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4/21/18 @ 11:14 AM
Plmlk
Plmlk
MEMBER since 12/18/07

That is correct Mr. Bass.  Pioneer park abuts the Hwy. D Bridge in Rochester. 

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4/21/18 @ 11:08 AM
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Mr.Bass
Mr.Bass
USER since 5/18/02

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Waxing Crescent

Pioneer Park, at Rochester.  I never knew the name.  I assume this is the small park next to the bridge in Rochester.  There used to be a small boat launch here years ago.

Fishing with chicken livers and/or stink baits, I use to get some nice cats either under the bridge or on the far opposite end, tossing out as far as I can to the deeper water.

 Now if action (like big carp) is all you want, try several slices of bread (white bread preferred), a bit of river water, and knead it with Quaker Oats yellow corn meal.  Make 1/2" to 1" doughballs and put on a small treble hook.  No real need for sinkers, just using light tackle and the weight of the doughball is enough.  A comfortable shady spot to pick up some carp if the cats aren't biting.  


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4/21/18 @ 10:43 AM
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Plmlk
Plmlk
MEMBER since 12/18/07

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One more pic Alex.  This is of the Rochester Dam at Case Eagle Park.  You can fish on either side of the dam.  

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4/21/18 @ 10:41 AM
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Plmlk
Plmlk
MEMBER since 12/18/07

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Alex, pictures 1 and 2 show public fishing areas.  You can fish at River Bend Park or Club 10 Park in Waterford, or Pioneer Park in Rochester.  

Picture 3 shows where the Waterford Dam is.  You can fish on the north side of the dam off of the public pier, or on the south side of the dam.  It is quite shallow on the south side, so you'd likely want to fish down river closer to the library by the bridge, it is deeper there.  

Also, I frequently fish the north side of the dam in my boat along the shoreline by the huge brown house.  You can actually access this area by foot by walking the shoreline to the north of the public pier.  I've caught lots of kitties over the years in that spot.  

Fox River, Burlington, Rockchester, Waterford, Racine County Photo
Fox River, Burlington, Rockchester, Waterford, Racine County Photo
Fox River, Burlington, Rockchester, Waterford, Racine County Photo
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4/21/18 @ 10:02 AM
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AlexQ
AlexQ
USER since 4/21/18

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Cloudy

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

Hi, thank you all for the reports. My son and I are trying to fish that area for cats but I am trying a hard time trying to find a place where we can sit and relax while fishing cats. Can someone help us to find the dam? Thanks

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4/2/18 @ 5:28 PM
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Plmlk
Plmlk
MEMBER since 12/18/07

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Funny Mr. B, I actually called the warden!  

I was fishing with waders in the same area you were, and noticed a number of folks targeting Musky.  One kid had a Suick, another guy was casting a 10 inch Rapala.  

Game fishing is open below the dam year round with the exception of Musky.  There are some absolute tanks back there, and every year they make their way to the dam and are fish in a barrel.  

Its one thing to hook one by mistake with a twister tail while fishing for eyes, and a completely different thing to target them with a Suick.  

At any rate, glad the warden is keeping an eye on things!

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4/2/18 @ 4:47 PM
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Mr.Bass
Mr.Bass
USER since 5/18/02

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36° - 40° F

First off, thanks for all the details, Plmlk.  With that depth, we may not have to wait as long as you state for fish to move back and forth in the canal.  I am an optimist here.

My son and I have tried (waders) below Waterford dam several times. Water very low.  Fished the holes.  Managed a few small (released) walleyes and a couple of carp. Had a huge muskie on for maybe 15 seconds, leaped completely out of the water when he said goodbye.  Just a monster.

Also ran into area DNR warden.  Nice fellow.  I was reminded of the new walleye rule of 3 bag limit with minimum of 18".  With approaching winter weather, it may be two weeks before fish get active.

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4/2/18 @ 2:26 PM
IWillFish
IWillFish
USER since 3/12/13

I've seen guys launch at highway JB in Kenosha County. I don't think there's a regular ramp there so you can't launch anything to big. There might be another launch off of Hoosier Creek Rd.

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4/1/18 @ 6:23 PM
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Plmlk
Plmlk
MEMBER since 12/18/07

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There is one private boat launch below the Waterford Dam, (and above the Rochester Dam.) This area of the waterway is navigable all the way to the outlet of the Wind Lake Dam, and is really a neat area.

Downriver from Whitford Park all the way to close to Wind Lake is 5-8 feet deep. You will however have to carry in your boat from the Club 10 Park, Pioneer Park, or Whitford Park.  

After the Rochester Dam all the way to Burlington for the most part is too shallow for a motor boat. You might be able to make it with a small John boat and a 9.9.  We kayaked from Rochester to Burlington last year.  It was mostly knee to waist deep.  

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4/1/18 @ 6:09 PM
AStelloh
AStelloh
USER since 4/7/15

Hey guys I just moved down this way and was wondering if there are any boat launches on the Fox River below tichigan to the border. I looked on Google maps and dnr sites but I'm having a hard time determining if they are just carry-in or if you could launch a motorized boat. 

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