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Turtle-Flambeau 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.