Wisconsin Dells Dam, Wisconsin River, Sauk County

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4/24/18 @ 9:24 PM
ocetp
ocetp
USER since 7/7/01

The water temperature crossed the 45 degree mark today, probably for good.  The spawn will likely be over in the next day or two.

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4/24/18 @ 6:05 PM
Sandpike
Sandpike
USER since 2/23/07

Well, I drove past the area below the dam this morning and the water is way up from a few days ago.  It looks about normal for this time of year now.  I am wondering if the nice warm weather along with the flow is getting the Walleyes going?

If it isn't going on now or doesn't start very soon, I think it may wind up being an off year.

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4/23/18 @ 1:35 PM
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ocetp
ocetp
USER since 7/7/01

MOON PHASE (59%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Fished below the rapids for a couple of hours Saturday morning and got skunked.

Worked the cable area for two hours Saturday evening and two hours Sunday morning.  Caught ten shorts and one slot on bare hook and minnow.  All fish were firm and no milt.

The water temp was only 40.  The river is rising fast and warming faster.  I expect things to happen this week and happen quickly.  Might be over by the weekend.  With the high water it looks like we will indeed have a good spawn.

P.S. The frogs started singing this morning.  I expect a loud chorus in the bottom lands across the river from me tonight.  I’ll report in the morning.

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4/23/18 @ 9:07 AM
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70sgreenboat
70sgreenboat
USER since 2/17/15

MOON PHASE (59%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

My son and I fished from 9am to 5pm.  We had pretty consistent action through the morning with a slow spell mid day.  We spent most of our time anchored in a deep stretch below rivers edge.  We ended up catching around 50 walleyes and 1 sturgeon using river rigs with minnows.  Only 1 walleye was over 15".  We caught a couple fish that had eggs and were still very firm.  None of the small males were milting at all.  The water was much higher than I anticipated after reading some of the earlier posts.  Last weeks snow must have really made a difference.  I would think the warmer weather this week should get things going.  Good luck all.

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4/23/18 @ 8:19 AM
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spin
spin
USER since 5/12/02

MOON PHASE (59%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

Beautiful day Sunday, fished out of Rivers Edge....slow fishing but managed 2 17 inchers for the pan! Heading back out Monday, so we’ll see if it picks up. 

Wisconsin Dells Dam, Wisconsin River, Sauk County Photo
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4/21/18 @ 10:44 PM
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earlyretirement
earlyretirement
USER since 3/2/13

MOON PHASE (37%)
Waxing Crescent


my slow friday night. beautiful night.  still fun to be out... lots of short bites... shoulda been a stinger hook outing.  sounds like some high water is coming. 

Edited on 4/21/18 10:54 PM
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4/21/18 @ 4:28 PM
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We Toon
We Toon
USER since 8/25/17

MOON PHASE (37%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

Fished off the HWY O launch today for several hours. Tough going, water is starting to pick up steam. Should have stayed up by the trestle on Castle Rock.

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4/21/18 @ 3:54 PM
Sandpike
Sandpike
USER since 2/23/07

I suppose that could happen.  With temps not hitting the prime when they typically do, it might be an issue.  Also, since it takes two to tango, it could be the males were not ready at the same time the females were ready.  The crazy weather this year could cause all kinds of issues that affect the spawn. 

Also, with the water as low as it is, a lot of the flooded areas that they typically use for spawning are not available this year.

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4/21/18 @ 3:53 PM
snatcher
snatcher
USER since 2/26/12

no there were a couple eggs on the belly when I took the jigs out and I squeezed the last few out before releasing !

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4/21/18 @ 3:17 PM
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flatheadmaster
flatheadmaster
USER since 2/8/14

MOON PHASE (37%)
Waxing Crescent

 Snatched, maybe they were spawned out bc they  Aborted there eggs . Would be my only guess for a bad spawn year. I'd think they are only going to hold there eggs for so long. If mother nature doesn't cooperate eventually they would release them spawn or no spawn. Just my thought on that subject. 

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