Set up at Riverside Park this morning. First time fishing Carp below Koshkonong. Tried for Cats before dawn. About 15 minutes before first light they finally started biting. Ended up with 7. Nothing over 6 pounds. Banked 9 carp, with 4 over 15 LB. 102 LB total. Not a bad morning. Definitely larger fish on average (11.3 LB) than in Jefferson, Johnson Creek or Fort Atkinson. So that's good. Only snagged up once and was able to free it. So seems a pretty clean stretch of river. Boilies (Tiger Nut) FAR outperformed corn/hominy today. Odd for this time of year. Fun day!
Rock River (Janesville area)
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76° - 80° F
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
I fish for catfish on the Rock River and launch at the Traxler Park Boat launch 600-N. Main St Janesville,WI. During the summer I use my Navionics mapping to find the deep holes that they hold in during the day. I also fish up current of any wood structure I find. I will be recording sonar logs again on that pool for the Navionics website next week to update the maps. Up by the dam its get real deep. Near the Hwy 14 bridge there is a deeper hole off a private dock. We drift down current and bump and have had good luck bumping. Good luck and if you have any questions contact me. Thanks! Greg Ollila
I'm always looking for new places to fish for big flatheads and channel cats. I have a boat and looking for someone that knows the river. I fish on the rock river over by its a keeper bait shop.
If you ever want a fishing buddy send me a message. I live on the river and have a private launch about halfway between Hwy 14 and the Indianford Dam. Makes getting around a little faster with the no wake up.
When it is lifted, I have a few places in mind to check out, if I hit on something, I'll send you a message.
Normally I fish from my kayak but have been thinking of taking the boat out more here this year. I do have electronics on the kayak but have never really found a lot of holes, I try to fish slack backwater and around islands, places where the current is blocked and dont find much.
Yeah, the slow no wake is still all the way from the lake down past Janesville almost to Beloit. The river has really gone down though, it should be lifted soon.
Is the No wake still in effect? After this is over, I'll be out there with ya.
You'd think they have to be somewhere, I finally got a river boat and plan to fish the same stretch of water half a dozen times this year. I'll be looking for holes or trenches, even a couple feet of change could make a difference. I've caught everything from rock bass to muskies at the dam from shore. So,,,, I don't have an answer for you today, but I hope to soon.