Lake Monona, Dane County

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TODAY @ 11:06 AM
local fisherman
local fisherman
USER since 5/2/05

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.

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TODAY @ 11:06 AM
local fisherman
local fisherman
USER since 5/2/05

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.

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5/2/16 @ 12:30 PM
Schlef8
Schlef8
USER since 4/12/16
Megatron,

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.

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5/1/16 @ 6:31 PM
Megatron86
Megatron86
USER since 1/23/14
Hey guys,

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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5/1/16 @ 3:26 PM
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wi river rat
wi river rat
USER since 4/2/02

MOON PHASE (33%)
Waning Crescent
Tried at daybreak Saturday morning. Couple of nibbles. Miserable east wind again. You would of thought it was late May or early June with all the carp at the surface by the wall. Water temps must be warm enough to get things "going". Rat.

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5/1/16 @ 4:48 AM
PaPa Grits
PaPa Grits
USER since 5/1/16
Too early for Pan fish, you might catch a few on a nice sunny day coming into sun, but the water needs to be in the upper 60's for some really good action. And yes these cold fronts don't help at all!

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4/30/16 @ 3:04 PM
cherty
cherty
USER since 11/23/13
It seems to be the weather, more so than over harvest,had a couple good days this spring ,but these below normal fronts that keep coming seem to be messing it up .

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4/29/16 @ 11:58 PM
p61blackwidow
p61blackwidow
USER since 5/17/14
from your post to The Big Guy's ear Rick

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4/29/16 @ 11:05 AM
rk_diver
rk_diver
USER since 8/18/03
On Monona this morning, water temp at 3' was 50°F, water clarity poor. Thick algae down to 45'. Good news is there's lots of Daphnia in the water column so hopefully in time they'll be able to get a handle on getting rid of some of the algae.

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4/28/16 @ 5:56 PM
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wi river rat
wi river rat
USER since 4/2/02

MOON PHASE (65%)
Waning Gibbous
Late report from Sunday night. Terrible again. Worst April of fishing at the terrace since I started fishing there in 2006. Fishing pressure at the wall has decreased dramatically over the years. There were times when you literally couldn't find a spot to fish. Five gallon buckets full of pan fish leaving 24/7 during the warm months for a good six to seven years. After 2010 fishing pressure started to decrease once the fishing began to become a challenge. About three years ago you could still catch crappie in April but once May rolled around they were literally gone. I've caught three crappie so far this year there. I've been out two to three times a week. Yeah I'm frustrated but it's obvious the years of over harvesting have had an effect on pan fish populations at the terrace. Can't do anything about people legally keeping fish but do people really have to leave with a limit to feel that they had a successful outing. I don't keep anything. I just like to catch and release. Good luck. Rat.

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4/25/16 @ 10:40 AM
Pael
Pael
USER since 5/16/11
Went out Sunday for a quick little trip on Monona. Water levels are up from earlier in the week due to some rain. They're still a little low but getting close to "normal" I'd say. Water temps were about 56-60 most places. Clarity still pretty bad.

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4/19/16 @ 7:46 AM
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Pael
Pael
USER since 5/16/11

MOON PHASE (94%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F
Got the boat in for the first time yesterday evening. Water temps were about 60 in the yahara river by the beltline and around 55 in Monona. As rat said, water clarity is terrible. The water levels are still pretty low, probably about a foot off of where they'll normalize I'd say. I've been seeing lots of bluegills in the river and saw some carp making a commotion this morning.

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4/18/16 @ 11:23 PM
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wi river rat
wi river rat
USER since 4/2/02

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waxing Gibbous
Been fishing not reporting. Gill action picking up. Crappie's pretty much non existent. Sporadic accidental walleye action while pursuing crappie. All small males. Water nasty. Poor clarity. Starting to look like last year. Last year wasn't the best for me. Rat.

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4/12/16 @ 5:53 PM
Panfish Catcher
Panfish Catcher
USER since 4/12/16
Has anyone been catching and panfish yet on the lake or bays fishing from shore?

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4/9/16 @ 12:24 PM
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wi river rat
wi river rat
USER since 4/2/02

MOON PHASE (8%)
Waxing Crescent
Been out multiple times. Three small eyes, a crappie and one milting perch. Always a treat in April those spawning males. Probably should treat them a little rougher. Things should pick up next week with warmer temps. Rat

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