Fished the dells above the dam yesterday. The water on the river was as high as I have ever fished in about 35 years. My favorite areas to fish had very strong current. The fish were still there, but hard to keep anything in front of them. All areas were flooded 2-3 feet above normal. With the water well into the trees, it was impossible to get anything to where the fish were. Ended up with 4 smallies and a goat. Fished 6am till about 10am. Weird I didn't catch any catfish or walleye. First time ever I wasn't able to get a catfish in June. When I left it was raining, so you can assume its going to get worse.
Wisconsin Dells Dam, Wisconsin River, Sauk County
MOON PHASE (31%)
Very late post from Memorial Day weekend, got around 40 smallies in 3 days in the dells. Got a lot on senkos and poppers on the rivers edge beach. Then also got a lot fishing under the dam with in-line spinners and poppers. Biggest was around 5 pounds. Gonna be back up in a week or two, should be good! On the beach at rivers edge many were throwing live bait on the bottom and getting skunked while I was getting white bass and smallies every cast... live bait has not been producing much so I would recommend to walk around the banks to find the fish with moving baits.
MOON PHASE (2%)
71° - 75° F
66° - 70° F
Report from last weekend. Summary: tough bite.
Thursday - trolled Rapala DT6 and Husky Jerks - snagged 2 big sturgeons, got one to the boat and he was 4'-ish. fought 'em tough, but on light tackle and 8 lb mono, lost both fish. Caught 1 sheephead and 1 white bass and 1 smally - all trolling or casting cranks. Nothing on crawlers.
Friday - jet boats and duck boats were everywhere! Caught a nice smally down river by the "green house" on a perch pattern jointed husky jerk. Caught a couple of sheepshead trolling DT6 by the dam. Caught a single crappy on jig/minnow at dam. Caught a nice smally on bobber/minnow at dam.
Saturday - almost skunked. 1 sheepshead trolling DT6 by dam. 1 northern casting cranks way down stream. nothing on minnows, nothing on crawlers, nothing on jig/minnow, nothing... a lot of effort for minimal result. One of the Duck boats crawled so far up our a$$, one of the trolling rapalas got snagged under their boat! Gotta say they were VERY inconsiderate of us fishing. Like they owned the place.
Sunday - we didn't even put in the water.
MOON PHASE (2%)
71° - 75° F
Saturday morning from boat below rapids - 3 sheep, a smallie, a channel cat and a redhorse, all on river rigs with crawler or minnow. Saw a boat trolling with what I think was planer boards and saw them land a couple.
Saturday evening from shore, same stretch - a smallie and a redhorse - rig/crawler.
Sunday evening from Mexicali Rose ramp - a single sheep on rig/crawler
Monday morning from boat below rapids - nothing trolling or drifting - 2 sheep deadsticking rig/crawlers.
Unsuccessful throughout the weekend with cranks (including trolling Rapala SR-5), spinners, jigs/plastics, spoons, and swimbaits. Only thing standing between me and getting skunked was live bait fished on bottom. I could blame the front that blew through, but that's probably not it.
Would welcome thoughts on specific lure types/recommendations that have been successful for others on this stretch.
Also, for those who drift a crawler or minnow - what setup do you use, as even a simple hook and 2 splitshots still resulted in snags during drifting.
Thanks. Better luck to y'all. I'll have to wait til next month to give it another try.
PS For those that have been following this thread for more than a year, it was a year ago this month that I reported the mysterious buoy getting dragged upstream. Never saw it again after that weekend! It's out there ....
76° - 80° F
Friday morning couple hours from shore by dam, power plant side, between two of us got a short walleye, short sauger, 4 sheep and a bluegill, all on crawlers or minnows on river rigs - nothing on artificials.
Friday evening from boat downstream of the rapids, just a carp on a crawler and a borderline legal (released) walleye on a jig/spinner/twister.
Saturday morning from boat downstream of Fisherman's Luck just one sauger on river rig/crawler. Then snapped the anchor line when the anchor got caught on what was likely a submerged tree - couldn't effectively fish after that.
Saturday evening from shore between rapids and county O boat launch 2 sturgeon (27 in. and 41 in.), a sheephead, and a ridiculously large carp - about 36 in. and girth like a barrel - all on crawlers - nothing on artificials.
Sunday morning back near the dam from shore - a mix of 3 walleye [crawler/rig], 3 sauger [spinner/minnow and minnow/rig], 2 largemouth (rare for me) [one on purple plastic shad and jig head, other on crawler/rig], 5 baby sturgeon [all on crawler/rigs].
Not great, but I've done a lot worse in May years past. Look forward to the smallies hopefully starting in June.