Fishing Reports

Mercer Wisconsin Fishing Reports




 1/28/15 11:30 PM CST


 Ice Depth: 16" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 21° - 25° F Water, Temp: Below 40° F


I want to thank Tina from the Mercer chamber for the opportunity to help showcase some of the winter fishing on the TFF.  This film clip  aired recently but was filmed last year. Outdoor Wisconsin | Program | #3103 - Featuring Jeff Robl.  You can also find it on Lake-Link. Ice-fishing enthusiasts won't want to miss Jeff Kelm's segment from the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage near Mercer.


 Back to today's report.

The ice fishing this season has a lot of people scratching their heads like Catchinfish in his last post. We are catching fish and having some action each time out but in general it has been slow. Why? I don't know.


I can assure catchinfish and everyone else out there, it is not for a lack of walleyes in the TFF. This fall we had tremendous fishing. I don't always count fish and less frequently post numbers but to illustrate my point in one 4 day stretch in October we caught ( and obviously released most) 242 walleyes. There were small fish but there were also a high percentage of fish I would be happy to be taking through the ice right now.


I personally think we went into this ice season with more and a slightly bigger size structure then going into last winter.


There is a lot of ice fishing left hopefully the bite will pick up.



Jeff Robl, Fishing Guide


Bobber Down Guide Service


(715) 776-0140


4816 N Little Pike Lake Rd.


Mercer, Wisconsin 54547 USA




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1/23/15 12:46 PM CST

Ice Depth: 16" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 26° - 30° F Water Temp: Below 40° F

Travel report is the same as the last report (see previous report) a few people are driving trucks out, you can probably get out from Donner's bay or Springstead landing with a 4 wheeler and stay on the packed trails, if you go off the trails far you will encounter slush and likely have problems. Snowmobiles are travelling freely.

Having some luck on walleyes and pike , in shallower water, 3-10', shorelines and humps with structure. I have mainly fished late morning until an hour after dark, the best bite has been at sunset and an hour after. I would expect the same bite early morning. Have heard of some crappies and perch being caught in the 20' range in original lake basins.

Have made a lot of friends through guiding, Jeff and Mark and Mark's kids were some of my first` customers, and they sure can cook! Some of the menu included: beef and pork ribs marinated several ways, sirloin steak again different marinades, in the fryer of coarse some fresh walleye, battered mushrooms, cauliflower, French fries, and battered pickles. Two items I had never had were the pickles , battered and fried (sliced dill), and grilled bacon wrapped asparagus. Jeff and Mark cooked and we ate for 5 hours, if you never had the last two items mentioned give them a try, the food was awesome.
Bobber Down Guide Service
(715) 776-0140