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GettingBackIntoIt
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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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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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GettingBackIntoIt
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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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7/11/14 8:57 AM CST
Conditions: Raining Air Temp: 66° - 70° F
just wondering if they are watching for people crossing the tracks to the spillway? it was mentioned in earlier posts that there would be third party security warning "would-be trespassers"??? Wondering

Osprey83
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7/11/14 8:03 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Fished from Clinton St. on Thursday with my 4-year old, looking for crappies. It took us a while to find them, but eventually found them holding on deep structure (10-20 ft.) and had good action for our last hour. My son caught his on minnows 3 ft. from the surface, while I caught them just as well with a pink crappie tube under a float. . .Though mine were always smaller! Wink Kept 13 crappies and one bluegill for the pan and released around ten others.

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6/16/14 6:49 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Saturday the boat was loaded with a variety of dip/stink baits and a few crawlers with the intentions of finding some whiskered critters. There was a hunger for catfish and hush puppies. With Pool 8 still being over 10ft and a stiff South wind Saturday morning, Mike and I decided to stick to fishing side channels and sloughs. The spots that produced held wood in 8-12fow with moderate current. It was also important to stay on the move. No one spot produced nonstop action but almost every wood pile produced a few fish. On this day Sonny’s Blood dip bait out produced Secret 7 and Sudden Impact. A few fish took the Secret 7 and there was never a bite on Sudden Impact. That could be a total different story next time out and that is why we always carry a mix of dip baits. Mike held big fish of the day with one cat slamming his crawler harness rig. A 12 inch drop sinker and 24-30 inch leader with a dip tube worked best for me. It took 2-3oz of lead to keep the bait holding to bottom, depending on the flow in the area being fished. If no bite was detected within 15-20 minutes a move was made. Most fish came within the first 5 minutes of setting up. It was a fun day on the water with the best of company. There is no better fight, pound for pound, than a pissed off channel cat on the end of the rod in current, which they seem to thrive on. Good luck fishing people.

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6/10/14 4:05 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F
Has anyone had any luck pan fishing or pike for that matter in target lake. Been into the perch below the dam and in lake O by the lights. Id like to try to take the boat somewhere different this weekend

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4/18/14 9:30 AM CST
OLD SARGE - LOL! Evil Grin

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4/17/14 6:50 AM CST
GillPill20,

Please don't bash CPT Tom on a forum like this. If you have ever talked with him at all, you would know that he is a great business man who BRINGS alot of money into the local economy and more than that, he is a great fisherman who will show anyone how to catch fish from the mighty Mississippi. He is very genuine and truely cares about his customers and the river. Next time you see CPT Tom with his big ol pontoon parked at the dock, go up to him and tell him that it is BS that he gets to park his pontoon there. I think he would be happy to explain the business model to you. But I guess it is alot easier to complain on a forum than it is to actually talk to a real human being in person.

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4/17/14 6:38 AM CST
I love it when pissy people stick their foot in their mouth. Thanks Captain Tom for your extras.

Salmon Sniper
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4/16/14 7:45 PM CST
@gillpill20, The DNR allows captain Tom to park his boat there because he is the one who moves the docks when the water level changes, pulls them out of the water when the ice comes, puts the docks back in when the ice is out and has even spent $4,000 on an extra piece of docking so boaters like us don't have to get our feet wet while coming and going from these docks during high water times like these. It is captain Tom who keeps the landing in the great shape it is, so therefore the DNR doesn't seem to have a problem with him keeping his boat there. The area where Tom has his boat parked isn't a spot where you can load your boat anyway. Maybe the big holdup is just the people in front of you who are loading their boat. I understand your frustration as this happens to everybody but patience is key in times like these where it seems everybody wants to be out on the river. If you have anymore questions consider consulting Captain Tom, I know him personally, and can easily say that he is a great guy who wouldn't mind discussing this topic into further detail with you. -Keaton

FishS4All
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4/16/14 6:10 AM CST
Caught a couple eyes and sauger the other day including this in which I released after a nice guy came over and took a picture of.

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