Pecatonica River, Lafayette County
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3/16/05 @ 9:23 PM
3/6/05 @ 4:49 PM
The river came up at least 4 ft from last weekend. It's moving fast and very muddy. There is a lot of foam flowing down the river (some of it is 2-3 ft high), run off from the farmland, my guess is that it's fertilizer. I put my boat in but it was a total waste of time. A lot of people were out fishing today, but the only fish I saw caught was by me. Too bad it was a buffalo (carp)! I would think, if we don't get rain, the river will be in better shape in a about a week. It's really unfishable as of today.
Edited on 3/6/05 4:53 PM
3/2/05 @ 7:40 PM
3/2/05 @ 7:38 PM
2/27/05 @ 5:06 PM
Put the boat in below the Argyle Dam today. (10am-4pm) The launch is a mess (very soft/muddy), and if you don't have a 4x4 don't even attempt to put your boat in. I caught 32 walleyes, 2 Northerns, 1 Smallmouth Bass, and few Carp. Most of the walleyes were shorts (10-14") but I did get 2 nice 17" keepers. I also kept 1 29" Northern. All of the fish were very healthy and fat! There is no shortage of forage in the Pec. I had minnows on wolf river rigs (w/floating jigs) out all day and got nothing on those at all...I caught ever fish on plastics. 3/8oz jig with a glow/char.twister tail (Lindy Techni-glo Munchies). Most of the fish were caught in 10-14ft of water up by the dam. I also caught a few in a couple of the 11 ft holes down river. Very few short strikes, most of the fish inhaled the whole jig. I was the only person fishing for most of the day, except when a couple of guys fished from shore for an hour or so.
2/24/05 @ 10:00 PM
Fished from shore below the Argyle Dam after work (4-5:30 pm). I caught 7 walleyes (11-14"), 1 Northern (28") and 1 Cat (22"). I also caught and snagged some buffalo and carp. I got bit off 3 times by Northerns. I even had one Northern almost beach him/herself at my feet when it missed my jig next to shore when I lifted the jig out of the water. At one point it was more out of the water than in...too funny. Hungry fish! All the walleyes came on plastics (3" glow/char.twister 1/4 oz jig...no minnow) and the northern came on a floating jig and minnow. I will be back with the boat this weekend. River is only slightly up...clarity is good.
11/19/04 @ 11:31 AM
Late report - Put my boat in below the Argyle Dam last Sunday. I only had one hour to fish (I just wanted to have a "look see" at the river)...water is very low, you have to hug the east shore to make it up to the dam. I only used my trolling motor to move my Lund up river. I marked a bunch of fish in the 16 ft hole below the dam but only had a couple of hangers that pulled the skin off the backs of my minnows (Should of used stingers). A friend of mine caught 15 Walleyes and a few very nice crappie in the same spot this past Tuesday, but all the walleyes were shorts.
Edited on 11/19/04 11:32 AM