Was out early this morning on the turtle with a buddy up from down south. Lake is gone down a foot since I was up there, I like it getting lower like this. Was in 13 foot of water with slip bobbers and a leech and we only angered once and caught 10 Walleyes then off to another lake down by me. Thanks Chris it was fun.
Mix Pine Sol and water 50/50 in a spray bottle - spray your ankles, shoes, boat, anything - it works pretty good on those ankle biters !!
As much as I always used to wear sandals in the boat, the TFF demands shoes, there is no stopping the flies. One year I got some bad bites that welled up and itched, then peeled, then athletes foot - it took a year to clear that crap up. I have found the Picaridin lotion by Sawyer (go on Amazon) actually repels flies and ticks, I treat my clothing w/ Permethrin as well. I really don't have too much trouble on the water, at my camp (just off the water), it's another story. There are 3 sizes/types of biting flies, the big ones bite through your clothes if they aren't treated or you didn't apply repellent in that spot. Then there's the ticks, mosquitos and gnats, the repellents I mentioned work. We also use Thermacells out by the fire in the evening, they do help. The point is, up your game on bugs when going to the TFF, and remember everything is tolerable when you have a cooler full of frosties waiting back at camp.
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Baitandbrew, gills hitting wacky?
sounds like fun. as usual if you find any kind of cover you will find fish. Banged smallies in a stump field 10-14’ yesterday. largest 18”.
wally’s a little tougher...and smaller
The stable flies (ankle biters) look similar to house flies, but feed on blood. They've been pretty bad recently, but like Jeff mentioned, if you wear long pants they're not bad. A lot of people call the "ankle biters" black flies, which they're not. Black flies are the gnats that swarm around your head usually earlier in the summer.
71° - 75° F
76° - 80° F
Baitnbrew a worthwhile gift indeed, thank you very much.
Crows nest campsite, with a south wind not bad, you need to park your boat on the east side of the point, as the front is boulders. There is a trail that leads to the campsite through the woods where you beach the boat. Not a bad site, I don't use that one often though. If it's flat as a pancake, full sun and no wind (lot of those lately) and my customers are pretty agile I use F9 for a shore lunch, definitely my favorite spot on those days. It is the site that was closed for awhile, had the dilapidated cable and railroad tie rungs which has been removed. It is a steep slope, I had asked for it to be reopened along with the one south of swimmers island(closed due to erosion), I guess one out out of two ain't bad.
I do enjoy answering questions, I had a phone call two days ago(coincided with me driving home, had time to talk), from someone contemplating not coming camping due to reports of black flies "driving people off the water" while out fishing. Huh? I'm out there everyday I haven't seen many black flies certainly not been driven off the water.
I will add, my version of shorts while out fishing are jeans with big holes in the knees for ventilation. I don't where shorts as sometimes regular house flies find their way into the boat and are notorious for biting ankles. Maybe my boat is overdue for a cleaning, wish that neighborhood kid hadn't moved away.
A few days back I was in town getting gas and a local guy, who lives on the tff, told me how few mayflies there are compared to years ago? T-m are you kidding me?! There were two incredible hatches and another minor hatch. Lack of mayflies, what?? Nice guy, are opinions on the mayflies varied.
On July third I had a solo fisherman who was a good jig fisherman, with globs of dead mayflies on the water, full sun and completely flat water we did catch walleyes.
Be glad to substantiate or clarify anything, with my take on the matter.
Hopefully time for a fishing report in the morning. Do have a shore lunch to prepare though, been very busy hopefully haven't had any text or phone calls slip through the cracks but certainly possible.
the crows nest its a nice site but a lot of big boulders to smash your boat on while docked there. really no sandy area to beach it.
Crows nest is R-16
wootnshoo, thanks, what site is known as the crows nest site? i am not sure if i am not seeing it on the map or if it’s not marked. thanks
check out the link. Almost all are wooded.