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Rock River/ Watertown Area, Jefferson County

Rock River/ Watertown Area, Jefferson County
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7/21/19 @ 5:57 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (80%)
Waning Gibbous
bass abductor
bass abductor
User since 9/13/03

Tons of walleye, sauger, and white bass at Jefferson Dam in spring.  30-50 fish possible but several will be under legal sized.  Quite a bit of pressure down there


7/21/19 @ 3:45 PM
Flyrod Man
User since 8/13/09

Curious, back in the 60's b4 I moved up north, during March always caught a lot of walleyes at Jefferson Dam.  Does this   still happen?

7/21/19 @ 2:31 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (80%)
Waning Gibbous
bass abductor
bass abductor
User since 9/13/03

Most of the river I would say yes, I wouldnt go near Tivoli island area if I was you though.  Where boat launch is has some very shallow water also, definitely dont see many deep V's in Watertown stretch, it can be done but extreme caution and slow no wake is suggested.

7/21/19 @ 1:26 PM
dgruling91
User since 12/20/13

Can you safely travel the river in Watertown by boat? I have a 175 deep v.

7/19/19 @ 6:51 PM
herbsuperb
User since 6/27/06

Thanks. Last thing I was expecting last night. Went up to D&S to pick up a reel that needed repair. Wasn't even planning on fishing, but wanted to use up some leftover cut baits so I stopped by Tenney. Full of surprises around here. I contacted DNR to see if she might be some kind of line class record or some such. If not, that's okay. She'll make a great memory. Glad someone was there to take some photos.

7/19/19 @ 5:48 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (93%)
Waning Gibbous
bass abductor
bass abductor
User since 9/13/03

Beautiful Channel Cat Herb!!!!  Not many that size caught in Wisconsin in last few years.


7/19/19 @ 12:08 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (93%)
Waning Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F
herbsuperb
User since 6/27/06

Got another flathead downriver near Johnson Creek. Little bigger this time at 7.8 LB. Released in good order. Guess there are a few in there. Both hit on a night crawler out in the main channel. Still not catching any channel cats on that spot. I don't know why. Carp bite was okay. Nothing real big but they were fighting like banshees. I've seen that in the post-spawn weeks before. Little balls of energy. Makes it extra fun. Like they were trying to achieve flight or something.

Off-Topic: Caught a monster channel cat on Mendota last night. 35.0 LB. More than 12 pounds heavier than my previous PB. There's a new state record in that lake somewhere.

7/15/19 @ 12:25 PM
oncebitten
oncebitten
User since 12/7/17

Ouch that's not a flathead.  

Thanks herbsuperb 

I hope that this has helped others to not accidentally take small flatheads. 

Sorry about that thumb.

Thumbs up to you and fishing 

7/15/19 @ 12:03 PM
herbsuperb
User since 6/27/06

Yeah. There's a few. In this case I first noted the shape of the head. Narrow and slender from the side, broad from above for a Flathead Cat (hence the name). Much different shape than a Brown/Yellow bullhead. Bullheads (and channels) also have much harder spines at the base of their fins than flatheads do. My final test was to grab it by the lip and let it bite me. Flatheads have very little bite force, which is why they are 'noodled' down south. Channel Cats and Bullheads can bite down REALLY hard, even when they are small, and always do if you stick something in their mouth. My knuckle on my right thumb is still slightly deformed from the first time I stuck my hand in a big channel cat's mouth. I know there are some other methods to distinguish them. But that was enough for a positive ID in this case.

7/15/19 @ 11:17 AM
oncebitten
oncebitten
User since 12/7/17

Hi all.

I have a question cat and bullhead fisherman & women is there a noticeable difference between a small flathead and bullhead. I know that the flathead has a longer lower jaw. And the yellow bullhead is obvious. But the black and the brown bullheads im not sure since I have not caught a flathead is the jaw noticeable when small is skin blotchy to. 

I have tried to google it and got nowhere.

So in hopes that someone has the answer on this thead 

Just don't want me or anyone else to accidentally keep the small flatheads. 

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