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2016/05/15 Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl

posted May 16, 2016, 10:05 AM by Jeff Robl   [ updated May 16, 2016, 10:06 AM ]
2016/05/15 Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl

5/15/16 @ 11:25 PM
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

Waxing Gibbous


31° - 35° F

51° - 55° F
If you didn't travel north this weekend because of the forecast you missed out on a lot of fun, ice fishing clothes,winter boots, hand warmers and the oppurtunity to open water fish with snow coming down. The nice weather started on Friday, I had the chance to spend the day with three retired gentleman from Rockford, we had an ok morning catching walleyes, a couple nice crappies a perch and a pike. The afternoon however got real slow, the crew made it for a full 8 hours with a lot of good laughs. Our fish were caught in 8' rocks and wood, 10-12 wood and 16' river channel with wood. Woke up Saturday morning with snow on the ground and a strong nw wind. We started later morning in anticipation of the cold day. Scott was waiting at the dock with full ice fishing attire on. He said I've read your posts you've mentioned several times, a cold front in May is the toughest conditions, yep this is a worse case scenario . I greet each day with enthusiasm, but am honest, I told him I was looking forward to going out, it was going to be interesting to see if we would even catch a fish. We didn't have a shore lunch planned but if we had, I would have been digging in my freezer hoping to find a package of fish to thaw out. Scott came to fish, we started out on 13' wood on a flat and caught a fish, then 12-14 wood on the edge of a channel, caught a couple more fish... at days end we had endured occasional snow or ice balls, not sure at times what it was and caught 12 walleyes in water from 12-19' I was very happy. Today with the same fisherman and another dismal cold nw wind , though the 50* air felt warm compared to yesterday. We pounded a lot of spots with no hungry fish, hit one that had some 17-18" fish on it, a 9-10' hump with big stumps, then found fish in a 16-19' soft bottom spot to end up with a nice catch of fish. We enjoyed a shore dinner at the end of the day, I had the pleasure of spending days in the boat with some very passionate fisherman willing to fish in some less than fun conditions the last week. Thank you, better weather ahead.