Popp's Resort is located on the
wild shores of the 1,600 acre High Falls Flowage, part of the
Peshtigo River in Northeast Wisconsin and home of the new Peshtigo
River State Forest. High Falls Flowage is most noted for its
32 miles of wild shores which have given up many a trophy Walleye,
Musky and Bass. When you see the granite outcropping, islands
and forested shores, you will swear you are in Canada.
High Falls Flowage is one of
the few places in Wisconsin where fishermen can enjoy endless
opportunities. Not only can you catch a variety of fish but the
potential for landing a trophy is always present. Whether it
be a 10 pound Walleye, 6 pound Bass, or a 50 pound Musky, they
all swim in High Falls Flowage.
Along with these large specimens,
there are plenty of Crappie, Bluegill and Perch to satisfy the
pan fisherman. The spring fishing starts in mid-April when the
water begins to warm. Bluegills begin to move into the shallow
in search of spawning areas. This is the time to bring out your
fly rod or just bait a hook with a worm and enjoy the action.
The first two weeks in May are
"Walleye Time". Fathead minnows work best fishing the
rocky areas in 10 to 15 feet of water. The bridge and North Narrows
are generally the hot spots. As the water warms, the Walleye
move deeper and get into their summer habitat. Crawlers and leeches
work at this time in the deeper water. High Falls Flowage has
a reputation for growing trophy Walleyes. The best time to go
after them is late fall with a large minnow in 20 to 30 feet
Smallmouth Bass are also popular
fish in the flowage. Like the Musky, they are a self-sustaining
population with no stocking. Smallmouth Bass are present in both
high numbers and large sizes. Many fish in excess of five pounds
are taken each year. The largest fish taken last year tipped
the scales with 6 lb. 8 oz. That particular fish was released
back into the water.
Smallmouth Bass commonly bite
on leeches. Small crank baits work well for both Smallmouth and
Large mouth Bass when they are active. Mid-May to mid-June is
an excellent time to land a Bass. They are in the shallows spawning,
and easy to catch. You may also hit a lot of Bluegills at that
By late June, the Large mouth
Bass are active and remain so until the late fall. Both the weed
lines and the thick weeds are productive in summer. Chartreuse
spinner baits and weedless spoons are top baits. In Fall, the
Large mouth Bass move along the weed lines. Switch your presentation
to either crank baits or jigs.
During the past ten years, High
Falls Flowage has really come into its own as a top notch Musky
water. Muskies have never been stocked in High Falls Flowage.
The were first stocked in Caldron Falls Flowage back in the fifties.
In the past 30 years, they have managed to filter into High Falls
Flowage. The Musky population in High Falls Flowage is self-sustaining
and expanding each year. Due to excellent natural reproduction,
this fishery should continue in the future.
Musky season opens the end of May.
They bite on bucktails early in the season, changing to jerk
baits and surface baits in mid-August. As Fall rolls around,
crank baits work best. Both September and October are prime time
for a wall hanger. Over 50% of the Muskies caught out of High
Falls Flowage last year were over 20 pounds. If a trophy Musky
is your dream, then High Falls Flowage is as good as anywhere.
It is believed that in the near future, another 50 pound muskie
will come out of High Falls Flowage.
Both Bluegills and Crappie are
prolific on the Flowage. If the fishing gets slow for the larger
fish, pan fish action is always consistent. Crappie fishing is
excellent from mid-May through June when they are in shallow
spawning. Work the shallow brush with minnows or small jigs.
In Summer and Fall, the schools of Crappie roam the weed lines.
High Falls Flowage has variety
of fish. There is superb fishing for fishermen of all ages. Whether
you are after a trophy or looking for a meal to fry up, High
Falls Flowage is your place.
Download and print our Brochure