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Plmlk
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9/29/14 7:49 PM CST
I agree on the Crappies after the dam in Waterford Mr. Bass. Kind of puzzled by that myself. I've caught very few Crappie on the canal this year, and I've put some time in trying to find them too... Beginning to wonder if they are in there like they used to be.

From what I know of the dredging project (nothing official, just picked up a few things from conversations with people who live in the area)I'm not sure if it will change patterns much. The part that they are dredging is less than two feet deep, with 2 feet of muck below that. Not an area that I would fish, or even consider fishing. With the exception of junk fish, you don't typically see many game fish, Crappie, or Gills in 18 inches of water on top of a structureless mud flat.

The dredging project will likely only make the channel a bit deeper in the center, and offer better access to the DNR boat launch, and some of the homes in the shallow bays. Certainly not a fish biologist, but from what I know of Tichigan and the Fox leading up to it, it will make it better.

The bridge on Hwy. 20 is a bit different, the structure that the Crappie liked was removed and replaced with rock and cement pillars.

Could be completely wrong on this too... Just my initial reaction...

Almost forgot about the comments on all the homes for sale. That started around 2009 or so. The economy went south, some folks lots their jobs, and the ones who didn't were mindful of their expenditures. I've wanted to live on Tichigan or the Fox for years now, and usually pay close attention to the homes that go up for sale. I think the number of homes for sale on this waterway has been fairly consistent over the last two or three years.

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9/29/14 1:42 AM CST
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The past few times on the River above Waterford I have noticed quite a few homes for sale. A friend who lives in the area has the opinion this is related to the possibility of 'river dredging' and a high assessment to homeowners if this occurs. Another friend says its coincidence.

As far as fishing, any type of dredging,weed removal, silt removal, etc would certainly affect the fish. Any facts on this Plmlk.

Fact: The Hwy 20 bridge on the canal was an excellent early season spot for numerous crappies years ago, right up to when the old bridge was removed and the present one put in. Never been the same. Current patterns were changed.

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9/28/14 8:35 PM CST
Plmlk is right as usual. And he needs alot of lines to catch fish, trust me.

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9/28/14 8:17 PM CST
Since always...

You can fish with 3 hooks, lures, or bait.

Sometimes I cast a pole out with two Twister Tails on it for Walleye (see attached pic). That counts as two lines.

Last Friday we only had 5 lines out, we could of had 6 because there was two of us...

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9/28/14 7:52 PM CST
Since when can u fish with 3 poles... pretty sure the limit is 2...

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9/28/14 3:34 PM CST
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Shore fishing tough out here but always get couple of fish when I take my grandson out here. Couple smallies today on crawler pieces.

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9/27/14 9:15 AM CST
Me and buddy from work took a half day of vacation yesterday and hit the canal.

Had 5 rods lined up off the side of the boat by my favorite bridge. Caught nothing but a couple of dinky Perch after two hours. Left and went to another spot and caught absolutely nothing. Picked up the anchor and moved again.

Caught a dozen Yellow Bass and 3 Drum at our last spot. My buddy had to leave at 6, so we were only there a little more than an hour. It was a good catch for an hour of fishing, but certainly not great fishing, as we spent spent 4 hours trying to find some fish that were willing to cooperate.

Fun afternoon...

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9/23/14 8:57 AM CST
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Waded upriver below the Rochester Dam. Water is oddly low and crystal clear. Only 4 smallmouth under 8" to show for it. Fun as always.

Plmlk
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9/21/14 8:25 PM CST
Great to see you come out of retirement Gill. That grandson of yours is keeping you busy - I love it!

Not sure what the deal is this year with the Yellow Bass, but they are pretty thick this year. I really enjoy catching them. They put a decent fight, and have a pretty nice thick back for the fillet knife.

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Gill 1774
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9/21/14 5:14 PM CST
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Decided Plmlk shouldn't get all the fish so took grandson and did some shore fishing in the river. Not fast action but few fish including Jakes first yellow bass and a decent largemouth for me.

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Plmlk
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9/20/14 8:58 PM CST
The water in the canal was flowing from the Fox toward Wind Lake today - don't see that very often, it is usually the other way around. Still have not figured that one out...

Caught 2 Smallies, a bunch of Yellow Bass, a couple of Gills, a few catfish, and of course my favorite - the lowly Drum...

Second trip in a row with no Walleyes, just when I thought they were turning on too...

Only kept Yellow Bass this evening - let everybody else go.

Plmlk
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9/19/14 8:00 PM CST
Holy cow is the water clear, can't hardly believe it. You can easily see 5 feet down. I know the water in my pictures does not look clear, but the pics are taken in the canal, not the Fox proper...

The canal is always stained...

At any rate, Went out from 5 to 630. Fishing wasn't non stop, but enough to keep a guys interest. No Walleye tonight, just Perch, Drum, Kitties, and Striped Bass. I didn't knock em' dead, but caught enough to have a fish fry...

Did the usual, hung a few rods over the side of the boat with slip sinker rigs.

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9/17/14 8:01 AM CST
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Waded the fox last night with my usual fishing buddy. Water appeared low despite the USGS site showing a higher average depth than most of the summer. The current was still strong and had plenty of deep pockets available. Like plmlk stated the water is very surprisingly clear, I was astounded at the clarity even after all the rain we have had! Anyway it was an eventful night with plenty of hits, a huge group of carp that kept circling us, and a giant pike that gave my bud a nice spook. HA

Ended up with one 8-9" smallmouth each, and also got a nice 16" right before dark! Hopefully the hot fall fishing is here! Will be out again soon I hope.

Plmlk
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9/14/14 8:25 PM CST
Today was another fun day. To bad I have to go to work tomorrow - wish I could fish everyday!

Today was a bit slower than yesterday, but still caught enough to make it worth while.

Also, can't believe how clear the water is getting on the river. I've never noticed the water this clear before. You can easily see down 5 feet. The pic. is about 2 feet of water.

Only caught one eye today, and it was 15 inches on the nose.

Same deal as yesterday, just hanging crawlers and fathead off the side of the boat in the deepest water I could find - which is about 6 feet.

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9/14/14 10:05 AM CST
One thing I forgot to mention... If your fishing the Fox right now, bring lots, and lots of crawlers.

For the Yellow Bass, Drum, Gills, and Kitties you only need a little chunk, but for Walleye it needs to be darn near 3/4 of a crawler, as a Walleye won't touch a little chunk.

Now imagine how many of those Yellow Bass bite your crawler in half and you have to replace it with another crawler. You go through a bunch of bait this way, but at least you are set up to catch Mr. Walleye when he comes swimming by...

I had today reserved for Tichigan, but don't think that I'm going to make it... Think I'm gonna have to fish the Fox again - after I buy some more crawlers of course...

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