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Plmlk
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5/9/15 6:25 PM CST
My kids hit the Fox today and did better than my buddy and I did Friday evening.

They caught a Drum, and an eater Walleye. They Eye was the first gamefish - he measured 17 1/2 inches and he didn't have a darn thing in his stomach...

Interestingly, so far this year we've caught 2 cats, 3 Drum, and one Eye. They have all been on the larger size too. Last year we caught lots of dink cats, drums, and eyes.

Not sure what to make of that. Last year when the water temp got in the 60's the river was really hot, this year, still really slow.

That said, it was nice to see an Eye come out below the dam in Waterford.

Lastly, here is link for anyone who wants the latest on the drawdown

http://www.waterfordwi.org/396/Fox-River-Citizen-Group

Our group has a meeting this Thursday with the Drainage District and the Village of Waterford - hoping we can find some common ground so that we can all utilize the river as a resource...

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5/7/15 9:02 PM CST
Went out tonight from 4:30 until dusk and caught one Drum.

I was excited about getting out all day - and did have a nice night out on the river.

That said, so far this year the fishing below the Waterford Dam has been inconsistent at best.

Last year when the water was in the mid 60's we were doing really well. This year, I've yet to catch anything other than rough fish.

Still optimistic that the drawdown down to 1.5 feet through the winter didn't kill the fishery, but so far not catching what we have in previous years.

[This post was last edited on 5/8/15 at 5:20 PM]
Plmlk
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4/25/15 7:59 PM CST
Put the waders on and put some time in below the dam in Rochester.

The water was moving pretty quick, and the current was tough to walk through if you ventured out above your waist.

We found the mother load of Quill Back and Common Carp. Lost track of how many we had on the other end of the line. I'd say close to a dozen each. With the current, is was pretty tough to land them, and a bunch got the best of us...

I had three fish on that were not Carp, but they all got off. They were much smaller than the Carp, hit fairly light, and went off to the side. I'm guessing they were White Bass, but I never got to see one, so I guess I have no clue.

I was using Twister Tails, and my buddy switched things up quite a bit from Twister Tails to drop shotting, to Rapalas.

Fun day, but later in the afternoon the wind picked up and went right through you so we packed up our gear and headed home.

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Plmlk
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4/23/15 7:08 PM CST
Almost forgot, thanks for the support Cycleguy, I appreciate it.

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4/23/15 7:03 PM CST
Waterford just updated their website to include recent correspondence with the DNR and the Drainage District.

Here are a few links: The first link is the Village's letter to the Racine County Drainage District opposing a drawdown.

http://waterfordwi.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1722

Here is a link containing the DNRs view on the impact of a yearly drawdown. I really like the DNR's response. They cite exactly what many of us suspected. During the drawdown, fish go over the dam in Rochester to survive as the water levels are too low, and obviously they can't make it back. They further state that the drawdown will result in less game fish, and more Common Carp. The DNR's response certainly supports our cause of opposing an annual drawdown. Please note that the regular unbolded type is Q&A from the meeting last month, and the bold type is their updated response.

http://waterfordwi.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1709

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4/22/15 10:05 PM CST
Congrats on the good work Plmlk!!!

Sounds like your efforts are potentially going to make a difference, and that is huge when it comes to governing bodies listening.

Plmlk
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4/22/15 9:10 PM CST
Thanks CDS!

Good news, the Village of Waterford sent the Drainage District a letter officially opposing an annual drawdown. They copied the DNR, Racine County Dept. of Public Works, David Craig, and Mary Lazich.

They also requested a meeting with the Drainage District, our group, and the Village, to facilitate open dialogue on how we can all use the river as a resource, and compromise on a solution.

I'm really happy with how things are progressing - really couldn't ask for anything more.

Hope things keep heading in a good direction!

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4/20/15 9:47 PM CST
That's something to be proud of,Plum.

Plmlk
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4/20/15 8:27 PM CST
I've been hogging the skiff the last couple of days, so my boys gave the old man the boot and took the skiff out. First time of the year for them.

They didn't catch any fish, but I think they spent most of their time motoring up and down the canal looking for new places to trap and fish.

I really love the fact that they enjoy the river, reminds me of when I was 15 cruising up and down the Rock River with a Johnson 9.9 and a good bud - fishing an hunting is a great thing to occupy their time.

Summer is coming soon and I know they'll be hitting it hard soon!

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4/20/15 1:32 PM CST
Got out over the weekend and did well below the dam in Waterford. Managed to 6 walleye between 15"-20" and had a couple cats take the bait as well. Musky came and nearly took a little cat off my line for me right at boatside. Fun weekend, decent weather and everything is still swimming. Won't be long til I can start the bowfishing again!

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4/20/15 12:39 AM CST
Nothing today at Rochester but I seen a few nice smallies and a cat come out, all on live bait.

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4/19/15 8:46 PM CST
Fished below all 3 dams multiple times in the past 2 weeks with little to show for it. I managed to catch one 6 inch smallie in burlington on saturday. This past wednesday all i could manage was to snag a dozen or so carp at Rochester and burlington. Saw nothing else caught. White bass are still eluding me so i must just stink at fishing. Did see a very large muskie right below the waterford dam just sitting by the rocks. Easily a mid to upper 40s fish. Great to watch for 5 or so minutes until it noticed me and swam off into the rapids.

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4/19/15 6:15 PM CST
Been out the last month of the Fox. First few weeks ice out got skunked at Wheatland, Burlington, and Rochester Dam. Saw a white bass caught at Rochester Dam last Saturday and my buddy and I got a handful in Burlington last Sunday. Caught and released 6 or 7 in an hour between the two of us. Saw a couple Hmong with a stringer full made a day out of it.

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4/19/15 7:24 AM CST
Bowfin and Dogfish are the same Mr. Bass, kind of a tomato tomahto thing... Not sure why, but Dogfish kind of creep me out - always have, they kind of look like snakes to me - and I agree - they have a nasty set of chompers, I usually cut the line too.

We made it out yesterday and put in an honest effort. We ended the day with two fish - and had a really good time with a couple of buds (the big job and one-eye.)

The fish are biting better below the dam in Rochester and above the dam in Waterford. Between the two dams has still been quite slow. I really believe that the drawdown is the primary reason for this. Studies have shown that when a dam is constructed or removed the fish can take upwards of a year to become acclimated to their new surroundings. Here is an interesting link discussing this:

http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/152606/

Here is quote from the link: "On the other hand, Wisconsin dam removal studies show that resident fish, such as smallmouth bass, did not immediately begin to use new stream channels in the impoundment areas. Even though a cold, running-water environment was established similar to upstream and downstream areas, the bass did not use the new channel until appropriate habitat was formed. Substrate and other characteristics such as cover provided by woody debris, need to be in place prior to colonization by resident fish"

Although the dam is still in place during the near 6 month drawdown, it is open 100%, and the flow is consistent as if the dam was not in place. Conversely, when the drawdown ends, and the gates on the dam are closed, it simulates a new dam installation.

Guess my point is that the fish are going bonkers, and are being consistently exposed to both extremes - no water, to lots of water again, again, and again.

There is no question that the fishery and resident fish take time to recover to drastic fluctuations in water levels.

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4/18/15 9:38 PM CST
Walked the river below the dam early morning. Two fish swallowed the jig, one about 5#, the other at least 8#, Both had a distinctive black (some yellow) spot on the tail. I have always thought 'dogfish'. But a fellow fisherman said they were 'bowfin'. Well, it's a moot point. Fun to pull in, but swallowed the jig. With teeth like snapping turtles, I cut the line and played it safe. High water and good current. Just very, very few fish.

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