Fox River, Burlington, Rockchester, Waterford, Racine County

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9/12/16 @ 4:06 PM
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SunnyzSon
SunnyzSon
USER since 7/27/09

MOON PHASE (80%)
Waxing Gibbous

I have to agree with fishingboy, looks like a warmouth to me. Caught one in it's spawning color and man they are a pretty fish. I was told by the DNR they are native but rare in the area, usually brought in by birds.

Made a river trip down with Mustangs south from Silver Lake and had similar results. Bunch of dinky yellow bass, 1 whitebass, 1 eater catfish, 1 small northern, and what looked like a nice smallie that popped off right at the boat.


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9/12/16 @ 1:35 PM
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thefishingboy
thefishingboy
USER since 9/11/04

MOON PHASE (80%)
Waxing Gibbous

Plmlk, I think that is a warmouth but i could be wrong. Green eared sunfish have a little smaller mouth and at least the ones i have caught that i though were greens were more yellow in the body.  They are so close to each other though im not entirely sure.  I use to catch those in burlington all the time.  Kept a few bigger ones one time to eat.  Mushy flesh and tasted like crap.

Anyways, i have been fishing various spots on the fox in burlington for the past couple week here and there a few hours at a time.  Small smallies are everywhere. Nothing over 10 inches but in-line spinners are the deal right now, especially below the dam in Burlington.  Prolly have caught at least 50 with a few surprising small largemouth mixed in.  If i switch to nightcrawlers its all catfish under 10 inches.  All the rain we got recently made no difference, water is still low.  Was at Rochester dam today. Water level is ok but not great.  Caught a couple small smallies on in-line spinners and a pile of yellow bass and perch under 6 inches on crawlers.  The yellows and perch were too small to hit the spinner 

Edited on 9/12/16 1:41 PM
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9/5/16 @ 2:45 PM
catchinabuzz
catchinabuzz
USER since 8/1/11

Fished feeder creek of fox with wife today. Leave for one minute come back to two guys fishing over my wife n waking thru my gear I was pissed there is a whole river n these dumbasses have to fish right up against her to where their bobbers are touching hers she walks right to me n says be nice it's her birthday weekend n she don't want to have to bail me out.but come on this kinda stuff(obviously not the word I originally used) makes me sick they see someone catching fish n it's a woman or a kid so they think they can get away with that crap that wouldn't have happened to me if I was sitting alone. White yuppie kids father's must not have taught them personal space or respect.so I sat right in front one between them and the eddy my wife was fishing took them like five minutes to figure out was going to cast in front them every time n I was just waiting for them to say anything about it to me. They packed up n left. People need to learn manners.i really wish it was like the old days where you could fight n their was no tickets or jail time as long as it was 1on1 n no weapons were used.

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8/27/16 @ 8:26 PM
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Plmlk
Plmlk
USER since 12/18/07

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Waning Crescent

Made it out with a bud yesterday after work.   We did much better than expected.  We ended up with six catfish, a green sunfish, and a drum. Also had two break-offs, and the second one was a nice fish with some weight behind him.   Everything came bobber fishing next to tree fall.   The green sunfish had some really cool coloring.    Up  until now I've never caught one on the Fox, has anyone else? 

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8/21/16 @ 6:34 PM
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Plmlk
Plmlk
USER since 12/18/07

MOON PHASE (86%)
Waning Gibbous

Launched the boat above the Rochester Dam with a 12' John Boat and an Evinrude 9.9 and headed up the Wind Lake Drainage Canal.  Went past Dover Line Road and fished a number of different spots.  The best spot was the point where the canal splits to Wind Lake / Lake Waubesee. 

We caught 1 Gill, 3 Smallies up to 12", 2 Yellow Bass, 3 Drum, and a common Carp.  Really a slow day for as much time as we put in - but still a great day out on the water, we didn't see another boat. 


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8/14/16 @ 11:14 AM
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jprince
jprince
USER since 2/8/11

MOON PHASE (85%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Night Time

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

Landed one keeper,  lost about 6-7 using stink bait just below Waterford dam

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8/10/16 @ 8:38 PM
Plmlk
Plmlk
USER since 12/18/07

TFB- That is crazy interesting.  I live on the Fox River in the Rochester Impoundment, after the Wateford Dam, but before the Rochester Dam.


Fishing a few years ago was absolutely awesome, then the RCDD drew the waterway down from 6 feet to 1 foot from October to April.  Since then fishing has been absolutely horrible, to the point that I don't even fish it any more. 

Been fishing the Fox for 20 years, and to date I have never caught a Yellow Bass after the Rochester Dam - only White Bass.  I've speculated that many of the fish (including the Yellow Bass) went over the Rochester dam during the Winter Drawdown, as that was their only opportunity to stay alive given the low water level. 

The fact that you're catching Yellow Bass for the first time on the Fox below Echo verifies what I thought had happened.  You fish more than most and I know you know your fish species.  The small Yellow Bass used to be thick in the Rochester Impoundment - you could catch 20+ any night of the week - now there is not a single one to be found. 



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8/10/16 @ 3:00 PM
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thefishingboy
thefishingboy
USER since 9/11/04

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First Quarter
Fished below echo dam on Monday and this morning. If you like catching 6 inch smallies on inline spinners then go for it. Caught a bunch. Half a nightcrawler on a small jig head caught me lots of small gills, catfish and at least 100 5-6 inch yellow bass. Wish they would have been double the size. Never caught them here before so I'm not sure if that's a good sign or not. Water level is easily top 5 worst I have ever seen it. We need rain and a lot of it

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8/7/16 @ 7:01 PM
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thefishingboy
thefishingboy
USER since 9/11/04

MOON PHASE (23%)
Waxing Crescent

Bigfshchaser, I have fished the tressel a few times in the past month. Water level is bad.  I usually catch 1 or 2 cats in the 5 pound range each time but that was also fishing for 3-4 hours at a time. Ive used crawlers, livers, and stink. Crawlers confirmed why i was losing a lot of bait.  Its full of cats under 10 inches. Lots of snags too. Easily have to retie a dozen times each time out.  Personally I'm going to start looking for a better location until the water goes up cause i really dont think there is a big group of eater size sitting there with the water so low. 

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8/7/16 @ 4:05 PM
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jmdog
jmdog
USER since 6/9/14

MOON PHASE (23%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Got a mixed bag of channel catfish, rock bass, white crappie, smallmouth, and drum over a long weekend. Gulp was by far the most consistent presentation but got a few on cranks and jigs/grubs as well. Coulda used some more flow.

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