Fishing The Rock in the Rock Falls/Sterling area; Report
First I'd like to thank Lurebuster for posting a reply to my earlier post; I appreciate your comments. We finally decided to try Lake Carlton at Rockwood Morrison State Park.
Carlton is a lake we have fished in the past, so that didn't hurt. Didn't get on the water until nearly 9:00 am, but the rain was just about done and pretty much quit after we launched. Water temperature 58-59 degrees, light winds and post front. Only got sunny for a short while; cloudy with intermittent drizzle through the day.
We headed straight across from the launch and started working our way west along the south bank. I was throwing a Pop-R and husky jerk and my brother-in-law was throwing a 6" plum-w/blue-specks worm. we were trying for bass, but brought a minnow bucket along in case we decided to fish for some crappie.
After 2 hours without a fish, I was starting to think about those crappies but Captain Mike pulled in a 15" largemouth on that plum worm. It took another hour or so for Mike to catch his second bass and then a third on that worm. I kept chugging along with the Pop-R, husky jerk, and even a road-runner. After that third bass on the worm I started throwing one too. Mike caught a small muskie on a crank bait along the dam. Now I was starting to feel kinda down as we only had about 2 hours left and all I had was a couple of hits & misses on the Pop-R.
We went back to where Mike caught his first bass, with both of us throwing the worm, and I get snagged up on something (again), but it seems to be coming back to the boat if I keeping pulling on it. Next thing I know it's not coming to the surface, but swimming around the boat toward deeper water. After a bit of a fight and some scrambling for the net we boat the big fish of the day; a 38" muskie (on a worm).
To wrap it up, we each caught one bass after that and got off the water about 4:00pm. Not a great day for numbers, but I'll take it. Three of Mike's bass and my muskie were on the worm; he got his muskie and two bass on a crankbait, and I got one bass on the husky jerk.
Thanks to Captain Mike for for taking me fishing; can't ask for a better fishing buddy.
Tight lines and safe waves to all of you;
J.R. (no longer) in Plainfield
Catch and Release (except for the occasional crappie or walleye fish fry)