Fished yesterday afternoon, Bob landed 4 LMB 13 to 18” all returned. Fished again this morning landed only 1 hammer handle NP. All fish caught near the left bank between the boat launch and the first inlet. Marked a lot of panfish yesterday while hunting the bass today could not find them.
STRAIGHT FROM THE WISC DNR
Oconto Electric (OEC), the owner of the Stiles Hydroelectric Project, is planning a temporary five-foot drawdown at the Machickanee Flowage upstream of the Stiles dam for the purpose of aquatic invasive species management and sediment compaction. Maintenance of the dam will also likely take place during this time.
The drawdown is planned as a vegetation control measure using water level control. There are no additional plans for chemical treatment or physical harvesting of plant or fish species or sediment management.
The drawdown is scheduled from July to mid-September of 2021.
Lowering of the flowage water level is planned to occur over approximately 10 to 14 days at an average rate of 3 to 6 inches per day (depending on rainfall).
There is a reconnaissance and rescue plan in place for stranding of fish or mussels.
Increased growth rates of fish can occur following a drawdown because more habitat and food is available.
It's been extremely slow and quite lame frankly. I have more weeds in my lawn and should have pulled the shack off after the first week or two.
Are the fish active on machickenee this year. Haven’t been there for awhile
So how has the fishing been?
Got the reading I've been waiting for today. Solid 13". Walked out before sunup. Killer moon this morning. By midday there were trucks everywhere. Moving the shack first thing in the morning. Shantytown here I come! Hahahahaha
I had no idea. Never made it out on open water this year and it's been a couple years since I've hit the ice. That's a real bummer. It's all starting to make sense now. Thanks for the heads up. Any other info on this is well received. I figure the fish gotta be somewhere. Where they are is the $64,000 question for me at the moment. Always hit the flats. Doesn't seem to be the case now.
Not trying to start an argument here but you know there is only one way that all those weeds have disappeared right? This summer there was a layer of dead weeds lying on the bottom so they were treated at some point. Fish have moved to the untreated areas.
That's a huge crappie Fishing 5! Been fishing the flowage for almost 30 years and the biggest I pulled out was a 13 1/2. And I thought that was big. Bluies and perch is what is common for sure. However, pulled the shack out on Saturday. Went to a few of my favorite spots I had on the GPS. Nothing. Can't seem to find cover. No weeds whatsoever. Managed to find a few stumps and logs but not enough to provide cover for panski's. Haven't been out in a couple years, but this is ridiculous. Between Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (and fished hard) .... 1little perch. Where did the weeds go?? Going to pop some holes around the flats this week and see what I can find. There's good clear ice under the snow. Have 8" straight out from the boat launch. 5" in the channel. 9" in the flats. No shantytown. Just me. Without cover, I can see why. Always loved this body of water. But you gotta find the weeds. Going to give it a couple weeks and see what happens. Used to bring home 6-12 nice bluies and a perch or two a couple years ago everytime we went out. Never slayed em out here, but always caught something. I should have gone out in fall to mark weedbeds. If there was any...
jimjak, the crappie fishing isn't anything special on the flowage. a few years back during a thusday night bass tournament I was in, a guy caught a 17 3/8" crappie (yes i saw it, yes it was huge) and that is the last I heard of crappies out there. now its a lot of small bluegill and perch. that is about it