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reeldrag83
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8/26/15 9:23 PM CST
Born and raised on this stretch of water you can make rivers edge to portage in a day but don't waste time. The perfect float is a two day trip one night camping on a sand bar gives you plenty of time to fish swim and site see. Be carful thou this stretch has put a lot of people in the ground. It seems harmless enough but it will hurt u quick if you don't respect her. It's also one of gods greatest gifts.

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8/26/15 6:13 PM CST
Thanks, that helped out greatly. I went to their website. It says its about 20 miles. should be no trouble doing it in a day. plan on fishing on the way down hopefully the smallies are hungry. thanks again I will post report Sunday night. thanks again

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8/26/15 5:07 PM CST
Soft… I am not real familiar with it (to Portage). We regularly go for from River's Edge to Pine Island. I'm thinking it is 2/3rds of the way? We take all day, but do a lot more fishing than paddling, and always seem to hit low water where we have to get out and walk a little bit. More water, less time.

River's Edge has some plans there for those covering the distance…. where they drop vehicles down river. The sheet had estimates on time to Portage with average paddling effort. I personally would call there, and ask to speak to someone who has some experience with people that have done it. I think the info may even be buried on their web site somewhere.

I am pretty sure if you start "early" and don't screw around a bunch fishing and such, it shouldn't be an issue. Sucks getting caught at night though.

Let us know what you come up with. The trip to Pine Island is pretty nice.

PM if you want to swap some more info.

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8/26/15 4:04 PM CST
Just looking for some help judging the distance on the river from Newport park in the dells to sunset park in portage. Thinking of making a day kayak trip. Ive already made it from prairie du sac dam to hwy 14 in spring green in a day. just wondering how many miles it would be from the dells to portage on the river. Thanks in advance. plan on fishing on the way down.

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8/24/15 10:04 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Spent a few days fishing the river in the Dells last week with my son before he starts college. We had a great time, fishing was fairly decent. The accomodations and food at Rivers Edge was fantastic as usual. Targeted rock shorelines with jigs and cranks. Great mix of smallies, walleyes, and a few northern as well. All released.

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8/17/15 1:59 PM CST
The beast

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8/17/15 12:12 PM CST
Would really like to see a picture of that 55lb. flathead C & C. Please post it if you took one.

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8/17/15 11:21 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 86° - 90° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Report from the weekend:

Friday morning from about 9 to 11am fished with a friend from boat near the County O bend. We caught 9 fish: 2 Northern (small ones - 19 and 17 inches, released), 2 smallmouth, 2 sheephead, a rock bass (nice size for a rock bass), a flathead catfish and a redhorse. A real river mix! The Northern were caught on Mepps Comet #3 spinner. All others caught on nightcrawlers off of bottom (river rig or similar). Nothing on minnows, nor trolling a rapala.

Friday evening squeezed in an hour from shore not far from there - I caught a smallie and a sheephead on crawler/river rig. Others with me caught more sheephead - they are really abundant.

Saturday morning from the boat in the same general vicinity with 2 others on board. Not as good, but still managed a nice smallie and a flathead - the others boated some sheephead. One guy had a sturgeon on and it even jumped once, but eventually got off the hook, much to the dismay of my buddy, but we've all been there. Everything on crawler/river rigs. Nothing on minnows or jigs.

Saturday afternoon half-heartedly fished while hanging out with a big crowd on the sand bar - got one sheephead on a crawler/river rig, nothing on minnows, though I did get one hit that disappeared by the time I grabbed the pole.

Saturday evening finally thought I would have some quiet productive fishing time, but about 30 minutes into it, it began raining so I called it before boating anything.

Not a great weekend, but not bad, and happy to have found a couple of small northern. Also seems like the flathead catfish show up in August - maybe they like the heat.

I find it hard to believe, and a little disappointing, that there are not more people posting reports on here. Not sure if there was some weird online fight or what, but I am hoping you guys who have info to share will do so so that we can learn from each others' successes and failures.

Good luck - hoping to get back out in a couple of weeks.

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8/13/15 7:22 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F
Went out last night flathead catfishing with my son and dad and got one 55lb flathead and one 12 lb channel catfish and another 25 lb flathead catfish. Had 17 hits but they would either hit it or take the bait for a run and drop it. But it was a beautiful night on the river and the small mouth were going crazy feeding on the huge schools of minnows.

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8/4/15 4:53 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 76° - 80º F
Report from the weekend:

Saturday morning from about 10 to noon fished the bend by County O from a boat with 2 friends. 4 smallmouth (16 inches, 14.5, 12 and 6 ... yes 6. Not sure how that even got on the hook). Also 2 sheephead The 16 and 12 inch smallmouth were caught on spoons. Nothing on crankbaits or spinners. the others were caught on river rigs with worms or minnows.

Saturday evening, I fished a little further downstream from shore for a couple of hours up to sunset. 4 sheephead and a redhorse - all on river rigs with worms or minnows. Nothing on a stickbait.

Sunday evening tried same spot an hour after sunset - nothing on live bait or spoons, stickbait.

Monday morning back on the boat in that general stretch - 4 sheephead, 1 smallmouth, 1 perch (!?) and 1 rock bass. The smallmouth was 19 inches and caught on a rapala while trolling. The others were caught on river rig/worms.

River is low. I beat up the propoeller pretty bad, even though I generally know where the trouble spots are. Be careful out there.

Cronk
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7/22/15 9:42 PM CST
Doe anyone have any general info on the fishing in that area. I would think if there is decent depth rock etc than there is fish to be had. Im more curious about depth navigation stuff like that.

I understand no one can predict the bite but i also know that river go up and down with the seasons and precip. I looked on G earth and i noticed the dam is just a short distance up. so that should be a place to look at as well.

Cronk

Ps feel free to PM if you dont want to clutter the thread. Thanks

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7/22/15 7:17 PM CST
Cronk rivers edge is the place call early

Cronk
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7/22/15 6:57 PM CST
Hey guys, plan to come down to the dells area in mid october to do some fishing. Just my wife and myself for 4 or 5 days. I was hoping i could get some advice suggestions on boat rental and lodging. hopefully from the same place.

I was reading a little on rivers edge. I see they have boat rentals and its on the water. I was curious if thats a decent stretch to fish bass walleye etc. by no means is this spot set in stone but it looked like a nice location.

Any and all suggestions are welcome.

Thanks guys

Cronk Stay safe and Good fishin!!!

Jeter2
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7/20/15 4:54 PM CST
Was out from 6 am to 11 am. My buddy and I crushed the smallies. Most ran 12-17 in. We had two just shy of twenty. Got a few early on top waters then after that had to go to plan b. Boy did that pay off. Got a couple of sheeps and short walleyes too. Caught about 25 fish total. So it was a solid morning.

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7/15/15 2:34 PM CST
The walleye and cat fishing up here has been great. The couple times that I've been out since low water, the eyes have been shallow and in or near wood. Same with channel cats. I'm hearing similar results from others. The channel cat population is very healthy.

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