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radioman
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8/30/14 11:43 PM CST
Kid4444,

As a former Milwaukee boy myself, I'd be more than happy to help you both out. If you would, please set yourself up a PM box here. That way it'll be easier/faster to contact each other. In the meantime, have fun and tight lines.

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8/30/14 12:35 PM CST
You can fish in riverside park downtown or you can go over to dresbach and fish or go down to genoa and fish off of a barge. You can also rent boats in Genoa.

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8/29/14 10:08 AM CST
You can find spots along "Swift creek" which is behind Gunderson Hospital in LX. You can also shore fish in spots around Goose Island south of LX. You wont' be able to shore fish for much in the way of Walleye's but panfish are available.

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8/29/14 6:50 AM CST
My son will be attending La Crosse and we are from Milwaukee. I plan on visiting him once or twice a month for some river fishing without a boat. Neither of us know much about the area so looking for any information on locations for shore fishing legally with a Wisky license. We love gills and perch, along with walleye. Any help would greatly be appreciated.

Thank you,

Dave

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8/21/14 12:25 PM CST
sorry not a report, looking for a "guide" to possibly take my wife and I out for a few hours friday morning August 29th, would be looking for panfish and perch. If anyone knows of someone please send me a message on LL messenger, thanks Joe

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8/21/14 8:24 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 76° - 80º F
Made it out with a good friend chasing channel cats after work for a few hours Wednesday evening. Started at the North end of the pool and worked our way back to Riverside Park. Can’t say we nailed them but if we would have been playing for keeps there would have been a good mess of fish for a fish fry. Not my best pose but pictured here was the largest fish we found for the evening. With the flow low we found side chutes to be slow. Most of the action we had was on the main channel fishing the tips of wing dams and some deeper rip rap. Sonny’s Blood is still out producing the Secret 7 but, the secret 7 is starting to pick up more fish than it has so far this year. With the flow we were also able to hold bottom with 2oz of lead, a guy might even get away with 1oz right now. If the water temp keeps rising and the flow dropping it will be time to drift with cut baits, this is my favorite presentation for the whiskered bottom dwellers. Good luck fishing people.

Bret Clark
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8/11/14 6:39 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Why is it on weekdays 4:30AM appears to arrive at the blink of an eye but on Saturday, 4:30AM never seems to arrive? This Saturday the dual of grumpy old men (Mike and Bret) were back together on the water. After Last week’s excellent fishing outing with the daughter, Mike and I were planning on a repeat this Saturday. My trip would be catch and release while Mike put together a couple fish fries for himself. Gills and channel cats were the targeted species once again. Not much of a change finding gills from last week, we targeted wing dams and found the bulls were still hanging on the tips and tops of the rocks. I love fishing gills with small jigs being pitched to the face of the wing dams. A couple twitches, slow retrieve and, bang, gill on. These finned blue ears hanging on the main channel are a breed of their own. They are sporting wide shoulders, big heads, and fight with attitude digging for bottom hard in the current. It’s always a good time with the light tackle. Once Mike had a fry of gills put together it was time to seek out some whiskered critters. This time we stuck to the main channel setting up at the head of deep holes along rock shoreline. Sonny’s Blood once again preformed very well. The biggest channel cat on this day was just a tad shy of 11lbs. 3 nice eater size cats also found themselves sitting on ice with the gills. Mike now had 2 good fish fries and some dandy sized cats were pictured and released. The channel cat bite at this time is also going strong. Don’t set a rod down in the boat without paying attention. It will be gone before you know it. The bigger cats are hitting hard and fighting back even harder. Broad heads and big wide powerful tails make for some drag screaming action while tussling with these bottom dwellers. It is also a good time finishing off a trip with these whiskered critters that love to play and feed in current. It was another awesome day on the water with a great friend. Even if the trip started with water around Mike’s ankles realizing he forgot to put the plug in the boat. No harm no fowl as we were able to get on plan, drain out the water and get the plug in the boat thanks to Mike’s long arms. It is always an adventure! Good luck fishing people.

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8/7/14 8:59 AM CST
Was out yesterday and was fishing some usual bluegill spots with the wife. We stopped to try a place I have never fished and ended up with 31 gills and 2 Northern while trolling from spot to spot. Was a very fun day. We kept 12 gills for the pan.

Bret Clark
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8/4/14 7:04 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Saturday morning my daughter Jamie and I were slipping the boat in using a landing in the middle of pool 8. The plan was to run to the North end and fish wing dams working our way back in hopes of finding some nice gills, boy did we. With the current river conditions wing dam fishing is at its best for gills right now. It took me repositioning the boat three times on the first wing dam until we had the boat right where we needed it. The gills were hanging towards the tips of the rock. A small jig, just big enough to hover over the rock, tipped with a chunk of crawler produced some solid thuds as the blue ears inhaled the bait. I also found the mega mudbug, sweat potato in color, was more than the hungry finned critters could resist also. In the morning we had nonstop action on just about every wing dam we hit. All the action was near the tips of the wing dams. Towards shore was holding fish also but they did not have the size nor the shoulders the gills were sportin’ on the tips. Green and orange jigs both produced. Placing the offerings right at the face of the rock was key for catching fish. Sure you are going to hang up now and then but, if you are not near or on the rock you are fishing the dead zone. Around 10:30 the gill bite started to taper off and we had plenty in the cooler for a hot grease bath. We decided to hit a wood pile on the way back to see if we couldn’t play tug of war with some whiskered critters before calling it a day. What a good call that was. Once again Sonny’s Blood Dip Bait was the preferred stink bait on the menu. Within 5 minutes Jamie and I had scored on 2 toad channel cats. The area was full of wood sitting in 10fow with good current flowing through the debris. The baits were placed upstream at the very edge of the timber, being held tight to the bottom using 3ozs of lead. Jamie scored her biggest Channel to date before we called it quits. The area produced an average of 8lb cats with Jamie’s new PB coming in just under 12lbs. She didn’t want to hold it for a picture however, I forgot my lip grips, won’t do that again. Jamie didn’t get her picture with the fish so I thought I’d share her selfie in the boat, her face book page was busy this day as she shared the fun she was having and her river pics. Good luck fishing people.

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7/30/14 7:41 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny
Thanks for the incentive folks.

I was out about the same time as these three. Wanted to try the mouth of the Root. Seemed like a good spot. But did not catch anything there and did not graph anything there. Tried all the way from 4 feet of water out to 18 or so. First time out this year, lots of debris in the water. Managed to bend a prop, still good to get out.

Gonna give it a go today.

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7/29/14 8:27 AM CST
Was out yesterday in a deep hole, managed 9 crappies and 1 blue gill. Perfect for a family meal. Was tons of fun. Best fishing I have had in a couple weeks.

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7/27/14 9:38 PM CST
We ran about 5 miles of the river yesterday stopping about 6 or 7 times catching fish about every stop ,smallmouth bass,huge crappies 13 1/4 being the biggest,lots of perch 11 1/4 being the biggest-kept 8,gills and a bonus cool gar,dead stick over the side in 7 fow -worm mostly. man u got to love this river!!!!

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Bret Clark
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7/21/14 6:36 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Saturday morning I had a blast sharing the boat with the oldest Daughter Jamie. It always is a good feeling when one of the kids ask if they can spend the night so they can get up early to go fishing. With pool 8 water levels dropping the plan was to see if we could find some gills. After setting up on the first spot it became obvious this was going to be a tough bite to pull off. First the flow was a tad more than I like plus, mayflies, mayflies, mayflies. There must have been one good mayfly hatch Friday night. The few gills we did catch looked like their bellies were stretch to the point, they were about to pop. After trying a few different locations with a tough panfish bite we decided it was time to put plan B into action and bust out the catfish gear. At first we tried fishing some wood along a side channel that normally produces. After 15 minutes and no bite it was off to a second location. The second spot is located off the tip of an island which causes a current seam. This current seam starts in 10fow dropping off to 25fow. With the first tube loaded up with Sonny’s Blood stink bait, the bait was placed right at the front of the drop. While loading up the second tube with Secret 7 an excited voice rang out from the front of the boat, Jamie had on the first catfish of the morning. From this point on it was one cat right after another. I have the battle scares on both hands yet this morning as I type this up from handling a large number of flipping twisting channel cats, I wouldn’t trade these abrasions or the fun we had for anything! The Sonny’s out fished the Secret 7 10 to 1. We were using a 3oz no roll sinker to hold the baits to bottom and a 24inch leader with dip tubes tied off to the business end. It wasn’t long and Jamie had put 15 cats in the cooler from 15inches – 22inches long, just the right size for filleting out and tossing into boiling grease. We also tossed a good number of fish the same size back into the swift water, there was no reason to keep tossing fish into the cooler only to get home and have all the fun taken out of cleaning a few fish. It was a great day on the water putting together another trip that neither daughter nor father will forget in a life time. Good Luck fishing People.

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7/20/14 3:56 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Hey there fellow pool 8 residents. I have been watching this for a year now and find that winter discussions are somewhat active, once the ice is out its like we don't care or don't want to share. What's the story guys and gals. I know you are out there. Sweating

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7/15/14 10:09 PM CST
Looking to come up from the other side of Madison for one day next week for my first time on the river looking for bass. Any tips for a first timer going out of La Crosse would be appreciated. Thanks!

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