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2016/06/18 Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl

posted Jul 26, 2016, 5:12 AM by Jeff Robl   [ updated Jul 26, 2016, 5:12 AM ]
2016/06/18 Fishing Report - Turtle Flambeau Flowage - Mercer Wisconsin - Jeff Robl
6/18/16 @ 1:52 AM
Jeff Robl
Bobber Down Turtle Flambeau
USER since 7/10/12

Waxing Gibbous

Partly Sunny

71° - 75° F

66° - 70° F

On my commute from Fisherman's to Bastine to pick up customers this morning  I could see the mayflies on the flat water, I stopped to look, could see the shells and the already dead adults, last night when I came in I knew it was a big hatch but honestly as big as I have ever seen.

Hymmm  completely flat water, bright skies, massive hatch, this outta be a fun morning, I sure am glad I don't have a shore lunch today. I've always said the toughest day of the year is a severe cold front in early May. I like to be honest with people, when I greeted Scott May 14th as he stood on the dock with ice fishing gear on and the ground white with snow, I  told him we might not catch a walleye today , we caught 12, I was very pleased. You don't greet a father, son and grandfather in the same manner as a diehard prepared to fish in any condition.

You know the story has a good ending or I would have gone to bed already... we fished from 8am-3pm kept 7 walleyes, probably would have caught more but ran  into jumbo perch up to 11", kept 14, released smaller ones and some nice smallmouth. We fished in 11-14' over snaggy wood, our best walleye spot was a small 11' hump with hard sand and a lot of scattered wood. Interestingly I hadn't fished it yet this year, last year didn't do much on it but the year before caught a lot of fish off of it, I NEVER forget a good spot.

Our last stop on the way back was in 17', wood on edge of what was the Turtle River, youngest fisherman, 12 year old Nate yanked out our biggest walleye an 18"off this spot. For the day he also caught the biggest perch and the biggest smallmouth.

We caught most of our fish on crawlers today, did catch a couple on fatheads. A couple of weeks ago I splurged and bought a doz. big red tail chubs ,( about the same price as a Wi. friday night fish fry) they have mostly been just going for a boat ride in my live well. At one of the spots today we put one on a bobber on my end of the boat. It was about 30ft. out when after 10 min. it went down and out of sight, I told Nate to come to the back of the boat as I slowly took up slack line then handed him the pole, the fish swam from 30' out to under the boat, with the slack line out ,I told Nate, now! and he lowered the boom on what I thought would be a big walleye, turned out to be our biggest bass, forgot how much they love them too. I was happy the hook easily came out of the bass.

I had a late day trip and as happened in recent days  our late day trip bite really died, we caught a few fish but nothing like earlier in the day. I would suggest getting out the first half of the day if you can't fish all day.