Had a few hours to burn today so I figured I'd check out Burlington and Rochester (never made it to waterford). Water is very low everywhere. Burlington was a waste of time, muddy water, not worth fishing till the raise echo and let water flow over the top of the dam. Snagged a catfish on my first cast and left after 15 min. Spent the rest of my day at Rochester. Water very very low. Wasn't expecting much. Caught 2 pike (32 and 20) on a rattle trap and inline spinner and 2 small smallies.
Fox River, Burlington, Rockchester, Waterford, Racine County
To Nelson: Check your message center.
Using waders below either dam can be both fun and productive. However, to any first-timer, I would advise a scouting trip when the water is low, and with a partner if possible. There are a few spots that are deeper even in low water. Personally, I have found Waterford to be easier to get around when the water is low (lots of exposed rocks).
A crestliner with 150!! I saw two huge boats put in at the marina. One took nine aboard! By your report, Plmlk, you were between Waterford and Rochester dams.
Playing detective, I would say one of two ways to launch:
1. They own or know someone who lives along the river and put it on private property.
2. There used to be a launch on the canal, on private property. A few years ago I looked and it was still there. Either condos or apartments next door.
Otherwise, I have no clue how such a large boat put in between the dams. By the way, nice catch for this time of year.