Turtle Flambeau Flowage Walleyes:
The famous Turtle Flambeau Flowage, (17,000 acres of
water) is rated by the Wisconsin D.N.R. as having one of
the best walleye populations per acre of water in the
state. Laid out with open mud flat areas, miles and miles
of river channels, log jams, rock, and sand shorelines,
submerged as well as visible stump fields, hundreds of
center lake rock and mud humps, back bays, islands,
bogs, and numerous weed beds allows  “Doc” to
teach you numerous presentations
that put walleyes in the boat.
Turtle Flambeau Flowage Small Mouth Bass:
Although much known for its fantastic walleye fishing the
Turtle Flambeau Flowagealso boasts a excellent
population of Small Mouth Bass. With 17,000 acres of
superb small mouth habitat, abundant feed,and acres of
prime spawning areas the small mouth population on the
Turtle Flambeau Flowage has exploded in the last 10
years. Commonlyreferred to as “footballs”, the Turtle
Flowage produces much heavier smallie
than the average inch to pound
ratio than most other bodies of water.
From early spring to late fall the
small mouth can be found roaming
the various structures of the TFF.
The walleye is one of the most highly prized game fishes
in Wisconsin. Thousands are caught each year during
their spring spawning runs. Walleyes are primarily
minnow feeders, but leeches, small bullheads, night
crawlers, and various small plugs are favorite baits. In
clear waters, walleyes usually stay in deeper areas during
the day, moving into the shallows at night. In more turbid
waters, they can be caught throughout the day. The large,
unusual eyes of the walleye are designed to help them
easily find their prey.
State Record:  Walleye 18 lbs. 0 oz.  
09/16/1933 High Lake  Vilas County
Pound for pound the smallmouth bass is the scrappiest
fish of all Wisconsin. It is usually associated with a rocky
stream or lake environment where its favorite food, the
crayfish, is abundant. Some of the best lake fishing takes
place in June during, and just after, the spawning
season, and in early fall. Natural baits like hellgrammites,
dragonfly larvae and crayfish are especially effective
during early morning or late evening. (Note: in Wisconsin
it is illegal to possess live crayfish while fishing or while
possessing angling equipment on any inland water,
except the Mississippi River.) Probably the best artificial
baits are those used on the surface. Light tackle is ideal.
Fish quietly, casting toward rocks or logs, keeping the
rod tip up the line taut.
State Record:  Smallmouth   9 lbs. 1 oz.  
06/21/1950 Indian Lake  Oneida County
The natural home for the musky is in the northern lakes
and rivers. It is a solitary fish and lurks in weed beds or
other protective cover. Anglers usually have the best luck
fishing during the daytime. Large plugs, spoons, and
bucktails are the best artificial baits. A live fish bait 10-12
inches long is also good.
State Record:  Muskellunge 69 lbs. 11 oz.
10/20/1949 Chippewa Flowage  Sawyer County
The black crappie is considered an excellent game fish
when taken on light tackle. Extreme care must be taken in
landing these fish because their mouths are very tender.
Anglers specializing in catching black crappie know that
to be successful the bait must be kept constantly moving.
The best baits are small minnows, small maribou-covered
jigs, plastic minnows, or small streamer flies cast along
the outer edges of weed beds. The crappie lies in weed
beds in deep water during the day and bite best in early
morning or toward evening. In summer, with the
abundance of small fish for feed, they are more difficult to
catch. Small minnows are used as bait in winter.
State Record: Crappie, Black  4 lbs. 8 oz.
8/12/1967 Gile Flowage  Iron County
Plain garden worms are the favorite bait for bluegills, but
they can be caught on a number of different types of
lures. The fly fisher can have fun with poppers, especially
in spring and early summer, when nests are concentrated
in shallow water. Most large bluegills are taken in deep
water during the summer months by drifting with the wind
using worms. Wintertime jigging in the weed beds with
grubs or mousies on ice jigs also produce excellent

State Record: Bluegill 2 lbs. 9.8 oz.
8/02/1995 Green Bay  Brown County
Northern Pike
Unlike other common species of game fish, northern pike
are most active when the water is cool. The northern pike
is quite accommodating to anglers, biting best during the
daylight hours. Being a predator, northerns prefer live
fish baits, and wobbling spoons. They are a favorite target
of ice fisherman with tip-ups.
State Record:  Northern Pike  38 lbs. 0 oz.
8/06/1952 Lake Puckaway  Green Lake County  
Yellow perch are primarily bottom feeders with a slow
deliberate bite. They eat almost anything, but prefer
minnows, insect larvae, plankton, and worms. Tackle may
range from a simple handline or a fly rod in summer to a
short, whippy, jigging rod in winter. Because perch
prefer cooler water, the best fishing is usually in deep
water. Perch move about in schools, often numbering in
the hundreds. If one spot is unproductive after a few
tries, it is best to move to other spots until a school is

State Record:  Perch, Yellow  3 lbs. 4 oz.  
1954 Lake Winnebago  Winnebago County
Yellow Perch
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