Wisconsin Dells Dam, Wisconsin River, Sauk County

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6/26/17 @ 7:15 PM
FISHING REPORT
muskieken
muskieken
MEMBER since 3/13/04

MOON PHASE (10%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Went out today not knowing exactly how high the water was.  It was hard to find a place out of the wind and current where we could hold anchor.  Finally went downstream of Rivers Edge on the opposite shore past the point. Caught 3 shorts and 5 sturgeon in 2 hours.  Nothing real big, but a lot of fun!  Fatheads with a few split shots at the current break. 

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6/22/17 @ 5:07 PM
cycleguy
cycleguy
USER since 2/8/05

Russian Submarine .....  No doubt.  I ran into the exact same thing in that area last year at night after we closed up a club in the Dells.  Freaky seeing the red ball go past in the full moon's light, then the dane sub surfaced just below the rapids.  Had a Russian flag and all.  Not a big sub, but shocking for sure.  Had to have another couple beers to settle down after it all.  I can't remember who I was with, but they had the same reaction, I think.

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6/22/17 @ 4:54 PM
soupbone
soupbone
USER since 12/4/09

Chiapet  if the warden doesn't answer he thinks it's  hoax but regardless it makes for fun reading

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6/22/17 @ 3:08 PM
Chia-pet
Chia-pet
USER since 8/8/06

Water in that stretch of river is pretty consistently 6 feet, I think it only gets to about 12 feet at the next bend, which was a good quarter mile away, yet.  The first time I encountered it, I was almost sure it was a big sturgeon.  But since I came across it multiple times and it was going so very straight each time, I have doubts.  But we were the only boat around, and I would hope if an agency released some device that it would be clearly marked with the agency name or at least a warning to leave it alone.  I sent the video along with my report to the warden, and he promised an answer, even if that winds up being that they just don't know.

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6/22/17 @ 2:51 PM
fishaday
fishaday
USER since 12/21/14

Who takes the bait? Somedays they bite on almost anything...

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6/22/17 @ 1:48 PM
C-P-R-#1
C-P-R-#1
USER since 2/14/08

Chia-Pet,

That's wicked cool.  How deep was the water at the point of the video?  I was just wondering how long the tether / rope had to be.  I don't think I could've left without knowing what the heck was going on, but nice try.

Reminds of the 1st Jaws movie when the shark kept pulling the big yellow barrels off the boat.  "I think we need a Bigger Boat!"

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6/22/17 @ 11:53 AM
CHI-EYE
CHI-EYE
USER since 3/29/11

well you can rule out fish in my opinion. the size of the bouy and the rate of the river flow, would have to be a very large fish to pull that bouy up stream for that amount of time. I know that very large cats and even sturgen live in this system but nothing short of a shark could have the power and stamina to complete the task i was watching. Mechanical device would be the only thing left and even then where was the boat that was controling it. surely the government wouldnt leave such a device unattended. just my thoughts please let us know what the DNR said very curious. Tight lines


-eye-

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6/22/17 @ 9:59 AM
Chia-pet
Chia-pet
USER since 8/8/06

I assure you it is moving, and at a relatively fast pace - my boat is moving at nearly the same speed because I was chasing it and trying to scoop it out.  I see now how the video could be interpreted as me and the buoy standing still, in which case this would be a very unexciting video of water rushing past a fixed object!  But it was moving upstream at a good clip.  Maybe you can see the shoreline moving for a second or two in the background.  This is way downstream of the rapids - so nowhere near Ducks or anything like that.  It is either a huge fish dragging a jugfishing rig or a mechanical monitoring device of some sort (I don't know if these things exist, but maybe some government department monitors the river depth or structure of the bottom or something).  I have not heard back from the warden yet, but will follow up next week and post what I find out.  If anything.

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6/21/17 @ 5:36 PM
CHI-EYE
CHI-EYE
USER since 3/29/11

if that bouy is in the middle of the river half way between duck landing and hawks beak its a marker for submerged rocks

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6/21/17 @ 5:19 PM
Fisherofmen
Fisherofmen
USER since 4/13/05

Ok. If you're actually following it and it's moving that's weird. But if it's staying still with no forward progress it's a buoy that's in too deep of water and the current is making it look like it's moving. 

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