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Bassarino
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3/30/15 12:53 PM CST
Lake Mills Rotary club has the ice out officially on March 26th. There were still some ice islands out there on Saturday afternoon but all appeared to be gone by Sunday morning. There was a fisherman wading on the north end and saw three guys in an aluminum row boat off the beach in front of Herring's on Saturday as well. Did not see anyone catch anything in the brief time I was observing.

Bassarino
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3/27/15 10:37 AM CST
On March 22 there was 8-10 feet of open water along the shoreline, the rest of the lake was still ice. Ice was getting darker in color. Should not be long now. I will be in the area this weekend, if no one else posts before Monday, I will update conditions then.

Jr. Fisherman
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3/26/15 9:30 PM CST
hey guys, havent been over by the rock in a while, just wondering what it's looking like. How much ice is left or if there is any. Hoping to get the boat out soon, pm or post on her. thanks alot Big Smile

Bassarino
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3/26/15 11:13 AM CST
The RLIA is hosting it's first Rock Talk at Tyranena Brewing Company: Legendary Wisconsin Beer on Monday, March 30th with DNR fisheries biologist Laura Stremick-Thompson. We'll be hearing all about fish in Rock Lake. Hope you can make it! Fish in Rock Lake ~ A Conversation with DNR Fisheries Biologist, Laura Stremick-Thompson Monday, March 30th Talk starts at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tyranena Brewing Company, 1025 Owen Street, Lake Mills... https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rock-Lake-Improvement-Association/236246369824144

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FISHING REPORT
3/11/15 7:45 PM CST
Ice Depth: 22" Conditions: Foggy Air Temp: 31° - 35° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
3-10-15 Got to the lake around 8:30 to find it completely fogged in. Waited an hour & attempted to walk out a ways to check ice conditions as no reports since feb 27th. Saw a oickup truck drive out from Bartels & discovered nearly 2 feet of good ice. We also drove out near trestle area & could see large gills swimming below in 9fow. Fussy, not biting. Managed several nice sunfish on waxies. Enough for a meal. Sun came out a little after noon & melting began. Drove off through standing water. Last trip this season. Tight lines all! Big Smile

scotfish
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2/22/15 11:38 AM CST
Lake Mills Rotary Club is hosting a Rock Lake Ice out contest for 2015. We ask that users post the ice depth to help people who enter the contest predict when the ice will go out. Thanks.

PK0210
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FISHING REPORT
2/16/15 7:12 PM CST
Ice Depth: 14"
Was out Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 1-dark. Couple little northern and a few bass. 1 decent northern at 26 in. Check out the videos! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7vCiwdbZKE

cknapp02
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FISHING REPORT
2/15/15 8:52 PM CST
Ice Depth: 12" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 6° - 10° F
Was out all day today. I ended up catching 30 bluegills and one crappie. Not too much size to the bluegills though. How deep are you guys fishing for panfish with success?

Remhunter
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FISHING REPORT
2/14/15 2:34 PM CST
Was out yesterday by myself from 11-6. Was only tip up fishing. 8 flags total with 2 fish. 18" and a 25" pike. Fish seemed finicky as they would take out 4-5' of line and drop in the weeds.

grampa bob
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2/10/15 6:37 AM CST
Bass, I would agree with you. I have fished this lake for thirty years and it is terrible. Used to catch 10/11 inch blue gills but guys started coming day after day and taking limits when they were spawning, now not so many. Bass same way , now mostly small. ETC , ETC, with all species. So for any of you that want fish this is not the lake to come to, and maybe with less pressure it will come back to what it was. This lake cannot sustain the kind of pressure it gets.

Good Fishing

hunt-fish-eat
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2/9/15 9:07 AM CST
Thanks fishflies and bass...Agree with you both completely. Rock lake is tough to figure out but when you do it is fun and exciting. I'm 31 and have fished this lake from day 1 taught by itchman1. The guy just knows how to find fish.

Bass...we catch 10-20 small norts before a barely legal with the occasional 30+" so I agree there too. The quality of Rock is certainly down but the volume is there. This lake has always been in cycles and I hope it's on the upswing.

Last ice season we didn't catch a single walleye but the previous year in the same spot we caught a bunch with a 21" average. This year just a couple so far. Luck definitely plays a part too.

I just get tired of how lazy people are that want all the free information without putting in any effort. "If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got". Holds true to fishing.

bass abductor
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2/9/15 8:46 AM CST
I have fished Rock for about 15 years and the current state of the lake is about the worst since I started fishing it. It used to be incredible, and now it is just pretty good. As for the walleyes, I can think of about 10 that have come in our boat in well over 100 trips. Targeting them on Rock would be a waste of time in my opinion, there are much better options not far away. There was a time when the pike were very good sized, but currently there seems to be many sub 26 inch fish. The bass size structure is nowhere close to what it used to be. 20-30 keepers in the boat used to be common, now if I can pull 6-8 in a trip I am very happy. I am not going to say Rock is a bad lake, it just has gone downhill due to many fish kept during spring spawn, and winter tip up fishing. I don't doubt itchman and hunt fish eats reports, it actually sounds very accurate, lots of small pike, a few keeper bass, and occasional bonus walleye. Madison Chain produces much better quality of fish than Rock, and it is only a 20 or so minute drive. If I lived in Lake Mills I would fish Rock more often, but when it comes down to it the lake is a fraction of what it used to be, so I choose to fish elsewhere and catch better quality. Rock falls about in the middle on my lake scale, not near as good as Madison Chain, but better than a few of the Waukesha county lakes. Hopefully some day it gets back to where it was about 6-7 years ago.

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fishflies
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2/9/15 8:44 AM CST
Ice Depth: 13"
Well played HFE. Nothing replaces real-world, observation, trial and error and some good ol fashioned luck from time to time. Rock is my home water, been fishing it my entire life (nearly 40 years!) and am consistently humbled for all kinds of reasons out there, but when I trust the experience gained by paying attention and trying new things, then employ the patterns/techniques that have worked before, on average, the fish play along.

It's all a big puzzle, some folks like puzzles others don't... Smile

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hunt-fish-eat
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2/9/15 7:59 AM CST
Dunngeon...

Go back through this thread and we have said it plenty of times. 10-14 ft weed edges, medium/large shiners, number 10 trebles, spider wire leaders and 1-2 ft off bottom. We get bass/walleye/norts on that setup.

Gills same spot...horizontal presentation jig tipped with wax, squeeze tail flat for good action.

Timing of fishing is also critical. 10-2:30 is slow.

We don't fish open water for eyes so we are no help there.

Is this what you are looking for? Do we need to post this setup every time we post our report?? You can go back and find the same information in the history...

Don't be the guy that walks out, drills 3 holes and expects to slay em.

It's not a pissing match. It gets sickening when you get hammered with PM's asking where we are fishing, not how or what we are using. We didn't ask anyone how or what to use. We worked hard and put in the time and effort.

hunt-fish-eat
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2/9/15 7:47 AM CST
Ha. I give a truthful fishing report as this site is intended for and it's people like you who make this site drama filled. I have nothing to prove to you. People who know us know how well we do and that's all that matters.

I've helped numerous people who PM me. I don't put them in my holes but give plenty of tips to get them on fish. Go put some time on this lake and figure out patterns. Do some actual work and you will benefit.

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