Lake Monona, Dane County

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8/21/16 @ 3:29 PM
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wi river rat
wi river rat
USER since 4/2/02

MOON PHASE (86%)
Waning Gibbous

Should of stayed in bed. Fished 5am to 6:45am. No bass. Two aquarium sized gills. Bait fish every where.

The good news. Only two more full weeks of ski team. Last show and year end is 9/4/16.  Happy days are here again.

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8/20/16 @ 5:44 PM
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wi river rat
wi river rat
USER since 4/2/02

MOON PHASE (93%)
Waning Gibbous

Been out just fishing gills lately.  Slow to good at times. Small ones biting but that's typical of August. Tremendous amount of forage right now. Minnows everywhere. At night water surface is alive and moving. See many schools during daylight hours.  Gills do key on minnows this time of year. Hit it right with small crappie minnows and you'll have a blast. The only problem is with the warm water temps the crappie minnows usually die when they contact it. Hasn't been a problem since 2012. Rat.

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8/8/16 @ 10:22 PM
printmaker
printmaker
USER since 6/6/07

Just to comment on wi river rat's "Terror on the Terrace". Partner and I had been watching a blue black cloud hanging to the north of Madison while on Upper Mud last summer. Didn't seem to be moving our way so we kept fishing for about an hour or so. Suddenly, and I do mean suddenly, it shifted coming out of the northwest. It came in on our 14 1/2' Lund with horizontal rain and winds that had to be 50-60 mph. We never got the chance to get the 20lb anchor in but the force  of that wind dragged the anchor right through the weed beds from almost one end of Mud to the other end. Couldn't do a damn thing but put our backs to it with rain gear on. Rain was moving so fast it actually stung. Combo of high winds and torrential rain caused a complete white out so you couldn't see more than five feet around the boat. This squall line lasted about five minutes but it was the most violent taste of mother nature I've ever sat in. I think for just a moment we both felt our immediate futures were questionable. By the time we noticed the wind shift and saw the rain moving in from the distance it was too late to do anything but sit it out. Thank God there was no lightning. One other bass boat out there with us took off in the near white out and I have NO idea how they could see where they were going but they were gone when it ended.This all occurred around late morning by the way. We had some pretty good swells but being on Upper Mud saved us I'm sure given its smaller size. Won't forget that day ever.

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8/8/16 @ 9:58 AM
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Tsquare86
Tsquare86
USER since 5/10/10

MOON PHASE (31%)
Waxing Crescent

Fished the last 3 hours of day Saturday and Sunday dragging two lines with cranks effectively all over the lake in my tin can jon boat. No particular depth or structure was targeted. I ran baits high, deep, and probably somewhere in between. Once I noticed the water clarity was kind of poor in areas, I did bring baits higher in the water column. 

Saturday was a bust or I mean a relaxing boat ride.

Sunday ended with a pike ~37-38". PR for me but was surprised at the fish's low weight :-/ it was an easy one handed grab from the water without a net. 

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8/8/16 @ 6:57 AM
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Fishin_time2302
Fishin_time2302
USER since 1/25/16

MOON PHASE (31%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Went out 6AUG from 6-11am. Caught a nice 2.5 lb largy in 6 fow on a Texas rig. Moved spots. Caught a few smallies all short on same thing. Moved again and finished the day with another short largy. Not a bad day

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8/7/16 @ 8:49 PM
basscaster
basscaster
USER since 6/21/01

Great Story Wi River Rat,

Edited on 8/7/16 8:50 PM
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8/6/16 @ 5:02 PM
Insane1
Insane1
USER since 12/23/05

Rat....love reading your fish stories and this one's as good as it gets! Thx for sharing.....

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8/6/16 @ 2:42 PM
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wi river rat
wi river rat
USER since 4/2/02

MOON PHASE (15%)
Waxing Crescent

I typically don't come up with titles to my post's but after Thrusday night I must.

"Terror on the Terrace"

Was going to go on a boat Thrusday night but we decided at work that it would be too hot. I thus took it upon myself to leave work early buy some minnows and head to the Terrace. Looked at radar before I left and saw some storms I knew would hit and eventually blow through. Fished from 5:30 to about 7:10 when I decided I did not want to die being struck by lightning while holding my lightning rod.

At about 6:55 pm a young man showed up and began fishing. Error, you won't be here long I thought to myself. Wrong again. This guy fished in pouring rain with cloud to ground lightning strikes everywhere. I decided to stay in case I had to call 9-11 to report a death by lightning strike. I holed up on the west end under the entrance ramp. Nice dry and safe?

You wouldn't believe the amount of idiots riding and walking on the bike path in pouring rain and frequent lightning. Being stubborn I just waited things out thinking I'll be able to fish eventually. Around 8:45 pm the young and still living fisherman left with some gills. I did not fish that whole time.

At about 9:00 pm I deemed it safe enough to fish. (marginal, very marginal) Around 9:15 I noticed more lightning off to the northwest. "You've got to be kidding me" I said to no one. Then it started pouring again. I took cover in my cubby. Just then some older women decided it would be a good time to walk back to their cars from the tied up "Pontoon Porch" party pontoon. They got soaked but they were laughing and so was I. Things calmed down as the last of the Pontoon Porch people left the boat. The pontoon then left the dock to moor at Olin, I thought. The lightning was still too close to fish so I waited.

At about 10:05 pm all hell broke loose. The wake low hit. I had no idea that it was coming. I would estimate winds at about fifty with a couple of gusts to sixty. My cubby hole suddenly felt unsafe. I could feel sand and dirt hitting my face and it was no longer dry underneath. I had no where to go. Then I looked out into the lake. Never saw it like that. Four to six foot breakers. The water even splashed over the terrace wall. Somehow the fishing dock did not break apart. It then quit pouring but the wind was still blowing hard. I thought about the pontoon. To my surprise it looked like it was coming back towards the terrace. It was. That driver had to be scared witless. That thing was rocking and bobbing. "No way are they going to try and dock that thing". Yeah indeed. The owner met the driver at the dock holding an inverted umbrella. The dock was ungulating two to three feet while they were trying to dock it. Thought about trying to help them but decided it wouldn't be worth breaking an arm or leg for their idiocy.

I left at about 10:35 with the wind still howling and the Pontoon Porch not yet moored. I will remember that adrenaline rush for a while. Experiencing  natures fury will do that. Did catch a few gills. Rat.

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8/3/16 @ 7:52 PM
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Dr. of Fishingology
Dr. of Fishingology
USER since 10/15/09

MOON PHASE (1%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
86° - 90° F

WATER TEMP
Above 80° F

On the water at 7 @m. Motored out to last spot where I caught some gills. They are creatures of habit. We left with a nice collection of specimens today. 24 fow suspended. The bite is subtle but quick. If you dont get a hookset right away, the fish is gone and so is the bait. Modified presentation down to a Custom Jig n Spin chartruse tungsten ice jig. That did the trick. Did not lose a single fish to the dreaded gut hook. When you find em, dont leave them. Be persistent and change up presentation until you find the right one. Tight Lines!

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8/2/16 @ 12:33 AM
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wi river rat
wi river rat
USER since 4/2/02

MOON PHASE
New Moon

Out tonight. Had to contend with three sets of "Bass Masters". The whole lake and they invade my small area. One set had two dogs along. One of them jumped off to chase a duck in the water. LMAO.

Mixed bag. Gills, bullheads, smallies, one largie, one crappie, and got the August walleye out of the way. Everything running on the small side. If I had to guess I probably threw back at least ten gills that most people would of kept. Wind increased right at dusk making for a shorter night than I had planned. Going on a boat Thursday night. Until then. Rat.

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