Fished yesterday, Dec 21 out of the Dnr landing. Set up on some flats/main lake points and only caught pike. Moved to a rock hump for the evening, kept 5 walleye(2 guys) and one nice perch. Walleye number six slipped out of my hand and back down the hole, we had our chances but came up short. Great time on a really cool lake. Ice 10-12” everywhere i drilled.
71° - 75° F
Fished Friday morning from 7-1pm. Went all around the lake trying all the structure, jigging and throwing rapalas. Had bites all throughout the morning and caught roughly 15 fish total. Walleye weren’t biting at all with the little wind and sun; but we got into perch, bluegill, and some northern. Nothing really had any size except some of the perch.
My nephew has property up there .. I only make the fall fishing so I cant answer the summer navigation.. sorry
the tunnel is how we get there if we dont trailer the boat... you can see the rocks in the tunnel.. but staying in the middle and trimmed up isnt any problem as well until you get to the main body of the lake.
the flowage its self has hidden objects throught-out keeping to the river channel is the best/safest way.. having a chip for your graph to follow the river channel is necessary for the flowage as well as caution until you become familiar with conditions.
How is navigation during the summer? Is this a pretty hazardous body of water?
Also, can you make it through/under the road to get to the TFF?
Trude is connected to and affected by TFF draw down.. when I have fished there in late sept its usually down about 2'..3'
go slow and watch out for stumps/rocks :-)
Does this lake get drawn down in the fall? I'm assuming it does.
How much does it get pulled down? When does it happen?
You should be able to walk most areas of Trude Lake, especially from the boat landing side... Where it dumps into the TFF, it may be open water already. That said, this time of year bring your safety gear. It may save a life anywhere and you never know where. We are supposed to get anywhere from no snow to 12" during the next few days, so no idea what that will do to the ice either and even early next week, they are still calling for mid-30's air temps. I actually have a friend who put his boat in and caught fish from Saxon Harbor during the last few days.
Is there still ice on the lake that a couple of guys can walk out on?
Overall the fishing was pretty good from sun up until about 9:00am and 4:30 until 1hr after dark. The mid day was, as expected, extremely slow (northern bite was almost non-existent picking up only 3 in two days) Throughout the late night hours we would pick up a couple walleyes but they were also few and far between. This is what we have come to expect on our January expeditions to the TFF.
We fished with a mix of suckers and shinners with no noticeable preference from the walleyes. The size range was small with many more 12-13in fish than 15-20in fish. Covered a range of depths from 4-15 fow.
The fish seemed very lazy and lethargic. Even when the walleyes would feed (they more less nibbled) they would often move less than 3 feet even after several minutes from flag up. Their metabolism slows way down this time of year and the bite was as expected from several years of past experience on this body of water.
Until next year, scenic waters area...