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Boating on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage can be
memorable in many ways. You do need to exercise
caution the Flowage has an abundance of stumps,
logs, and rock bars. Water levels continue to be
raised or lowered to benefit downstream
hydroelectric plants. Even if you think you know
your way around these changing water levels mean you must slow way down in some
areas. A guide is recommended for first time visitors - activities like water skiing and jet
skiing have some areas, but very limited.
The Flowage provides the best of north woods fishing experiences.
The Flowage supports a diversity of native warm water fish species
including walleye, muskellunge, northern pike, smallmouth and
largemouth bass, lake sturgeon, and various panfish species.
The Flowage is best known for its superb walleye fishery. Walleye are by far the most
abundant gamefish and provide the majority of sport fish harvest. Natural reproduction
and abundance of catchable size walleye are outstanding.
Black crappie has proven to provide some exceptional panfishing during the early
summer months and through the ice. Like all crappie populations they are cyclic and
when numbers are up fishing is tremendous.
The Turtle Flambeau Flowage has a good population of jumbo perch. Best times to fish
these jumbos is early spring, (fall) September / October. Weed edges and heavy wooded
areas produce the best results.
Bluegill population has exploded in the last ten years. Nice gills up to 10" are now being
caught. Weeds and wood seem to hold the best action.
Muskies provide outstanding trophy angling. In the past muskies in excess of 50 pounds
have been caught. Annual stocking is used to supplement the limited natural reproduction.
Smallmouth bass provide quality fishing when action is slow for other species. Thick
wood areas provide the best cover and small mouth action. "Smallies" in the Flowage are
exceptionally heavy fish for their length.