Solo outing on the Willow Flowage, WI

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  1. Danno

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    First time visiting the Willow flowage, which is about 20 minutes NW of Tomahawk WI. There are 33 primitive campsites on this flowage with most being boat in only. Arrived at the boat landing just as a severe T-storm hit...50 mph winds, 3" rain, power knocked out all over the place. After the first front passed thru I launched the boat and immediately got hit by the second wave of the storm. Thank God for GPS or I'd never have found a campsite. Got pretty well soaked setting up the tent, but that and sleeping gear all stayed dry. Later the sun came out and had time to get the rest of the camp set up. More storms thru the night, at one point the tent floor was off the ground from all the water flowing underneath. Felt like a waterbed.....

    Next day broke bright and sunny. On the lake early, caught a few fish here and there before landing a 26" Northern. Dinner! Later that day was putzing around the campsite, happened to look up and there was a doe six feet away looking right back at me. This thing had no fear of me at all, and actually came in a little closer. I was a bit un-nerved to say the least! It hung around for fifteen minutes, enough time for me to walk back to the boat and get the camera. Finally it wandered off into the woods. Later on I fried up the northern with some spuds and onions. tasty!

    Next several days were pretty much the same. Fishing was slow with all the weather changes going on. Caught a few naps in the hammock and did some reading during mid day. Lots of Osprey and Bald Eagles about. Might have had an Osprey nest close by as two were always close to the campsite. The doe never came back but I did see a few along the shoreline thru the week.

    All in all a fun trip. Planning on one or two more trips before fall. IMG_0371.JPG IMG_0365.JPG IMG_0370.JPG
     
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    Now that is a relaxing weekend. Bad weather has never bothered me either. Thanks for posting.
     
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    That doe was looking for a hand out...
     
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    Wow, I'm itching for that kind of weekend. Nice to see you getting out!

    Just like grandma taught me though, "that big a fish eh? Did you get a picture?" :D
     
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    Nice Timberline. I like the fishing boat too.
     
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    Willow flowage was one of my favorite spots while going to school in Stevens Point . Spent many weekends there
     
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    It's good you had some nice weather too. Any Musky fishing? I know that it's good in some of those flowages in Northern Wisconsin. I remember seeing some stuffed big ones in a bar in Hayward. They were as big as my leg.
     
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    Don't have big enough rigs for Musky! I've seen those in the Hayward bars too and.... Damn!

    I hope to hit this flowage more often and learn how to fish it a little better. Just looked at some recent fishing reports and most of the recent action was in much shallower water than I was in.
     
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    Other than the storm it sounds like a fun trip! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Glad you had a good trip young fellar. Thanks for the pictures. joe
     
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    Looked like a great trip. Have been out on my boat a lot in the last month. Thanks for sharing.
     

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