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shadling1
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7/28/14 11:19 PM CST
Flyguy. Don't feel bad. Lost a rod/reel combo fishing the rock river this summer in a buddies backyard. It flew out into the current in about 2 seconds and I was 2 feet away. That's why I tend to use less expensive gear for boTom fishing. Though nothing is foolproof. I kicked a $300 combo over the deck of my bass boat in the dell's a few years back. I'm sure there is a lot of rods on the bottom up there, my buddy snagged up a nice g Loomis a few years back. Reel was done but the rod cleaned up nice. Ah the joys of fishing.

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7/28/14 9:37 AM CST
Tie a length of cord to the reel seat/pole and stake it in the ground ..It's the only way to be sure. ..Once I didn't even know my pole was gone. .. My friend had something big on, and as I scanned the midnight river for whatever he was reeling in, there in the spotlight my pole comes crusing towards shore like a periscope. .. As I realized it was my first musky pole setup my buddy was reeling in, I screamed "Keep reeling-you've got my pole"... I quickly waded into the river night light with the giant flashlight perched in the sand and still on me and the poles... I followed my pals line and discovered his single bare hook barely in the tip guide.. As soon as I grabbed my pole the hook popped out and I then realized that I had something on... Something big, like a sturgeon, or a monster cat... We've been camping on an island in the Wisconsin River for over a week, and you just don't know what you're going to catch, especially at night, you could catch about anything. .So I start to crank this thing in.. And it's pulling hard and taking line and it's starting to worry me...This was the most beefy tackle I ever fished with, and whatever was on the end of my line was making it feel like child's play. ..My arms were getting tired despite of the adrenalin and my confidence in my newly purchased heavy gear...A new AbuGarcia 'Muskie' rod and a new AbuGarcia Ambassador 6500 Syncro reel w/ 20# test braid... Whatever it was , it felt like a giant lead weight with fins...Most of the time all I could do is keep pressure on him while it struggled every second. ..I could never turn him either. ..Finally I started gaining line on him and my confidence shot right up and adrenalin took right over again. ..I don't know which was more intense, 'fear' or 'confidence', just that confidence felt better. ..And here, out of the pitch black sandy river comes this dark green circle, like a WII German tank mine.. It's a TURTLE... A huge, smooth, darkgreen soft-shelled turtle @ 25# ..It got snagged in the left fin/ paw, probably while going upstream. ..What a night.. Unhooked him and let it go.. It crawled deeper into the river and swam off. . Speechless That was lucky, and from then on I vowed to tie my pole down. . Doh!

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flyguy329
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7/27/14 10:33 PM CST
Slower night tonight at the dam. A few light hits and one monstrous hit. So monstrous that it took my pole in with it and never looked back. I was only a foot away and didnt stand a chance of stopping it (I tried but chose not to dive in the river as my phone in my pocket was worth more) If anyone catches a pole in the next few months by the dam let me know. Would be nice to get it back. May be a sign that I need to use my fly rod a lot more than I have this summer. This weather is killing me.

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Dogdays
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7/27/14 3:14 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 76° - 80º F
Took a couple of young men for smallmouth caught quite a few ! Did some crappie fishing early got 40 look for my site on lake- link . Dogdays of summer fishing guide service

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7/27/14 9:34 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 76° - 80º F
On Saturday I kayaked upsteam a mile or so from the launch on Norway Drive. Weather stayed cooler than forecasted so it was pleasant out there. Caught a mixed bag including hooking into my first ever sturgeon. Small guy as far as sturgeon goes, but fun to see the guy jump. Otherwise got a few smallies, northern, white bass and drum. I couldn't get much to hit on artificials except the pike. Most of the fish came on a worm worked very slowly. Fished what looked like some excellent stretches, just couldn't find any of those typical hot 'holes' that hold the most fish.

Lyubo Antonov
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7/25/14 8:57 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy
HERO, sorry for your loss, but the story is hilarious told so colorfully. Trevor, Your boys are AwesomeHOTSauce, about peed myself laughing when I remembered the Little guy running uphill to HiFive me and then did the "Your Turn Down Low Aha Too Slow" bit on me, had to pull over to laugh it off! Here is to fishing with kids! Jesse, you sneaky... Came to fish our dam and didn't call this visit... LOL A partial reason for the exceptionally low level is the work being done at the Lower Dells Boat Ramp.

Glad to hear the fishing has picked up. Hit The Dells and Prairie Du Sac Dams on the Almighty Wisconsin today with the overcast conditions was drooling over Walleye and Crappies, but plans changed... Big Smile Enjoy! (And Yes There Is A Lot Of Garbage All Over... Sadly wish I could organize a cleanup event of sorts)

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7/25/14 12:49 PM CST
Hero... I always look forward to fishing down that direction, but only do so with the kayak. You have more courage than I do. I see that rapids, and turn around every time.

I'll be in a green Kayak on Sunday... either fishing from River's Edge down to Hwy O, or paddling up river (can really suck) from "O" to avoid the dropping truck off and riding the little motorcycle back through the Dells in the cool AM hours. If only there was an easier way... but it becomes part of the fun.

Any of you regulars out there make your way past, say hello. If I start in Rivers Edge, I may go up a little ways first, unless the big boats are out and thick. Waves suck, as I am still new at the kayak thing.

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7/25/14 12:13 PM CST
Well done fly, sorry bout the prop Hero.

HERO547
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7/25/14 10:14 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Thursday, on at 8, off at 2. Went for Red horse and Sheepshead. Got 3 nice red horse and 20 sheeps. The Red horse are great eating. Sheepshead are good too. But you got to put them on ice as soon as you catch them. Also got 20 bass up to 4 lbs and pike,walleye,bluegill,rockbass,sturgeon and one very angry turtle. Great bass action down in the sand country. The best was throwing buzz baits on to the shore and dragging them off into the water. Some times they would not even get 6 inches off shore before they would get hammered. Nice trip, except for the trip back up river. This was a new way for me to lose a prop. This big ugly rock leaped into my lane and knocked my rock guard into my prop. That rock should be arrested and given counseling so he no do that no more. Best of luck to all.

cicerolargeguy
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7/25/14 8:37 AM CST
Heading to dells this weekend always fish by rivers edge any other places to fish from shore that are easy access.

flyguy329
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7/24/14 9:33 PM CST
Yesterday...Took the boys out a little late and fished for bluegill. Used a small marmooska tipped with a small worm. Bluegill action was tough. Usually they inhale it and if you miss them they're back for more. Not so easy. We caught our fair share though. At 11:50 my 6 year old son hooked into a big fish. I expected a sheephead or carp and went down to get it without a net. Bout crapped myself when I came face to face with a big walleye...Just shy of 25 inches..One reason I love the river so much....Trophy fish and you just never know what you'll pull out.

Today...My kids have been bugging me to go after catfish. Bugging in a good way..Usually we fish for smallies and panfish. Today we went after catfish with the secret bait!. Very light bites with only one cat that took it hard. We got him. The beauty of fishing with kids is that any "big" fish is a monster of the lifetime. Even if it is slow just one makes for their "best day ever."

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7/24/14 4:43 PM CST
It's at normal summertime low level. It's kind of a nice change after high water and current all spring. Makes navigation more difficult downriver where I fish but oh well. I need a tunnel hull jon with a jet drive!

They found the body today at the dam.

JESSE QUALE
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7/24/14 4:32 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Was out today on a half day guide trip with 2 nice guys who are staying in the dells this week. We hit the water at 6am today.Water temp was 75.5 at 6am. around 11am when we headed in the water temp was 77 Water is very dirty up towards the dam area. If you fish south of rivers edge its not that bad. Lots of shad and minnows all over top today. We started out fishing tight to the rocks. Later we had to fish out a little deeper along the points and drops. Small cranks and plastics worked the best for us. Ended the day with over 20 smallies,1 largemouth,1 pike and a dog fish Big Smile Big Smile


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cp328
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7/24/14 11:49 AM CST
Can someone tell me why the river is so low? Drove through the Dell's yesterday and damn!!! I couldn't believe my eyes what the hell is going on

baymaster 88
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7/23/14 8:43 PM CST
I was thinking of coming up to fish sunday with my wife i normally fish kegonsa any good input would be awesome thanks

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