I've fished the rock river in janesville for catfish. I've fished at traxler park and upstream where public fishing is aloud..I love catfishing. The biggest I've seen caught are maybe 4lb catfish on the rock....my whole life I've fished the yahara in madison .. the biggest and average on the Yahara when they come in to spawn I've cought cats there every year days with 7 or 8 cats that big. Gave huge cats away ALOT ..gotta drag my stringer to my car ..this is the time it's pretty much over for spawning there. I am 52 years old and fished that my whole life for cats ( only fishing I love and it's all I fish for) something is changing in madison ..the water is so clear this year that its unreal..it's like well water.
Never ever been like that..but the problem is the cats never went there to spawn..I mean ANY other year at this time u can not find a place to fish because of the big cats in there..not anyone fishing there at all this year..it's mind blowing..but I live in janesville now and would love to find a place to shore fish that holds big cats..any info I'd love to hear..it's weird with no catfish in the freezer this year. I was told madison's water is so clean looking because of zebra mussels..I don't see that doing that much from this time last year to now...it was like turning a switch off..come on now ..madison's lakes getting that clear..lol.. any ideas or better holes to fish I'd love to know..very bad year cattin for me this year..I'd rather get one big fish and the fight getting them than many small fish..I have so much respect for catfishing ...I'm lost. ..ANYONE..thank u all