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Quarry Lake Park, Racine County
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Not a report, sorry! Been wondering if the quarry is worth trying after work when the days get better? I see the pier is being repaired and can't be used.
I tried this morning before work with larger panther martins, couple jigs and tubs around what sides I could reach and swim baits out a ways from the beach. No luck. Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.
I read the reports below and from years below. Without the pier being in order, a lot of the previous reports do not help much. Additionally, there's not much information on how the lake is doing post kill off etc.
Hence why I'm asking.
Last summer they were pumping water out of the quarry and into the river. They did this so they could re-do the beach. I believe they pushed the old sand further into the quarry, then trucked in sand.
Beach never did open again for swimming last year because of the water level. A guy I talked to said it could take years to get the water level back up.
56° - 60° F
Also for the record, in the past I have caught out of here:
Largemouth bass from dinks to fish over 5 pounds. Mostly caught on waxworms, worms under bobbers, or small spinners. I never really targeted the bass in here but have caught them accidentally while going for other stuff.
Trout - Rainbow, Brown and Mixed Breed - 99% newly stocked ones from 8-12 inches in spring, but have caught a handful a little bigger. Maybe up to 16-18 inches. Anything over 12 inches is rare, you catch the ones they just put in which vary in size year to year. Some survive, but are rare to catch. I've heard stories of good sized trout caught but never saw it.
Catfish and carp from soaking crawlers on the bottom off the pier, it is rare but i used to always put a crawler on one rod and just let it sit on the bottom. I have caught cats up to a few pounds, enormous bullheads, and huge carp. Again it is rare. I've had a few fish over the years on that were huge and I never saw or landed, probably huge cats or carp.
In the early 2000's I could fish waxworms in certain areas and catch a 10 fish limit of nice gills and warmouth, pumpkinseeds, etc. They werent super easy to catch, but if you knew the spots and how to get them you could, and caught a few surprisingly nice ones a few times (A few bluegills in the 1 pound range, a REALLY nice Warmouth here and there). This would also occasionally pull a huge bullhead or get you into a nice largemouth.
Back when I was a kid (early 90's) there were crappie, perch and snakey little pike you'd catch sometimes. I still hear rumors about pike, but havnt seen them, or any perch or crappie in a good 20+ years. Alot of the Bluegill, Warmouth, Rock Bass etc must interbreed, you used to see some odd looking hybrids in there.
In the early 2000's there were massive populations of some kind of alewives or shiners that you could see giant schools of pass through at times. That would have been great food for the bass, trout and bigger panfish.
I still wouldnt be surprised if there are some state record caliber fish in there. Its VERY deep and most of its water volume wise never gets fished, that combined with all of the small gills and bait fish could produce monster bass, panfish and bottom feeders that would be extremely hard to ever catch.
56° - 60° F
What is going on in the Quarry? I went down there the other day. Fished nightcrawlers on the bottom and pieces under bobbers in a few spots. No bights. Saw a few decent sized Bluegills but they wouldnt bight a piece of worm. The water is at least 10 feet lower than it was a few years ago, or I have ever saw. There were several people fishing. One an old timer who said he still catches decent bass there. I had no luck. I know this place and how to fish it and am wondering what has happened, and what is still there. The floating dock has sunk and broke apart because the water is so low, and is in disrepair. Its not a safe place to mess around right now unless you know the park and what is going on. Ive been fishing it for 30 years now so all was good, but dont go poking around down there if you are not a regular.
I was told there are huge catfish in here, has anyone caught one?
Thanks for the replies. I went out this past Sunday morning for a few hours and didn't have any luck. Tried cranks, spinners, top water, soft baits all sorts of colors.
It didn't look like anyone on the pier were having any luck either. I'll try my luck again, but it might have to wait till spring.
havent gone out on a canoe or kayak, but ive seen a few people go out.
usually fish right off the dock and was able to land a few LMB's between 2-3 lbs using white swim bait, crankbaits
if you do go out, id def try cranks, will keep your bait at the depth.
Seem to be biting around the 8-13 ft depth.
Give it a shot and let us know.
I would recommend trying 4 inch zoom flukes on a 3/32 jig head.
This will produce a slow fall in the deeper water of the quarry which will look like a injured shad to the bass.
Also keep in mind this in an ubran fishery so only 1 game fish per day is allowed to be harvested.