Fished the Rotary Park's white railing Friday and also on Saturday. Saturday was the worst of the two days.
Started the day Friday with the squid strips cast out and then bounced back along bottom. I was getting bites but most them were hits and drops with no fish just grabbing it and swimming away. There was one follow up while using the squid, an aggressive brown that was ignoring the squid and repeatedly attacking the sinker. Apparently the browns were sinker oriented on Friday. I started getting hookups after switching baits, going 2 for 4 using wax worms and 1 for 1 using a dead discarded golden shiner I found. Both baits were fished under a bobber.
Other fishermen were having some success with the browns and I helped net 5 different fish for them , all not browns. Improbable as it sounds, one fisherman casting spoons hooked into 4 carp in which 3 of them were in the lips. Another person needed help netting another improbable fish , a nice size lake trout.
When I first arrived in the morning the power plant was not only pumping water but also was producing steam clouds out its stacks. This means electricity was being generated and the discharge water was coming out warm. Everyone at the railing noticed that the fishing shut down roughly around 11 AM, the same period of time the steam clouds stopped. I don't think it was a coincidence.
Other fish were around too. One northern and a pod of smallmouths were hanging out straight down from the railing. Jumbo gizzard shads were seen surfacing and schooling around. There were also unseen bait stealers removing the waxies off of my hook without moving the bobber at all. Small stocked fingerlings were the only things I could think of to be causing this. Another fisherman mentioned that there had been a recent very large ( for Port ) stocking of rainbows into the marina. Tens of thousands of rainbow fingerlings were feeding on my wax worms.
After seeing my first ever white-winged scoter a couple of weeks ago, there were now about 5 tame, well behaved scoters staying in front of the railing both days. Also noticed on Friday was a lone tree swallow , a very premature arrival that is most likely doomed .
Saturday was dead. Went 1 for 1 with one bite total in 4 1/2 hours of fishing. It was a winter brown caught jigging squid along bottom. There were no bites using the wax worms. The north slip was also fished. I had two follow ups, a northern and a hen red breasted merganser. Both popped out of nowhere from beneath the wooden walkway. With the low water level, bottom structure could be seen. Only two fish were seen throughout the entire slip, a cruising sucker and a motionless brown suspended a few feet below the surface. It had a shredded tail fin and there was fungus on the top of its head.
The "carp" fisherman was at the white railing Saturday to retrieve his net that he dropped in the water on Friday. He told me he was trying to net a fish, the handle was too short, he slipped and plopped into the water with his net. If it hadn't been for a fisherman in a boat that saw what happened and rescued him, he would have drowned.