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03-30-2011 06:33 PM
Re: Fishing The Rock in the Rock Falls/Sterling area

There's some decent fishing under either the Sterling or Dixon dams. Page Park and Lowell Park in Dixon also offer some opportunities for bass and the occasional walleye along with the usual river fare of carp/catfish.

Lemme know if you have an specific questions...
10-24-2010 06:50 PM
J.R. in Plainfield
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
10-23-2010 09:48 PM
lurebuster Obviously these spots are in Rockford. I don't know if that works for You.
10-23-2010 09:46 PM
lurebuster I guess my favorite spot would be the Rock under College Street bridge. It's a bit downstream from the dam, but there is a big hole right in the middle that holds all the fish You mentioned.
Another good spot is the Kishwaukee river mouth by the airport. Good chance of Northern and Smallies. Also focus on the island a bit downstream.
Just be careful going with the boat. There is some shallow areas You want to avoid.
Good luck.
10-23-2010 10:14 AM
J.R. in Plainfield
Fishing The Rock in the Rock Falls/Sterling area

I'm in from Tennessee visiting family in Milledgeville, IL and a buddy of mine from the 'burbs is bringing his boat out to fish tomorrow (Sunday, Oct. 24th). We were thinking of trying the Sinnissippi Park area on the Rock (Sterling). We typically fish for bass, crappie, walleye, or sauger. This time out we're just looking for action and not table fare. We are not restricted to the Rock, so if anyone has any information on what would be a good fishing trip in the area right now, I'd sure like to hear about it. We thought about Lake Carlton, but are worried about the HP restriction; my buddy has a 90 hp, and we're worried they won't allow that on the lake at all.

Any suggestions for a location, pattern, and or species would be greatly appreciated. I have been posting to the "Out-of-State" board since moving to Tennessee seven years ago, but have have frequented the this site for years and know that you guys can be very helpful; I know I try to be when I post. Please, has anybody got anything useful for me?

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