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Lake Information for Turtle Flambeau Flowage


The Turtle-Flambeau Flowage was created in 1926 when Chippewa and Flambeau Improvement Company (CFIC) built a dam on the Flambeau River downstream from its confluence with the Turtle River. The dam flooded sixteen natural lakes and forms an impoundment of approximately 14,000 acres. The Flowage was intended to provide flood protection and to augment river flows for hydro-electric plants operated by downstream electric utilities and paper mills.

Fishing Description: 

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.

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. "Smallies" in the Flowage are exceptionally heavy fish for their length.

Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
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Turtle Flambeau Flowage

Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Flambeau Flowage Sports
  • 5228 N Us-51 - Mercer, WI
  • (715) 476-2526
    Townline Sports
  • 5198 S Us Highway 51 - Manitowish Wtrs, WI
  • (715) 543-2371
    Turtle River Trading Company
  • 5227 N Us-51 - Mercer, WI
  • (715) 476-0123

Boat Rental

    All Pro Marine
  • 4491 Lyon Rd E - Hurley, WI
  • (715) 561-4800

Bar and Restaurant

    Rugger's Landing Bar & Restrnt
  • 5643 N Us-51 - Mercer, WI
  • (715) 476-2530
    Heart of the North Bar & Grill
  • 5262 N Lakeview Rd - Mercer, WI
  • (715) 476-3562

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