I was out also sunday,we had gills on just about anything we put in the water.I agree with you jb.the gills do seem to be running a little bigger.I was out 7/14 and brought home 11 crappies and lost 4 or 5 more at the boat.I caught 3 sunday all released.
Gov Dodge Twin Valley Lake, Iowa County
MOON PHASE (91%)
Got out Sunday morning, mostly panfishing, and made two observations. I used to catch 15-30 crappie every time out, but the big die off last year must have really wiped them out. Only caught one crappie and it appeared sickly. Too bad.
4 years ago, the lake was full of 5 inch gills. The DNR instituted a rule change of no bag limit on panfish anymore. That must be helping. Still many gills in the lake, but average size for me was close to 7 inches! Of the 80 to 90 gills I caught in the morning, at least 60 were 7 to 8 1/4 inches. That’s quite a change in a few years time.
MOON PHASE (37%)
Yes your boat will be able to launch. I have a 17ft deep v. No problems launching. Also you CAN put your motor in the water so you can steer the boat better when using your trolling motor. You can catch any species of fish from shore. If fishing from shore fish to the left of the beach. There are some cribs just off shore to cast to. Or by the landing all they way out to the point past the rental boats is good too.
sorry, can't help with fishing tips but I did talk to a ranger a couple years back. was told gas motors are ok on your boat, as long as they do not touch the water. my motor's prop does not quite clear the water and I have had no problems.
Looking to shore fish with my two boys and a friends 3 kids this weekend. Their 2 boys and 1 girl I don't think have ever fished so panfish would be fine. My boys like Bass fishing.
Any suggested live or art baits and points to fish this water or Cox would be greatly appreciated. I'll check my messages as well.
Also Electric only can I launch a deep V walleye boat 19'9" length? I doubt I will bring it but in case plans change would be nice to know. 2.5 hr drive down.
MOON PHASE (3%)
71° - 75° F
Fished about 6hrs total, caught 5 largemouth and 4 bluegill. I had see abot 30 dead crappies on the surface and i did not understand why. I saw 1 musky surface near the shore where i was fishing and about 3 pike chasing bluegill. There was a couple big splashes across the lake. But over all not mutch at all.
I fished Twin Valley tues,thurs, and Saturday this week and every day saw crappies dying. By Saturday just from boat launch and out past the beach and into the bays on NE side of lake we counted over 400 crappies floating and that is just a small portion of the lake. Don't know how many have died or will die as many more were seen barely moving just under the surface. It could be a kill off in the thousands when all is done. Just saw crappies and no other panfish or gamefish affected. Probably columnaris disease. If I recall, This also occurred in Twin Valley about 8 years ago and many crappies died that summer.