Just finished putting the frier away after munching on more tender crappie morsels. The fish are getting aggressive. We concentrated on 7 to 15 feet using small jigs. Today's State Journal headline states Cloud got in the way, I'll take the cloud with wind any day, less traffic and fewer pleasure boaters.
Jiggin Jim, the entire stretch around Monona Bay and the Triangle is mostly fishable from shore. The main lake has quite a bit of shore access around the Terrace area too. I am not familiar with the east and south side of the lake. Good luck! I haven't had any luck in Monona so far.
MOON PHASE (43%)
Out last night fishing bass and gills with my daughter. She was home after graduating from college and I asked her if she wanted to go. Much to my surprise she said yes.
She's a chip off the old block. Frustrated by bluegills swimming around her bait and not biting she said, "I'm not leaving until I catch one". She hasn't fished in seven years. Thought to myself that we may not have enough time. She ended up catching a couple of small gills.
Of course the old man brought along the bass stuff just in case. Did have a lake wolf sighting. Hooked into bass that all of a sudden felt a lot bigger than I thought at first. Yep. Lake wolf had a hold of the bass and chased it again after it let go. It was a monster ski. Water clarity very good so got a good look. Opened up a nice gash on the bass. Love seeing muskie attacks. That's third one in the last year.
Caught a couple more small bass and let my daughter pull them in. That was fun to watch.
Good luck. Stay warm. Practice catch and release. Rat.
Never fished the area before but I'm going to be in town in a couple weeks for a wedding. I hope to find a little time to get in some fishing. Is there any decent shore fishing here or any other lakes in the area? Any info is appreciated, thank you
MOON PHASE (63%)
Out last night battling the May gale. Caught a few gills but they are still pretty much ignoring my red worms and plastics. You can see them everywhere. Caught three bass in five casts right at twilight and thought it was going to be "one of those night's". Unfortunately a couple of "bass master's" in a boat went right through my casting area. Did not catch any more. (Remember Rat that we share the water and all have equal access to it.) (Except the rower's from Brittingham Boat House and the Mad City Ski Team. They have the right to all the water and all the public parking.)
MOON PHASE (99%)
Caught my first legal largemouth tonight. Nothing to brag about. Caught another smaller one. Bluegills everywhere but not biting readily in this clear water. Small bass everywhere also. Plastics for bass. Worms and plastics for gills. Things should really get going with the warmer weather coming up. Easiest time of year to catch bass in the next few weeks. If you can't catch a bass on the Madison chain in May and June you really need to study up. LOL. Rat.