Went out today in the afternoon, the dams on the left and the right were closed off, first time experiencing the dam being so shallow being able to wade. Fish were feeding on the minnows throughout the time I was there slowing down around 2 P.M. caught a few small largemouths and a small Northern Pike all on a small X-Rap. Used 3-4 inch shiners not managing to reel anything from them but missing many bites, slow day.
Indianford Dam, Rock County
MOON PHASE (10%)
76° - 80° F
71° - 75° F
Late update from Friday the 23rd. Ran up the rock to the dam and didn't arrive until around 1:30 or so and the White Bass were hitting hot and heavy. They were chasing the minnows around like crazy. I was throwing small jigs, small jerk baits and a small floating Rapala. It was to the point it didn't matter what I used. For a while I was getting a fish with every cast. I even caught a few catfish on the Rapala. While I was there it looked like the bank fishing was kind of slow so I was happy to be in my boat. I am hoping to give it another try next weekend weather permitting.
No,, left the boat at home, I agree with your river wisdom on this pool. I fished from shore, the west side, in years past I have caught good fish here, but have to think things have changed. Maybe it is the high, fast water, but the guys fishing the Rock at Ft. Atkinson and other dam's seem to have at least some small males to feed. IDK, I'll be back next week to soak some more minnows, but am thinking this weekend is time to check out the pool below the Dells dam,
Good luck out there,
I would not take a glass boat all the way to the dam and I grew up on this stretch of the river and know it fairly well. From just above Camp Indian Trails to the dam there are a ton of places where sand bars and rocks are very shallow. in high water like now, ya maybe. normal water levels - No way. Have seen bigger boats beach in the sand. and an old john boat or canoe is cheaper than a prop and lower unit on a big motor. much better choice to take your big boat and fish below Sauk, Castle Rock or Pete dams. Better fish there anyway.
MOON PHASE (3%)
41° - 45° F
Below 40° F
Was out this morning, 6:30 - 9:30, cloudy, foggy and a little light rain, the water is high. All the trees down stream from the dam are under water and the water is moving pretty good. We tried rosies, walley suckers, large fat heads and 3 inch plastic swim baits, both shad and perch color,,,,,, not a hit. Maybe was 8 - 12 others come and go during this time and no one caught a fish that I saw.
I haven't tried the rocky area in the spring but maybe this year. I have had very limited success on the way to the dam but I didn't fish it as hard as I should have. Where I have had some pretty good luck is going up the Yahara river before you get to the dam. I tied into some nice bass in the fallen timber but again having a Jon boat made this possible. I have seen bigger boats almost all the way to the dam either fishing or pulling skiers. I think if you are careful and take your time you could probably give that part of the Rock a try.
MOON PHASE (98%)
Schultzey, when you came up stream from Hwy 14, did you ever fish your way up? If it's rocky for a mile down stream, did you ever try this area in the spring? Good luck to everyone, won't be long now the pike will be hitting,,,, I'll probably be standing at the dam again,, casting and wondering,,,,
MOON PHASE (98%)
MyBass & Schulzey, Thanks for the info, I wish I had a 16ft, aluminum river boat, but I have a 18ft. glass model, been looking at some, but just don't have a place to keep another boat. Growing up all I used was a 14 ft flat bottom, I took that boat everywhere. I don't know, I don't want to wreck my boat being stubborn, just I know there should be better ways to fishing this pool than on the shore at the dam. In the pool I grew up in, most people fished the dam but I knew a bunch of better spots further down stream. From my experience the walleye move up the rivers, but they don't all stay at the dam, a lot of nice fish were caught on rocky stretches a mile or more down stream, and ya,,, There are days and nights I catch fish at the dam. Maybe I'm just getting a case of cabin fever, but I've spent many springs standing 30 plus days at the dam casting, and thinking that "I bet down stream there has to be some great spots". I see on Google Earth, down past the island a ways there is a point sticking out on the East side, You guys ever fish there? I.m thinking the water would hit this point pretty good and make a nice eddy, digging out a pretty good hole. and then the back side of this point "Should" be some slack water they could sit in and ambush bait as it swirls around that side of the point...... In Theory... lol,,,