch of fish, him and his friend, only a couple, I asked what they were using for bait, gulp. I gave him some fatheads, pointed to a spot to try. Later we dropped off customers, Jack and i fished more met Gary at days end at the landing, he thanked us for the minnows and the spot, him and his friend had a blast and caught a bunch of fish. I had met Gary at a sports show previously, sure he didn't remember me but he talked to Jack and I for an hour that day at the landing, wonderful man. I was just starting out guiding,told him not sure if a guy can make a living at it? I distinctly remember him telling me if I do a good job, I'll be turning people away, I didn't believe him, I guess he had a better crystal ball than I did.

On other note,on two different occasions, we were ready to leave a spot and i had customers who wanted to put on a Berkley gulp product, they caught big walleyes immediately. I've used it since and have caught fish that didn't take live bait, a reaction bite, it was a gulp, I guess would be called fire tiger color minnow. Day in day out though it is pretty hard to beat live bait. I remember the day well meeting Gary, on the way home I told Jack, that was like meeting Tiger woods on the golf course and giving him a golf tip.

You might do well on rubber you might not, I often have to provide a shore lunch on days when the fish are in a negative mood, I use live bait.

If you want to learn more about plastic or rubber whichever term you like, dredge back into the lake link history and read beelzebob's posts, he is a good fisherman and well versed on using that method of fishing.

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7/14/19 @ 10:13 AM
nihsif
nihsif
MEMBER since 6/15/01

2 bait shops in Mercer plus Donner's bay and Gateway sell bait... if you call, maybe you can reserve some?

flambeauflowagesport.com/

/www.turtlerivertrading.com/

Donner's Bay Resort
2974 Hiawatha Road
Butternut, WI 54514
715-476-2555

thegatewaylodge.com/

7/14/19 @ 9:48 AM
Bronco111
Bronco111
User since 7/8/16

 How is the leech supply holding up at TFF bait shops? will be coming up in two weeks (27th) and want to buy local (TFF), but will bring from home if need be, however, because of all the flooding, leeches have been a little hard to come by, that is why the question. Thanks in advance, Jim

7/13/19 @ 4:47 PM
thecardgods
User since 7/13/19

I fished the willow flowage on 7/10 and 7/11. whitecaps everywhere, found a few panfish but no walleye. Im not use to needing live bait, seems most or all psts I've read here involve the use of live bait. Most all places I can catch limits using white tails on 1/32 to 1/4  ounce jigs. Can I catch fish on the TFF this way? I can't imagine not. I have a small boat, 16 ft lund, 48 yrs old that I put a wood floor in and a new 8 hp merc. It sits lower now. Can I find calmer water with fish to anchor in? Happy fishing everyone.

7/13/19 @ 12:46 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (90%)
Waxing Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
Jeff Robl
User since 7/10/12

A day off today, family up, my left hand is not quite feeling right? Oh there's no fishing pole in it, been really busy but I'll be out fishing in a couple hours with family.

Been awhile since last report , would be too many stories to tell in a report all the fun had and fish caught.

Walleye fishing has been good, some of the best depth ranges have been 10-11' rocks and wood on some of the offshore humps. Deeper wood in 13-15'. With the wind blowing hard a couple days ( a very refreshing change) we caught fish very shallow 2-1/2-4' of water. The fish fight hard in the shallow water, lot of fun to catching them there, shallow wood and weeds.

One group I really look forward to fishing with every year took place in the last week. We were going to have a late day shore dinner with potentially 8 people to feed. We had a mixed bag of fish in the livewell with some walleyes but they were pretty slow that day. Don Pemble had told me where there were some shallow blue gills, I suggested we go try them. They were mostly small but we accumulated more fish in the well with some nice keeper size gills, customers had a blast catching them, had some excitement when a musky grabbed one we were bringing in. We were getting close with the fish swimming in the well. Back to walleyes, shallow weeds, pitching jigs, I set the hook into a big pike and wrestled him out with a tangle of weeds to go with the fish, that clinches it! Enough fish, I'm officially done working I'll have a beer! We headed to Donner's where I borrowed the fish cleaning house while they patronized the bar. We went to Maryanne Brown's place (Lodge of Lake View) and used her outdoor BBQ for a fish fry. My customers knew her since they were little kids coming to her lodge, she joined us, great way to end the day! As it turned out we had more fish than we needed and they took fish home.

Found a good number of smallmouth on a 13-14' wood spot on the edge of a small 10' hump, caught them there 2 days in a row mostly bobbers some casting. Other than that haven't tried for them, probably 8-10' rock would be the best.

The musky report from the guy who fishes them more than anybody on the TFF is that it has been a very slow year, he pulled up the other day and said he was going be a walleye guide anybody can catch them. I had a half day trip on the 4th (first musky fishing trip), grandfather and 13 year old grandson, last year he caught his first pike with me, this year he had a new rod and they wanted to try for musky. An hour and a half into the trip, throwing a mepps musky killer over 5' cabbage the 13 year old set the hook into a hard fighting 34" musky, not long but a nice thick fish, he was ecstatic when we got the fish in the net. The second shift was with granddaughter and mom in the afternoon, oh boy we heard about the pike for two weeks, a musky, this is going to be really bad. A couple days ago I anchored on a spot shouting distance away from the musky guy fishing with his wife for walleyes and yelled over how easy they are to catch, I might quit guiding for them, no challenge.

After guiding I fished a walleye spot waiting for family to meet me at the dock, then spent an hour throwing for muskies, had a musky come off a weed point and hit my buck-tail at boat side, reaching back for the net the fish came unhooked, exciting seeing them hit the bait.

The blue gills are starting to show up in the variety of structure they occupy after spawning, We've been having some nice mixed bag catches of fish lately with gills, walleyes, big perch and some days quite a few pike, yesterday spent an enjoyable day fishing with a couple guys close to my age, I cleaned 7 pike with the other fish. At shore lunch I made pike and perch, customer Kyle said he liked the pike a little better than the perch.

Time to put my left hand back to good use. Have a great day.


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