Rock Lake, Jefferson County

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1/16/17 @ 10:04 PM
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goliath gills
goliath gills
USER since 12/31/10

MOON PHASE (79%)
Waning Gibbous

 Simple reason fishing stinks on Rock, guys keeping fish year after year has taken its toll.  I was out there when bass and pike were laying all over the ice, simply cant remove fish like that and expect them to replenish.  

3 buddies tried today and had 9 flags out for 5 hours and caught 1 pike at 22 inches, they finally are giving up on Rock also.


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1/16/17 @ 11:42 AM
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the_dude
the_dude
USER since 1/10/03

MOON PHASE (79%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
13 inches

AIR TEMP
26° - 30° F

Three dad's and 4 kids had 17 tip ups out for 6 hours on Saturday in 6 - 16' of water with excellent weeds.  We had 7 flags and iced 3 northern.  Two, very small and one mid 20's.  It was very slow.  I love Rock,, but it is time to try somewhere else.  I'm not sure what is so different about this year, but I've tried several places that have consistently produced in the past and it just isn't happening this year.  It was a beautiful day to be on the ice and it was great fun watching the kids run around outside for 6 hours straight!

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1/15/17 @ 1:43 AM
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bass abductor
bass abductor
USER since 9/13/03

MOON PHASE (87%)
Waning Gibbous

Parked at Bartels and tossed 2 tip ups in, had my daughter watch them from car in parking lot while I made my rounds to see how fishing has been.  Talked to 6 different groups and they all said same, tough fishing, few small pike on tip ups but not many walleye or bass.  Gill and crappie fishing not good and couple small perch being caught.  We didnt have any flags in the hour we were out there.  Drove to Madison chain after Rock and fish seem to be biting very well out there, wont say which lake but guy had 15 perch all over 10 inches on one of the lakes, lots of guys getting nice gills on Monona.  Hint on lake with perch lake name ends in A :)  Look a few post down and should be able to figure it out.


Saw several Christmas trees on ice just to the North of Bartels beach, curious if there are any other areas where trees have been placed.  


Edited on 1/15/17 1:48 AM
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1/14/17 @ 7:01 PM
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Just A Hobby
Just A Hobby
USER since 2/2/16

MOON PHASE (93%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
13 inches

AIR TEMP
26° - 30° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Fished with the kids for 3 hours this afternoon and had action the whole time. Nothing to write home about but the kids had fun. Ended up with 11 flags and 6 "small" northern. And 2 on the jig poles. Biggest one was 18". Couldn't ask for better weather today. Tight lines and keep safe with the warm weather coming this week.

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1/12/17 @ 7:47 PM
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Fisherman's Bream
Fisherman's Bream
USER since 12/27/16

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
11 inches

AIR TEMP
16° - 20° F

I fished for a couple of hours this evening for some bluegills. Like every trip, I drilled several holes until I found the fish. A lot of dead weeds up shallow, with some fish still hanging around. I did ice 3 nice bluegills, and a bonus 19 inch walleye before calling it a night. 

Rock Lake, Jefferson County Photo
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1/12/17 @ 3:54 PM
POPPER
POPPER
USER since 6/20/01

Pumpkin heads!

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1/12/17 @ 3:47 PM
Capt Quint2
Capt Quint2
USER since 4/14/15

Thanks for the great update FishinDude.  All that open water for this time of year is crazy.  On Poygan there are guys crossing the heave with pick-ups.  Its just a matter of time there to. 

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1/11/17 @ 5:20 PM
FishNDude55
FishNDude55
USER since 2/16/10

LAKE?MILLS — Two men were rescued Tuesday afternoon after their pick-up truck broke through the ice on Rock Lake.


The Lake Mills Fire Department was dispatched to Bartel’s Beach at 3:37 p.m. by a passerby who pulled into the parking lot and observed the pair — identified as John and Douglas Green, reportedly of Jefferson — having some problems in reaching shore in a 2005 Dodge pick-up truck.


“They were out fishing from a little before noon and they were heading back to shore to leave and the ice conditions changed on them, quite drastically,” Lake Mills Fire Department Assistant Chief Mark Yandre said.


He said the Lake Mills Fire Department has an airboat for the such scenarios. The flat-bottom boat is capable of traveling over the ice in limited capacity while also being able to traverse the waterways.


In this instance, Yandre said, there was open water from the shore to just past where the truck was located, about 50 to 100 yards out from shore.


Yandre said neither man was in the water when firefighters arrived on the scene. Both were sitting on the door of the truck through the window of the vehicle, one on the passenger side and one on the driver’s side.


He estimated the water depth was just below the opening of the window.


Both men were treated at the scene by Lake Mills EMS and released.


Yandre said a MABAS card was requested, which is generally standard protocol for a water rescue.


MABAS is a preplanned method of mutual aid requests utilized by emergency medical personnel in Wisconsin and other states. Under a MABAS box alarm, a predescribed amount of equipment from within a department’s geographic area is sent for mutual aid.


For a water rescue, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office dive team and Rock County Sheriff’s Office dive teams are dispatched. In addition, a unit from the Fort Atkinson Fire Department that also has water rescue training, also is paged to respond.


He said the purpose of the mutual aid is to ensure there are enough resources to give both counties time to get their teams together.


Meanwhile, as to the truck, a towing company was expected to be on the scene today to attempt to extract the vehicle from the lake.


Yandre said that as of this morning, the truck was still visible from shore.


In Wisconsin, owners have 30 days to remove their vehicles from the water.


Already today, Yandre said, he has seen an all-terrain vehicle drive across the general area where the truck went in and there are multiple ice shanties on the lake.


Yandre declined to offer any suggestion as to whether he believed the ice was “safe.”


According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website, recommendations regarding ice safety note that there is no such thing as 100-percent safe ice. The DNR site states that strength of ice cannot be judged by appearance, age, thickness, temperature or whether the ice is covered with snow.


The rule of thumb is that at least three inches of ice is needed to support a person, while at least 15 inches is necessary to support a truck.

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1/11/17 @ 5:09 PM
Capt Quint2
Capt Quint2
USER since 4/14/15

Is this photo for real?  I never saw a truck going in to the drink that took out so much ice!!!  Doesn't make sense.

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1/11/17 @ 3:22 PM
the_dude
the_dude
USER since 1/10/03

Is that Bartels Beach or Sandy Beach?  Looks like the mucked up a good size area that will now be dangerous for foot travel for a while!


Edit:  Found the news report - Bartels Beach it was.  

Edited on 1/11/17 3:39 PM
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