I'm not sure about Monona, but I have seen plenty in the spring in the bays on the west side of Waubesa. Usually in 4ft of water or less cruising around.
Musky can be tough in the spring as water temps can vary greatly which impacts the spawn and their location.
The musky will move shallow to spawn, then typically move back out deep or to open water to recover. Then some will push back up shallow following the panfish as their food source. Smaller males often stay shallow. Some of the bigger females will not move back shallow until fall and roam open water all year.
My rule of thumb is start in the shallowest warmest water with the healthiest weeds you can find, if the fish aren't there keep moving deeper until you find them. Current can also be a big factor.
Im a college kid from Chicago who's been fishing in Madison the past 3 years. I come back from school next weekend and I was wondering if you guys had any tips on early season musky, when to start or what to look for.
I've had some luck in the later summer months and fall, but I always have trouble finding fish in the beginning of the season.
Thank you and good luck!
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