That was me sir. Good to put a name with a face.
When coming into the river from Squaw Bay, always stay far left, as far as you can to the pole that sticks out of the water. The right side is super shallow, as you found out, but the left side is fine. Stay left until the bridge (unless a boat's coming from the other direction, then of course yield to them, giving them enough space). I lived on the river in Monona for 4 years in that ugly baby blue house (a bachelor's paradise) until I got married, so I got to know the river pretty well. The right side is marked as shallow water but it's not marked well enough. I wish they had more red/green buoys there to mark the channel. But if you stay as close as you can to the pole with the light on it, you'll be fine, especially with the trim up. I had an old boat with a 33 horse Evinrude on it that I couldn't lift up the trim and I made it through there just fine back then. Now I have a 16.5 alumacraft with a 50 horse merc, so I just trim the motor up a bit. Best of luck to you once you get your prop fixed and message me anytime for some tips on fishing Monona!
I was just at the mouth coming in. Instead of staying left, I veered right and ran up on what seemed to be a rock bed because it took a couple seconds to get off it. I had already raised the motor as far as I could when I started in. It took me totally by surprise so I could not think fast enough to take any action. What I should have done was shut the motor off. Anyway, it was right where the river narrows coming in.
In terms of the landing, I always get my feet wet loading and unloading boat (I have waders) so the steep ramp did not bother me. I went there because last time I went to Olbrich the landing had tons of green scrum that stuck to my boat. The landing off Broadway has a hose that you can use to rinse boat. As it turned out, the water at that landing was so clean that I did not need a rinse. But now that I have had my "accident", I am a little hesitant to go there again.
MOON PHASE (17%)
61° - 65° F
71° - 75° F
I fished Saturday morning, 7:30 until 11. Tried just to the right of Olin Park in 10', 12' and 15'. Marked fish at times but only got one bluegill there. Moved to Turville Bay and tried 12' and 10' there with no luck. Went out deep and was marking something at around 20' (thermocline??) - no fish there either. Moved to the rock pile last and marked lots of fish in 18' - caught on perch there. Called it a day at 11 to get home to family. Tried drifting and anchoring those depths except the deep water. Just not much happening over the weekend. Not very many boats at all out there other than the usual bass and musky fishermen. Anything happening on the north end?
Lund2, the river channel is mostly deep enough, but since it's all slow no wake in the river I always keep my trim up a bit. I don't like the new launch there - it drops off steep until the water then it levels off quite a bit. I've had to get my feet wet just to get the boat on the trailer there both times I've used that launch. The river is especially shallow right at the mouth in squaw bay until you get past the last slow no wake buoy. If you head towards upper mud make sure you stay near the buoys in the river channel. I don't know of many rocks in river, but obviously they're there because you found them. Were they right by the launch or out in the river channel?
MOON PHASE (26%)
We had great success Sat morn as well. 8-12' of water was good... As long as there were weeds or rock. Found some big perch in 18'...nothing there but marked them and tried it and they were hungry. 2 of us took a mixed limit of gills, perch, crappies and a couple whites. I seen the gulls in squaw....hey doc that was you in there about 7:45?