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9/27/21 @ 7:17 PM
herbsuperb
USER SINCE 6/27/06

I release most of those I catch, only because I don't have any personal use for them most of the time. I've planted some at the base of trees, or in gardens over the years. I give them away to anybody nearby that wants them. Sometimes that comes up. Interesting notion about food bank donations. I might look into that. I'm fine with them being eaten, or used for fertilizer for gardening and tree planting. But I simply can't countenance killing them and leaving them on the bank or in a trash can to rot. That's no good. Do something useful with them, or turn them loose. Just my two cents. If I do engage in lethal harvest of some kind, I always bring my fish bat with me to dispatch them quickly. 

Oh, and by the by, please don't take Freshwater Drum (Sheepshead) out of our lakes too often. All our lakes have Zebra Mussels, now. They showed up a few years ago. Freshwater Drum eat LOTS of them, and more than any other fish we have. After they started to appear, I noticed the average size of Drum I'd catch went up a lot. I caught far more 8-10 pound Drum in the past 3 years than in the previous 15. Seems like they gorged on Zebra Mussels when they first showed up, and they're about the only natural control we have for them. Zebra Mussels can really mess up a fishery. Smallies and Crayfish eat them, too.

 


 

9/27/21 @ 6:30 PM
crawdaddy
USER SINCE 7/11/01

It is a mix for me.  Early in season, I took a few cattin buddies and one of them wanted to smoke a few.  Otherwise I release. The other exception is the “carp classic” tournament.  That is a catch and kill tournament.

9/27/21 @ 5:21 PM
Bruno1
USER SINCE 3/21/14

Hi,

Question for the folks who fish Carp - what do you do with the Carp you catch?  Catch and release?  Eat?  Sell?  Donate?  Truly not trying to stir up anything, I am just curious.  Years ago the regulations prohibited returning any Carp or other "rough fish" to the waters.  I'm guessing that is not longer the rule.  

I have to wonder if you could donate to one of the food banks - I donate excess veggies from our garden.  Donate Carp and Drum?  I do not recall anyone mentioning it on this Forum but I would be curious.  Of course you would have to clean them and put them on ice.  Interesting question.

Thanks.

Bruno

9/27/21 @ 1:51 PM
crawdaddy
USER SINCE 7/11/01

Overdosing on fishing is one of the few OD’s I can encourage.  I’ve done it a few times.  Back in college I’d spend spring break fishing for perch up in Minocqua.  By Thursday I was usually getting burned out/OD.  It is a fun addiction.  It is partly what drew me to carp.  Needed a new challenge.  Plus, my daughter is more addicted than I am.  The yearly carp tournament is bigger than Christmas or her birthday to her.

9/27/21 @ 1:15 PM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F
herbsuperb
USER SINCE 6/27/06

I'm definitely going to try to come up to Lake Wisconsin sometime while the hot bite is on. I tried a couple spots up there this Spring, but it was as that hot weather was setting in, more or less at the tail end of the Spring bite. I know there's some GIANT fish in there. 

Long range forecast looks like water temps should remain pretty stable. Might bump back up a bit this week, but hopefully not above 70.  

Here in Madison I've cultivated a pretty reliable fall bite, which should remain as long as it doesn't get too cold too fast, and I keep putting food in the water. 410 pounds in the past 3 days. But nothing over 20 LB. 0800 - 0930 has seen the strongest bite. First time I've had 150+ LB days back to back. Went Muskie fishing this morning (which wears you out whether you catch fish or not   ). Saw one good-sized Muskie (but she wouldn't commit), and caught the most beautifully marked Northern Pike I ever saw, on my last cast of the day. I need a break.


9/27/21 @ 11:32 AM
crawdaddy
USER SINCE 7/11/01

Wisconsin River water temps holding at 65.  Should hold for another week or two.  The carp bite is strong.  I've never targeted them in the fall like this.  I've been missing out...although, other species like bluegill, crappie, and walleyes usually have my attention in Sept/ Oct.  Always looking to share time with others.  Message if you want to hit the Wisconsin in the Stevens Point area for some carp..

9/25/21 @ 3:41 PM
Carpio
MEMBER SINCE 11/5/17

They always have that astounded look don’t they
       CARPIO 

9/25/21 @ 3:28 PM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F
herbsuperb
USER SINCE 6/27/06

Carp bite is heating up as the water temps fall on the Madison Chain. Caught 16 for 159 pounds this morning.  Water was showing 64 through 66. As temps retreat through the 60s, bite should be good, so if that's your thing, get out while it lasts. Forecast says it should warm up again next couple weeks, so hopefully that will keep the water temps stable. The Spring bite was SO good around here in late April and Early May, but then we got that hot weather at the end of May and it just shut down the bite completely as it pushed the fish into spawn. Hoping the temps take a bit longer to drop here in the fall.

9/25/21 @ 9:18 AM
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crawdaddy
USER SINCE 7/11/01

Hit the Wisconsin in Stevens Point this morning.  Pack bait with white Korda was what they wanted.  Slow start.  But once they showed up, it was steady.  Caught what Wiscofish tells me is a full scaled mirror.  Fished two hours.  Caught 10. They were 4-10 pounds each.

9/7/21 @ 2:02 PM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F
herbsuperb
USER SINCE 6/27/06

Finally got into some fish on Labor Day. 11 on 13 bites for 114 LB. First 100 LB+ day since June 6. Average got dragged down by the last fish of the day. I didn't even bother weighing it, but she was under 2 pounds. By far the smallest I've ever caught on the Madison Chain.

I had kind of a rough Summer. Good shore spots are limited around here because of weed growth, and my go-to wasn't producing well in the heat of July and August. Should've fished the rivers more. Or get a boat.  

Fresh batch of Pineapple Pack Bait and Korda Pop-Ups did the trick. Been fishing natural corn/hominy lately, without good results. The weeds are starting to die back some with the dip in water temps. I'm seeing some indications we might get an early-onset winter this year. Sure hope I'm wrong. Anyhow, fall can be almost as fun as Spring. Might want to get out and give it a try while you can. As the water temps retreat back down through the 60s and 50s the bite should be good as the fish bulk up for Winter.

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