Your Guide - Jeff RoblMy family and I live in Mercer, Wisconsin. One of the many reasons we moved here in 2006 was our love for fishing and camping on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage. Our family has had a cabin near the Flowage since 1964, and I have fished there since I was a young boy.
There are obviously many good lakes to fish in our area of the state. With my free time I've always opted to fish on the Flowage. With over 14,000 acres of water and the majority of the shoreline undeveloped, it is the type of fishing environment that held my interest. Another huge attraction for me is the diverse structure and habitat to fish. When I fish by myself or with my family I often resist the temptation to go where I know I can usually catch fish and explore for new spots which seem infinite.
My boat is an 1890 Warrior (that's model, not vintage) with a 90 hp Mercury tiller. I've always liked the extra room tiller models provide, especially when guiding three people. The glass boats have a nice ride in rough water and drift slow when drift fishing.
I fish with St. Croix rods. They're made in Park Falls, Wisconsin, and for me that's about as "buy local" as it gets. My favorite jigging rod is an Avid series 6'8"medium power extra-fast action. For slip bobbin' I like a long rod and use the Triumph series in 7' medium light fast action. It also makes a nice lower cost jigging rod.
Fishing TacticsThere are many methods to catching fish on the Flowage; I will outline a couple of tactics I commonly use.
Much of the fishing I do is with jigs and live bait, minnows into Memorial Day weekend, then leeches and crawlers until September and minnows again in the fall. read more......
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