Fishing on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage
Walleye: The famous Turtle Flambeau Flowage, (19,000 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 make for excellent fish habitat.
Smallmouth Bass: Although much known for its fantastic walleye fishing, the Turtle Flambeau Flowage also boasts an excellent population of Smallmouth Bass. With 19,000 acres of superb smallmouth habitat, abundant feed, and acres of prime spawning areas the smallmouth population on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage has exploded in the last six years. Commonly referred to as “footballs”, the Turtle Flambeau Flowage produces much heavier smallies than the average inch-to-pound ratio than most other bodies of water. From early spring to late fall the smallmouth can be found roaming the various structures of the TFF.
Musky: In order to determine the status of the musky population, survey crews returned after the walleye spawning season to obtain information on the general health of the musky population. A total of 253 musky were captured through this effort. Of the total fish sampled, 14% or 36 fish were larger than 40 inches in length. 30% (76) were greater than 36 inches. The largest musky sampled was 51+ inches in length and over 45 lbs. Based on this survey, the Flowage continues to demonstrate its ability to provide outstanding trophy musky angling opportunities.