Fishing Reports

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.

2016/07/08 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl

posted Jul 26, 2016, 5:29 AM by Jeff Robl   [ updated Jul 26, 2016, 5:30 AM ]

2016/07/08 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl
7/8/16 @ 12:40 AM
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 pics from last couple days.
 
 

2016/07/07.1 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl

posted Jul 26, 2016, 5:27 AM by Jeff Robl   [ updated Jul 26, 2016, 5:28 AM ]

2016/07/07.1 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl
7/7/16 @ 10:18 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
 
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (12%)
Waxing Crescent

I hovered around the landing area today, hoping my customers would show up, they tried calling to let me know they were lost and going to be an hour and a half late (coming from Hayward) but my answering machine was full. Sorry if anyone tried to call and couldn't get a message to me. I found one new notable spot within view of the landing ile I waited then  threw a buoy on some fish in 16' on a waypoint with wood at the base of the slope of the river channel. Was going to fish a different spot at one for hopeful customerswhen I saw a vehicle pull up to the landing, my fisherman.

It may sound like an oversimplification but as I've said before in my estimation there are days when almost all of the fish will bite, days when almost none bite and most days somewhere in between. Today with the exception of the 16' fish under the buoy ,all the other fish we found bit and bit aggressively. We found fish at the end of an underwater point with stumps on the end in 10' fish in 6' , most of our fish however were in very shallow water around 4' and less, wood, stuff I mainly don't try unless dark skies.

Today shore lunch was cancelled due to rain, at days end I sat in my boat and cleaned fish for 45 minutes in the heavy rain, man! I need some new rain gear! Price is no object I just want it to work and last at least 5 years. If anyone has had rain gear for 5 years with a substantial amount of use and it still works please e-mail me, I don't check the messenger on this site often  don't know if they still have it with the new format.

The last three days my customers have ranged in age from 6 years old to today 88 year old Kieth. Tue. and wed. I had three guide trips and fished with a father and 3 sons, a late day trip with now teens Aiden and Porter who I've guided the last 5 years and yesterday a father and 6,8,10 and 12 year old sons. I had a lot of fun but will say I had several cocktails last night after fishing. For a guide kids are your potential future customers, treat them well.

Yesterday we had some nice smb on the dead stick with leeches one 18", let the young guys battle them, fun to watch (wood 6' ) Today was the first day I didn't bring minnows, the leeches have finally been starting to catch walleyes but have done better over all on the crawlers. We have been getting a lot of smallmouth, occasionally keeping a few in the 13" range and releasing all over including any over the 18' slot, another today over 18'. We've also released some walleyes over 20" recently.

I've had some slow fishing the last few weeks but on an all day trip even on a slow bite day we've been catching fish, on one slow bite day with a "tag-a -long boat" with 5 adults we had no problem catching more perch and walleyes than they could eat. I haven't been guiding for a long time (6th year) but the last few weeks it has been incredible how few people have been out fishing, least I have ever seen.

Today limit of 9 walleyes 14-16, gills just under 9" and perch up to 12" one a little over 12".

I enjoy posting  pictures but had some trouble getting them on the site recently, thought I better have friend Elliot from Loon-a-tech come over tonight to figure it out, thinking for a lot of people who have fished the tff the last few weeks a picture might be worth a thousand words. Going to send this and follow up with a few pics.

Edited on 7/7/16 10:21 PM

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

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

2016/07/07 - Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl
7/7/16 @ 9:02 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
 
USER since 7/10/12

MOON PHASE (12%)
Waxing Crescent
 

CONDITIONS
Raining
 

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F
 

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Testing camera/ computer.


 
 

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