Wisconsin Dells Dam, Wisconsin River, Sauk County
Sandpike. I mis-spoke. You are correct the bowfin is the same as a dogfish and I did not catch a dogfish yesterday. It was some kind of silver carp with a funky dorsal fin that had a long bow like bone at the front and then was decreased from there. I had never caught one like it anywhere before. Sorry for the confusion.
BOWFIN: Hmmm, I have seen several people post that they have caught a Bowfin. I guess I just assumed it was something in the carp or sucker family. But, I just looked it up and it is what I have always called a "DOG FISH". I have caught plenty of them while fishing for Northerns over on the Mississippi in the backwaters. Fun to catch but disappointing when you think you have a nice sized Northern on the other end of the line. I never caught one in the main channel of the river or anywhere there was any significant current. So, I am surprised to see them being caught in the Wisconsin River main channel.
MOON PHASE (28%)
76° - 80° F
Was out from 8-2. Perfect day to be out. Warm enough that the fish were active, but not to hot and humid to be comfortable fishing. Started out trying plastics along the shoreline with no luck. So I anchored and used crawlers on a river rig. Had luck everywhere I stopped. Depth didn't seem to matter although I didn't fish any real deep water. I would guess 10 feet was tops today. Best luck was before 10 am, but still had spurts of action up until I left. I lost count but I'm estimating about 20 smallies (5 between 15 and 17inches),1 17 inch walleye, 6 redhorse (all 20+ inches), about 25 sheephead, 6 bluegills, 1 yellow bass and my first bowfin. I saw Gillespie fishing with big Dave as I was leaving so I imagine we will see a Dells episode this weekend. Bass action should be good now through September. Good luck all.
Today was WAY slower than yesterday. Water was up slightly. Caught a few okay smallies all day but 60 percent of the others where shrimps. Got 3 walleye and 2 saugeyes (one of which was 18") trolling 2.4 knots on deep diving scatter raps and flicker shads about 40 yards off shore. (Few good snags near the dam) one of which snapped my Omen black rod. Other than that no movement. We caught 50 Smallies between two guys all day and most of which where solid 2 and 2.5 lb fish. Two of mine where over 3. Biggest was 3.4. The two big ones came within 5 casts. Hopefully the storm will up the flow and get us hot again tomorrow.
81° - 88° F
Lots of numbers and two healthy smallies. All on rock edges with 1/4oz green pumpkin shakey along with reaction innovations sweet beaver 4.2 in green pumpkin red. Look forward to finishing tonight off strong. Out at lunch now. Bite finished at about 10:30 struck a few more between then but nothing huge