Jigging walleyes has always been the most
    productive method and presentation when fishing
    the Turtle Flambeau or other Mercer area lakes.
    Tipped with a minnow or half crawler, the weedless
    jig is a very effective way to work wood areas,
    rocks, and weed lines. The Invasion Jig in the 1/8
    oz. size and various colors is a excellent choice.
    With a plastic weed gaurd and wire hook will get
    you into where the fish are without to much trouble
    with snags.

    Doc's Tackle Box:
    Mike "Doc" Sabec has been a professional
    fishing guide for the last 25 some years in
    the Mercer area.  As a lifetime resident of
    Mercer, Wisconsin, "Doc" has been fishing
    the Turtle Flambeau Flowage and Mercer
    area lakes for 38 years. “Doc” spends on
    average 200 days a year fishing the Turtle
    Flambeau and area lakes, specializing in
    walleye, small mouth bass, crappie, and
    early spring jumbo perch.  As we plan to
    head into the Mercer area to fish, for the
    first time or a seasoned veteran, a few
    tackle tips are always helpful. Doc has put
    together a few tackle suggestions for
    products that he recommends and uses on
    a daily basis.

    Small Mouth Bass love scented tubes. The 4"tube
    imitates the crayfish, and the small mouth's number 1
    source of food in our area is the crayfish. The Turtle
    Flambeau and Mercer are lakes are full of crayfish
    making the 4" tube the bait of choice. Rig the tube
    with either a 1/16th or 1/8th oz tube jig. Vertical
    jigging these tubes around wood and weeds or
    casting and retrieving in a jigging motion can prove
    to be deadly for the small mouth. The ISG 4" tube in
    the "Crawdad" color is Doc's first choice, followed by
    the Watermelon Chartreuse and then the Goby.  A
    slowfall with crawler or minnow also produce well.
Watermelon Chartreuse
    The Mercer area lakes and the Turtle Flambeau
    flowage are abundant with crappie. Although not
    always easy to find on a consistent basis in the
    summer months, the crappie presentations and tackle
    are quite simple. I like to use a small 1/16th oz. jig
    which can be weedless or plain. Light line, (4 lb. test)
    and a soft tipped rod always adds a advantage to your
    success. Color of the jigs doesn't seem to matter as
    much as where the presentation is offered to the
    crappie. A small fathead minnow on the small jigs
    always works best. Crappies suspend most of the time
    over brush, cribs, weed lines, and deep water so it is
    very important to get the bait in their feeding zone.
    Slip bobber set ups can also work well when wanting
    to fish a desired depth over the top of structure.
    The Turtle Flambeau Flowage has one of the best
    populations of jumbo perch around. Jumbo, meaning
    perch are common in the 10-15 inch range. I like to
    work a 1/16th oz. jig tipped with a 1 inch piece of
    crawler. Wood and weeds are key in finding the active
    perch in spring and summer months. The best fishing
    of all for the perch is the last week in April. Fall drives
    the perch to the deeper river channels, the deeper the
    better. Fall, use a fathead minnow instead of the
    Over the last 5 years or so we have seen a explosion of
    bluegill on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage. Gills up to 10-
    11 inches can be found around wood and weedy areas.
    Cribs provide a good shelter for the bluegill along with
    stump fields with good root systems. Small light jigs
    tipped with a small piece of crawler or worms work best
    to vertical jig these areas. Slip bobbers with the light jigs
    and worms set about a foot over the cribs, weed edges,
    and stump fields is also a great way to take these nice
    flowage gills.
Yellow Perch
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