Fishing last Thursday, 7-27-17 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Beaver Dam Lake. Lot of cat fish.
MOON PHASE (31%)
71° - 75° F
Was casting beetle spins and rapalas nothing doing on them. Had 1 pole out with salmon spawn on a white jig under a float 3 ft down in 6 ft water caught 3 cats. 19, 20, 23 inches long, missed others. Out fishing from 6 pm to 8:30 pm 7/27/17.
MOON PHASE (40%)
61° - 65° F
Thought the east wind would be a less than favorable night. I stand corrected. Pressure stayed pretty steady..ended up with 6 meow meows. Biggest was 24 inches about 7 pounds. All pretty close to that mark in length smallest was 20 incher. Lost a platter size crappie on a shiner that popped off, a walleye that hung on till shore, and kept a couple nice 12-13 inch brown bullheads. I cant give out location, sorry, i have put in 12 years on this lake of trial and error, as well as many successfull outtings. The fish are here, not numbers like the walleyes and crappies once were, but this lake holds some dandys. Good fishin to all,
76° - 80° F
Fished from shore above the dam this afternoon after having a difficult time finding quality fish from shore in the West Bend area.
I could only keep two rods in the water at a time because the bottom of the lake seemed to be covered with small bullhead and catfish. I caught a mixture of the two, about ten in total. None approached keeper size. You literally got a bite as soon as your bait hit the bottom.
There was heavy fishing pressure below the dam on the river. However those I talked to did not catch any quality size fish either.
One thing for sure though. The 2016 year class of channel catfish is very strong.
Those carp need to be exterminated. This is a good body of water that can only get better if it weren't for those awful carp. This is one good lake near mid southern or southeast Wisconsin that has almost every fish including the uncommon white or yellow bass. The only good body of water near southeast Wisconsin that has good offshore access. The lake and dam already had that heat attack killing all the good fish making us have to wait till fall to catch all those small crappie and catfish when they've grown. There's absolutely no reason these carp should be present. They're pests.