Yes, it surely is. Every body of water we fished there were loons. Saw quite a few on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage, and there was at least a pair on all other lakes that we fished near Mercer Wisconsin.
Dan Stefanich of Dan Stefanich Outdoors and I headed north last week to tape a TV show for Illinois Outdoors. I'm working on editing it now and it will be on the air in early July. You'll get to see a variety of fish that were caught and I took a lot of photos during the TV shoot.
During our stay we got a well rounded education of the Mercer area. Dan and I got to fish not only with Tina and Lisa from the Mercer Chamber, but also with guides Bobby Orr of Orr's Outdoors, Jerry Hartigan of Jerkbait Guide Service, Mike "Doc" Sabec, Doc's Guide Service and John Andrew, The Angler's Choice Guide Service.
There were a couple other guides available. Jeff Robl of Bobber Down Guide Service and Erv Keller of Erv Keller Guide Service were available but we didn't get to fish with them. There were a few other outdoor writers up in Mercer at the time and they kept Erv and Jeff pretty busy.
Smallmouth bass and walleye were the main target for the fishing, but we got to fish one afternoon for muskie too.
Personally, I'm very pleased with the performance of the guides who worked with us. They worked hard having several days of wind up to 25 miles an hours and gusts to near 40 MPH. At times it was quite brutal being on the water but that's Mother Nature. She threw us a couple other curves too. Upon our arrival there was a major mayfly hatch. We also experience a cold front that had temperatures that ran in the mid to upper 80's then plummet to the overnight 40's.
None the less, we caught fish. Some were very respectable fish. The bass season was catch and release only. Dan brought home a bunch of walleye and perch fillets.
The best bite was on an eighth ounce jig with either a fathead minnow or half of a night crawler. We got most of our fish on rocky points and drop offs, and weed edges. In the eleventh hour we got to fish for muskie. I got one about 30 inches into the boat and had one follow and one on that was lost. Dan had a couple follows and one one with a loss. Our guide Bobby Orr had a couple follows. We had a policy set for the boat. Follows only counted if two or more people actually saw the fish. Our numbers were legit. Mercer can be considered very good for muskie too.
Our lodging was provided by the Deadhorse Lodge and we thank you for the Northern Hospitality. It was nice to get up in the morning and enjoy a cup of coffee while on the deck and looking out on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage.
We enjoyed some fine dining up north.... but details on that will be coming later. For now, enjoy the photos of some of the sights and fish that were caught in Mercer Wisconsin. For more information on the area, visit the chamber website at www.MercerCC.com.