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Flowage - Dan Small Contributing Editor Wisconsin Outdoor News
This 14,000-acre flowage is the main attraction
among Iron County’s many lakes. Depths range
up to 55 feet, but much of the flowage is less than
10 feet deep. Vegetation is scarce; deep structure
is limited. The stained water keeps walleyes active
during daylight hours.
“In winter we like to get out early,” said Mike
“Doc” Sabec, of Doc’s Guide Service. “We have
our best fishing on two to four inches of ice on
mud humps in four to six feet of water.”
Early in the season, Sabec likes to fish on the
tops and along the edges of these humps and
shoreline wood adjacent to humps. Come midwinter,
he moves to the nine- to 10-foot flats, where
walleyes roam in large schools. At the end of the
season, he finds them in as little as a foot of water
under two feet or more of ice.
“We’ll put some tip-ups out in seven to eight
feet,” he said. “But we always have some in a foot
of water. That’s where we catch the biggest fish.”
Sabec and his son Nate bait tip-ups with a sucker
or shiner and rarely do any jigging. They offer
guided trips and a rental shanty when they’re not
guiding.
Last winter, heavy snow hampered travel on the
flowage, but action was good when anglers were
able to get out.
If you go: Access points include the public boat
landings at the county park on Hwy. FF, at the end of
Fisherman’s Landing Road off Popko Circle, and at
Schenebeck’s Point on Flowage Road off Hwy. 182.
Contacts: Doc’s Guide Service, (715) 476-2305; Mercer
Chamber of Commerce, (715) 476-2389.
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