Fishing Reports

Yes, the Ice is Out

posted May 7, 2018, 6:05 AM by Jeff Robl   [ updated May 7, 2018, 6:06 AM ]

Probably assumed, yes the ice is out. I launched Friday at Murray's landing and spent the weekend camping. Saturday people were able to launch at Fisherman's, late Saturday afternoon  Baraboo basin and Springstead landing were still froze in, by Sunday morning the ice was out of Baraboo and I assume the landing as well.

There were a lot of boats fishing the east end of the flowage where there was known to be open water. In general however fishing pressure was low for opening weekend and the flowage as a whole, surely due to limited access.

How was the fishing? It was very good! There were walleyes being caught in the original river channels in the 12-20' depth range.  My customers and I did best however opening day and myself Sunday on shallow rocks. The females had mainly released their eggs but were still on the rocks along with the males.

One  rocky point where we caught fish, further down the shore we saw fish splashing, I said they were probably bass. We worked towards the activity catching fish on the way, when we got there, customer Jeff in the bow laughed, do bass have white tails! Several times another walleye followed a hooked one to the boat.

The fish were in 2 feet of water (fow) and down the drop into 5 or 6 fow. 1/16 oz. jigs worked threw the shallow rounded boulders better then 1/8 oz. Bait was extra large fatheads.

We elected to keep fish in the 13-16" range and released the bigger walleyes we caught.

It was an awesome weekend weather wise, Nice to enjoy the flowage camping again. The first shore lunch of the year, this year with father and son Jeff and Zach is always one of my favorite meals of the year.

The week ahead: I would expect with the fast warm up for the spawn to be a very short window. The right shallow rocks will still be good especially early and late in the day. There will still be fish relating to the river channels. Shallow warm water with log structure and shallow stump fields are also good shortly after the spawn.


Fishing Report 05/01/2018

posted May 1, 2018, 11:00 AM by Jeff Robl

Frozen lakes on opening weekend were thought to be about a one in twenty year event. What we have currently are the same ice conditions we had on both opening of 2013 & 2014. I can't predict ice out any better than anyone else, if I look at the 10 day forecast and factor in the experiences of 13&14 I would guess the ice will go out about the 9th or 10 th of May. I can't remember which was which but one of the two had record cold temps, I remember mornings well into April with temps starting below zero, I believe that year the ice went out on May 10th.

My forecast for the fishing: opening weekend in 2013 was preceded by a snowstorm on Thursday and cold front conditions on the weekend, opening day, the walleye fishing was as bad as it gets, it improved slightly on Sunday. In 2014 opening weekend and the whole month of May had some incredible walleye fishing, I can remember a 100 fish day fishing with a husband and wife with a lot of nice fish. I predict the quality of the fishing will be somewhere between 2013 & 2014, hows that for a forecast LOL.

The main body of the TFF will be froze and area lakes will also be froze (best guess). Fishing opportunities in a boat will be limited to areas where there is current from rivers. Parking is not ample and there will be not be an endless supply of water to fish.

Ice fishing: I'm sure there will people ice fishing. I would avoid the novelty of being able to say you ice fished on opening weekend. The land on shore transfers heat to the shorelines which gets thin before the main body of ice, looking at our lake outside, there is a thin band of open water around the shores with full sun exposure. I'll make one more prediction: If we get a mass migration of people coming north to ice fish, someone will drown.

One more day of carpenter work, the rest of the week I'll be getting boat and gear ready, can't wait to get out fishing. With unknown conditions people waiting on the sidelines, I do have openings the first week, I'll be fishing somewhere and it won't be watching a tip up.

2018/04/06 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl

posted Apr 25, 2018, 6:30 PM by Jeff Robl   [ updated Apr 25, 2018, 6:32 PM ]

In Florida doing some fishing in the Keys, called home I guess we've gotten about 10" of snow in the last week or so. Temps have gotten down to the single digits some nights, I'm sure there is plenty of ice, snow depth probably not too bad on the lakes for atv's.

I've read the dialog on walleye size limits, nice to see constructive ideas and opinions. The DNR is looking for input on a potential rule change for the TFF.

A proposal on the table for more public input is a 3 walleye limit with a 12" minimum one fish could be over 15"

This would be a special rule change specific to the TFF, it is outside of the biologist's menu of options and requires a longer approval process.

Last post by I think it was Lundfisher best describes my overall opinion. Science should be an over riding factor on rules for a specific body of water. A straight up 15" min. on a fishery like the TFF would probably produce a stockpiling sub 15" male fish.

My history of fishing the TFF isn't as long as some, I do agree in the 70's there was a bigger overall size structure on the flowage, I feel there were many reasons for this.

2016/07/25.1 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl

posted Jul 26, 2016, 5:47 AM by Jeff Robl   [ updated Jul 26, 2016, 5:47 AM ]

2016/07/25.1 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl
7/25/16 @ 11:29 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
 
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (64%)
Waning Gibbous
 

CONDITIONS
Sunny
 

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
 

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

A few pictures. No offense to all the middle aged guys, but nice to fish with some woman: Nikki and daughter Kalley, Lexi with heavy 18-1/2"smb, and Karen.

 
 

2016/07/25 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl

posted Jul 26, 2016, 5:41 AM by Jeff Robl   [ updated Jul 26, 2016, 5:44 AM ]

2016/07/25 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl
7/25/16 @ 11:04 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
 
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (64%)
Waning Gibbous
 

CONDITIONS
Sunny
 

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
 

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Way behind on getting a fishing report out, started one last night when I got a distressed phone call from son Tom who wiped out on his dirt bike and broke his leg. Son Jack and I were quickly dispatched and found him, Jack (strong as an ox) carried him over his shoulder down the trail to my truck. Have been very busy fishing, spent my day off today at the hospital in Marshfield.

And for the fishing... The walleye bite can best be described as inconsistent, some days the bite is pretty good and other days very slow. We have been working a variety of structure to catch walleyes, have caught them on 10-12' humps, deeper wood on the edge of channels and on a few occasions deep rocks. We have on some days the last couple of weeks caught our best fish both smb, pike and walleyes in weeds. Weeds make up a pretty small component of the structure fished on the tff, most of the summer action is wood related but we have caught fish in coon tail, narrow leaf pondweed and cabbage. It is sometimes a wonder that you can catch fish in the weeds, with all the other competition. With polarized glasses you can often see big schools of young of the year perch and other minnows. One thing I have noticed , the fish in the weeds hit hard and once hooked really fight in the shallow water. 

The smallmouth bass fishing most days has been good to very good, not numbers like early June but decent fishing. A lot of the smb are coming off of wood structure in the 6-10' range sometimes targeting individual large diameter stumps. catching them casting, and on bobbers but dead sticks with leeches catching a lot of the fish. A good percentage of the fish the last week were in the 14-18" slot, too big to keep, occasionally keeping a few 13-13-3/4" fish.

The perch, bluegills and occasional crappies have been caught on all of the above structure. When we get on a spot that I feel has a number of panfish on it, I trim the bristles on the slow fall jigs with a side cutter just in front of the hook. Instead of dropping the rod tip at the hit of a walleye bite, hold the rod at about a 60* angle with tension on the line, when (and if) the "machine gun bite" turns into steady tension set the hook as fast as you can. The big perch and bluegills are as challenging and as fun to catch as jigging for walleyes.

Haven't had the call in the last week or so but I'm sure pike could be caught with spinners and whatever else you want to throw at them in quiet weedy bays with wood on the shore lines.

This past Thursday I fished with George and his brother, Marty, the walleyes were slow but we had fun with the bass, George's favorite. At shore lunch time we tooled around the picnic sites on long island and found them all full, we drove down to r-5 a site I like a lot. George was flabbergasted when we got there, (his 52nd year fishing the TFF) a nice summer day, not a single boat anywhere to be seen on the "big water". I told him it's been a pretty common scene the last month, lot of campers but not many people fishing.

Most all day trips we're getting a nice mixed bag of fish.

.....the house is quiet, back to Marshfield tomorrow, I have the cordless drills but no titanium screws in the garage, I guess that's best left to the doctors.

Nisif how do you view any private messages on the new format? I do like it better but haven't figured that out.

2016/07/20 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl

posted Jul 26, 2016, 5:38 AM by Jeff Robl   [ updated Jul 26, 2016, 5:38 AM ]

2016/07/20 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl
7/20/16 @ 7:25 PM
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
 
USER since 7/10/12

Wanted to let people know Porky (Jordan) former proprietor of Donner's Bay passed away Monday.

Had to call a friend to verify Porky's real first name, the only person who ever called him Jordan was Rozann, his wife,  she is about as nice a person as I have ever met.

Had a lot of good laughs with Porky as I'm sure a lot of Lake Link viewers have.

May the big walleyes be slamming the #9 count downs at  sunset in the afterlife. 

Rozann Rhey

4501 Leslie Ann Lane

Mt. Pleasant Wi. 53403

2016/07/14.1 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl

posted Jul 26, 2016, 5:36 AM by Jeff Robl   [ updated Jul 26, 2016, 5:37 AM ]

2016/07/14.1 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl
7/14/16 @ 9:44 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
 
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (74%)
Waxing Gibbous
 

CONDITIONS
Raining
 

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F
 

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

After two days of slow fishing  most likely due to weather (tragic weather for northern Iron county Monday) the fish decided to bite today. Tuesday and wednesday we didn't have a problem coming up with shore lunch for 4 customers but not a lot of fish beyond that. Yesterday when we quit , I was putting out 80' of anchor line just to hold on the leeward sides of land masses. I'm guessing by mid afternoon it was around 35-40 mph. Today with still brisk wind but rain and nice cloud cover we fished with slip bobbers, vertical jigged and used a dead stick to come up with a nice catch of fish, walleyes 13-16", kept a few smallmouth and impressive bluegills 8-9". We fished with both crawlers and leeches in 4-8' fow.

I forgot my camera today but with the help of my technical support department, was able to get a picture out of my phone on to Lake link (last post).

I get asked about what type of weather I will fish in, I don't fish in tornadoes or lightning. Today was a weather day I enjoy, I know there were a few boats on the tff, we fished in view of a lot of water today and saw one other boat fishing all day. Most of the day we fished a big part of the flowage and saw no other boats, I like that kind of weather.

I appreciate the calls I received (thanks Pete from Mercer and others) on rain gear, I have narrowed it down. I did buy some temporary higher grade frog tog bibs for the interim, reasonably priced at Turtle River Trading in Mercer. I know they kept one of my customers dry today. I have learned it doesn't pay to keep dry if your customers aren't, I borrowed them out, would rather fish wet than have to quit early, will be buying more bibs.

Have this sat. open, some days we are doing real well other days working pretty hard to catch fish.

2016/07/14 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl

posted Jul 26, 2016, 5:34 AM by Jeff Robl   [ updated Jul 26, 2016, 5:35 AM ]

2016/07/14 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl
7/14/16 @ 8:46 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
 
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (74%)
Waxing Gibbous
 

CONDITIONS
Raining
 

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F
 

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Trying to join the twentieth century, or is it twenty 1st. Picture from phone to lake Link. Fishing today. 

 

2016/07/08.2 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl

posted Jul 26, 2016, 5:32 AM by Jeff Robl   [ updated Jul 26, 2016, 5:33 AM ]

2016/07/08.2 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl
7/8/16 @ 9:47 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
 
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (20%)
Waxing Crescent
 

CONDITIONS
Raining
 

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
 

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
A few pictures. Last couple days.
 
 

2016/07/08.1 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl

posted Jul 26, 2016, 5:31 AM by Jeff Robl   [ updated Jul 26, 2016, 5:31 AM ]

2016/07/08.1 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl
7/8/16 @ 9:20 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
 
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (20%)
Waxing Crescent
 

CONDITIONS
Raining
 

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
 

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
Thank you for past favorable comments, I've met a lot of nice people through Lake Link. I just reread the article I wrote in Badger Sportsman, July / August edition, thanks for mentioning it, it is as authentic as I could write in regard to fishing the tff within the confinement of a magazine article. It is a great Wisconsin magazine run and owned by some nice people. I wrote one for them on smb fishing on the tff and my favorite a few years back on tracking deer. Comment on perch, with the exception of the 2 days with kids I haven't gone out of my way for panfish but we have caught some nice ones while walleye fishing. There seems to be a lot of perch and quite a few over 10". Had a relaxing day today with solo fisherman, with dark skies and periodic rain we fished water in the 3-7' range mainly wood and weeds. We found the walleyes in a pretty good mood,( not as good as yesterday) kept 5 in the 14-15" range, were looking for our last fish in the 16-18'' but our late day bite really died, wound up keeping 5 we caught a total of 13 most released were in the 12-14" range, did have some big perch and bluegills again. We mainly fished 4 bobbers a dead stick and In most cover I have to cast a jig, I have a hard time not doing something. When in good cover under the boat, this time of year you will get some really nice smb on a dead stick with a leech, that bite has really come on the last week. I have this Sunday open ,was thinking I may be getting grumpy and might have to take a day off ,but feel pretty rejuvenated if anyone wants to fish this Sunday. Picture with perch and bluegills has an 8' long sharpening stone in the center.

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