Lake Monona, Dane County

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TODAY @ 10:25 PM
rk_diver
rk_diver
USER since 8/18/03

That was my guess also (ice sled), but won't know for sure until I do a dive on it. There's so much stuff on these lakes you never know what you're going to find next (which is why it's so much fun!) Rick

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TODAY @ 4:57 PM
Dr. of Fishingology
Dr. of Fishingology
USER since 10/15/09

Excellent footage. Was that an ice sled?

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5/24/16 @ 9:36 PM
rk_diver
rk_diver
USER since 8/18/03

On Monona again this morning. County weed cutter did a good job of cleaning out a lot of the floating, slimy algae from Olbrich's launch. Same conditions as yesterday, water just a tad bit warmer. Did have one pike swim by the camera in 53 FOW (just off the bottom, not suspended in the water column). Spent most of the time identifying targets found earlier with side scan. Today's video of three boats and some misc stuff is at:

https://youtu.be/OY2jJ9bZ-sk

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5/24/16 @ 6:50 AM
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wi river rat
wi river rat
USER since 4/2/02

MOON PHASE (92%)
Waning Gibbous

Caught five largemouth last night. Missed two. Went one for two on walleye. Four legal largemouth between 15 and 17 inches. Didn't take time to measure the walleye. Skinny male. Plastics. Rat.

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5/23/16 @ 9:46 PM
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Pandikutty
Pandikutty
USER since 12/30/13

MOON PHASE (97%)
Waning Gibbous

Fished 7:30-9:00 from shore, caught 3 largemouth, biggest was 14", and also a 17" walleye right at the dark fall. A lot of people out there.

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5/23/16 @ 4:18 PM
rk_diver
rk_diver
USER since 8/18/03

Out scanning Monona this morning. Really enjoying the clearer water, able to finally use the camera to see something! Water temp at 3' was 64°F. Quite a bit of the slimy algae floating around, at Olbrich it's all blown into the landings. I attached snapshots of two sunken boats and one goofy Perch sitting on top of an object.

Here's the video link from todays travels:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZyMwLx7b48

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5/22/16 @ 6:05 PM
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Musky_Hunter_34
Musky_Hunter_34
USER since 1/30/16

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Was out this afternoon. There were so many boats making wake and making it hard to fish. Went through the channels by squaw bay. Nada. Don't know what I'm doin wrong but had a bad day??. Saw a nice muskie in squaw and another in turville bay

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5/22/16 @ 5:29 PM
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wi river rat
wi river rat
USER since 4/2/02

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

Whacked three largemouth Saturday at sunrise. Two just at fourteen and one twelve incher. Water still gin clear but gobs of scum floating around making for some accurate casting. Might do some fishing tomorrow. Rat.

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5/20/16 @ 9:03 PM
rk_diver
rk_diver
USER since 8/18/03

Had a little time to spare this morning and checked a few spots on Monona. The lake is starting to stratify; at 3' temp was 61°, at 32' temp was 55° and at 53' temp was 51°. As others have reported the shallows are very clear. Lots of particulates in the water but it's clear. Deeper water isn't as good but a lot better then usual. Time to get out and get some photos of some of the things I've found out there before it all greens up! Saw a few smallmouth on various pieces of structure, didn't see any panfish on any yet. Rick

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5/20/16 @ 1:13 PM
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burroak
burroak
USER since 6/26/01

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Five boats in Turville Bay, most appeared to be bass fishing.  Did not see anyone else catch anything but was paying attention to my lures.  Only fished 1.5 hours due to prior commitment but caught four largemouth.  Water quite clear.

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5/19/16 @ 10:52 PM
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wi river rat
wi river rat
USER since 4/2/02

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous

Fished Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. Giving up on terrace crappie. They are not in there this year. I've caught maybe ten all spring. In years past you could do that in an hour on a good night. Maybe that's why there aren't any left. It hasn't been the same since Jim the crappie guy passed away. Blue gill fishing extremely slow there also. I know the water is cooler than usual but pan fish do bite under the ice. Water very clear also. On the weekend you could see bottom to nine feet at the terrace.

Fished elswhere on Sunday. Sight fished blue gills. It was fun but when the water is clear like that they are easily spooked. Caught a couple of nine inchers to boot. Threw them back. I don't keep fish to eat.

Focused on bass Tuesday night. First two legals of the year. Three total for the night. Estimate the legals to be between 16" and 18". Tried an expirment with rigging a tube jig differently and the 18" about pulled the rod out of my hand.The next six weeks will be the best bassing time of the year from shore. Not being a smart aleck but if you can't catch bass on these lakes in June you need to try different tactics. Good luck. Finally some warm weather. Rat.


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5/16/16 @ 11:03 AM
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Maine Mike
Maine Mike
USER since 7/16/14

MOON PHASE (78%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

Did pretty good Friday afternoon and Saterday Morning even though it was COLD 

Fish are still holding on the edges.  If you can find them they are in decent sized groups


Mike

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5/15/16 @ 11:19 AM
rk_diver
rk_diver
USER since 8/18/03

Got out on Monona at 7:30 this morning. Very surprised to see no one else in either lot at Olbrich. Water temp at 3' ranged from 52.7° to 53.5°F. Pretty clear in the shallows, bad in deeper water. Saw one pike in 19 FOW off Tonywatha, other then that only carp.

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5/13/16 @ 9:50 AM
choclateman
choclateman
USER since 12/20/11
Very clear.  Was out last night and could see the bottom without any problem.

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5/13/16 @ 9:09 AM
Keeping it Reel
Keeping it Reel
USER since 4/8/16

How is the clarity Monona ? I fished Mendota yesterday and it was good in most places and very good in others. Last time I was on Monona over a week ago it was still poor. 

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