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Plmlk
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7/27/14 7:43 PM CST
Slowest day this Summer on the Fox and drainage canal. Started in the canal and noticed something I had not seen before. The water flow was from the Fox toward Wind Lake, not the other way around as it is typically. Thought that was interesting. I assume Wind Lake must be low, and the sod farmers are using the canal water for irrigation.

At any rate, only one small cat, two or three small Yellow Bass, and a Drum.

Left the canal and tried the main river. Found a couple 5 inch Perch, that was it.

Looks like the dog days of Summer are upon us. Slowest day I've had since early Spring...

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7/23/14 4:45 AM CST
Thanks. I almost forgot about the park in Rochester--good idea. Used to fish with dough balls as a kid there for carp.

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7/22/14 6:06 PM CST
Mr Bass I don't fish from shore I use waders but there are a variety of fish in Waterford by library. I also fish from shore in Rochester in the little park before the dam fish Crawlers close to shore for the Gills.

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7/21/14 6:56 PM CST
Fishing out on the canal as I speak. Pretty solid evening so far, three kitties, four Drum, and a half dozen Yellow Bass. I'd post more pics, but the mobile version only lets you post one picture at a time. Pretty simple fishing this evening, vertical jigging crawler halfs and leeches. You can tell my boys have been using the boat, the fish basket is missing in action, and so is the net, and there is almost no gas. We'll get them all hooked up again tomorrow...

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7/21/14 10:50 AM CST
JaytheFisher, sounds like a fun day with all the variety, but that's the river. I assume you fished off the shore somewhere. I am looking for a river fishing location for the grandkids, especially if a variety of fish can be had--size not important, just action. I would guess with the variety of fish you listed, you were in the Burlington waters. Would you care to be more specific? Thanks.

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7/20/14 9:45 PM CST
Was out today with my bro Danny. We had a lot of action we caught over 100 Gills that were 7 inches or under most being 6 inches or so 1 Smallie that was 14inches 2 10inch Crappies and a bunch of small Channel Cats. Fun day even though we couldn't find the big ones.

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7/16/14 4:49 PM CST
As far as I can remember the canal (we used to call it the Wind Lake Canal) was there. Helped control flooding around all the sod farms in the area. I will turn my better half loose on the Internet to find some of its history.

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7/16/14 12:49 PM CST
PLMLK - Have not caught any Blues since the 80's, the 2 spots my dad and I hit for cats was were the canal dumped into the fox and just off of Fox Grove drive, we use to catch quite a few back then, do not really fish for cats any more. Finishing up Kitchen remodel for wife, may try to get out this weekend Big Smile

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7/14/14 9:45 PM CST
Fished for a couple hours today had a blast i got about 50 Gills most about 6 to 7inches i did manage 10 Gills that were 8inches plus and 2 Crappies that were about 10 inches a bunch of small Channel Cats and a couple big Bullhead. It was a couple of fun hours I will be out Saturday with my bro.

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7/13/14 8:25 PM CST
Life goes by way to quick Mr. Bass. I'm the same age as your boys. I'm sure that day is a good memory for them. I remember most of the fishing trips with my Dad.

When did they build the canal Mr. Bass? The 50's? I've tried to research it on-line but have not found a much. I've heard some old timers refer to it as the Muskaquack River (not sure if I spelled that right.)

I'm pretty interested in the history, anybody have more info?

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7/13/14 8:15 PM CST
I enjoyed the brief talk on Hwy 20 Bridge and the canal--30 years ago. Try the 1970s. Every spring big crappies would be next to the concrete pilings as soon as the ice went out. I remember nabbing slabs in a brief snowstorm with my two young boys--now both 40+.

The great crappie fishing changed when they built the new bridge and laid in all the rocks.

Another excellent walleye spot was where the Fox Isle condos are now. Back then it was an old dancehall and parking lot. Then too the only dam in Waterford was the one by the marina. Nature ruled back then at that dam, as now the new dam controls the water level.

A bit of nostalgia.

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7/13/14 6:34 PM CST
jmdog- I don't fish the Fox in Burlington, but I wouldn't imagine that it would be much different than the Waterford or Rochester Dam. There are a few spots up to 6 feet, but for the most part the depth is just shy of the middle of your chest, a little shallower than the center of the river. Take slow deliberate steps and you'll be fine. Sometimes you end up on a big rock but don't know it until you step off of it. Helps to shuffle your feet if your unsure.

The boys went out on the canal today. I offered to take them out on Tichigan on the big boat today, but they wanted to take the 14 foot skiff out on the canal on their own. Don't blame them, I felt the same way when I was 14. They didn't catch a darn thing in the canal, the current was moving way to fast after last evenings rain. They tried to vertical jig at the mouth, but nothing doing, just too much current. I'm sure they'll be back out soon.

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7/13/14 11:49 AM CST
Hey guys/gals. I have a general question about depth near the dam in Burlington by Echo Park. I'm planning on wading it in a few weeks. I am an experienced wader but have limited experience there; only waded around the first bridge downstream of the dam.

Are there any deeps holes to watch out for? I'm gonna move around for a few hundreds yards downstream of the dam if possible. Thanks in advance!

Plmlk
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7/3/14 9:22 PM CST
I've never caught any Blue Cats Mongo... Have you caught any recently?

Lately, we've been vertical jigging with crawlers and leeches, not minnows, so we have not caught any Crappies. We usually like to get a bobber and a fathead going, but the canal has been moving fairly quick, so bobber fishing is difficult. We'll get back to bobber fishing when she slows down a bit.

Love hearing about the memories Mongo, good stuff.

The boys are going to spend some time with Grandpa, so they won't be out on the Fox or the canal for the next week. They'll be fishing up in Vilas county.

They made it out this evening and caught a couple of Yellow Bass and a Smallie...

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7/3/14 12:30 PM CST
Plmlk - Surprised you guys are not catching any crappies under the overhanging trees, but in the spring while you are looking for the eyes, we use to get a ton of crappies by the Hwy 20 bridge and all the way back to the river, we actually caught big blue cats where the canal dumps into the river at night.

I did recognize the bridge that is what sparked the memory of 30 years ago, we had taken 2 slices of white bread, sprinkled with cinnamon rode our bikes to the bridge to catch carp for Pa's garden and hopefully a couple extra that Grandpa would smoke. Maybe I will bump into you or the boys one of these days, will be in an Old towne green canoe. Tight lines.

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