Rock River/ Watertown Area, Jefferson County

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10/15/18 @ 8:57 AM
FISHING REPORT
herbsuperb
herbsuperb
USER since 6/27/06

MOON PHASE (40%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

Interesting day on the Rock on Saturday. Junk fish weren't biting well. Week before I got 23 Carp, 11 Channels and 4 Redhorse. They were running me ragged. 

This week I only saw 3 Carp and 4 Channels (though one was a 31 incher :-)). But I did have a walleye pick up a cut bait for the first time. 16 incher. Looked real healthy. Released in good order. Since the lines weren't very active, I was glad I'd brought along my ultralight. Tied on a small Acme Kastmaster and threw it for a while. Ending up catching 6 Smallies in the 10"-13" range. They all seemed chubby for that length, so they must be eating well. Also picked up one of the stocker Muskies we put in at Riverside a couple weeks ago. Still no Bowfin though :-(.

As always, all fish but the carp were returned to the river. Lots of fallen leaves in the river right now. They collect on the lines which is a bit of a hassle. Water is definitely cooling rapidly. Might explain the downturn in the Carp bite.

Had a small flock of Pine Siskins show up later in the morning. It's TOO EARLY for that! :-(

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9/22/18 @ 4:22 PM
RockRiverTom
RockRiverTom
USER since 4/27/02

RRR has stocked muskies between Watertown and Hustisford since 2004, so they’re in there. From what I’ve read, muskies travel readily. I wouldn’t be surprised if muskies that we’ve stocked have worked their way through the Rock/Crawfish system

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9/22/18 @ 8:10 AM
garro
garro
USER since 9/8/01

I have heard of a few Muskies caught in Hustisford

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9/22/18 @ 7:36 AM
CrotalusH
CrotalusH
USER since 11/3/17

Does anybody have data or info on whether or not the fish that are being stocked are migrating throughout the river system or are they just staying in the Watertown area? Specifically the stocked muskies? Are they moving up the river, down the river or just hanging out where they are dumped? Any reports of muskie being caught above Watertown?

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9/14/18 @ 6:50 PM
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herbsuperb
herbsuperb
USER since 6/27/06

MOON PHASE (28%)
Waxing Crescent
Absolutely. I CPR just about everything, except carp, if it can be properly disposed of, and once in a while a panny or two for cut bait. 

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9/14/18 @ 6:27 PM
RockRiverTom
RockRiverTom
USER since 4/27/02

We stocked them in 04 and 05 so they’re in there. I hear of them being caught every once in awhile. If you catch any I’d appreciate it if you could CPR them. We stocked them as carp predators and can’t get them anymore due to DNR rules. We were able to get wild fish from the Mississippi but can’t use wild fish anymore due to VHS. 

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9/14/18 @ 10:03 AM
herbsuperb
herbsuperb
USER since 6/27/06

Is there a decent populatoin of Flathead Cats on that part of the Rock River? Or have they ever been stocked there? I've not caught one yet, but then I haven't really targeted them.

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9/14/18 @ 6:43 AM
RockRiverTom
RockRiverTom
USER since 4/27/02

Rock River Rescue will stock the river tomorrow at 9:30 if you'd like to help or watch. We'll have a truck at the Riverside Park Division Street bridge. We're stocking musky, northern pike, walleye, smallmouth bass, crappie, perch, and bluegill. Message me if you have any questions. 

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9/7/18 @ 11:57 AM
RockRiverTom
RockRiverTom
USER since 4/27/02

I don’t think so. It’s really high and moving fast.

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9/7/18 @ 10:47 AM
herbsuperb
herbsuperb
USER since 6/27/06
Just curious. Is this area even remotely fishable right now?

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