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Plmlk
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8/31/14 6:17 PM CST
I didn't plan on going out on the canal this morning, but I had made a few adjustments on the carb of my 9.9 Evinrude and wanted to see how she ran.

I didn't fish for more than thirty minutes or so and caught 3 kitties and a Carp.

Fun stuff, the carp put up a nice battle on the ultra light.

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8/30/14 10:02 PM CST
Almost went to Tichigan this afternoon, but when I got to the launch there was way too many trailers, so I took the big boat back home, and opted to take the skiff out on the Fox instead.

The bite was not as good as yesterday, the cold front must of had the fish out of sorts...

Caught some Drum (always good for the frying pan), Gills, Kitties, and two short Eyes. The biggest Eye was 13 inches - but they are always fun to catch...

I'll be back at it tomorrow.

Pretty simple fishing tonight, just hung a few rods off the side of the boat tipped with crawler halfs...

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8/29/14 9:12 PM CST
A few more...

Some small kitties, and small Smallies...

Really a fun night, but no monsters...

The feed bag isn't quite on yet, but the fish are starting to get a bit more aggressive.

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8/29/14 9:09 PM CST
So the first pic cracks me up...

Really? What was that little guy thinking? For some reason a 4 inch Twister looked like a good meal to a 5 inch Perch - funny stuff.

Caught some okay pannies tonight, but had to do a bit of sorting. I've never caught more 5 inch Perch in all my days, not a keeper in the bunch. Did catch some Gills, Crappie, and Yellow Bass that were worthy of the cast iron pan.

Interesting evening... When I hung a rod off the side of the boat I got very little action. However, while lowering a crawler half off the side of the boat I got a few fish. If I let it sit nothing - so I let two poles hang off the side of the boat while jigging the remaining pole. The pole that I was jigging with caught more fish by far.

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8/28/14 5:48 PM CST
I've casted around a number of different things over the years on the Fox, and time and time again, nothing outperforms a Twister Tail for Game fish - Pike, Eyes, and Bass all smack Twister Tales. Lots of snags too, and Twister Tails are easy on the Wallet. Really frustrating to lose a Rapala or your favorite Spinner. Lose a Twister Tail and jig head and you might be out .50 cents.

For pannies nothing beats a crawler half under a bobber near sunken timber.

[This post was last edited on 8/28/14 at 8:12 PM]
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8/28/14 8:17 AM CST
Joe. I frequent that stretch below the Rochester Dam, and usually have some pretty good luck out there. It is pretty easy to wade usually, and around this time after the rain we just got you shouldn't have a problem getting around the shallow spots.

Sounds like I need to try out this twister tail approach myself. A buddy of mine has been throwing square-bills and getting some real nice smallies, but it may be too shallow/fast for spinners from my experience.

I have mostly been going after smallies, but have landed a few pike as well so I am sure there are plenty out there in the eddies and backwaters. My buddy lost a square-bill to what looked like a very big pike/musky, definitely big fish out there.

Might be down there this weekend, otherwise usually out there after work one or two times a week. I'll keep a look out for ya.

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8/28/14 7:49 AM CST
Okay guys THANKS for prompt reply. So sounds like shallow water between Rochester and Burlington...that doesn't bother me at all in small yak. Long drags/carries, rough banks, etc with yak no issue either. Thanks for comments on Big Bend area access also. If I dont get out this holiday weekend on the Fox I probably couldn't fish until 2 weekends later. I usually take a quick pic or two before release so whether a good or bad trip I'd post a report either way.

Regarding catching pike in these stretches is that something I shouldn't plan to target specifically (i have a knack for pike fishing in rivers)? From the sounds of the water described though it sounds like putting 3 or 4" twisters/swim-tails on jigs, shallow running square-bills, or smaller spinners would be best bet for smallies and and in doing so an occasional pike, channel cat, LMB, or other species may be caught.

Any other comments received fully appreciated of course...

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8/28/14 4:41 AM CST
I just took a ride to the Big Bend area to check out possible launch sites for a small boat. About 2 miles south of L as stated, there is a dirt road that takes you about 50- yards in to the river and to a small circle in the road. Somewhat overgrown. A small sign there says Waukesha Park system; it may have been a nice park one day but is certainly not kept up at this time. A kayak or canoe can be put in here. But not a boat on a trailer.

But in Big Bend itself on Janesville Road, there is a small park and Lions Clubhouse. A nice launch, picnic area, playground, pier, and parking are available. River looks shallow for a boat but perfect for kayak and canoe. From either of these spots, one could travel south and west to Edgewood Golf course. I have heard some really good fishing can be had there and if you are looking for a bit of 'wild and adventure' this could be the area.

I used to walk with waders in the Fox from Hwy 36 bridge to Rochester dam when water was low. I agree with comment to avoid boat with motor in this stretch.

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8/27/14 4:58 PM CST
You could make it to Burlington from Rochester in a kayak, but not with a small outboard / motor. This stretch of river has some really, really shallow spots. A good portion of river is less than a foot deep. That said, there are some deeper holes and this stretch of river holds a ton of fish. Lots of Smallies, LM Bass, Walleyes, White Bass, Kitties etc.... For me, the best thing to cast around is an orange / chartreuse Twister Tale.

As for the Big Bend area.. Same deal but the river is a bit deeper than between Burlington / Rochester. You can access this area on 164 just south of Highway L on the West side of the road. Not sure why, but over the years I have not caught more than a small handful of Smallies in this area. From my experience, the area before and after the Rochester Dam has considerably more Smallies, and it is common to catch them.

I fish all areas of the river the same. Sunken timber and a bit of depth = fish more times than not.

Also, I'd send cds a message. I think he knows the Fox better than anyone.

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8/27/14 12:57 PM CST
New to Lake-Link folks. But not new to fishingSmile

Was looking into kayak fishing the Fox for first time and was hoping to get some feedback. Looking at maps I targeted kayak fishing (maybe bring along waders also) the section between Rochester Dam and down to Burlington. I would bring a variety of stuff to throw (jig/grubs, spinners, some stick baits, other crank baits)...does this section hold enough smallies and pike or should I be looking at other Fox sections north or south of area I mentioned?

Also, any comments regarding further north like say west of Big Bend or south of Big Bend (areas that are perhaps little more skinny water, twisty, remote)?

Thanks in advance guys!

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8/22/14 3:25 PM CST
Plenty of downed timber in the water, but it easy to see and avoid.

As far as launch sites, there is the park in Rochester on the corner of highway W and D, as well as Whitford Park near Burger King...

Have fun

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8/22/14 7:41 AM CST
A couple of quick questions for those that fish this section of water:

1) I have a soft hull inflatable. Are there a lot of snags etc. between the 2 dams?

2) Are there any Public Access sites between the dams that I could launch/recover from?

Thanks for the help!

Boris

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8/22/14 5:27 AM CST
May be hitting Waterford or Rochester this Saturday night. Wondering what the bite is like

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8/21/14 6:51 PM CST
They have stones in their head? No wonder they are so easy to catch...

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8/21/14 8:09 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F
Went with my buddy to fish below the dam in Rochester. Fished from 6:00-8:15pm. I ended up with a couple tiny smallmouth, one 15", and two northern around 24" each. My buddy managed to get two real nice smallmouth both between 16-17". Unfortunately no pics, we were too afraid to bring our phones while wading through the river.

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